Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Good and the Ho Hum

The weekend zipped past, way too short. It was interesting, however.

Friday night I went to the fund raiser for the library, as I mentioned in my last post. It was a dance for the middle school students, grades six, seven, and eight. I ended up selling drinks and candy, which meant I didn't get to see much of the dance, since they were in different rooms. I could hear the music great. They had hired a local band and they were good. Reports from the dance floor (which was a gymnasium) were that the kids mostly stood around in little groups, moving to the beat of the music. I'm not sure how much dancing went on, but remember the age group. The kids seemed to have a good time. They drank a lot of sodas and ate a bunch of candy. Occasionally, the boys had to be corralled from rough housing.

One thing I and the other volunteers noticed though was how polite the kids were. They said, "Thank you" and called us "Ma'am." They were really sweet. Over a hundred kids showed up. I haven't heard a total, but Friends of the Library raised quite a bit of money, which for a small town library is always welcome. It was good.

Saturday was the Ho Hum. The Paranormal Convention was interesting. We heard weird voices and saw unusual pictues and looked at the equipment the paranormal teams use. But no one was interested in a fictional ghost story. People kept asking if this was "my" ghost. I guess I should have said she was, but I told the truth. My sales were sad, but I did meet some very nice people. It was a good weekend.

Now it's back to writing and reading and blogging and all that good stuff.

Happy writing to you.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Publishing Wheels Roll Slowly

At least they roll slowly for me. An SASE returned home today with a form letter, no name, no ms. title, so I looked up that publisher to see what I sent, couldn't remember. Well, no wonder. In July, 2007, I sent this editor a query. Heh, heh. The stamp on the envelope should have been a clue. It wasn't the latest stamp. I'm surprised the post office even delivered it. Not to worry though. This particular manuscript sold this summer. I filed the "not interested" letter with the others.

So it's Friday again. Short week. It will be a short weekend too. Tonight I'm working at a fund raiser for our local Friends of the Library. We've just started it and this is our first attempt to raise money. We'll see how it goes. I'm not sure what we're doing. Will find out when I get there. (Can you tell I'm not in charge?)

Saturday, I'm signing copies of Listen to the Ghost at a Paranormal Conference. Speakers from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and I'm not sure where else will be there. It should be fun. Who knows? I might even meet a ghost or two, not counting the one in my story. They're also collecting cans of food for families of soldiers deployed to Iraq and giving away prizes, like an overnight stay at a haunted hotel in nearby Archer City.

Have a great weekend.

Happy reading and writing.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Debut Free Newsletter - "Write What Inspires You!" by Donna M. McDine

Debut Free Newsletter – “Write What Inspires You!” by Donna M. McDine

Coming off the inspiration of The 2008 Muse Online Conference, I am embarking on the maiden voyage of my debut FREE newsletter, “Write What Inspires You!” to be published December 2008 and monthly thereafter.

Each issue will contain:

Welcome Message
Author, Editor and Illustrator Interviews
Book Review(s)
Proclaim Your Successes
Reflections or Dreams

Additional categories may be added.

The December 2008 issue is booked with exciting submissions, except for the category Proclaim Your Successes. Go ahead and submit your news to be included in the debut issue.

If you would like to contribute or be an interview subject for future issues please contact Donna McDine at dmcdine@optonline.net and pitch your idea.

To subscribe to the FREE “Write What Inspires You!” Newsletter, send an email to Donna McDine at: dmcdine@optonline.net and indicate Free Newsletter in the subject line


Visit Donna at www.donnamcdine.com and opt-in at the top of her home page.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Here’s to your inspiration!

Friday, October 10, 2008

77th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition

77th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition

I am thrilled to announce that I received notification today

that my entry entitled, "The Golden Pathway," has placed in the top 100 of the 77th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition

in the category: Children's/Young Adult Fiction

Regards, Donna McDine

http://www.donnamcdine.com/ / http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot/

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

UPS Rocks

Today the UPS guy delievered two boxes to my house. One contained gorgeous bookmarks. The other contained advance copies of Rebel in Blue Jeans.

Life is good.

Monday, October 6, 2008

It's Almost Here!

The official release date for Rebel in Blue Jeans is Oct. 15, 2008.

Turning cartwheels and grinning like the Cheshire Cat.

Happy reading and writing, everyone.