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."