Saturday Story Starter

It’s time for our March story starter!

For those of you who haven’t participated before, Saturday Story Starter is purely for fun, just a way to exercise those writing muscles (think of it as Heather’s Literary Gym). There are no prizes, only the simple joy of putting words on paper (well, OK, on the computer screen). Also, I won’t be offering critiques, just brief words of encouragement, but I will read all your entries, that I can promise! (And if you’d like to read some of the earlier stories that have been shared, click here and here and click here and here and here and here and here and here andhere and here and here and here and here to browse to your heart’s content.)

Ready for this month’s story starter?

??? in Big Chair



Is that a normal-sized woman in an enormous chair, or a teeny-tiny woman in a normal-sized chair? You decide. Tell us her story. And tell us about the chair and how it came to be. Is there magic involved? An experiment that went terribly wrong? Or is this someone’s idea of a joke? It’s up to you! Cut loose and have fun with it…

Ready, set, WRITE!

Fan mail Friday

You know I don’t play favorites, right? I love all of my readers, and I love all of the mail you send me. Nothing brightens my day more than reading a letter or an email or a comment from one of you.

But this drawing is pretty special. Take a close look, and I think you’ll agree. It’s from oh-so-clever Madelyn, an eighth grader who is clearly a fan of our Saturday Story Starters.  (Click on her drawing to enlarge it.)


Maddy 8th


Am I right or am I right?

Thank you, Madelyn! I LOVE all the thought and effort that went into this beautiful drawing! So fun.

And speaking of Saturday Story Starter — stay tuned. I have a fun one coming tomorrow for you…


Calling all teachers, librarians, writers, illustrators, readers and lovers of books for young people! There’s a new game in town, and it’s called BOOKOLOGY, a free online magazine celebrating children’s literature, specifically with a focus on K-8. It’s stuffed full of fun things–articles, interviews with writers and illustrators, inspiration for curriculum connections, and other resources.

Click here to check it out.  (Oh yes, and yours truly got to write the inaugural “Knock Knock” column, so if you’re interested in learning about what makes for memorable characters, click here to read my blog post “Borrowed Fire.”)

Congratulations to the fine folks at Winding Oak for a successful launch of this stellar new venture!