Thursday, March 27, 2008


Well, my publisher rejected my latest story. On the bright side, he said he liked it but he didn't think it was strong enough to compete in today's highly competitive pb market. The fact that he liked it gives me hope. Needless to say I'm not giving up but will just send it on to someone else. As we used to say, "One monkey don't stop no show." Keep checking for the post that says "Accepted", coming soon.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

5 Things About Me

I've been tagged by my friend at Rediscover Raw Food to tell 5 things about me that no one (or hardly anyone) knows and I am rising to the challenge. I just hope I can think of 5 things that are worth sharing.

1. I was born in Derby, England . My parents are from Antigua and were married in England when my father went there to attend school in textile design. I was a first anniversary present.

2. In high school I played the trumpet. I was in the All-City Band in NY and played all over the city ending the season at Carnegie Hall. (What a rush!)

3. I'm an armchair traveler who intends to one day travel to all the places I've dreamt about. (First stop: Provence)

4. I'm a big jazz fan, especially Miles.

5. When I grow up, I want to be a children's librarian. (Exciting, I know.)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

My Very First School Visit

I had my very first school visit last night at George D. Lisby Elementary School at Hillsdale in Aberdeen, MD. I made the connection through someone in my church writer's group. It was their reading night. I had a wonderful time and was only sorry I couldn't spend more time with the kids (I did two sessions that were only about 20 minutes each). I was also sorry that I didn't get to take any pictures--gotta remember a camera next time. I got an enthusiastic response and my writing friend (KC) said they may ask me back. Woo Hoo! This may finally be the beginning of the school visit career I've been procrastinating about for 3 years.

After the visit, KC and I went to Denny's for "breakfast" and a critique session for a wonderful story she's written about a child grieving the death of her father. It is beautifully written with some lovely poetic passages that evoke sadness but also hope. It deserves a good home. We're looking for the right one now.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Happy Belated New Year!

I noticed that my last post was last year so it's only fitting that I wish you all Happy New Year...even if it is March.

The writing wasn't going as I'd planned which explains why I've been silent the last three months. But, good news! I finally submitted a story to my publisher that I believe they'll like and want to pay me for. What made me finally take the plunge after all this time? Well, I joined a critique group at my church. At last a live critique group! Until now all my critiques have been online. (Hey, I'm not complaining. I got my first book published that way.) I stumbled onto this group through a member of my bible study. At a recent meeting I read my story and got some good feedback. So I polished the ms up one more time and sent that baby out yesterday. Now, I'm trying to decide which of the many stories I have in various stages of completion I should work on next. It's a delightful quandary.