Happy Thanksgiving – Fabulous Finishes


mouseOne is a Feast for Mouse A Thanksgiving Tale

By Judy Cox

After the cat falls fast asleep and it’s safe to sneak out of his hidey-hole, this little mouse goes out in search of food. When he spots a teensy-tiny, toothsome, green pea he knows “One will be a feast for me.”

However, with eyes bigger than his stomach he doesn’t stop there, stacking a cranberry, an olive, a carrot stick, mashed potatoes, gravy, pumpkin pie with fluffy cream, and finally, the platter of turkey on top of each other, until he finds himself eye to eye with the cat. In a slipping, sliding instant,  mouse skids to a stop, causing the turkey to crash down on the cat. The mouse manages to escape to his hidey-hole, but he no longer has his feast, until, he spies that one teensy-tiny, round and toothsome, green and luscious pea. “Give thanks. One is a feast for me!”

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your feast. And if you find that your eyes are bigger than your stomach, don’t stack – it usually doesn’t work out so well.

Encouraging girls while they’re young

“Fewer than 3 in 10 graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are women. And barely 1 in 10 actual engineers are women. Early in a girl’s life, the toys marketed to her are usually things that don’t encourage her to enter those fields. GoldieBlox intends to change that by teaching them while they are young that these fields can be fun — and apparently epic, by the looks of this super-genius 2-minute video. Watch and learn.”

Isn’t it time for books to do the same?

A critique group?

writerIn taking  Dr. Mira Reisberg’s Picture Book Academy course and participating in PiBoIdMo, I have had the fortunate opportunity to be involved in some writers’ Facebook groups, where discussions between supportive and like-minded souls occur. The dialogue, the questions, the answers, and all the back and forth are helpful, and it’s nice to see everyone’s opinion.

However, I believe there is one question for which everyone would have the same opinion:

Do I need a critique group?  This answer is undoubtedly and undeniably  YES!

critque 2Where else will you get feedback from others who aspire to do and become what you aspire to do and become? Those who know you on a personal level will (most likely) not tell you what you need to hear.

Only those seeking the kind of feedback they really need to hear to succeed will give you kind of feedback you really need to hear to succeed.

A critique group will challenge you to consider certain aspects of your story and the selection of your words so you either

1. Revise it


2. Keep it as is, convinced that your story is where it needs to be and that your words are truly the right ones.

So, how do you know when you’re in the right group? You just know. When your critique group, partner (whichever you choose, large or small) is finding the holes and the possibilities in your story and pushing you to be the very best you can be, then you’ve found the right group.

However, since participating in a critique group means putting yourself out there to be  evaluated, critiqued, many may refrain from joining, thinking it’s too painful. But if you look at a critique group for what it is – a chance to become a better writer  – well then how could that possibly hurt?

I want to thank my critique friends – the new and old. You have steered my journey and helped me get to where I am today. Though still unpublished, I’m closer than I was before meeting you.

Love that line


“I do not like that Sam-I-am!”

by Dr. Seuss

Beyond his amazing ability to tell a cohesive story in rhyme, Dr. Seuss penned lines that just stick with the reader. By including “that” into this line, Dr. Seuss clearly conveys stubbornness and the distain for Sam-I-am and anything new. Defiant!


PiBoIdMo not only has mind working overtime – it has inspiration, words of wisdom, unbelievable guest blogger posts, and prizes. Yes, prizes. And I won one!


Can you tell I’m excited?

The prize – an autographed book by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. Sudipta, one of my all-time favorite authors, ran a double cover reveal for her new ORANGUTANGLED and SNORING BEAUTY PBs which included a caption contest .

The covers were amazing. The pictures spoke volumes! The looks on the characters’ faces, the body language, the layout, colors, etc…said so much! But to me they screamed, “Is this as awkward for you as it is for me?”

I’m thrilled to have won, grateful to Sudipta for choosing my caption and now anxiously awaiting my new, signed book!