Sunday, December 26, 2010

Questions for 2011

As I look out on the snowy universe outside my window and look forward to the coming New Year, I find myself reflecting on my life as a writer. I've spent a long time not writing, or at least not writing what I wanted to write, and I wish I knew the reason(s) why. Fear of failure, fear of success, fear that my writing isn't good enough? Who knows? What matters now is it's time to get back on track. I have so many stories inside me. I feel the urge to write growing each day and so I ask myself the following questions as I enter 2011:
  • Who am I as a writer?
  • What do I want to communicate and to whom?
  • How do I want to communicate it?
  • What is my ultimate goal?
  • How can I achieve that goal through writing?
  • Who will benefit?
Over the coming weeks I intend to explore these questions, not in any particular order but in whatever way each reveals itself to me. I expect this to be a glorious adventure, at the end of which I will emerge a better writer and, more importantly, a better person.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Jackie as Editor

I had no idea that Jackie Kennedy Onassis spent 19 years as an editor producing 97 books, many on dance. I love her quote:

"If you produce one book you will have done something wonderful in your life."

That makes me feel wonderful!

Friday, December 17, 2010

E-Mail Submissions

One thing about e-mail submissions...your work gets rejected a lot faster.

Monday, December 13, 2010

I Did It!

After threatening to do so for months, I've finally submitted a story to an agent. Regardless of the response, I'm glad I finally broke free of my self-imposed "exile" and sent something out. Look out world. The sky's the limit now.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Tell Them the Truth

To make a difference in the lives of children, we must be much more honest and up front to them about the society we've created. I don't believe in shielding children from issues they are seeing everyday. It is smarter, especially for an institution that has a charge to educate, to say, 'What is this about?' ~Joyce Scott, artist

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Strive for Integrity, Not Popularity

'The world needs people who cannot be bought; whose word is their bond; who put character above wealth; who possess opinions and a will; who are larger than their vocations; who don't hesitate to take chances; who won't lose their individuality in a crowd; who will be as honest in small things as they are in great things; who will make no compromise with wrong; whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires; who will not say they do it "because everybody else does it"; who are true to their friends through good report and evil report, in adversity as well as in prosperity; who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning and hard-heartedness are the best qualities for winning success; who are not afraid to stand for the truth even when it's unpopular; who say "no" with emphasis, even though the rest of the world says "'yes".' ~Ted Engstrom

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Why I Write for Children

"No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness
and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every
true education should be to unlock that treasure."
~Emma Goldman~

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Jump Start

Like a car whose battery has died I need a jump start for my writing. So I've just entered the Writer's Weekly 24-hour Short Story Contest which starts this Saturday. With the temperatures reaching over 100 this weekend, it's the perfect way to keep cool and be creative.

In case you'd like to check it out:

Best of luck!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Writing as a way of relating to others

"Writing is one of the major means for anybody to find fulfillment and satisfaction. You can lose your job, friends, but writing is something you can completely own."
Unoma Azuah, author of "Sky-High Flames"

Monday, April 12, 2010

"Dear Lucky Agent" Contest

Whew it's been a long time. Just dropping a line to let you know that there's still time to submit 150-200 words of your book length middle grade or young adult fiction story to the "Dear Lucky Agent" contest. Deadline April 14. I'm sending in an excerpt from my middle grade story. Wish me luck!