Thursday, January 13, 2011

Upcoming events and an artistic breakthrough

Well, well, well--I have been--uh--lazy? Also, I got myself a new gmail account and that messed up my blog sign in. So I had to puzzle that out (with not much gusto) for a bit. But here I am, and unlike alot of other more diligent bloggers I am NOT going to promise wonderful things on my blog. I am going to remain true to my impulsive blogging self and only post when I actually have stuff to say or share. Which is not, to be honest, all that frequently.

I do admire regular posters. You have a lot of discipline. Discipline I don't possess. Not for blogging, anyway. I prefer to save my limited stash of discipline for writing, artwork and doing my job. Lately I am going to add--going to a REAL gym--as opposed to Curves.

First, let me congratulate my two critique-mates, Heidi Ayarbe (COMPROMISED 2010) and Kate Milford (THE BONESHAKER 20210) on their YALSA nominations. That's HUGE and I am so proud--but hardly surprised. They are brilliant writers (and two of the very nicest people I know).

So, I have two things to share. Well, maybe three. I am hoping to interview Ellen Potter of THE KNEEBONE BOY. And I am going to feature a post about my friend Michelle McLean who's book HOMEWORK HELPERS: ESSAYS AND TERM PAPERS is due out this month.

The third thing is that I have finally made a major breakthrough on my languishing picture book. I am now, officially on a roll with the art, though I have not written a single word. (see below). Also, I got a thumbs up from my agent, Victoria Marini, on the premise for my new WIP, so that gives me the kick I need to dive in.

My book LIFE AND BETH is still out on submission. We've gotten two rejections, but as Victoria assures me (she is so ASSURING) they are GOOD rejections. In other words, they are not about the quality of the book, but more about marketing issues with the particular publisher. Not sure I totally buy this, but I am not going to sweat it. Everyone can't fall in love with you, right? But a perfect match is out there. I found Victoria, after all. Just need an editor that has as much faith.

Anyway--keep an eye out for my post on the wonderful Michelle McLean. I have known her for many years and I have actually used her book to help my daughter pull off an academic miracle last year when she waited until THE NIGHT BEFORE to turn in a ten page research paper. And somehow--with the help of Michelle's book (ARC emailed as an amazing courtesy) she not only got it done but got an A- on it.


  1. I'm a new follower!!! I found you from Elana Johnson and your wonderful header work on her blog! I had to come by and see what this awesomeness was all about.

    Congrats to your critmates! I love that's what you call them! I'm so pocketing that for later!

    Anywho I say listen to those that are so assuring. Keep that positivity a flowing because eventually it'll pay off. Not everyone will love you but all you need is ONE! Wishing you the best of luck :)

  2. Well, hey there, Jen. So glad your found me from the Empress of Awesome—Elana! Thank your for your wonderful encouragement--and thanks for following. :)

  3. Awesome news on your submissions! Not the no parts but the not the writing parts! Congratulations on that!

  4. Hi Lisa! The artwork is lovely and Congrats to you and the critmates!

  5. Hi Kerri! Thank you. Thank you, Colleen, and welcome to my blog!

  6. love, love, love the artwork! And thanks for the shout out! :D

  7. Awww, I hope it sales soon! Love the artwork - for some reason, I want to blow a big puff of air at it and watch all the white fluff float in the air1 :D


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