Holiday Writing Contest: Little Blue's Christmas

Hey gang! So, I've decided to enter .....



As the link above explains, this is a Children's Story Writing Contest about a Holiday Hero of any kind. The 250 word-count limit was HARD but I made it. Please enjoy my submission below :). Merry Christmas my lovelies!

P.S. In your opinion, who is the hero in this story?


Holding Little Blue Bird’s hand, Miss Mole knocked on the Fox Family den.

“Little Blue needs a place to stay.”

Mama looked at Papa. Papa looked at Blue.

“She may stay.”

They ate together, played together, and slept together in the cozy warm den.

But when the foxes went fishing, Blue pecked for seeds. When the foxes played wrestle, Blue kept her distance. When the foxes slept in a pile, Blue slept on a rock.

Blue still felt alone. But …

… she didn’t know that Little Red Fox had been watching her.

What is the perfect Christmas gift for Blue? Red wondered. I know! A delicious salmon to eat.

On Christmas Eve, Red left to find the perfect salmon.


“HELP!” cried Red.

Inside the den, Blue’s ears perked. “Red?”


Blue followed the cries until she found Red struggling in icy river water and pulled him to safety.

“Red are you okay?!”

Shivering, Little Red spit a juicy salmon onto the snow. “I g-g-got you a s-s-salmon! It’s your C-C-Christmas present!”

“Oh. Thanks, Red! But, I don’t eat fish. Know what I really want for Christmas?”

“What Blue?”

“A friend.”

“Blue! You ARE my friend. More than that, you are family!” Red picked up Blue and hugged her tight.

On Christmas day, Red helped Blue find the best seeds, Blue helped Red catch the best fish, and they played thumb wrestles til bedtime.

That night, Miss Mole and a small lonely lizard approached the Fox Family den...

Video Interview

Nate (author of "Nelly Bug") and Aubrey Stout run an art class for kiddos and asked if I would do a quick interview and answer some questions as a guest artist.  I told Aubrey to send the questions, and I'd make a video out of it! Enjoy!

  • First half - Answering questions (fav color, fav medium, what I liked to draw as a kid, etc).
  • Second half - "How to draw" tutorial using basic shapes.
  • Last 50 seconds - speed painting of Gus.

WIFYR 2018

I finally returned to the greatest writing conference on this side of the U.S. for the second time (my first was 2012) with a new story ready to critique! My first book was published because of WIFYR, so I knew this was a worthwhile investment. I took pages of notes, made great friends, and received terrific feedback during my new story's 20-minute in-class critique.

So what is WIFYR? 
(Writers and Illustrators For Young Readers)