I’m taking a blogging break, but I’ll be back in the fall, with a new look for the site and revived blogging energy. I won’t be idle over the summer, though. As well as working on my own writing, I will be revamping all my websites with a new look. I’m looking forward to the new look. Please note, my freelance editing service, FLUBS2FIXES will remain open for copy editing…

In the first half of this year (how can we be halfway through the year already?) I benefited from several webinars about different aspects of writing. A few were free, a few had a fee, but all were worthwhile. Among them were an Agents Day hosted by SCBWI Wisconsin, a webinar about writing first pages in middle grade and YA novels hosted by SCBWI-SouthWest Texas, one on writing the middle…

Well, not until Fall, but early-bird registration begins on June 14th! What is Picture Book Summit? It’s a fantastic day-long conference for picture book writers, that happens entirely online, so there are no travel or accommodation costs, and you can attend in your jammies if you want. It is hosted by author, editor and educator Emma Walton Hamilton, author and founder of the 12×12 picture book challenge Julie Foster Hedlund,…

I need to change this category to Recent Reads, because when I am into a book like this, I don’t want to stop to write a blog post, even a brief one! You may know that author extraordinaire, Richard Peck, died recently — on May 23rd. There is a hole in the kidlit universe since his death. I am grateful we have his books with us to continue his legacy…

I read an all-too-brief article on Broadway World, with an equally brief — but delightful — video, and I wanted to share them with you (in an equally brief blog post!) Those of you who’ve been following my blog for some time may recall my previous posts about illustrator, costume designer, set designer, director Tony Walton. I featured Tony as a “Wednesday Worthy” back in 2012, and in October 2013,…

The good news: my subscription provider, FeedBlitz, has confirmed that all my blog subscriptions were obtained through double opt-in. This constitutes permission to add your email to the mailing list and send email “newsletters.” This means I will NOT have to delete all subscriptions and start again. You can relax and just continue to receive my blog posts as you always have. This is good for us all. You still…

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Recently, I read the excellent writing craft book SLEUTH: GAIL BOWEN ON WRITING MYSTERIES, by acclaimed Canadian mystery novelist Gail Bowen. I’ve posted about it today on my Flubs2Fixes blog. Although the title would indicate that it’s about mysteries, the book itself has a great deal of information and guidance about writing in general, that we can all benefit from. I hope you’ll check it out! Here’s the link.