Stories from my Childhood

Hi There! I thought it might be fun to share some stories from my childhood. Some of these are my own memories and some were shared with me by parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles. I’ll admit my memories may be off a little, but what the heck. We all love a good story.

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At the age of four, I walked to and from kindergarten with friends. Not every day, but some of the time. No parents accompanied us. We were independent and free as can be.

One time on the way home, some older kids told us they had lots of money and asked if we’d like some. Of course our answer was…“YES!”

They led us down what I remember as a really long flat driveway. It went way back from the road and there was a small rancher style house at the end. We followed them up to the front door and they asked us to wait outside.

“If you want the money, all you have to do is close your eyes and hold out your hands, palms up,” they told us. They went inside the house ‘to get the money.’

So there we were, the most little, gullible kids you can imagine with eyes closed and hands held out waiting expectantly to be given a fortune. What I imagined I would buy with the money, I cannot tell you but I’m sure I believed it was the key to living my best life ever.

And then SLAP! All they did was come out and hit our outstretched hands. I honestly cannot remember if I cried or just stared at them dumfounded but I do know they laughed and laughed and I’m sure our expressions were hilarious to them.

I was completely shocked that kids would tell me something untrue. No one had ever lied to me before. Ever since then, I find I just cannot lie. It’s just impossible for me, maybe because I know how incredibly disappointing it is to believe in something so whole-heartedly only to find out it isn’t true.

Do you have any memories from your early childhood years?

Wednesday Writing Update

Hello Friends in the Blogosphere!

Here’s my weekly writing update; keeping myself honest about the progress I’m making with writing for children.IMG_2680

This week I watched a free webinar by children’s book author, Arree Chung.  It was so good in that he reminded me that the only way to become a published author is to do the work.  So I got down to work.  I revised a couple of manuscripts and for the first time ever, I requested a critique in the facebook group Kidlit 411, Manuscript Swap.  Wow! what a community!  I couldn’t believe the quick response I got from people willing to read and give feedback.  It is amazing.  And with that feedback, I can learn and grow as a writer. If you are a children’s writer and you’re on facebook,  I highly recommend joining the groups Kid Lit 411 and Kid Lit 411 Manuscript Swap!  They are super helpful in developing your craft.

Visit me on my Facebook Page; likes are always appreciated.  Plus I’m doing a giveaway you might be interested in 😉 Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday Writing Update

Hello to my wonderful readers!  There may be only two of you, but you are appreciated all the same.  It’s all about quality, not quantity, right?

Anyway, I’m checking in with you for my weekly writing update.  This helps keep me going with my writing.  I’ve got plenty of time this summer for writing, but the sunshine is a distraction so I need to stay focused to get things done.

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This week I felt very fortunate to get some awesome feedback from my critique group.  They really dug into my story and were super helpful with their comments.  I’ve done some revisions now based on their thoughts and I’m feeling really happy with the story.  It is getting closer to being an actual picture book one day!  This one is fiction, but it is a book that is needed in the world with a main character who has sensory processing issues.  Yes, all people can be heroes and that includes people with SPD!

Next, I’ve begun delving into non-fiction picture book biography writing.  This is completely new territory for me. I had an idea for an individual who has never had a picture book done about him and I’ve begun my research.  I’ve got a ton of notes and quotes!  Now to wrestle it all into a compelling story that is geared for 5-9 year olds.  Hmmm… That may take some doing.

How is your summer going?  Are you getting things done? Enjoying the sunshine? Getting some rest and relaxation? Let me know in the comments!

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Happy Monday!

Welcome to Monday!  This is your opportunity to learn a little more about the writer behind the blog.

As you may already have learned, I am an introvert.  I get worn out from being around large groups of people.  This is why I love teaching preschool and piano.  My preschool is small, so we have 15 children at a time.  There are no other preschool classrooms on the same site so I only need to get to know the families and children who are directly in my class. And with piano, I get to teach one student at a time.  This works very well for my introverted self.  The summers off are truly a time to rest and recharge and I really enjoy my alone time now that my children are both graduated from high school.  Still,  I’m sure I’ll miss them terribly when they eventually move out.

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I’m working on relaxing and am hopeful that by the end of August, I’ll be fully rested and recharged and ready to go back to work.  I’m feeling very grateful that I’ve been able to enjoy a couple of months off each year.  It really helps me to appreciate and enjoy my preschoolers, piano students, and their families when I go back every fall.

What makes you feel grateful?

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Wednesday Writing Update

Hello and Happy Wednesday!  I’m giving weekly writing updates to keep myself motivated.  Writing consistently can be a challenge when there are so many distractions.  This is my way of keeping myself on track so please humour me here.

So this week I’m feeling incredibly grateful for my online critique group, who have given me some amazing feedback to help move my story forwards.  I’d left this one aside for several months while working on other projects but I’m still very passionate about the story.  It is a fiction picture book that features an autistic main character whose sensory challenges make it very difficult for him to enjoy something as simple as going to the beach with his family.  It is a super challenging story to write because if you know much about autism, you know it presents itself quite differently in each individual.

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Yes, it is getting dark and I’m still working.

Anyway, thanks to Tara Perkowski, Tasha Hilderman, Sue Macartney, Akilah Pikou and Emma Wood, I have a new direction and inspiration for this story.  I’ve written a couple of new scenes to develop the story and main character further.  Revising this story hasn’t been easy but I know it is getting closer to where I want it to be.

How do you keep yourself motivated to get things done?

 “When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.” -Creighton Abrams

Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker is written by Cynthia Mackey

Happy Monday!

Here’s a chance to learn a little about the writer behind the blog.  Thanks for stopping by to read 🙂

So my story for this week continues on the walking theme.  As I mentioned, I like to go for walks.  And living in Victoria, B.C. is great for that because year round, the weather is fairly mild so walking outdoors in winter might be a little cold, yes, but it is rare we have a day that would stop me from going outdoors. Here’s a photo from my weekend walk.

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I love all the hanging baskets in Victoria at this time of year.  I also really like the historical charm of this building.  It makes our little town feel unique.  What could be better after a walk on a hot day than a cold beer or glass of blush wine?

I really like walking in the snow too, when we get snow.  But that’s usually only a few times a year.  Here’s a photo from a rare walk in the snow I took last winter… you might have to squint to see the snowflakes!

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Most of the time, we need to be prepared for wet weather.  That doesn’t bother me either.  If I get wet, I just dry off later and enjoy a cup of tea or hot chocolate. No umbrella needed!

Do you like to go for walks? What is your neighborhood like?  Please share in the comments 🙂

Have a wonderful week!

 

 

 

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And here’s one of the places I can walk to from my house… I do like a glass of wine every once in a while, how about you?

 

Wednesday Writing Update

Hello Lovely Reader!

Thank you for stopping to read my Wednesday Writing Update.  What did I get done this week?

Well, first off, there were a few distractions like the Mr. Rogers movie, Won’t You Be My Neighbour (you’ve got to see it if you haven’t yet!) and then the boat and the lake were calling…

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Still, I managed to do some writing related stuff.  Most importantly, I did two new submissions…Yay!

And aside from that, I came home from the library with a mountain of picture books to read for research.

I’m hopeful that small steps lead to greater things.  We all have to start somewhere.  Even  Mr. Fred Rogers was not born a television star.

What are you up to this week?

 

Happy Monday!

Hello and Welcome to Monday!

This is your opportunity to get to know the writer behind the blog.  Mondays are not my favourite day (how about you?) and sharing information about myself is not my favourite thing to do so they seem to sort of go together.  I’m told readers like to know something about the person behind the blog, so…

One thing about me you may not know is I like to go for walks.  So here is a little surprise I discovered on a recent walk in my neighbourhood. You might want to know the area is sort of an odd mix of farms and suburbs. You might call it semi-rural.

We discovered this farm stand on the trail right in the middle of a large treed park.  You can buy cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower and eggs.  It is all done on the honour system.  Take your food and leave your money in the box.  I love it that our community is the type that can actually do this successfully.

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So next time I walk, I better bring some twoonies and I might as well pick up some fresh locally grown broccoli!  Why not?

What does your neighbourhood walk look like?  I’d love to know.

Have a great day!

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