Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter



I will return after the long holiday weekend with new posts.  But, in the meantime, may you all have a blessed and happy Easter!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Cover Release

I am beyond excited to announce my first picture book, Bedtime Kisses, will be released soon by 4RV Publishing.  Thank you to all at 4RV and the very talented Ginger Nielson for bringing my story to life.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 2014 Guardian Angel Kids eZine












Special Features

 

Flowers of the World

Reported by GAK, our very own Angel Gecko

                                                                     

Features

 

POEM

Predatory Petals by A.J. Huffman

Shades of Exaltation by A.J. Huffman

 

FICTION SHORT STORIES

A Flower Expedition by Joyce Wold

Coming Up Roses by Felicity Nisbet

 

NON-FICTION ARTICLE

Flowers that Grow on Volcanoes by Sherry Alexander

The Legend of the “Cry in Your Sleep” Flower-A Retelling of the Legend of Tagimoucia, Fiji’s National Flower by Sherri Alexandaer

 

ACTIVITY

Flower Girls Word Puzzle

 

 

 

Monday, March 31, 2014

New Releases from Guardian Angel Publishing


Guardian Angel Publishing

March 2014 Releases

 

ANCIENT SYMBOLS, ARTWORK, CARVINGS AND ALPHABETS Bk 2 

Academic Wings Author & Illustrator Eugene Ruble


Book Two—Join Professor Hoot as he explores more ancient arts and artifacts. The art, tools, and text represent various cultures and development from ancient eras, including fossils, too.

 

Lana Tries Yoga  

Health & Hygiene Author & Illustrator Roey Ebert Hardcover Softcover 


Follow Lana as she tries to capture the sunlight when it journeys to the 4 corners of the earth. The story centered yoga routine is simple for children to remember and fun for children to reenact. 

 

Lily and the Return to Htrae

Wings of Faith Author Lindsay Bonilla; Illustrator Alexander Morris


Lily returns to the darkness of Htrae to take the King’s message from the City of Light. Even though she doesn’t think she can fulfill this mission, with the help of Ruah she embarks on the difficult task of inviting others to the great forgotten city.

 

Real Mysterious Easter Eggs

Academic Wings

Author: Patricia Karwatowicz, Illustrator: Kathleen Bullock


Noah and Isabela take a journey in Great Grandmother’s kitchen to discover the Easter story by coloring eggs Grandmother’s “old-timey-way.” Color meanings help them learn more about who Jesus is and who they are.

 

Rip the night engine: The Rolling Along Train Series Book 1

Littlest Angels Author Melanie Lutes, Illustrator Eugene Ruble


Rip, the night engine, constantly worries about his passenger’s comfort on overnight train rides. He knows bench seating is not comfortable for sleeping. His cars are redesigned as Pullman Palace cars equipped with sleeping compartments. He finally lives up to his name that means Rest In Pillows.

 

There's a Lion in the House

Animals & Pets Author Mary Esparza-Vela, Illustrator Jack Foster

A young rabbit loves to tease his older brothers. He goes off into the woods by himself and boasts that he’s not afraid of anything. One night, he hears a lion roar in the house.  He tells his brothers, but they ignore him




 


Friday, March 28, 2014

Quotes



I was looking through my writing calendar (A Writer's Year:  Managing Your Time in 2014) to see what I have and have not accomplished in the past few weeks and started reading some of the quotes (yes, again procrastinating a bit but, what the heck, the quotes are there to read, right?!!). 

The first I noticed speaks to my post last week about writing without waiting for a muse or bolt of inspiration.  William Faulkner says, "Get it down.  Take chances.  It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good."

Well, that just seems to be the epitome of a "duh" moment, does it not?  There are often so many fears which prevent us from writing, but, if we don't, we can't get better, won't have anything to submit and, therefore, will not have any chance of publication.  So write, take the risk...perseverance pays!

The other quote that spoke to me this morning is along a similar line.  EL Doctorow says...

"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night.  You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."

I love this comparison.   It's like that old saying...put one foot in front of the other.  One just needs to keep moving forward one line at a time, paragraph by paragraph and soon...viola...a book is born (or story or article for that matter).  Focus on the here and now (what is within your headlight zone), and it will lead to the final destination whatever that may be. 

I would love to hear about the process of your writing journey if you feel inclined to share.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Thoughts on Writing


Long ago, I started reading Cecil Murphey's UNLEASH THE WRITER WITHIN but haven't gotten back to it in some time.  I picked it up this morning to read a few chapters while I sat in the massage chair and found several worthy tidbits to share. 

I find I identify with Mr. Murphey's writing style easily and much of his wisdom speaks to my heart.  His conversational tone and commonsense approach are quite relatable.  In what I read this morning, there were many words of wisdom.  For example...

"It's much easier to edit a page of writing than it is to edit a blank screen."  He encourages the reader to write first from the heart ("creatively") and "second from the head" so the writer can "edit analytically" thereafter.  Well, that seems commonsense though can be quite difficult for some.  I read all the time of writers who find it easier to edit as they go.  I cannot.  It is much easier for me to write first (though it is typically a blank pad of paper rather than screen) and then go back to edit and re-write.  How about you?

Murphey talks about being true to oneself and unafraid in one's chosen risks in writing honestly, simply and transparent.  He says, "I would rather be disliked for who I am than to be admired for who I'm not."  I found this so true as I think many of us, as writers, face those fears of "Is it good enough? Will others want to read it? What if I can't find a home for it? Is it too honest? Too bold? Too this? Too that?"  One can't hide from feelings but needs to write from the heart to really make a reader feel something and want to continue reading. 

Murphey also discusses the fact that writers, write.  Always, without waiting for inspiration.  While inspiration is welcome, one cannot depend on it as, "to write only when you're inspired devalues the craft and defies your need to learn and improve."  He talks about the feeling that we, as writers, shouldn't feel we are unable to write without inspiration or some outside force.  We need to rely on our skill and abilities, our effort and fortitude as writers for, "if you work at your craft and write regularly, you develop whatever talent you have.  The more you use what you have, the greater your improvement." 

This is so true of all things.  Take a professional or Olympic athlete, for example.  He/she doesn't wait to "feel like" training; he/she just does so.  It is part of who she is, part of what defines her.  Thus, we write...because that is who we are and what defines us. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Emotion

A recent issue of Writers Digest contained a Robert Frost quote which spoke to both the reader and writer in me.  Frost said:

"No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.  No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader."

How true those words!  I think of my favorite books, many of which I love because they spoke to my heart, which made me identify with the characters and enter a world totally separate from my own.  That is ultimately what led me to want to write--that desire, no need, to create a world in which the reader could submerge as I loved to, away from reality, and bring to life a whole different world for someone.  I love the feeling of wanting to come to the conclusion of a book to see how it ends but being sad to do so and leave the world in which I was living during the length of the book.  I hope and strive to one day create that feeling in others, to make them not want to put my book down, to escape reality and remain in the world of my book.  If I can dig deep and invoke the tears, surprise, joy, etc., in myself as I write, I can offer it to others as they read.  What a true accomplishment that will be!

Do you have a particular book which elicited strong feelings in you? I'd love to hear about it as well as what drives you to write.