Sunday, July 31, 2011

Weekly Writing Tips

Tristi Pinkston is a writer extraordinaire. Not only does she write in several genres, but she takes the time to write weekly writing tips. These tips are a great way to learn little facts you might not know about writing. Just an extra little boost to get you closer to the top of the slush pile. If you are interested in receiving Tristi's tips you can email her at Tristi has an author newsletterthat is full of her book signings, book releases and other fun stuff. It will come to you once a month if you sign up for it at

Friday, July 15, 2011

Independence Day Flash Fiction Blog Fest

I'm participating in Ali's Flash Fiction Blog Fest.
The theme is:It's Independence day and something unexpected happens . . .
Here's what happened in my twisted brain:

Lights flashed overhead in brilliant cascades of red, blue and green, the crowd yelled and cheered, but I didn’t hear anything but my own panicked heart. “Logan,” I cried, searching through a sea of faces all bent to the sky. The touch of his little fingers in mine was still there. How could he just disappear? Panicked, I pushed through the crowd. The sound of rusty hinges from a park swing pulled me toward the playground.

“Ma’m is this your son?” someone said. I swung around to see a young man in military clothing holding Logan’s hand.

“Oh Sweetie,” I cried. I clutched his little body to mine and he hugged me just as tight. I looked up with tears in my eyes to thank the boy, but he was nowhere in sight.

Standing, I said, “Logan, where is the man who brought you
to me?”

“Right over here, Mommy,” he said, leading me to a statue of three soldiers saluting the flag.

Interested in reading other entries. The other blogs are listed in the side column. Have fun.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers

In June I was thrilled to attend the afternoon session of Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers. It is a wonderful conference with some seriously talented people teaching the classes. For example, I attended classes taught by Holly Black (author of Spiderwick), Kathleen Duey (Author of Skin Hunger), Martine Leavitt (Author of Heck, Superhero) and Jed Henry (Author/Illustrator of I Speak Dinosaur). Ally Condie was the keynote speaker and the classes were organized by no other than Carol Lynch Williams. So you can see the level of amazing people we were surrounded by.
There were also two editors, Alyson Heller and Lisa Yoskowitz as well as an agent, Mary Kole. They all spoke and gave us information about what they were looking for and how to contact them.
This was a great conference. For anyone that missed, plan on next year. They hold it at the Waterford School in June although registration is much earlier.
As a side note, James Ducket is having a contest on his blog.
He has 50 followers and is shooting for 100. Check out the details and the great prizes that include an Amazon gift card or a Cold Stone Creamery gift card.