I feel like I have been away from my blog for longer than it has probably been. This week has been a rollercoaster of emotions, things to do, desires, etc. This coming Sunday is my son’s birthday, he would have been 20. I am mentally preparing myself and I have made plans for Sunday so as to not curl up in bed in a vegatative state. Last night one of my son’s best friends was texting me and it was so nice to hear from someone who misses him like I do!
On a lighter note I have been doing a lot of writing and critiquing. I joined this website call Critique Circle and although I didn’t pay for the special membership I have almost all the same perks. To submit a story you must earn credits to “pay” for your submission. You earn credits by critiquing other peoples submissions. I submitted my story Hermit Crab’s Friends and got two critiques back. One was very critical but made me think of points I hadn’t considered. The second one was much “nicer” but that doesn’t always get you where you need to go. The second one I think was less critical because the crit (what they call you when you read a story) was in tune with my ideas and how I wanted them to come across in the book. Either way it is very valuable feedback and I have read quite a few interesting chapters of books that are in the process…
So far I have sent out about 30 query letters to agents. I have had a few quick rejections but that is to be expected they say. I am supposed to get my first 100 out before November 20th. I have a lot of work to do! This and all of my writing challenges! Well, if you need me you will know where to find me.
By the way, did I mention I have a new guinea pig? His name is Beary and he is so sweet. He loves to cuddle and talks my ear off! At night after we sit and chat I put him in his cage and he does this thing call “popcorning”. It means he is happy, or so they say! He just jumps around. I will post a picture as soon as I get one transferred onto my computer.
Have a peaceful day! Please keep in touch with any ideas, comments, suggestions, etc….
Well, so much has transpired this past week, I don’t even know where to begin. I will do the random retell, I think that will be more interesting.
So Saturday was my birthday. I flew back from Florida that morning and then got spoiled by David and Lindsay all day. David got me a guinea pig! His name is Beary. That is short for Bearclaw. Bearclaw is the name of Penelope’s New Puppy (the book I wrote).
I had an update on Facebook that I have raised $345 for Babies Heart Run, the fundraiser dedicated to my birthday and November 10th which would have been Joey’s 20th birthday. My goal is $1000. Spread the word!
I decided to try and illustrate my picture books. I have been sending query letters out for three different books that I have written. I am not sure which I like best because they are all so different. When I look into what an agent is looking for I kindof match a manuscript with something they will hopefully be looking for. Some days I am so optimistic, other days I am convinced my writing is horrible and I will never get an agent. I think being and Author-Illustrator will be better than just Author. Saves time from having to find an illustrator I guess. I will be doing some online research to see what it necessary to know to be a picture book illustrator. Who knows? I am a pretty good artist.
I have been signing up for so many different groups, primarily for critiquing my work. If you know any picture book writers that want to work in some sort of critique group please send them my name or send them to my blog!
Have a great evening. Time for bed and just a little Mahjong!
For this week’s Lucky Dip, I have reached into my mystery bag and pulled out a Diatelle. The topic is up to you!
Diatelle The Diatelle is a fun, syllable counting form like the etheree with a twist. The syllable structure of the diatelle is as follows: 1/2/3/4/6/8/10/12/10/8/6/4/3/2/1, but unlike an ethere, has a set rhyme pattern of abbcbccaccbcbba. This poetry form may be written on any subject matter and looks best center aligned in a diamond shape.
I am in Florida this week, a wonderful get-away from my super busy lifestyle up north. Well, that is me being sarcastic, for those of you who read my blogs and know me. I am busy every day but not so much that I can’t handle it!
Anyhow, I just returned from having a wonderful dinner with my father and step-mother at The Bayou. I had crawfish etoufee. The Bayou was a restaurant located on a small canal in St. Petersburg. It is still the Bayou but they have moved it into town and have torn down the old place. The old restaurant was so out of code it wasn’t funny so I get why they moved but it was the atmosphere and the “dumpiness” of it that made it the restaurant it was. The new place is nice but it is nice…No old Louisiana feel. No Mardi Gras feel. The food was still good, for now. I know I am being super pessimistic but isn’t that what happens when a great place tries to do a super upgrade? No one wanted the upgrade. So, redo the toilet so it is handicap accessible…Ugh, anyhow, enough of that.
I decided today to add to my blog site a “follow me” button. This is already present on my blog but I put a new one and it says something like, “follow me for positivity”. I am thinking about expanding my blog and actually using my experience and education to help others. I don’t really know how it will go yet. If you have ideas, please let me know. In my head I am picturing a sort of email like “Dear Abby” where adults and children can ask about dealing with different things. Okay, so that is totally vague but I haven’t really worked out the idea. I want to help people deal with life’s debacles in a positive way.
My new positivity site will be in the works until I have it figured out. Would you mind leaving me comments with ideas, do’s, don’ts, “we don’t want to hear about its”, etc.
Have a peaceful evening. Feel free to question my qualifications. Feel free to comment. I am a person who grows off of feedback and without it I flounder like a fish out of water!