Finding Me and More at Guardian Angel Kids

“Spring is beginning to awaken and what better time to get your body moving and grooving then through the April 2011 issue of Guardian Angel Kids Ezine. Healthy living and eating is always important to one’s well being for both mind and body so come along and spring on over to Guardian Angel Kids and find out what is in store for you this month”

Thanks to the editor at Guardian Angel Kids for that swell introduction! Because, honestly, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Health may have been the theme for the April issue, but it was Spring that inspired my story “Finding Ideas.”

There’s just something about new blooms and warming weather that makes a body want to shed overcoats and scarves and head outdoors. That’s what the little boy in my story does when he can’t figure out what to write about for a Health project. Once outside, he finds plenty of  ideas.

Check out the list of upcoming themes and maybe you’ll find an idea for a story while you’re taking a walk, riding a bike, or even mowing the lawn. Or maybe like me, you’ll sit at your desk, look out the window, and think something up.

(Hey, I was still inspired by Spring!)

P.S. Can you tell this dogwood tree has both pink and white blooms? I know Spring has sprung when I ride down the road near my house and see my favorite tree in bloom!

Finding a Keeper at Rebel Books

1b_CustomColorScheme_t39I just finished reading the ICL newsletter (always packed with interesting info!) and came across a new market listing at Rebel Books LLP. But what caught my eye was not the children’s fiction anthology that they plan to publish next spring.

Oh, no. I zeroed in on the YA anthology that Rebel Books will be publishing in early 2010. Here’s why:

The first publication by Rebel Books LLP will be an anthology of stories with a supernatural theme aimed at young adults. We are looking for submissions for this anthology covering all manner or supernatural creatures, including vampires, witches, shape-shifters – so let your imagination run wild.

That’s what I’m talking about! I’ve got just the story to send. Or will have, after I make a few little edits. And if you’ve got a YA story that’s fit for the first Rebel Book anthology, you might want to start your polishing. Submissions are due by November 30th! Or start working on a story for the children’s anthology.

Find out more information at the Rebel Book website.

Meanwhile, I’ll be trying to figure out how to use the quote thingie in a post.

A Keeper Interview in ENCOUNTER

What I like most about writing for kids is the way I look at the world. There are so many stories around me, I wonder why I didn’t notice before!

DSC00462Take for instance when I met Sydney Lewis at the Decatur Book Festival last year. She was selling Vernacular, a publication full of stories and poems written by high school students in the Atlanta area. I might not have been too impressed by that had Sydney not told me about the Wren’s Nest connection.

The Wren’s Nest is the home of Joel Chandler Harris, author of the B’rer Rabbit stories, to name just a few of his writings. I’d taken my kids to the Wren’s Nest; it’s a museum, not a publishing company. So now, she’s piqued my interest.

Turns out the Wren’s Nest has a special program that reaches out to high school kids who might want to submit to this yearly publication. But that’s just the tip of the program. Because a staff of high school kids is involved in every step of the production of this yearly magazine.

How cool is that, I thought. That’s a terrific teen story if I ever heard one. Luckily, Encounter felt the same way.  So, my interview with Sydney is in the fall issue. You migDSC00461ht want to look into Encounter if you have an interesting story for teens. You can email and ask for guidelines and an editorial calendar. Or just send your idea, like I did.

And keep an eye out. You never know when you’ll run across a great story! (P.S. Thanks, Sydney!)