I’ve been blogging every Friday over at TUW. Come visit…http://throwingupwords.wordpress.com/

Also, registration for Writing & Illustrating For Young Readers (WIFYR) opens tomorrow.

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January is here!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year with your family and friends!

And now it is January and back to work. 🙂

I saw a great quote online this morning from Judy Blume, author of Junie B Jones books. She said, “I’m a rewriter. That’s the part I like best . . . once I have a pile of paper to work with, it’s like having the pieces of a puzzle. I just have to put the pieces together to make a picture.”

Rewriting is where I’m at with my YA novel. Finishing writing is where I’m at with my current MG. But since I just finished the tentative afternoon schedule for the 2014 Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers conference coming in June, Blume’s quote made me think of WIFYR and Cheri Earl’s afternoon session on learning why Blume’s books are great and using that to improve our own writing.

The WIFYR schedule will be up on their website http://www.wifyr.com/ soon and registration will open next week. I am so excited! It is a great writing conference and such a good deal for what is offered. For instance, the afternoon only sessions early bird price is $105–that is for 11 sessions with a score of presenters (including an editor and three agents) to choose from, plus the free Thursday events–so that works out to less than $10 per session. If you’re a children’s book writer or illustrator–or would like to be one– this is a great opportunity!

I hope a ton of people attend!

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Good Writing Quote for the Day

Author Barbara Steiner once said, “Writing for children is the toughest of all writing because children’s books change lives. . . . Kids take stories to heart, believe them, and reread them if they have touched their spirits.”

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New photo

Today I updated my profile photo –you can see my new post-chemo hairstyle.

Or not. I thought I’d changed it but then it was still the old picture. Well, if it works, you’ll be able to recognize me if we meet in person.

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David Farland Quote

David Farland wrote a blog about what writers have in common. He suggested several things, but I loved this quote: “Ultimately, I suspect that most other writers are like me. We are united by our love for the written word. We tremble to think that we practice our craft in the shadows of masters. And perhaps, just a little bit, we hope to someday attain a place among the greats.”

Nod if you agree.

Check out more from David on his website http://www.davidfarland.net/

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Creative Energy

This is a re-post from today’s http://throwingupwords.wordpress.com/

Last week Carol asked me: Are you doing NANO?

I said: No. I had a plan to write on one of my books (or a new one) every day of November. Instead I’m doing Primary and Tending Grandson Emmett.

Today I’m Getting Grandson Spencer for Overnight.
Tomorrow I’m Grocery Shopping, Helping Clean up the Leaves at the Church, Attending a Baby Shower.
Sunday I’m Going to Blessing of Granddaughter Sadie and a monthly Cub Committee meeting.

Since NANO started, I’ve revised a chapter of my MG historical fiction, written part of one chapter of my MG Bermuda Shorts, written a new beginning chapter and bugged Jane about my YA Timeweavers, written 3-4 blogs, sent emails for WIFYR, read one MG, gotten over my cold, and learned to play (and won 3 games) of online hearts.

I have sworn off the online games and I only have Emmett a couple of times a week.

I think I want to write until I sit down at the computer. Why can’t I make myself write more?

Carol said: Your creative energy is going to other things.

She is right.

Does this ever happen to you?

What do you do to focus?

To make time for your writing?

This week has been almost as busy as last week. More church, family, and friend responsibilities. But, I finished the new chapter with Jane. And. I. like. it. Today I’m back to working on the MGs and I’m *day dreaming* a new book plot.

Anyway, that is the plan.

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Soup and a Good Book

Wednesday afternoon I decided I wanted to make fresh pumpkin soup. I had a pumpkin left from Halloween that we hadn’t carve. I googled for recipes. There are many variations. One site in particular caught my eye. The recipe blogger talked about how lovely it is to eat soup. How soup is calming and healing.

Her words made me instantly think of Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of Despereux being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread. I love that book! I’ve heard criticisms of it, but I love it. Every time I read it, I get caught up in the story and don’t notice any flaws.

I haven’t made the fresh pumpkin soup. (I tossed the pumpkin today–waited too long for it to be usable so I’ll have to buy canned.) But I did finish the book and it warmed my soul. I especially love what happens to Mig in the end. If you haven’t read the book, give it a try.

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