Monthly Archives: May 2013

The American Girl Experience

Last weekend I bravely ventured into American Girl Place Chicago with my daughter for a special birthday treat.  Michigan Avenue is not exactly my idea of a fun get-away,  but in this case the apple leapt miles from the tree.  … Continue reading

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What Makes For A Successful Book-To-Movie Cross Over?

The official count is six more days until my daughter is on summer vacation.  She’s dreaming of swimming pools and Disney World.  I’m excited for summer book and movie releases!  But this year, rather than salivating over the big summer … Continue reading

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Query Lessons Learned

The first time I queried a manuscript, I was a hot mess and didn’t even know it.  I hadn’t told a single person in my life I was secretly writing the nights away, dreaming of one day becoming a published … Continue reading

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Girl Scout Day At The Capitol

Last Friday 2500 Girl Scouts marched on the capitol (in the rain!) in Springfield, Illinois.  My five-year-old daughter and her friend were thrilled to be part of the parade.  They waved their American flags with such enthusiasm and gleefully stomped … Continue reading

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Local Find: Wonderland Books & Toys

I’m ashamed to admit I had no idea there was an independent children’s book store still thriving in my neighborhood.  I’d resigned myself to the fact that Barnes and Noble was the only show in town.  At least they have … Continue reading

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