Karen’s Chaos

Musings for the day- Kid vocab lesson

torrible means terrible & horrible 

alligator means elevator

lasterday means yesterday

refrigerlater means refrigerator




A Rookie Writer’s Aha Moment!

Go the Distance-Spring Conference 2016

My Aha Moment?   Use humor in every genre for every age level

 Build my collection of reference resources:

  • Elements of Style
  • Blue Book of Grammar & Punctuation
  • Chicago Manual of Style
  • The Copyeditor’s Handbook
  • Webster’s New World Dictionary and Thesaurus
  • Writer’s Digest Children’s Writer & Illustrator’s Market
  • Writer’s Digest Guide to Literary Agents
  • Jeff Herman’s Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents
  • Publisher’s Marketplace
  • Publisher’s Weekly Magazine
  • Querytracker


Quote of the conference?

“You’re Gonna Lose. And That’s Ok. The Gift of losing can help us become better writers, artists, and citizens.”


Thanks for your support…

I didn’t win the MidLife Collage short essay contest last month for my story: Muffin Rebel. However, it was a close second (sigh, story of my life…so far) but thanks for all of you who commented and liked it. Here is the URL if you would like to submit a story (has to be true and under 1200 words) or if you would like to read this weeks submissions or read the Winner’s Circle stories. Good stuff! http://www.midlifecollage.com
Happy Reading 🙂

Growing as a Writer…..

First place winner, twice, in Midlife Collage’s short essay contest in 2013 for Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow and for Controlled Chaos.

Second place winner in Unpublished Children’s Fiction category of local Tulsa City County Library’s  2005 Adult Creative Writing Contest for The Grandmother Stories.

What inspires me……



*sunsets on the water

*mist rising on the lake

*clever license plates

*kids racing to be first to checkout a popular book

*lilac bushes perfuming a summer breeze

*breast cancer survivors

*hanging out with my grandkids

*mountain top views while snow skiing

*humming birds


*children’s authors

*sound of waterfalls

*Anna Myers-children’s author extraordinaire

Well Said……

“If you’re praying for a miracle and God doesn’t give you the miracle, then you’re the miracle for someone else.” —Author unknown

“I cannot live without books.”–Thomas Jefferson

“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.”–Cherokee saying