Friday, March 20, 2015

Pressing On...

Well, I'm 11 days in on my 21 day bad habit breaking trek.  I can't say I am making significant changes as of yet, but I am working in that direction.  In that light, this is just a quick post telling you I am marching on, one day at a time. 

I found a poster on Pinterest, and I am not sure to whom to give credit for the words, but it contains great advice to which I have been referring often as of late.  I leave you with it today as I get back to work...

WRITE
SOME LETTERS MAKE A WORD
WRITE
SOME WORDS MAKE A SENTENCE
WRITE
SOME SENTENCES MAKE A PAGE
WRITE
SOME PAGES MAKE A CHAPTER
WRITE
SOME CHAPTERS MAKE A BOOK

Have a wonderful weekend and happy writing!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Breaking Bad Habits

It's been said it takes 21 days to break a bad habit.  Yikes!  That is a long time.  This time frame kept playing through my head this morning as I re-read a chapter in Page after Page by Heather Sellers.  The chapter discussed the old "butt in chair" theory and how one needs to sit quietly, butt in chair, and write without distraction.  Not do the laundry, answer email or the phone, wash dishes, etc., or any other of the multitude of time sucking tasks on one's long list of things to do. 

Now, I, for one, and am all for the butt in chair phenomenon; however, I also don't function well with chaos around me--to include dirty dishes, laundry, dust bunnies or any other issues staring me in the face.  Thus, I deal with those things first but then, voila, the day is gone--poof!  How?  Where do those minutes and hours go? 

I'm now determined to break my bad (one could argue good given it is cleaning) habit of organizing my environment to death before writing.  I'm going to give it the old college try anyway.  So, today is day one (of the LONG 21 day stretch supposedly necessary), and I will report in along the way.  As the old saying goes...where there's a will, there's a way.

Happy writing to all of you as well! 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Progress

I am excited to share that, after a long wait, I've just signed an artist agreement for THE LITTLE BUG (Guardian Angel Publishing).  Once the illustrator signs and returns the agreement, the next stage in the publishing process can begin.  I'm very excited to see my story come to life!

Monday, February 16, 2015

You Still Have Time...

Poetry contest deadline extended!  You still have time to submit to the Institute of Children's Literature's poetry contest as the deadline was extended to March 5.  Find the details here...

https://www.writersbookstore.com/sc/wbs_contest.htm

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Exciting News

I am very excited to announce BEDTIME KISSES is featured in the February 2015 edition of Midwest Book Review's online review magazine, "Children's Bookwatch."  Here is the featured review...


The Counting Shelf

Bedtime Kisses
Karin Larson, author
Ginger Nielson, illustrator
4RV Publishing LLC
PO Box 6482, Edmund, OK 73083
www.karinlarson.com
9781940310152 $12.95 www.4rvpublishingllc.com

 
"Bedtime Kisses" is a delightful slumber-themed counting book for bedtime reading ritual and enrichment. Soft, pastel hues weave a sleepy cloud around pictures of beloved stuffed animals (plus a doll) who each receive a special number of goodnight kisses from a sleepy girl. Preparing herself for her mother's last goodnight kiss, the child gives counted kisses to each beloved toy, starting with one kiss for the croaking frog and ending with ten kisses for the night time raccoon. The sleepy, counting rhyme is hypnotic and self comforting, while the variety of toys/stuffed animals rounds a full gamut of differing presentations. One of the best features about "Bedtime Kisses" is the child begins the ritual of preparing herself for sleep upstairs alone in her room with her stuffed friends, sure of her mother's last treasured good night kiss to come. "Bedtime Kisses" will be a treasured bedtime experience shared between sleepy children and happy parents.
 
 
If you would like to read it on The Counting Shelf at Midwest Book Review's site, here is the link:
 
 
 
 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Perfectionism

When I am struggling with the what, how, when of writing and trying to "make" the time (please see post from December 5, 2014, regarding balance and making time to write), I find turning to Anne Lamott's BIRD BY BIRD really gets the creative juices flowing.

This morning, I went back to my previously highlighted areas discussing perfectionism and the havoc it can wreak on one's writing life.  Lamott argues that "perfectionism will ruin your writing, blocking inventiveness and playfulness and life force."  She suggests one's attempts to control the environment around us and keep things tidy actually serves to cramp our style.  Ms. Lamott's "bottom line" implies we will not get very far in our writing if we don't "get over" our perfectionism.  We should follow our calling and embrace the "wonderfully fertile ground" clutter and mess provide as..."perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism while messes are the artist's true friend."

Well, my friends, I am attempting to embrace the clutter and mess.  I still can't work in chaos, but I promised myself I would get down to business and write (once things were somewhat in order, that is!), and here I am.  I've not posted on my blog in some time so wanted to do that first and am now about to tackle my current WIP for the next hour plus before needing to go pick up kids.  I look forward to letting loose with the ties that bind my mind to see where it may lead.

I would love to hear your strategies for making the time to write despite any clutter and mess as well as what gets the creativity flowing should you feel obliged. 

Happy weekend and writing!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year


 
Wishing you health, wealth and much happiness in
2015!  Thank you for hanging around and continuing to read my blog. I appreciate your loyalty and hope to offer you many reasons to stay reading in the future.  May the new year bring you all your heart's hopes and desires.  God Bless!