Friday, April 13, 2018

Life, Growth, and Change...

 Often my life feels like I'm moving at a turtles pace. Never getting too far ahead, but then having to remind myself that publishing is an industry that operates at a slow speed.

When things get too slow it's time to push yourself to the next level.

As a writer, I can tell you the more you practice your craft, the more you study, the better your writing will be. Investing in yourself is important. Whether it is doing an online class, going to a local workshop at the library, going to an SCBWI conference or attending a Highlight's Foundation workshop it will move your writing and your confidence forward.

 Pushing yourself to change the way you do something can be the turning point for your writing and your dreams.

What have you done so far this year to push yourself? 

I went to an SCBWI Agent day!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Follow Your Own Path...

Everyone's writing journey will be different. It's so important to not compare your journey to someone else's. 

Your journey may take you down a different path than your friends.

You will encounter different obstacles than your writing partners.

But in the end your journey should be enjoyed. In our business you get used to rejection, but I challenge you to not think of rejections in a negative way...Think of them as a step to finding your lighthouse in the foggy world of publishing.

Friday, January 19, 2018

How's Your Winter Going?

How's your winter going so far? Mine has been full of revisions, queries, and weights (and waits). We've had a little snow, which is a rarity in Missouri. Have you had any snow? Are you a fan? I miss the snowy winters of Iowa (pictured above). I miss the snow hiking and snowshoeing adventures my friend Sunny and I had.

Do you have big plans for 2018? My biggest plan is to be persistent in my querying and start writing a YA that I've kind of started. My other big plan for 2018 is to be healthier. I've had a good start so far. I'm using the My Fitness app to track my calories and I'm tracking my workouts on my Fitbit. I try to hit 10,000 steps a day. I don't hit it every day, but my goal is to hit it five days a week.  There is a great conversion chart here. I use it when I lift weights or do other exercise. It's really handy.

I hope you have a wonderful 2018, filled with love,  good health and success in whatever you are working on.  :)

Friday, December 15, 2017

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Season's Greetings to all!

This time of year is full of traditions, no matter what religion you are. For me, learning about other people's traditions and faith give me the opportunity to grow as a person. 

This can be a joyful time of year or a really tough time of year and it's important to recognize the differences for people who are struggling. So as you enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season please remember to be kind to the grumpy man or lady that you run into on your joyful path. Sometimes just remembering to hold the door open for a stranger can brighten up their day.

Now for a few of my favorite traditions...

We put up our artificial Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. We have an artificial tree because we needed to stop the annual "when are we going to get a tree" fight. LOL Now I can put the tree up as soon as I want and not worry about pine needles dropping everywhere. This year I found these pine scented sticks that you can hang in your tree. They actually do work. You can smell the pine when you walk in the house.

The first ornament that goes on the tree is my daughter's first Christmas. It gets a prime spot.

Then comes our beloved Macy ornament. For those of you who don't know we lost Macy in March. This will be our first Christmas without her in eleven years. Believe it or not, she loved Christmas. She could hardly wait (and sometimes didn't) to open her presents on Christmas morning.

I've always heard it's good luck to have a bird in your tree. My Secret Santa (nurse Lu) gave this one to me many many years ago. I now have quite a few birds in our tree...

Another tradition for us is Christmas Eve pajamas. Every year for as long as I can remember I've gotten a new pair of pajamas or a night dress. So when we had our daughter we continued the tradition.

On Christmas Eve we go to a late movie so it will be time to go to bed when we get home. Santa comes after everyone has gone to bed... and in the morning we discover what he has left us in out stockings.

One of my favorite traditions is that Santa always brings us a box of cereal. When I moved to America (age 8), I remember being shocked by the abundance of different cereals in the grocery store. In England we pretty much had two kinds of cereals...shredded wheat and weetabix. I don't know if that is how the tradition started but to this day, Santa leaves a box of sugary cereal for each of us.

The last tradition I'm going to share is Christmas Crackers.... If you don't know what they are, Google them. They are so much fun. We did them in England when I was little and in the past twenty years I have been able to find them here. We pop them open after our Christmas dinner. Then we tell the joke and wear the paper crowns.

So...What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

Have a blessed Happy Christmas and Hanukkah. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

My Very Good Tremendous Wonderful Month!

If you read my last post you would know I've been waiting...

Well, I can cross one thing off the list of things I'm waiting for and I can now share my wonderful news.... (drum roll)

I signed a contract for one of my picture book manuscripts with Guardian Angel Publishing! Not only am I now going to have my very own stand alone book I'm going to be an author in the company of some of my favorite writing friends: Tracey M. Cox, Connie Arnold and Donna McDine.

I can't wait to see what comes after the contract is signed... I will keep you posted.

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!