Monday, August 26, 2013

Best of Summer Kid Lit Blog Hop


Welcome to the Best of Summer 2013 Kid Lit Giveaway Hop hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviewsand Youth Literature Reviews. You are welcome to hop around and enter to win books, cash, gift cards, and more!

This Giveaway Hop runs from August 26th to September 6, 2013, so Happy Hopping!

I'll be participating in this blog hop from Mother/Daughter Book Reviews. I'll also be giving away a copy of Delores Fletcher, Cobweb Catcher plus a $10.00 Amazon gift card. Join in the fun if you love kid lit.

See the post and the links below to visit each blog to join in the fun. It starts today, August 26 and runs through September 6. The winner of this blog contest will receive a signed copy of Delores Fletcher, Cobweb Catcher and a $10.00 gift certificate from Amazon. There are tons of other contests just waiting in the links below. Best of Luck.


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Best of Summer Blog Hop Starts Today


The Best of Summer Blog Hop starts today. See below this article a couple of blogs to enter to win a free copy of Delores Fletcher, Cobweb Catcher and a $10.00 gift certificate from Amazon. Good Luck! You will need to follow this blog, Like us on Facebook and Tweet the post with the giveaway.


I'll be participating in this blog hop from Mother/Daughter Book Reviews. I'll also be giving away a copy of Delores Fletcher, Cobweb Catcher plus a $10.00 Amazon gift card. Join in the fun if you love kid lit. If you're an author, there's still time to sign up.

I'm posting the code to sign up for the Blog Hop. See the post above to join in the fun. It starts August 26 and runs through September 6. The winner will receive a signed copy of Delores Fletcher, Cobweb Catcher and a $10.00 gift certificate from Amazon. Best of Luck.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Waffles Ole!

So, I'm having this conversation with Maude this morning. For those of you who still don't know Maude (it's okay, Maude, most people don't know me either),she's one of the lovable spiders in Delores Fletcher, Cobweb Catcher. She and I were talking about everyday life. Mostly it's mundane, but every now and again, if you try just a little, you can make your life so much more interesting.
Maude, complaining: My life is always 'interesting,the problem is, with hundreds of babies at a time, it doesn't leave me much time to 'find myself.

Me: But, Maude, you have to make those times. If you don't have a free day, look at your surroundings and do something about those.
For instance,this morning, my mind and stomach were set for cereal, but I was out of my almond milk/coconut milk combo. Henry offered me his rice milk, but I declined - too weak.
Henry reminded me I had bought eggs after I'd settled on waffles, but remembered we were out of syrup.
Then, a light came on - Waffles Ole! A few minutes later, I was enjoying waffles with eggs of easy topped with salsa, an interesting start to my morning.

Maude: I just don't always have the energy to exercise my imagination.

Augie, snickering somewhere out of sight: Or exercise anything else from what I can tell.

Maude, placing four arms on her 'hips' and tapping one foot: I'll exercise my hordes by hunting you down this afternoon!

(Sound of multiple spider feet beating a hasty retreat.)

Me: You see, Maude, just a tiny bit of inspiration, and you've created a fun afternoon for you and your little ones. (Smile)

Maude winks three of her front eyes and waves as she beats a hasty retreat out of the door.

This was written in fun, but honestly, it's the truth. This morning some of my Goalie friends and I exchanged quick emails about trying to fit in just a few minutes of writing with our heavy workloads. This post took about 15 minutes and I feel like my brain has been exercised, I'm excited about facing the day and I've had a chance to visit again with some of my favorite characters.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Write On Con

Write On Con, an online writing conference, is in full swing. I've submitted my picture books, Ghost Crab, Keeping the Night Out and Patience is Knitting as well as Zeylandicus. I'm getting great feedback on my queries, first 250 words and first five pages for these. Thanks everyone for the feedback.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Mother/Daughter Best of Summer 2013 Kid Lit Giveaway Hop August 26-September 6



I'll be participating in this blog hop from Mother/Daughter Book Reviews. I'll also be giving away a copy of Delores Fletcher, Cobweb Catcher plus a $10.00 Amazon gift card. Join in the fun if you love kid lit. If you're an author, there's still time to sign up.

I'm posting the code to sign up for the Blog Hop. See the post above to join in the fun. It starts August 26 and runs through September 6. The winner will receive a signed copy of Delores Fletcher, Cobweb Catcher and a $10.00 gift certificate from Amazon. Best of Luck.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

So Close and Yet So Far, July Camp Wrimo

Well, once again, life came between me and my 50,000 words. I did end up with 11,022 words added to an ongoing novel, The Basket Case, so I'm very happy with that. Thanks so much to the NANO WRIMO staff for another great writing month. I joined a cabin this time and enjoyed the emails from the other campers.

It's so important when you're a beginning writer, or even a seasoned one, to not be totally isolated in your writing. My critique group in Raleigh, NC, The Goalies, sometimes have writing days. These are spontaneous and open to anyone in the group who is available. One member emails that she is writing and invites others to join in. Anyone else checking the email sends back that they'll be writing as well. We email later when we're finished and if we feel it was productive, how much written, etc. So, we're writing together, in separate homes/offices/restaurants and often in separate cities. But, we still have that feeling of camaraderie across the miles.

One of our members, Kate, shared the http://tomato-timer.com/# website. This site sets a timer for twenty-five minutes so that you can focus and work in short bursts, take a break and then go at it again.

I need to remember to use this more often. I tend to get on a roll with my writing and not want to stop, fearing that I'll lose whatever thread is winding its way through my brain at the time. I'm limited to physically typing for too long due to shoulder injuries sustained through my place of work. More than two hours of typing may incapacitate me for the next day's session, a lesson I learned this summer.

All in all, however, I am happy to say that I wrote more this time than in any other NANO attempt. I will try next November again, but with a Zentangle certification conference for four days and teaching, I need to set a more attainable goal. Okay, so here goes - my goal is 12,000 words. Not much more than my current total, but even with teaching, I plan to keep going.

I'm hoping that The Basket Case is finished at that point. Currently I have 17,835 words, six completed chapters and an outline for Chapter 7. I love where this is going and am getting good feedback from my Goldsboro critique group and mother and sister. I'm relying on the latter two as the book centers around a basket shop and basket makers convention. With decades of experience in both of those, they're my technical experts here.

My other distraction during July? Oh, yes. I got the word from my principal recently that I will not be teaching resource this year. For the first time in thirty years, less than two years before retiring, I will be teaching a class of regular students - math and science. Out of necessity (or nerves), I've been combing the web for teaching ideas as well as new pacing guides. One thing that stays the same about teaching is that it's always different, completely understated at this point. I'm actually excited about this and am happy that it's 6th grade students and that I'm familiar with the rest of the 6th grade teachers. They're such a wonderful group. So, like my critique buddies who are there to encourage me, at least I go forward into uncharted territory knowing that I have a support group there as well.