Reflection: Winds of the Future

December 28, 2012

This is Friday and it is reflection day. Reflection on what where my writing career is at this point. In addition, what I am doing to build on it for 2013. I have begun reflecting my looking at my goals, statements and journals from the year 2012.

Every morning I receive an email from Suzanne Lieurance, a writing coach (, called a “The Morning Nudge.” Her current emails are referencing the winds of the future. Hence the title of this post. I have decided I need to expand my writing career by expanding my online presence.

My online presence includes; blogs (Michelle’s Notes, and Michellewrite,, Facebook (Michelle, Inc.), and Twitter (play10).

In addition, I have been a tester for Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 membership forum. Now that all of the testing has been concluded, I will serve as one of five moderators for her 12×12 forum. The 12×12 forum is essentially a writing challenge to write a picture book a mont. (there is more information at

Thank you for reading this post. My next post will Monday. I will be posting on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Each day will be a different theme. Please look at my blogs, Facebook and Twitter for more information.


Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

carolrascoEarlier this week The New York Times published an article discussing how young Latino students are not seeing themselves in books frequently enough, and the obstacle many educators feel that omission puts in the path for enjoyment as well as for learning from books for these young children. The Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison of Education, which compiles statistics about the race of authors and characters in children’s books published each year, notes that in 2011 only 3 percent of the 3400 books reviewed were written by or about Latinos; this proportion is unchanged over the last decade. And yet, Hispanic students are one quarter of the nation’s public school enrollment.

Several years ago Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) initiated our Multicultural Literacy Campaign, borne from our concern with the NAEP figures we were studying from years past and the distance with which African-American, HIspanic and…

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New week; Fresh Start!

I have learned a lot today, this past week.

I have learned that I need to be diligent.  I have almost decided that will be my word for 2013, but I will start early.
Diligent means having shown consciousness in one’s work and one’s duties. 
My duties as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, employee, co worker, student all need to included.
My work is the plan God has for my life as a teacher, student, researcher, writer.
In order to be diligent I need to show integrity, love, care and hope in order to complete my work and duties.
This past year I have made a lot of mistakes which will hinder my progress. Have you ever  noticed that the saying, “it takes as long to do it right as it does to it wrong? ” seems to be truthful statement.  
Although, it isn’t a new year, it is a new month and fresh start to a new wekk.
This month I need 30 ideas for 30 picture books, complete my course work on time and diligently with integrity, my duties, submit my CV to various jobs, work on my premise, develop my dissertation team and submit my prospectus.
Most important I need to go and watch my son graduate from Basic Training!!!!

Post-PiBoIdMo Day 2: Ella Kennen Tends Her Garden

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

EllaKFirst, I know I’m not the only one who owes the inestimable Tara Lazar and the PiBoIdMo crew a huge debt of gratitude for turning an often cold, gloomy, and hectic November into a month of opportunity. What a wonderful time to gather seeds of imagination to counterbalance the weather outside. But now it’s December, potentially colder, gloomier, and even more fraught with relatives… I mean, activities. So what does that mean? It’s the perfect time to plant those seeds.

Tend Your Garden
It tickles me to make December a time of beginnings. Wait. Wasn’t that November? No… whether you beat the PiBoIdMo challenge by a mile, or only managed to come up with one idea, that was just the prelude to the beginnings. Writers write. Ideas are prerequisites to that, but no more.

Many people dream of having written… but then, people also dream about winning the lottery. I…

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