October

Hello! I realize May was my last post. I really need to do this much more often. Plus I need the practice of sitting down at a keyboard and coming up with something worth saying off the top of my head.

I have been busy writing new stories and illustrating others. I’ve also been zooming a lot of children’s book conferences courtesy of Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators. For any of you who are pursuing or even interested in writing for children, I highly recommend joining SCBWI. They offer so many wonderful resources and tons of information concerning the craft of writing and the path for trying to get your book published. That’s not even mentioning the comradery of regional groups who meet to critique and encourage one another.

Hope your little goblins stay very safe this Halloween as you think of new and inventive ways to celebrate during this COVID-19 time. Backyard bonfire complete with S’mores? Costume contest with cousins? Paper cutting, Pumpkin carving, Face painting decorating?

Take care and stay safe!
Peggy

May. . .

we soon see friends and family in person. For those working at home, taking care of children, being homeschool teachers and superior disinfectant house cleaners I take a bow.

I had been home school tutoring my great nieces and nephews while living with my daughter in one town of the state. I went back to my own home town for spring break and was not allowed to return to my daughter’s (due to the quarantine not the tutoring). But I have no advice for anyone. Just know I have been lifting all home-front security spaces, places and people up in thought and prayer.

I hope you have been reading many good children’s books.
Keep up the diligent safety measures!

Yours Truly,
The madly working on any ideas for children’s books I possibly can while I have this huge amount of time on my hands author,
Peggy


Spring

March

Cotton-ball clouds

Suspended in brilliant blue

Hover over wheat yellow meadows.

Gnarly black branches

Like fingers on worn hands

Reach up and beg silently to burst into golden-green.

But they must wait.

One more winter blast is Marching around the corner.

My wish: may you be safe, may you be well, may we all work together though apart.

Encouragement

Happy 2020!

I hope the new year has gotten off to a good start for all. This year I am trying to be more diligent in attending to the tasks I have been wanting to accomplish. Working on my website. Writing and illustrating more. Trying to learn the complicated art of marketing! There is something that a mentor of mine once told me: In the book industry there is only one thing you can be sure of. If your manuscript is in your desk drawer, you will never have a published book. So true. So I would like to encourage all inspiring authors and artists to go out there and seek to accomplish your goal. Sometimes the prize lies in the journey itself.

Fall, winter and holidays arrived. Wait. What happened to summer?

My hope is many blessings for all.  Fall came and seemed more like extended summer here in Oklahoma and suddenly it was the Holidays!  I look forward to seeing my latest book, ABCats, released this year. I will keep you posted on the timing.  In the meantime, may we all use the many gifts and talents each of us have been given to make our families, communities and the world a better, more peaceful place.