Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Welcome, Good Knight!!
The fifth Good Knight book was released on Thursday. It's strange because everytime I had to repeat the date to one of my classes, I just smiled.
November 13th had finally arrived.
And, there is going to be an amazing event at Barnes and Noble on Tuesday, December 2 (in Oceanside) celebrating the release of this, the most recent adventure of the knight and his dragons. 4-9 p.m. and a portion of all books sold goes to benefit Jefferson Elementary school. Come by (or come buy,) if you can (hehehe).
I absolutey love the artwork in this one (actually, I love the art work in all of the books.....) there are some adorable winter scenes....especially the little dragon snowman. Jennifer is just amazing with her little details. If you are reading this, Jennifer, I LOVE it! You are awesome.
So, with a new book out, it is easy to get caught up in the excitment.....and not write the stuff I need to be writing.......but I am trying to be a good queen and get the work done on my various projects. The Page-A-Day book is coming along, and it is fun to write, but I will dedicate a whole blog to that later. I am revising about three picture book manuscripts....none of them will consent to allowing me to complete them...stubborn beasts.
But I am in the drafting mood today........ready to explore something new.........hmmm
Friday, October 10, 2008
The next day, I drove up tp Costa Mesa to appear at the Orange County Children's Book Fair. I was at the JacketFlap.com booth with several other cool authors. Lots of kids came by to look at books and meet authors. It was great to see so many kids excited about BOOKS! I had some amaziing discussions with kids about their favorite books...........it was ultra-cool when one of them would recognize my book as something they had read before or checked out at the library.
I got to sit next the author of The Recess Queen, Alexis O'Neill. Recess Queen and Story Queen! We were the "Royal" end of the booth. (We restrained ourselves from making everyone bow down to us.......barely.)
Celeb sighting....I saw the back of Jamie Lee Curtis' head. Yep. Almost took a picture with my camera phone, but that's kind of stalkerish...besides, it was just the back of her head.....lots of backs of heads look like hers.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
But the pace slows down each year as we enter into October...yeah, um, right. Actually this is a very busy weekend for me!
Today (10-4) I am doing a book signing at Barnes and Noble at 11:00 a.m. and tomorrow I will be at the Orange County Book Fair all day (appearing as both author and storyteller!) I have missing rhinestones to replace on my shoes and a small tear to repair on my storycape, so there is little time for blogging today. However, never fear. I will report back on these two events next week. (That is when October is really starting......the calendars are just wrong.....)
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Well, I am going to admit something here. I am the biggest chicken when it comes to sharing new stuff. When I finally do work up my nerve, I usually hem and haw around until I have sufficiently embarrassed myself and if I don't share then, I look utterly foolish. Sooo, it was a nice lesson for me, to have these aspiring authors so bravely share their work with me.
(Because, folks, sharing writing is HARD sometimes, especially if you really care about what you wrote. What if someone doesn't like it??)
But these two writers, man, what courage! Throwing caution to the wind and being brave.
Monday, August 18, 2008
"Imagination is more important that knowledge."
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
On another subject, I am constantly amazed by kids' writing. My daughter Cali has taken up spontaneously writing stories when she is bored. (That is the thing I really loooooooove about summer, the chance to get bored. I think that every good writer was bored as a kid, at least some of the time. When the world isn't creating excitement for you, then it's your turn to create excitement for the world.)
Anyway, Cali's writing has been a source of amusement for me in the past few weeks. It started with a few paragraphs about an "elephant with social problems". Seriously, I am not making this up. The elephant has a therapist! (Too much TV?.........this is the question I am asking myself.) Then she went on to write about a fairy that got placed with foster parents during a fairy war and she doesn't really know she's a fairy......good stuff, here.
What I like about reading Cali's stories is how fearless she is. She tackles interesting situations and already has her own narrative voice.
That's the lesson for today, kids: Write what interests YOU. That's the best way to tap into your unique voice.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
It might sound a little freaky-weird, but a story kind of tells you when it's done. If I find myself writing about the same thing over and over and over, well, it's just telling me that it's not done yet.
(goes back to writing book, listening for peeps....)
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Thank you, little chicken in the picture below, for inspiring the third version. You rock!....er, peck.