UP!–Princeton Children’s Book Festival 2019!

I came. I saw. I conquered! 🤗😁😎

I don’t know if any of you noticed, but there was no post for last year’s Princeton Book Festival 😮 “Why?” you may ask. You KNOW if I didn’t go it was because it was imPOSSible for me to get there. Well — it was impossible sigh. You see, I busted my wrist in July 2018 so couldn’t drive to Princeton in September. Yes, it was TORturous not going because I knew what I was missing. 😭 But here we are, two years since my last venture to “Oz” and I’m thrilled 🤗

OK, so this year as is every year, it was a full-on expedition for me, having prepped like the mountain climber I am. (Yeah. RIGHT! 🤣)… Continue reading

UP!–My Contest Entry: Kidlit Fall Writing Frenzy!

Well, Happy Readers, I’m happy to report this post is more in line with what I typically put on my blog 🤗. (Yes, the Princeton Book Festival post, and now the Glen Rock Festival, too, are still coming!)

Two days ago, when I was able to catch one of my beloved Twitter chats #kidlitchat, talented author Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez popped in and let us know about her aMAZing contest: the Kidlit Fall Writing Frenzy. I still can’t get over how generous all the prize donors are. I mean really — 51 prizes that include picture book critiques, first chapter MG/YA critiques, signed books, and more! (Pssst…I’ve got my eye Continue reading

I Fear for Our Children & Grandchildren :-(

I think most people would agree we are living in a world in which there is much to fear and be deeply concerned about.

Though of greatest concern is the dying of our environment, countless species, and eventually — humankind — that is not the specific fear I’m referring to which prompted this blog post. I’m not referring to the dying due to the horror of gun violence in America, or the dying of our democracy due to the state of this country’s politics. What I’m referring to is the very thing which is at the root of these and many other terrifying realities throughout the world — the dying of decency.

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UP!–Wow! It’s Int’l #DotDay 2019! :D

Every year there’s a touch of “creative magic” in the air 🦄✨ as International Dot Day approaches, this year on Sunday, September 15th. Since my first dot 🟠 to celebrate the day back in 2014, when I had the pleasure of interviewing Terry Shay, the co-founder of Dot Day, I’ve gotten excited anticipating all the amazing, shared creativity worldwide and getting to see SO many DOTS! I’m also, as you would expect, a HUGE fan of Celebri-dots, a site where published authors, illustrators and celebrities post their dots 🥰 😎. Continue reading