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The MABEL Gate: In Memory of a Furbaby

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Just before Christmas, our family was devastated to discover neighborhood dogs had destroyed our precious love-love (my nickname for her) Mabel. It was pretty awful. We still miss our little gray girl every day.

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No more “Which one is this?” from the grands (and everyone else). No more help working on my writing projects. No more kitty tracks on my printed papers. No more head butts and lap cuddles.

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Monet, her twin sister, was lost for quite a few weeks and is now just finally starting to come into her own as an ONLY cat. There are times she quite enjoys the attention. The rest of the time she’d rather be out mousing or birding. She was always the more independent wild thing.

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To combat future attacks, we put up a gate on our driveway to discourage any other dogs from wandering in to check out what trouble they could get into. As Papa and Hayden finished up the gate, they decided it should be named after Mabel, a tribute to her short, cuddly, furry life.

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Perfect! In honor of our Mabes, Mabel, love-love, gray girl, kitty baby. The MABEL gate. Ta-da!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 22: Robin Newman Has Food for Thought

Food for thought. Ha-ha! Get it? Add food to any story you are working on – be it the main character, a walk-on part, the conflict, or part of the setting. I can see, I mean taste it now…a maple oat nut scone walks into a coffee shop…

Thanks, Robin! Thanks, Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 21: Tara Luebbe Has a Sixth Sense

This post has an excellent list of ways to make sure your manuscript is marketable! Love this as a resource. Thank you, Tara and Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 20: Kate Dopirak & Mary Peterson Ask . . . What is Worth Illustrating?

Great post! I’ve always thought about this illustration and that illustration for my picture book manuscripts, but I’ve never considered if they’d are WORTH illustrating!

Thanks, Kate, Mary, and Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 19: Karen Rostoker-Gruber Digs Down Deep

Dig down deep and daydream about your younger years. Recall incidents, feelings, and experiences and get ready to catch those story ideas as they spring to mind!

Thanks, Karen and Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 18: Worlds Collide for Jarrett Lerner

When worlds collide? Check out this fun way to come up with story ideas. 🙂

Thanks, Jarrett and Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 17: Michelle Cusolito Flies Deep

Ooh, making lists of things we are curious about and things that capture our imagination and things we love! This is the perfect way to fly deep and dig up ideas for picture books!

Thanks, Michelle! Thanks, Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 16: Tami Charles Might Fail (and that’s OK!)

Not every day comes with a deluge of perfect picture book ideas. Some days ideas might shower down for future projects while other days are as dry as the Sahara Desert. Nada.

Thanks, Tami, for your encouraging words. Thanks, Tara, for STORYSTORM!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 15: Melissa Iwai Mines Her Dreams

Dreams are amazing (and weird and sometimes terrifying). But they can also be a source of ideas for stories. The important thing to do is to write down your dreams as soon as you wake up, or, POOF, the ideas will be gone. Not that my dream last night of spell-checking the name of my granddaughter’s teacher would make a good story…but still. You get the idea! Write it down.

Thanks, Melissa! Thanks, Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 14: Rachelle Burk Shares Resources

Do you need resources? This post (and Rachelle’s site) are chock full of anything a writer could need! Wow!

Thanks, Rachelle! Thanks, Tara!

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