Dear Math is Everywhere Readers and Kidlit Zombie Week Friends, Welcome to Kidlit Zombie Week! For those of you who are new here, thank you for joining us for this fun! Kidlit Zombie Week is a week full of fantastic puns and great insight as we help each other bring our dead stories back to … Continue reading Kidlit Zombie Week Post #1 for 2021: Let Sleeping Stories Lie
Hi all! I just had so much fun this weekend presenting on "What I Like and Why" for PBPalooza created by wonderful picture book whisperer, Mira Reisberg. And I promised I'd share at least some parts of my presentation here (I saved some just for those who paid for scholarships ;)). If you're popping by … Continue reading Picture Books I Love, Some Things I Like as an Agent, and Other Tips about Connecting with an Agent
Sunflowers Grow by Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez Even sunflowers endure shadows. That doesn't stop the bee from visiting. Even the happiest people endure pain. That doesn't stop us from growing. Our perfect vision of the future may be spotted and marred and yet… We keep going. We keep striving. And reaching. For the sun. Through the … Continue reading Sunflowers Grow, a Fall Writing Frenzy Example for 2020 by Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez
I hope in this time of quarantine and school closures that people are finding solace in the fun things they can do. We are enjoying cuddles, reading,...
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers! Today has been a whirlwind of wonderful! First I found out that Vivian Kirkfield's fantastic 50 Precious Words contest began, and then... I signed my first literary client for Olswanger Literary! Thanks for accepting my offer, Laura K. Zimmermann! I can't wait to see where this partnership leads us! Without … Continue reading #50PreciousWords and Client Announcement
She pulls back the curtains...
Hey all, I can't believe 2019 is almost over. It's been a crazy and awesome year. I'm currently participating in Julie Hedlund's end of the year reflection called 12 Days of Christmas for Writers. In it, she challenges us to make a list of our writing successes and share it on our blogs, so here … Continue reading Writing Successes 2019
"I know I know, you're thinking Kaitlyn, how do I write when I'm working out? Well...I'm here to tell you, it's totally possible!"
KAPLOOEY! My mind was BLOWN.
"breaks are important for writers"
WHAAAT?! Summer break is over?!
Hey all! I've shared a few Spring Fling Writing Contest examples. Now here's my non-example. Because of course, knowing the guidelines is good! Having examples is great! But knowing what NOT to do, now there's the money! If the Spring Fling Writing Contest is your first writing contest, first of all: woohoo! We feel super … Continue reading SPRING: A Spring Fling Writing Contest Non-sample
Hi friends, This story is about my mom. This memory just popped in my head the other night, and I just had to write it out and share it. Strong I, like most kids, would wake up often in the middle of the night and not be able to go back to sleep. When I … Continue reading Strong: A Tribute to Powerful Women
Hi Wonderful Friends, I have some amazing, shocking, and wonderful news. I entered into a contest called Picture Book Party put on by Mindy Alyse Weiss and Michelle Hauck. Here's how it works: Mindy, Michelle, and colleague Sharon allowed picture book writers to email queries and the first 50 words of their stories to them. They … Continue reading PBParty!
Hey all, Hope you're thinking of awesome ideas for the Spring Fling Writing Contest! Don't forget to share with all your writing friends. Submissions start April 17th. Here's my second example for the Spring Fling Writing Contest. Haven't hear of it yet? No worries! Check it out here. This story encompasses more of the top-end … Continue reading Petals: another Spring Fling Writing Contest sample
Hi friends, I have some fantastic news: my critique partner, Ciara O'Neal, and I are hosting a writing contest this April! It's going to be a blast, and we have some AMAZING prizes lined up for the winners. If you like writing or know someone who does, check out and share the site with the … Continue reading Spring Fling Writing Contest Announcement
As you all know, I LOVE writing contests! This one is put on by the amazing Vivian Kirkfield, an author who is debuting her picture books this year! The contest: write a story for kids 12 and under in just 50 words! Yup, that's right ,just 50, 5-0, five tens, ten fives! Without further ado, … Continue reading “I Can” my #50PreciousWords Story
I've heard wonderful things about the Highlights retreats for writers. I haven't gone yet, but I hope to someday. This is the transformation I imagine happens😊😉 She breathes in. Freshness. Purity. Rain. The pitter patter is the only sound, no others around. She can feel the pink of the budding flower as she turns away … Continue reading Nature
Happy Valentine's Day from the Mathiseverywhere blog! Here's another fun, little story for your enjoyment. My second entry for Ms. Susanna Hill's Valentiny contest (Get it? A tiny Valentine's story?😁) The rules: create a Valentine's story where someone feels guilty. It must be geared to kids 12 and under and be 214 words or less. … Continue reading A Little Rain
Here's a little story I cooked up for Ms. Susanna Hill's Valentiny contest (Get it? A tiny Valentine's story?😁) Here's the rules: it needs to be geared to kids 12 and under, be about Valentine's day, and have someone who feels guilty. Oh yeah! AND it must be 214 words or less😉 This story was … Continue reading Morty’s Valentine’s Day: a fun, little tale to brighten your day
Hey all, I'm participating in a reflective writing program called 12 Days of Christmas for Writers by the generous Julie Foster Hedlund. Yesterday's prompt was to write a story based on some very cool ideas. I chose the random sentence generator (which I had no idea existed, did you?!) Before you read the story, if … Continue reading Quick-write story
Hey all, it's time for another awesome writing contest by the inspiring Susanna Hill: The 8th Annual Holiday Contest! This time, writers are to tell a story of a holiday hero in 250 words or less. The target audience is children ages 12 and under, but I hope this tale will be enjoyable for all! … Continue reading No Ice, A Holiday Tale
I love the way my ponytail swishes across my back, the place between my shoulder blades tingling and itching for more. My breathing intensifies as my smile widens. I take another step. The movement exerts my muscles but frees my mind: I'm running. This was me on Saturday, when I finally got on my elliptical … Continue reading Running
Here's my last Halloween story for Susanna Hill's Halloweensie competition. If you didn't get to the first post, the rules are: Create a Halloween story for kids twelve and under that is less than 100 words AND must include the words: howl, cauldron, and shiver (any form of the word will do). THE PICTURE By … Continue reading The Picture
My second submission to the amazing Susanna Hill's Halloweensie competition. If you didn't get to the first post, the rules are: Create a Halloween story for kids twelve and under that is less than 100 words AND must include the words: howl, cauldron, and shiver (any form of the word will do). NEEDED By Kaitlyn … Continue reading Needed
I'm so excited to share my first kidlit Halloween story, inspired by the 8th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest A big thank you to the remarkable Susanna Hill for hosting this Halloween writing contest that really got my writer juices flowing and my creativity moving in a totally unexpected direction. The rules: Create a Halloween story … Continue reading Magic Endures
When thinking about what to write for my first blog post, I suddenly thought, what you see is what you get. The following are the musings of my mind when I contemplated that concept: You get what you see seems like such a logical idea, and yet, in nature there are many examples that negate … Continue reading What You See is What You Get