The other day (or probably longer), my son had a homework assignment that he couldn’t figure out. He was supposed to find the onomatopoeia in a sentence. There wasn’t any beeps, or other obvious sounds, but in the sentence a moose crashed. And that was the onomatopoeia.
When I was a teen, I often wrote. OK, that’s probably not surprising. But what might be surprising is I loved to write about my “morning culture” – what it was like to wake up every day as JEN (yes, the butterfly landing on a stick was something I developed as a teenager).
Sometimes I’d start the story in the middle of a dream, but more often I’d begin the prompt with the BEEP…BEEP…BEEP of my alarm going off.
I can’t exactly recall which of my children was in kindergarten when I heard this, but there was a song taught about Annie who loved to scream. The song was designed to teach budding readers the short ‘a’ sound. So in the song, “Annie said Aaaaaa…”
Can’t remember the rest of it.
What did I do in March, anyway?
A lot of things – and none of it to do with my personal writing goals.
OK, I admit it...
That's right, Folks. We are about to go behind the scenes of Jen's blog and reveal to you her planned theme for the A to Z blogging challenge this April. Stay tuned...
March is the kind of month where you refocus on your New Years resolutions... change direction... or give up altogether.
I don't have much of an update to post, and frankly except for the occasional escape into a good book, I've been too busy to really think about that anyway.
Barricaded by Your own Words
I'm at a block with my manuscripts right now, and feeling too tired from the busyness of life.
Maybe I'm sick... Is there a sickness reserved just for writers? Something like tennis elbow? Maybe it's writer's cramp.
Hi peeps! So, I took on posting the official Got Goals post every other month, now. And guess what? My own update post slipped through the cracks!
Life has been busy -
No rejections to report on.
I submitted to one editor, and now waiting to hear back.
I completed Storystorm with 30 ideas (good, bad, and quality unknown).
And I'm polishing two Picture Book manuscripts that I'm equally excited about.
I'm hoping to submit one or more of them this month.
How are your goals coming?
Yes, I'll explain why rejections have value, but first two things...
Hello, fellow goal-setters!
How's it going?
What, you want to know how I failed?
Who told you I failed? I didn't fail, why would I...
Hmm? It's in the title of this post? Ohhhh.
Well, I guess the cat is out of the bag now.
Alrighty then, let's talk about my failure.
With Halloween behind us and November rolling in, most people start thinking about the holidays. And that means presents. And shopping.
But, let's face it - toys are overrated and eventually end up in a landfill anyway.
Why give a toy, when you can give something more meaningful? Here’s one idea:
This blog post is an entry in Susanna Leonard Hill's Halloweensie contest (Click on the image to learn all about it).
In a nutshell, you have to write a story 100 words or less that includes the words candy corn, shadow, and monster.
My entry was especially fun to write, and it was officially edited by 5 professional kids - that is being a kid is their profession - so I know it's good. (hehe)
And so without further fanfare, my entry:
Scruffy’s Missing (and I want candy corn)
Come on Scruffy,
You do this every time.
(Are you in the closet? No…)
I know the screeching and howling is loud.
But once you get out there, you always have a great Halloween!
(Are you behind the curtain? Nope, not there.)
We’re going trick-or-treating with the Vampire twins.
And then a party at Ms. Bone’s house.
She gives more candy corn to the ones with the best costume!
(There you are, under the bed! I see your shadow.)
Come on Scruffy, I need you!
How can I be a two-headed monster without you?
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...
I recently heard a speech that mentioned God, and then completely took Him out of Nature. In the talk, God was not defined as a deity or creative entity but as a personal journey or some nebulous connection to the universe. And that by extending your love and gratitude to those truly beautiful things, you bring blessings of happiness onto yourself - all by yourself, I guess.
This seemed strange to me.
I try to stay away from politics in this blog, but when my exact demographic is attacked – young, married, white, educated, middle-class, homemaker – I have to speak out.
It's back to school, and since I don't have anything to report (same old exciting projects I can't talk about yet), I thought I'd talk about something else...
This Post has a history like a chain letter:
Thanks to a comment on one of my posts, I visited Kristen at The Edifying Word.
She had blogged about a fun post she found on Books And Opinions.
I liked the post (both the original and the reblog) so much that I had to write a post about it myself.
Let's get two things straight:
1) I believe everyone has a right to their own voice.
2) That doesn't mean I agree with everything you say.
But I can't tell.
Ever have a secret that was too big to keep to yourself... But you have to?
That's what I've got.
And do you know how hard it is to create an Update post when you can't spill any beans?
Well, I'll try...
No Luck on my goal
In case you don't remember, my goal was to get 24 rejections by the end of the year. I planned to do this by marking off boxes on a new Rejection Bingo Sheet thanks to Kirsten at SubitClub.
I don't have any marks on my sheet because I haven't been querying lately, Because-
Because I've been working on...
Oh! I almost told! But I can't really tell because nothing is finalized.
Maybe I've said too much already.
So don't tell, OK?
Zzz is what hundreds of bloggers will be doing now that the #AtoZChallenge is over.
I'm entering a blog contest titled "You Deserve to Be Inspired"
The rules are relatively simple: tell about an experience that will inspire someone and give three positive things I've learned.
The problem is I don't actually have a sob story.
And here we are - the hardest letter in the English alphabet. Lucky for me, it's also Update Day at the Big Goals Blog Hop. So I'm going to X off both on my list at the same time.
(See what I did there?)
*Ahem* Official Cohost here, telling you to click on that image up there and join the goal making blog hop.
OK, I'm done being official.
For Writers: No Xs on My Bingo Sheet
Because Kirsten W. Larson has started a new round of Rejection Bingo, I've downloaded the new sheet.
So Right now it's blank.
But I'm back in the querying game, so it might not be blank for long.
For Readers: An X from the Past
Looking back helps me see how far I've come. Today, I thought it might be fun to look at the two past years I've done this challenge.
There is no doubt we are in a Digital Age. It seems everyone and their dog has a website. But what if you are not as webpage savvy as the Millennials? Are you doomed to never be published?
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)