Thursday, December 31, 2009
This new road has no obvious markings because I haven't painted them yet.
This new road has no rules, therefore, no limitations.
I don't have to stay in the lines, or on the road as a matter of fact.
I can turn around and change my direction at any point.
I can create a turn, scenic outlook, highway or byway.
I can choose to get lost and choose to get found.
Now, I need to decide how I am going to get down my new road.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Interesting though, a new catagory is emerging for ages 10-14 who are not ready for the themes in YA books.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
The contest was to create a funny 50 word passage, to use the words gorganzola, crabapple, slipper and indefinable, and have it having to do with cleaning out a refrigerator.
Here is the link to her blog where you can see my award winning announcement! www.passinglovenotes.wordpress.com
Friday, November 13, 2009
A. RUN, fast, don't tell them where to find me.
B. Be proud that I am not part of the pact and stand strong in my independence.
C. Prepare an apology note saturated with kindness and loving support.
D. Pretend I AM a teacher with a rogue red pen.
For those of you who ask "How bad can it be?"
I answer, "Red, Really Red"
I come from the standpoint that I would want someone to do it for me. I want somebody to be really hard on me. I want the criticism. I want to look at my work with different eyes. I want to be challenged. Yes, it can hurt my feelings. Who is going to win in the end?
I would like to get some feedback about other online etiquette that I should know about.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
"Once I have all entries, I will pick the most compelling query, dissect what makes it so awesome on the site AND award you the fabulous prize:
A critique of the first 30 pages of your manuscript!"
HERE IS THE LINK:
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
It looks like the same word, but each is totally different. The first word expresses the fairy tale, Disney-like, happy happy, fall in love type. The second is a pesky, obnoxious, conniving, manipulative yet oblivious type. In a similar spirit of monsters, there are many types of mermaids. Just the word doesn't reflect a common understanding of them.
Throughout the summer I have done a substantial amount of research on them. I have taken my children to the Cahoon Museam, Heritage Museam and Gardens, Shawme Pond, The great wide open Ocean, Cape Cod bay, We have looked online at mermaid figureheads and explored legends. The absolute best part about writing for children is sharing with my children. They are given an opportunity to explore and dig and find and ask questions and answer questions and imagine and uncover and see the world in a totally different light.
Now my challenge is to actually complete one of the few mermaid books I have begun. Which approach is the best, most successful and concise?
Here is a poll question for my followers and other readers.
Include pirates; yes or no
Saturday, October 10, 2009
"Can't I save the pirates for another book?"
"No", she says "If your going to mention them here, then you need to have them there,"
who made her boss of the book editing, anyway?
"Fine, I'll see whatI can do,"
Jackie is going to formally bring her company, My Two Cents, public anyday.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
see the trailer here:
I admire how the Bowler Hat is threaded throughout the film. It is a beautiful example of the seemingly plain as complex.
The most valuable theme of the film is that 'its always been there'. What you are looking for has always been right in front of you, its up to you to take the chance to see it, to find it, to expose it. Sometimes in life you are finally able to see what you have been missing when a pencil gets stuck in the track, disaster follows and you stop to look.
So the Harmony, I am not sure where it would be in this film. You and I both know that they are going to go around in circles for the next fifty years until one of them bends. I think I'll watch Real Housewives of Atlanta, I'm sure they will illustrate harmony
Back to writing, the complexity in this film is exactly where I want to go with my writing. I just have to find a way to get there.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Prevention is a pound of ...???
How does this happen to you, you ask? Its like conceiving a child. Initially, you know what your am doing to yourself, your family and your independence. Then the news comes. TWINS. Possibly TRIPLETS. AHHHHH! Beware of dangling loose ends that you may feel the need to tie.
I didn't mean to do that! At this point I hardly remember the hot acts that led to conception. Now your telling me they are multipling! more work! more time! more things to clean up! More things to love, develop, mold and play with. Hmmm, maybe this won't be so bad.
I must have missed that 'After school special'
Friday, August 28, 2009
I find the information that they share about the work I am creating the most meaningful and important. My point of view has begun to be defined and I feel that I am writing tighter. I know that their goals are in line with mine and combined we can support our dreams.
Together we are going to launch a website to highlight our accomplishments as we achieve them. More information on this later as I get it.
What I really want to say is I find it crucial that I listen to these people that have a valued interest in me. They see me differently than I see me, differently than my family and friends see me. They see the potential of what I am trying to do and have learned a few things along the way to help me. So thank you, to my group for all your understanding, I look forward to being a cheerleader on your sideline too!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
My book got picked up today! I sent my son down to check the mail box and he came back with the normal selection of bills, solicitations and fliers. Sticking out of the end was a strangish envelope, one that had some weight to it and marked Publishing Company. Paul handed the pile to me saying "Did your book come, mommy? When is that coming anyway?"
I calmly walked up the driveway into the house, my heart pounded with every step while contemplating the changes in my life that are about to occur. Off to the side of the counter top I neatly dropped everything but the strange envelope. Deep breath. Sliding my hand across the glue to try to keep the envelope and its existence in tact I pulled the letter from within out and a flurry of pamphlets describing the company poured out on the countertop. Blah blah blah, what does the letter say?! "Monsters.... love it.... marketing.... call us..... something.... something else...." Fall to the ground with tears.
I am an author.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
As a child, I knew in my heart that my baby dolls were real. They were just being really still because if an adult saw them move they would want to put them into a real adopted home.
I know, still to this day, that monsters live under the stairs. I know that when the timing is right that they will reach out and grab my ankles and pull me under. What happens next is a mystery.
I want very much to believe that mermaids existed. I wonder if they are just an extinct species and find it odd that so many sailors say they have seen them. I find it hard to believe that a seasoned sailor would mistake one for a whale, porpuss, or manatee. I wonder if they were hunted like the witches of Salem. I wonder if they did have legs or just flippers and fins. My goal now is to create a modern mermaid tale that appeals to boys and girls.
Some sources of inspiration for this project are;
Ralph Cahoon, Cape Cod folk artist
The Narrow Lands
Long John and the Mermaid
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Okay, So whats the point of this you ask?
Did I send out my manuscript with the best intentions and really didn't know I needed to 'tip' the editor, assitant, editor, INTERN? Is there a part of this industry I just don't know? Is the tip supposed to be kickass brownies or high end swag? I know the point of the industry is to produce income, but WHO DO I NEED TO BRIBE?
Friday, July 24, 2009
I had another one that said "we love you but we can't date you, right now"
Much better than the 'Nope, I don't know why you called me anyway' or the
'We have a hotter girl on my arm right now, sorry, Better luck next year'
This one was sweet "we like you, but know how wonderful you are and how well suited you will be for somebody else, keep your chin up" Okay, I will, I loved the possiblity of you too, but I understand. Lets go and rock the world!
I know the right publisher is looking at the book. I know they will see the huge potential I have created.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
How does this all apply to my process, you ask? I wonder what my story will be in ten years. I wonder if this blog, with no followers at this point, will be reviewed. I wonder if my seamingly small life will make the slightest impact on children, worldwide. I wonder if I'll return to my 1428 sqft house and shed tears.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
A. Don't all monsters have long fingers and nails?
A1. Why do ALL monsters have to have long fingers, monsters come in all shapes and sizes just like people.
B. Don't ALL monsters snore?
B1. I don't think all monsters have nasal problems, in fact do all monsters have to have a nose.
C. Don't All monsters live under beds?
C1. No, Some Monsters like to sleep in closets, some behind curtains, some in dirty sneakers. Monsters, like people sleep where they are most comfortable
D. Don't all monsters scare children?
D1. Some may scare children but the primary reason is their lack of understanding on what the monster motivations are. Maybe the monster is just trying to get thier attention and is unable to communicate effectivly.
lets just say, like all people, all monsters are not created the same. the havee quirks and weirdness and love and personalities and needs.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
The insecure ME lives in a world where the publishing house is going to include it in a book called What Not To Submitt, like the show. Clinton Kelly is going to hold my book far from himself, between his index finger and thumb and say, "Seriously! You can do better, we need to explore other options here. The extent of your creativity must not end with THIS!" The Stacy London jumps in and says, "torn souls of little boys is not flattering, You must choose characters that better empasize your waist," I wake from my day dream, in a cold sweat, wondering if the book is too-- Fill in the blank----
The confident ME lives in a world where I am just waiting for the contract to come in the mail and how am I going to handle the bidding war. Its more like the Bachelorette, The Authorette. "So many choices, I just don't know which one I'll choose. Oh, I'll date this one and that one, They are only worthy of a group date until proven otherwise! I really can't wait to get to know this one! This one is just not right for me, Give me back my rose!" I then wake to realize My contract still hasn't arrived and limbo is better than I thought.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I like 'The Secret' It offers a level of unconditional, unwavering hope. or in SECRET terms consistancy and hope, nothing un- about it.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I feel like Im dating again. This one yes, maybe, Ummm, NO! Maybe I should write my 'list' for dating in the publishing world.
Dark hair, blue eyes, exquisite taste for monsters. This could really work!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
It would be even funnier if they put the notes in to texting form for example LOL or WTF. This way they could save on ink.
I guess something is better than nothing. I did hear a story about a submission that came back unopened marked in red marker 'Not interested'