Sunday, November 13, 2011


Jacqui Robbins is not only one of the Grand Poupas of my writing village, a perennial conference roomy and a fab wife and mother, but Jacqui Robbins KNOWS SHE IS A WRITER.

In the flurry of our daily lives, many of us forget that we are writers. We forget to write. We tell ourselves we are too busy, too needed by others, too tired, frustrated, blocked, etc, etc, etc.

Perhaps you have a manuscript on your computer, a book or two on the shelves of B&N, or in Jacqui's case, 5 million copies of THE NEW GIRL AND ME distributed in Cheerios boxes throughout the country plus a copy or three sitting on bookstore shelves next to two or three copies of TWO OF A KIND. If you are writing, you are a writer and you owe it to yourself and your readers to put pen to paper and share your gift.

My advice.....follow Jacqui's lead. To do this, you must click on the following link and read Jacqui's WORKING IS IN PROGRESS.

OK, you read it? Great. Now turn off your Explorer, your Firefox, your Safari. Open up Word or Pages and get back to writing.

See you 1,000+ written words from now:)
This is a repost from March 2010. I love Jacqui's poem and I think it should be the NaNo anthem.

Friday, November 11, 2011

CAMOUFLAGED an original poem by Jill Corcoran


I dream of a world of peace, equality and love. May 2012 be the year my dream comes true. 
Camouflaged in
Army greens
United States Sergeant Jesus Martinez
Cruises along Baghdad streets
Feared by enemies
Embraced by Iraqi citizens
Proud missionary of justice, equality and freedom.

Camouflaged in
A t-shirt and jeans
United States Sergeant Jesus Martinez
Cruises along Beverly Hills streets
Feared by shopkeepers
Mistrusted by Anglo citizens
Impatient for his next Tour of Duty.
© Jill Corcoran 2009
 Thank you, Veterans! Hugs, love and appreciation to you on your day and every day!

Friday, November 4, 2011


I am thrilled to announce the sale of Jennifer Arena's 100 SNOWMEN to Margery Cuyler at Marshall Cavendish!

100 SNOWMEN is a a mathematical rhyming romp with a Where's Waldo artistic twist. The book is perfect for little ones learning to add plus I predict will be a favorite for the 100 Days of School.

I don't want to give anything away but let's just say there is a mathematical truth in this book that is amazing and will surely captivate both kids and teachers alike...adding a whole new spin to the 100 Days of School 100 Collections that every little one must create.

 Jennifer Arena most recent picture book One Little Flower Girl won an Oppenheim Gold Award and was featured on Martha Stewart's wedding website.  Jen has written over 50 books for kids under her maiden name, Jennifer Dussling, and under the pseudonym Tennant Redbank, including fiction and nonfiction, licensed and original. Her first book, Stars, was published in 1996, and has never been out of print, and some of her other titles are Gargoyles, Bugs, Bugs, Bugs, Slinky Scaly Snakes, Pink Snow and Other Weird Weather, Fair Is Fair, Deadly Poison Dart Frogs, Gotcha!, and The Rainbow Mystery. Her books have been published by Scholastic, Grosset & Dunlap, DK, Scholastic, Kane Press, and Bearport Publishing and translated into French, Spanish, and Arabic.

Jen is also the Editorial Director for Random House BFYR and the line manager for Stepping Stones, editing early chapter books and Step into Readings.When she's not writing or editing, you can find Jen in her garden, on a volleyball court, or curled up with a good book.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011


art by J Beth Jepson

DARE TO DREAM...CHANGE THE WORLD, Kane Miller, Fall 2012 seeks to inform, inspire, ignite middle graders to imagine, persevere and to act.

This collection of work by 30 amazing poets pairs biographical and inspirational poems focusing on persons who invented something, stood for something, said something that defied the naysayers and not only changed their lives but the lives of people all over the world.

The poets themselves were chosen not only for their superb talent but because they too have informed, inspired, and ignited young people throughout their careers with their actions and with their words.

As I put the final touches on the manuscript and excitedly anticipate artist/illustrator J Beth Jepson artistic interpretation of the collection, I am excited to reveal the names of the poets of DARE TO DREAM:
  • Alan Katz
  • Alice Schertle
  • Bruce Coville
  • Carol Tanzman
  • Curtis Crisler
  • David L. Harrison
  • Denise Lewis Patrick
  • Elaine Magliaro
  • Ellen Hopkins
  • Georgia Heard
  • Hope Anita Smith
  • Hope Vestergaard
  • J. Patrick Lewis
  • Jacqui Robbins
  • Jane Yolen
  • Janet Wong
  • Jill Corcoran
  • Joan Bransfield Graham
  • Joyce Lee Wong
  • Joyce Sidman
  • Julia Durango
  • Kelly Ramsdell Fineman
  • Laura Purdie Salas
  • Lee Bennett Hopkins
  • Lisa Wheeler
  • Marilyn Singer
  • Rebecca Kai Dotlich
  • Rose Horowitz
  • Stephanie Hemphill
  • Tracie Vaughn Zimmer


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