Monday, August 27, 2018

SEARCHING!

Quote for the week:  “The more you read, the more things you will know.” 
― Dr. Seuss

It started out as a search for information that I've saved. You see, I can not find anything. Half of my time is spent looking for notes or articles I've copied or information about the subject of my current project. This interferes with my writing, and I do not accomplish as much each day as I had hoped. So, this brilliant idea came to me. Clean out the filing cabinets. Duh! Now that was a tough one. 

Well, I started going through the files but got sidetracked along the way. Why? Because I discovered all of these old stories and articles I wrote going way back to 1999. I won't bore you with details, but I laughed when I read them. I cringed when I looked at the rejection replies, some very polite, others just a form letter with a check mark something like "Your idea (as amazing and clever as it may be) does not fit our editorial needs."

But you know what? I never gave up and kept sending my work to children's magazines. My first published article was in Happiness Magazine, a TV Guide like magazine, in 1992. My Breakthrough article "Dr. Seuss Sparks Grandmother's Dream to Publish a Novel," along with my picture, appeared in the June 2007 issue of THE WRITER MAGAZINE. I haven't stopped since. 

Come to think about it, I haven't written a magazine article in awhile, but after looking at the old stories, I might try again. Now, if I could only find  my research on ducks and crickets. Where did I put it?

Happy Writing! 

Never Give Up!




 

Monday, August 20, 2018

WHAT I ENJOY ABOUT WRITING!

Quote for the week:  They say I'm old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!” 
― Dr. Seuss

I agree with the above, one reason I enjoy reading and writing historical fiction. I've only written two, but have an idea in my brain for another. Of course, when something is in my brain, who knows what the result will be? Anyhow, I'm excited to announce that my Orphan Train story, A FAMILY FOR LEONA, has won another award. One of the things I enjoy about writing is seeing that others enjoy the story, too. As you likely know, since I've talked about it a lot, it is a story dear to my heart. To me, it is a way of honoring my mother and aunt and all the other children who rode the trains from their homeland to a new life. It wasn't always a better life. And that is sad. Some children were mistreated or sent back. There are a lot of great books about this subject. I think I've read them all.

A huge thank you to Aidana WillowRaven for this gorgeous cover.

And these are the lovely little girls who road the train from Brooklyn to Texas, my mom and aunt. God rest their souls.

My mom is on the left.

Happy Reading!

Monday, August 13, 2018

LEFT HANDERS DAY

Hi, it's Monday again. Welcome to Left Handers Day! Yes, that's right. So raise your  hand if you are left handed.

I cannot. I'm right handed, but when I ran across this holiday, I had to mention it. My sister is left handed. My husband was too. I kind of see what it was like for them. I remember when my sister started school, Mother talked to the teachers and told them not to try to change her to a right hander. She liked her the way she was. They didn't. But it was not easy for her. She survived, however.

Sometimes I try to write with my left hand. Impossible. Can't read a word of it.

I discovered some interesting facts that I did not know on this website, however:

http://holidayinsights.com/other/lefthand.htm

Right handed people operate in the left side of the brain.

Left handed people operate in the right side.

Lefties are called "southpaws". This was used in baseball to describe a left-handed pitcher. (I've heard southpaw used but never knew where it came from.)

Only about 10% of the population are left handed.

During the 1600s people thought left handers were witches and warlocks.

All Polar Bears are left handed. (You always wanted to know this, didn't you.)

You can read more at the site.

I found this very interesting. Must share it with my sister. She may not agree with me.




Happy Reading!

Monday, August 6, 2018

REVIEW OF IT HAPPENED ON DUFFERIN TERRACE

Quote for the week: Writing simply means no dependent clauses, no dangling things, no flashbacks, and keeping the subject near the predicate. We throw in as many fresh words we can get away with. Simple, short sentences don't always work. You have to do tricks with pacing, alternate long sentences with short, to keep it vital and alive.... Virtually every page is a cliffhanger--you've got to force them to turn it.
― Dr. Seuss

Monday, a new week. I hope you all (yes, I'm a southerner) had a great weekend. I have another review for you. Remember the cover reveal we did for Melanie Robertson-King? Well, I read her novel this weekend and would like to share my thoughts with you.





IT HAPPENED ON DUFFERIN TERRACE


By Melanie Robertson-King



In Author Melanie Robertson-King’s latest novel, IT HAPPENED ON DUFFERIN TERRACE, I met a cast of characters that I will not soon forget. Each one has special needs that touched my heart and had me hoping that life would turn out right for them.


First, there’s Serenity Layne, a business lady, whose boss gives her a new assignment to visit the department store chain, Jonathans, and study each store. She is to see which ones are doing well and which ones are not. If she does a good job, she might get a raise, a promotion, or even a partnership. Who could refuse a deal like that?


Enter a dog, a man, and a boy and her whole life changes, even more so than just the possibility of a better job.


The author has created delightful characters that are so real, they might be your next-door neighbors. I found myself crossing my fingers that all would work out for Serenity and also for her new friends. I cannot resist an adorable dog. Or a ten-year-old boy. You have to love them.


IT HAPPENED ON DUFFERIN TERRACE is a gentle story, with what I had hoped was a happy ending. And then…Melanie Robertson-King throws in a big, big, question that changes everything. At least in my mind. Now, when does the next book come out?


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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

IWSG AUGUST

A new month has arrived and with it another Insecure Writer's Support Group.


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of The Insecure Writer's Support Group.

His awesome co-hosts for the August 1 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, Sandra Hoover, Susan Gourley, and Lee Lowery!

Every month we have a question. It's optional.

The question for August 1st is: What pitfalls would you warn other authors to avoid on their publication journey?

Good question. I'm thinking. I'm thinking. 

When I first started writing, years ago, I knew nothing. I began with magazine articles for children's magazines, which were fun. They got published; I received a check; all was great. When I decided to write novels, I thought I'd write a story, send it to a publisher, and would soon have a book. I learned pretty quick that it took much longer to have a book published than a magazine article. So I would say avoid the pitfall of thinking your precious book will be published in only a few weeks. Sometimes, maybe. But, usually not.

Another pitfall to avoid. Back in the beginning days, when I finished writing a story, I thought it was perfect. Yeah, right. No one told me about critique partners, beta readers, and editors. I did not know any authors to advise me. So I wrote the perfect story, sent it off, and discovered it was not perfect after all. It needed lots of editing. And eyes other than mine looking at it. So another pitfall I fell into was thinking I did not need help. Avoid the pitfall of doing it all yourself. Get others to read your work. They'll catch things that you miss.

And another pitfall to avoid: Never give up. Don't get discouraged. Keep writing. That's what you do, right?

I'm looking forward to reading your pitfalls to avoid.

Happy Reading.