Sunday, February 12, 2012


I am finding that you never are really done editing a book. Although this read through was supposed to be fixing all the typos and only the typos. But then I keep coming up with phrasing I like better than what is on the page.

Hence, this read-through is taking longer than anticipated.

On one hand, I like it because I know when I do hit that button to release it into the world, it will be better than if I had rushed through this process. On the other hand, I just want it to be out there already! :)

But I am still plugging away at it.

I am also finding time to finish some illustrations for a short story I have written. It is about Lady Byrd who thinks she doesn't need to prepare for Winter because she has her food brought to her. But when all the bakers and cooks in the Sylvan Wood stop baking for others so they may build up their own stores for Winter, Lady Byrd is taken to meet Aunt Jane who shows her the wisdom in planning ahead and working for what she has. (It is based on Proverbs 6:6 "Go to the ant you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!")

Also in the works is a story about a little mouse who thinks he is wise in his own eyes. Illustrations to come on that one as well.

Lord willing, by the end of April all three will be done I can move on to some other ideas floating in my head.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Do you know that feeling as Christmas approaches? The excitement of seeing the presents under the tree. Counting down the days to when you know you can open them.

And then that feeling when you begin to peel back the paper on the first present. You can hardly contain your excitement. Your breathing speeds up.

And then you finally see it. It is at last in your hands. You can now hold it and feel it.

That is my feeling right now.

It all started on Nov 1st, 2009. Two weeks beforehand, I had decided to join the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo [NaNo]). I had completed Script Frenzy (Screnzy) the previous April and loved it.

While I didn't think narrative writing was my thing, I thought I would give NaNo a go. I completed the challenge (Write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November) and then had a completed first draft on my hands.

One of the winnings of completing the challenge was that you got a free proof copy. So I ordered it. Some very kind friends read it, gave me helpful suggestions, and encouraged me more than they'll know.

And that led to today, when this afternoon the final proof copy of First Laugh: A Fairy Tale landed in my mailbox. One more read through and it will available on Amazon.

This is also just the beginning of many stories and curriculum ideas that are in varying stages of production.

Through this blog I will be sharing all the new and exciting things coming to Teachable Moments.