Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween and All Saints Day!  Enjoy the weekend and all the trick or treating ghosts and goblins tonight.  Stay safe and warm!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Value of Life

I was trying to get organized for the week this morning, and a quote in my writer's calendar struck me.  We think so much about all the stuff going on around us as a detractor to being successful at writing, or at least at finding the time to try to be.  However, David Brin says this...

"If you have other things in your life--family, friends, good productive day work--then these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer."

Well now, what a novel idea!  It is all the sum parts of our lives that come together and give fodder for our writing and enrich it in ways beyond what would be without it.  So, then, the question becomes...how does one use the sum parts of our lives and not let them be a distraction to our writing time? 

I, for one, would love to hear how it works for you as it is a never ending challenge for me!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Renewal

Well, it seems as if my return to blogging post my summer hiatus with kids has been just as sporadic as it was during those family focused months.  For a variety of reasons, life has been chaotic as always to which I'm sure most of you can relate.  I have used what little time I've had to actually write and, therefore, things like blogging have gone by the wayside.  I didn't realize quite how long it had been until I logged on this morning which re-affirmed my commitment to get back to posting more consistently.

In an effort to get the creative juices flowing so to speak, I pulled out Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird to re-read as it has been a very long time.  In the first chapter alone, so much spoke to me but, most importantly, was her discussion about the importance of books.  She says...

"...books are as important as almost anything else on earth.  What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you."

Wow, is that not what we hope, as writers, to create for our readers?  I've always had a love of books, particularly hard cover books though I've caved on that a bit as of late.  Not only can it be an expensive habit but also one of space constraint.  My friends jest about checking out books from my library which isn't too far off; however, I am sorely out of space to add to my collection. 

As a writer, I have a burning desire to create a world, a home away from home, for my reader--an exciting place to go without the rigors of the "real world."  A place to just be and get lost in the pages of a terrific story, whether a short picture book or a longer novel.  It is what I search out and want to find when I read and what I strive to create for my reader.

How about you?  What books do you love to read?  As a writer, do you have aha moments you know will lead you to writing "that" book your reader won't want to put down? 

I'd love to hear from you if you are so inclined.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October 2014 Guardian Angel Kids eZine

Come read all about Aussie Animals in the newest issue of Guardian Angel Kids.  It is full of great stories and info.  Find it here...

http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/

Monday, October 13, 2014

Institute of Children's Literature Contest

The Institute of Children's Literature has a new Kindergarten Story Contest.  Find all details here...

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

Monday, September 15, 2014

Good Bye

I was struggling this morning to come up with something relevant and meaningful to post.  My brain is having a hard time focusing through the sadness.  I turned to my book of quotes and inspirational sayings hoping for some inspiration and turned to the following.  It seemed fitting today...

God hath not promised skies always blue,
     flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
     day without sorrow, peace without pain.

But God hath promised strength for the day,
     rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
     unfailing sympathy, undying love...

RIP Tanna and may God's peace and strength be wrapped around you, Kingsburys.  Tanna was truly the most special and courageous young woman I had the privilege to know.  She left this world far too early and will be greatly missed.  Heaven has acquired a truly remarkable angel!

Friday, September 12, 2014

September 2014 Guardian Angel Kids

Here it is folks...the newest issue of Guardian Angel Kids eZine.  Check it out...

http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/

It is a great issue all about celebrating "Extraordinary Animals."