May of 2019 is when I decided to embark on a quest to become a children’s book author. I don’t know exactly what day, though I know I had already written several “good as I know how now” drafts by May 21. I was prolific–which is one of my descriptions of myself as an author.

Also in May I was trying to come up with a way to make my website. What I ended up with was not what I was going to do. Some of that was because of the WordPress theme I chose.

When I was writing back in early May, I was attempting to define myself and my work. I wrote some words as my guidelines, but have kind of lost them in my head, so tonight I went looking for them.

Guiding ideals:

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brilliant, prolific, exuberant, visionary, creative, fun

Those were my guiding words.

Brilliant and prolific I stuck into the first of my affirmation statements: I am a brilliant and prolific author. Maybe I should have added children’s as a descriptor in there. All the work I am doing right now is pb through ya.

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Exuberant is my personality when I am “on stage.”

Creative and fun. Those are my books.

I think those are still good words for me and for my work. I just needed to remind myself about them.


If I had a metaphor for me as an author (and as a teacher, too), I would be a tree–a sugar maple,¬†with lots of branches and thousands of leaves in vibrant colors, and the ability to dance in the wind.

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