A Virtual Girl

Madonna sang “We are living in a material world and I am a material girl.” That song, or rather, the melody keeps spinning in my head. I’m living in a virtual world and I’m gonna be a virtual girl–or author. Or both. That’s my song this year, and no doubt, the start of another school…

5 Writing Tips for Newbies

When I work with young children, I often experience two ends of the spectrum. There’s the one group who writes diligently, taking off on a topic. They even ask if they can ‘write more’ than what’s suggested. Good for them. But then there are those who stare blankly at the paper, waiting for inspiration to…

But I’m a Real Girl!

When Pat Achilles agreed to illustrate The Upside-Down Gardener, I was thrilled and honored. Her whimsical style was right on for the project. And while I’ve written many a post about my inspiration and how my ideas came together, I thought it might be interesting to see inside the mind of an illustrator. So after…

Pet Picks

by Chrysa Smith I know. You’ve seen them. You’ve read them. You know about my passion for all things poodle—and the posse books. But guess what? I didn’t stop there. Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to pen a few pieces for Pet Lifestyles Magazine up in NYC. Right up my alley, huh? Absolutely.…

Happy Gardening?

Growing up in a NYC apartment, gardening was not an obvious pastime. Yet my mother managed to dig up some gardening tools and take both them and me downstairs to play in the dirt in front of our landscaped building. There, she could get lost for hours, while me? Well, not so much. Fast forward…