Giveaway Winner!

Hey Readers!  I just wanted to let you know I heard from my giveaway winner, Kelly Woods and she was happy to receive her gift card and her copy of Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker this week.

From Kelly:

Good afternoon ūüėäjust wanted to let you know I received the gift card from Amazon. Thank you sooo much!! What a huge blessing you are!! Thank you!! Thank you for your kindness ūüėäI will let you know as soon as the book gets here. I can’t wait.

…just wanted to let you know I received the book.. Its soooo cute.. Thank you sooo much again for blessing me.. It means more than these words can say ūüėä You are awesome and your kindness means a lot ūüėäThank you

Kelly, it is a pleasure to have you as the winner of my giveaway. ¬†I don’t think I could find a more appreciative recipient. ¬†Thanks again to all who entered!

And by the way, if you are a Canadian and still hoping to get your hands on a free copy of Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker you can enter my goodreads giveaway this month for your chance to win!  The deadline for entries is May the 2nd.

Have a great day!

“It is not happy people who are thankful but thankful people who are happy.”


Surprise TV Recommendation

Television show recommendations are not the norm here on simply.cindy but then adults do need time to escape from reality too. So here’s a little departure from learning through play and something for after the kids are in bed.

I am not a huge tv watcher. ¬†I find books more interesting. ¬†And hospitals are probably my least favourite place in the world so I don’t know how I ended up watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix but it happened.

What keeps me coming back to the show? ¬†The characters. ¬†I absolutely love the characters; they are so well done. ¬†And I actually don’t have to shut my eyes during every surgery now; I can watch the gross stuff. ¬†watch-greys-anatomy-online

Maybe¬†that’s why I like reading and writing too. ¬†It’s all about the characters. ¬†

Are you like me?  Do you love stories with great characters?  Is the character development first and foremost to you?  Then you will love this show.  I promise.

I love watching the doctors¬†heal¬†patients, save lives, and figure out their own lives at Seattle Grace Hospital. ¬†If you haven’t seen it yet, I warn you… it won’t take much and you’ll be hooked.

Winner of Short Story Contest! Yes!

I happened upon a short story contest last week at Wordy Wanderings and guess what?  My little story won!  What a way to start my week! Thank you A. LaFaye!

The challenge? Write a children’s story in 100 words in which a child makes friends with their food. ¬†I figured it would be¬†prudent¬†to repost this here,¬†just in case you missed reading ūüôā

Friendship Soup

Sophie: One goldfish, two goldfish…

Sophie popped fishy crackers into her mouth.

Sophie: This fishy looks pale.

Plop! Fishy swam in tomato soup.

Sophie: Isn’t it hot?

Fishy: No. It’s warm.

Sophie: That’s why you’re pale.

Mom: Sophie, please eat your lunch.

Shark chased fishy.

Sophie: Quick, before he gets you!


Fishy: I’m shaking¬†from my head to-ma-toes.

Sophie: Shark’s gone.

Fishy: I’ve always wanted to be a big fish in a little pond.

Sophie slurped some soup.  She left a little for fishy.

Sophie: You’re queen of the pond now.

Mom: Did you finish your lunch?

Sophie: Mostly.

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This story is in response to Vivian Kirkfield’s 50 Precious Words Contest. ¬† March 2nd is the birthday of Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss and by the way it is also my brother’s birthday… Happy Birthday Michael if you’re reading this!


Vivian’s¬†contest is based on Bennet Cerf‚Äôs challenge to Seuss to write a children‚Äôs book using only 50 words. ¬†It‚Äôs true that the story has over 700 words‚Ķbut only 50 unique words. ¬†Vivian’s Challenge is to write a story that is 50 words not including the title.

Here’s my entry:


Awake at dawn. Rush to the riverbank.





Turn the crank. Hold tight. Turn fast. Faster.

Sigh. A boot.





Turn the crank. Hold tight. Turn fast. Faster.

Sigh. Too small.





Hold tight. Turn fast. Faster!

Astounding.  A colossal catch!



Writing in Rhyme…Why Not?

Here’s my response via Daily Prompt: Translate

I enjoy writing in rhyme.  Picture books lend themselves well to rhyme.  Rhymes help children who are learning to read. Decoding the words is easier for emerging readers when there are predictable rhymes.

So why avoid writing in rhyme?

If you are submitting your work in the hopes of being traditionally published it is very difficult to get your rhyming manuscripts accepted. This is because rhymes cannot be easily translated. Publishers want to be able to put out books in several languages so the rhyme can actually work against you.

Meter is difficult to get exactly right too.   If the meter is off then the rhyme will not sound right so unless you are exceptionally talented at writing in rhyme it is best to stay away from it all together.

Still determined to write in rhyme?  Self-publish and be sure to get the meter exactly right.

Anticipation of First Picture Book Release!

I just want to say again how thankful I am for Paula, who has done the illustrations for my soon to be released picture book, Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker! ¬†I just received this lovely art card from her¬†in the mail. ¬†You can see more of Paula’s art at her website tiny violet studio. ¬†

Paula and I are waiting with great anticipation to see the book in print!  This is a first book for both of us and we are hopeful that we can do more books together in the future. The proof copy has been ordered and I am anticipating it will arrive either just before Christmas or immediately afterwards.

I feel fairly certain that I will not be sated with just one book project; I will want to do more! And I think that Paula feels the same way.