Entries by Silvia

Deadline Looming for 2018 SCBWI-WI Mentorship

Hurry, aspiring writers and illustrators! You have just 18 days to apply to SCBWI-Wisconsin’s 2018 mentorships.  The deadline is November 30, 2017, and this is an opportunity not to be missed. I am deeply honored to be among the six authors/illustrators who’ll be mentoring up-and-coming creators in 2018, along with Jamie Swenson, Jane Kelly, Pat […]

Playing at the SCBWI-WI Fall Retreat

How often, do you suppose, have you fallen into a rut? Even when trying to be creative, do you find yourself slipping into familiar routines and say, meh, the writing or artwork is good enough? Whoa boy, let me tell you. If you were feeling that way before the SCBWI-WI Fall Retreat, you left feeling […]

Heaps o’ Books for Hurricane Relief

Once in a while you get to experience something really special, and that usually involves helping others. For the third straight year, I’ve taken part in the Novel Cuisine Luncheon put on by Wisconsin Author Liza Weimer and Blogger Extraordinaire Heidi Zweifel. The luncheon brings literary types together to collect and donate books to organizations […]

Ten Years Blogging

Milestones trigger emotions, and this one is no exception. Today marks ten years blogging. My website and blog is mostly about the creative life (writing, publishing, media in general) and occasionally sports. I’ve experienced growth in all those areas, and I hope something I wrote added to your insight on a subject. My very first post was about […]

Play Date! at the SCBWI Retreat

My engines are really revving for the SCBWI-WI fall retreat. You should come. Really! You have just three short weeks to sign up, and I’ll tell you why you should (and then how to maybe get in for free!). The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is the premier association for creators of children’s lit (and […]

Writing Prompt – Dancing

I recently bought a prompt journal (300 Writing Prompts by Piccadilly Inc.) to force really quick writing.  Here’s my latest prompt: Do you prefer to dance with no one watching, with a group of friends, or with one special partner? All of the above. I just like to dance. I’m not particularly good or bad at it. […]

Writing Prompt – Admired Personality Trait

Bought myself a journal (300 Writing Prompts by Piccadilly Inc.) to force really quick writing.  Here’s my latest prompt: What is a personality trait do you admire in other people? Patience, which often manifests itself in kindness. Look, the world is a trying place. People and circumstances can frustrate us and lead us away from our […]

Writing Prompt – Bathroom Paraphernalia

I recently decided to start writing in smaller chunks.  I bought this journal: 300 Writing Prompts by Piccadilly Inc. The idea is to give quick answers without editing. Here’s the latest prompt. Name three things you have in your bathroom right now. I have a framed Monet print which brings a smile to my face. I’m not […]

Writing Prompt – The Week’s Theme

My fiction is usually long form, so I recently decided to change things up and start writing in smaller chunks.  I bought this journal: 300 Writing Prompts by Piccadilly Inc. The idea is to give quick answers without a lot of humming and hawing. I’ll post my answers here occasionally. If this week had a theme to it, […]