Category Archives: Writers

A blog for and from writers. I am currently focusing on children’s books and a “how to” book. Bits and pieces from my work will evolve in hopes I will gain insight from your thoughts.

WoooHooo. Only One to Go.

I am excited after hitting the wall on page 26 which contains 4 detailed vignettes, I back off for a couple of weeks, gave myself the pep talk and busted through the wall and finished that page. Whew. The pages were not necessarily completed in order, in fact my Gravatar is from the last page. There is only one page to complete.

Here is vignette two of the four.

A long day for the flower girl.

“Will the man ever stop talking? It’s so boring.”

The above are not the words from the story, but without the rest of the pieces, I didn’t want you to wonder what is going on. This is exactly what the flower girl did at one of my daughter’s weddings. After all, when you are four years old twenty minutes is like forever.

You can probably guess what is on my agenda for today besides laundry,  mopping floors and cropping photos, I will be starting the only uncompleted page. YEA!!!

Have a great weekend, all. Happy father’s day to all guys out there. Even if you are not a father, you had one.

I’ll be back in a week or two.

Thanks for stopping by,

Shari (and my little “friend” Lexi)

Anyone who has written a story knows how we can become attached to our creations. 😀


A Page From My WIP

Wow, I just looked at this blog and was so surprised to note I have not posted here for almost two weeks. I decided to post one of the pages I have been working on, just so you don’t think I just goof off all the time. I really do work on this.

Digital art takes so much more time than painting or colored pencil. I do love the result and the ability to “rework” something as many times as it takes before I like it. Unfortunately, there is always something to tweak and it is hard to know when it IS done.

Lexi Tries On Stuff

This is a small portion of one very busy page. This page is not quite completed. Among other things the shadows are missing. It is coming along.

Please, fellow bloggers, nag me to keep me plugging along. With so many things I love to do, it is easy to set something aside and forget about it. So crack that whip, slather on the guilt, nag, nag, nag. If you are a mother or you had one, nagging and scolding should be easy for you.

Is it done yet? Is it done yet? Is it done yet?



Liebster Award

This is a copy and paste of a blog I follow by Xandre Verkes of South Africa. I had to share it as is. I the next few days I will follow the directions and surprise someone else with a much earned and/or needed pat on the back. For tonight I encourage all to check our Xandre’s fun blog.

First of all – – – super many thanks to The Island Traveller & Lawnmower Vision Questfor awarding me with the Liebster Award!! I am so blessed that there are (in fact) people who read my blog & actually enjoy it (could you believe?) :D … It certainly makes me superly happy to know this!!! I love the posts of both these blogs & would definitely be disappointed if you do not visit their blogs… Lets honour this award for what it is & what the purpose of it is!!! Please click on the links to their blogs (opens in new window)!!!

What’s A Liebster Award?

A Liebster Blog Award is given to talented bloggers who have less than 200 followers. “Liebster” is a German word that means “Dearest” or “Beloved”. It also means ”Favourite”. So, in a way the award not only recognizes these bloggers as amazingly gifted in their own right but also as your very own personal favourites.

The Rules Of The Liebster Award:
1) Thank the fellow blogger who awarded it to you.
2) Link back to the said blogger who shared the award.
3) Post the award on your blog.
4) Pick 5 other blogs you want to recognise.
5) Visit the 5 bloggers and let them know that they receive the award.

I wanted to give the award to 10 bloggers… but decided to change my approach slightly!!! I have quite a few followers, but decided to give these awards to the people who actually take the time to read my post!!! (&no, its not about boosting my ego or something similar…)!!! I have found over the last couple of months that there are a lot of people who don’t actually read posts – they just go on ‘liking’ them…. now granted, I too ‘like’ a lot of posts, but I do actually read them & drop a comment every now & then (you know, to let them know that I’m enjoying their posts or really like something that they posted :) )!!! This is why I’ve decided to award the following bloggers (in no particular order) with the Liebster Award:

1. 2 Rivers Photos – Posting regular (stunning) photographs!!!

2. Paris at my Doorstep – Becca (or Rebecca) takes me on a journey as she Journals about her expat adventures!!!

3. Shez Blogs – Shez is a writer, illustrator, photographer… & friend!!! She writes about her daily projects & activities, & sometimes just photo or two!!!

4. Photos from the Loonybin – Cindy is inspired photographer, very new to the blogging world, who wants to learn &broaden her skills!!!

5. Filipe Miguel Photography –  Hobby photographer from Portugal, almost always first to leave me a kind comment on my posts!! My blog would be lonely without him!!!

6. John Stirling Photography – Landscape/Travel photographer with great photographs & always a kind word to spare!!!

These are all great blogs & I have found a friend in all of them!!! Take the time to go and discover these amazing blogs… I guarantee that you will like them a lot!!!

This concludes my post for tonight (as promised… yay!!!)… Thank you so much for checking in… I hope you had a fabulous day!!! :D **

Man Against the Beaver

With thoughts of the beavers cutting down all the trees and then working their way into our landscaping; hubs has researched, studied, watched video and become a “Beaver Expert.” Perhaps not as expert as a person who lives in the wild and documents the beavers’ every move, but none the less he does know what signs to look for, where to set the trap, and how exactly to set the trap without breaking his own leg or arm in the thing.

So far he knows that most beavers are very docile, shy and peaceful creatures. Catching one neither appears to upset the beaver nor to anger it. Aside from long nails and bright yellow teeth they are a handsome animal.  Equipped with soft fur, shiny black eyes, long whiskers and a strange tail; they are not a threat to man, unless of course a pair decides your back yard would be a perfect home for them.

One of the tips presented in several articles about removing a beaver pair is to simply take down the dam on a daily basis. Eventually the beaver will tire of all the work and move on to a more peaceful setting. It seems that whoever began that rumor had never actually dealt with these two beavers. In the past 6 weeks, or roughly 42 times hubs has gone out before work every morning to remove the dam.

The contents from the dam then get sent down stream as the water gushes out and the other neighbors spend their mornings cleaning up the mess of logs, sticks, grass, leaves, and mud from their stream bed. The debris is filling all the recycle bins on a daily basis. The beavers show no sign of giving up.

They also appear to know exactly what a trap is and how to avoid it. Most of the time it is untouched, but on several occasions it has been sprung and was holding a splintered stick. We investigated using a live trap, but the government regulations make moving them a huge obstacle. Even if someone has a place wants  beavers and would gladly take them, the permits, certifications, follow-up, and paper work are for people with nothing to do for six weeks or so besides fill out forms and file them to be processed and approved. It’s basically our government at work for us and undoubtedly requires fees to of course cover the cost of the government workers to read, approve and certify the forms.

It was beginning to look like the beavers would be allowed to stay until fur-bearing season when a fur trapper will jump at the opportunity to trap at least two beavers that weight in the 35 to 45 pound each range. Until today.

Our neighbor ran over, “You should see the big hole in our back yard.” Yowzer, it is an area about 4 feet wide by 12 feet long. It terminates in the middle of his back lawn about 12 feet above the pond.  It must have something to do with the beavers. But none of the experts mentioned that beavers tunnel 20 feet inland and 12 feet up, for any reason.

Giant backyard sinkhole

A 36 inch by 35 foot tunnel into the neighbor's back yard.

The neighbor knows both hubs and I have hunted and own guns. It turned into an “Annie Get Your Gun” moment.

“But discharging firearms in the city is illegal,” we countered.

‘It’s almost the 4th of July, and it’ll just sound like fireworks. Kill the varmints before our houses topple into the chasms in our yards. They are cutting down the trees. They could chew down our deck supports next!”

Do they really think fireworks will not affect the wildlife the same way it affects our pets? I suspect those quiet, shy, mostly nocturnal animals will stay deep inside their dens and wait for a quiet evening and return to their nightly mission.

In the meantime the trap has been moved and reset. I think the beavers are enjoying a good laugh and will be no shows on the fourth.

Oops, I forgot.

Hi, all. I am sorry I completely missed the fact that none of you saw my original and not quite functional blog posts.  So why is this blog here?

This blog is for and about writing, illustration and photography all of which are passions of mine. This is an interactive blog so I want to hear from others who are passionate about creating.

You missed my introduction to me but you’ll figure that out soon enough that the blog is for and about all of us. I am just a small part of this community.

Lexi is elated, she conquered her fear and succeeded. You then met Lexi who is pictured above, the hero of my new picture book. If you think you will like this little girl, please spread the word that she and I are looking for a publisher.

Along the way, I will post items that I hope are of interest to a large group of people about some of the lessons life has taught me along the way.

I am excited about this new journey and invite you to come along.




It has only taken a month to get my blog up and running. I have found brain function to grasp new things slides downhill quickly with degree of tiredness.  All it took was a couple of nights of sleep and one day of sunshine for the grey to lift not just from the skies but from my brain as well. Beauty is in abundance.