Chocolate Chip Legacy

Seven basic ingredients – that’s all I need to make chocolate chip cookies. In and of themselves, a legacy they do not make. Even the finished product is just a cookie, a sweet treat at the end of a meal or savored warm from the oven with a cold glass of milk. It’s gone, eaten…

My Argument for Cloning

Writing is a solitary endeavor, at least for me. I spend hours alone in my office, at my computer, creating worlds that don’t exist for people who aren’t real.  I challenge my characters, put roadblocks in their way, and fill their world with conflict and struggle.  It’s a monumental undertaking, and takes more time, effort,…

Huckleberry Heart – first two chapters!

My chapter book, Huckleberry Heart, won a first place RPLA (Royal Palm Literary Award) at last night’s banquet.  Chapter books are geared for children 6-8 years old.  These stories are two-fold:  they are read to youngsters who then learn to read them on their own and hopefully to others. Here are the first two chapters…

Apologies to Maggie

Maggie’s holding the door and looking back at me with an impatient, frustrated look on her face.  She’s got her arms crossed against her chest and is shifting her weight from one foot to the other.  Clearly, she’s been waiting much too long for me to show up.  I try to explain the reasons I’ve…

Got Senses?

            I have to constantly remind myself to stop, look around, and make sure I’m providing a real, sensory world for the characters in my middle-grade story.             Maggie and her friends have to not only see the Gothic mansion they’re visiting – they have to know that it is old because of the ivy…