Wednesday, October 28, 2009
2010 SCBWI Winter Conference in NYC: Registration Is Open
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Hazards of the Writing Life
*slams on brakes*
Let me explain.
Between sitting at my computer for hours and hours, and the time I put in in the gym, I end up with screaming sore shoulders; so sore and tight they give me tension headaches. As much as I think about getting a massage, I rarely do it.
Moral to the story, make sure you stretch those chest muscles.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Monday Moment #42: a writing prompt for your work-in-progress
A big weekend ahead, friends! Are you all set? Made all your plans? Do you have your costume(s) in place?
Is it just me or does Halloween on a Saturday change the whole holiday? It has for me. It seems there are more parties (lots more parties) which increases the pressure to dress the part. The focus is usually on the girlies, but this year it's on the whole fam.
Our Halloween costume experience has been ALL OVER THE PLACE.
First, we thought we were set. We were inspired by another family who was going as a family of vampires. Great. Let's be a family theme. Even my parents were game. We had a plan. Alice in Wonderland. We thought it would be fab, and it would have been if it was easier to pull all those costumes together. The worst was trying to find an Alice costume for my seven-year old. I mean, really! Have you seen the costumes for little girls lately. Horrible. And inappropriate.
As Alice in Wonderland fell right down the rabbit hole, my 9 year-old girlie went back to her plan A: be a zombie! Which meant my 7 year-old girlie went back to her plan A: be what big sister is planning on being.
That left hubby and I with NO plan at all.
But then I had several thoughts, all for different reasons.
Since plan A...
...is toast, that means I could go with:
Yes! I'm serious.
(I found this cute little number HERE!)
Friday, October 23, 2009
2010 SCBWI Winter Conference in NYC
If you want all the deets about the upcoming SCBWI winter conference, now's the time to check it out and to start making your plans. The schedule, and all other pertinent info, is posted right HERE for you perusal (a perfect pairing with your morning cuppa!).
Brochures will hit your mailboxes soon, but take note of the registration date above (October 28th at 10 AM PST). I hope you'll put it on your calendar, and set your alarm, so that you can have your fingers positioned above the keyboard to get the registration done in time to not miss a thing! Do it now if you like, I'll wait...
I'm your friend, yes? And I wouldn't steer you wrong. The main conference (Saturday and Sunday) is preceded by a day of intensives that are NOT to be missed. I can tell you, from experience, that the intensive are so worth it BUT the spots get gobbled up. * So, if you plan to be part of the writer or illustrator intensives, then be ready to jump on registration (which will mean I'll see YOU there!).
SCBWI Team Blog, that's what! We'll be hard at work, once again, and we can't wait to bring the SCBWI community live blog posts and tweets from the conference floor (plus provide you special insider goodies). *happy cuppa*
Back with great-blogger strength are: Alice Pope, Jaime Temarik, Lee Wind, Suzanne Young, and ME. Go, Team Blog.
Follow their blogs and then follow them on twitter... @alicepope, @jaimetem, @leewind, @suzanne_young, and you can find me at @cuppajolie, so you don't miss a thing.
So, did you check it out already? I hope so, 'cause if not, I'm going to spill some beans. Like the fact that Libby Bray (Libby Freakin' Bray, friends!) is keynoting! You've got to go just for that reason alone! It will be both great and terrible, right? Great if your there, terrible if you miss it. (sorry, couldn't help myself) Who else? My agent, that's who. The super fab Rosemary Stimola. Yay! Plus, so MANY more: much more than you will see on the faculty list, because so many editors, publishers, art directors, etc. are there since we'll be on their turf. That's part of the specialness of a conference in NYC. Love it!
*A note about the intensive: They really are a great opportunity. You may have the same reaction I did two years ago when I attended. Whoa! An extra $175-$225. That's a lot of moola. But when I said those words to my hubby, he said, "Hey, you're going to be there. You should do it. Don't pass up the opportunity." And even though the $dollars$ were a tight, I did. That particular intensive kicked off my journey, no doubt. But I will say, especially for writers, the key is to have a submission-ready piece to share.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Has She or Hasn't She?
Ah, shucks. Thanks for asking. You're such a good friend.
Let me answer in pictures...
Am I missing them or eating them?
Sniffing cupcakes or snarfing them up?
The threat of losing my coffee and sweets for a week was plenty threat for me.
I was craaawling along. Paaaiiinful. I have to say, it was more than the threat of no coffee and no sweets for a week that got my outlinin' rear in gear. I had to give myself permission to be messy, to just do it, no matter the results.
Would I want someone to read it as it is now? NO. But that's easy enough. It just has to cleaned up. No biggie. And really, I'm almost done with that part, too. ZING.
What did I consume to celebrate?
My favorite fruit is finally back in stores.
I heart you, pomegranate.
I can eat them breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert!
But hey, how about you? Does it help you to give yourself permission to be messy?
Monday, October 19, 2009
Monday Moment #41: A writing prompt for your work-in-progress
Hey, yeah! That title looks different. More wordy.
Sometimes it takes 40 times to learn something (for me, at least). And to finally make a change. That's what happens after you (in this case I mean me) spend four hours with the social media savvy-one...Greg Pincus.
Put it in the title! Hey, good idea. These Monday Moments are writing prompts. Oh yeah. And they are for your work-in-progress (unless you have a different idea).
Thank you, Mr. Pincus.
I also bought my domain names! Have you? Because, if you're like me, you know you need to, but you haven't done it. Do it. Go on now, before it's too late (or maybe it already is).
What does you character finally get after 3, or 30, or 300 times of not getting it? Or, do they never get it? Or, are they already too late?
Thursday, October 15, 2009
A Herd of Critters and an Outline Update
Obviously, this is not what I should be doing if I would like to be drinking coffee and eating anything sweet next week, but it's been an interesting morning and I thought it would be appropriate to tell how the outline is moving along.
Have you ever been stuck in your car by a herd of animals crossing the road in a never ending stream?
That was ME this morning. But the herd was not elk or buffalo, it was middle schoolers. Ha! The most entertaining herd...ever!
When I dropped my girlies at school this morning, I was informed there was a fire drill in progress (aka, some kid pulled the fire alarm) and all the kids (which included middle schoolers) were out on the softball field. So, after delivering my girlies safely to their teachers, they all started to head back in...the middle schoolers (the majority of the kids) bringing up the rear. Well, their path was the parking lot where I was parked. So, I sat and watched as about 300 plus 6th, 7th, and 8th graders moved on through.
Fascinating creatures. Truly.
Man, skinny jeans and black hoodies are all the rage right now. Did you know?
But now, time to get to work because I do believe that I can get this outline finished in then next three days. Yes I do.
Thought I'd share something that freed me up a bit; a twitter gift really. Debbie Ridpath Ohi posted on twitter about a phase outline she was going to try. I clicked on the link and it took me HERE. Then to the article HERE.
It's really got me moving. I'm 2/3 there. Pretty good, no?
But, I CAN'T leave without saying a huge congrats to Laini Taylor (and her lovely love Jim DiBartolo) because LIPS TOUCH was named as a National Book Award Finalist! YES!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
There's a Lot in This Post (Martha Brockenbrough, Arthur Levine, Greg Pincus, and Me)
That is the lovely and talented Martha Brockenbrough (and an image I swipe from Jaime Temairik).
Martha sold her picture book to the freaking fantastic Arthur Levine. Personally, I think this a perfect pairing and I can't wait to hold the book in my hands.
Speaking of Martha...she's SPEAKING! Tonight! Yes, tonight at SCBWI WWA's professional series meeting. I wouldn't miss it, and actually, I'm doing my best NOT to; trying to figure out how to get back across Puget Sound later today to soak up all her grammar brilliance. Oh, and humor, because the girl is ridiculous!
Martha will be the opening act for this guy!
No, that's not George Clooney, but some might think so (just ask him). That is the wonderful Greg Pincus. And in the photo he's bookended by the beautiful Holly Cupala and me!
Yesterday, Greg presented a FOUR hour workshop on social media and it flew by and was over as quick as I suck down my first cuppa in the morning. Good stuff. If you EVER have a chance to listen to Mr. Pincus share his knowledge, don't miss it.
I think so highly of Greg that when I was at the SCBWI conference in LA doing my Team Blog thing, I armed wrestled Lee Wind to decide who would get to do THIS post-conference interview with him.
Again, the lovely Holly Cupala and the amazing Bonny Becker (I attempted to inhale her talent as I stood next to her).
And a girl who always cracks me up, SCBWI WWA's assistant regional advisor Kim Baker.
Why am I blogging right now? That MUST be what you're thinking, right? Because, yes, I did say I would finish my outline this week OR ELSE! So, if you missed it in the comments, the "or else" is...
NO COFFEE OR SWEETS FOR A WEEK.
That's big for me, my friends. I'd better finish or my family is not going to want to live with me.
And, of course, I didn't get much done yesterday, given that I spent it in the city soaking up Greg's brilliance.
So, better get to it, eh?
Monday, October 12, 2009
Monday Moment #40
Friday, October 9, 2009
Help a Girl Out
I've been tired this week. Just plain tired. I'm sure a result of the insanely physical weekend I had. I didn't feel like I was in any sort of zone. Oh wait, yes I did. I was in two. The Spaced-out Zone. And the Distracted Zone. I guess I could add one more: the Utterly Ticked Off Zone (over the Washington Times article which you probably read too and if you didn't it's not worth your time...goodness knows I wasted way too much of mine because of it).
Spending time in those ridiculous, unproductive zones meant the Writing Zone was completely avoided/ignored.
I did attempt. Really. But here's the thing: Jolie & outlining mix together as well as toothpaste and orange juice.
So, I need some help. Heeellllppp! I need the outside pressure. So all week (12th-16th) I will be check in and report my outlining progress. If I'm not to "the end" in a week, well then...
You tell me! If I don't get it done, what should my consequence be? Leave as many ideas as you like and together we'll all pick a favorite (well, probably not my favorite, but you know).
Monday, October 5, 2009
Monday Moment #39
Heck, yeah! Thanks, Top Pot guy! I took his yummy baked goods and I ate that fritter on my way home from training...without one ounce of guilt! Deee-lish. (Those are the three doughnuts to the right. I grabbed the photo from the Top Pot site.)
Friday, October 2, 2009
More Eyes On Me...
The cat was very accusing. I'd look up and those unblinking, round, saucer eyes were all like, "Seriously? You're on Facebook again? Oh, now it's Twitter? Really, Stekly? You've got stuff to take care of. Get to it!"
Now it's a pig. A very Wilbur-esque pig. He's very endearing, but that just makes it worse.