The challenge: Write a 50 word kidlit story for the #50PreciousWords Kidlit Writing Contest.
Update: My entry didn't win or place this year... but that's ok!
Check out the amazing 749 entries and the list of winners and honorable mentions HERE.
Put on your party hat-shaped thinking cap, and get ready to WRITE! WRITE!
Who's ready to party* with the #kidlit birthday twins???
Have I told you about how I got my agent? No??
Getting quality critiques on your work is THE BEST way to improve your craft. So what are you waiting for?? Register now and hopefully you'll win one of 31 amazing critiques from #PBCRITIQUEFEST!
In honor of the new #CookiePitch, silly pitching event on Twitter, I thought I'd share my famous chocolate cookie recipe with you!
GENNIE’S QUARANTINE COOKIES!
(A chocolate chip cookie recipe perfected during social isolation in 2020)
*NOTE: I LIKE TO MAKE THE DOUGH BALLS AND PUT THEM IN THE FRIDGE. THEN I JUST TAKE 6 OR SO OUT OF THE FRIDGE AT A TIME TO BAKE THROUGHOUT THE WEEK. THEY ARE ESPECIALLY DELICIOUS AFTER BEING REFRIGERATED FOR 2-4 DAYS.
1. With a stand mixer or a hand mixer, cream together the softened butter and sugars for about 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla paste, and mix for about 30 seconds.
2. In the same bowl (!!) add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt and mix it around a little using a fork, then use the mixer on medium-low speed to combine the dry ingredients into the wet ones. Don’t over mix. Stop while you still see some flour, because mixing the chocolate chips in the next step will mix the rest.
3. Mix in the chocolate chips until they are evenly combined.
4. Using a dough scoop (or a large tablespoon), make double scoop sized cookies and roll them into balls. (Yes, they're really big!) Refrigerate for as long as you can wait (overnight is best, but an hour would be fine).
5. Heat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
6. Then place the dough balls on baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Using a spoon, pastry brush or clean fingers, put a little bit of water on each dough ball, then sprinkle a few salt flakes on top.
7. Bake for about 12-14 minutes, or until the edges are slightly crispy and the tops of the cookies are very lightly golden. The centers may look slightly undercooked. (Note - if you make smaller cookies, start checking them at 9 minutes.)
8. Remove the cookies and let them cool on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes. Enjoy the cookies while they are warm! Or, transfer to a sealed container and store for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.
I'm thrilled to announce that I have signed a contract with literary agent Mary Cummings of Great River Literary!
I am absolutely thrilled to announce that my Spring Flight Kidlit Writing Contest entry, Grandad's Butterflies, placed 12th!
I have been entering Kidlit writing contests for about a year and this is first time I've placed. The last writing contest I won was my 5th grade DARE essay contest... which was many, many years ago.
I was beginning to feel discouraged about my writing, but now I understand what it means when people say that "failing forward" is all part of the journey. 12th place may not seem so impressive to you, but it's transformed my writing self-esteem! All of the entries were UH-MAZING!!! You can check out the other winners, as well as all of the wonderful entires here.
Winners were given a choice of prizes. I picked a manuscript critique from author extraordinaire Ana Siqueira!
Thank you so much to Kaitlyn and Ciara for hosting this wonderful contest.
My favorite place in this big, beautiful world in the Coronado Monarch Butterfly Preserve.
I've always dreamt of bringing my children to see the butterflies. But there is a HUGE problem: The monarch population has seen a 99.9% decline since the 1980s! This is due to climate change and deforestation affecting the growth of milkweed. Milkweed is where they lay their eggs and is the ONLY food for their caterpillars.
Luckily, these gorgeous invertebrates aren't extinct yet!
You can help the monarchs! Here's how:
I wrote this piece with my monarch friends in my heart. I want my children and my children's children to feel the same flutter of joy I felt when visiting the thousands of butterflies at the monarch preserve.
Together, we can save this species!
Click here find out more about the Spring Fling Kidlit Writing Contest!
Thank you to Ciara O'Neal and Kaitlyn Sanchez for hosting! :)