August 12 x 12 Update


I’m a bit behind with my update, but now that the girls are back to school hopefully things will get back to normal around here. I should be upset I didn’t write a single word last month. I should be bummed that this is the second month in a row that I didn’t meet my 12 x 1 2 goal. Honestly, though, I’m not brokenhearted over it. ¬†Here’s what I did accomplish in August:

  • I edited a previously written middle grade book and submitted it for consideration to my publisher.
  • I submitted a previously written picture book to an agent. (Got rejected ūüė¶ ).
  • I’ve juggled two editing projects for clients.
  • I’ve managed two book tours for the past couple of months and have two in October and two in November I’m planning.
  • I’m working on setting up blog tours for my books:¬†Little Shepherd¬†by Cheryl Malandrinos and¬†A Christmas Kindness¬†by C.C. Gevry.

This all happened in between planning and teaching vacation Bible school, keeping all my blogs regularly updated (six total), my bi-monthly contributions to the Christian Children’s Authors Blog, cheerleading camp, back-to-school shopping, and the normal everyday craziness of our house. ¬†So, while 12 x 12¬†suffered, I still feel I’ve accomplished a lot. I’m scheduled to work on¬†Flag Day Fiasco—Students discover the school‚Äôs flag is missing and must try to find it before their annual Flag Day celebration kicks off—this month. I’m not sure I’ll get to it, but I hope I do. It’s one of my favorite ideas.

Hope you enjoy your weekend.

July 12 x 12 Update




I am bummed. This is the first month I haven’t managed to complete a picture book for 12 x 12. I tried. I even started it. But with being gone for two weeks on vacation, a computer on the fritz, the death of a dear friend, and running the girls around to various activities, I simply couldn’t finish the manuscript. I might try to complete the same idea for August or I might try to work on another ideas:¬†The Candy Store–A young boy dreams of what it would be like to own a candy store.

We’ll see what happens. I’m still proud of all I’ve produced so far this year.

June 12 X 12 Update


I wanted to post this 12 x 12 update last week, but my computer decided to misbehave and I couldn’t use it until we returned from vacation and hubby had the tools to fix it. Now, the laptop is right as rain and I’m catching up on things.

In June, I decided to write¬†Easter Bunny Socks. While I did complete it, the idea wouldn’t come easily and I almost gave up. I’m still not thrilled with the draft. I’ll have to type it on the computer and see what the critique group thinks of it.

For July, I’m scheduled to write¬†Happy Valentine‚Äôs Day, Not!, which is about a girl who¬†tries to avoid the boy who gave her a Valentine‚Äôs Day card, at least until he saves her from the class bully. I haven’t started it yet, and I think this will be a tough month with everything else that is going on. We’ll see what happens.

May 12 x 12 Update


It’s time for another 12 x 12 update.¬†As a¬†12 x 12¬†participant, I am writing 12 books over 12 months. May was another great month. I typed “The End” on my as yet untitled story of Terrence the Turkey, who designs a variety of costumes to fool Farmer Jones so he doesn’t wind up on the Thanksgiving Day table. I know it’s headed for a ton of edits, but I like the idea anyway. I also spent some time this month revising¬†The Other Sister’s Story, which is Cinderella’s story as told from the point of view of one or her stepsisters. I think I might change the title to¬†The Stepsister’s Story.¬†This one has received such rave reviews from my critique group and an agent I showed the opening to, that I’m determined to submit it to an agent who might like this type of story. I have two in mind, but it’s getting together the query letter that always sidelines me.

For the month of June, I’m supposed to write¬†The Candy Store, which is about a boy who dreams of owning a candy store. I got some inspiration from our recent trip to Disney, but I’m not feeling it yet. I’ll have to see if that changes. I think I might work on¬†Easter Bunny Socks¬†instead. I already have ideas for that one brewing.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

April 12 x 12 Update


It’s the last day of April, which means another chance to pat myself on the back for meeting¬†a writing goal. As a 12 x 12 participant, I am writing 12 books over 12 months. I’m pleased to announce that I made great progress this month. In March, I didn’t quite finish Crabby Cathy, so that story was the one I worked on first. Though I had been very discouraged about writing in general through part of the month, after much prayer and some great encouragement, I completed Cathy’s story. I’ll see what my critique group thinks of it.

Next, I moved on to a story that is tentatively titled, The Other Sister’s Story. This is the Cinderella story from one of the stepsister’s perspectives. I’ve seen a book written from the stepmother’s point of view –¬† – but not one of the sisters. The first challenge was that I didn’t know if the sisters had names in any of the stories other than the Disney movie version. This was truly a departure from my usual message type book. This one is just meant to entertain. It’s something I’ve never done before and that makes me a bit nervous. What was encouraging, however, is how much my girls liked it. They haven’t read the entire story, yet–I typed “The End” last night–but I’m going to share it with them today and see what they think. This is by far my favorite story and I already have an agent in mind to which I would like to submit it.

For May, I am working on another untitled story that is a departure from my regular work. It is the story of an ingenious turkey who comes up with unique and funny ways to avoid being part of Thanksgiving dinner. This one should be a blast.