Recently, I was invited to write a guest post on author Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s website, and I was happy to oblige and grateful for the opportunity. Check out “My wiggly path to publication”.
On that note, CANSCAIP has posted its deadline for the 2017 Writing for Children competition. If you have a story to submit, give it a polish, hire a proofreader (or enlist a grammar-addict friend!) and send it off. You never know!
This lovely review of Wade’s Wiggly Antlers by teacher/librarian Helen Kubiw perfectly captures Wade’s struggle to accept change and celebrates the terrific illustrations by Christine Battuz. Doot too da doo!
“Let Wade and his friends help lighten your children’s anxieties, whether it be about loose teeth or some other growing up change, or, if they’re fearless, use Wade’s Wiggly Antlers to teach some science about seasonal changes and ecology. Either way, there’s some playful learning to be had.” – Canlit for Little Canadians, April 28, 2017.
Where in the World is Wade? May 3-6, 2017.
I’m excited to announce that Wade’s Wiggly Antlers will be part of The Happening Festival (Ottawa) from May 3rd – 6th. The Festival brings together local artists and businesses in the Wellington West and Hintonburg neighborhoods with creative activities to celebrate art.
If you live in the National Capital region, stop by World of Maps to play “Where in the World is Wade?” Wade will be hiding among the maps. Come see if you can find him! I’ll be on-site from 4:30 to 6pm each week day, and will host a reading and signing on Saturday, May 6th. Details in store. This is a free event!
This weekend I travelled to Toronto to attend my first of many-to-come events by the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers, or CANSCAIP for short. This one-day Packaging Your Imagination conference brought together writers, illustrators, editors and publishers who share a passion for children’s literature. It was a whirlwind day of workshops and speakers but equally valuable, for me, was the opportunity to meet and share experiences with other children’s writers and creators. I was inspired by the presentations and could only hope that my note-taking was fast and legible enough to help me retain all the excellent advice and tips on on topics like marketing, creating non-fiction, writing believable dialogue and storyboarding.
I’m tired the day after, but it’s good tired. Now it’s time to put all that advice to work.
If you are interested in writing or illustrating children’s books, join CANSCAIP!
Patricia Storms shares her storyboarding expertise
Great meeting authors like Jennifer Mook-Sang
Picked up a few goodies like these
Hittin’ the road with my son, Jacob, all the way to Victoria, B.C., August 2016
While unpacking my bags from my recent mother-son road trip from Ottawa to Victoria, B.C., I realized I had ticked off my third road trip in six months spanning three continents. What? How did that happen? Two of the three trips were pre-planned. The third pretty much happened on a whim. I’ve added up the total distance: 5278 kilometres or just over 3200 miles. That’s a lot of pavement covered, a lot of time with my bum in a seat and countless hours spent gawking at incredible landscapes. Here’s a brief breakdown of my epic year of road tripping.
I wonder if my tween fave Nancy Drew mysteries are still here?
The survival of small community libraries has been in the news quite recently. Many towns across Canada’s most easterly coast will have to say good-bye to theirs. In fact, 54 of Newfoundland and Labrador’s 95 libraries will close within two years. This is such a loss, and I sincerely hope it’s not a trend.
One idea came to me after a trip to the Blue Mountains, Australia
I recently took a bucket-list trip to Australia and New Zealand. As I planned and packed, I wondered if I would get any writing done during my adventure. I didn’t put any pressure on myself. In fact, I thought a break from writing might be a good thing. I explored two beautiful, exciting countries and met many free spirited travellers along the way. It was during my last two days before heading back to Canada that the kernel of an idea for a new story came to me.
Here I am, at around age 7, missing my two front teeth. What an awkward and exciting time. I remember poking my tongue through the gap, awaiting the first sign of a new tooth. It’s these kinds of growing up experiences I had in mind when writing about a little moose losing his first set of antlers.
Before I began writing Wade stories, I had no idea that moose lose their antlers every year. Although the antlers of young moose are quite small compared to an adult’s, I wondered how Wade might react to the news that he would soon be losing his. After all, he and his friends used his antlers for many fun things. What would a little moose think? If there’s one thing we can all count on, it’s change. Like Wade, the best we can do is hold on, go for the ride, and keep having fun with our family and friends. Oh, and spend as much time in the woods as possible!
Wade’s Wiggly Antlers, Kids Can Press
UPDATE! September 23, 2016: Wade’s Wiggly Antlers is now available for pre-order at Chapters Indigo.ca http://bit.ly/2czYBKI and Amazon.ca http://amzn.to/2d8c0fp!
I wrote this story after a camping trip in Lake Superior Provincial Park where I came across a little moose. After learning that male moose lose their antlers so bigger ones can grow — much like children lose their first teeth — I wondered how a little moose might feel when his antlers start to wiggle. Would he be worried? Would he still be able to play? Wiggly antlers are like wiggly teeth. When it’s time for them to go, it’s time for them to go!
This morning, I took advantage of the summer-like weather and the fact that Canada is celebrating Authors for Indies Day to pedal to an Ottawa neighbourhood known as the Glebe, home to two wonderful independent book stores — Octopus Books and Kaleidoscope Kids’ Books. I met local authors and picked up a few signed copies to add to my book shelf and for inspiration to KEEP WRITING! What a great way to spend a morning.
If you are ever in Ottawa, check out our great book stores. Meanwhile, be sure to support independent book stores in your own city!