My Halloweensie Writing Contest Entry!

Hello Everyone! Oh, how I love writing contests! There’s nothing like a hard deadline and “rules” to kick my creativity into high gear! Seriously, it’s like a crazy creative crossword puzzle and it is SO MUCH FUN!

This entry is for author Susanna Hill’s amazing “10th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest.”

The Rules: Write a Halloween story for children (12 and under) with a true narrative arc — beginning, middle & end — that is no more than 100 words AND includes the words “skeleton,” “creep,” and “mask” (in any form). And just because I’m a masochist, I decided that I’d ALSO make it rhyme. Why not?!

People, if you think this is an easy task, you are SADLY mistaken! Here’s my best attempt, coming in at 91 words, I hereby give you: “DEAD TIRED.”

Please to enjoy… 🙂

My First Picture Book – Coming Soon!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve signed the contract for my debut picture book, BRAINSTORM, scheduled to be published in the Summer of 2022 by Sleeping Bear Press!

Your thinking is cloudy —gloomy and gray. But wait! A BRAINSTORM is headed your way. What begins as the tiniest drop of a thought — kerplink! — soon swells into a whirlwind of words, pictures, and ideas spilling down — Plunk! Plonk! Splat! For fans of WHAT IF? by Samantha Berger and WHAT DO YOU DO WITH AN IDEA? by Kobi Yamada, BRAINSTORM takes us inside the mind of a young writer caught in a downpour of creativity.

BRAINSTORM is a rhyming concept picture book targeted to children in grades K-3 who are beginning to learn how to shape and sharpen their idea-generation and storytelling skills. It will include writing prompts and additional suggestions for parents, teachers and librarians who are looking for ways to inspire kids to have fun playing with new ideas!

More details coming soon!

My poem, “Our Walk To School,” was published in a new children’s anthology!

Hi Everyone! I’m so excited to share that my poem, “Our Walk To School” was published in a wonderful new children’s anthology called HOP TO IT: POEMS TO GET YOU MOVING (Pomelo Books, Oct. 2020).

This poem was inspired by a tradition that my kids and I implemented on the very first day of the quarantine when we learned that their schools would be closed indefinitely. We decided that we would not allow this “new normal” ruin our “old normal.” So, every day, after breakfast, we laced up our sneakers and headed out on our walk to school (And yes, we literally walked to their school and home again). The boys and I enjoyed it so much that we continued, even through the summer. It was our time to breathe, set our intentions for the day, and remind each other that — while we didn’t know what the future would bring — we could at least count on this time together. True, our walks weren’t always as idyllic as what I depict in the poem, but sharing those morning walks with my two boys will definitely be one of my favorite memories of 2020.

For more information about the book, visit

The Coolest Ghoul In School

It’s been a while since I posted on my blog! Hello again friends! I hope you are all doing well!

I’m entering a writing contest called #FallWritingFrenzy and, in the spirit of the Fall season and with Halloween coming up, I thought you might enjoy reading my entry.

The contest challenges writers to use a particular photo or photos, chosen by the contest creators, to inspire a Fall/Halloweeny short story or poem (under 200 words).

My poem was inspired by a mash-up of three photos (images 2, 7 & 9), all of which you can find here, along with the rules for the contest:

If you’d like to read all of the other FABULOUS entries by amazing writers, check them out here:


Thank you, as always, for your support! xoxo

National Poetry Month Day 30: April 30, 2020

Hello Everyone! It’s the very last day of the poem-a-day challenge! Whew! What a month! I have never in my life produced so much (30 poems in 30 days!). It has not been easy, but I’ve learned an incredible amount about myself through this process, most importantly that (and I know this sounds insanely cheesy, but) I CAN do ANYTHING I put my mind to. I DO have the time. I DO have the energy. I DO have the ability. I only need to want it ENOUGH. I am extremely proud of all the poems I’ve created. (Sure, some were better than others, but the fact that I completed them ALL feels like a huge accomplishment).

O.k. enough of my ramblings! Let’s get to the poem!

Today’s final word was “Mailbag.” However, as I started tinkering, I realized that for my very last poem, I wanted to write something meaningful about the impact this challenge has had on me over these many weeks in quarantine. “Mailbag” just wasn’t cutting it! So I went off the grid and picked my own word: “Persist.”

Thank you again for all your support and for reading my work. And a special thanks to Lori Degman, writer extraordinaire, who created this challenge and invited me to join her on this journey. I’m so grateful. xoxo

National Poetry Month Day 29: April 29,2020

Hello everyone! It’s the second-to-last day of the poem-a-day challenge!!! I can’t believe I’ve almost made it to the end! Today’s word is “Slimy,” which got me thinking about car salesmen, which got me thinking about cars, which got me thinking about my minivan and how minivans often get a bad rap and then I wondered how the minivan might feel about someone who is less than happy about having one. (I happen to LOVE my minivan –and I’m not afraid to say it!) Anyway, all of that brain goop turned into this poem. Hope you enjoy it!

National Poetry Month Day 28: April 28, 2020

It’s Day 28 of the poem-a-day challenge and BOY am I feeling the strain! Today’s word is “discretion.” I was having MAJOR trouble coming up with something to write about, so I figured, why not just write about my truth? Thanks for reading! 🙂