Hello world!

This blog will be about my writing and, because my writing often relies so heavily on it, research.  I will also introduce you to writers who inspire me. 

Often we think of writing as a solitary thing.  After all, most of us have to have a certain amount of quiet to write.  But writing communities abound because we take so much inspiration from our fellow writers.  Take a look at NaNoWriMo and you’ll see a writing community in action, each writer spurred on to meet their word count goal this month.

Carol Parenzan Smalley is a writer who constantly inspires me.  She is one of the most prolific writers I know.  This summer Carol wrote four emergent readers for an educational company — one on a team of explorers, one on an endangered anomial species, one on endangered plant species, and one, co-written with her daughter, on pet care.   But that’s not all.  If it was, I wouldn’t be talking about Carol.  She is also working on two books about the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  A picture book and a middle grade novel, the books are part of the school’s 100th anniversary celebration.  Check out this article for more on the project — http://www.ldnews.com/news/ci_10726121.

Signing off.  I need to write my own NaNoWriMo entry for the day, draft an article and revamp the talk I’m giving this weekend at the Missouri SCBWI conference. 

Keep on writing!