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Writing Children’s Books is Faster Than Writing Novels

The best part about writing a children’s book is the quickness.

Recently, my business partner\friend and I finished our second children’s picture book, An Eartha & Audi Story.

Insert applause and tiny dancing dinosaurs here

From start to finish, the book took roughly 3 months.  It is really cool to have an idea, mold like clay, have Duncan do the color bits (HI, DUNCAN!), slap it into a PDF, and be done with it.

It’s tempting to stick with these children’s books, because, they don’t take me a year or 10 years to write.

The 10 Year Story

Last night, I dusted off a story that I had written maybe 10 years ago.  I read the story, and I felt excited about the story again.  There’s more story to tell, and I’m really happy with what I have so far.

I decided to take what I learned James Patterson’s Masterclass and apply it to this story which I will refer to from now on as “the precious”.

This meant outlining.

First, I tried the James Patterson method which includes a single sheet of paper from a legal pad and a very fancy pen. As I was outlining the precious, I realized that I had a very strong beginning, zero middle, and a one sentence ending.

I thought that maybe the outlining method wasn’t working for me, so I went to the wall with some Post-its and markers.  I wrote down actions stuff in red marker, conflict stuff green marker, love interest stuff in pink marker, and miscellaneous stuff in purple.

I would explain more about this method, but there’s no way that my explanation for this is more interesting than the video that I watched to learn it.

Watch it twice: Once for laughs, once for learning.

(Hide your childrens!  There’s language in the video.)

It happened again. My Oreo had no creamy center.

A Day or Two of Rest

This process was exhausting.

For now, my Post-it notes and markers are stacked on top of my already typed, very strong beginning, and I think I will let them rest there while I work on another picture book.

Hey! Just a side note: thank you so much for reading.

You can pop over to WE ARE MAKING STORIES to learn about all of the projects that Duncan and I are doing together. The site is kid friendly, and if you sign up for the mailing list, you get free coloring pictures from time to time.

In the Works

Also, I have plans for a comedy serial, science-fiction serial, literary fiction, and much more. The only way I will ever get any of this done is if you hold me accountable.

Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.

To help me do all of this, you can do one of/or three things:

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If that sounds cool, then you should click on this picture of a midbulk transport, standard radion accelerator core class-code 03-K64.


A Three Week Cold

After three weeks of tissues, hot tea, and cough medicine, I am finally able to sit upright and breathe through both nostrils.

It’s the little things, folks.

I knew I was definitely on the mend when yesterday I started pulling out half-finished novels and mapping them in Scrivener.


I haven’t talked about my novel writing in a while.  It isn’t because I’ve forgotten it or put it down forever.  The reason is better:  I started writing children’s books.

Children’s Books

Last year, I offhandedly mentioned wanting to write some children’s books. One of my yoga friends who is an illustrator mentioned that she wanted to draw some children’s books. It seemed to make sense that we should work together.

So, we did!  And, we do!


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Thank you, Susan!


Our next book is coming out April 1st, and it has DINOSAURS!

Shoot her! –Jurassic Park

*Don’t worry:  No dinosaurs were harmed in the writing of An Eartha and Audi Story.

We have another Fernando book slated for this year as well, and perhaps a few more.

I want to work some longer form stuff into my calendar which is really what I am supposed to be doing right now. 

I’ll go do that now after I warm my tea.

Hey, thanks for reading.

You can read our (my and Duncan’s) kiddo friendly blogs about how we make children’s books, inspirations, and behind-the-scenes stuff at

You can find Duncan’s way-cool drawings and other cool stuff at



Woke up.

Made coffee.

Walked dog.

Did dishes.

Went to gym.

Did grocery shopping.

Made dinner.

Crocheted more blanket.

Taught yoga.

….I am an unstoppable force of nature.

What I Read: January 2017

Deep Work by Cal Newport


Learn to focus…SQUIRREL!

Sticky Habits by Barrie Davenport


Creating new habits.

Spark Joy by Marie Kondo


The is the unofficial sequel to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by the same author.  It is about organization based on joy.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Graphic Novel/Comedy/Fantasy

If you like Lumberjanes, you’ll like this.

10 Days to Faster Reading by Abby Beale


See title.

Sleeping Giants #1 by Sylvain Neuvel


Giant hand uncovered by a little girl.  Years later, the arm, legs, and remainder are found to reveal…..something!

3 Books All Women Should Read

I was at the grocery a couple of evenings ago.  The young lady at the register had her bottom lip stuck out so far that I almost deposited a coin.  I will call her the sad clown. “How are you…

Source: 3 Books All Women Should Read

The Election Didn’t Change Me

Yesterday, I helped a neighbor push their car out of a ditch after sliding on some black ice. That is the version of the story that is easiest and paints everyone in a fair light. Here’s what…

Source: The Election Didn’t Change Me