I encourage aspiring writers to test the waters with magazine writing. After I began my weekly column, homegrown treasures, I wrote a number of articles and stories for magazines before my first book was published. After having 11 books published, I still enjoy writing for magazines now and again.
I've had poetry, fiction, and non-fiction for both adults and kids published in a variety of magazines. The magazine story closest to my heart, however, is Blossom the School Cat, which appeared in U.S. Kids in 1993.
Blossom was the resident school cat at Apple Blossom School when my children were students there. Blossom was a good cat, a good student, and a good friend. We were lucky to have her with us for so many years.
When I visit schools, I sometimes share Blossom's stories with students. If they have school pets, I encourage them to write their stories too.
Here are a few photos of Blossom, named for the apple blossoms that surrounded our sweet little school in the country, Apple Blossom School.