Seven Stories. Seven Days. (Day 5)

I’m a teacher and I write for children.  For the first time ever, I’m trying to write seven picture book drafts in seven days.

Day 5

Today, I didn’t bother with the 5 am alarm as I don’t need to go to work.  I had an outline for a story about Winter Solstice Celebrations and I was able to get a draft done by 9:40 am! Yay!

Will this draft become a book one day?  Too early to tell.  For now it feels like it has potential but I might look at it next week and decide it is in need of a complete overhaul. One of my next steps will be to read mentor texts by picture book authors who have written on the same subject.  Do you know any books about the winter solstice celebration?  Let me know in the comments.

Five drafts done!  Two more to go.  Maybe I CAN write seven stories in seven days…

Curious about my debut picture book? It’s titled Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker


Little Steps

I wasn’t sure if I should share this news here but I’m bursting with excitement so here goes….I’m hopeful that there’s an exciting change on the horizon for me.


So right at the beginning of January, I came across a publisher’s wish list for picture book manuscripts.  It felt like my lucky day as two of the items on the wish list matched one of my manuscripts.  I sent my query and a few days later, I received a request to read my manuscript!  I’m told that it takes around 6 weeks to hear back about a manuscript so I don’t expect to know anything for awhile but cross your fingers for me! It is the first time ever I feel like I actually have a chance to become a traditionally published author.

I’d love to give more details but it is really still a very long shot so it may come to absolutely nothing but right now, there’s hope!

Hope with me, okay?

Pancake Day: February 13, 2018

Hello Lovely Readers!

This year pancake day will be on Tuesday, February the 13th?  Pancake day is sometimes called Shrove Tuesday and it is the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.  It goes back to the tradition of eating up any remaining rich foods before fasting.

I have my own tradition of making pancakes with my preschoolers on pancake day.  They love to measure the ingredients, stir up the batter, and flip the pancakes.  Of course the best part of all is eating the pancakes. What a treat!


For fun you can watch the Great Spitafield’s Pancake Race where Londoners go to celebrate.  Perhaps I ought to try something like this with my preschoolers.  And here’s a sweet little pancake song!


Finally, don’t forget to order Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker a fun little story about friendship, creativity and ingenuity and lots and lots of pancakes.  It is the perfect little story to read on pancake day.

Poke around my blog to find links to all sorts of yummy pancake recipes from some wonderful food bloggers out there in the blogosphere.

If you ask me, any day is a good day for pancakes 🙂

Victoria Parents: Look for Katie at your library!

Somewhere along the path to publishing the story of Katie, I realized that my little picture book could potentially be in the public library one day.  Well, that day has finally arrived!  The Greater Victoria Public Library now has one copy of Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker and as of today, it is part of this year’s “Emerging Local Authors Collection”.

So Victoria parents, grandparents, and early childhood educators, you can now borrow my story and read it to your children!  If your children like Jillian Jiggs, they will surely enjoy Katie Shaeffer!  But be warned, this story might have them wanting to build machines from recycled materials or start making fluffy golden pancakes.  So be prepared for the story to lead to some projects :). Perfect timing for our rainy west coast weather!  Yes, pancakes would taste pretty good right now, I think.

Oh, and if you like the book and wish to leave a review on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, or Goodreads, that I would be forever grateful. Thank you.

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Saturday Morning Pancake Feature…Happy Easter!

Hello Lovely Readers!  Welcome to my Saturday morning pancake feature where I share a pancake recipe from another awesome blogger out there.  This recipe is from Lauren Sanchez at Sweet and Southern Lifestyle.  I’m celebrating the upcoming release of my picture book, Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker on April 24th. I like a healthy pancake recipe and this one is made with oats and chia seeds so check it out!

Oh my goodness thank goodness the weekend is here and we all got to sleep in today. Am I right?! I am glad I am with family and enjoying myself instead of at a desk right now. But who knows maybe some people would rather be at a desk on this lovely Saturday! Anyways, you […]

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Holiday Celebrations

Hello Readers!

How do you celebrate during this time of year?

I celebrate Christmas with family and friends and I also celebrate the Winter Solstice with some of my family.

My holiday break officially starts today.  Preschool is done.  Piano lessons are also done and my new book will just have to wait a little while. Though I will give you an update if something exciting happens. Time now to rest, relax, recharge and listen to a little holiday music plus play some of my own. Sarah McLachlan’s Wintersong is near the top of my list.


In the meantime I wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday and all the joys the season may bring you wherever you are and whatever you may celebrate at this time of year.

And if you get the chance, leave me a little comment about how you celebrate at this time of year. I’d be interested to know.