Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving!  As we go about our celebrations, let us all pause and give special thanks for all those who have and continue to serve and fight for our freedom.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Avoid the Trap of Perfectionism

I've blogged before about the debilitating idea of perfectionism.  One can argue the merits of being a perfectionist, and I am certainly one who would agree there are numerous pros.  Yet time and time again, I am slapped upside the head with the corresponding cons. 

All of you who follow and read my blog (and thank you very much to those who do!) know very well my struggle with needing to have a "perfect" (e.g, clean and organized with few things on my TTD list except writing and writing related activities) environment in which to write.  Often, I blow my entire allotted time prepping my surroundings to write only to then have no more time to accomplish what I've hoped to accomplish.

I'm working very diligently to overcome this mental need for husband would argue my surroundings are far from organized with all my piles and lists..though he obviously has no idea of the organized nature of my chaos:)

I was thumbing through a Self magazine while on the treadmill the other day and ran across this blurb about avoiding the perfectionism trap.  It referenced Elizabeth Gilbert's "Secret to Creativity" in Big Magic.  As I read, it was like Wham! 

And I quote, "Perfectionism stops people from completing their work--but even worse, it often stops people from beginning their work.  Perfectionists decide in advance that the end product is never going to be satisfactory, so they don't even bother trying to be creative in the first place."

Hell yeah!  This epitomizes me and so many things in my life but especially writing.  Giving oneself the freedom to create with no thought to the end product (until such time as one begins to edit, that is) is something I preach though am not very good at doing.  Which is why this month's Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) challenge has been wonderfully enlightening and productive for me.  Thank you, Tara Lazar!  The idea is to generate 30 PB ideas in the month of November.  No one has to see them; they don't even have to be wonderful ideas.  They just have to be ideas, not books in whole.  I am on my honor to create them, and it has taken the pressure off and opened the floodgates.  Some ideas are definitely not so great, but some I am very excited about further developing. 

Now, my mission going forward is to take this feeling of being able to create ideas and run with the ones worth running with and not fear the crippling perfectionism that can often stop me dead in my tracks.

I urge all you PB writers to consider Tara Lazar's PiBoIdMo next year!  More info here...

For now, happy writing and creating.  Let it flow freely without the binding chains of the need to be "perfect."

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Guardian Angel Kids eZine

Guardian Angel Kids An Online Magazine
November 2015 Reading and Writing Poetry
Special Features:
If I Could Be Anything by Kevin McNamee; Illustrations by Marina Movshina
My Grandma’s Kitchen Rules by Bill Kirk; Illustrations by Marina Movshina
Features :
Yes, You Can be a Poet by Shari Klase
Styles of Poetry by Christine Collier
Awesome Acrostics by Carol J. Douglas
Fun With Rhymes by Bill Kirk
The Point is Tradition by A.J. Huffman
When Rhyming Gets Slumpy by Bill Kirk
What Will I Be? by Christy Mihaly
My Robot and Me by Debbie Vilardi
Sick Day Lesson by Jennifer Weiss
Autumn Kaleidoscope by Pamela Love
Poetry Project by Donna J. Shepherd

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Guardian Angel New Releases

Congratulations to the October 2015 Guardian Angel Releases

100 Pecans for Tabitha
Academic Wings
Author: Tracey M. Cox; Illustrator: Eugene Ruble
Tabitha is on the search for 100 pecans. Help her count by 5s to reach her goal and have her favorite treats. Recipes and Pecan info included.

America Bless God— a Children’s Musical
Angelic Harmony
Authors: Dixie Phillips, Sharon Phillips
Light up your 4th of July with this simple easy-to-perform patriotic children’s musical.

Colby Mouse’s Christmas Gift
Wings of Faith
Author: Barbara Bockman; Illustrator: KC Snider
When Colby Mouse sees the happiness of the people family celebrating Christmas, he yearns to join in the festivities. He gives and receives a gift.

Papillon and the Magic Lamp
Chapbooks for Tweens
Author: Osa Kauffman; Illustrator: Aumi Kauffman Perry
A talking butterfly and a boy embark on an adventure in the desert. They encounter a talking camel, a wily salesman, and a magical lamp.

Monday, November 2, 2015

September 2015 Guardian Angel Publishing New Releases

Congratulations to all the talented GAP authors and illustrators of the September releases...

Guardian Angel September 2015 NEW RELEASES

Littlest Angels
Author: Barbara Bockman Illustrations: Eugene Ruble
In Paris, France BonBon gets her wish to go home from the toy store with a child.

Clare’s Christmas Wish
Littlest Angels
Author; Tracey M Cox; Illustrator: Eugene Ruble
Two girls learn the true meaning of Christmas… GIVING.

Gatsby’s Grand Adventures Book 3 Thomas Gainsborough’s “Girl with Pigs”
Author: Barbara Cairns; Illustrator: Eugene Ruble
When Gatsby the art gallery cat explores Thomas Gainsborough’s painting “GIRL WITH PIGS”, strange things happen.

Purple Frog Pajamas
Written and illustrated by San Hoy (Sandra H Sanders
Six year old Joshua has a bed wetting problem. His re-deployed mother gives him a parting gift, a set of pajamas covered with purple frogs.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Picture Book Idea Month

I am so excited to participate in the 7th annual Picture Book Idea Month this November.  Thank you, Tara Lazar, for this incredible opportunity. 

Per Ms. Lazar's website...

The challenge is to create 30 picture book concepts in 30 days. You don’t have to write a manuscript (but you can if the mood strikes). You don’t need potential best-seller ideas.

You might think of a clever title. Or a name for a character. Or just a silly thing like “purple polka-dot pony.” The object is to heighten your picture-book-idea-generating senses. Ideas may build upon other ideas and your list of potential stories will grow stronger as the days pass.

Daily blog posts by picture book authors, illustrators, editors and other kidlit professionals will help inspire you. By the end of the month, you’ll have a fat file of ideas to spark new stories.

You can find more info at

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Reserve Your Copy Now

Dee and Deb Off They Go: Kindergarten First Day Jitters Review

by Donna M. McDine

Title: Dee and Deb Off They Go: Kindergarten First Day Jitters
Category: Children’s Picture Book
Author: Donna M. McDine
Illustrator: Jack Foster
Print ISBN: 9781616336998
eBook ISBN: 9781616337001
Published: Guardian Angel Publishing, December 2015
Dee and Deb Off They Go is an endearing story to which all children can relate, whether or not they are a twin, as they take the big step to full time student. Twin sisters, Dee and Deb, are about to be separated for the first time ever on their first day of Kindergarten. Ms. McDine’s voice paints a realistic picture of first day jitters and creates characters and a school experience which is easily relatable for kids. She does an excellent job of hitting the high points of what matters most to children this age—a friend to play and interact with in school and what happens entering a classroom not knowing anyone, and in this case without your best twin sister-friend, and having to choose a buddy from a sea of unfamiliar faces. Ms. McDine’s story reassures and helps kids be less concerned about what they will face as they begin their school journey. Dee and Deb is a delightful read that will leave children more excited than nervous for their first big day of Kindergarten.  
Mr. Foster’s colorful and detailed illustrations almost leap off the page and really bring the story to life, drawing the reader fully into Dee and Deb’s adventure. The reader feels Dee and Deb’s anxiety and excitement with each flip of the page. 
Well done, Donna McDine and Jack Foster. A must read for all children preparing for the beginning of their school career.
Pre-orders are available at