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Illustration by Kim Fleming.

Aloha and welcome! Here you will find my musings on various topics such as:

  • children’s literature
  • what it’s like to be an author
  • inspirational quotes and thoughts
  • my latest projects
  • the publishing industry
  • educational resources for parents and teachers
  • parenting tips
  • arts and crafts for kiddies  and much, much more!

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What’s on your Bucket List?

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As the saying goes, growth begins at the end of your comfort zone. I love my life, but one ingredient that’s missing lately is adventure. I’ve always been an extrovert and loved having fun, but I’ve never been a daredevil or particularly gutsy.

So I decided that I want to consciously infuse my life with adventure. The question is, where do I find it? Between parenting, household duties and work, I have no idea where to find it!

But then I had an amazing experience this summer that opened my eyes up and reminded me that adventure is everywhere! And bonus: it’s easier to come by than I originally thought. Adventure can pop at any time, in any situation. Plus you don’t need to jump out of a plane or sandboard on a live volcano to be adventurous (good thing!).

This summer, I went to Greece with my daughter Emerald. It was her birthday, and her grand-parents bought her some windsurfing lessons. I initially thought this was an insane idea for a 6 year, but she was eager.

As we made our way to the middle of the Mediterranean Sea and the class began, I was nervous and scared. But my daughter was not. She just calmly listened to the instructor and then fearlessly got up on the board, and sailed away all on her own. Just like that. Read the rest of this entry »

Why I LOVE Working with Children!

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I love being a writer.

It rocks.

But sometimes, writing can be an isolating experience. One of the reasons I love giving workshops is because I get to interact with children of all ages. And let me tell you, that is a truly enriching experience! Even though I’m there to teach them about building narratives and developing characters, I end up learning a thing or two after each workshop.

Here are the top 5 reasons I love working with children:

  1. Children are hilarious!

I often write down the things they say because the statements can be incredibly funny. Even when they’re not trying to be funny, they’re funny. When I walk into a school, I like to have a notepad and pen handy at all times.

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How Grade 5 Students Created a Picture Book in Three Days!

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I’ve been dying to give writing workshops at Royal Vale Elementary for years now. I keep hearing about how outstanding the school is, and how the parents camp out for days during the registration period. After a few years of trying to entice the administration, I was ecstatic to be invited to their school!

I had the privilege of meeting and working with Miss. Wendy’s two grade 5 classes.

Our mission? To create a picture book, complete with developed characters, a plot, polished text, and illustrations in just THREE DAYS! Actually, it wasn’t even three days, it was three workshop of two hours each. And I worked with two classes, so the mission was to create two books. We had our work cut out for us…

I’m happy to say that we accomplished our goal! Here’s how it went down: Read the rest of this entry »

A Trip Down Memory Lane

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Last month, I had the privilege of giving writing workshops at Westpark Elementary School. I always enjoy giving workshops, but this was a particularly thrilling experience.

Why, you may ask? Because….wait for it….

I WENT TO WESTPARK SCHOOL!

That’s right, many years ago, a Goomie-bracelet-wearing (remember those??) fresh faced little Lydia spent 7 years of her life there. It was and is such a huge part of my life. So I was so excited to return and relive that part of my childhood. Here I am below in a class photo, with my “Cindy Lauper hair” and all. (And yes, I may have been obsessed with her.)

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Ring in 2017 with Positive Intentions!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

http-_mashable-com_wp-content_gallery_triumph_fairly-odd-parentsAs we celebrate moving into a new year, we can’t help but feel the tides of change. Some people obsess over making resolutions. Others despise resolutions, feeling they’re useless.

Here’s my view on it:

Don’t set yourself up to fail with a ridiculously long list of unrealistic resolutions!

I myself prefer the word “intention.” I suggest making a small list of intentions you want to set for your life. Energies you want to bring forth. Make them realistic. Make them specific. Instead of saying you want to be happy, say you intend on releasing one of your negative patterns. Instead of saying you want to lose weight, say you intend on eating a healthy diet or work out 3 times a week.

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Skateboards & Hope

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It’s all about the children. Many of us dedicate our careers to educating, entertaining and helping children. There’s nocalpturething more rewarding than that!

Enter the multi-talented Montrealer Betty Esperanza:

She’s the CEO of her own business.

She’s a motivational speaker.

She’s a full-on, creative powerhouse.

And, she found an exciting way to fuse her desire to help children with something modern and cool. In 2009, she founded Skateboards For Hope. It’s an organization that empowers youth living in poverty using SKATEBOARDS as a tool. How cool is that? Betty and her organization have donated over 1000 skateboards to date, to various places such as Cuba, Uganda and Mohawk territories among many others. Read the rest of this entry »

Hard Work DOES Pay Off!

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On a theoretical level, we know that hard work pays off. But sometimes, in our eager rush to succeed, we forget one thing:

PATIENCE!

The truth is that things may not line up the way we want, when we want. (If only life were that easy!) All we can do is a have a dream, work hard at it, continue to persevere and believe, and then release it to the Universe. I guarantee you that the dream will eventually manifest, but it may not be on your preferred time table.

As writers, we have certain frustrations. A few months ago, I found myself working extremely hard one particular day. I slugged out promotional email after promotional email. I painstakingly edited two of my books. I agonized over the right wording for my monthly Newsletter. I researched agents and publishers until two o’clock in the morning. When I finally closed my bleary eyes, this thought jumped into my head:

Yeah, I worked hard today. Really hard. But what do I have to show for it? Read the rest of this entry »