Inspiration in the Dry Times

Inspiration. Whether you are a writer, journal-keeper, author, artist, creator, teacher or other educator, poet, photographer, social media marketer or any other vocation or avocation, dry times invade everyone’s creativity. With that comes writer’s block in my case. Where do I find inspiration? Outside using my senses.

Being outdoors with the fresh air, natural colors, sounds of songbirds, bees and neighbor life, feel of the leaves, grasses and flowers, and following the movement of the wind on the water restore my soul, my thoughts, my brain, my creativity and my drive to keep pushing through the dry times.

What inspires you? Share it with the rest of the viewers. It may be just the ticket to get those creative juices flowing. If not, it’s just the greatest to be outside in nature, anyway😊

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The Writing Goes On………

In the long hiatus from this blog, I have been working on several story ideas. The main goal has been to complete the second in the series of three books about Sappy, the little red oak sapling as he experiences the changing seasons in Minnesota. Or Wisconsin, Michigan and anywhere else the red oaks grow.

I can’t lie. It was tougher to write the second book. As I wrote the first story, “Dewdrops to Raindrops, A Drip’s Trip to Make Sappy Happy”, the words literally flew from my fingertips like lightning from a cloud. I had formed the outline of the story in my brain for so long that it was a snap to put into words. This story, from the beginning of autumn to early winter, took longer to write. And more effort.

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What I had to do with this manuscript was schedule time to write. If you aren’t currently purposefully setting aside writing time, I encourage you to do so. In my case, I had to plan meals ahead of time, let the laundry wait another day and the dust bunnies grow a bit larger. In other words, I had to give myself permission to let some things go so I could focus on letting the second story grow. Oooh, I kinda like that! Let some things go so other things can grow. You heard it here first, folks!

As always, just write the first sentence. However, if the subsequent sentences are slow in forming, you know what to do. Take the time, make the time to write. No multitasking. Just focus on writing. Or illustrating. Or editing. Or promoting. Or working on your blog.

This or That???

Check this out! No, this isn’t about the color of faux nails you prefer or the style of athleisure wear you like! This is about the future of our world, your child(ren)! Do you prefer they read run-of-the-mill children’s books or books that have valuable content? Check out to order “Dewdrops to Raindrops, A Drip’s Trip to Make Sappy Happy” for an original story with original illustrations that contains a science lesson on the water cycle, being a good friend and learning patience. Thanks for checking it out!

The First Pages of “Dewdrops to Raindrops, A Drip’s Trip to Make Sappy Happy”

This story is written with imagination, creativity, themes of the water cycle, friendship, patience and listening to elders. The incredible full-color illustrations are not “cartoonish” so you won’t find eyes, noses, or mouths unless it is the one given to the critter by nature! This will challenge your child to use their observation skills to see how the little oak sapling is feeling by his “tree limb language” just as we humans use body language as a form of non-verbal expression. Get your copy of “Dewdrops to Raindrops” today by selecting the Buy Now button. Need more than one copy? Email me at and I’ll let you know the cost with postage and handling! Thanks!!

How To Explain the Water Cycle to Your Children

This beautiful book is 8 X 10″, softcover, 48 pages with 25 full-page, full color illustrations.

Come on inside these pages for the story of Sappy, a very thirsty red oak sapling, and a dewdrop named Dropsy. Not only does Dropsy teach Sappy how he will eventually get a drink of water, he teaches Sappy about friendship and patience. Bonus pages and illustrations offer your child(ren) a “find the critter” in the illustrations. Another learning opportunity! Order your copy today with the Buy Now button on this site! Thank you for supporting education and this first-time author,