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 .

Monday, October 31, 2011

                   Blog Awareness

         If you've been a part of the blogosphere any time in the past few years, you are most certainly familiar with 
Shelli Johannes-Wells's blog Market My Words. Between marketing strategies, writing tips [now including self-publishing an eBook], book reviews, and interviews Shelli finds time to offer giveaways. BOOK giveaways. Who doesn't love free books??!

        Currently Shelli is preparing to give away a bunch of MG and YA books. I repeat....who doesn't love free books?

All you need to do is comment on her blog, leave your own blog address and your email address. Then share the blog-love on your blog so others can join in.

         What a fabulous way to discover bloggers you don't know. And maybe find a few more followers. I signed up on 20 new blogs.  Woo Hoo!                                      

Monday, October 24, 2011

                                          Write, Write, Write

        I can't believe I haven't written a post in so long! No, that's not true, I CAN believe it! 

First I was in Boston for two weeks. Four days after I returned, I went to a SCBWI conference for my region in Birmingham, AL and had to prepare a manuscript to take along for the all day picture book intensive. 

Photo from SCBWI-LA, 2010
Lisa Yee

        Went to some amazing classes and heard some fabulous authors: Lin Oliver (co-founder of SCBWI and co-author of the Hank Zipzer series with Henry Winkler), Lisa Yee (author of Millicent Min, Girl Genius and her latest, Warp Speed), Lola Schaefer (author of Just One Bite and a bazillion more picture books. She spoke about writing narrative nonfiction picture books  and she taught the all day PB intensive).   
       Of course, returning from the conference, I was filled with writing ideas and have been working on those. And suddenly, It's the end of October!
    Many writers like to participate in the November NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month) where you try to write at least 1,000 words per day so you have a first draft of a novel by the end of the month. That's a b-i-i-i-i-g challenge. A big challenge I'm not ready to take yet! However, there's a smaller challenge I'm willing to try for November. 

      Author/writer/blogger  Tara Lazar heads up the PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) in which writers create at least one idea  for a picture book story every day in November. No one says they have to be good ideas, just brainstorm away! When you're done, there's hopefully a few potential manuscripts waiting to be written. I joined this a few years ago but quite frankly, I was only half-heartedly trying. This year, I'm all in.
Like all interesting competitions (hey, we're competing against ourselves betting we can -or maybe cannot- do it), there are PRIZES!!! Autographed picture books, original art work, free manuscript critiques, just to mention a few.

    So who's with me on this? What have we got to lose, a few minutes each day? Shoot, I waste more time staring at the computer or TV. We do have a lot to gain, though. And you never know...this might be the idea that gets published. Go to Tara's web site by November 3rd to register. 

On your mark, get set, go  write!