Kids Need a Voice in Publishing

I've been reading a lot about writing and publishing these days. I notice there are a lot of writers out there drowning in self-doubt and frustration and the common element I notice with these authors is what is generally known as the "publishing world". Yes, we have all tried to understand and hopefully weasel our way into the "publishing world".…

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Why I wrote Pixie Piper

The Adventures of Pixie Piper: A Fairy's Breath by Maricel Jiménez Peña My rating: 5 of 5 stars I wanted to write something fun to read; an adventure! I am still a child at heart and I love fairies. I think they are beautiful, mysterious, and interesting. I researched and read until I found something that inspired me. In the…


Nobody crawls anyway

Recently I read an article about a new book coming out called "Slow Parenting". Slow parenting is about letting kids be and grow at their own pace. It's about not rushing their developmental milestones and forgetting the timeline printed in books. I discovered this on my own with my second child. He was a slow walker, talker, teether, potty trainer,…

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Complicated X4

That's what my mother predicted. Yup. The Queen Mother had it right. Of course, she spoke from experience. She said a second child would complicate things, not x2, but x4. The laws of physics and logic do not apply here. I thought she was exaggerating. You know mothers. We exaggerate to make a point... or maybe not. Confident and delusional,…

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From a lovely book called Fairyopolis. Reproductions of Cicely Mary Barker's illustrations

Book Blog for Kids

I've been thinking of blogging my book. It's a fantasy mid grade novel. However, I'm not sure if it will reach the right audience, since most 8 - 12 year olds aren't freely searching the net and following blogs. What do you guys think? It would be a brand new blog. 1 chapter a week perhaps... FYI:  There are fairies,…


First Flight

  The baby birds have flown! Recently I posted about a mother bird who had nested in my flower box. In my last post, the baby birds were already full feathered, but still had not flown. I had mentioned how the mother had been cooing at them from the floor and that I thought she was trying to encourage flight. Well,…

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A Scene from the “Oh! My God! 4”

Since most of you have no idea, let me start by explaining what are the "Oh! My God! 4." For those of you who are parents or will soon be, you've probably already heard of the "terrible 2's;" that age when kids learn the word "no" and begin to use it on a regular basis. (It actually starts at 18 months,…


Alonzo vs. Mom

Saturday morning. 8:45 am. I'm standing in front of the stove starting the dealings of breakfast. Alonzo, my 4 year-old human version of Curious George, walks in. "Mami, I want oatmeal," he declares. "Not today, sweety. I'm making farina." I brace myself for the torrent of whining that is about to unfold. "Nooooooo! I want oatmeal!" Of course, I cannot…


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