Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I want one... no two.... no.... them all!

Google Ads popped this us while I was checking email:

http://www.wonder-shirts.com/illustrator.aspx

What an awesome company! I know my girls would LOVE to have Lily or Frog and Toad on their Tshirts...... And the Tomie De Paola one really speaks to me......

A New Generation of Byrons

Great Article on today's college kids from The Chronicle of Higher Ed....

Good insight for YA authors too, I think!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Excitement!

I just checked out the new Jane Yolen Scottish Novel from the library........... This is going to be a good weekend.

Tangled Threads

I reached the halfway point on my novel, kept writing, and am now at the end. But I'm not finished.... looking at the story arc I realized I'm missing about 5 chapters from somewhere in the middle!

So soon the spinning of tales will end, and the weaving, cutting and sewing will begin.......

Friday, May 16, 2008

Man, I wish I wrote this!

I just finished one of those books that leaves you feeling momentarily jealous and forlorn before you take a deep breath and say, in the words of Boxer, "I will work harder."

It was funny and thoughtful with a compelling voice.

I made my husband, who usually loathes MG literature, read it too.

He agreed that it was great, laugh-out-loud funny, and all around perfect.

Man, I wish I wrote like that......

And I also wish that the wait-list for the sequel wasn't so long.... curse you, children who use the library!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Busy, Busy!

We had house guests last week, so now the work's piled up.

I have to send a bibliography off to an editor (she didn't ask, but I offered, and I think she'll find it useful)

I'm auditioning for a new critique group (on the recommendation of one of my on-line friends)

I'm critiquing a manuscript (aiming for 10 pages a day)

I reached the halfway point on my WIP and discovered that one of the characters (not the MC, but one of his closest friends) INSISTED on doing things her own way, and now the interactions are getting kinda weird and there will probably need to be a sequel.......

Luckily, I'm also caught up on chores and falling into a pretty decent schedule for our current situation...but I need to get a lot of writing done before Mr. Man learns to crawl and I have to be more alert!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Breaking the Rules for Decades

As children's writers, we know that stories shouldn't have a hit-you-over-the-head-with-an-iron-skillet moral. And we know that we shouldn't make our books into political tracts.

But, on the other hand, this family has done quite well for themselves over the years... (250 books?!?!?! 120 still in print??)

I liked them as a kid, but I'd never buy them for mine.... There are much better books out there that are more entertaining and less preachy.

(A current favorite of ours is The Shell Woman and the King by Lawrence Yep. We got it from the library-- the story is great, with a good balance between scary and gorgeous....)

The Worst Witch Meets Angelina Ballerina

This was a fun article about how a chance meeting led to a friendship.