Monthly Archives: January 2014

Queen Punxsutawney Phyllis, Krewe of Marmotte

Queen Punxsutawney Phyllis, Krewe of Marmotte

Punxsutawney Phyllis knows that girl groundhogs can do anything boy groundhogs can do. And she proves it to her Uncle Punxsutawney Phil when she is able to make an accurate prediction on Groundhogs Day.

And you know what else Phyllis knows? Girl Groundhogs rule! That’s right, Phyllis went down to New Orleans this month during Carnival, ate a piece of King Cake and got the baby. Now Phyllis is the Queen of the Krewe of Marmotte (that’s groundhog in French)!

You go girl!

Laissez les bon temps roulez!

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Punxsutawney Phyllis by Susan Leonard Hill, Illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler

Oh My Goodness…Sub It Club One Year Anniversary

Oh My Goodness…Sub It Club One Year Anniversary

Although I am still very new at this writing gig, I have learned something that is obviously not new. And that’s the outpouring of support and opportunity out there for writers.

I recently participated in ReviMO hosted by author Meg Miller just this weekend and completed my last writing prompt for Start the Year Out Write 2014 hosted by author Shannon Abercrombie. I will begin 12X12 with author Julie Hedlund soon and today I found Sub It Club created by Heather Ayris Burnell, Dana Carey and Lisha Cauthen when pursuing the SCBWI (Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) boards. WOWZA.

I think I’ve come full circle! Writing tips, revision tips, and submission tips covers a huge chunk of the creative process. I want to participate in Sub It Club because although I like to write, and really do not mind spending the time to revise, I need to learn when to stop and submit. After all the hard work of writing and revising, my goal is to learn to pitch and query to sub it.

For the club’s first anniversary they have a great one year anniversary giveaways. Writer’s can enter to win a submission opportunity to Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency, Karen Grencik of Red Fox Literary, or Mira Reisberg of Hummingbird Literary or a first 15 pages plus query letter critique from agent Sean McCarthy, a Query Package Critique from author Kristine Asselin, or a First Five Pages critique from author Veronica Bartles.

Let’s do this!

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Louisiana culture celebrated on Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Louisiana culture celebrated on Multicultural Children’s Book Day

In celebration of the first annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day I choose to highlight “Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras La Chatte Noire” written by Todd-Michael St. Pierre and illustrated by Diane Millsap. The book is about a cat who lives in Jackson Square in the Vieux Carré (French Quarter) neighborhood of New Orleans. The cat searches for a friend and visits many historical spots in the quarter and around the city. The book is written in English and French. What a lovely tribute to the city of New Orleans!

Happy reading y’all!

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Multicultural Book Day is January 27, 2014

Multicultural Book Day is January 27, 2014

One day there may no longer be a need to have a ”day” to remind people to read books about the diversity within our own country and the world. But until that day comes, I invite you to celebrate Multicultural Book Day. Yay!

Why you ask? Meera Sriram lists 10 reasons in her blog post. http://www.incultureparent.com/2012/07/10-reasons-to-read-multicultural-books-to-your-kids/

And who can argue with what Mahatma Gandhi said, No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive. Diversity is all around us to embrace.

Anyone looking for titles can check out the sites below. Some of my favorite books are about different cultures found here in the USA and around the world. Read a few, or read a lot, and maybe some will become favorites of yours too.

http://www.pragmaticmom.com/multicultural-books-for-children/

http://www.rif.org/us/literacy-resources/booklists/multicultural-books.htm

http://www.reading.org/General/Publications/blog/BlogSinglePost/rty/2013/04/17/multicultural-books#.UuBfff0o6os

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ReviMo 2014 with Meg Miller, Children’s Author/Illustrator

ReviMo 2014 with Meg Miller, Children’s Author/Illustrator

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Participating in ReviMo definitely conjured my creative ”muse” these past seven days. Butt in Chair, writing, revising, thinking, repeat. Chop, cut, remove, substitute. At one point I did not even recognize one of my manuscripts anymore, and another suddenly had the clarity I desired. I admit to feeling overwhelmed by mid-week, and had to find my rhythm. So I backed off a bit, continued to push and am better off in the end. I truly feel one manuscript is complete and others are on their way.

For me, revision is like that thing on my ”to do” list that I desperately need to do but put off. However, once I set my mind to it, I can’t stop until I’m satisfied with the progress I’ve made toward completion. ReviMo helped me set my mind to get my writing ”to do” list in order. Will do it again.

Note to self: Buy softer chair cushions.

Thanks Meg Miller!

The 1st King Cake Festival

The 1st King Cake Festival

What do you need in the most festive city in the USA? Another festival! The 1st Annual King Cake Festival coming this February. It’s a family friendly festival too. Live performances, kid’s games, stroller fun run and of course a King Cake competition. And it’s FREE.

Wish I could be there with y’all. Have fun! Eat King Cake. AND DON’T FORGET THE BABY!  http://www.ochsner.org/king-cake-festival/

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Taking the Challenge: Start the Year off Write

Taking the Challenge: Start the Year off Write

Shannon Abercrombie is offering a writing challenge this month, ”Start the Year off Write 2014”. On January 5th, for 21 days, participants will receive a daily writing prompt/exercise to complete. An impressive list of authors and illustrators will share their talents with participants. And there are prizes! With every completed challenge participants earn an entry to win one of many amazing prizes. Grand prizes include agent critiques, editor critiques, and proofreading services.

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Challenges like these are not the same as writing contests or competitions, this is a challenge to beat your personal best. At the start of a new year some people join a gym and set goals to lose weight or increase muscle. Writer’s write. Writing exercises help develop mental muscle. For some, the challenge will be to lose that negative perception that may have resulted from rejections.

I’m taking this challenge because I want to flex my creative muscles throughout 2014. And before we’ve started I’ve already come up with my own personal challenge. My goal is to turn my first picture book projected for publication in 2015 into a series!

Write on.