I am absolutely floored by this review of The Denim Jungle I just received from the 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Books Awards.
And it couldn’t come at a better time. Last week was the one-year anniversary of finally having my book (MY book!) in my hands, and tomorrow is the sixth anniversary of losing Sue, who inspired me to make it. To say it’s a bittersweet time of year would be a profound understatement.
I miss you, Sue. Thank you for being you. Thank you for motivating me (and so many others) to imagine and commit and create. Thank you for giving me this connection to you. But most of all, thank you for helping me be the kind of mom who can show her kids that dreams can be made reality with hard work and heart.
24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
Entry Title: The Denim Jungle
Category: Children’s Picture books
Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding.”
- Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5
- Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5
- Production Quality and Cover Design: 5
- Plot and Story Appeal: 5
- Character Appeal and Development: 5
- Voice and Writing Style: 5
Visually stunning and engaging, designed for multiple reads that will reveal new details each time. Author has put a lot of excellent thought and work into designing this book with multimedia elements, creating visually pleasing pages to delight the young reader and older reader alike. Author scores with a terrific premise Continue reading
Five years ago today, I said goodbye to my mother-in-law. I made her many promises that day, not the least of which was fulfilling her dream for The Denim Jungle. Continue reading
Kristy Mitchell’s jawdropping Wonderland photographs come to her in dreams.
Someone once told me that writers have especially intuitive dreams. I’ve had some soul-shaking ones, and last week’s was a doozy. But more on that later.
So I consulted the Internet. Turns out there are whole books on the subject of writers and dreams.
Did you know that without dreams we wouldn’t have Frankenstein, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Catch-22, Misery, or even Twilight? All of these stories came to authors by way of dreams.
Think this all sounds like a bunch of hippie-dippie nonsense? Scientific American says otherwise. Continue reading
“Compass Study” © Calsidyrose, Flickr Creative Commons
Sometimes in life, you just need to stop and ask the universe for directions.
That’s what I did, going into my recent trip to Hawaii with my husband and daughter. After years devoted to (and struggling with) two kids’ books near and dear to my heart, I left it up to vacation to provide some meditation and fresh insight.
In exchange I received these three “responses”:
Lately, many people have asked me:
So… what about that kids’ book you were going to write?
Well, it’s already written. In fact, several are in the works, but two are in the final polishing stages: Continue reading
This goes out to all you hardworking moms, multitasking dads, and thoughtful friends—with an extra special shout out to all you creative types fighting the uphill battle to live the dream.
You are awesome. So awesome, in fact, that you deserve more than just one baby panda. You deserve five.
Warning: This video may cause cuteness overload. Proceed with caution.