I must indulge in a bit of squee for a moment:
My author's copies of Ladybug arrived!!!
What author doesn't love holding their published work in their own hands? Up till now what you've written might have been a rather ephemeral creation--text on a computer screen, a printout of your manuscript on your own paper. They don't cut it quite the same.
When you hold your published work in an actual magazine, one that will be read by many a child and parent, it makes your story suddenly very real. And look at my characters brought to life in those illustrations by Blanche Sims!
Thanks to the Ladybug team for helping my words reach readers. I hope they're enjoyed.