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Writer Submissions Tracking – 2019 and 2020

Here are my submission, acceptance, and rejection rates for 2019 and 2020. As a reminder, I keep track in both my lucky notebook and my lucky Numbers spreadsheet. Big news of 2020 – I signed with my lovely agent Miranda Paul of Erin Murphy Literary Agency and sold my book Animal Allies to Chicago Review… Read more »

How to Write Poetry Without Writing Poetry

Do you want to write poetry, but think you can’t? Try not really writing poetry. Try finding it. I like reading poetry and I like trying to write poetry, but I’m no expert.¬†Poetry can be intimidating. It can be hard to think of the right words. There are a few ways you can write poetry… Read more »

Ideas for Bored Kids

Need some ideas for bored kids? Many years ago, I sold an essay to Family Fun magazine about a “what to do” idea cube. My kids took an old box and covered it with construction paper. They wrote six ideas, one of each side of the cube. They rolled the cube and voila, they did… Read more »

Best Gift Ideas for 2021 Inspired by What Helped us Handle 2020

I don’t usually write gift guides, but I thought this list of best gift ideas for 2021 might be useful as we eventually leave lockdowns and create our new normal lives. Life after 2020 isn’t going to look like life before 2020. In a lot of ways, that’s wonderful. REALLY wonderful. During the past year,… Read more »

When Your Book is Published!

It never gets old – celebrating when your book is published is fantastic! I was so thrilled to visit my local bookstore (Support those independent bookstores!!) and hold these books in my hands.   You can find these books at YOUR local bookstore, too! Sweet Quest for the Unicorn’s Horn A taste for sweets (and… Read more »

How Storytelling Helped Me as a Mom

We all love a good story. This is the heart of the practical takeaways I shared in my interview with Rachel Nielson, the host of the incredible 3 in 30 Podcast. My episode “Using Your Own Stories as a Parenting Tool” aired in January 2021, but the ideas we discussed work any time of year…. Read more »