STORYSTORM Winner and Goal Updates


Don’t think I ever announced that I completed STORYSTORM in January. By the end of the 31 days, I had 31 ideas to reconsider and figure out which ones I would work on this year. Some of the most promising are juvenile or cozy mysteries, a few new Beatrice and Charlotte adventures, and an Easter story.

Even though it’s early, I’ll use this time to review my writing goals.

GOAL 1: Submit Clever Tom to agents

Deadline on this was February 15, so I didn’t make it. Still a top priority on my list. Might be able to research a couple of agents this month.

GOAL 2: Participate in STORYSTORM

Done and won!!!!

GOAL 3: Blog twice a week on all four blogs

Not doing too badly on this. Until we went on vacation mid-February I was staying on top of this. I’m already set to blog at all four blogs this week.

GOAL 4: Guest blog at least once a quarter

I need to get this in soon. I guest blogged in December 2017, but not so far this year.

GOAL 5: Contribute to Guardian Angel Kids this year

I’m considering a contribution to the August, September, October or December issues.

GOAL 6: Finish Amelia’s Mission and get it ready for submission

I’m into the middle of Chapter 18 now. I’ve been using writing group time to move the story along. In addition, while we were away, I wrote an emotional scene that will change Amelia’s life.

Here’s looking forward to the next quarter of 2018 and what I can accomplish. Feel free to share some of your goals with us. We would love to hear them.


New Blogging Schedule at Christian Children’s Authors

Christian Children’s Authors has changed its blogging schedule. We are now posting on Mondays and Thursdays. My first post under the new schedule will appear on March 1. You can find us at

Blogging at Christian Children’s Authors – Book Review of To the Moon and Back by Kathi Macias


For some reason I have been a day ahead all week. So you’ll find my post at Christian Children’s Authors–a review of the novel, To the Moon and Back by Kathi Macias, today at

2017 Goals Year End Update

Hard to believe that we are close to the end of 2017. For me, it was a good real estate year, which means it wasn’t such a great writing year. That said, the last quarter has seen me focusing more on my writing than I was earlier. Here is what my goals were when I started.


  1. Participate in Picture Book Idea Month in January. I’ve participated in this endeavor twice, which resulted in Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving being published, Amos Faces His Bully being under contract, and four other picture books written. I’m game to do it again.
  2. Submit two short stories this year.
  3. Contribute to Guardian Angel Kids e-zine once this year.
  4. Seek out guest blogging opportunities once a quarter.
  5. Write four chapters of Amelia’s Mission by June.
  6. Attend writing group monthly.

Then in June I added:

New item: Amos Faces His Bully is currently being illustrated. That should come out sometime later this year. I’ll need to dedicate time October – December to promote it.

New item: I’ve given the Christian chapter book I ghostwrote to one of my publishers for review. With any luck I’ll be needing to work on edits to that this year as well. Say a prayer.


Where did I end up?


Goal 1 DONE!: Picture Book Idea Month became STORYSTORM this year. This allowed more writers to participate and certainly helped me to achieve my goal of 30 story ideas in 30 days.

Goal 2 Incomplete: Thought I would do this, but much of my focus this year has been on a larger project you’ll see below.

Goal 3 Incomplete: Guardian Angel has been very good to me over the years. They have another book of mine in the works, so I will put this one back on my goals list for 2018.

Goal 4 DONE!: This has been an important part of my marketing plan since before my first book was published. I love to host fellow authors at my blogs and they are more than happy to return the favor. My last guest spot of the year appeared at Mary Cunningham’s Cynthia’s Attic blog. You can read it at

 Goal 5 Made Progress: I am up to seventeen chapters and I just edited all of them because I’ve been writing a tiny bit each Wednesday. I’m ready to start the new year off strong. I want this book completed in 2018.

Goal 6 Made Progress: I can’t say I kept track, but I think I only missed three meetings this year. Not bad for someone who is usually out selling houses in the evening. I’ve already set up our meeting schedule through the year for 2018, so I am in the process of adding the dates to my calendar. I won’t usually schedule over it if that time is already reserved.

GOAL 7 In the works: Sadly, the original illustrator for Amos Faces His Bully became ill this year and was unable to complete the project. I am thrilled with his replacement, but I don’t have a  new release date from the publisher yet.

GOAL 8 On hold: The publisher opted not to pick up the Christian chapter book I ghostwrote. I’m not sure what I’ll do with it yet, but I’ll see what 2018 brings.

In a day or two I will be posting my 2018 Goals List. Hope you’ll share how your goals went this year and what you’re planning for the new year.

Blogging at Christian Children’s Authors – Mary, Did You Know?


In the spirit of the season, I’m blogging about one of my favorite Christmas hymns–Mary, Did You Know? You’ll find this discussion on Mary at  I hope you’ll stop by.


Blogging at Christian Children’s Authors – Grown-up Christmas List


This is first Friday of the month, so I am blogging today at Christian Children’s Authors. Today I am sharing thoughts as we get closer to the start of Advent on Sunday. I also share a popular holiday song. You can find my post at