Hello all! It's been a crazy few months, filled with school closings for snow and cold, sick kids, and getting stranded on my way home during a blizzard! Thankfully I had a place to stay, as the roads to my city were closed.
Nothing gets you back on track like a deadline! Last month I entered a Valentine writing contest, this month it's Vivian Kirkfield's 50 Precious Words. You know every word counts in a picture book, especially when you only get 50! The link to the contest is viviankirkfield.com/ , and my entry is below. Enjoy!
Gray Feeling, Deep Down
Flitting By, Heart Light
Scarlet Warm, Thoughts Grin
Not So Gray, Deep Down
Just getting it in under the wire, but here's my entry for Susanna Hill's contest.
Darrell Cupid Takes a Bow
Cupidor was the farthest planet in the Love Galaxy. On Cupidor, cupids were born, raised, and sent to Earth to help humans connect.
Darrell Cupid was different. He pointed his arrows everywhere.
“You must only connect human to human,” said Professor Freya.
“It’s tradition,” said Grandma.
“No one can love long division!” said his friend.
Darrell knew otherwise.
The new girl in school, eager to find her way – Swish – an arrow to the art room paint closet.
The lonely old man alone in his apartment – Swoosh – an arrow to the animal shelter.
The quiet family in a bustling city – Swoop – an arrow to a peaceful birch grove.
Yes, humans can love humans. It is necessary. But love exists everywhere!
“Enough!” shouted Professor Freya and took Darrell’s arrows. “You’re done.”
The professor returned to studying humans. She missed the purple glittery Cupidor sunset, the love bugs spelling out SWEETHEART in Morse code, and the drizzle of chocolate hearts.
Darrell had one arrow left. He kept Professor Freya firmly in his mind and shot the arrow into the brilliant sky.
Later, Professor Freya found Darrell. She had starlight in her eyes and glitter in her hair. “I’m sorry, I missed the mark,” she said, and handed him his quiver of arrows.
This contest is from susannahill.com She's a great resource and provides tons of opportunities for up and coming writers!
My book Who Will? Will You? will be published this year, and to connect with other debut authors and get the word out, I joined the amazing group, On the Scene in 19. Here's the link to the site: onthescenein19.weebly.com/ Please check it out!
My kids went back to school this week. This was earlier than the norm, the reason being they will get out earlier in the spring and the district will have more time for construction. It feels like summer flew by yet there were many times it seemed to drag. My kids got sick of each other and took up the sport of arguing to pass the time.
Here are some things they argued about over the last few weeks:
Which one has a more advanced brain
Which one is more generous
Which one has had more screen time
Which one has the more "singery" voice
Which one could fill their shorts with more rocks to have the best "poopy butt"
Was the fence they past on a walk last year white or white with black
I could go on, but you get the point. Maybe after a few days of silence I'll miss the arguments, but for now I love hearing myself think. And the dog barking at the neighbor. And the other dog barking at the other neighbor. And the crazy loud cicadas. Good thing school's almost out for the day!
Hello all! I can't believe it's almost July! June has flown by with camps for the kids and trips up north. AND with the excitement that comes with my debut picture book. It will be published by the wonderful people at www.bluewhalepress.com/ It is a small press and I've been very involved in the entire process, which is so much fun! I'll give more info as it gets closer to publication date. Now I'm off to squeak out a June draft for the always awesome 12x12challenge.com/ Happy summer!
Every spring I turn into a madwoman. All the stories must be written! And edited! And critiqued! And submitted! All the photos must be taken! And edited! And uploaded! And the privacy policies must be updated! BEFORE THE SCHOOL YEAR ENDS!!!
It won't all get done. It can't. But I am making progress, learning and enjoying the ride. When my kiddos are home for summer break, I won't spend all day pouring over files and words and websites on my laptop. Some of that will still happen, but we'll be at the beach, or in the woods, or my favorite, up north. Or zoned out all day in a cozy heap watching movies.
I have to remember, I have a finite number of years before they won't want to hang with their mom all day. So, I'm happy to have these magical summers. The madwoman is still there, pacing in the background. Sometimes she has her camera in hand. But she's quieted easily enough with a good movie, or a trip to the lake. And she's taking notes, as magical summers are the perfect food for stories.
It has been winter here in MN for waaaay too long. Last weekend we got another snowstorm and all the migrating birds were feasting at my feeders. Here are a few photos of them.
Vivian Kirkfield's 50 word writing challenge ends tonight! Here is the link if you'd like to check it out; viviankirkfield.com/2018/03/02/50preciouswords-2018-writing-challenge-is-open/#comments And here is my entry:
A page filled is a story.
A tire filled can ride.
A muddy hole filled with a tree,
Becomes a home for a squirrel family.
A fireplace filled is cozy.
A filled staff makes a tune.
My heart filled is a gigantic hug,
A hug designed just for you.
Lovely by Jess Hong is a lovely book. Hong pairs simple text with refreshingly different illustrations that show we are all lovely. My kids loved the picture of the fancy heels worn by someone with hairy legs. They loved the whole book, as did I. Thank you, Jess Hong!