So if you're a new follower from the A to Z Challenge, wowsers! Welcome! But, chances are you don't know what that Got Goals Blog Hop thing is all about. Well, it's a tight community of bloggers (but we'd love to add to the list!) who have made some crazy goals at the beginning of the year and are now blogging about our progress. My crazy goal was to get rejected 24 times this year.
Every 4th of July that I can remember, my family would sit and watch the fireworks. Each firework always got the same response: ooh, Ahhh, Ohhh.
Sounds like that would get boring. But it wasn't because there was a lot of giggling intermixed.
My daughter is weird.
When she was four, her two front teeth became abscessed. They had to be pulled.
Before you pity her, though, read on.
This little girl was so excited to get her front teeth pulled by “Dr. Don” that the night before she told her older brother, “na na, na NA na, I’m getting my teeth pulled and you don’t. na na, na NA na!”
Her brother was not envious.
All right, I have just discovered, and am sorry to announce,
The English alphabet has failed us.
One day my son heard a really funny joke and said, “lol.”
He pronounced it like “lull”.
I did laugh out loud then.
I come from the generation that invented that word!
It’s the last Friday of October and you know what that means…
I noticed that my posts are getting boring with the same picture and heading, so I'm changing things up. I don't have any updates to give you on my writing – just that I'm plugging away on it. But I want to give you something to read here, so today I'm going to talk about...
Today's #AtoZChallenge post is all about length. For Writers, I'll discuss how long the book should be. For Readers, I talk about long-winded picture book titles (that are so good anyway).
If you happen to scroll down my homepage, you'll read that I write "for, about, and around children all day." But what you may not know is that I also READ for, about, to, and around children all day. So today's word is...
So I just wrote this blog post for the A to Z Challenge and just thought you might like to read it. Enjoy!
This is my first post of the 2017 AtoZ Blogging Challenge. My theme this year is "For Writers and Readers" and today's word is "Animal." For Writers, I'll be sharing my ideas about when it's OK to have anthropomorphic animals in your story, and tips on how to do that effectively. For Readers, I'll talk about nonfiction animals, and why you might sometimes find them in the picture book (fiction) section.
Quick shout out to the ReFoReMo peeps, who are feverously reading mentor picture books. Even if you aren't actively participating, I suggest you take a peek at the official blog for amazing tips on how published books can make you a better writer. (Link is at the bottom of this post)
*Clink *Clink* Is this thing on?
Oh! Sorry about that. Guess it's on.
Ahem! This is your Big Goals Blog Hop Cohost speaking with an important message:
(My poem, written several years ago, seems appropriate):
Here I am
New Year's here again,
Looking at that same old list,
I wrote so long ago.
They say hindsight is 20/20,
But I don't really know.
I guess you have to turn around
to see if that is so.
Those of you who know about the goals blog hop that this post is a part of may wonder what Anne of Green Gables has to do with my goal of getting rejected 24 times. Bear with me...
While I wait to hear back from the agents I've queried, I sometimes build my author visit skills by volunteering and guest teaching at my kids schools. As soon as I have a traditionally published book to promote, I will be charging a fee and will need to do some relabeling.
I was looking for a great picture to put on this blog post. One that would create hopeful feelings in the viewer.
I didn't find anything I could use, but I did find a hopeful picture I couldn't use.
It's here! It's here! Susanna Leonard Hill is hosting her annual holiday contest. And of course I'm entering.
Well, lovely readers, once again I've failed to rise above the other 145 entries in Susanna's Halloweensie Contest with my "Witch Vs. Superhero" entry.
No pity parties though...
It be Talk Like a Pirate Day and ye'll be walkin' the plank if ye don't talk like a pirate. Lucky for you, thare be a treasure trove o' books to celebrate.
The stage is in my blood. I was hooked from the first play I saw. The way I remember it, My Dad was the star (he played a chimney sweep) and I was wearing a brand new dress with white pantaloons underneath. I remember my dad also played a grey mouse in another play, and later directed several others.
Sometimes I lined up my stuffed animals and dolls like an audience on my daybed and tilted my bedside lamp like a spotlight. My toys must have attended thousands of my plays. (Most people don't know that... Well, I guess they do now!)
When I was in high school, I wrote The Dramatic Handbook for an assignment in English class. It had all of my best tips and tricks to put on a great show. Below is an excerpt from it, "The S.E.L.F. rule"
SELF Rule: Slow, Enunciate, Loud, and to the Front
The audience won’t get the jokes if lines are rattled off too fast. Some of the songs’ tempos may need to be slowed so that the lyrics can be heard.
Move your mouth, exaggerate your gestures, and be overly expressive. This will help the audience hear the words, see the action, and get the comedy.
Pretend there will be no microphones and project every line and lyric to the back of the house (the audience). The mics don’t pick up as much as people assume.
to the Front
It feels weird at first, but everything is done toward the audience. Even actions and dialogue normally directed toward another character are actually done toward the audience.
You Don't want the audience to see This all performance:
During my college days, I got to direct some of my plays. It was awesome watching other people enjoying the stage as much as I did. We won some awards, but what really sticks with me are the comments I got from the audience, "I could hear every line," "I could see the performers' faces," and my favorite - "I loved the humor, and I didn't miss any of the jokes!" Invariably after some such comment, I would then hear that this is not usually true at amateur performances. I think that my plays were successful in large part because the cast had been drilled on the S.E.L.F. Rule all through the rehearsals.
But enough about me, What have you've learned from the stage?
This is a recycled post from my old blog. I have added a few credits since, including an adaption of "Hot Fudge Pickles" by Marilyn D. Anderson being performed in Indiana, and a local teen group considering another of my plays. There will always be a special place in my heart for the stage, and I hope this post will help those who would like to get more involved in theater... a cause of which I highly approve.
Save the Date!!! September 10th is the next #PitMad twitter pitch party. All Details are on Brenda's blog,
Whether you actually pitch or not, it's a good idea to try to get your pitch down to 140 characters. That's the essence of your story.
A pitch needs to do a lot. It needs to hook, lure, and promise. It needs to make the person reading that pitch want to read more. There are many blogs and books on creating the perfect pitch, but the best test is having someone read it that hasn't read your story. Do they want to read more? Yes? You're ready to pitch.
Here I was on JEN’s Blog, just reading through posts, when a spaceship crashed right into it!
Now, JEN has written about plenty of aliens, but I’ve never seen one like that. Clearly, he had landed in the wrong blog.
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)