Monday, July 28, 2014

My Light Book Reviews: Get to Know King David... Book Review

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

New Year, More Goals, What to do?

I just got finished reviewing a great picture book by award winning author Jo Linsdell and it got me to thinking and evaluating my own writing for the first month of the New Year. I discovered several things, none of them make me proud.

  • I am not productive enough
  • I have not polished a piece for January
  • My writing goals are tooooooo broad
  • I have tooooooooo many interests that are keeping me from being productive with any one of them.
  • I need to make some serious changes to make a difference in 2013.
Where do I start?

Well, first of all in my defense I have opened a small fabric shop in our tourist town ( one of my passions) and my productivity has been directed into the shop since November. Secondly, I have lost my mother in law this past week and I am still working nights as a nurse. Excuses aside, I still want to write and publish, my list of publishing dreams has actually grown. So back to where do I start?

I am using the super-bowl time to re-write my 2013 writing goals, THREE main goals for 2013 instead of the seven I originally made.

I am making a list of ACTION steps for each goal. My actions need to produce more writing, market the writing I have done, submit new writing, or revise the writing I want to submit, or someway impact the three main writing goals I have made.

And I have made a calendar with time frames for my goals. I have joined 12 x 12, an online writing group with help for those interested in writing for children especially picture books. And I am organizing a better way to keep notes and activity lists.... Spiral notebook right by my computer. ( A great suggestion from Suzanne Lieurance, writing coach and author)

So back to blogging more often and hoping my target audience will help me to keep on track. Where are you with your New Year goals? Who keeps you accountable?

Monday, May 21, 2012

SFC Blog: Families Matter: The Benefits of Blog Hops

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

So Many Challenges: A to Z, 12 x 12, Picture Book Frenzy

My mission here is to inspire those who love picture books and those who write picture books. As part of that mission I am doing the 12 picture books in 12 months challenge for 2012. There are hundreds of successful writers doing this challenge and it is important to learn from and not be distracted by the numbers.

It is an individual challenge really, a time to put my writing into full gear and a time for you to do the same. It is a way to be accountable to others, not jealous or intimidated by others.  A time to go full speed ahead with ideas by using writing skills to get the story on the page.

Here are my stories so far in various stages of development:

January- Pepper Runs Away  ( thinking of reworking the title and it has already been rejected- it is about a blind kitten and addresses disabilities for the young reader but it seems publishers can't get past the kitten character and many say they have enough cat stories.)

February- One Black Bird  ( a counting book in a different way- counting pairs of eyes who don't see a busy bumble bee)

March- Saving Aunt Rose ( this is a story of matching the right animal for the right place on Aunt Rose's mixed up farm. Almost ready to send this one out there)

April- First Aid for First Grade ( both fiction and nonfiction facts woven into a story for first graders on what to do if a friend is injured.)

Stayed tuned for more exciting tips and inspiration on writing picture books for kids.

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