Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Contest Alert

So YA author and blogger, Shelley Watters is hosting a Made of Awesome contest from her Is it Hot In Here or Is It This Book blog. Go check her out at www.shelleywatters.blogspot.com

And check back here on May 28th for my entry.

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Joy of the Ride

Now, this blog title is the Joy of the Ride - talking about that wild ride which is wanna-be authordom. Don't get me wrong, I want to reach the destination (published, shiny cover), but for now the ride is FUN!

It's all of you - the tweeterers, the bloggers, the blue-boarders, critique partners, workshop classmates - YOU are what makes this ride heart-pounding and soul-satisfying. And it's YOU that help make writers - because if I could show you my first manuscripts compared to my now manuscripts, you'd know you deserved an A+ in mentoring.

So, raise your hands in the air like you don't care and ride on writers.

And P.S. - My revisions are cooking and the YA is getting sparkly and what's more...I have an AWESOME new MG idea that is not only a horse story, but possibly that nastiest of words.....commercial. What me? Commercial? Say it ain't so.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Goodbye Cupid. Goodbye Beaker.

This week has been a week of goodbyes. One sad, one happy.

On the farm we had three ducks. I've written about them before. Ducks are funny and cool and strange. But our boy duck, Cupid, disappeared this week. Potential suspects range from coyote to bobcat to great horned owl. So now we're down to two ducks and a little less waddle in the weeds. I hope it was quick and painless dear Cupid. (That's him in front with the white head)

On a happier note - my cockatiel, Beaker, went to live with one of my third grade students and her family. With my impending move to the high school, I just figured having a class pet at that level, was pretty much wishing kidnapping or worse on the sweet little bird. I'll miss his stunning rendition of the Andy Griffith theme song and nobody cat calls the way he does.

One of my student's collages of Beaker.

Other than that it's writing, revising, and reading. With two more weeks in the school year, I'm looking forward to down time and life at home on the farm.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Okay, don't tell a soul, but I'm having a bout of writer insecurity. Yes, it's true, sadly true, but I'm in one of those places where I'm seriously questioning my ability to turn a handy phrase.

I love my books. I love my characters. But every now and then when I reread them and then - eek! - compare them to someone else's work, they just feel so, well, juvenile.

I started reading Chris Crutcher's DEADLINE tonight and it's a book that makes me realize there is still so much to learn. His voice is smart and witty and certain phrases make me laugh out loud. Plus he sprinkles references like candies on a cupcake. I can't remember if I brushed my teeth in the morning, much less be able to quote Bill Bryson (who is highly quotable and a great read)as I'm writing.

But, time will tell, if I'm not ready, I'm not ready. But it's hard to judge your own work, so in the meantime, in the words of Nemo, "Just keep swimming."

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


My YA CAST IN GOLD is now in revisions and I'm enjoying going back through my beta reader's notes, as well as my crit groups notes. I picked up a copy of Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King and don't understand why it's taken me so long to read it. It's really great, and has wonderful straightforward advice on how to comb back through your manuscript.

Critiquing others work and having your own critiqued is truly the best way to improve your own writing. Well, that and reading. I really love all three! Guess that's good.

Happy Revisions.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Draft of my YA is complete

I am happy to announce that today, May first, I completed this draft of my YA novel, Cast in Gold. Whew, now I can sleep late for a few days!