Contest to Win a Free Personalized Story!

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Hello world! I’m hosting a contest for parents (or grand-parents, aunts, uncles, friends…). The winner will receive a free personalized story about their child, which I will write myself. Along with some pictures of your child, I will create a mini book in PDF format so you can have it printed. This would make a great gift, just in time for the holidays!

The contest starts today and ends December 16. You can enter as many times as you like, all you have to do is visit my Facebook page, Twitter account or blog. It’s easy!

Enter the contest HERE.

Please spread the word. The winner will be announced once the contest closes.

Good luck!

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The F word

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No, it’s not what you think!Give-Forgiveness

I’m talking about FORGIVENESS. I read something very powerful years ago and it has remained forever etched in my mind:

When you don’t forgive, you give your power away.

The thing is, forgiveness is about you, not them. If someone has done you wrong (and believe me, it will happen), you have the right to be angry for a period of time. I get it, I’ve been there. But eventually, you have to let it go or it becomes toxic. It’s no longer about what this person did to you in the past. In fact, it has nothing to do with them anymore. Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping the Magic Alive in our Children

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Kids grow up fast. At first they’re cooing in diapers and the next thing you know, they’re telling you they’re “pre-tween” and too cool for certain things. When they’re young, they’re filled with wonder and innocence. They buy into the magic without question. But somewhere along the line, they stop believing. They may even block their own imagination and creativity as they grow up.

Here are some easy ways to cultivate and keep magic alive with your children: Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 Tips on How to Get Published!

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Many emerging writers often ask me what the trick to getting published is. But the trick is that there is no “trick.” It goes without saying that writing professionally is a labour of love and takes incredible amounts of dedication, patience and perseverance. Here are my top 10 tips that can help:

1. Write, write, write!
The trick to writing well is to KEEP WRITING! You need to spend time writing every single day. You may put in more hours on some days than on others, but the idea is to keep going. The gems emerge here and there, so the more pages you write, the more gems you’ll find.

2. Edit, edit, edit!
So you managed to get the first draft out, great. Now what? Time to edit! Editing is actually very difficult. You need to be able to look at your work objectively and ruthlessly chop what’s not working. I heard a great quote at a writing conference I attended: that you usually end up scrapping the first few chapters of your book entirely! Those pages are really just for you to situate yourself with your story. Read the rest of this entry »

The Impermanence of Life

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In my 40 years, this is what I have learned:

ENJOY IT WHILE IT LASTS!

Life is beautiful. But life, just like emotion and experience, is transient. Fleeting. Here one moment and gone the next. One minute you reach triumphant heights and the next you’re drowning. One minute you’re feeling the deepest joy and then suddenly tragedy strikes. This is the duality of life. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome to my Blog!

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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!

Stay tuned everybody! Subscribe to the LL newsletter HERE.

The Rules of Rejection

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Nobody likes rejection. But if you pick a career as a writer, rejection comes with the territory. It will inevitably pop up in your life, whether you like it or not.

The first time I got rejected from a big publishing house, I was expecting it. I was prepared and had my shield up, ready for the attack. In an odd kind of way, getting my first rejection letter made me feel happy. I thought to myself, well, now I’m in the game and starting to “deal” with the big fish! The fifth time I got rejected I was still going strong. But by the time my new manuscript got rejected fifteen times, the novelty had worn off. I had written this book in 2013 but because publishing houses take a notoriously long time to answer, it’s been making its rounds for almost two years now. I started to wonder how long this would take.

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