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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.
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...
I guess you could say I’m a “long-time reader, first-time blogger” to the Insecure Writers Support Group.
Yep, that image over there means I’m finally jumping on the IWSG blog hop.
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.
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)