Category Archives: The Writing Life

Survivors: on Thriving as a Long-Time, Actively Publishing Children’s Author

Survivors: on Thriving as a Long-Time, Actively Publishing Children’s Author

Cool! Two recent interviews with me have been posted. Both are by NY TIMES best-selling authors; Debbie Diesen (of the Pout-Pout Fish fame), and Cynthia Leitich Smith (of the Dark Universe Series: Tantalize, Blessed, Feral Nights, and more). Fun to do!

They’re here at Debbie’s blog: Jumping the Candlestick.

And here at Cyn’s blog: Cynsations.

 Enjoy!

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