Words Have Wings

Always Be Connecting

“Always be connecting” is a phrase I have heard over and over again from fellow authors. There is value in connecting with other writers, no matter where you are in your author journey. I highly recommend connecting with others who share similar goals. Writing is mostly a solitary activity with you and your computer. Connecting … Read more

Read Aloud Day

On February 7, 2024 classrooms around the world took time to celebrate and honor the power of reading and sharing stories and expand the scope of global literacy. As Pam Allyn, creator of World Read Aloud Day, reminds us, “World Read Aloud Day celebrates the power, magic, and influence of the read aloud for children … Read more

Author of the Month

Last month I was invited to be the Author of the Month at a Library on Long Island. I’ve always been a library fan. Ever since my mother took me to the public library and I got my very own library card. Naturally, the children’s library was, and still is my favorite part of a … Read more

A Groundhog Day Celebration

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Welcome to a Groundhog Day Celebration. Gertie and I are excited to share with you some fun ways to celebrate Groundhog Day. But first, what is Groundhog Day? Origins of Groundhog Day The origins of Groundhog Day go all the way back to a Christian feast day of Candlemas. On February 2, Christians traditionally bring … Read more

The Power of Quitting

The power of quitting is very liberating. I am not talking about quitting writing altogether, but rather knowing when to quit a story when it just is not working. I belong to a writing group, Teach Write, of teachers who teach writing. They are a wonderful and supportive group of writers. Each week we set … Read more

Are You Ready for World Read Aloud Day!

This year World Read Aloud Day will be on February 7, 2024.  World Read Aloud Day is an annual celebration bringing attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read-aloud! Reading out loud to children is a fun way to connect with them and inspire their … Read more

The Sticky Note Approach

It’s a new year and I decided to try a new approach; the sticky note approach to writing a picture book. I have long admired those writers who use sticky notes and while I am a notebook type of writer. I am trying something new and different. One of the most important elements of writing … Read more

A Better Way to Start Your Year

Resolutions are great if you can stick to them. For me, by mid January I am back to my old habits. What if I told you that there was a better way to start your year? After reading  One Word That Will Change Your Life by Jon Gordon I decided to try it. Each year I pick … Read more

A Year in Review

A year in review is an opportunity for authors to look back at their writing life for the past year. Reviews can help you plan next steps for the new year. It is important to focus on what you were able to do rather than the rejections, less than shining critiques or contracts not offered.  … Read more