Monday, February 11, 2019

Another Fabulous Addition To My Library

 

 

 Wanted to share another book I could not do without as I begin my new novel. 

Excellent substitutes for overused phrases and words now at my fingertips. 

Do you overuse cried, smiled, heart pounded and nodded? See all the better ways to make your characters come to life. 

 

 

 

Kathy Steinemann's book, THE WRITER'S LEXICON is a fascinating read and one of the best books I have found on choosing that perfect word or description your story needs.


Wish me luck, I'm going in!

Friday, December 28, 2018

And a Happy New Year

I hope everyone had a Merry and Blessed Christmas. So are you ready for the New Year?

Yes, 2019- where all your hard work will finally pay off. For sure you are.


Take a big breath, organize your thoughts, dreams and plans and get to work. More hard work? Yes, but it will be so worth it.
It will be an exciting New Year.


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Merry Christmas

AND A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Writing break- Let's draw


Finished a 50,000 word MG and now time for a little R&R. That means drawing time. Yes. time to draw and breathe some. And lots of dog walks.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Writing Craft

Back from a busy break-


Time to share my Writing Craft Books I'm reading and rereading.




Writing Down to the Bones-Goldberg

How to Write a Children's Book- Bine Stock

Story Genius-Cron

On Writing-Stephen King

A Writer's Reference- Hacker

 

And of course, Writing With Pictures- Uri Shulevitz  

My all time favorite- 

 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Summer of Experimenting

It's hot.
It's raining buckets. I'm all alone with my new watercolors, brushes and stretched paper.





 When I'm not painting or drawing; I'm reading every middle grade I can find. And I just finished, THE GIRL THAT DRANK THE MOON by Kelly Barnhill. Highly recommended. 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Time to take a breath

The love of my life passed away last November after a hard and difficult fight with Colon Cancer. Such a rough year. It has taken me time to adjust and to regain my footing. I look at everything different now.
Everything.

I started a few projects, at first for therapy and as an escape. Some fell apart, but some have grown and nourished me.
So I'm back and slowly but surely I'll continue with my passion for children's art and literature.
Thanks for waiting.....



Thursday, July 20, 2017

Time to Play

Summer. So hard to get everything done.

Friday, June 30, 2017

BEST BOOK EVER ON NOVEL WRITING



Just finished reading STORY GENIUS by Lisa Cron. What a superb book on novel writing. 

She digs deep, getting to the meat of the novel, beginning with your protagonist's misbelief and how this is essential to everything you write. 






She explains how to use scene cards, plot points, and brain storming ideas. Plus so much more. I give it 5 stars and so will you.



Saturday, May 6, 2017

New Project, New Excitement

Started on a new project. A picture book I've been working on in my head for some time. It's still in its infant stage, but I can't wait to see how it fills out.


Found some exceptional books to guide me as I work though my 600 word manuscript. Everyone should have them close by.

 How to Write a Children's Book by Eve Heidi Bine-Stock  Check out all three volumes! All excellent!

 Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul 

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

MORE MORE FUN

Still taking time to play with my new water soluble crayons- Neocolor ll. Kind of tricky but oh so fun.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Too Much Fun With My New Neocolors II

Just got my new Neocolors II and are they ever fantastic. So user friendly and colorful.

Spending a little time playing and getting to see exactly how much I can push them.

There are lots of youtube videos on how to use them, if you need a little help.

Check them out and you'll find all sort of amazing things they can do.
So much fun!