Monday, January 28, 2013

Writing For All Seasons

        This is what I woke up to Saturday morning. I'm not complaining, though, I love snow! And for some reason, which I can't explain, I love to write during such bad weather as this. Maybe it's because, I'm stuck inside and bored. Whatever the reason, rain, sleet or snow, it puts me in a weird writing mode, and I can't write fast enough to get all my ideas on paper. Love it!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Agent Quest: Challenging Yourself

What a wonderful year!
When I entered Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo challenge I was excited at the idea of writing thirty picture books. I was thrilled to work beside a great list of writers, many of whom I knew from the super wonderful Verla Kay Children’s Writer’s Board. I was giddy with the vision of a stack of new titles. I didn’t realize where it would eventually lead.

I kept up with my part of the challenge and brainstormed new titles every day. I thought about plots while I did housework. Running errands, I envisioned catchy titles. I dreamed about books as I slept. I had my thirty picture book titles halfway through the challenge -- and because of all the inspiration (Tara’s guest speakers) my list kept growing. By the end of November I had almost fifty titles in my notebook.

In December (revved by my long list) I was ready to start work on my picture books. I thought things couldn’t get any better. Boy was I wrong! A week later I received an email from Tara Lazar – I was one of four winners. Yippeee! As a prize, Tara introduced each of us to an agent who had graciously volunteered to look at our finished picture books. All of the agents were stellar, a true dream team.

I had to stop and breathe. How could I be so lucky? I now had a well-known super-respected agent at my fingertips.

 The point behind all of this? If you want to succeed, push toward your goal, grab reins of your future and dare to reach for the stars. Every small step upwards leads to another -- and another. There's a prize waiting at the end of your quest, you have only to reach and take it to succeed.

More to come . . . my head’s still spinning.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year!

      I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year! Last year passed so quickly, maybe because I kept my fingers on the keyboard. I didn't have time for anything else. BIC.

    Now the new year is here, and guess what? I'm still writing. Oh, I take time out for fresh coffee (preferably Starbucks) and a good book (I love them all), but I do a lot of dashing around in between revisions. I would rather spend my days and nights writing. But sometimes juggling household chores helps spark new ideas. So guess what? The family will enjoy Christmas dinner this year as usual.

    A new year presents new opportunities and surprises. It provides another chance to fulfill resolutions. My New Year's resolution? Write about a world that no one has ever written before!

   May the new year bring tons of joy and happiness your way. :)