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1. Parallelogram 4 Update!

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Parallelogram 4 will be available for pre-order in January. Stay tuned for the exact date.

I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU ALL TO READ THIS I CAN BARELY STOP TALKING IN CAPS.

But seriously. Even I kept saying as I wrote it, “What?? That happened?” about every other page.

Stay tuned. It’s happening.

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2. Be gentle with yourself. You deserve your love and compassion.

be-gentle-20141217_161804-450Be gentle with yourself. You deserve your love and compassion.

If you’re a perfectionist, or you grew up in a household with a stern, critical, or abusive parent or caretaker, on had a partner who was, then you may struggle–like I have–with being kind and gentle to yourself. You may be harsh to yourself, even cruel. But you deserve your love and compassion; you really do! And when you’re loving with yourself, when you give yourself the same compassion you would a friend, you’ll find that you’re happier and things don’t seem as hard. So try to be gentle with yourself. Don’t push yourself too hard. Think of yourself the way you would a friend. Figure out what you need to feel happier or more at ease, and then allow yourself that.


This can be a hard time of year for many people, so I thought I’d post more positive messages for people again–selfies along with the messages, so people can see the person (and author) behind the message. I think it helps make it more personal and real.

I will try to post photos most days of December for you all. Let me know if you like this idea. :)

And if you like this post, if it speaks to you, I hope you’ll share it with others.

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3. How Characters Can Become Stories – Erika Wassall

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Talk about character, here is a steampunk snowman family Sylvia Liu recently made, as part of a new daily creative challenge blog that she started titled, Create One a Day. You can see her portfolio at: http://www.enjoyingplanetearth.com)

erikaphoto-45Erika Wassall, the Jersey Farm Scribe here on….

How Characters Can Become Stories

I enjoy character studies. Books that give perspective into the mysteries of human nature, and how we deal with intense mental, physical and psychological difficulties.

Give me a character I want to sit down and have a drink with, or even observe from afar and watch their interactions and reactions… and I’m sold.

When I write, I’m often focusing on a character in my mind. They’re more than a name, more than any description I can put on paper. I can sense them, know their thoughts, feel their emotions.

Which is great, right?

Well… yes. And sometimes no.

I tend to get bogged down in character development. Plot, is much more difficult for me. I’m exceedingly jealous of people who are more natural at plot than character development. While probably similar to curly-haired people wanting straight hair and straight-hair people longing for curls, being able to nail down a plot always seemed like it would make things “come together” more, give me more to go from.

Reading books on plot and attending workshops has been absolutely mandatory for me.   Martha Anderson, The Plot Whisperer… I honestly don’t know where my writing would be without her insight. I highly recommend her books for anyone else who gets stuck on plot.

For me, I’ve found one trick that works wonders for me, helping me take my character molds, and create not just ANY plot, but THE PLOT. The path the character was meant to take.

It’s focused on character transformation.

One of the other problems with an overly specific character profile, is that, to me, that’s how they ARE. And it’s hard for me to see them any other way. This makes for a very stagnant character, which we all know doesn’t really work.

This process helps me on both accounts.

I take the character, in all their their moods, their quirks, their temperament, and I make them the FINAL version of the character. (obviously this can change as time goes on, it’s just part of my process).

I ask myself… why?  What happened to them that gave them that chip on their shoulder or that far away look on their face they get when they listen to a certain song? Why do they place money all facing the same way, before putting it in their pocket?

I write out/think about, three categories: Mental, Physical and Psychological. I start out with at least two major and three minor things in each category. There are overlaps, but they each must have their own, specific effects on the character.

And then I delete them.

Naomi doesn’t like to be alone because she was once left behind during a field trip and spent a horrifying weekend alone in a museum. What was she like before that? Maybe before, she didn’t see how people could be a source of comfort. Or maybe it’s the opposite. Maybe before she was just a healthily independent person, and now she’s overly clingy.

Jurret has scars on his back up into his neck from fighting off a robot scorpion that was attacking his older sister. It makes him uncomfortable taking off his shirt, and sometimes he even wears turtlenecks so no one can see it. His sister lived, but was badly injured with many scars of her own, including some on her face. He feels responsible for her turmoil as well.

What was he like before all that happened? Did he and his sister get along? Were they close? Maybe he was a gym junkie who was overly concerned with appearance and it gave him much-needed humility. Or maybe he was already plenty humble and this just drained him of his confidence. Perhaps before that, he always felt like the baby, the one everyone was taking care OF, and that day, everything changed. Before then, perhaps he never felt both the joy, and the burden of responsibility.

I do this with dozens of concepts for my character. Literally.

And I don’t always write them down. Sometimes I just think about them. While I’m driving. Cooking. Food shopping. It’s a great exercise I work into time that I’m not necessarily able to write. Then later, I’ll jot down a few notes, sometimes just two or three words, to remember the concept.

The more interesting an idea – or a “deletion” as I have come to call it – the more I actually write it out. Sometimes these “scenes” even become actual events in the book.

But I write out FAR more than I end up using.

At some point, I start to feel a general theme, a pull in a direction of a certain “type” of transformation, and certain related concepts that bring the character through that change… events, relationships, both pain and joy.

And for me, this is where I find my plot. Hidden beneath the intricacies of the character. And I know it’s right when it makes the character themselves even stronger, more solid in nature, more truthful.

This doesn’t (usually) give me a nicely-laid-out plot. But it gives me ideas, storylines I can get excited about. It helps make “plot” a less intimidating, overwhelming word, and interweaves it into what I already have.

What “deletions” could you do to your characters? Do you have other tricks or exercises that help you to develop the nature and variables of your plot?

This one really can be time consuming. And I end up throwing out countless concepts, but that’s just nature of beast! And you know that I’m a believer…

… our manuscripts are worth it!

Erika Wassall is a writer, a farmer and a liver of life. She is a member of SCBWI and a proud Mad Scientist, bringing science experiments right into children’s classrooms, and hearts. She has a small farm in New Jersey with sheep, chickens, pigs and vegetables. Check out her new website at www.TheJerseyFarmScribe.com where as a first generation farmer, she often takes the long way, learning the tricks of the trade on The Farm. On her website is also The Shop page with tips and a free Q/A from her husband’s mechanic shop, and The Writer page where she shares stories, experiences and characters from the heart. Follow her on Twitter at @NJFarmScribe. She’d love to hear from you!

Thank you Erika for another great post. We all enjoy your posts.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Filed under: Advice, article, Author, Character, inspiration, writing Tagged: Erika Wassall, Guest Post, How Characters Can Become Stories, Sylvia Liu

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4. You deserve to be loved and cherished–by others and by yourself.

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You deserve to be loved and cherished–by others and by yourself. I hope you’re treated with love–by your friends and family, by people around you, and by yourself. It’s important both how others treat us, and how we treat ourselves. Keep taking in the love and compassion, and rejecting any ill treatment. You only deserve good things.


This can be a hard time of year for many people, so I thought I’d post more positive messages for people again–selfies along with the messages, so people can see the person (and author) behind the message. I think it helps make it more personal and real.

I will try to post photos most days of December for you all. Let me know if you like this idea. :)

And if you like this post, if it speaks to you, I hope you’ll share it with others.

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5. Happy Chanukah!

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Amalia Hoffman sent this in to help us celebrate Chanukah. Amalia was featured on Illustrator Saturday: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2010/09/18/illustrator-saturday-amalia-hoffman/

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Michelle Kogan not only sent in the illustration above, but also the poem below to celebrate Hanukkah.

Hustle of Hanukkah
Michelle Kogan © 2014

Hustle of Hanukkah
somehow squeezing it in
In between holidays
falling often mid week

In between school and work
and numerous car trips
In between tradition
and finding your own way

In between Maccabees
the temples destruction
In between stolen oil
a miracle appears

In between night’s darkness
inner warmth radiates
In between lights glowing
throughout cold winter days

In between your mom’s arms
and between dad’s embrace
Making Hanukkah fit
in between for eight days

The poem below was sent in by Marie Wagner. Marie is an Artist, Author, Publisher, and Web designer. http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/marie-wagner.html?tab=artworkgalleries

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Thank you Amalia, Michelle, and Marie for sharing your work with us.

Hope all my Jewish friends around the world have a wonderful holiday!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Filed under: authors and illustrators, Holiday, illustrating, Illustrator's Saturday, inspiration, Poems Tagged: Amalia Hoffman, Chanukah, Marie Wagner, Michelle Kogan

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6. Follow your dreams. You are worth believing in.

follow-dreams-20141215_141018-450Follow your dreams. You are worth believing in. Whatever it is you want and need to do–then do that. You matter, and your dreams are important. It may take a while to get your dream, so don’t give up. Keep reminding yourself of why you want it, and keep moving forward. It will come.


This can be a hard time of year for many people, so I thought I’d post more positive messages for people again–selfies along with the messages, so people can see the person (and author) behind the message. I think it helps make it more personal and real.

I will try to post photos most days of December for you all. Let me know if you like this idea. :)

And if you like this post, if it speaks to you, I hope you’ll share it with others.

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7. Notice the love around you. Take it in.

notice-love-20141213_105126-450Notice the love around you. Take it in. You may have more love around you than you know. I get love from friends and from my little dog Petal, and they all make up my chosen family. I’ve also experienced kindness, acceptance, and compassion from strangers, acquaintances, and friends, and to me those are all forms of love.

I didn’t grow up with love. My parents abused and tortured me, and so did many other family members and their friends. I was bullied as a child and teen. I was taught to hate myself. So it became hard for me to trust that people could actually like me, never mind love me. But people (and animals) do. And I know they do for you, too.

This time of year especially, or any time that is hard for you, it’s important to take in the love, to not let it bounce off your defenses or reject it.

Notice the love, kindness, and compassion around you. Take it in and really embrace it. You deserve that love, and you’ll feel happier taking it in.


This can be a hard time of year for many people, so I thought I’d post more positive messages for people again–selfies along with the messages, so people can see the person (and author) behind the message. I think it helps make it more personal and real.

I will try to post photos most days of December for you all. Let me know if you like this idea. :)

And if you like this post, if it speaks to you, I hope you’ll share it with others.

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8. when thought turns to hate

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What makes discussion great is when thought leaders’ advocate, debate, pontificate, commiserate, relate, educate and collaborate…until thought turns to spate, promotes hate, carries weight, problems accelerate, personal ideals dictate, ideas deflate, people turn irate. And, then it’s too late.

-TA Gould


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9. Publishing Industry J.K. Rowlings

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Todays illustration was submitted by Barbara DiLorenzo who was featured on Illustrator Saturday April 14, 2012. Barbara is an author/Illustrator and her first picture book titled Renato and the Lion will be released by Viking in 2016. Very Exciting. Congratulations, Barbara! www.barbaradilorenzo.com  

David Caruba sent me an note saying that PW reported that one of the publishers will be publishing J.K. Rowland’s commencement address at Harvard University in book form. He looked it up on the Interent and her speech is on You Tube (it’s posted in its entirety) and it’s really great. Funny, moving, shocking, sincere–everything that makes her a wonderful author. Thanks David for sharing your find.

 

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Filed under: Advice, Author, inspiration, success Tagged: Barbara DiLorenzo, David Caruba, Harvard Commencement Address, J. K. Rowling

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10. Publishing Industry J.K. Rowlings

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Todays illustration was submitted by Barbara DiLorenzo who was featured on Illustrator Saturday April 14, 2012. Barbara is an author/Illustrator and her first picture book titled Renato and the Lion will be released by Viking in 2016. Very Exciting. Congratulations, Barbara! www.barbaradilorenzo.com  

David Caruba sent me an note saying that PW reported that one of the publishers will be publishing J.K. Rowland’s commencement address at Harvard University in book form. He looked it up on the Interent and her speech is on You Tube (it’s posted in its entirety) and it’s really great. Funny, moving, shocking, sincere–everything that makes her a wonderful author. Thanks David for sharing your find.

 

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Filed under: Advice, Author, inspiration, success Tagged: Barbara DiLorenzo, David Caruba, Harvard Commencement Address, J. K. Rowling

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11. Love and accept your body. You’re beautiful as you are.

love-body-20141213_102205-450Love and accept your body. You’re beautiful as you are.

We’re all given constant messages from advertisements and the media that we’re not good enough as we are, that we need to fix or change something about ourselves. But that’s just done to create insecurity so companies can sell products and services, and also sometimes by society to keep some people in power. It’s not based on actual beauty.

You don’t need to change anything; you are beautiful as you are. Truly! Soul shines out of people’s eyes and faces–true beauty–and that’s what draws me to someone. I also see beauty in each of us. If you look at people with an artist’s eye, as well as a compassionate or soul eye, you’ll see the beauty, too. I hope you can look at yourself that way and realize you’re beautiful just as you are.


This can be a hard time of year for many people, so I thought I’d post more positive messages for people again–selfies along with the messages, so people can see the person (and author) behind the message. I think it helps make it more personal and real.

I will try to post photos most days of December for you all. Let me know if you like this idea. :)

And if you like this post, if it speaks to you, I hope you’ll share it with others.

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12. Best of First Half of 2014 Illustrator Saturday

Last Saturday I picked my favorite Illustrator Saturday Illustration from each illustrator who had been featured during the second half of this year. Even though I had picked my favorites from the first half on May 24th I still wanted to post the first half and added a new choice for each illustrator so there would be something new.

ELISABETH ALBA

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http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/03/08/illustrator-saturday-elisabeth-alba/

OMAR ARANDA

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http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/05/03/illustrator-saturday-omar-aranda/

DENISE CLEMMENSEN

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http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/illustrator-saturday-denise-clemmensen/

MIKE CRESSY

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http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/illustrator-saturday-mike-cressy/

MICHAEL DOOLING

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http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/illustrator-saturday-michael-dooling/

CHRISTOPHER DENISE

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http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/illustrator-saturday-christopher-denise/

ERIC FREEBERG

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http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/illustrator-saturday-eric-freeberg/

MELANIE HOPE-GREENBERG

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http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/illustrator-saturday-melanie-hope-greenberg/

MICHELLE HENNINGER

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http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/illustrator-saturday-michelle-henninger/

CAROL HEYER

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http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/illustrator-saturday-carol-heyer/

ALISON JAY

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http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/illustrator-saturday-alison-jay/

SUZANNE KAUFFMAN

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http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/illustrator-saturday-suzanne-kauffman/

KAREN LEE

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http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/illustrator-saturday-karen-lee/

DANA MARTIN

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http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/illustrator-saturday-dana-martin/

WENDY MARTIN

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http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/illustrator-saturday-wendy-martin/

BOB MCMAHON

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http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/illustrator-saturday-bob-mcmahon/

ANA OCHOA

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http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/illustrator-saturday-ana-ochoa/

LYN STONE

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http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/illustrator-saturday-lyn-stone/

JENNIFER THERMES

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http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/illustrator-saturday-jennifer-thermes/

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Filed under: authors and illustrators, illustrating, Illustrator Sites, Illustrator's Saturday, inspiration, picture books Tagged: Best of Illustrator Saturday first half of 2014

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13. Recognize your progress and triumphs. Celebrate them!

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Sometimes we forget to take time to see how far we’ve come, or to celebrate our progress. We’re focused on the next goal. But it’s important to take time to appreciate our successes and progress. I hope you see how far you’ve come and what you’ve accomplished, and you celebrate it. Celebrate yourself.


This can be a hard time of year for many people, so I thought I’d post more positive messages for people again–selfies along with the messages, so people can see the person (and author) behind the message. I think it helps make it more personal and real.

I will try to post photos most days of December for you all. Let me know if you like this idea. :)

And if you like this post, if it speaks to you, I hope you’ll share it with others.

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14. Free Fall Friday – Reviews and Kudos

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Melissa Iwai is participating in an AdventChallenge2014 this month and she sent me this fun illustration from December 3rd. Thought it might give you ideas for decorating your best friend. Melissa was featured on Illustrator Saturday. Now her husband has something to tout about below.

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After being read and
reviewed by Karen Haas
in New Jersey, Cherry Money Baby by John Cusick took at trip to Pennsylvania and visited Gail Krause.

Gail is  pictured on the left holding Cherry Money Baby taken on Thanksgiving day in the Poconos.

Isn’t it a great holiday picture?

After Gail read it she wrote a review on Amazon and Goodreads, then set Cherry off on a trip to visit someone in Louisville, Kentucky.

We’ll have to wait and see where Cherry ends up traveling after that.

DenisMarkellKate Sullivan at Delacorte Press has won two middle-grade novels by Denis Markell (Melissa Iwai’s husband) at auction. The first book, Click Here to Start (a Novel) , is pitched as The Westing Game for fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. In it, young Ted Gerson inherits “all the treasure” to be found in his great-uncle’s old apartment – only to realize the flat is actually an in-person “escape the room” game and the reward for completing it could be extraordinary. Publication for Click Here to Start is set for summer 2016; the second book is untitled. Holly Root of Waxman Leavell Literary Agency sold world English right to both books.

chrisbehrensChris Behrens’ had good news. He received a letter from Barnes and Nobel’s Small Press Department in NYC saying they wanted to include his book, Savanna’s Treasure on their stores book shelves. I asked how this came about and he told me he had written a letter to B&N’s Small Press Department and sent them a book to review. I am sure this will help increase his sales.

Congratulations, Everyone!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Filed under: inspiration, Kudos, News Tagged: Barnes & Noble, Cherry Money Baby, Chris Behrens, Click Here to Start, Denise Markell, Gail Krause, Melissa Iwai, Savanna's Treasure

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15. It's official - I'm a purple belt in kung fu!

I've been wanting to take my purple best test in kung fu forever, but a series of unfortunate events (death in family, medical error that resulted in hospitalization, and knee injury from running) conspired me to be out of town or out of commission whenever there was a belt test.

You have to demonstrate kicks, punches, grab counters, grappling, stick fighting, stances, forms, and more. Martial arts has been key to me being successfully able to describe physical enounters.

Last night I finally tested and got my purple belt.

Now all I need to do is get a single stripe on my belt in Brazilian jiujitsu and I'll be happy!



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16. Take time to do what makes you feel good or happy. Remember to have fun. :)

take-time-feel-good-20141211_114242-450Take the time to do what makes you feel good or happy. Remember to have fun. :) It’s so important to do things we enjoy, that give us pleasure. So many of us work so hard, we forget about happiness, and joy, and little things that can make us happy we’re here. For me it can be blowing bubbles, hugging a friend, playing with my little dog Petal, reading a book. Noticing a beautiful sunrise, looking at something that feels beautiful, eating chocolate. :) Really being in the moment and enjoying it. Whatever that is for you, whatever brings you good feeling, I hope you keep taking time to do it.

I think it can be especially hard to remember to do feel-good things when you’re going through something stressful, or a crisis, or a hard time of year. But then it’s all the more important to do those things. So keep doing things that remind yourself you’re glad to be here, or that give you some enjoyment, or that help you connect with others. I wish you joy.


This can be a hard time of year for many people, so I thought I’d post more positive messages for people again–selfies along with the messages, so people can see the person (and author) behind the message. I think it helps make it more personal and real.

I will try to post photos most days of December for you all. Let me know if you like this idea. :)

And if you like this post, if it speaks to you, I hope you’ll share it with others.

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17. Michael Meade on stories

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18. 2015 Short Story Challenge

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Carol MacAllister copied me on this contest, yesterday. I don’t usually bring you contests with more than a $10 entry fee, but this one sounds like fun, is giving feedback on all submissions, cash prizes, and has gotten a lot of buzz, so I thought I would let you know about it for you to decide.

The Short Story Challenge 2015 Early Entry Deadline is Today!

The 9th Annual Short Story Challenge is a creative writing competition open to writers around the world.  There are 3 rounds of competition.  In the 1st Round (January 16-24, 2015), writers are placed randomly in heats and are assigned a genre, subject, and character assignment.  They have 8 days to write an original story no longer than 2,500 words.  The top 5 in each heat advance to the 2nd Round (March 12-15, 2015) where they receive new assignments, only this time they have just 3 days to write a 2,000 word (maximum) short story.  Judges choose finalists to advance to the 3rd and final round of the competition where writers are challenged to write a 1,500 word (maximum) story in just 24 hours (April 24-25, 2015).  The top writers receive thousands in cash and prizes and feedback from the judges is provided for every entered story.  Sound like fun?  Make sure to register by the early entry deadline of December 11th before the entry fee goes up!

OFFICAL RULES and PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

EARLY ENTRY FEE: $45 – Get $5 off if you tweet or post on facebook
EARLY ENTRY DEADLINE: Today – December 11th.

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Click Here to Visit the Forums.

In addition to the cash prizes listed below, we will be announcing many more great prizes for the 2015 competition soon!

1st Place • USD$2,000 Cash

2nd Place • USD$750 Cash

3rd Place • USD$500 Cash

4th Place • USD$250 Cash

5th Place • USD$100 Cash

Good Luck!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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19. If you’re having a hard time, remember: It *will* get better.

hard-time-will-get-better-20141201_173159-450If you’re having a hard time, remember: it *will* get better. It usually doesn’t feel like it when you’re having a hard time, especially if you’re in crisis, or really triggered or scared or in deep pain, but you will move through it, and things will get lighter, easier, and better again. So if you’re having a rough time, try to find ways to keep breathing through it, and try to hold on to knowing that it WILL get better. You just have to get through the rough period.

It can help to use positive distraction–to read a good book, watch a movie, talk with a friend, go for a walk and notice the beauty around you. It can help to talk to a friend, loved one, or therapist and be heard. Hugs and safe touch can also help. So does getting out the emotion in safe ways–writing, drawing, dancing, screaming into a pillow, going for a run. It can help to read (and re-read) positive messages from people you care about, and to think about good times you’ve had. And remember that there are always crisis lines if you need them–through phone, email, and text, such as RAINN.

Sometimes you can change/lighten your mood and help you feel good again by using these techniques, and sometimes it may just help you through. I hope you use these, and any other safe ways that don’t hurt you.

Please keep yourself safe, treat yourself gently, and keep holding on to the belief that things will get better–because they will.

If you need to, please read my posts Reasons Not To Hurt Yourself

, Reasons Not To Kill Yourself, or contact one of the crisis lines on this list (most respond to calls, text, and email.


This can be a hard time of year for many people, so I thought I’d post more positive messages for people again–selfies along with the messages, so people can see the person (and author) behind the message. I think it helps make it more personal and real.

I will try to post photos most days of December for you all. Let me know if you like this idea. :)

And if you like this post, if it speaks to you, I hope you’ll share it with others.

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20. Free Fall Friday – What Does It Take?

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This wonderful holiday inspired illustration was sent in by Joan Charles. She is an illustrator, writer, graphic designer. Her work can be found in gallery exhibitions, magazines, and books. She illustrated the award-winning middle grade adventures Lost in Lexicon and The Ice Castle, written by Pendred Noyce. http://www.joancharles.com

In the last few months I have been asked how someone gets on Writing and Illustrating to show off their work, get an interview, and market a book. Here are the things I consider:

1. Do I know you? Have I met you?

2. Do you follow my blog?

3. Do you leave comments?

4. Do you promote Writing and Illustrating on your website, facebook, or blog?

5. Have you tweeted, reblogged, facebooked or shared information posted on Writing and illustrating?

6. Have you ever been featured on Writing and Illustrating?

7. Have you ever written or shared any information on Writing and Illustrating that would help other writers or illustrators?

8. If you haven’t done any of the above, do you have something to share that the readers who be interested in hearing about?

9. Have you published a book? Is there anything interested in how it got published or something you did that would interest readers?

10. Are you willing to do a book give-a-way?

I can’t know everyone by meeting them in person, but I can get to know you by leaving a comments or following my blog. I have many friends that I hope to meet someday. If you are writing or illustrating a book, you should be looking for people like me who have a large amount of followers and start working to make a connection.

I’m happy for everyone who gets something published, wins a contest, gets an agent, or wins an award and will be happy to include you in a Kudos post. But if you fit into the first seven on the list, you are considered family and will always get your successes promoted on Writing and Illustrating.

Tips: You shouldn’t wait until your book is about to come out to start building connections. Start doing that right now. Think about what type of things you could share that would help other writers. Maybe you don’t feel like you have anything to share, but I bet you do if you think about it. Have you attended a workshop or conference? Have you read a book on how to write or illustrate? You may be revising a story and have an epiphany. Did you learn anything useful during a critique? Maybe you run into an agent or editor who shared knowledge that could be shared?  The substance of all these things could be used to write an interesting article. It would be a great way to get your name out there and be noticed.

Just remember when you want to promote yourself, you can’t look like that is all you are interested in doing.

Submissions: Send to Kathy.temean (at) gmail (dot) com. In subject area write, SUBMISSION ARTICLE FOR WRITING AND ILLUSTRATING. Introduce yourself, bio, and send me your article or express you interest in writing an article on…(subject and your idea).

I love when people have a topic they would like to write about that will help other writers and illustrators. If there is not enough meat to the article, I will give you some ideas or suggestions to pump it up. So write something interesting, helpful and start submitting your article to build your list of places and people who will help spread the words when success jumps in your path.

I am sure you have gone to blogs or signed up for newsletters that end up just talking about their book or books. If you haven’t you are lucky. I know I have and it is very disappointing. In fact that tactic could turn someone off and cause them not to buy anything with your name on it. So be careful.

Don’t get buried in only thinking about writing only for your own blog. If you get your article on another blog, you are getting access to a whole new group of people who might end up following your blog. Be smart. Even if you have ten published books, do not turn down someone with a large following saying things like, “I want people to come to my blog, not yours.” This is a statement from someone who doesn’t understand the importance of marketing and someone not savvy enough to see how getting exposure to thousands of new people could be a huge win.

Remember: I am not the only blog with a large following. There are many that could provide opportunities for you.

I am looking to do a Kudos post next week. Any good things happening out there? Let me know.

Call for Christmas Poems or Hanukkah Poems and or illustrations. Will be posting them later this month. Send to Kathy.temean(at)gmail.com Put December Illustration or December Poem in subject area. Thanks!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy

 


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21. Illustrator Saturday Favorites – Second Half of 2014

Every year I pick my favorite illustrations from the artists featured on Illustrator Saturday. It is not an easy task to decide. I am sure you probably would chose different illustrations. You can click on the link under each picture and give it a try. You might have been busy when an illustrator was featured. This post makes it easy for you to click over and see what you missed. If you were featured on Illustrator Saturday (since it started) please send me a new illustration and tell me what you have been up to since you were featured. It is a nice way to show off your talent. Put “Previous Illustrator Sat. Featured Illustrator” in the subject area.

Here are my favorite from the second half of 2014:

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Mehrdokht Amini: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/illustrator-saturday-mehrdokht-amini/

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Craig Cameron: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/illustrator-saturday-craig-cameron/

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Rebecca Caridadhttp://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/illustrator-saturday-rebecca-caridad/

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Marcelo Elizalde:  http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/illustrator-saturday-marcelo-elizalde/

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Lisa Fields: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/illustrator-saturday-lisa-fields/

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Anna Guillotte: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/illustrator-saturday-anna-guillotte/

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David Harrington: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/10/18/illustrator-saturday-david-harrington/

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Leeza Hernandez: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/illustrator-saturday-leeza-hernandez-3/

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David Hill: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/illustrator-saturday-david-hill-2/

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Sharon Lane Holm: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/illustrator-saturday-sharon-holm/

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Ines Huai:  http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/illustrator-saturday-ines-huai/  bearsled

Lita Judge: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/10/04/illustrator-saturday-lita-judge/

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Colleen Kosinski: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/illustrator-saturday-colleen-kosinski/

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Mary Manning: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/illustrator-saturday-mary-manning/

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Gregory Manchess: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/11/29/illustrator-saturday-gregory-manchess/

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Rob McClurkin: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/illustrator-saturday-rob-mcclurkan/

beaver copy copy Mike Moran:

http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/illustrator-saturday-mike-moran/

Angela Padron illustrator intesive FINAL

Angela Padron:  http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/illustrator-saturday-angela-padron/

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Andreja Peklar: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/07/12/illustrator-saturday-andreja-peklar/

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Maja Sereda: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/illustrator-saturday-maja-sereda/

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David Small: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/illustrator-saturday-david-small/

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Connie Steiner: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/illustrator-saturday-connie-steiner/

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Sarolta Szulyovszky: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/illustrator-saturday-sarolta-szulyovszky/

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Laura Susan Thomas: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/11/01/illustrator-saturday-laura-susan-thomas/

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Sholto Walker: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/35367/

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Anne Wertheim: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/illustrator-saturday-anne-wertheim/

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Annie Wilkinson: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/08/30/illustrator-saturday-annie-wilkinson-2/

I am looking to do a Kudos post next week. Any good things happening out there? Let me know.

Call for Christmas Poems or Hanukkah Poems and or illustrations. Will be posting them later this month. Send to Kathy.temean(at)gmail.com Put December Illustration or December Poem in subject area. Thanks!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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22. Illustrator Saturday Favorites – Second Half of 2014

Every year I pick my favorite illustrations from the artists featured on Illustrator Saturday. It is not an easy task to decide. I am sure you probably would chose different illustrations. You can click on the link under each picture and give it a try. You might have been busy when an illustrator was featured. This post makes it easy for you to click over and see what you missed. If you were featured on Illustrator Saturday (since it started) please send me a new illustration and tell me what you have been up to since you were featured. It is a nice way to show off your talent. Put “Previous Illustrator Sat. Featured Illustrator” in the subject area.

Here are my favorite from the second half of 2014:

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Mehrdokht Amini: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/illustrator-saturday-mehrdokht-amini/

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Craig Cameron: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/illustrator-saturday-craig-cameron/

rebeccacinderfloor

Rebecca Caridadhttps://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/illustrator-saturday-rebecca-caridad/

marcelocircus

Marcelo Elizalde:  https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/illustrator-saturday-marcelo-elizalde/

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Lisa Fields: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/illustrator-saturday-lisa-fields/

anna10

Anna Guillotte: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/illustrator-saturday-anna-guillotte/

davidexoticwoman

David Harrington: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/10/18/illustrator-saturday-david-harrington/

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Leeza Hernandez: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/illustrator-saturday-leeza-hernandez-3/

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David Hill: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/illustrator-saturday-david-hill-2/

sharonJune illokathy temean art

Sharon Lane Holm: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/illustrator-saturday-sharon-holm/

ines10 woman of cats

Ines Huai:  https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/illustrator-saturday-ines-huai/  bearsled

Lita Judge: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/10/04/illustrator-saturday-lita-judge/

colleenriver of wishes9hair lowered a smidge3tdep5_6_14_3NO-WORDS

Colleen Kosinski: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/illustrator-saturday-colleen-kosinski/

maryhalloween

Mary Manning: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/illustrator-saturday-mary-manning/

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Gregory Manchess: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/11/29/illustrator-saturday-gregory-manchess/

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Rob McClurkin: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/illustrator-saturday-rob-mcclurkan/

beaver copy copy Mike Moran:

https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/illustrator-saturday-mike-moran/

Angela Padron illustrator intesive FINAL

Angela Padron:  https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/illustrator-saturday-angela-padron/

andrejasleepingonroof

Andreja Peklar: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/07/12/illustrator-saturday-andreja-peklar/

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Maja Sereda: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/illustrator-saturday-maja-sereda/

paperhohninterior

David Small: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/illustrator-saturday-david-small/

masks850

Connie Steiner: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/illustrator-saturday-connie-steiner/

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Sarolta Szulyovszky: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/illustrator-saturday-sarolta-szulyovszky/

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Laura Susan Thomas: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/11/01/illustrator-saturday-laura-susan-thomas/

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Sholto Walker: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/35367/

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Anne Wertheim: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/illustrator-saturday-anne-wertheim/

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Annie Wilkinson: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/08/30/illustrator-saturday-annie-wilkinson-2/

I am looking to do a Kudos post next week. Any good things happening out there? Let me know.

Call for Christmas Poems or Hanukkah Poems and or illustrations. Will be posting them later this month. Send to Kathy.temean(at)gmail.com Put December Illustration or December Poem in subject area. Thanks!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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23. You matter.

you-matter-best-20141207_094503(0)You matter. You really do. You might not see right now how many lives you touch–just by a kind word, a smile, listening to friend or loving someone, telling someone something they need to hear right at that moment–but you matter. Everything you do and say affects someone, and you have a place in this world.

I hope you can treat yourself with the same kindness, compassion, and love that you do your friends and other loved ones. Hope you realize that you matter, and it’s good you’re here.


This can be a hard time of year for many people, so I thought I’d post more positive messages for people again–selfies along with the messages, so people can see the person (and author) behind the message. I think it helps make it more personal and real.

I will try to post photos most days of December for you all. Let me know if you like this idea. :)

And if you like this post, if it speaks to you, I hope you’ll share it with others.

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24. WRITE YOUR STORY…WITH FIRST LINE.

2015 marks the 17th year of The First Line.  This online publication gives writers an opportunity to see one of their stories in print using the format of the same first line.

Here are the new first lines for 2015.

Spring 2015: Fairy tales hardly ever come true for quiet girls.   (Submissions due February 1, 2015.)

Summer 2015: Laura liked to think she was honest with herself; it was everyone else she lied to.   (Submissions due May 1, 2015.)

 Fall 2015: The old neighborhood was nearly unrecognizable.   (Submissions due August 1, 2015.)

 Winter 2015: George pressed the call button and said, “Mrs. Whitfield, you have a visitor.”(Submissions due November 1, 2015.)

The First Line is available on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006XGLLSU


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25. Allow yourself to take in the good things people say about you–and know they are true.

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Allow yourself to take in the good things people say about you–and know they are true.

If you’re a survivor of abuse or if you had critical parents, you may struggle with believing in the good in you, and you may dismiss compliments or positive things others say about you. I do. But when people say good things about you, they mean it, and it’s important to allow the good things in, to really appreciate all the good you do.

One thing that may help you with this is to repeat to yourself the good things other people have said to you. Or write them out (or ask the person to), and then read them over again.

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This can be a hard time of year for many people, so I thought I’d post more positive messages for people again–selfies along with the messages, so people can see the person (and author) behind the message. I think it helps make it more personal and real.

I will try to post photos most days of December for you all. Let me know if you like this idea. :)

And if you like this post, if it speaks to you, I hope you’ll share it with others.

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