Tuesday, November 24, 2009
And, thanks to my awemazingtastic editor, I’m learning so much. She rocks it seriously. Ever hear of talking head syndrome? Pfffftttt, I have. And no, it’s not a new band. It’s a volleying back and forth of dialogue making it hard for the reader to keep track of who’s speaking. And guess what? I win the prize for too many stage directions! Who knew?
Friday, November 6, 2009
1. Hero’s are introduced to the ORDINARY WORLD, where
2. they received the CALL TO ADVENTURE- - -
3. They are RELUCTANT at first or REFUSE THE CALL, but
4. are encouraged by a MENTOR to- - -
5. CROSS THE FIRST THRESHOLD - - - and enter the Special World.
6. They encounter TESTS, ALLIES AND ENEMIES. - - -
7. They APPROACH THE INMOST CAVE, crossing a second threshold.
8. Where they endure the ORDEAL --- Black moment filled with tension.
9. They take possession of their REWARD and ---
10. Are pursued on THE ROAD BACK to the Ordinary World. ---
11. They cross the third threshold, experience a RESURRECTION - - - Black moment, life and death again. - - - and are transformed by the experience.
12. They RETURN WITH THE ELIXIR, a boon or treasure to benefit the Ordinary World. - - -
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
You seemed nice. You smiled. You were friendly. It did not matter to you that I didn’t have my little discount card, you gave me the discounted price anyway. BUT, but, but-- that doesn’t mean I don’t mind you putting your spit on my bag or on my change as you count it out. Please, for the sake of the Oink, Oink Flu and other nastiness, keep your spit in your mouth where it belongs, unless of course, you’ve read one of my manuscripts and can’t help but drool due to the genius of my written word. I’d excuse you for that and perhaps slap a bib on you.
Thanks for your cooperation in this very hygienic matter.
The Lady in the Car Rubbing Hand Sanitizer on Her Hands Like Mad.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
So, tomorrow is Halloween. And, I. don't. like. it. I know, who doesn't like free candy, right? Let's face it though, it's like the day/night of beggars-- my kid included. I have three giant bags of candy from COSTCO. Why can't my daughter just eat that? Why must we risk eating things from STRANGERS? Hello? What's the number one thing we tell our kids? Yup, don't take candy from strangers. Don't even get close to them. And here we are encouraging this behavior. Even going so far as to allowing them to walk right up to a stranger's door and ring the darn bell! Come Sunday, we'll be back to, GET AWAY FROM THAT STRANGER! Sheesh!
You know what? I married a man who LOVES Halloween. My kids love it too. How did this happen? I have no idea.
When I was little, I got sick on Halloween. Turned out to be the Chicken Pox. First bad memory. Somebody probably wiped their germs all over the candy before dropping it into my Pathmark shopping bag. Then, when I was a young adult, I was invited to a Halloween costume party. My father, who always made us up in the best possible way, made me into a scarecrow. It was awesome. Second mistake. You know who won the contest? Some girl in high heels and a short skirt calling herself--- errr--- a lady of the night. Ugh!
Halloween, Schmalloween ...
Monday, September 21, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
How To Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Conner
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
My Brother Abe by Harry Mazer
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle & Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me by Nan Marino
Paris Pan Takes the Dare by Cynthea Liu
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Next up: Donut Days by Lara Zielin
Friday, September 4, 2009
Then it happened. It was there, in front of the hopeful vendor and underneath the stars where I received a sign that my STBFYO was growing up. You see, when my husband asked if she wanted a light-up thingy she said, "NO."
Holey smoles. That has never, ever happened before. So, I guess this is goodbye, Summer and goodbye to you too, fourteen.
Monday, August 31, 2009
That is all.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I came across this today and needed to share it. This man is truly an amazing human. Click here to check him out
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
My head hurts. Where’s the Advil?
Monday, July 27, 2009
Caution! Gross examples up ahead!
For example, picture a full sized skeleton, arms stretched out in front holding hands with someone of the same size as though they are playing Ring Around the Rosie. This person is made up of skin, muscle and organs. These two are the same person. The bones were taken out and reassembled. Can you feel the weirdness and strange sadness of it?
There was a complete flap of skin taken from a woman’s breast area (breasts still attached), a sheared off tattoo, a complete person cut in half from head to toe, another sliced exactly the same but only in threes, fetuses, embryos, babies (all of which I skipped—didn’t feel like crying and blubbering all over the place). The crazy list goes on and on.
I get the medical aspect of it. My 14yr. old pointed out things she learned in Bio class (yes, I was impressed), I even heard a couple of people around me who sounded like they were studying to become a doctor. That’s all good, right? But, but, but … it left me sad.
Maybe it’s because I’m a writer. We all think too much. Both a gift and a curse? Could be.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
My stomach is suddenly home to butterflies trying to find a way out
My ears have stopped hearing
I'm hating a man made of words instead of blood and bone
I'm reading The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams and I think you should too.
Here is the author's response: http://justinelarbalestier.com/blog/2009/07/23/aint-that-a-shame/comment-page-1/#comment-82330
PW's response: http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6672790.html?nid=2788&source=title&rid=1000205892
Also, there is a company who will rent the students a micro/fridge combo and a safe like they have in hotels. This means my husband's back will be saved-- there's lots of stairs in her dorm.
Here's my new thing, looking at pictures from when my daughter was little makes me tear up. I even had to look away from a mom and her little daughter the other day in a store! I'm hoping this passes very quickly. What kind of shape will I be in three years from now when my youngest goes? It's a scary thought ...
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I have to admit the thought of her using the school mattress is freaking me out. During the tour some time last year, I was the mother who asked if we could bring our own mattress. Yes, that was me. Those poor kids looked at me like I had something crawling around on my head. We bought a mattress pad and a foam/alternative down mattress topper. I did see a special mattress pad especially for bed bugs but let’s face it, at that point, they are all over everything in the room so what's a "special" cover going to do? Jump off the bed and stomp the little suckers? We’ll do the bed bug check and layer the mattress like it’s an open sore.
Tomorrow is orientation AND ice breakers! Yikes.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I know there must be a way to shorten that address but darned if I know how to do it.
Friday, July 10, 2009
The guys behind us talked the entire time. I mean really, I didn’t know men gossiped. They were going all Seinfeld back there. It was pretty funny. Then there was the big guy next to me who kept yelling, “Find a seat!” to every Tom, Dick and Harriet who paused trying to find their seat. I did take notice that he didn’t yell at anyone who was larger than he was.
I wondered about the people walking around balancing bags or boxes on their heads while trying to sell snacks. How do they do that? Do their heads hurt? Have they ever dropped anything? Do they like their job? Would I ever be able to balance anything on my head? Maybe I should
Then there was a mom and her three kids sitting two rows ahead of me. She had a Farrah-do and was looking all sweet and like, “Honey, darling, what would you like to eat? Mommy will get it for you,” until she asked her son, who was about fourteen, to come closer to her-- then she cursed his butt out. I could swear I saw her head spin. Her pretty blue eyes tried to snatch a year or two off his life. When it was all over, she sent the boy back to his seat and she resumed her honey and darling’s.
Baseball sure can be interesting when you’re really not looking at the guys swinging those wooden sticks!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I haven’t watched any television today but I know Michael Jackson’s funeral service was covered all day from top to bottom. Here’s my thought on Michael Jackson. I think of him as that sweet, talented, beautiful little boy who had his whole life ahead of him. I see his little face and wonder what happened. At what point in his life did he come to the fork in the road that led him down his sad path? Where are our forks? Our children's?
I don’t mourn for the man Michael Jackson became but the young innocent boy he was.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I went to a street fair in Brooklyn on Sunday and I have to say it was the perfect day. Good music and good food. What more do you need? Oh, yeah. That's right, More Time!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
So first idea, please don't take this the wrong way but, get to the back of the back of the line. And yes, I still love you.
Monday, June 15, 2009
While I was out of my feverish mind, I had all these great thoughts for the blog. Yeah, they're gone with the fever. Maybe that's a good thing!
My mother in law made me chicken soup I think on day two or three (the week is so fuzzy). She's the best cook around these parts. I've learned a lot from her. Okay, maybe not that much but you know, I try. She's the best!
Monday, June 8, 2009
I'm off to the doctor.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Have you seen this? http://news.aol.com/article/scary-toilet-paper/496694?icid=mainhtmlws-maindl1link6http%3A%2F%2Fnews.aol.com%2Farticle%2Fscary-toilet-paper%2F496694
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tonight, American Idol put on a great show. Kiss, Santana, Queen, Rod Stewart plus others. The strangest I have to say was Steve Martin on the banjo. Different, but okay. All in all, it was a very entertaining show.
Sushhhh ... I think they're still up there ranting. It's hard being the only Kris fan around here.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Poochie does not like to be left alone. Have I mentioned that he’s a barker? After the first sleepless night, I decided I’d leave the television on for him, so that, you know, he’d think the people in the strange box were talking to him. Worked for a little while, I even fell asleep all happy that my plan had worked. But then, in the middle of the night, it started to thunder and my puppy, Mr. Noodle, is petrified of thunder so he started his own barking frenzy. There went sleep for night number two.
What have I learned? Being cute means squat when you’re sleep deprived. THE END.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The pictures weren’t the things that got my attention though. It was the signatures and well wishes and promises to stay in touch. I don’t remember who these people were! Was I really like a sister to someone named Monica? And Theresa, wherever you are, I’m glad I was such a good friend to you that year. To Laura, I’m sorry for not calling you— who are you?
There’s only one person I did keep in touch with and we’re still good friends today. I wonder why some stick and others don’t?
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
After I put my reading glasses on to read the prescriptions he'd given me, I thanked him for the wonderful compliment. Such a nice boy ...
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Saw Star Trek on Mother’s Day and loved it. The theater was nice and quiet. No one sneaking in and no rude people talking on cell phones or just plain talking out loud to the people next to them. I’ll probably always go to a movie on Sunday’s now. Oh, yeah. Tyler Perry had a part! I love him cause I think he's nuts and I love nutty people. I mean nice nutty. NOT scary nutty.
Wore out my re-dial button for Kris on American Idol tonight.
Watched the season finale of Fringe. Awesome. Peter is an alternate reality dude. Didn’t see that coming. Weird how I got to see Leonard Nimoy again-- he was also in the Star Trek movie. Sad to see how old he got though …
And the biggie. The one that makes my stomach roll up and my heart skip a beat. I sent my newest to my agent.
One last thing. How can it be that parts of my books sometimes make me cry? Didn’t I write the story? Didn’t I make- *make* the characters up?
Sunday, May 10, 2009
My oldest used this day to make me cry! She wrote something so beautiful in my card, I had to take a break from stuffing my face with homemade Belgium Waffles to wipe my eyes. Sniff ...
I confess, it's hard to watch everyone else clean up without lifting a finger to help out. I had to walk out of the kitchen. I'm sure with practice, this is something I will be able to overcome.
Enjoy your day people 'cause tomorrow, it's back to normal!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Due to an agent’s revision request via telephone, my hopes were way up and flying around my house like they were crazy. I mean, it was hope on crack! Then one afternoon, I sat down to open an email from the agent who had launched my hopes. It was a rejection.
I pulled my hopes in, told them how dumb they were and stuffed them away. I was willing to keep them locked away forever but, not without some proof. I don’t give up easily. My mother can attest to that. I plopped my head down on my desk-- actually, my head felt too heavy for my neck at that moment, and had a heart-to-heart with the Big Guy Upstairs. I needed to know, right then and there, that this, my writing, was what I was supposed to be doing. If it was meant for me to do something else with my life, I was willing to drop-kick my keyboard to the curb and pursue whatever my true purpose was. My heart was more open than I’ve ever felt.
Do you know what happened next, while my forehead was still one with my desk? I mean, the last word wasn’t even out of my prayer yet when the phone rang. It was another agent. She had one of my manuscripts and wanted to see what else I had. Though that didn’t turn out to be a yes, I had my sign. I had my answer and I pushed on.
Do I believe in the power of prayer? An editor, an agent and a two book deal later, Heck Yes.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Now, as I was saying, I want to see Obsessed but I know I’m going to be the annoying person yelling back at the screen between mouthfuls of popcorn and chocolate covered raisins from Costco. And, it most likely won’t always be between which will be UG-ly.
Me and suspense just don’t get along. You can ask the people I shared the theater with when we went to see, I am Legend starring my man Will Smith. Or, you can ask my husband. He knows. Poor guy.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
This is one of the parts I love. The last sentence is resting comfortably on the page, it's all printed out, it's nice and clean and crisp. A sharpened pencil and I happily get to work.
I have an idea for my next book and it involves some research, which I really enjoy. I also have two older MG's I want to go over and tweak 'till there's no tweak left in me.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Food was awesome and I will miss it. Our hotel, El conquistador, is a gorgeous place. Room was very clean and really comfy. No Puerto Rican food there though, big disappointment. We did find two restaurants five minutes from the hotel that were beyond excellent. Service was excellent as well. If you don't rent a car, which we didn't, you have to get a cab, more like car service. Our driver for most of the time we were there was Carlos Rosa. He was very friendly and very funny. He also plays guitar and sings beautifully. Since I'm Puerto Rican but cannot speak it and have never visited before this trip, he called me a Newyorkrican.
Carlos really helped us enjoy this trip. Not only did he call his kids on his cell phone to pick fresh mangoes off the trees in his backyard for us, he's full of PR's history and can point out all sorts of things including teeny tiny ferns that close up when they're touched and how when you gently tap the seed pods of the Impatient flower it will pop sending small seeds flying. When he placed one into my hand and told me to gently touch it, I had no idea what it was. When it popped, I thought it was a bug and I kinda punched him in the arm. It was a light punch, I swear!
Oh, I embarrassed my kids on the plane ride there. You know how the airlines give you a snack then come around holding garbage bags open for you to toss your stuff into? Well, when they came to us, I had nothing to drop into the bag so I said, "No Trick or Treat." What? I thought it was funny. I don't think the steward (is that what they're called?) got it. He kind of just looked at me with that fake half-a-grin you give someone when you have no idea what they said but you know it was supposed to be something funny. My kids are still talking about it.
I'll post some pictures soon. Now it's pizza time and bed!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
All winter long, I look at the naked branches thinking, soon, soon. As winter winds down, I search for baby buds. When winter is finally done, it seems the blooms pop overnight.
Many things make me happy but my tree is near the top of the list.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Me: “Oh, that’s nice.” Picks it up. Checks it out.
Elderly person standing next to me: Checking out same piece of clothing.
Me: Throws item down and moves on.
Me: “I like these shoes, they look comfy.”
Elderly person standing next to me: Checking out same darn shoes or, wearing said darn shoes.
Me: Throws shoe down like it has burned my hand.
Me: Either I’m getting older or –
Elderly person: “Uh-huh …”
Me: “Oh be quiet! And, why are you following me?”
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The people involved are taken around to different areas and shown houses that fit their criteria. Then they choose one of the houses shown. It is so interesting to see what other parts of the country/world look like and how the people there live. For instance, tonight there was a woman who came from New York City (I believe it was Brooklyn) who wanted to move to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. She was tired of the cold (me too!), the chaos (me too!), and the crowds (you said it, sister!). I was so jealous! She bought a condo on the beach for $125,000. The place was beautiful.
Last week, a couple had been renting a place in Santa Monica California and now wanted to buy there. They had a million dollar budget. Did you know that a million bucks in Santa Monica does not buy much? The places were ridiculous. One “yard” was an L shaped path and that was it. Can you imagine?
Another of my favorites is a show that “stages” your home in order to sell it quickly. People come in, point out all the negatives then help you fix them. I love this show because you really learn a lot about design. I have to admit though, I now walk around my house making note of all the negatives and wonder what the stagers would think of it …
Monday, April 6, 2009
This past Saturday I attended a Jack Canfield seminar. If you don’t know who he is, he’s co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. By the way, the first Chicken Soup was rejected over one hundred times. Well, helloooo, persistence.
I read Canfield’s, The Success Principles a couple of years ago and got a lot out of it. If you get the chance check it out.
Back to the seminar. I’ll admit, some of the people I went with were afraid they’d be offered, The Kool-Aid (did you know Kool-Aid was originally called Fruit Smack? Now you do). I figured the only thing I was going to drink was water and as for everything else, I’d take what I wanted and leave the rest as I do in all things.
Here are some of the things Canfield teaches:
Take responsibility for your life and your results. You have to give up blaming others, circumstances, etc., Hold yourself accountable.
Be clear about why you are here- Clarify your purpose.
Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.
Believe in yourself.
On paper, create effective affirmations. Start with, I am. Use present tense. State it in the positive. Keep it brief. Include an action word ending with, -ing. “I am enjoying my time on Oprah.” (Hee-Hee)
Use the power of visualization.
My favorite- and the first thing I learned from reading Jack Canfield stuff years ago- ASK. Nothing happens until a request is made, an offer is made or an action occurs.
Reject rejection. This should be a every writer’s favorite. When someone says, “No!” you say, “Next!” Say it with me now …
Here are some things I jotted down while listening:
· Act as if.
· Hate weakens you. Negative thoughts about yourself weakens you.
· Don’t concentrate on failures. Learn and MOVE ON. Helloooo, writers …
· Thoughts travel.
· Look for opportunity.
· Success leaves clues.
· Visualize yourself being successful at the thing that makes you uncomfortable.
· Trust when inspiration comes.
I’ll leave you with this quote from General Wesley Clark, Former Head of NATO:
“It doesn’t take any more effort to dream a big dream than it takes to dream a small dream.”
Now, that’s what I’m talkin’ about.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I wonder if I could make money being a Pizza Tester … Yes, I’m the new PT in town and I’m here to do my job, now give me the goods before I write you a summons or something.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I know in my heart it’ll be there, tapping its foot and pointing to its watch.
It always is.
Monday, March 30, 2009
**SPOILER ALERT OF SORTS**
I love Nicholas and have even seen him in Peter Luger’s Steakhouse in Brooklyn a few years ago. He was much cuter in person and had better hair back then, btw. On my way into the bathroom I almost slammed into a wall because I was staring so much. Once I actually made it into the bathroom and in front of the mirror, I spied a nice piece of spinach between my teeth. Oh, how lovely I must’ve looked to him as I grinned like a cat eating firecrackers.
ANYWAY, I Know one thing about Nicky’s new movie and I’m sorry to say this but, I should’ve stayed home. This movie made me feel so low, I wanted to drag my head along the ground on the way out of the theater and all the way to the car. Come to think of it, I don't think any of the actors smiled at anytime. Yikes. Can you say, DEPRESSING?
Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Build it, fix it or improve it.
I have to move, move, move.
Standing still makes me itch.
I’m thinking of getting, “Where There is a Will, There is a Way” tattooed on my forehead.
For better or worse, I’m filled with Will.
It’s just how I am.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Oh, sorry. Sometimes I do that.
As I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted by song, I’m excited. One of my babies is striking out on her own. I hope she’s treated well. I hope she minds her manners and most of all, I hope she knocks the lint clean out of somebody’s socks just like her mama taught her!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Recently, I tried to work with sort of an outline and even though it was a real jello-y type of an outline, it stopped me dead in my tracks. I rubbed my forehead so much, the smoke detectors went off. Okay, not really, but they were thinking about it.
I guess I’m just a go-with-the-flow kind of person all around. I don’t know what I’m cooking for the week until I’m walking down the grocery store aisles. That explains why I’m always talking to myself while I’m there. But hey, at least I don’t leave my cart in the middle of the aisle while I go roaming around. That's got to count for something, right? And then there's having to get dressed up for a party or a fancy dinner. Don't know what I'm wearing until the very last minute. Works for me but, for my husband? Notttt so much.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Every writer should do this. I mean brainstorming, not tying your spouse up, silly.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Every year around this time, I hear a bird that sounds like it is saying, “come here, come here.” I have no idea what kind of bird it is nor have I ever seen it. Still, I’d go home and happily announce that the Come Here birds have arrived. I knew it meant spring was very, very close.
Tonight, I realized I have not heard my happy birds. All of the other signs are here though ... come on birds, you’re late!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Since my mother in law was busy today, she cooked St. Patrick’s Day dinner yesterday. And as usual, it was delicious.
My eyes may have been Irish for just one day but, you can believe they sure were smiling.
Monday, March 16, 2009
And speaking of craziness, I hope the real FBI has a much better grip on things than they do on the show. I’m just saying.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Sometimes, it's just like that.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
This is Mr. Noodle. He's my puppy and a giant love hog. I can't get hugs and kisses from my family members unless he's involved.
He's very well behaved my Noodle is but, there was this one time ...
I was out walking him not too long after we brought him home. I came across this woman and her two kids. We started talking and she mentioned how she had a dog but recently gave him away. Apparently, he was nuts. She told me how he ripped-- RIPPED the wallpaper off the kitchen wall. "Goodness," I said in horror. "That's unbelievable!" Inside I was thinking, what an animal! My puppy Noodle would never do a thing like that. What a little freak her dog must've been. Humph.
Uhhhh ... guess what my sweet puppy Noodle was doing TWO days later?
Yeah, wallpaper must be mighty tasty 'cause he had a full five course meal that Noodle did.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I took my fourteen year old DRESS shopping for Semi-Formal.
I wish I was I Dream of Jeannie.
I'd snap my fingers and smile as big as the sun.
The dress would be perfect.
No sour puss.
No huff or puff.
Just a dress.
The perfect one.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
I'm only on page forty something but man, I'm loving this book. I took it with me to read while I got a pedicure and one scene had my toes curling up! Now how can feet be worked on with toes looking like little nubs? Well, maybe they weren't all that curled up but I was on the edge of my seat. And that's the truth.
James McBride is a wonderful writer to say the least. I like to think there was something in the water, making its way out to us through those old pipes. I can only hope and pray my water was spiked with the same stuff his was.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
There is one thing he can’t do though and to be fair, it has nothing to do with wires or pipes.
He can’t find anything in my bag.
It flusters him.
Turns his brain into mush.
Gives him bad dreams.
Makes him stutter even.
I think he’d rather throw the bag out the window and pretend it was stolen just so he won’t have to dig out my wallet.
What’s up with that?
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
STOP LAUGHING. Just. Stop.
But, I couldn’t find one. Are we all thinking about bathing suit season at the same exact time?
I did see something similar to it though. I don’t remember what the name of it is because I threw out the packaging and since it was only ten dollars, there’s no name printed directly on it. It’s shaped like a wide V and you’re supposed to put it between your knees somewhere and push it closed using those pain in the butt, almost non-existent poor excuses for inner thigh muscles. I tried it once. It kept slipping and I was afraid it’d pop out at break neck speed and kill the cat. She kept looking at me all like, ‘I know you’re not trying to kill me right? ‘Cause I will slice you up when you’re sleeping. That’s right, you heard me. And besides, it’s a waste of time. The only way those things will ever tighten up is if you pin them from behind or hack them off.’
If you knew my cat, you’d know she meant business. She doesn’t play.
Into the garbage it goes.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
In writing news, LOVING BABY DOE is now, FINDING BABY DOE. It’ll be going out into the world soon and I’m very excited and a bit nervous. Since I’ve done my best with it and it's out of my hands for now, I give myself permission to concentrate on my newest,
Monday, March 2, 2009
And, all that kissing I did in the post office a couple of weeks ago at the risk of looking like a wacko, paid off. My agent likes LOVING BABY DOE but, we need a new title. I thought coming up with something new would be a breeze … uh, yeah right. I was breeze-LESS big time. I could only come up with two and the same word was in both. Yikes.
So, there’s a ton of snow out there and it is suffocating the daffodils just starting to make their way into my world, I mean the world. I hope they’re okay.
Anyway, I did a big grocery shopping last week and we had everything we needed for dinner except a vegetable. I like fresh veggies but too bad, I wasn’t getting them today. Like I said, I’m snowed in. I did, however, have a bag of mixed frozen veggies in the freezer. Okay, we can do that I thought … until I put a carrot in my mouth! Tasted like soap. My mama told me it isn’t nice to spit things out at the table but, c’mon, she didn’t have an old soapy carrot in her mouth. Did I mention that I have no idea how long they were in the freezer? No? Well, let’s just say, I don’t remember buying them.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Something has changed though and I'm not so happy about it. I have to have quiet while I’m writing now.
I have this crazy idea that if TROUBLE ever becomes a movie, Ms. Keys will do me the honor of supplying the music. How cool would that be?
Stop laughing. Tell me you don't have crazy thoughts of your own. Yeah, keep trying to hide that smile!
Yup. I miss the music. Maybe I’ll pick another artist tomorrow and see how it goes.
Monday, February 23, 2009
I’m wondering if doing this will date a book. I don’t even like mentioning cell phones! Makes me go, hmmmm …
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
He did not bring me this far so that I can fail - Me
The Mastery of self-doubt is the key to success - Will Smith
You have to make them laugh and then, as soon a possible, try to break
their hearts - Tom Spanbauer
What’s the conflict? - Everybody
All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence
you know – Ernest Hemingway
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
On Valentine’s Day, a whole section of the newspaper was dedicated to children. Each little face was snuggled inside the middle of a heart. Underneath was a short love filled sentence for that child written by a family member. What I found in this section, besides adorable baby faces were awesome NAMES! Sweet, sweet names. Like Lucie, Larissa, Rosalia and Mason.
So, you see, other than tight pants and extra calories, Valentine’s Day brought more to me this year! I heart you Valentine’s Day!
Whoda Thunk it?
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
What this all really comes down to is whether or not I can LIE. Oh yes, you know it’s true. Us writers? We’re all liars.
Either that or we’re gods and since I don’t feel like getting struck down, I’ll take liar.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I’ve already started something new. Not quite sure what it’s about yet but I think I’m off to a good start. Going up …
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
All I know is when I sit down tomorrow, my brain better be there with bells on. Blank pages ain’t pretty.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
You may not be able to describe it. You may have forgotten it. You may even no longer believe in it. But it’s there.
Meet Ordinary, a Nobody who leaves the land of Familiar to pursue his Big Dream. Once the Dream Giver convinces him to escape his Comfort Zone, Ordinary begins the journey of his life—overcoming Border Bullies, navigating the Wasteland and battling the fierce Giants in the Land.
This modern-day parable will get you started on your own daring adventure. What may first seem like a road full of obstacles is actually a series of opportunities to help you along toward your destiny.
This book helped me to keep climbing toward publication even when my heart hurt from rejection.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Don’t get me wrong. I. Cannot. Sing.
Confession: I sing made up songs to my dog. But, don’t tell anybody. I’d be too embarrassed.
One of the contestants said something that struck me last night. He did a pretty good job singing and during his ramblings after the song, he said, singing was like on his skin. I so can understand that. I understood the tears that made their way out as he spoke those words too. That’s how writing is for me.
Here puppy, puppy. Time for your nightly song … No, no. Don’t run! Here boy …
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Yeah Megan, I only get gross sometimes! Denise, glad I didn't hear any snoring from you! Danette (go ette's) Haworth, living our lives as, "The Net!" Glad I'm not alone.
Now back to writing stuff. I'm thinking deep here people. Not by choice. I think it's partly due to some of the things I heard at the conference. Tell the truth, hold up the mirror, take chances. Can't wait to start my next book.
Monday, February 2, 2009
From, Kathy Dawson's (Dial Books) breakout session:
- Write what you don't know.
- Write something you'd want to know.
- Write about something that happened to you as a kid.
- What do you wonder about?
- Details should advance plot or reveal something about the character.
She looks for the gasp factor and for truth.
The story should have ARIA. Action, rhythm, intrigue, adventure.
She says the picture book market has been hit the hardest in this economic climate. She likes 1st person. Profanity in a story is okay.
From Michelle Nagler (Bloomsbury)
She is not looking for fantasy. Debut fiction is strong at this house. Historical girl books have done well. Picture books should be strong and bold.
She looks for:
- Captivating- hook first
- Realism of character voice
- Hooks like, BOYS ARE DOGS
What she is NOT looking for:
- High fantasy
- Quiet literary
- Early readers
- Anything close to curriculum
Her wish list:
- Books with mystery elements
- Fast paced
- Chapter book series
- Contemporary middle grade
- Edgy YA
- Big on series
What she looks for in an author:
- An author she can help develop
- An author who edits his/her work
- Someone who is open to revision
- Someone who is passionate
- Someone who is respectful
What she really likes:
- Urban fantasy
Swearing in a book is okay. Responds only if interested.
Jennifer Rees (Scholastic):
What she likes:
- Distinctive voice
- Memorable real characters
- To be kept guessing
- Out of the box
- Writing that takes risks
- Lyrical writing
She says your cover letter should read like a jacket flap. Know the market. Satisfy your inner child.
My favorite, she says to, "Write as though you're writing a love letter to yourself."
What Bruce Hall says about first lines:
- Should have humor
- Plunge in midstream
- Pose a question
He says to remind the ready of beauty. Make them laugh. Say what is forbidden. My favorite: "Hold up the mirror."
- Strong desire
- Be active
- Be flawed
- Make them squirm
- Get gross
He says, tell them the truth. Go the extra mile. Dig deeper. Take chances. Write what you love.
My favorite: "Hope triumphs over despair."
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I fear it.
I loathe it.
It is the Laundry.
And it haunts me like there's no tomorrow.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Today I got word that my middle grade book, TROUBLE NO SET LIKE RAIN has been pushed back to 2011 and my 2011 book to 2012. Upsetting? Yes. Understandable? Yes. The economy is stinky and just couldn't help from bugging the publishers. Darn you (my fist in the air) economy! The good thing is my publisher, G.P. Putnam, hasn't had to let anyone go. Food and shelter are good things. Very good things.
A little while after getting my book news, my daughters and I went to Barnes and Noble. I bought Celeste's Harlem Renaissance and Tell Me Who. Can't wait to dig in. Anyway, on our way home, I looked down at my coat and saw a green smiley face sticker that said: Awesome! Well, thanks, I surely needed that. I took it as the universe's way of telling me that I'll be okay and so will my book.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I must admit, my dear Paul does have one flaw. Instead of reading the word us, he reads it as United States.
Hey, we all have our faults, right?
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Don't make me laugh.
When it came time to register for the conference this time, I felt feathers starting to sprout again. I tried to stop them but then I started to cluck.
How can this be?
Then a dear writer friend of mine suddenly turned into --- A Conference Pusher. She's brave with a capital B and registered right away. Before I had a chance to dip my toe in and think about it, she pushed me over the side! Yes, this sweet girl turned into the Hulk. And you know what? I am thankful.
Sometimes you need to be pushed.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I hope you come back and see me 'cause I don't wanna be alone in this place called, Blog Land.