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16801. Author Adam Rex talks MG Characters & Themes

Illustrator-Author Adam Rex is the author of 3 MG and YA novels - including the award-winning The True Meaning of Smekday, and his recently-released YA novel, Fat Vampire - a never coming of age, story  - a tale about an over-weight, nerdy  teen who is bitten by a vampire at age 15 and now is doomed to be a nerdy, overweight, can't-get-a girlfriend teen... forever.  Adam creates a great mix of funny and serious themes in his novels.  He's also written 4 hilarious picture books, and illustrated countless books for others.  His picture book Frankenstein makes a Sandwich was a New York Times Best Seller.


In June 2012, Dreamworks Animation announced that they had cast Rihanna and Jim Parsons as voice actors for Happy Smekday!, an animated screen adaptation of Adam's Book The True Meaning of Smekday, planned for theatrical release in late 2014.  Congratulations Adam, and thanks for being here!  

The True Meaning of Smekday  is an award-winning middle grade novel that combines difficult themes of loss, change, and the need for courage, with humor and laugh-out-loud moments.  Let's talk about "Smekday" in our questions today.

Ok, Here's question #1)
In The True Meaning of Smekday, you tell a story about a little girl who has to deal with a tragic situation in which she and the inhabitants of her entire country (the U.S.) are forcefully relocated by an invading alien army. The aliens separate families, destroy communities, and take away human rights. It seems like this story could make middle grade readers afraid, and could come across as too serious. But after reading the book, readers are left with a positive feeling, and we remember mostly hilarious scenes and characters  -- like JLo the alien --  as well as moments of empowerment, joy, and courage throughout the book.  

Many of us as writers have difficulty finding this good balance between funny or upbeat scenes  and serious deeper meaning and themes in our novels.  So, how did you do it?  Can you give some specific tips/techniques on how to write and maintain this proper mix of age-appropriate humor/happy scenes combined with serious themes in books for middle graders and teens?

Tips?  I don't know if I have any tips.  When I introduce schoolkids to my aliens (the Boov) I'm always keen to point out how embarrassing it would be to be conquered by a race as cute as they are–they're short, shaped like a flip-top trash can, with little arms and big grins.  But I think it goes a long way that our conquerors in this book aren't faceless monsters.  I had earlier ideas for what the Boov might look like, and I eventually rejected them because they weren't relatable enough.

My main thesis for the book is really that the Boov aren't anything special.  They're just people.  They're out-of-towners, but they're people, with the same flaws and faults that we have.

And I think it helps that, very early on in the book, my kid character meets a Boov face-to-face and kind of bests him.  And he's friendly, and sort of incompetent.  I don't begin the book with the invasion and persecution, I begin it after the invasion is essentially over, and we've lost, and yet no one really seems to be fearing for her life.  We're getting pushed around, told what to do, but kids understand that kind of business as their default state anyway.  So the reader learns about the mild horror of the invasion after she's already met one of the aliens, and has probably decided that she likes him.

I often think of this as the "Tony Soprano Effect."  In the first episode of The Sopranos we're introduced to Tony, and he's giddily wading around in his pool with a bunch of baby ducklings.  And when I remind people of this, they often tell me that they forgot about the ducklings; but I'm convinced they never entirely did.  Over the next 85 episodes Tony does some terrible things, but we were in his corner from the beginning because of those ducks.

Anyway, I'd be lying if I told you that I thought about any of this very hard back then.  It was intuition, and some kind of vague internal barometer to tell me when I'd gone too far, and when I could go farther.




Thanks Adam, I think you made some very good points.  Two things that you mentioned that really stood out to me were: 

1.) Know where to start your book. You started this novel after the biggest trauma was over.  So as readers we still feel it and understand that it's an important part of the story, but it's not close enough to overly-traumatize either the readers, or the main character, a 9 yo girl. 
2.) Make even your "bad guy" characters "relatable."  Make them real people.


Those are great tips for the rest of us. 
QUESTION 2: So, to get even more in depth with an example of how to make the `bad guys’ "real" and "relateable" let’s talk about JLo. J We don’t want to give away everything about this goofy little Boov-on-the-run who befriends your main character Gratuity, but one thing I noticed was his way of speaking.  We all often struggle when trying to write characters who maintain consistent behavioral and speech patterns throughout our books. JLo is a character who does this well.  His behavior and speech patterns define him personally, make us love him, and also tell us a lot about the Boovs as a race.  You made him both personable and funny.

Can you give us some insight into how you gave him such consistent (and hilarious) speech patterns and how you managed to kept them consistent throughout the book?  Are there specific things we as writers can be intentional about when creating and writing characters in order to keep them so consistent?


I'm worried too many of my answers are going to be along the lines of "gut feeling," or "instinct."  I didn't have any set of rules about J.Lo beyond the obvious–as a foreigner, he has the usual suite of language idiosyncrasies: he doesn't often use contractions, or idiom, or slang.  When he DOES use slang it's notable, and when he DOES use idiom he should probably get it wrong.  Other than that, he has a particular problem with prepositions.  I had this vague idea that the Boovish language doesn't have them, or that they have modifiers that are added to nouns and verbs so that separate prepositions aren't needed.  So the Boov have some trouble with that.

In general, I seem to develop a sense pretty quickly of what my characters are like, so that I can make judgements about their speech on the fly–Mick wouldn't say this like that, I think, or John wouldn't use that expression.  It doesn't hurt, either, that I sometimes base characters loosely on friends or family, or on how I might imagine a public figure to be.

Another great answer packed with mini-tips, and specifics that we can learn from. Thanks Adam! I do wonder how many friends of novelists snicker as they read our work and find themselves in our pages!

Now we're off to strengthen our own Tony Soprano's, JLo's, and Gratuity's by making them real, sometimes making them friends, and by starting our books at the right places. 

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16802. Writing conferences

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The New York publishing houses have their eye on Utah children’s writers. Elissa Cruz, of the local SCBWI, said that publisher refer to us as the “Mormon Mafia.” Deren Hansen mentioned in his Wednesday post that Utah seems to have a disproportionate number of writers. It could be that we take our craft seriously as evidenced by the number of writing conferences in the state. Three good ones in particular are coming up soon.

Deren mentioned the LTUE next weekend. Years ago the brilliant Douglass Adams penned Life, the Universe and Everything, from which LTUE takes its name. Life, The Universe, and Everything is a three-day symposium that examines the realms of science fiction and fantasy. Their sessions are full of all topics imaginable to writers of these genres. They offer several editors and agents and you can sign up for a pitch session with them. For more information, click on their site: http://ltue.net/

In May the LDStorymakers meet. They, too, have some amazing sessions along with publishers and a pitch session. One of my critique group members is going and encouraging the rest of us to go. I’m having a hard time finding a reason not to attend. More information can be found here: http://storymakersconference.myshopify.com/

My favorite writer’s conference is WIFYR in June. Carol Lynch Williams does such a service to the children’s writing community by providing top-notch authors and a week to sit in their workshops and glean tips of the craft. This is a weeklong event with afternoon sessions offering speakers detailing the multiple aspects of writing. Real writing growth comes from the morning workshops. Guided and pampered by an acclaimed author, participants meet in an intimate setting with other like-minded writers Monday through Friday. The author shares their take on character and story development, trends in the publishing industry, and tips on how to move your manuscript out of the sludge-pile and get it noticed. Agents and editors will be at WIFYR, as well. Registration will open soon. Go here to learn more: http://www.wifyr.com/

Whatever your ability level, you can kick your writing up a notch by attending any of these wonderful Utah offerings.

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16803. February 9 Birthday: William Henry Harrison


Lives of the Presidents

William Henry Harrison, U.S. President

Feb. 9, 1773-Apr. 4, 1841

Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1998)

Harrison, Number 9, served the shortest term—one month.

The POTUS (Presidents of the United States) section of the IPL (The Internet Public Library) gives an overview of Harrison’s life with plenty of links to take you beyond the basic facts.

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16804. One Once Again

The idea of One started small and grew into a year's worth of amazing, thought-provoking, inspirational stories. The resulting anthology was combined into a beautiful paperback book (not unlike Chicken Soup for the Soul, and definitely nice enough for any Doctor's office).


With that success, my publisher was nice enough to ask me to do it again. So I set out to gather another twelve authors, including myself, and start a journey into 2013.


One of the things I like best about this series is that it benefits other people instead of the author. Last year, we made a nice donation to Give Kids the World (www.gktw.org) from author proceeds. This year, I found a group much closer to home. Bridge to Ability Specialized Learning Center (www.bridgetoability.org) is only about a twenty minute drive from my home. The organization helps children in my community. They are small and can use our help. So please remember, every time you download this story, 100% of my author proceeds are going to a very good cause.

2013 is also going to be a bit of a family affair. My wife, Traci Miller, will be contributing a story and my father, De Miller will return, as well. Other returning authors include: Crystal Linn, Sude Khanian and Sarah Price. We will also see new stories from some other sensational authors: Murray Pura, Alexandria Barker, Janet Beasley, R Jeffries and Missy Kennedy Adams.

This will be a great, eye-opening year!


100% of the author’s proceeds will be donated to Bridge to Ability Specialized Learning Center, a not-for-profit organization serving the educational and therapeutic needs of fragile children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities. www.BridgeToAbility.org. The authors, creator and publisher are in no other way affiliated with this organization.
Mark Miller’s One 2013 is a spiritual anthology examining True-Life experiences of Authors and their Faith. As the series evolves expect to discover what it means to have faith, no matter what that faith is and no matter where they live. Remember that we are all part of this One World.
In Story One, Mark Miller welcomes you back to the series. He has a little something to say  about forgiveness and finding his place in the world. Sometimes, we are exactly where we are supposed to be and not even realize it.

You are invited to visit the Authors of One, ask questions and start discussions on our official Facebook page:

You can get the 2012 paperback here:

2013 Story One: A Marvelous Net is available on Kindle for ONLY 99 Cents:

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16805. Chris Offutt instructs us in time, from The Same River Twice

Earlier today I finished reading The Same River Twice, the magnificent, wild, violent, terrifying, sometimes vulgar, sometimes gentle memoir (about the author's hobo years, about his impending fatherhood) by Chris Offutt. I sat on a panel with Chris once, years ago. I celebrate his No Heroes in Handling the Truth. I've watched him go on and write for Hollywood (True Blood, Weeds, Treme) and I've been glad when I've heard him (recently) speak of his return to literature.

You'll be glad, too, once you read this River excerpt, below:

I have never worn a watch. Time is a Rorschach folded into a Mobius strip turned inside out, upside down. Time is the name we give to the living. Modern science presents us with kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species—designating every organism on the planet. Once identified, it is ours, as with a nickname known only to a private few. Quantum physics has taken to naming the theoretical, much like concocting a name for an unborn infant. Nothing exists that is not labeled; like killing, it is our assertion over the world.
For more thoughts on memoirs, memoir making, and prompt exercises, please visit my dedicated Handling the Truth page.

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16807. Character Recipe

By Cindy R. Williams

My son did a “People Recipe” project in his 7thgrade Creative Writing Class. What a fun way to hone the features of your characters.
Instructions:

Take information learned from interviewing your character. (Yes, sit back and talk to your character.) Create a fresh, fun recipe about him/her. Remember to use recipe-type words, but make your ingredients original and have them differ from the examples listed below.

Questions to ask:

                Character’s name

                Three physical qualities

                Include three other facts

                My ask about likes and dislikes, fears and ambitions

                End recipe with a two sentence set of directions

 

Chase Spaghetti

Serves 4 people

INGREDIENTS:

Two green eyes

Add some glasses

A bushel of blond hair

An ounce of hair gel

Several yards of light colored skin

Add a pinch of a shy personality

A spoonful of knowledge

A nightlight

A basketball

And a pair of running shoes

 Mix all but hair gel in large bowl and heat over stove. Stir constantly with a large spoon for eight minutes. Pour hair gel in the pot and mix well. Sump into strainer until liquid is drained. Enjoy!


Caitlin Cake

Mix:

1 head of shoulder length light brown hair

A pair of expressive blue eyes

One small gum-chewing metal mouth

A generous love of traveling

A dash of interest in the ocean

3 cups of books to read

 Combine evenly and sprinkle with family and friends. Bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees and serve with mint-chocolate chip ice cream.

 

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16808. Heroes for Literacy


My second time at the Colorado Conference of the International Reading Association has surpassed the first. What some participants have called the best state IRA conference in the country gets such praise due to a strong selection of sessions, fun staff, fun authors, and a fun location. Special props to conference chair Mary Jo Ziegman for pulling this off with efficiency, sincerity, and a sense of humor.

I was born for this year’s theme, Heroes for Literacy. You could walk barely five feet in the hotel lobby without coming across a superhero-themed sign or other decoration.





I was heartened by the reaction to my two sessions; enthusiasm, appreciation, no nodding off.

Though I feel like I know author Chris Barton well, this was only my second time hanging out with him in person (first time was in 2009). Luckily, next time I will see him will be far sooner than four years—or even four months. We’re on panel together at the International Reading Association Convention in April. 



At my first CCIRA, I came away with Alan Katz as a friend, and he was here this time as well. Adding to the mix was Gordon Korman, whom I’d not met before. One night, a lively group of librarians from Colorado asked the three of us for our signatures…on ketchup bottles. I suppose that is a bond for life.

 
Bill Finger was born in Denver. This week, he came home:


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16809. A bit of Venice by Margot Justes


I’m immersed in Venice. My current work in progress (WIP) is set there. Memories of my trip are flooding back, and I’ll return this October for a refresher course.

 Venice is mystical, its magic powerful, and just walking along the narrow ancient streets allows your imagination to soar. The eerily lit side streets, the reflecting glow in the canals and ancient brick walls, summon you forth. You cross an old bridge and you wonder who else walked along the same path.

Was it Don Juan? His face covered by a mask as he celebrated Carnivale, and waited for a damsel. Such is the evocative power of Venice. Steeped in history and romance, the stunning architecture,  the art, and the beautiful tranquil canals, all pull together to form this magical place called Venice.

The Grand Canal flows majestically, along the way, palaces and homes seem to float in the water, as the famous Rialto Bridge stands guard. It’s an evocative place to be sure. It’s a place where you can get lost in the history, go back in time, daydream, and imagine as things were, and still come back to the present and enjoy delicious coffee, black pasta and incomparable gelato.

 If you like glass, Venice offers that too, many buildings and hotels show proudly their Murano masterpieces. If you want to see for yourself, visit a furnace, or a gallery,  Murano is thirty minutes away by vaporetto. A beautiful way to travel on the Grand Canal.

 I’m looking forward to my return trip to a mysterious and magnificent city.

 
Cheers,
Margot  Justes
A Hotel in Paris
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www.mjustes.com

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16810. Quote of the Week: Mo Willems

Mo willems“An artist is waiting for the audience to understand the work. A craftsman is working to understand the audience.” – Mo Willems

Mo Willems is an author and illustrator of children’s books. He has won a Caldecott Honor and the Theodore Geisel Medal and Honors. His books include Knuffle Bunny, Don’t Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus, and the Elephant and Piggy Series.


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16811. in gratitude to Kerry Winfrey, for these words on Small Damages


So indebted on this white Saturday to Kerry Winfrey, who wrote of Small Damages on Hello Giggles, and heartened me with her words.

Thank you. You return summer and the smell of oranges to me. I have missed both.

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16812. The Sylvia Plath Moment

9780571268863I had my own Sylvia Plath moment this week, by eerie coincidence just days before the 50th anniversary of her death. The ancient, galvanised something-or-other pipes that channel gas to my apartment’s stove sprung, well, the plumber stopped counting at four leaks.

I spent days inhaling gas, first inadvertently and then deliberately as I tried to determine the leak’s source (at it turned out, sources, plural). Eventually, after having my neighbour over to help sniff with, er, fresh nose, and plagued both by an unbearable, eyes- and skull-aching headache and by a nagging fear that were I to go to sleep I might not wake up, I abandoned my apartment in favour of fresh air at my parents’ house.

Plath’s death has always held a macabre fascination for the publishing world, and it arguably kick-started her posthumous catapult to revered writer—she hadn’t published all that much prior to her death, although what was published and what has been published since are testament to her undeniable (if unstable) talent.

Her death also feeds into the legend of the tortured writer—one can’t, it seems, write without at the very least crippling writer’s block and at the worst all-consuming mental health issues that drive you to suicide. Would Plath be quite such a sensation without her tragic demise? We’ll never know. In my inexpert opinion I think her writing prowess would undoubtedly be recognised, but I’m unsure whether she’d be such a cultural phenomenon.

Speaking of cultural references, Plath’s approaching death anniversary has been overshadowed by controversy. The Bell Jar has been reissued with what can only be described as a poorly chosen cover. Faber’s chick lit-reeking design (AKA, the antithesis of The Bell Jar’s heavy topics and a design that would likely have disgusted Plath were she alive), features a red-lipsticked woman powdering her chin via the reflection in a compact.

9780571245642I won’t just say that this cover is inappropriate for the book’s content, I’ll say it’s just generally dud (the cover pictured to the right is much, much better). Nothing about it jumps off the shelf at you to encourage you to read much less buy it; nor does it evoke carefully thought out design for a long-time bestselling book that’s sure to generate huge interest and new sales. BBC America quotes Jezebel’s Morrissey summing it up well: ‘If Sylvia Plath hadn’t already killed herself, she probably would’ve if she saw the new cover of her only novel The Bell Jar […] Also, it’s ugly and the colors suck.’

But I don’t need to say any of that, because social media said it faster and funnier for me with literary aficionados proposing and photoshopping cover parodies. The Guardian compiled a bunch of them, which you can view here alongside the original, offending 50th anniversary design. My favourite is the cover that’s gone literal, with a bell and a jar sitting side by side.

The questions are: Now that we know what the 50th anniversary shouldn’t look like, what should it? Oh, and have you seen any other The Bell Jar cover parodies I should know about?

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16813. Day 9: Veronica Chambers

veronicachambersVeronica Chambers has “written more than a dozen books for children, most recently Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa and the body confidence Y/A novel, Plus. Her teen series, Amigas, is a collaboration between Chambers, producer Jane Startz and Jennifer Lopez.”

From Ms. Chambers’ Web site:
“After two years of planning the hottest quineaneras in Miami and beyond, the girls of Amigas Incorporated are facing their biggest challenge yet—high school graduation. While Carmen and Jamie know exactly what they want, Alicia is on the fence. Should she go to the school of her dreams even if it means doing exactly what has always been expected of her? Or should she try something new? With so many decisions to make, Alicia is beginning to feel like choosing a school is like preparing for a quince—without any of the fun. On top of it all, the group has gotten a mysterious request from a young woman who wants to throw the most secret of quinceaneras. The girl wants it to be so secret that she won’t even tell them her name! Now the group must figure out how to throw the perfect party for a perfect stranger, nail the SATs, and figure out if there is anyone at the school willing and capable of taking on their business. Will it all work out? Or will the end of school mean the end of Amigas Incorporated?”
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Read this review of AMIGAS from Ari at Reading in Color.

Ms.Chambers’ other works for children include Marisol and Magdalena. From the Scholastic Web site: “Chambers has a wonderful ease with her characters’ language, infusing Marisol’s first-person narrative with the vibrancy of her bilingual cultural background. Spanish words and phrases are an essential part of Marisol’s way of talking, but are presented in context, so that non-Spanish-speaking readers won’t feel lost or left out. Readers will learn about Marisol’s cultural identity along with her, and identify with her thoughts on friendship, her initial worries about her journey, and the triumph she feels as she discovers that she can make even far-off Panama feel like home.”marisolmagdalenacover

Educators can check out this
lesson plan from Scholastic for the book.

For more about Veronica Chambers and her work, visit her online!


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16814. Answer to the Kodachrome / Digital puzzle


Here's the answer to yesterday's puzzle challenge about "Digital vs. Kodachrome." Even though the votes were 126 to 74 in favor of the one on the right being Kodachrome, actually the one on the left was Kodachrome. (Though, technically, as many of you pointed out, they were both digital in the sense that they were both presented on your computer or mobile screen.)

Photographer Walter Wick processed the digital capture to try to match the color and the grain to the unprocessed drum scan of the Kodachrome.


Walter says: "Your commenters are making some wise comments, even if their guesses are wrong. When I made the "color noise" version, I purposely held back a bit on noise and softening of the digital image on the hunch that some friends I planned to show this to would harbor a bias in favor of the legendary film. This seems to bearing out in your poll, but of course, there could be other reasons the vote is going that way.

"I would have loved to have tested Kodachrome against full-frame digital on tripod-mounted cameras with the same lens, but alas I was not able to pull that together before the December 30, 2010 deadline - the last day Kodachrome was accepted for the final processing run at Dwane's Photo.

"What you're seeing here is something quite different: a full frame film camera with a pocket sized digital - shot casually, hand-held on a beach. What surprised me was the resolving power of the small-sensor Leica compared to the full frame Contax. In the digital version, the man is slightly enlarged relative to the frame compared to the that of the film version. But this advantage pales by comparison to the relatively huge image area of the full frame film camera. This does not bode well for Kodachrome comparing favorably with the resolving power of full frame DSLR. That, combined with the huge amount of shadow detail in Raw files and extreme high ISO sensitivity of digital cameras pretty much explains why most photographers abandoned Kodachrome before Kodak did (there are other reasons too, such as vast improvements of E-6 film stocks). However, if you must have that "Kodachrome look", well, you still can!

"The graphic above shows the relative size of the two cameras, and separately, the size of the film frame relative to the size of the digital sensor.

"The film was professionally drum scanned at the resolution shown, matched to the transparency, and not further altered. Also shown is the native resolution of the Raw file from the Leica/Panasonic. It was that file that was color adjusted and had noise and blur filters applied to imitate the Kodachrome (as some of the commenters have correctly surmised).
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Thanks, Walter!

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16815. Golden Advice: Wisdom of Solomon

Hi, folks, I'm continuing my golden advice series. This is an exciting time for me as a writer. After several years  of working on my current book, I'm about to send it out to agents.  I'm seesawing between manic joy and and quaking fear. 

It's hard to put yourself out there. I leave a lot of myself on the page and who wants to find out that their ms doesn't suit needs, doesn't connect, or the worst, there's no room for your brand of storytelling in the market right now.

A person needs a serious anchor to  stay steady in the storms.  I like ancient paths. It's just hardwired in me. This week I'm turning to the wisdom of Solomon to face the road ahead.

I like the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible. (I'm no scholar and many feel that Solomon didn't write this book, but the folk way is he did and I'm a folk.)  Anyway, ever since I heard "Turn! Turn! Turn!" by Pete Seeger back in my munchkin days, it's stayed with me and kept me on task.  So this week I'm sharing the writerly version of "to everything there is a season, and time to every purpose under heaven. " 

There is a time to write, and a time stop writing; a time to start a new manuscript, a time to send it out and snag an agent, an editor and an audience.  There is a time to throw a manuscript in the circular file; there is time to pull out a manuscript and finally, finally fix it; there is a time to delete whole chapters from your WIP; there is a time to add a stack of new chapters. 

There is a time to weep when you think you won't succeed. There is a time to laugh when a new idea comes. There is a time when you get really close to succeeding but it doesn't work out. There is a time when you finally succeed and, yes, you put on some disco and dance. 

There is a time to start sending out a new manuscript. There is a time to start writing a new manuscript. There is a time keep working hard even though you feel you are not making progress. There is a time to put a WIP up on a shelf for a while.  There is a time to get an agent and a publishing contract. There is a time to lose both.

There is a time to rip up a book and donate it to other stories; there is a time to let a good story idea percolate.  There is a time to plan what you will write; there is a time to say the things you've never been brave enough to say. There is a time love what you have written and fight for it.  There is time to really hate your book.  

There is time when you must fight to find time write.  There is a time when it all comes together.

I hope you understand the times and the seasons this week and that this golden advice stays with you.

This week's doodle is called "Happy Blue Blobby."

 
And a quote for your pocket. I know I keep this one in my pocket. 
 

Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is due to the triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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16816. New York to Salisbury University – US writing tour

Summit New Jersey - the cellers 011New York is cold, cold, cold but fun and I shopped as well as heard amazing speakers at the SCBWI  Conference and talking at schools.

Took the train from Penn Station to my friend’s home – thankyou Lynn and George – in beautiful Summit New Jersey -

with gracious heritage homes made of wood, huge oak trees lining the streets, snow thinly dusting the houses.

I snuggled warmly inside looking out.

It was lovely.

I was soooo lucky. I left Summit as the huge snow storms hit and arrived in Salisbury Maryland 4.5 hours later.

Susanne Gervay driving on the road to Salisbury University MarylandI discovered that the USA has more police car patrols than Australia. I didn’t think it was possible.

There were that many cops stopping and fining cars. Luckily I was too nervous to drive fast – being on the wrong side of the road.

No speeding fine for me.

Arrived in beautiful Salisbury – a university town where I was met by the brilliant Professor Ernest Bond, who is head of the Education Faculty at Salisbury.

Professor Ernest Bond University of Salisbury USAHe’s such a visionary embracing literature from all over the world and establishing the Green Book Award for children’s literature that promotes protecting our environment.

Ended the day with coffee overlooking a rustic lake;

speaking to university students and academics at Salisbury University about I Am Jack, Butterflies, ‘Ships in the Field’ – my books.

then Mexican dinner.

Fabulous day!

 

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16818. This Week for Writers 2/9/13

Tomorrow, we will be announcing the top 50 entries of the Pitch+250 contest. Good luck to all the entrants.

We hope that everyone in the Northeast stays safe and warm during the storm this weekend.

Getting Published

Three Two One Pitch Contest Official Entry Post
from We Do Write

Are Self-Pub Books the New Slush Pile?
from Rachelle Gardner

Interview with Agent Sara D'Emic
from YA Stands

Check Out Winning Writers: Contests and More
from WOW! Women On Writing Blog

The Dreaded Synopsis
from Oasis for YA

Querying is like cooking
from YA Stands

When Someone You Know Hits the Big Time
from Seeking the Write Life

The Reality - Sometimes Things Just Don't Sell
from Babbles from Scott Eagan

Lots of Opportunities with Chicken Soup for the Soul
from Nick's Writing Blog

What to Look for in a Publisher Guest Blog by Charity...
from Where Fantasy and Love Take Flight

re: My Agent Says No, I Say Yes…. Who’s Right?
from DearEditor.com

20 reasons you should sign up for IndieReCon!
from S.R. Johannes

How can I connect with literary agents?
from Chip MacGregor .com

Writers Digest Webinar 3/7
from Jennifer Represents...

NA / WE / W -- Codes translated
from @KOrtizzle

The 2013 Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Grant
from The Official SCBWI Conference Blog

What Agents Are Doing These Days
from Rachelle Gardner

Meet the New Editors of ‘Compose’ Lit Journal
from Write It Sideways

One author’s Kickstarter experience
from Joe Wikert's Publishing 2020 Blog

Smashwords Authors Gain Seat at the Merchandising...
from Smashwords

Stop Trying to Fit Yourself into the Publishing Box...
from Adventures in YA Publishing

Show Don't Tell In Those Queries
from Babbles from Scott Eagan

Jacob Wonderbar and the Interstellar Time Warp: The...
from Nathan Bransford, Author

What does an agent need to know?
from Chip MacGregor .com

Visit Susan at Stacey O’Neale's site and enter the...
from Bent on Books

KDP Now Paying ALL Royalties By EFT
from Catherine, Caffeinated

The Question Emporium has rare Saturday hours today
from Janet Reid, Literary Agent

What's Selling Now: Mary Brown
from The Official SCBWI Conference Blog

What's Selling Now: Robert Brown
from The Official SCBWI Conference Blog

What's Selling Now: Jon Fine
from The Official SCBWI Conference Blog

Patrick Collins: Creative Director at Henry Holt
from The Official SCBWI Conference Blog

Molly O'Neill, Editor at Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins
from The Official SCBWI Conference Blog

Yolanda Scott: Editorial Director, Charlesbridge
from The Official SCBWI Conference Blog

Isabel Warren-Lynch: Executive Art Director at Random...
from The Official SCBWI Conference Blog

Nancy Siscoe, Senior Executive Editor with Knopf Books...
from The Official SCBWI Conference Blog

Julie Scheina: Senior Editor, Little Brown
from The Official SCBWI Conference Blog

Alexandra Penfold: Sparkly New Agent at Upstart Crow!
from The Official SCBWI Conference Blog

Jennifer Besser, Publisher at G.P. Putnam's Sons (Penguin's...
from The Official SCBWI Conference Blog


Writing Craft
 
Using Camera Technique for Big Impact
from Live Write Thrive

Writing Authentic Crime: How To Get Away With Murder.
from The Creative Penn

The Hidden Power of No
from Writer Unboxed

Alternative Ways to Describe Character Reactions
from The Other Side of the Story

Reality In Romance
from Babbles from Scott Eagan

Grammar lovers split over infinitives
from Books news, reviews and author interviews | guar

The Secret to Show, Don’t Tell
from Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors

Using A Place
from Between Fact and Fiction

Worldbuilding Process: A Google+ worldbuilding hangout...
from TalkToYoUniverse

Tags, Traits And Tells (Podcast)
from Karen Woodward

15 Names and Descriptions of Effects
from Daily Writing Tips

When Characters Go Their Own Way
from Writer Unboxed

Fall or Fly?
from Magical Words

SQUIRREL!
from Operation Awesome

The Story Inside You
from Miss Snark's First Victim

5 Keys Steps to Adding Depth to Your Fictional Relationships
from The Kill Zone

How to Create a Surefire Awesome Setting
from Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors

Drawing the Reader in through Character Emotion
from QueryTracker Blog

Dig Deeper, Use Your Five Senses
from Behler Blog

Guest Author Annie Laurie Cechini: The Terrible Addiction
from The Other Side of the Story

Editing tricks
from (W)ords and (W)ardances

Building A Place
from Between Fact and Fiction

Collaborative Writing
from The Bluestocking Blog

When to look for a mentor — or not
from Jenna Avery

App Wirelessly Records Your Handwritten Notes
from GalleyCat

The Right Prepositions for Geographical Designations
from Daily Writing Tips

Margaret Peterson Haddix Keynote "Tell Me a Story"
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Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 9: Options for...
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Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton: 'It Takes...
from The Official SCBWI Conference Blog

10 Most Common Grammatical Errors – and How to Fix...
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How to Create More Dramatic Action in Your Novel,...
from Plot Whisperer for Writers and Readers

Mo Willems' Keynote: "Writing in 4 Easy Steps, 4 Kinda...
from The Official SCBWI Conference Blog

“I need a strong editor…”
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Grabbing Your Reader from the Very First Line, Feb...
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6 Forms of the Subjunctive Mood
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Filling a Need and Finding Your Niche—by L. Diane...
from Mystery Writing is Murder

Simplifying the Story Question
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The Table Theory of Characterization
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Start Small: Moving From Notebook to Story
from Jane Friedman

Improve Your Writing By Eliminating Redundancies
from Writing Forward

Verbal Deprivation
from AuthorCulture

Five Edits to Strengthen Your Writing, Right Now
from The Other Side of the Story

Bringing Your Experiences to the Table
from YA Author Elana Johnson

Inspired Openings: Anita Mumm of Nelson Literary Agency
from Adventures in YA Publishing

Three Insights for Creating Pop-Up Characters
from Wendy Paine Miller ~ thoughts that move

Scrivener or yWriter: why I use neither
from QueryTracker Blog

How Eminem Makes Me a Better Writer
from Kristen Lamb's Blog

Don't Just Kill Your Darlings... Hurt Them
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In Writing, First Do No Harm
from The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

How to Style Profanity
from Daily Writing Tips


News and Trends

How to be 15% happier right now
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Library lending figures: which books are most popular?
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Matt Haig: Why I love my library
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Terry Pratchett: 'I taught myself more in the library...
from Books news, reviews and author interviews | guar

2013 NYC Teen Author Festival
from Here's Me Using the Word Blog in a Sentence

Barnes & Noble’s Big Problem — and What to Do About...
from The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

Digital Sales Now 26% of Overall Revenue at Hachette
from GalleyCat

Ideas about the future of bookselling
from The Shatzkin Files

Reagan Arthur Named Publisher of Little, Brown
from GalleyCat

It Happened. I'm all Emotional about it, too.
from Here's Me Using the Word Blog in a Sentence

Sylvia Day Sold Five Million Books in Seven Months
from GalleyCat

Harry Potter Characters Critique the Super Bowl
from GalleyCat

Neil Gaiman Works with BlackBerry on Storytelling...
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99-Cent Boxed Sets Lead Our Self-Published Bestsellers...
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Will Book Publishers Become Irrelevant?
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Twitter Tuesday - Lilith St. Crow
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School district considers copyright policy that takes...
from The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

Hachette, Penguin and Simon & Schuster Launch Bookish
from GalleyCat

Goodreads Sets New Rules About Adult Content
from GalleyCat

For Libraries, the Common Core Presents Extraordinary...
from PublishersWeekly.com News Articles

We children's authors are a supportive bunch, cheering...
from Notes from the Slushpile

Why I Hope You Don’t Pirate My Book
from terribleminds: chuck wendig

How EBook Readers Shop And The Importance Of Sampling
from The Creative Penn

Tomie de Paola Award Winner
from The Official SCBWI Conference Blog


Ether for Authors: What we leave behind and the death of the midlist
frin Publishing Perspectives

Beyond Wizards and Vampires, to Sex: The Rise of New Adult Lit
from New York Times

Introverted Kids Need to Learn to Speak Up at School
from The Atlantic

Phantom Bookstores
from The New Yorker

The Allure of the First Novel
from The Guardian


Books and Giveaways


Books to Watch Out For: February
from Page-Turner

How I Was Influenced by UGLIES
from The League of Extraordinary Writers

New YALit in Stores 2/9-2/15 Plus Giveaways: THE LIVES...
from Adventures in YA Publishing

The Shadowhunters World: Free App
from Mundie Moms

Red hair scare at Green Gables
from Books news, reviews and author interviews | guar

This, Get This!
from YA Author Elana Johnson

The Gathering Dark Blog Tour: Christine Johnson's...
from Mundie Moms

Exclusive Cover Reveal: THORNHILL A Hemlock Novel...
from Mundie Moms

Friday Fronts - Cold Spell
from WORD for Teens

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis – review
from Books news, reviews and author interviews | guar

Book Giveaway: THROUGH TO YOU by Emily Hainsworth
from Sarah Ockler, Author

Character Bucket List and Giveaway from Amy McNamara
from Adventures in YA Publishing

Book Launch: Sophie's Run by Nicky Wells PLUS Giveaway
from We Do Write

Featuring KAY HONEYMAN and THE FIRE HORSE GIRL!
from ROOTS IN MYTH

Blogging In Real Life (2)
from WORD for Teens

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead
from Katie's Book Blog

The Shadowhunter's Codex Cover Reveal
from Mundie Moms

Fantasy Series Charted by Increasing Page Count
from GalleyCat

Review: As They Slip Away by Beth Revis
from The Bookshelf Review

Review and Giveaway of Heather Sunseri's Mindspeak!
from The Character Therapist

Book Review: Rise by Andrea Cremer
from Mundie Moms

Follower Love Giveaway Hop
from Candace's Book Blog

UNRAVEL ME: Author Interview / Giveaway
from Mundie Moms

25 Thoughts On Book Piracy
from terribleminds: chuck wendig

Guest Post: Hysteria by Megan Miranda
from The Story Siren

Do You Judge Books by Their Covers?
from Jami Gold, Paranormal Author

New Voice: Miriam Forster on City of a Thousand Dolls
from Cynsations

Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead
from Katie's Book Blog

February BOOKMOBILE Book of the Month: NOBODY BUT...
from YA Highway

Book Review:CINDERS & SAPPHIRES At Somerton Series...
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Interview with Perfect Scoundrels Author ALLY CARTER!
from Mundie Moms

Book Review: Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter
from Mundie Moms

This Week's Bestsellers: February 4, 2013
from PublishersWeekly.com News Articles

My Review: FALL FOR ANYTHING by Courtney Summers
from Erin L. Schneider

The Dragon Empire blog tour and Giveaway
from Author Heather McCorkle

Launch Day for CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS
from Jennifer Represents...

Giveaway: Win Nobody and Every Other Day!
from Katie's Book Blog

Review: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
from Candace's Book Blog

YA Book Spotlight: The Second Sign
from Writer's Alley

Book Review: The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
from Novel Novice

Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret...
from The Bookshelf Review

Giveaway: The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
from The Story Siren

9 sources of free Kobo books
from The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

30 Days of Bookery Double Dip! Win an ARC of Geeks,...
from Dancing with Dragons is Hard on Your Shoes.

Review: Pantomime by Laura Lam
from Candace's Book Blog


Networking and Promotion

Goodreads for Writers
from Mystery Writing is Murder

How To Sell Ebooks
from A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

Feeling Overwhelmed? Social Media Can Make Us Crazy–Part...
from Kristen Lamb's Blog

Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of...
from Author Marketing Experts, Inc. » BLOG

Field Trip Friday: Marketing Highlights
from Kate Hart

Digital Sheep Get Slaughtered–Being Safe On Social...
from Kristen Lamb's Blog

How to Take Good Author Photos
from BookBaby Blog

Why You Should Google Yourself: It's Not Vain—It's...
from Anne R. Allen's Blog

Tweet Responsibly
from Just Jemi

Easy Tips for Getting More Amazon Reviews – Now!
from Author Marketing Experts, Inc. » BLOG

Have You Planned For Success?
from Behler Blog

Indie eBook Marketing: When You Get to the Fork in...
from Publetariat: For People Who Publish!

How To Write Perfect Press Releases With Steven Lewis
from The Creative Penn

Marketing and PR Tips for Upcoming Authors
from YA Stands

Some Brief Observations on Writing From a Marketer
from Superhero Nation: how to write superhero novels,

How Writers & Readers Can Use Twitter’s Vine
from GalleyCat

Tips for Going Clubbing—Book Clubbing That Is
from From the Write Angle

On My Writerly Bookshelf: Publishing and Promoting...
from Stina Lindenblatt

Helpful Hashtags
from YA Stands


Other Weekly Roundups

Cynsational News and Giveaways
from Cynsations

Twitteriffic
from Mystery Writing is Murder

Field Trip Friday
from YA Highway

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16819. BOBBEE BEE IS ON THE BLOCK

by Eric D. Graham

You have seen them before standing on the street corner shirtless, pants sagging flexing their new sense of manhood, posing in positions of power pretending to be "tough".

Their maschoismo mannerism mimic their favorite rappers, athletes, wrestlers, and "street" soldiers.

They are the"despised and rejected."

They are the LOST SHEEP.

Their beautiful brown faces frown up with frustration, their eyes illuminate with pain as they "mean mug" a world filled with hate and corruption.

They were born in a so-called "civilized" world builded on racism, imperialism, militarism, and materialism.

They are the by-product of fatherless homes, poverty, poor schools, mis-education and MTV.

They are harassed by crooked cops, crucified by the media, "criminalized by Hollywood, "dumb-down" by teachers, suspended from schools, locked up in prisons, and HATED by the world.

But they are our children: our sons, our grandsons, our cousins, our nephews, our future fathers, our daughters future husbands, our future leaders, teachers, scholars, and revolutionaries.

They are BLACK, BOLD AND BRILLIANT.

They are BOBBEE BEE!!!
HELP US. HELP THEM!! develop into the HEROES KINGS and WARRIORS that are destined to be by reading our series of children's books design to improve the attitude and behavior of our children at home and aboard as well as our weekly cartoon on http://www.blackathlete.com/

This cartoon is for children, teenagers and even adults. Get your BOBBEE BEE tee-shirts for only $20 e-mail graham_34_99_2000@yahoo.com for details and order forms

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16820. Quote of the Week: Mo Willems

Mo willems“An artist is waiting for the audience to understand the work. A craftsman is working to understand the audience.” – Mo Willems

Mo Willems is an author and illustrator of children’s books. He has won a Caldecott Honor and the Theodore Geisel Medal and Honors. His books include Knuffle Bunny, Don’t Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus, and the Elephant and Piggy Series.


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16821. BOBBEE BEE THE HATER THE MOVIE


If you want to know more about Bobbee Bee The Hater The Movie send your comments to lbiass34@yahoo.com

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16822. national libraries day

Happy National Libraries Day! No, this year has not been a happy one for Britain's libraries. But I don't want to rummage through nostalgia for reasons we should keep them open (despite having many, many nostalgic reasons). That's because we don't need to play the nostalgia card:
LIBRARIES ARE EVEN BETTER NOW.



A few reasons why libraries are better now:

* Libraries look better, they smell better. I loved my library as a kid, but I pretty much stuck to the rack with the flimsy paperbacks because I could pick them up and examine their covers. I didn't know how I could move on to the 'grown-up' books because they all had uniform library binding and smelled weird from their repackaging. They were all either beige, burgandy, green or dark blue. These days, librarians laminate the covers, so you can still see them looking as attractive as they would in a shop, and you can read the blurb on the back. You can pick up a book and feel it, gauge the heft of it (which you can't do online). I love walking into a library and seeing an attractive, tantalising display of covers.

* They stock more comic books. Our school librarian used to gripe about how all the kids just wanted to read the three Garfield books the library stocked. She wanted us to read 'proper' books. The waiting list was whole classes long just for Garfield. The librarian always tried to turn us to the other books, but we all hotly yearned for the comics. Librarians are wiser about comics now; they realise they're on to something good when kids can't get enough of them. Instead of making them fight for a few comics (Garfield wasn't even a very good comic), they stock lots of comics, and the best ones: humour comics, adventure comics, graphic adaptations of classic books and plays, Western comics, mystery comics, biography comics, history comics, info comics, you name it. My local ibrary in Deptford has two large racks of comics, and more in the children's section.

Perhaps librarians are rediscovering the importance of visual literacy, not just trying to get people to plough through chunks of text. And discovering from the commercial world the value of visuals (and smells, the scent of hot drinks?) in making people want to read.

* We need more help these days. When I was a kid, it was considered all right to do a research paper by going to the encyclopedia, looking up the entry and slightly rewriting the text I found there. Once I found the set of encyclopedias, I was pretty much okay to do it myself. I'd probably get a few other books and photocopy pictures out of them. Teachers didn't expect too much because they knew our resources were limited. Now we have far more information online. But teachers know that copying out a Wikipedia entry isn't the extent of learning, and we can push kids to look further, engage with world experts, talk with authors. The possibilities are endless and wildly exciting! But where? How? That's where librarians come in, being able to teach kids how search engines work, how to find the more informative sites, look up related books, and how to avoid internet dangers. Just because a kid can put a search term into Google doesn't mean they've mastered the Internet. Librarians really ARE the most powerful search engine, and they care about kids.


The Paralympic torch aloft in front of Deptford Library

Follow the hash tags #NLD13 and #LoveLibraries if you want to find out what all the buzz is about! Click here if you'd like a free printable poster.

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16823. BOBBEE BEE: FROM PARENT TO CHILD

From Parent To Child

I gave you life but I can not live it for you.

I can teach you things, but I can not make you learn.

I can give you directions, but I cannot be there to lead you.

I can allow you freedom, but I cannot account for it.

I can take you to church, but I cannot make you believe.

I can teach you right from wrong, but I can not always decide for you.

I can buy you beautiful clothes, but I can not make you beautiful inside.

I can offer you advice, but I can not accept it for you.



I can give you love, but I cannot force it upon you.

I can teach you to share, but I cannot make you selfish.

I can teach you respect, but I cannot force you to show honor.

I can advise you about friends, but I cannot choose them for you.

I can tell you about drinking, but I cannot keep you pure.

I can tell you about the facts of life, but I can not build your reputation.'

I can tell you about drinking, but I can not say no to you.

I can tell you about drugs, but I cannot prevent your using them.








I can teach you kindness, but I can't force you to be gracious.

I can warn you about sins, but I cannot make your morals.

I can love you as a child, but I cannot place you in God's family. I can pray for you, but I cannot make you walk with God.
I can teach you about Jesus, but I cannot make Jesus your Lord.
I can tell you how to live, but I cannot give you Eternal Life.

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16824. What Every Writer Needs


Writers write.  Its what we do.  Unfortunately, we don’t always judge our own writing accurately even when its good. 

Does that surprise you?  We are used to being told that we need help identifying the weaknesses in our writing.  Sometimes we need just as much help identifying the strengths.

For about two months, I’ve been playing around with a rewrite.  I’ll work on it a bit and then set it aside because it hasn’t jelled. Every now and again, I figure out a problem and get some writing done, but after two months I have 10 pages.  Ten.  Can you say discouraged

Fortunately, I had a critique group meeting last weekend.  This was the perfect chance to trot out my problem manuscript.  These writing friends would be able to point out a few more problems for me to fix, but they would also commiserate.  Or so I thought.  

They refused.

That’s right.  Refused.  

They actually had the nerve to tell me that the voice was good.  And they love the premise.  They are even cool with the fact that my fantasy world is much like ours, but skewed just a bit.  And my all new antagonist?  They adore her, but in a bad way of course.  Not that it was all good news; they pointed out plenty of places that need repair and I expected that.  What I didn’t expect was the good news.  Apparently, I’d done something right even though I was too frustrated to see it.

Every writer needs a critique group. 

A critique group doesn’t just tell you what you’ve done wrong.  They also point out what you’ve done right.  They bring the perspective that you lack when you are too close to your work.  And they keep you going through the hard work.  I mean the actual writing part; my initial ideas have a tendency to be brilliant.  Its getting it down on paper that proves frustrating. 

I’d like to give you a nudge.  If you don’t have a critique group, now is a good time to find one.  I connected with the writers in my critique group at a variety of writers conferences and workshops.  I’ve also been in groups that were strictly online.  These worked well when I was a grad student and later when I was the mother of a toddler.  

Finding a compatible group can take some work, but it is well worth the effort. Not only will you have a group of writers to help you fix your mistakes, they’ll point out what you did right.  And that’s something you need in your writing life – fellow writers who will pat you on the back, hand you a good cup of coffee, and nudge you back toward your desk.  

Speaking of which, I had better get going.  I have a story to write. 

–SueBE

Find out more about Sue's writing on her blog, One Writer's Journey

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16825. BOBBEE BEE: UNCLE RAY-RAY SPEAKING TRUTH!!!


“My haters; motivate me. This is bigger than the 49ers.”-Ray Lewis

by Eric D. Graham

NORTH CAROLINA-(BASN)-In the history books, after 17 season in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens, 13 Pro Bowls, 10 Associated Press All-Pro selections, two NFL Defensive Players of Year Awards in 2000 and 2003, and a Super Bowl MVP award in 2000, the Minister of Motivation, The Pastor of Pain, Reverend of Rampage and the General of Gladitators, number 52, Ray Lewis, will go down as the greatest middle linebacker ever to put on a pair of shoulder pads.

“..it’s been an honor to serve under him.”said Terrell Suggs of his teammate Ray Lewis.

His greatness, however will not be measured by his intensity on the field, his aggression in between the trenches, or by his passion for the game. But it will be measured by the stats he accumlated in his outstanding career,where he launched his 6’1 240 pound frame in to his opponents, smashing them, and slamming them to the ground, in which he did 2,050 times, while sacking the quarterback 41.5 times, and intercepting 31 passes.

And despite a week of criticism, allegation of steroid usage, and a murder trial in 2000, in which he plead guilty to obstruction of justice in exchange for testimony against two other defendants, the wounded weekend warrior with the heart of a champion walked away in retirement like Michael Strahen, Jerome Bettis, and John Elway with his second Super Bowl ring in style and grace, even though his Baltimore Ravens’ defensive unit gave up 468 yards in the Super Bowl against the San Fransciso 49ers in a 34-31 victory.

After the game, sporting a black sleeveless tee shirt with Psalms 91 on the front of it, Lewis smiled and hugged teammates as confetti fell from the sky.

The verse from Psalms 91 of the Bible reads as follow:

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling,

10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;

12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

After reading that, one can see why Lewis, who is a Christian, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Superbowl Gospel Celebration at the University of New Orleans on Friday before the big-game on Sunday, which was hosted by The View’s Sherri Sheppard and Sunday’s Best gospel singer Kirk Franklin.

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