The Upcoming of SEND

Image result for send buttonI have mentioned in a few prior post that my latest middle grade WIP has been an amazing story of beauty to write. It has been, mostly, my only focus this summer. It’s been in the 90’s here in Phoenix as we are mid-way through October, so I am saying it’s still summer (I MISS THE 4 SEASONS!!!!!) I’ve been blessed to have my manuscript reviewed and edited by My Rock (we will go with that name because it’s true for many reasons beyond this manuscript, and no it’s not The Rock). It’s hard to catch every little mistake when you wrote the story and have been staring at it day after day.

I have never had this much fun writing a story! I even created a Pinterest board for the manuscript. You can view it here.

Now I know the manuscript is not perfect, but it is pretty darn close. My nerves are growing as I near hitting the SEND button to get it off to my agent. Will she like it? Will she want me to make changes? Will she submit it to publishers? Will publishers like it?

I’m nervous as can be!!!!

What will I do once I hit SEND? (besides stalk my email and phone). I have another manuscript that needs my attention, which was shoved to the back burner as soon as my WIP popped in my head.

But for one minute in-between SEND and the next WIP, I will take a deep breath, find my center, and cross my fingers!!!!!!


Why I Decided to Give my Dog Apoquel


Playing with a toy on his own – it’s been a long time, years since he last did this.

Some of you know that Awesome has had a long struggle with everything from allergies to bladder stones. In fact since he turned about 2 years old he has dealt with chronic ear infections, and chronic skin yeast infections to chronic dermatitis between his front paws. It became so bad between his paws that I was doing soaks and wrapping it for a good portion of time along with dosages of steroids (which I was highly against), and still Awesome was limping around because the pain was so bad. The lesions between his “toes” would bubble up and bleed. Awesome has been on Benadryl for the better part of five years getting roughly 15 – 25mg pills a day to try and keep things the sores at bay, without much help. Food trials were sought and other things like coconut oil and fish oil were used without much help. Upon the discovery of his bladder stones he had to be switched to a diet of one food and one food only. (I know this has not helped at all).

Awesome will be 7 years old next month.

Awesome is either passed out (from the Benadryl) or grumpy from being in pain. His favorite thing in the world is going for walks, yet even with his special boots his paws give him issues.


Sitting wayyy out in the yard – something he has avoided for years!

So why am I giving a drug that has been bashed on the dog internet community to Awesome? Why am I causing possible cancer to form in Awesome? (side effects of Apoquel).

I decided to give Awesome Apoquel because he is in the last years of his life and I want them to be wonderful years (He has been on it a week now). I don’t want him to continue to be miserable from health issues. He isn’t even getting to enjoy his favorite foods anymore (broccoli and carrots)! So I have taken away yummy foods and exercise. Isn’t that the point of a dogs life? Yes, I understand that Awesome could develop some other health issue or disease by taking Apoquel. But I also realize that these are the last years of his life and I would much rather he go out happy.

If someone told you, you have three years to live and you can be confined, thus missing out on life, or take a pill that may or may not cut those three years, but you will be happy and go on adventures. What would you do?

Halloween Book Reviews – kid’s books

Image result for corduroy's best halloween everCorduroy’s Best Halloween Ever! by Don Freeman – I had high hopes for this book, but Corduroy’s discovery of a costume was a let down. Sadly, I don’t think kids would find Corduroy’s costume great either.

10 Busy Brooms by Carole Gerber – Cute Halloween themed counting book. Illustrations by Michael Fleming fill out the story nicely. Image result for 10 busy brooms

Image result for hubble bubble granny troubleHubble Bubble, Granny Trouble by Tracey Corderoy -Although this is not a traditional Halloween book, it works as Granny is a witch. The story takes a different approach regarding the importance of being yourself and accepting that of others too.

For the older kids – three classics which are a fun read (a movie is coming soon based on the series) – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz – Kids will love to read these themselves with a flashlight in hand.

Autumn Book Reviews – kid’s books

Image result for fall leaves bookFall Leaves by Loretta Holland – This book was rather different both in illustrations as well as text. I loved that a parent could read the large print poem version or/and the non-fiction aspect of the book. The illustrations by Elly MacKay provided exceptional three-dimensional imagery.

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson – Although this story was cute, it didn’t flow for me as an easy Image result for fletcher and the falling leavesto read book. The illustrations by Tiphanie Beeke were a little too rough draft for what I like to see in a picture book.

Image resultDuck & Goose, Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills – Cute story where the pictures and text are simple and short. Reads perfectly for a toddler.

Image result for hocus pocus it's fallHocus Pocus, It’s Fall by Anne Sibley O’Brien – This was a classic feeling picture book, almost seventies inspired colors and illustrations. If the words fail to entertain the kids, the illustrations by Susan Gal will keep them turning the pages.

*Stay tuned! I will be posting upcoming theme book reviews for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and December*

Seeing Differently

20160I’m working on the final edits for my middle grade novel, and diving into two prior picture books that I have set aside for about four months. Upon my return to their story I have edited, and tried something new. I made a small 32 page book and took EACH sentence and cut it out and taped it together in the book. In doing so I realized several sentences didn’t belong where I had originally placed them.

As you can see, not fancy at all, just a sample to get you thinking about how well it will fit in book format, how it flows, and how illustrations can be placed.

Happy writing🙂

Facts About the Writer in Me

  1. I read the author bio on the jacket flap at least 3 times in the course of the book. (Before I buy it, mid-way through, and once I finish).
  2. I watch movies and think about how it would have played out as words on a page.
  3. New story ideas come to me when I’m writing a current story, thus throwing my current story off track.
  4. I critique other author’s head-shots/profile pictures. (That one is uber cool/that one looks horrible).
  5. I’ll go weeks without checking Amazon stats, then suddenly start checking every hour.
  6. I ponder which celebrities actually wrote their books and who had ghost writers, then get upset that celebrities get book deals like it’s a Wendy’s drive-thru, yet I love to read their books more than most other books…then I feel guilty about this.
  7. I lose hope in my writing and gain hope like a game of Chutes and Ladders.
  8. Either I accidentally starve myself or I accidentally over-eat when I write.
  9. I’m severely jealous of those who get to write full-time, then wonder about their possible lack of health insurance.
  10. I dream of my stories as movies or TV, then remember when I tried screenplay writing for a year, and it was horribly terribly awful.