Three poems forthcoming in Illumen!

Great news! Three of my poems, “The Threshold Machine,” “The River Beckons,” and “To My Daughter,” will be published in the Autumn 2018 issue of Illumen magazine! Illumen is a print journal of speculative poetry, which publisher Alban Lake defines as “the application of imagination to reality.”  Comprising science fiction, fantasy, folklore, myth, surrealism, horror, […]

JambaLAya Kidlit Conference 2018

  For the second year in a row, the Louisiana/Mississippi chapter of SCBWI knocked it outta the park! This is one of the best kidlit conferences I’ve attended, and I’ve been to a few. I tend to prefer regional conferences for the intimacy and depth of focus, not to mention the community building, and this one delivered. […]

A retreat and an advance, writerly speaking

For the past two weekends, I’ve been submerged in a glorious writerly time-out-of-time, first at the Big Chill writer’s retreat, then at the RUCCL One-on-One conference. Whew! Re-entry into the real world has been tough: the toilet’s broken, a kid’s home with tummy troubles, cockroaches in the bathtub. Sigh. So let’s go back to my […]

Fond farewell to Literary Mama

This month is the first in almost nine years that I haven’t helped to prepare the September issue of Literary Mama. This summer, I handed the Poetry Editor reins to my talented colleague and poetic co-conspirator Juli Anna Herndon so I could pursue a writing career. The Poetry department, and the overall site, is in […]

Kidlit writers: Review of Chapter Book Blueprint by Children’s Insider

Writing Blueprints are created by the folks behind Children’s Book Insider, which just celebrated its 27th anniversary! As of today, these are the Blueprints available through WritingBlueprints.com: Picture Book Blueprint  Easy Reader Upgrade Picture Book Blueprint / Easy Reader Upgrade Bundle Chapter Book Blueprint   Self-Publishing Blueprint   I tried the Chapter Book Blueprint, and I loved […]