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Loss and Living Lifebetsydevany13344558_10207906885763399_6521254873384213443_nSONY DSCDSCN0501 (2).JPG20160528_221834_resized

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:52:13 +0000

I have been absent from blogging for well over a year, and so after many long, contemplative hikes with my rescue dog Buddy, I decided I needed to share where I’ve been before I move to the next phase of my life as a published author.   In May 2015, my husband lost his job […](image)

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Jane Yolen’s Picture Book Boot CampbetsydevanyCEaHyEsUsAA95AF

Tue, 26 May 2015 13:52:26 +0000

In March 2014, I had the pleasure of attending Jane Yolen’s first Picture Book Boot Camp. The retreat had been announced in the fall of 2013, right after my husband lost his job. Something told me this was a once in a lifetime experience, and when I approached my husband about the opportunity to spend […](image)

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Experience of a LifetimebetsydevanyDSC09357DSC09183SONY DSCDSC08340DSC08832DSC07569

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:16:56 +0000

I am a firm believer in once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, which is why I didn’t hesitate to apply for Emma Dryden’s weeklong workshop, held in July 2014. Yes, I adore Martha’s Vineyard, but add Emma Dryden to the experience? I was in. This year, veteran children’s book editor and publishing consultant, Emma D. Dryden returns to the […](image)

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Baking Day at Grandma’s Is a Winner in More Ways Than OnebetsydevanyBlogPrizebaking-day-interior-copyright-christopher-denise-2014Anika&Chris_StudioShot_Baking with the kiddosCT_Bk_FairSONY DSCAnika&Chris Credit Corey GrayhorsePhotograhy

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 20:52:31 +0000

Baking Day at Grandma’s is a picture book bundled in love, warmth, and thoughtfulness. At its core, it speaks to a family (grandma and her grand cubs) spending quality time together. Not only is Anika Denise’s text a pitch-perfect rhyme—and one that makes you want to clap along (and bake a cake) with the charming […](image)

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Maddi’s FridgebetsydevanyMaddisFridge9781936261291stinky fish 2cecelia_build

Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:24:08 +0000

A few months ago, an online promotion for Maddi’s Fridge caught my attention. Lois Brandt’s new picture book, illustrated by Vin Vogel, seemed exactly the kind of story I wanted to share with elementary kids, with my grandchildren, and also with our local libraries. As a weekly volunteer in a second-grade classroom, I read a […](image)

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A Writer’s DistractionsbetsydevanyDSC01067Bug in Daylily3DSC01261DSC01328DSC05657

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:40:15 +0000

When I struggle with putting words to the page, I step outside, breathe in fresh air, then search for tiny miracles. In truth, distractions of the extraordinary.     Yet, tiny miracles always bring me back to the place I’m avoiding.   I, too, want to silently dive deep, explore a daylily (or an untold […](image)

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Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:41:58 +0000

“Red moon,” he said, his two-year-old hand reaching for mine in the dark.  As urgently as my granddaughter grabbed my arm, earlier that day.    For her, it was the return of the hummingbirds.     She’d spotted a female resting on a high branch, a potential mate preening his feathers nearby. Our clothesline, his […](image)

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My Writing ProcessbetsydevanyImageSONY DSCA_Denise_Author_Photo

Fri, 23 May 2014 17:42:06 +0000

Today I join the blog tour where writers and authors answer questions about their writing process. Author Rebecca Colby preceded me. Please check out her writing process here: What am I working on now? My present focus is on eight-year-old E. B. Louise, who is determined to save her shredding and too-small elephant slippers given […](image)

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Children’s Literature Inspires Compassion for AnimalsbetsydevanyDSC00474SONY DSCSONY DSCImage 2SONY DSC

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:03:30 +0000

A few weeks ago, my seven-year-old granddaughter and I were taking a walk when we came upon a bush filled with red berries.  A handmade sign swung from a branch: “Please do not pick berries. The birds need them for winter food. Thanks!” Ava read the words to me, and then continued to read a […](image)

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PiBoIdMo 2013 Comes to an EndbetsydevanySONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:51:20 +0000

PiBoIdMo has come to an end. Which leads to withdrawal. It also leads to realizing one’s strengths and weaknesses, some of which I learned during PiBoIdMo 2013. 1. I can come up with picture book ideas under pressure, while also tending to a middle grade revision. 2. I should not pretend to know what I […](image)

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