Friday, December 28, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
I am an aspiring children’s book author who, just like you, is a follower of this blog, so I’m so tremendously excited to be a part of it today.
So back to the post…if you are, or ever have been, an aspiring children’s book author, then like me, you’ve had times when you’ve either been closed out of great conferences, had to travel great distances to hear from experts in the field, or spent a lot of money on fees and travel.
I was a frustrated, but very motivated, aspiring children’s book author, who decided to do something about it. Having been an aspiring children’s book author for a very long time (on and off for 12 years – children, career changes, etc. etc.) and having made the decision to finally devote my free time and career to doing what I really loved (writing for children), I needed education and training from the best, experienced children’s book authors available. So in an effort to help other aspiring, frustrated, and motivated aspiring children’s book authors (and myself), I began Writing for Children Live.
Writing for Children Live is a website where you can learn from the best experts in the field of writing childrens' books, from the comfort of your own home, through FREE, LIVE teleconference calls and webinars. No fees, no travel. You can listen in on your phone or via your computer. If for some reason you can't make the call or webinar at the time and date it is scheduled for, there is no need to worry. A replay of the call/webinar will be made available for your convenience FREE for 24 hours following the live call. So no getting closed out, either.
If you miss the replay of your favorite, author, agent or publisher, or if you heard the call, but wish you could hear it again, and again, for all of the great information and tips, all calls will be made available to purchase on an MP3 download (after the 24 hour free replay). All webinars will also be available to purchase, so that you can watch it as many times as you want to.
My favorite quote from the movie Field of Dreams is “If you build it, they will come.” So when I decided to start Writing for Children Live, I thought that if this website was meant to be, the speakers will come. You can imagine the THRILL I had when the first author to submit a proposal to speak on Writing for Children Live was the one and only, Newbery Honor Award Winner for her book On My Honor, Marion Dane Bauer!
I can’t wait to host Marion Dane Bauer’s teleconference call and webinar in September and am so tremendously excited about hosting all of the other great authors that are coming this fall: YA author Angela Morrison, YA author Susan Shaw, nonfiction author John Micklos, Jr. and YA Author K. M. Walton. Even more great authors are coming this Winter and Spring (you won’t want to miss my interview on writing coming this spring with Gail Carson Levine!!!) Kim Norman, herself, may be doing a presentation this Spring as well!!!
To get notified of how you can access upcoming author presentations, visit WritingForChildrenLIVE.com.
Now, just in case you were wondering…I have managed to get a professional book published for librarians and teachers, called Once Upon a Sign, but am still waiting for that book contract to come in for a children’s book. I continue to get rejection letters, but am starting to get a few sentence response in my rejection letter instead of just the “form” letter, so I figure I’m getting closer.
I look forward to helping each other to achieve our writing and publishing goals together through Writing for Children Live!
Monday, August 20, 2012
A few notes:
It also serves as a guestroom, (will happen at MOST once a year), but that's the reason for the old brass bed. My sister made the lovely quilt, but I need to get some decent linens.
Cubbie shelf is also second-hand. Paid about 20 bucks. It was unfinished when I bought it. Looked like it had been knocked together by a handyman who needed to store some tools. Baskets came from the dollar store, a buck-apiece. They fit perfectly!
twig valance by clicking here on an earlier post.
Frame was FREE. I think it came with our house and has been in the attic for 20 years. Dreadful old painting (print) came out. (Maybe I'll repurpose THAT, too.) I hot-glued the frame with bunches of stuff that are all about me: old earrings, a belt I wore in a show, items from late loved ones. Inside the frame I've displayed some old books I enjoyed reading to my kids when they were little. (The books were old when I bought them 2nd hand.)
I removed the closet door and replaced it with an easy-to-move curtain. Fabric came from my grandmother's sewing closet. Used the same fabric to strategically cover the chair, which I got for 10 dollars at the thrift store.
I bought cool old purses and hung them as extra storage. One is holding a clamp light with a broken clamp.
And that's IT!... well, except for those linens, and maybe a scatter rug to cover a colorful spot on the rug that looks like it may have been greasy Halloween makeup. (This was my son's childhood room.)
Now here's to great creativity in my new creative room!
Saturday, July 07, 2012
Here's my "creative room"... so far. (Former room of younger son who moved downstairs.)
Yes, that's a limb from one of our pecan trees, salvaged after that recent windstorm. A coat of turquoise paint to match the lime/turquoise colors in the room.
Curtain is a skirt I got from the 2nd hand store. Cut it off and hot glued the heck out of it. (I hate sewing. I'm convinced that if glue guns had been around in the 18th century, Betsy Ross would surely have used one to make that flag.) Tabs holding the curtain to the limb: "designer" duct tape.
Yup. Duct tape.
Have I mentioned that I hate sewing?
Friday, June 08, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
So this was our Memorial Day project. First task, clear out the trash, leftover lumber and weeds. Next, excavate lovely stones that had sunk into the earth and become overgrown.
Next, buy lots of three for $10 clearance hanging baskets of impatiens. Also $5 Dollar General umbrellas. Wedge the umbrellas between the slats of the fence.
Use OTHER trash in the backyard, too:
Old futon frame goes on top of the ugly shed to create horizontal bars for hanging baskets.
Old bamboo "video game" chair frame goes on top of THOSE like a goofy little hat. We'll call it "for architectural interest." Also provides another spot to hang a spider plant spending its summer outdoors.
Move some pots from the front yard. Rearrange rocks. Rearrange pots.
Rearrange rocks and pots AGAIN.
And, voila! A much prettier view from the hot tub than we had 3 days ago.