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This year's Spring Fling Kidlit Contest asked writers to pick any spring-themed gif and write a story for children 12 and under in 150 words or less. Here's my entry, 123 words featuring two of my favorite things, honey bees and California poppies!


By Cheryl Ma...

E-mail me at for a copy of the Quarantine Retreat. (I'll also send you fun, little freebie "prizes" you can print each week to help keep you and your critique group inspired.) Keep writing my friends. The world needs your stories now, more then ever!...

Honored and grateful to have been chosen as a 2020 12x12 Scholarship Winner. I cannot wait to explore all of the incredible writing resources and support from this incredible community!  

If you aren't familiar with Julie Hedlund's 12x12 program, take a look here.....

Congratulations to my critique partner Sharon Langely' for her new book "A Ride to Remember", which was just named one of Kirkus's 8 top books for Black History Month! Click on the title's link to order this remarkable and illuminating book for yourself.

My incredibly talented critique partner, author-illustrator Crystal Carter, is pitching a fun, spooky picture book entitled Vampire Nightcare. I can’t wait to see this gorgeous, unique story acquired soon!

“Mom says my new daycare seems charming and I should give it a c...

Honored to have my manuscript LITTLE EYES, BIG WORLD win 2nd runner up at the 2019 LA Writers Day. Plus my incredible critique partner Sue Ganz Schmitt also took home a prize for her manuscript!!

Congratulations to my critique partner Laurenne Sala for her new book "You Made Me a Dad", an endearing sequel to "You Made Me a Mother". Click on either title to order these remarkable books for yourself!

Excited to share that my manuscript "The Elephant Road" won 1st place at the 2017 LA Writers Day. I was lucky enough to stand next to my amazing critique partner, Kara Wilson, who took 2nd place!!

This photographer began capturing the contents of her preschooler's pockets on film. They are mesmerizing in their simplicity and magic. A reminder of the fleeting wonder of childhood, and a glimpse through its eyes. Take a look, be inspired, and remember. 


I could not be more grateful to be surrounded by the thoughtful reflection, encouragement and enthusiasm of the fellow writers in my Pen-Ultimate critique group. It is such a remarkably talented group of women. After many months of editing, revisions and rewrites, I no...

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