Saturday, March 31, 2007
So, I'm working on something new--a rhyming bedtime story. It's a story that I have been wanting to write for years, but couldn't. I started writing it a long time ago as a prose story, but it didn't work. I was thinking about the story the other day and I suddenly knew it had to be written in rhyme. I was surprised how easily the story came to me as I started writing. Will it be the way until it is finished? Probably not, but at least now I have direction.
Corey and I recently started another story too. It started out as a rhyming easy reader, but may end up simply as a rhyming picture book. We kinda put it on hold while we work on Over the Top a bit more, though. Corey sent Over the Top to her agent, so now we are working to address the agent's concerns with the story. The fixes are fairly simple as it relates to the storyline, but not so easy since the story has a very strict meter and rhyme pattern. It's worth it though.
Speaking of agents...I'm getting ready to send one of my own stories to the agent that represents Corey. It makes sense to submit my own work to her, since she will probably end up representing some of the stories Corey and I write together. Hopefully, she'll take me on as a client.
I guess that's all the news for now. I'm still waiting on Highlights and Pockets regarding some poems they are holding. I'm supposed to hear back from Pockets in March, and here it is March 31. Oh, I did get a reply from them for an article I sent. They are considering it, and will let me know for sure in September. More waiting, but that's life as a writer.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
For one, I've been writing it in prose. But all of a sudden, today when I was working on it, all these rhyming lines kept popping into my head. I've been resisting, but I will probably end up giving it a shot in rhyme. It worked with other stories, maybe it'll work with this one.
The truth is, sometimes stories come to me easier when they're in verse. Why is that? I guess I am just a poet at heart.
Which brings up a question. Is that why I've had more success selling poetry than stories? "They" say it is usually the other way around. What do "they" know, anyway?
So, I'm not gonna force Nip any more. I'm just going to let him slither his way through his own story, and I'll follow along.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
It was a much needed pleasant surprise, since I've been suffering with the flu the past few days. I'm finally to the point where I think I can work on something. I tried working on Nip the other day and the most I could do was stare at the screen. Then I gave up and went to lie on the couch and watch TV. That's a big deal for me because the TV is usually a sad, lonely piece of electronics when I'm home during the day.
Tomorrow I will have a normal writing day, even if the box of tissues has to live on my lap!
Friday, March 16, 2007
Here's something cool. This is a picture of a hummingbird that I took at the zoo. This picture isn't quite as cool as the one from my back yard, but it's closer up. They are amazing little critters!
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Two of those rejection letters were from agents. But it is not all bad news. One of those agents said she would be happy to read more of my writing. So now I just have to decide what to send her, and send it before my name vanishes completely from her memory.
An acceptance letter (or maybe some hot cocoa) would really hit the spot right now. I'm trying to stay positive, still holding out for those poems under review at Highlights and Pockets.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
The neat thing about collaborating with Corey is that it is kinda like having a really tough critique partner. We push each other--and that brings out our best. We don't always agree, but we do always keep working on something until we both love it.
Meanwhile, I have been working on that snake story. I titled it "Nip, the Rattling Rattler." My critique group has helped me work out a few of the kinks in it and I'll be sending the revision to them again soon.
A word of advice to any writer who may be reading this: Join a critique group. The right critique group can do wonders for you! Not only are they great for helping you polish your work, but they are inspiring. My wonderful group gets a lot of the credit for at least half of what I write, and most of what I've sold.
Friday, March 02, 2007
So I called her downstairs. "Aren't you wondering why we're so excited?" I asked her.
She looked at me and said, "What? Are you getting published?"
Got a good laugh from that one.
I love having kids. They are always good for surprise laughs. Here's another example.
When my little boy was in the bathroom drying his hands, the towel was dangling precariously over the toilette bowl. I said, "Don't drop it in the toilette."
"Yeah, 'cause if it falls in and you flush it, it will get flushed."
"Yep," I nodded, "and then it would get stuck."
He gave me this knowing grin and said, "And then the 'plumper' would have to come get it out for us."
I laughed and said, "Yes he would!"
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Good thing they cancelled school today because my little boy is sick--still. He missed three days of school this week and I would have kept him home again today even if there were school. Better go check on him. He's still asleep.
It's March, and you know what they say. "In like a lion, out like a lamb." Well, the first part is certainly true for us. Maybe by the end of this month, spring will be in full swing. I'm ready for some warmer weather.