I'm not new to talking, sharing ideas, or stating my opinion, especially stating my opinion! After all, I taught elementary school for 30 years! However, my audience has typically been smaller,just family, the classroom, or just talking to myself!

My blog has two goals: be an outlet for sharing thoughts on writing children's books and the path to publication (got my fingers crossed that I'll get there) and a place to chronicle my journey of losing my sight. Sometimes I imagine these two paths will overlap .

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

                             Farewell to Chautauqua

         I hope you've enjoyed reading the highlights of the Writer's Workshop at Chautauqua as much as I've enjoyed writing them. I thought I'd close it out with some of the quirkiness of the place.

     Do you see the large acorn on the right side of the photo? I imagine a squirrel spotting that would have thoughts of hitting the jackpot! Here's a closeup.

         Then there's this fellow. Sometimes he (or is it a she?) sat in the yard; others times you found him/her on the porch. It must have been too heat for him/her as well! 


        Here's an interesting creature. Wouldn't want even one of these to join me at a picnic.  

         These were fun folks!  I called them the Hall of Missions Singers and from a certain angle, their object of adoration seemed to be a pedestrian sign.To each his own Higher Power. :-)


Of course, I couldn't resist joining them!


*drumroll* And now for the book giveaway!!!  
                              *confetti throwing*
I have 6 books to giveaway and 3 of them are autographed!
  • The Complete Idiots Guide to Publishing Children's Books by Harold Underdown
  • Publicize Your Book: Getting Your Book the Attention it Deserves by Jacqueline Deval
  • Writing From the Heart: How to Write for Children by Joy Cowley
  • Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
  • Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine  
  • Gone From These Woods by Donny Seagraves   
(Hint: the 3 novels are autographed!)

Okay, here's how you can win......
  1. You must be signed on as a follower of my blog   (+1 point)
  2. Leave a comment and include your email  address.  (+1 point) 
  3. Tweet a link or Facebook a link or Blog a link back to my post. (+2 for each of these)
  4. Anyone who mentions seeing your tweet, FB post, or blog post gives you an additional point!

This contest runs for 10 days (Aug.10-20) and I'll post the winners on Monday, August 22nd. Now go out and spread the word, um words.


  1. Okay, you know I want those books! I shall tweet, FB and blog about this and get back to you.

    In fact, I may tweet it every day. That's A LOT of points!

  2. Here's my comment
    Here's my e-mail (tanya@flinch.com)
    I shall now tweet, fb and blog your praises!

  3. Gail, I'm a follower and I would love to win any of those books!! Thank you! And what a lovely place you were at. (I know I shouldn't end a sentence with "at", but I'm in a hurry! :)
    My e-mail is Writergal53@gmail.com
    Oh, I'll just get the 2 points. No facebook or tweeting. Sorry!

  4. I so love the pictures... great. I'll blog a link and FB and tell everyone to take a look

    email is dawgprint1@comcast.net

  5. Okay, so I tweeted it. And posted it on Finders and Keepers, and blah-blahed about it on Facebook. I felt pretty good about my chances of winning, but now...dang. EVERYBODY knows! :-)

  6. Cathy: You crack me up! I bet if I said wear-a-sandwich-board-and-post-the-link you'd do that too!!! I've got my fingers crossed for you and your points. ;-)

    Pat: Thanks for your help too and the sweet words on FB. I've got other fingers crossed for you! Oh, and BTW, I'm not going to MidSouth conference but I am going to WIK. Will you be there?

    Tanya: Thanks for helping out and singing my praise on the blog (like getting warm fuzzies in school!)

    Becky: You're included in the finger crossing (and when I run out of fingers, I'll start on the toes)

  7. Gail - just read over your Chautauqua posts- great stuff! I popped over after seeing Pat Weaver's note about your giveaway on FB. And I would especially love to read Mitali Perkins' Bamboo People! (I'm already a huge Kathy Erskine fan, so no need for that one.) email is irenelatham at charter dot net. Thanks.