Fall Writing Frenzy Contest

Happy fall everyone! I’m excited to be entering my first writing contest via Twitter. I’ve been hunkering down while doing research and writing a middle grade novel. This is such a fun opportunity! 

Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez
and Lydia LukidisFall Writing Frenzy Contest is open between October 1-3. You have to write a story no more than 200 words inspired from one of the 15 provided pictures. 

The picture I chose, my story, and a brief author’s note are down below. I can’t wait to read all the entries! 

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Have you ever had an unwanted thought? The importance of understanding mental health.

“For every child who has been weighed down by sadness or anxiety, this story teaches kids how to acknowledge unwanted thoughts, show them compassion, then actively replace them with positive thoughts instead. Catching Thoughts is a quiet, thoughtful story that teaches readers how to practice mindfulness, focusing on thoughts that bring beauty, joy, and calm into their lives.”


Catching Thoughts by Bonnie Clark and illustrated by Summer Macon is a timely book that helps little hearts with the mental health challenges that are part of the human experience. Troubles do not discriminate. Catching Thoughts highlights the necessary inner and outer strength to face unknown thoughts helping young readers develop and learn to process complex emotions. 

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“My Grandma snuggles are the best and God gave her to me.”

Grandma Snuggles is a sweet board book that honors the Grandmas in our lives. My one year old daughter loves the different animal illustrations that depict this very special relationship. I also use it to engage my daughter in learning about different animals and the sounds they make. For example, when I point to the duck, I ask, “What does the Grandma duck day?” She then quacks in delight. “What does the Grandma cat say?” MEOW! MEOW! Read More