storystorm_participantPicture book idea month (PiBoIdMo) is back, and with a new identity.  Tara Lazar, the famous host of PiBoIdMo has once again challenged writers to a 30 day story idea, brainstorming session officially renamed Storystorm.  Registration begins today.  Head on over to Tara’s site to register, and who knows, one of your ideas may just be the next best seller!

Good luck to you!


Holiday Contest Winners

12daysI just want to say a big thank you to Susanna Leonard Hill for hosting this fabulous holiday writing contest.  I was so excited to be a top 12 finalist, and happy to have tied for 8th place.  These contests always bring out the best in my writing, and I love the challenge.  I want to congratulate all the winners which you can find here.

I wish everyone a very Happy Holiday Season and a Joyous New Year!



The Evil Dr. Gerbil’s 12 Days of Christmas

ae2d899129cac0d88c3d4fd6488c8e3fIt’s the most wonderful time of the year…time for one of Susanna Leonard Hill’s fabulous holiday writing contests.  I’m so excited to be participating.  If you want to participate too, check out the contest rules, or just stop on over to read all the fantastic entries. You can get there by clicking here.

The rules this year are simple: Write a children’s holiday story (children here defined as approximately age 12 and under) using the basic format/concept of The Twelve Days Of Christmas! Your story may be poetry or prose, silly or serious or sweet, religious or not, based on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate, but is not to exceed 300 words.

Just a quick background on my characters for this story, my son and his Grandmother have a special relationship, and when he was little he questioned what she did at night after he went to bed.  She made up a story that while he was sleeping, she was busy saving the world.  He nicknamed her Wonder Weasel, and the rest is history.  Since Wonder Weasel needed an archenemy, The Evil Dr. Gerbil was invented.  I love these characters so much, they have been a big part of my son’s childhood.  I thought this would be a fun contest to enter them in.

I hope you enjoy my entry (299 words).  Merry Christmas, and Happy Holiday’s to you all!6a011570479cdc970b0192abdbb199970d-500wi

Fox Breaking News: 1st day of Christmas


After being sentenced to a life of spinning for crimes committed against the animal kingdom, The Evil Dr. Gerbil managed to escape from his prison wheel today. Traces of pear were found at the scene, leading investigators to believe The Evil Dr. Gerbil’s on-again, off-again girlfriend Patty Partridge might have been involved.


Story at 11…

Fox Breaking News: 5th day of Christmas

At a press conference today Inspector Wallaby announced that the 5 Golden Ring Avian Gang comprised of 4 Calling Birds, 3 French Hens, and 2 Turtle doves sang fowl, giving up crucial information about Dr. Gerbil’s escape. They’ve had it out for Dr. Gerbil ever since the catastrophic avian flu vaccine incident.

Update at 11…


Fox Breaking News: 7th day of Christmas

While The Evil Dr. Gerbil remains at large, pressure in the Avian community persists.   6 Geese a laying believe they spotted Dr. Gerbil at the 7 Swans a Swimming indoor pool.

News at 11…


Fox Breaking News: 12th day of Christmas

It’s been 12 days since The Evil Dr. Gerbil’s escape from prison. Police are no closer to his whereabouts. Inspector Wallaby received numerous, revengeful tips from the community. Dr. Gerbil’s history includes: stealing 100 gallons of whole milk from the 8 Maids a Milking organic dairy farm, failing to pay 9 Ladies Dance studio for 40 hours of tango lessons, and leaving 10 Lords a Leaping hopping mad after he swindled them out their inheritance.


Once caught, Dr. Gerbil will be placed in solitary confinement, and subjected to the 11 pipers piping/12 drummers drumming prison band.

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Fox News Update:

After an embarrassing 12-day failure to capture The Evil Dr. Gerbil, Inspector Wallaby has called on Dr. Gerbil’s archenemy Wonder Weasel to assist in the investigation.

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Stay tuned…



Thanks for stopping by.  Merry Christmas to All!!