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Zippy Applehead Books

I am pleased to announce is now live. Please take a moment to view the site. Very shortly I will post other information on my books and will be blogging from this site also — mainly for kids.

Librarians, authors, adults, teens, and children from all over the globe will celebrate the power of words and stories during the annual World Read Aloud Day on Wednesday, March 9.

Remember from 3/1-3/21 to sign up and review Giggly Gracie & Jammin’ Jane. It is free. The story of Giggly Gracie & Jammin’ Jane  is written in rhyme and verse with an 1800 word count and appeals to the 1st – 3rd grade age range. I would love for parents, teachers and children to all take an opportunity to read this story. Maybe even a classroom assignment for older students? Just a thought — they could sign up, read the book and give feedback. I would love to hear from the students. Thanks to all and don’t forget:

It’s a great day in the Wonderful World of Zippy AppleHead!


Live Life to the Fullest and Follow Your Dreams — no matter what age!!!!!

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”

— Emilie Buchwald


New Adventure…Zippy Applehead

A new adventure you might  say. What is it all about? Traveling the world? Moving to a new region?  Connecting with old friends? A new job? Following your dreams perhaps? Somehow it entails these things and more.  I have ventured into the wonderful world of writing children’ s books and excited to share this information with you all today.

I never was much of a reader so let me say first off I genuinely ENVY everyone and anyone who can pick up a novel and read for hours for true pleasure. It wasn’t that I didn’t like to read — I struggled with reading comprehension and although I had a successful career to this day my reading span is limited to short stores, magazine articles and children’s books (I do read to my granddaughters when we are together). In addition I was not much of writer either. Each year on my performance review I was gigged for my writing ability even though I was a top management employee. This harmful entry would always affect my yearly raise. That is until I began college classes in my forties to spruce up my writing skills. Imagine how I suffered through all that college reading material…

I am embarking on a new adventure and I am here to tell you I LOVE IT. Moving into the arena of writing for children has been a rich and rewarding experience. I have three manuscripts in the works. You Are Who You Be is now being published through Publish America. Lollipops and Gumdrops staring Lolly McGolly and Giggly Gracie & Jammin’ Jane are two manuscripts I am working on and shopping around for a literary agent. My voice is in rhyme and verse. I chose this direction due to the creativity it involves for a child and to help kids today who struggle with reading and comprehension of the words.

I will be utilizing a pen name Zippy Applehead and have a new website This site should be up and running in just a few days. Once my website goes live I will begin blogging positive messages for kids of all ages. My books are targeted toward the 4-8 year old range.

I am a member of Chesapeake Bay Writers,  Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the 10 Day Book Club.  Giggly Gracie & Jammin’ Jane is to be featured on the 10 Day Book Club from 3/1/12 through 3/21/12. I am inviting you to sign up on as a reader (it is free) and join me during this timeframe to read, review and critique my manuscript. After the 21st there will be an open forum feedback session with me.  I invite you now to join me in this new adventure. Thanks!


To Follow Your Dreams and Live Life To The Fullest!


If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.  ~Toni Morrison

California Dreamin’…Jack Coolery…

Now and then someone comes into your life that leaves an ever lasting impression. Whether it be through songs, or words, or actions, they leave you with those fond memories that can never be taken away.

Two years ago I had the privilege of gaining employment at our local high school. At almost sixty it can be quite intimidating to start a new job with a new boss in a new place. But I did just that. The opportunity brought me home to our county so I did not have to commute any longer. It also allowed for my husband and I to car pool, save money on gas while enjoying each other’s company on our daily drive to work.

It wasn’t long into my employment as the principal’s financial secretary that I knew I was in the right place. In two short years I have learned so much from a person who has been in the educational field for the past forty-one years.

Mr. Jack Cooley is a man of many talents. He is a top-notch disciplinarian and can head off any nonsense before it takes place. He knows of the pending doom with the kids before the kids know. He can smell a fight while it is brewing in the minds of the culprits and erase the issues before coming to fruition.

He knows every species of butterflies, every word to every song ever written, is a great drummer, loves physical education and biology, can carry a tune and whistle a song to completion without missing a note or beat. He has a great sense of humor, a genuine passion for education and an honest-to-goodness old fashion love for his family. He is a true renaissance man!

It was a perfect fit as his secretary. He told his jokes and I laughed. (and yes they were mostly all funny) We sang together; however he can carry a tune much better. We could finish each other’s sentences when discussing issues at hand. And it wasn’t long into my employment that I knew I had nothing to be intimated by.

Godspeed to you Mr. Cooley. As you end your forty-one year educational career through the Rappahannock High School commencement services on June 19th may you take your “Rite of Passage” with you into your much deserved retirement years!

Live Life to the Fullest and Follow your Dreams

see you soon…

Adding “just kidding” doesn’t make it okay to insult the Principal.
Nancy Cartwright