Why we love libraries


Check out the blog post from Overdrive.com about Why we ALSO love libraries!

Source: Why we love libraries


Picture Book Idea Month Success




Whew! I made it through another year of Tara Lazar’s amazing Picture Book Idea Month (aka-PiBoIdMo). This yearly event has the most amazing gueat bloggers, encouragement and daily motivation posts. No wonder there are so many people that sign up to complete the challenge. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to post anything before or during the event…so, I am doing it now.

This year is over and done. Her last post came out today. BUT, there is always next year or you can go over and read all the awesome posts from this past month.

Be brave. Keep on writing!

Stay warm! Tia


Children’s Writing Resource Blog-Check it Out

Children’s Writing Resource Blog

I just have to share this one! Amazing blog by Rachelle Burk with resources to everything children’s book writing related.


Yep. Like a cheer for children’s book resources.



The Art of Starting

I am an expert in this field. I start books, exercise programs, blogs, wedding albums, manuscripts, emails, Christmas cards, and on and on and on.

On occasion, I’ve been known to push through and finish. But, in the past few years it feels like the things that actually get finished are few and far between. Blame this on moving, kids, lack of sleep, life, or what ever excuse falls out of my mouth. However, the real problem is my ability to focus on one task and get it done.

By nature, I believe, females are natural multi-taskers. This skill can be both a blessing and a disaster. Yes, I can make dinner, help with homework, stoke a fire (yes, we own a wood burning stove to keep us warm-it’s awesome!), check e-mail, text my sister, doodle on a post-it-note all while talking to my husband about what needs to be fixed in our new (old) house. Exhausting. On some days, the buzz of everything going on around me is so loud that I just want to shut down and take a nap. (Naps solve everything in my world!) This is not always a great option so taking steps to focus and work on one task at a time is a priority this year.

As I write this post, I have not moved from my chair. I have only been distracted once by my husband (house issue), and I have almost completed an entire post that has been on my mind for weeks. How hard was that?

My steps to focus and finish:

1. Decide on three most important task for the day and work on those first.

2. Do not check e-mail, Pinterest or any other social media until three tasks are complete.

3. If I get distracted return to task as soon as possibly and don’t beat myself up about it.

4. Once complete, take a few minutes to have a cup of tea or cocoa and relax.

I am off to write a manuscript that has been  calling my name for weeks.

Ahhhhh. Now, that feels better. Join me!

PiBoIdMo Day 9: Kelly Light Drives Through Roadblocks from Tara Lazar’s Blog

Inspiring post by Kelly Light. I am in awe of her attitude and lovely artwork! Go Kelly!

Thank you, Tara Lazar, for an amazing month of inspiration!

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

“This person has no business being in children’s books.”

Read that again.

Imagine it being said in front of a crowd of over a hundred of your peers and various industry editors and art directors… at the NY SCBWI conference.

Your work is up in front of a big auditorium on a video screen with a panel with loud microphones when these words are spoken…

Imagine that person that it was said about was YOU.

DON”T WORRY! It wasn’t.

It was ME.

In 2009.

Yes. An art director declared me as a person who has NO BUSINESS being in children’s books … in front of the entire world of children’s books.

It felt worse than the worst college art critique I could have ever imagined. I was a grown woman. I had already had a hot career as a hot shot in cartoon merchandise. I shrunk in my seat. I…

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Hello, fellow children’s book writers!

If you haven’t visited Tara Lazar’s blog, please do so today. The Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) has kicked off and is in full swing with daily blog posts by authors/illustrators/agents and great giveaways. If you need motivation to write this is a great place to stop!


Writing fearlessly!


PiBoIdMo-Picture Book Idea Month 2012

Picture Book Idea Month

Greetings to all!

Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) starts TOMORROW November 1!  There are wonderful pre-PiBoIdMo month posts going on over at her blog now and the line up for blog posts is inspiring! So get on over to www.taralazar.wordpress.com and enter your name in the comments section of her sign up post to take part in this event!

Great prizes are going to be given away for those that commit to and participate in the thirty-day challenge.

Join me in this writing adventure!

PiBoIdMo: Ideas, ideas, ideas!

Check out PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) hosted by Tara Lazar over at www.taralazar.wordpress.com. She is posting daily with great information from guest authors!

Yesterday’s post was from well-known author Karma Wilson of the Bear Snores On books and the idea of always asking the question ‘what if’?

I read a lot of children’s books and find that non-fiction books can often have great ideas hidden among the pages. The other day, I was searching through a children’s National Geographic animal book and came across a thorny lizard. For some strange reason I was drawn to this small, spiny, creature. The idea was already in my notebook but using the ‘what if’ method really helped me see where the story could progress.  What if thorny lizard wanted to be a super hero but he was too slow, spiny, and small? What if he could help people in a different way? What if thorny lizard could collect water on his spines (this was a fact about the lizard in the book) and just let the ‘what if’s’ continue.

Amazing how two little words can help progress a story idea so quickly! Thanks, Karma Wilson for the ‘What if’ and Tara Lazar for an awesome event!

Keep on writing, my friends.


PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) sign up!

Sign up started yesterday, Monday October 24th, for Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) so get on over to www.taralazar.wordpress.com and enter your name in the comments section of her most recent post to take part in this motivating event!

Great prizes are going to be given away for those that commit to and participate in the thirty-day challenge.

Hope you will join me in this writing adventure.


Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) is here!

Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) is here! Starting November 1 this event, hosted by Tara Lazer, challenges you to create and document a picture book idea every day for the entire month.

Please join me for this motivating event! Prepare your pencil and paper or fingers and computer for the fun starting November 1!


Sign up starts Monday October 24th, 2011 on Tara Lazer’s blog.

Directly from her Blog:

PiBoIdMo fans! This little guy wants you to get ready! So he’s lighting the way for you. You’ll be seeing him a lot during November, thanks to talented illustrator Bonnie Adamson.

For all who have been patiently waiting, PiBoIdMo sign-up will commence on Monday, October 24th right here on this blog. You’ll be able to pick up badges and Twibbons and ensure that you will qualify for the prizes, including the grandest one of all—feedback from one of three literary agents.

Stay tuned!