We all read books from several genres, but when it comes to writing we might think that we must choose one genre and stick to it. Not true!
Many authors write in several genres and I'm pleased to have one of those talented authors speak to The Writers Bloc on June 6th.
Linda Joy Singleton has been published more than 35 times with books from picture book up and we are so excited to have her share tips with us at the Placerville Library in California.
If you are in the area, please come to this free public event! Details are in the poster to the left of this blog post, or on the events page of www.eldoradolibrary.org
I am soooo excited to be a part of the Goodtales Read-A-Thon. My To-Be-Read list looks super long for only 3 days, but you've got to remember I am a Picture book writer. During ReFoReMo, I read 5 picture books per day, but I didn't get through half my TBR list. So I've picked 15 picture books still on that list and here they are:
1. Bridget's beret By Tom Lichtenheld
2. A visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker and Kady MacDonald Denton
3. Harry, the dirty dog by Gene Zion
4. Your pal Mo Willems presents Leonardo the terrible monster by Mo Willems
5. Sparky by Flora McDonnell
6. Sparky! by Jenny Offill
7. Joe and Sparky, superstars! by Jamie Michalak
8. Joe and Sparky go to school by Jamie Michalak
9. Sparky and Eddie : wild, wild rodeo! by Tony Johnston
10. Joe and Sparky get new wheels by Jamie Michalak
11. A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz and Catia Chien
12. One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul
13. Hi Koo by Jon J. Muth
14. Gingerbread for Liberty by Mara Rockliff
15. Lifetime: the amazing numbers in animal lives by Lola M. Shaefer
Read along with me? Join the fun.
This Read-A-Thon is hosted by Good Tales Book Tours
In 2007, a famous violinist dressed in plain clothes and stood in a subway station for 43 minutes playing his violin. The impromptu concert featured music that people would pay $100 or more to hear in a concert hall. While several people walked past this beautiful music, only seven stopped to listen for more than a minute. In the violinist’s own words, “…over a thousand people heard me play my violin … But very few actually listened.”
When I read these words in the post script of The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson and Dusan Petricic, I thought of our Savior begging us to really listen, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” (Matt. 11:15, Luke 8:8, and other similar scriptures).
Then I read the next words of this violinist, “Among those who tried were several children, and I clearly remember them turning their heads, straining to listen while their parents dragged them away, hurrying to get to their destination.”
This is a parable, I said to myself, another scripture coming to mind: “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 18:3)
When we hear the sweet music of the Good News – the gospel of Jesus Christ, how do we choose to respond? Do we let it fall into the background of our busy lives, or do we follow the example of children, and stop to make it a central part of our attention?
Warning this is a scheduled post. I've taken a time machine back to the 1850's at my kid's school. Throughout the day I'll meet over 60 characters who were alive during the Gold Rush and hear their stories. I'll be selling toys and goods at a trade store from that time period in exchange for "Sutter Bucks" will be pretty useless when I get back to the 21st century. Tomorrow, though, I'll be back in the digital world and visit all the great stops on this hop.
Good Tales Book Tours is hosting another blog hop! This time the theme is "Free to be Me." I'm supposed to pick a book that represents me and the freedom to read whatever I want. I know just the book...
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Oh, Yeah, the Giveaway!
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
First published in 1908, this book definitely qualifies as a classic. The sweet tale of a spunky redheaded girl has been loved over and over again. I've never seen it on a ban list (although I'm sure it's been on someone's) and in most respects I believe the story is above reproach. (I said most respects, I know every book is flawed.) So why on earth would I pick this book, the one that doesn't break any boundaries, doesn't cause any revolutions, just tells a heartwarming story about a little girl?
I'll tell you:
This is a story about a little girl who seemed trapped. She had an awful past, never really knew where she'd be next, and - were she any other character - would have contemplated suicide rather than live another day in such conditions. But Anne (with an e) wasn't trapped. Her imagination kept her free.
Now, my growing up years seem so rosy compared to Anne's that I couldn't even compare. But her character represents me. Like Anne, I've never been trapped by my surroundings. I've never felt tied down by bullies or everyday life, because I had a secret world all my own that I could go to whenever I needed to. No matter what, I could be free in my imagination.
So that's my pick.
Tomorrow I'll be back in my time machine and can visit all the other awesome blogs on this hop, but you don't have to wait.
The Book that Sets me Free
All during SCBWI Spring Spirit 2015, I held a secret.
I had a hole in my clothes.
If you think you saw it, you’re wrong. It was completely covered the entire day and no one but me knew where it was. In fact if I didn’t tell you, you’d think my clothes were flawless that day.
And that’s why I’m telling you. Because I did it on purpose.
I knew that once I walked into the Citrus Heights Community Center, I would meet and socialize with agents and editors that I’ve always dreamed of meeting. I knew that I would more likely stand there looking like a codfish, star-struck and tongue-tied. But with my secret flaw I could remember that these wonderful editors and agents were in fact human. That no matter how perfect they looked or how professional they acted, they too were just people - like me.
The hidden hole in my clothes gave me confidence.
The confidence to be human.
Did you go to an SCBWI event? What was it like? Tell us about your experience, or post your blog link in the comments below!
For my new followers (thanks for following!), I want to explain something really quick. I try to keep the Sabbath Holy on Sunday in my writing. The rest of the week I’ll write about aliens and monsters, my writing journey, and an awesome dessert I just discovered. But on Sunday, I dedicate my writing to things of God and His Spirit. This is my own personal way that I can keep His day holy.
Please don’t think that I’m judging anyone. If you know anything about me, I want you to know that I respect everyone’s right to worship – or not – as each sees fit.
OK, enough explaining. Today’s parable is a story my friend told me:
My friends rents a house with goats on the property. Part of her rent is taking care of these goats. Every night, she corals them all into the barn, where they will be safe from the wild nocturnal animals in the area.
Lately, she said, the goats had been having social problems. Some of the goats were refusing to go in the barn because those other goats were in there. No matter how my friend tried to get them all safely in, the little goat-pride squabbles wouldn’t let her.
“Well,” she told me, “we lost two goats.”
A mother from one family, and a baby from another were attacked during the night.
Now, after this tragedy, my friend finds it easier to get the goats into the barn.
Aren’t we all, at one time or another, kind of like these goats? We let our pride keep us in dangerous situations, and we don’t listen to the wise council of those who know where safety can be found.
When we find ourselves holding onto a little pride, may we all stop being goats and instead seek spiritual safety.
What parables have you heard or seen recently?
Let me know in the comments below!
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)