Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Winner of the Fractured Mother Goose Poetry Contest is Announced

Mother Goose has been giving her spectacles a real work out reading and rereading these “old rhymes in new skins.” She even let Goosey read some. Goosey was not a fan of The Wise Lamb and I could understand why.

I would like to personally thank everyone who participated in the “New Mother Goose Rhyming Competition.”

From a scrambled “Humpty” to a lying “Bo-Peep” to Rhymeland’s own “Sweeney,” the entries were very clever.

The winner may contact me through my website for their rhyming picture book critique. Just click on the link in the upper right hand corner of my blog. That will take you to my website where you will find my email address.

Thanks again, everyone everyone. These contests are always a bunch of fun and they help stimulate your creativity.

And the winner is………..


By Stephanie Shaw

Congratulations, Stephanie. J

Saturday, June 11, 2011

NJSCBWI - A New Take on Silver and Gold

Making New Writer Friends and Reconnecting with Old Ones

Last week I had the best time at the NJSCBWI Conference despite a few family setbacks. (An emergency room visit in the middle of the night) But that's another story.

I was thrilled to meet and chat with some of my POET'S GARAGE members. I had met Stella and Diana before, but this was my first time meeting Laura.

I also ran into my old friend, Patti, who by the way had been my very first roommate at the POCONO SCBWI conference years ago. Since then I have published a picture book and she has obtained an MFA from Vermont.

I spent some time with Nancy, Allison, Kristin, Christina, Mary, Elena, Edward, Ammi, Eileen, and Alvina.

New friends made, included my awesome YA peer critique group, Suzy, Susie, Marcy, Christine and Nicole.

Aside from writer friends I also made new friends with editors and agents. So now I'm busy revising away in hopes that next year I'll be one of the agented authors attending.

Go to a writer's conference. It builds your self-esteem, gets you excited about your work and stimulates your creativity, not to mention your appetite, friendships and life in general. :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Don't forget, you rhymers out there. Mother Goose is expecting some "new" takes on her "old" rhymes.

Contest starts today!
Good Luck!


Hi folks: This is a fun challenge. Write a picture book in 50 words or less. See Vivian Kirkfield's blog for details. https://vivianki...