Stay tuned as we kick it all off on Monday. We'll have daily features and more yummy graphics (ala Cupala!).
Friday, May 29, 2009
Stay tuned as we kick it all off on Monday. We'll have daily features and more yummy graphics (ala Cupala!).
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
- Declare that you will crack the whip during the month of June and revel in revision with us.
- State your own revision goals (pages per week, hours/day, picture book/dummy drafts). What do you want to accomplish by June 30?
- Check in with us at the end of each week (Friday or Saturday) and report your progress by commenting on our blogs. We’ll alternate where to post, starting with Holly’s at the end of week 1, then over to Jolie’s at end of week two, then back to Holly, finally back to Jolie). No worries, we’ll remind you where to post every Friday.
Each Monday, Holly and Jolie will award THE WHIP OF THE WEEK to one Smackdowner who they feel has cracked the revision licorice whip the previous week.
During the month we will link to great spots to have a read on revision. Plus, you may just hear from some special guests, sharing tips and thoughts on revision.
At the end of June, Holly and Jolie will give one Smackdowner THE WHIPLASH AWARD for excellence in revision during the month of June. And that just might come with a cuppa something and your own personal licorice memento.
Don’t feel like you need to wait until June 1st to start…ready, set, werplash!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Stay tuned for BIG stuff (okay, big for me because I need it!) Holly and I will be announcing this...
Oh yah! That's right, SMACKDOWN--licorice style. If you're living with revision angst like Holly and me, then we hope you'll join us. We'll tell you more soon--real soon! Promise.
Also, my guess is that many won't be reading today. I'm even getting to this post later in the morning, it being a holiday weekend and all. And it's a gorgeous, sunny weekend here in Seattle at that--a real treat.
So on this Memorial Day weekend, I just want to send my respects to those soldiers (and their families) who've lost their lives so that I can enjoy this beautiful weekend with my family.
Onto Monday Moment #20.
This long holiday weekend has me thinking food! Because what long weekend doesn't involve some food love?
I was reminded last night how powerful taste and smell memories are. After a homemade spaghetti and meatball feast (a favorite for this Italian family) we had Family Movie Night, which included popcorn and candy. Hubby did the shopping with the girlies and they brought home Sour Patch Kids--love them! And the second I went to open that bag of sour yumminess, I felt that twinge in the back of my jaw and my mouth started to water--sour style. I hadn't yet touch the candy to my tongue, but it was reacting--all taste memory. Fascinating, no?
Taste and smell are often the senses left out of our writing. Don't leave it out today.
Describe a taste/smell experience or memory your character has.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I love coffee. It is my friend. It wakes me up in the morning. It encourages me through my working day. It is the nap, I can never take, in a cup. Thank you, coffee!
So, I've been needing to shake things up a bit. And, yesterday a coffee house friend pulled me aside and in a hushed voice asked me, "Have you heard about the new place in town?" I so hadn't.
Guess where I am today? But I sort of feel like I'm cheating. I love The Vault. I love Debra, the manager there. But I also love a change. And how can you NOT love this? Just look...This is the new coffee spot in Port Townsend...Better Living Through Coffee! It's literally right on the water.
And this place isn't quite like any other I've been to. First, look at the adorable-ness (not sure they'd want me to refer to them as adorable, but I think they are) at the counter. This is Sadie and Stormy...
Everything is fresh and local and fantastic. I can hardly wait to try the soup!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
A favorite part of any conference is reuniting with friends from near and far and making new ones.
The faculty was unbelievable! Really. Don't believe me? Then take a look HERE!
Jon Scieszka talking about the process of writing and getting published: "What a long-ass process this is." and "It's not magic. It's like digging ditches. It's hard."
Then later, I had the pleasure of planning a marketing strategy with him for Suzanne's NAUGHTY LIST series. Here we are (again swiped from Suzanne...that's Sara, Jon, Suzanne, me)...
Me between two baby bumps (Sara's and Laini's). Too cute.
Very Full. Very Happy!
Monday, May 18, 2009
I've been away for the weekend feeding my genius! (I promise to post about the conference tomorrow.)
It was a rather long trip home last night with the closure of the Hood Canal Bridge. Travel required a ride, a big ferry, a bus, a little ferry, another bus, and one more ride. I made it home a bit tired and not at all feeling well. But, I have to say, I was welcomed with huge, enthusiastic love.
My pup (Luna) started tearing around the house and when her excitement over me being home became too much, she ran and leaped up onto the couch. However she didn't stop there, no big love would. She continue up onto the back of the couch and superdogged through the three large candlesticks on the table behind the couch, as if she was a fuzzy bowling ball. Let's just say she got a strike. The candlesticks went crashing into the wall (taking chunks out, I might add) and Luna went rolling off the table, falling into my daughters' empty laundry basket (which happened to be sitting right there) until she they both tipped over and I could scoop her up. Ahh...the love!
We all do crazy things for love, no?
Describe an action, reaction, or thought your character has about something or someone they love.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
They are part of my Real Life.
Let's start backwards! With a rant. To the people sending me emails for little blue pills...you are not who I want to hear from first thing in the morning while I'm sipping my coffee.
But before I happily slurped up my coffee this morning (and growled at the blue-pill email), I saved a little bird. I did. After keeping it warm while it recovered (probably from hitting a window) it flew off into the trees.
I started my day (after the coffee) with a session of BodyCombat even though I taught Bodypump tonight. It was needed...after I consumed all that movie popcorn last night (more on that soon), it was necessary. And it felt good. Especially when I got to pretend to punch someone on the ground (someone who stole my purse). Now, I'm not a violent or aggressive person, but that felt mighty good.
So, last night it was time to see Star Trek. Getting to a movie is rare, but it just so happened that my kids were on an overnight field trip and, well, we needed to take advantage. AND STAR TREK WAS AWESOME! I loved it from the opening scene.
Plus, we watched it in the one the coolest movie theaters around--The Rose! If you are EVER in Port Townsend you should experience a movie in this quaint and unique venue. Check out the website (and then visit) and you'll see what I mean, but to tell you a little something-something, each feature is personally introduced by an employee. Plus, it seriously has the BEST theater popcorn. EVER!
All right, I may not have gotten photos of any of these things, but they definitely fall under my Real Life umbrella.
But a brief writerly life topic...It's Children's Book Week! Not only that but The Ambassador, that's right...The Ambassador is coming to town. Jon Scieszka, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature is on his way to Western Washington to celebrate. Plus he'll be keynoting at the Western Washington SCBWI conference (hope to see you there).
Monday, May 11, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Audrix Dax, that's what Facebook says my Star Trek name would be. I'd be a Trill. I guess that's okay, but only if they let Trills be part of the new Star Trek.
Because have you seen the new Star Trek cast...they are hot!
But, I can say this, I was never watching and thinking...
That's my hubby there, second from the right. My sister-in-law's uncle is married to George Tekai (She even got to go to the wedding!).
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
But then there are working days like I had yesterday, where I feel like things are clipping along. Wheee! Followed by a day like today when it feels like I'm walking through mud--thick, gooey, deep mud. I know (and have to remind myself) another clip-of-a-day will come, but I've got to keep taking one step at time through muck, no matter how heavy my legs feel (or how messy or ugly it gets), in order to get there.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
I threw a ninth birthday party for my oldest girlie and I made her a crazy cake. Just like my own mom, I make my girls their cakes each year based on what they ask for. It's not always easy, but I do my best. The request for this nine-year-old girlie's cake was a silly cake covered in white frosting and then scribbled all over with lots of colors of frosting. Okay. That's not one I expected, but I had to come up with something.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Man, I’ve missed this place. It’s so nice to be back blogging, writing, and in touch with friends. I’ve actually posted every day this week. How ‘bout that?
The writing has been interesting (the fact that it's been happening is most important). But, it's had me thinking about writer's block (I’ll post about it some time later) and stamina (the writerly kind). But, it is nice to know, that when you’re ready to get back to work, you can get there.
But getting to the writing has not been easy this week with all the sunshine we’ve been having here in Seattle. So today, after I got some needed screen time with my computer, I took the rest of the day out of doors. Oh yes I did! I was encouraged by BAM (Blogging Alternatives in May). Check out what LK Madigan has going on—a contest. I love me a good contest. Now, I won't stop blogging, but I will join in the fun by posting about my Real Life (photos included...except for today. Read on).
So, today I left The Vault (and my laptop) behind to dive into some Real Life stuff. (Man, why do I always forget the camera?) I quite honestly live in one of the most beautiful places. Since the sun was shining, I grabbed my writing bag—sans laptop—and headed to downtown Port Townsend. I picked up some Thai takeout, a bubble tea (haven’t had one of those in long while) and plopped down at one of the waterfront parks. I enjoyed my lunch, the view, and did a little writing with my pencil—of all things! And while I was there, a crow talked to me. Really, I swear it did. Not just in its big kaw-kaw way, but with a much softer, almost cat-like croon (sweet, soft and friendly). I’ve never heard such a soft sound come out of crow. It’s was lovely, unlike the time a crow took off from atop a stop sign and whacked me in the head!
And finally, a very happy anniversary to my Mom and Pops on this beautiful May Day.
How cute are they?
Then tomorrow, it’s time for my sweet eight-year-old girlie to turn into a nine-year-old girlie. *sigh*