Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Beautiful Libraries

I don't know if you receive the Worldwide Freelance Writer newsletter, but Gary McLaren shared pictures of the most beautiful libraries around the world in the most recent.  There are some very cool libraries in this world! 

I loved going to the library when I was a child and still love all libraries and bookstores.  If you do as well, check out Mr. McLaren's pictures on his blog at  You won't be disappointed!  

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Crystal Kite Awards

The first round of voting for the Crystal Kite Awards is now open and runs through April 14 at 5:00 PM, Pacific time.  Top vote getters will be placed on a short list for a second round of voting which will begin on April 18th.  If you are a member of SCBWI and are so inclined, consider logging in and voting.  South Dakota is in the West Division. 

"The annual Crystal Kite Award is a peer-given award to recognize great books from 15 SCBWI regional divisions around the world." 

You can log in here...

Friday, March 20, 2015

Pressing On...

Well, I'm 11 days in on my 21 day bad habit breaking trek.  I can't say I am making significant changes as of yet, but I am working in that direction.  In that light, this is just a quick post telling you I am marching on, one day at a time. 

I found a poster on Pinterest, and I am not sure to whom to give credit for the words, but it contains great advice to which I have been referring often as of late.  I leave you with it today as I get back to work...


Have a wonderful weekend and happy writing!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Breaking Bad Habits

It's been said it takes 21 days to break a bad habit.  Yikes!  That is a long time.  This time frame kept playing through my head this morning as I re-read a chapter in Page after Page by Heather Sellers.  The chapter discussed the old "butt in chair" theory and how one needs to sit quietly, butt in chair, and write without distraction.  Not do the laundry, answer email or the phone, wash dishes, etc., or any other of the multitude of time sucking tasks on one's long list of things to do. 

Now, I, for one, and am all for the butt in chair phenomenon; however, I also don't function well with chaos around me--to include dirty dishes, laundry, dust bunnies or any other issues staring me in the face.  Thus, I deal with those things first but then, voila, the day is gone--poof!  How?  Where do those minutes and hours go? 

I'm now determined to break my bad (one could argue good given it is cleaning) habit of organizing my environment to death before writing.  I'm going to give it the old college try anyway.  So, today is day one (of the LONG 21 day stretch supposedly necessary), and I will report in along the way.  As the old saying goes...where there's a will, there's a way.

Happy writing to all of you as well! 

Friday, February 27, 2015


I am excited to share that, after a long wait, I've just signed an artist agreement for THE LITTLE BUG (Guardian Angel Publishing).  Once the illustrator signs and returns the agreement, the next stage in the publishing process can begin.  I'm very excited to see my story come to life!

Monday, February 16, 2015

You Still Have Time...

Poetry contest deadline extended!  You still have time to submit to the Institute of Children's Literature's poetry contest as the deadline was extended to March 5.  Find the details here...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Exciting News

I am very excited to announce BEDTIME KISSES is featured in the February 2015 edition of Midwest Book Review's online review magazine, "Children's Bookwatch."  Here is the featured review...

The Counting Shelf

Bedtime Kisses
Karin Larson, author
Ginger Nielson, illustrator
4RV Publishing LLC
PO Box 6482, Edmund, OK 73083
9781940310152 $12.95

"Bedtime Kisses" is a delightful slumber-themed counting book for bedtime reading ritual and enrichment. Soft, pastel hues weave a sleepy cloud around pictures of beloved stuffed animals (plus a doll) who each receive a special number of goodnight kisses from a sleepy girl. Preparing herself for her mother's last goodnight kiss, the child gives counted kisses to each beloved toy, starting with one kiss for the croaking frog and ending with ten kisses for the night time raccoon. The sleepy, counting rhyme is hypnotic and self comforting, while the variety of toys/stuffed animals rounds a full gamut of differing presentations. One of the best features about "Bedtime Kisses" is the child begins the ritual of preparing herself for sleep upstairs alone in her room with her stuffed friends, sure of her mother's last treasured good night kiss to come. "Bedtime Kisses" will be a treasured bedtime experience shared between sleepy children and happy parents.
If you would like to read it on The Counting Shelf at Midwest Book Review's site, here is the link: