Monthly Archives: December 2017

There Really Are Reindeer

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We lived in Phoenix Arizona in 1968. This event really happen! I wanted to keep the proof in a baggie, in the freezer, but my momma said, “No!”  

There Really Are Reindeer

One Christmas morning, back in my youth—I remember it well
My brother told me a most wonderful tale. 

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It seems, Santa doesn’t always land his sleigh on the roof
If one of the reindeer has a sore on his hoof. 

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For outside in our yard—there in the grass, lay all the evidence.
I wouldn’t have believed it, but there were the hoof prints! 

And most amazing of all—I’m telling the truth, a pile of poop.
Seems Santa had forgotten his scoop.We rushed into the house to tell Mom–how excited we were
“There really are reindeer. Now, we know it for sure!”

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What is your favorite Christmas memory?

Self-doubt: An Authors Worst Enemy

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IMG_2009Authors are plagued with self-doubt and worry over silly things.

Harper Lee, for one, threw her whole manuscript for To Kill a Mockingbird out her NYC window while editing. Fortunately, her publisher made her retrieve and finish the book. See, Fling Manuscript From the Window.

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s daughter, Rose, stated in a diary entry the she doubted her mother’s manuscript would “come to anything.” [Smith Hill, Pamela. Introduction. “Will it Come to Anything?”: The Story of Pioneer Girl] However, in an interesting twist, Rose later used her mother’s rejected Pioneer Girl to craft new novels for herself. By 1932 she and her mother had published novels base on Laura’s original adult manuscript. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name and books are still world-famous.

Authors want praise for hard work, readers to love their words. They want to make a difference in the world. But even after a book is published, garnered accolades, and the author praised, doubt returns. Why? Simple rejection by one person.

Even if multiple people have purchased, reviewed, or praised the authors work, it’s that one person who reads the back cover and walks away, or promises a review and doesn’t, who triggers an author’s fatalistic imagination.

My dear authors, hang on to your sanity! Stay focused on your goal and start a file of all the praise, awards, and encouragement you’ve received. Self-doubt is destructive liar.

How do you overcome these times?

The Lost Puppy (A Super Emily and Buttermilk Adventure)

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Super Emily loves to make everything right!

With the help of her magical stuffed kitten, Buttermilk, Emily goes on adventures to help those in need.

When the heart on Buttermilk’s collar flashes, Emily knows her friend’s puppy is missing. But Emily hasn’t finished her green beans yet, and Momma wants her plate.

After explaining the problem to Momma, Emily may go help, but she must hurry back to finish her beans.  Momma thinks Emily is pretending.

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This heart-warming children’s book captures a young child’s desire to care for others who are in need. Imaginative play is encouraged as well as issues of respect and follow-through on tasks.

Available here