Happy New Year!
2021 has me reassessing and rethinking
what I really want from my work.
Whether you visit from
ISWG or Storystorm crowds,
Whether you are long time reader
or new to my blog,
I hope this post will inspire you to envision what you really want to write.
When you put your mind to it,
You can do anything.
We often hear charities and others talk about “deserving people”, but what does that really mean?
Giving stems from a motivation of gratitude.
When YOU are Grateful for having more than you need,
You can show that gratitude by giving to others.
But what about those who don't have a lot,
and still give?
In these trying times,
I am grateful because...
If you want a client who
will sit back and wait for
you to do all the work
selling and marketing my book,
I’m not your writer.
In this crazy year 2020 writers, editors, and agents are needing to change tactics. But here's one temping shortcut a writer should never take.
Odd Squad is a PBS kids show that teaches math concepts. In each episode a villain tries to spread 'oddness' and Odd Squad – a FBI-esk agency of kids – investigates and solves the case...
Not a Math Person? This post is for you.
(Well, sort of)
After a 2 ½ year hiatus, I'm wiggling my way back into the online writing world. I'm not going to add my blog to IWSG quite yet, because I'm not sure how much I'll be able to visit other blogs, and I know that's an important part of the support group.
But this month's question was so perfect for my first blog post back: Why do you write what you write?
Live from the WORLD WIDE WEB, the moment you've all been waiting for...
A funny thing happened on the way...
I was cleaning out my inbox and I found a blog post I wrote four years ago. It was so fun and still relevant, but couldn't wait until next Thursday to repost. So without further ado, here it is:
By this point - it's been soooo long! - I've been kicked off the #IWSG list, but I had to write this blog post because I think so often we writers are really insecure about it.
I love Christmas.
I really do.
But it sure takes a toll on my writing.
Every year I think I won't enter,
unless inspiration strikes.
And every year it does.
So without further ado, my 2018 Halloweensie entry -
Drinking (mostly water)
Snacking (mostly chocolate)
Protecting my brain from zombies
Protecting my brain from aliens
Protecting my brain from explosion
Running around like a chicken with its head cut off
Pretending I don’t have a headache
Treating the headache
Chewing the cud (-er- gum)
Shooting butts (with my bow and arrow)
Talking about writing
Thinking about writing
Planting my butt in chair
Singing silly songs
Blasting my music
Tending to that other stuff of life
Climbing metaphorical mountains
Squashing literal molehills
Bending over backwards
Wearing out my inbox refresh button
Binge watching Netflix
Binge-reading social media posts
Scrolling through cat memes
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Heeelllooo, Everybody, and welcome to
Well, folks, August has slammed into me like a ton of bricks. Or maybe a posse of racehorses.
I knew it would happen so I wrote up a nice loooong post that I planned to upload this week.
Only one problem.
The post was boring.
OK, fine, if you don't want to guess, I'll just tell you...
This post is part of the Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG) blog hop. That’s a wonderful hop where writers write about their insecurities and support each other by visiting others on the list. Scroll to the bottom of this post for the link to join the hop.
Each month there’s an optional question as part of the IWSG hop. This month's question is:
First, my updates:
1. No new boxes to mark off on my rejection bingo sheet
2. I’m back in the query trenches
3. My play Hot Fudge Pickles (adapted from Marilyn D. Anderson’s book of the same title) is being produced! Royalties have trickled into my Paypal account, but honestly, I didn’t do it for the pennies. I’m just excited someone’s putting the play on!
Second, I want to share a picture book biography that I love, even if I don’t agree with everything in it.
Hey, Happy 4th!
And if you don’t celebrate the US Independence Day, well then, Happy 4th anyway!
Now, I really need this blog hop because I’m in a particularly insecure position writing-wise, that I call...
Being a writer sometimes means strapping in for a wild ride.
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)