10 Things About Me

10 Things About Me

By way of being thankful for the zany life I’ve led–and loved, even in the bad times–here are ten things you might not know about me . . . What about you? Fess up!!

 

 

 

 

1. I once mooned a neighbor–admittedly, I was only about six. Still. The desire to thumb my nose, err . . . butt at authority came early to me.

 

2. I once climbed a tree and was too scared to come down. Dad FINALLY rescued me after what seemed like hours but was more probably about ten minutes.

 

3. I HATE peanut butter and roasted peanuts. LOVE raw peanuts. Go figure.

 

4.  I once threw all my (first) husband’s things out a 2nd story window. Including ripped photos. (I bet you know the end of that story.)

 

5. I once wrote a naughty word on a store front in soap at Halloween. Caught–of course! Had to wash it off. But you see, words were important to me. I was an author at an early age!

 

6. I read all the way through our set of Golden Book Encyclopedias. (Mom bought one a week when she went grocery shopping.) We had few books in our home, and the ones we did have were loved.
7. I once wore a blouse inside out to a big conference breakfast in NY where I met my editor for the first time. Tons of agents and editors there. It wasn’t until later that I discovered it, when a woman on the street asked me why my blouse was inside out! (Never get dressed in the dark.) Still surprised, to this day, that I ended up with an agent!

 

8. I HATE bananas. Even as a kid. But I LOVE avocados.

 

9. Poetry gave me my life!  I met my husband when he was co-editing a small press poetry journal that accepted some of my poems and then invited me to a critique group.  (Husband #2–and going on 41 years.) He, in turn, gave me my two step-children and all my grandchildren. One never knows where the love of words will take you. It gave me much that I love.

 

10. Shutta was my dad’s nickname. (My real name.) Crum is my maiden name. I didn’t change it when I married Gerry. Heck, I figured nothing goes with Shutta anyway, I might as well keep Crum. Dad got his nickname from being told to shut-up all the time. (This I believe is the real story!) He was the baby of 12, and in order to be noticed he talked. He was a big talker all his life. I miss him.

 

And now, I’m thankful for all that and for the people in my life. What about you?

Shutta

Love this List!

Love this List!

List of 500+ Fun, Cool and Interesting Words

Those of you who know me well know that I’m a “word-collector.” Or, rather, a “swashbuckler” of words–as is Mouseling in my upcoming book. (December, 2017)  I–We (Mouseling is my alter-ego) LOVE this list that resides on Tara Lazar’s site. It reminds me of the specialized journals I keep. One of them is just for fun words or phrases I’ve picked up while reading.  I should post a list of fun phrases. At any rate, stop by Tara Lazar’s site and check out her list of 500 fun words. And then see how many you can use in a poem or picture book.

Have fun writing!

Shutta

List of 500+ Fun, Cool and Interesting Words

Congratulations to Shutta’s Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to Shutta’s Scholarship Winners!

Congrats go out to Betsy McKee Williams and Meline Scheidel, who have BOTH won scholarships to the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators’ Winter Conference in NY! One person has won my scholarship, plus transportation from the Mich-Chapter. And because we had so many entrants this year the local chapter also opted to fund another person. Wow! Two!

What fun to be able to help folks along the path.

Shutta