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! :)