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October 2015


Well, it was a crazy summer. My substitute teacher hubby was home for the summer. We moved. I ended up in the ER. (I'm fine now.)  We went to our granddaughter's wedding two states away, plus lots of other things that kept us really busy. Oh, and did I mention that my husband was home all summer?




Whimsy, Words, and Wisdom





Definition: Endearing quaintness. The quality of being playfully humorous, especially in an endearing way.


As a children’s writer, whimsy is a good thing to incorporate into your writing. You want your stories to be endearing, playful and humorous.


This month I feature the picture book The Fantaastsic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore written by William Joyce and illustrated by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm,

published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 19,2012)



The jacket flap says this:


Everything in Morris Lessmore's life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds. But the power of the story will save the day.


The New York Times says, "A visually stunning bit of work."


The book begins, "Morris Lessmore loved words. He loved stories. He loved books."

The book ends, "And so our story ends as it began...with the opening of a book.'



Definition: Meaningful combinations of sounds that are a unit of language or its representation in a text.

As a writer, you love words. We use words to communicate and express ideas. We use words to make sentences. We use sentences to make paragraphs. And we use paragraphs to make stories. It’s important to use the best words possible.


This month’s word is – ta da!  – FANTASTIC. This month’s exercise is to use the word “fantastic” in  a short story, poem, or whatever suits your fancy. Any form of the word is acceptable. Write something fantastic!


I encourage you to do each month’s exercises and in six months you will have six new pieces of writing. In twelve months, you will have twelve. I say go for it! And I'd love to see what you've written for these exercises. If you would like a critique, I'll critique up to 200 words free.



Definition: Accumulated knowledge of life or of a sphere of activity that has been gained through experience.

I have been writing for children for over 30 years. I have published eight books and taught several writing classes through the Loft Literary Center, community education and at conferences.


This month's bit of wisdom is in the following quote: "You don’t read a book to get to the middle. You read a book to get to the end.” Mickey Spillane. Read my advice about this on my "For Writers" page on my website. 


Watch for my next blog  where I will share more about whimsy, words and wisdom. Til then, choose your words wisely.






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March 1, 2017