Life’s been a little busy – not just because of the holidays coming but also homeschooling and life’s activities. But I’ve continued to find some time to carve out for my writing which continues to give me a sense of peace.
Fireflies of Hope recently began its journey to finding a publisher. It’s a process that takes a long time as it joins other hopeful manuscripts on a desk. Often the wait time is around 4-6 months before finding out if someone wants to publish it. However, authors often don’t hear back from publishers if they aren’t interested. I truly believe in the Fireflies of Hope story – it’s a picture book written for older children and includes information on fireflies as well as volunteer organizations and ideas that would welcome a child’s help. I truly hope the story will find a home soon. Giving to one another, we learn so much about ourselves and the world we live in.
I’ve also been working on some articles for a magazine’s publication for Siberia. It’s a magazine written for children and they are accepting submissions. Life in Siberia was much different than I had ever expected and I am glad that I had the chance to visit years ago. It changed my life in so many ways and I’m glad to share some of these experiences. From my time there, I was able to write 4 articles and send in some of the photographs. The articles include:
“The Magic Swan Geese” (a retelling of a famous Russian folktale that was translated for me while I was in Siberia.)
“Sleeping Over at a Friend’s House….in Siberia” (With a little history of Siberia, this one focuses on what I learned from my time there. I discovered many more similarities between our 2 countries than differences and I learned new perspectives on life.)
“Siberia’s Hidden Treasures” (This shares more about the history of Siberia. Largely unknown and undiscovered, Siberia holds a large percentage of Russia’s wealth. This is not only in its economy but also in its people.)
“Time to Party and….You’re Invited!” (This article shares one town’s New Year’s Day traditions. In far eastern Siberia, Khabarovsk residents look forward to this holiday the most. Included is a recipe for pelmeni, a Russian dish of dumplings which is native to Siberia.)
Stay tuned for more of my writing!