Completed ReFoReMo!



I just completed ReFoReMo (ReadingForResearchMonth), which is a free online PB (picture book) activity open each March for writers. This is my first one, and it totally rocked! If anyone is interested in signing up for monthly posts and challenges (children’s genre), there’s a blog you can subscribe to: and / or check out:

They are offering an extra prize opportunity to EVERYONE, whether you are registered for ReFoReMo or not! Check it out in the above link!


Where do I begin…


Yikes, I’m a bad, bad blogger! I’ve been so busy this year but I’ve not stopped writing!

In fact, I placed in two national contests this year (2015):

The Institute of Children’s Literature Kindergarten Contest of 150 words or less

(2nd Place!)


The Institute of Children’s Literature Early Reader Mystery Contest of 700 words or less (4th Place!)

I recently began submitting in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Mysterious Photo Contest and my first entry surprised me with an Honorable Mention, which my name is listed in the November Issue! YAY!

I’m excited that things are finally beginning to happen for me! Writing is a continuous learning experience. I can tell I’ve grown over the years and I know I will continue to grow till the day I take my last breath. At least I hope so! (and may that be a long time from now!)

Now THAT Felt Great!



     I will definitely be doing this again next year. Anyone who completes the challenge, is a winner!

     In fact, I just might set goals similar to this year-round!

     The posts I received each day this month were so motivational! It was interesting to read how published authors think up ideas and then make up a story. It was also inspiring to know it takes them a while to perfect their first draft. And still, there is no guarantee a publisher won’t reject their manuscript.

     A writer must be persistent!  Never, ever, ever, never give up.

~Vicki “)

Writing Prompt #19


     Your main character decides to become a vegetarian right before Thanksgiving. His/Her mother is not happy about it. But the turkey is! In fact, the turkey helps the character come up with food ideas that do not include meat!

30 Ideas and 49 Manuscripts!


     I completed my 30 ideas for PiBoIdMo this weekend! Wow, was that ever fun! And I’m continuing it indefinitely. It’s amazing what just one little push can do. I’m very happy with my results and I’ve included a summary with each title I jotted down.

     I will do this next year. I absolutely loved it! I hope others will be inspired to try it, too.

     Also, I now have 49 manuscripts out to paying markets! I’ve been careful to edit all my stories over and over before I send them out. After all, many publishers won’t get back to you for 3 – 6 months so it’s a good idea to make sure your manuscript is top notch! I never send fresh work out on the same day. Usually I wait for weeks, sometime longer–depending on the word length.

     Anyway, I wanted to share my excitement!

     Someday I hope to share an acceptance for publication with you.

     Don’t just dream your dream, make it your goal. Don’t just have a goal, make it come true. But to make it come true, you must never give up.

Write on!