Down Time and Book Update

Our truck against Dune 45 in the Namib Desert. It's hard to believe I started my #KidLit journey in 2012, nearly ten years ago. So I'm thrilled to announce: My debut nonfiction picture book, RIVER OF DUST: How North African Nutrients Nourish the Amazon, is now scheduled for release in July 2023. The manuscript sold … Continue reading Down Time and Book Update

Celebrate Floyd Cooper Day

Image from Highlights Foundation Floyd Cooper, an amazing and inspiring author/illustrator, passed away in 2021. He wrote and/or illustrated more than 100 books for children, and was known for being a kind and thoughtful mentor. In his honor, the Children's Book Council has established Floyd Cooper Day, celebrating his life, his work, and his legacy. … Continue reading Celebrate Floyd Cooper Day

Zippy, the Bunny? – #SpringFlingKidlit

Just in time writing! Here's my entry for this year's Spring Fling!! Cheers! Spring Fling Rules 1. Story targets kids ages 12 or under. 2. Inspired by a child-appropriate gif, that is the only visual for the story. 3. 150 or fewer words, not including the title. 4. No illustration notes. 5. Post stories from … Continue reading Zippy, the Bunny? – #SpringFlingKidlit

Holiday Respite

Please stay healthy and safe...and get some rest! and best wishes for a far better 2021!!! See you in the new year!

Promises Are For – 10th Annual Holiday Contest

Once again, deadlines have driven me to create something new. Plus, it's hard to resist writing a story for Susanna Hill's 10th Annual Holiday Contest. The rules: 250 or fewer words, not including the titleHoliday helpers or helping must be a major theme, not just incidental to the main storyMust be targeted toward kids, ages … Continue reading Promises Are For – 10th Annual Holiday Contest

Pandemic Halloween – #Halloweensie

Time to enter Susanna Hill's annual Halloweensie Contest! The rules: Must be for kids age 12 and under.Must contain a version of the words: creepy, skeleton, mask.Must be related to Halloween.Must be 100 words or fewer, not including title.No illustration notes allowed. In the spirit of 2020, here's my 99-word story, including a recording for … Continue reading Pandemic Halloween – #Halloweensie

Never Trust an Easter Lion – #SpringFlingKidlit

It's time for the Spring Fling Kidlit Contest!  Rules: Stories should be for kids ages, 12 or under use a GIF to inspire your story use no more than 150 words (mine is exactly that) no illustration notes How could I resist this GIF from giphy.com???? NEVER TRUST AN EA(S)TER LION By Jilanne Hoffmann   … Continue reading Never Trust an Easter Lion – #SpringFlingKidlit

Double-Crossed Hearts – #Valentiny Contest

Once again, I'm taking the plunge into Susanna Hill's Valentiny contest, where participants must write a story that is 214 words or fewer (title not included). AND this year, it must contain a character who is curious. They can be curious about anything. No illustration notes are allowed, so even though this is an exercise … Continue reading Double-Crossed Hearts – #Valentiny Contest

Not This Book – Halloweensie Contest Entry

Time for Susanna Hill's 100-word Halloweensie story contest. This year, the stories must contain the three words (in any form): potion, cobweb, trick. The 100 word limit does not include the title. And no illustration notes are allowed. I'm a little late to the party, but the clock has not yet struck midnight, so here … Continue reading Not This Book – Halloweensie Contest Entry

Nonfiction vs. Fiction – Seeking Truth in Squaw Valley

God, I love the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. Spending a week with 150 other people who are as connected to writing as emphysema patients are to their oxygen tanks is nothing short of nirvana. When I attended Squaw, I focused solely on fiction writing. No big surprise given my MFA. But during the … Continue reading Nonfiction vs. Fiction – Seeking Truth in Squaw Valley