How do you learn?

How do you learn?

Some people gain knowledge when they open a book. Others absorb information by observation. Yet everyone can learn through play. Here in Seattle at the University of Washington, we have a top ranked College of Education. I am a new board member. I still can’t believe it. The honor thrills me because I get to be involved in how our teachers are taught to teach and how these amazing individuals can inspire our children, get communities involved...

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Life as a Lefty

Life as a Lefty

Have you ever tried using your less dominate arm for everyday things? I personally try to avoid it. Typing is slow, hair brushing impossible, and eating, well… really not that pretty. Unfortunately, I have been forced to give this a go. I got into a bit of a ski accident. But, like everything else in my life… I’m going to use it as plot line. Firstly though, I need to thank the Whistler ski patrol. If you are going to get hurt, there is no...

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Well this was cool!

Well this was cool!

When I picked up my mail last week I received a large envelope. Inside was a copy of the Kirkus Reviews magazine, The Best Books of 2015 and The Best 100 Indie Books of the Year, Special Issue. With anticipation, I turned the pages reading what they had to say about the year’s most promising reads. When I reached page 194 I smiled.  Sock Monster had made the cut. I still haven’t received the coveted star review from Kirkus, but someday I...

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Sock Monster’s First Big 5 Star Review

Sock Monster’s First Big 5 Star Review

I am counting down the weeks to the release of my very first picture book, Sock Monster. The process of writing a picture book has been humbling to say the least. Every one of the 272 words needed to count. Picture books are traditionally only allowed 300 words. Let’s just say I found writing a full 50,000 plus word novel far easier. That being said, when I received this review last week I nearly wept. I love Readers’ Favorite...

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10 Things Every Aspiring Author Should Know…

10 Things Every Aspiring Author Should Know…

You can’t write what you don’t know. Research is essential. No one gets it right in the first draft. The average novel is rewritten 7 times. You will get rejection letters. Learn Origami, rejection letters look much better when they are folded into cranes. There will always be people who don’t like what you write, you’ll never please everyone, it is impossible, don’t even try. Embrace your characters quirks and tells. When I was...

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