Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Pitch It

My critique group is getting together for shop talk, food, and a sip of wine this week. Our assignment-- to bring a great pitch for the project you are currently working on.

I found an excellent pitching formula from Jessica Sinsheimer on Twitter this week. 

"MC wants to   GOAL but can't because of CONFLICT 

so s/he does ___________ which results in ___________________."

Is this great or what?  

She has 28 retweets and counting, so others think so too.

Thanks Jessica------

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Short Break Before Starting the New Novel

Time to read, sketch, take long walks, and do a little gardening.

Revisiting several of my favorite books

Stephen King's - ON WRITING

Blake Snyder's - SAVE THE CAT

Cheryl B. Klein's - SECOND SIGHT 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Wow, Revision Surprizes

Yes. Things to tighten, things to cut out and things that I'm not sure why were there in the first place. 

But cut I will.
Cut I must.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Revise and Resubmit

So a picture is worth a thousand words.
And since I'm so deep into a final revision and resubmit with a looming deadline,

I'm leaving my two pals here.

Hey, they are not rats but white squirrels --

Oh, but it is going fantastic and I hope to be back in a few weeks.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Writer's Rumpus, so worth it.

I came upon the blog,  WRITER'S RUMPUS 

Such a talented group of writers and illustrators, providing so many tips and information that I couldn't resist passing it on. Wow. Take a peek at the Writer and Illustrator Resource page.

Worth another cup of coffee and afternoon study.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Merry Christmas to All


Wishing Everyone a Wonderful Holiday and a Very Happy New Year...


Monday, December 14, 2015


Time again for a few school visits. 

Christmas time is a great time to spread cheer and sell a few books too. I found Kidlit411 had an amazing page of articles on how to make your visit enjoyable for you and your wide-eyed audience. 
I love school visits- as you can tell. --------------------Kit's School Visit Page

Just a shout out to Louie V, my fav cat in Louie V Trims the Tree  by Tracey Delio- the perfect Christmas feline.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Publishers Weekly Announces the Best Children's and YA Books for Fall, 2015

Perfect timing. Finished a big project- for now, so it's the perfect time to take a few days break and grab some great reads.

 The Publishers Weekly, Best Children's and YA Books for Fall 2015

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A Trip to Remember

So they say-- when you are finished writing and revising, take a break for a little bit to get fresh eyes. 

So I did- 

But what a trip. Started our Anniversary Trip in Paris, then Venice, Florence, and Rome.

So I'm sharing a few pictures.

But now I'm
back. And back to work...

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

How Can Revising Take all my Time?

Yes it has. Oh yes it has. 

Editing away these days. But, oh so happy with my results. 

Taking the next two weeks off to regroup and then------

I promise to have some fresh insights.  

And I hope to share some great news too.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Mollie the Merbaby is Swimming Happy

Just heard wonderful news.  

 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has acquired ebooks and other technology assets from Meegenius 

Strengthens At-Home Digital Content Offering for Early Learners - See more at: http://www.hmhco.com/media-center/press-releases/2015/august/meegenius#sthash.x4RSHt8L.dpuf

 My ebook, Mollie the Merbaby was one of them.

You may still order Mollie at Meegenius.

Finishing up the last details on my middle grade novel, which has filled my time for the passed three months. But, oh so close now.  
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Acquires eBook and Technology Assets from MeeGenius, Strengthens At-Home Digital Content Offering for Early Learners - See more at: http://www.hmhco.com/media-center/press-releases/2015/august/meegenius#sthash.x4RSHt8L.dpuf

Friday, July 10, 2015

Writing Pictures With Words

My new novel has reached 45,000 words and now in the revision process. 

I'm coming up for air to share.

Here are some of the links and resources I've used in the past few weeks. 
They have been such a plus for me.  I think you will enjoy.

Thesaurus.comwww.thesaurus.com -   You think you are using the best word possible? Plug your word here and see more possibilities.

Susan Dennard's---How to write a one page synopsis- This is a fantastic way to get started on your synopsis. Thank you, Sooz, These tips have really opened my eyes.

Animal Onomatopoeia - Since I've got an animal in my story, I need to know how he communicates.
Plus this one is fun.

Fiction University- So amazing. This blog from Janice Hardy has zillions of topics for a writer to grow. Whether, it is how to start you story---- or the fine points of-- Does your novel have too many character's. So many great links here. Janice rocks.

I have not had time to sketch.   GASP!  Which is such a strange experience. But I have to admit, I'm enjoying so much, writing pictures with words.