Happy Halloweensie!

[UPDATE: THRILLED to share that this story was given an Honorable Mention for Great Read for Younger Readers!] It’s one of my favorite times of year: Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie contest for children’s writers! I love these contests. They challenge my brain to think in new ways and almost always inspire multiple stories. Plus, thisContinue reading “Happy Halloweensie!”

Picture Book Opportunities in October!

2020, right? I’ve been working on finding silver linings, or rather, treats among all the tricks this year has brought. Here are some of my favorite October opportunities for children’s writers: Don’t miss Brian Gehrlein’s #PBCritiqueFest raffle! There are a LOT of amazing prizes and a LOT of opportunities for additional entries. Last year IContinue reading “Picture Book Opportunities in October!”

Fall Writing Frenzy 2020

I feel like all the seasons have been a frenzy this year but, at least writing frenzies are the GOOD kind of frenzy. If you’re a member of the kidlit writing community, you’ve heard of Kaitlyn Sanchez – mom, teacher, children’s author, agent, (maybe super-human?), and host of so many wonderful contests. This year, KaitlynContinue reading “Fall Writing Frenzy 2020”

On disappointment and creativity

So maybe you put yourself out there to do a thing. A big thing. A thing you thought would Really Make a Difference. And, maybe that thing didn’t work out. And you feel crushed. And you’re wondering if you should just give up.  But here’s THE THING: If you are feeling disappointed and heartbroken, thatContinue reading “On disappointment and creativity”

Talking about BIG things with little kids

Another deviation from writing for fun but very necessary things. Some of this is copied and pasted from my school social work blog (you’ll probably pick up on that vibe). Big things are going on. Big things that are terrifying and overwhelming. As adults, when we can’t wrap our minds around them, how can weContinue reading “Talking about BIG things with little kids”

Showing Up for Yourself

Sometimes I like to think that there is a parallel universe where parallel-universe-Nicole is still going to work and interacting with extended family members in person and grocery shopping without a mask while listening to news updates about our first female president. I hope she’s happy. She has a lot to be grateful for. And,Continue reading “Showing Up for Yourself”

Resources for Talking with Young Children about COVID-19

You may or may not know that I am a mama to two toddlers and a school social worker currently working with Early Childhood/Preschool-aged children. I know this blog is supposed to be about writing but if there was ever a time for a crossover-episode, this is it. So here goes: How are you supposedContinue reading “Resources for Talking with Young Children about COVID-19”

Author Interview (& Giveaway!) with Ciara O’Neal

It’s Sunday afternoon and my delightful winter break is drawing to a close. It’s time to emerge from the time-warp cocoon filled with too many cookies and delighted toddler shrieks. Wait, was that a delighted shriek or an injured shriek? I’m sure they’ll be fine. Back before I lost track of what day of theContinue reading “Author Interview (& Giveaway!) with Ciara O’Neal”