Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Very Important Reminder

Very important reminder.

Must attend this chat. I read the new book yesterday. It's super! If I get off my behind today, I'll get out a review of Frogs and French Kisses!

From YA Books Central:


Chat with Sarah Mlynowski!

By Kimberly Pauley

Mark your calendars! Stop by and chat with the lovely and talented Sarah Mlynowski, author of Bras & Broomsticks and Frogs & French Kisses!Date: Thursday, May 25thTime: 8 PM ESTNotes: The chat will take place within the YABC Delphi Chat Room. So, to get ready, you need to sign up for a FREE User ID. It's fast and easy and I've never had a problem with Delphi spamming me or any other site visitors. In other words, you have no excuses!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

I've found myself!

Before my SCBWI meeting last night, I was ready to quit. I can't write. Everyone knows it.

There's something about being with a group of writers that gives me that boost of energy I need to keep going. Last night, our speaker, Barri L. Bumgarner, gave a very interesting and entertaining speech, "Hook, Line and Sinker," on how to write a book that gets attention.

As she talked, she handed out some worksheets and had us start one. I had been thinking about question #1 earlier that day--list three things you'd like to write about (even when we say we're going to quit writing, we just can't turn off the brain, can we?). I quickly scribbled about 10 items on my list. Common themes, things I'm passionate about that keep popping up in my writing. The next step was to twist these ideas to see what interesting potential plots arose.

She also provided a sheet with a whole bunch of questions to answer about our character. When I put these together (we didn't actually complete all these steps there, but it sure jumpstarted my brain!), I had a fun, quirky character that preschoolers would love.

I sat down today to work on one of the ideas I started last night. Naturally, I lost focus and started down another path. But, this is a good thing. I'm so excited. I think I've found myself. I think I have my own style! (Okay, it's maybe not that dramatic, but I do know what I'm shooting for this time.) I have a wild, playful, yet educational, picture book in progress! My girls are giggling already ( know...not like I'd tell anyone but my best blogging friends that!)

It's amazing how I keep stumbling upon the perfect inspiration each time the need arises.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006


What a beautiful day! I just received a box of review books from AUGUST HOUSE. You know what that means?? Don Tate's The Hidden Feast is in that box along with some other really great picture books.

Must find time to read and review!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Look what I found!

Look what I spied while browsing after critique group last night!

The Hidden Feast, illustrated by Don Tate!