Thank you Vivian Kirkfield for hosting such a fun and CHALLENGING contest. I didn’t think I could write a story with a beginning, middle, and end in only 50 words, but I surprised myself. Check out all the entries here: 50 PRECIOUS WORDS 2021. FRANKIE’S FIERY FART (50 words) “Get in back, Frankie.” Frankie frownedContinue reading “50 PRECIOUS WORDS 2021”

Storystorm 2021 Day 3: Ashley Franklin Brainstorms with Feelings

Originally posted on Writing for Kids (While Raising Them):
by Ashley Franklin Hello there, writing friends! We’re at the start of a new year, so you know what that means: now is the time to tackle those writing goals with all the optimism you can muster. Not feeling very inspired? It happens to the best…

Storystorm 2021 Day 2: Vivian Kirkfield Creates a Compilation Book

Originally posted on Writing for Kids (While Raising Them):
by Vivian Kirkfield Ten years ago, I skirted the shadows of Tara’s 2011 PiBoIdMo (now Storystorm) Challenge. I walked away with a notebook filled with 30 ideas and a thirst for more. Two months later, I hopped aboard the first year of Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Picture…

Accentuating the Positives: My 2020 Writing Successes

2020 was full of unprecedented challenges. Julie Hedlund and the participants of Julie’s 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series inspired me to post my writing SUCCESSES from 2020. New Year’s Resolutions typically come from a place of wishful thinking about how the previous year could have been better. Especially in the time of COVID,Continue reading “Accentuating the Positives: My 2020 Writing Successes”


I’m so glad that Susanna Hill’s 10th Annual Holiday Contest gave me the boost to finish a story that’s been simmering for awhile. The Contest: Write a children’s holiday story about a Holiday Helper in 250 words or less. Check out my 250-word submission below. I hope you enjoy it! You can read all theContinue reading “HOLIDAY CONTEST 2020: CHRISTMASAURUS HEX”

Thursday Read-Throughs with Maryna Doughty

Originally posted on Sarah Meade, Writer for Children:
My friend and critique partner, Maryna Doughty, has begun a new blog series called Thursday Read-Throughs. This week I’m excited to join her!  https://giphy.com/gifs/learntosoundfly-soundfly-push-play-26gsbBAWkNwF2DgTC Picture books are meant to be read aloud, so it’s important for authors to hear their work read aloud. A recording of a…


I’m very excited to enter Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie contest this year. I’ve been loving writing challenges lately. Thank you Susanna Hill for organizing this competition. Read more about Halloweensie here: https://susannahill.com/blog/ Prizes include PB MS Critiques from the talented Vivian Kirkfield, Parker Klostermann, Carrie Finison, Teresa Robeson, Lydia Lukidis, Kirsti Call, Ellen Leventhal, and Heather Gale. TheContinue reading “HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST 2020: TRICK OR TROLL”