Thing One and Thing Two. I did ask permission, though, so that makes it okay. :) I was kind of surprised to see all my answers turned out writing related. Maybe I'm just in 'writer mode' because the LA conference is right around the corner.
Biggest Dream- A book contract (How un-unique, I know, but it's the truth.)
Biggest Regret- That I didn't work harder on my craft when I first started writing.
Biggest Hurdle- First Drafts. Once I have them, I love them. But I can't seem to get excited enough to stick with one.
Biggest Accomplishment- Not giving up. And then, not giving up again. Then again. And...
Biggest Mistake- Too many to choose from.
Biggest Sacrifice- All the things I don't do because writing takes up all my free time: painting, community theater, more sports, foreign language classes, yoga...
Biggest Weakness- CHECKING MY EMAIL!
Biggest Goal- (See Biggest Dream above)
Monday, July 25, 2011
Fellow mentee Lee Wind put together this fantastic post, featuring nuggets of wisdom from the 2010-2011 Nevada SCBWI Mentors and Mentees. Visit his blog, I'm Here, I'm Queer, What Do I Read to poke through some great pieces of advice. And if you're not already a follower of Lee's, add him fast! He's one of the official SCBWI Team Bloggers for the LA Conference!
Monday, July 18, 2011
|This is how I feel about rejection letters. Let's all say it together: Blaahhhhhh!|
- Just seventeen days until the SCBWI Conference in LA!
- I've put aside revisions for a while and am focusing on the WIP I researched and plotted last year. I'm about 4,500 words in (about 10% done) and am loving the relationship that's developing between this girl and her grandmother.
- I just found out my XXth High School Reunion is coming up in October. I. Feel. Old.
- The Boy and I saw The Deathly Hallows Part 2 on Friday. I was blown away. By far (IMO) the BEST movie of the series. The Boy, however, still likes The Sorcerer's Stone best. (I'm thinking it's because he's about the same age as Harry in that movie.)
- I'm trying to decide whether to read The Warrior Heir or The Emerald Atlas next. Thoughts?
Friday, July 15, 2011
This is my favorite Friday Favorite so far!
My amazingly talented, BFF Tess Hilmo just received a starred review from KIRKUS for her book, With A Name Like Love. I'm on Cloud 9 for her!! Check out the review HERE. Check out Tess HERE. Pre-Order With A Name Like Love HERE.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Over the past few weeks, I've been recording The Iron Bodkin for the Talking Book Collection of the Idaho Commission for Libraries. The TBC is a program where books about Idaho or by Idaho authors are recorded, in audio form, for use by anyone with sight impairments or physical limitations that might hinder their ability to read books in print form. It's been a really neat experience. I'd never been in a recording studio before, so today I snapped some photos.
|This is the recording studio. There are two identical studios in this room and they can be used at the same time.|
Friday, July 8, 2011
SCBWI Utah/Southern Idaho Presents:
Novel Revision Retreat with Emma Dryden
October 1, 2, and 3, 2011
Stonefly Lodge in Ashton, Idaho
A weekend to revise, learn, and share with other dedicated writers. $325 includes food, lodging, and workshops for the weekend. Limited to 16 participants. Participants must have a completed manuscript and must commit to reading three other full manuscripts prior to the retreat. Contact Neysa Jensen to register: neysajensen(at) msn (dot) com
Registration deadline: Sept. 1, 2011 Stonefly Lodge in Ashton, Idaho http://stoneflylodgeidaho.com/index.html
For my part, I can tell you Emma is awesomeness in human form. She was one of the mentors in the Nevada Mentorship Program last year and the folks who had her, loved her. (Not as much as I loved Susan, of course, but right up there within an inch or so.) Check her out on her Blog, or her website.
To give you a little background (lifted from Emma's website):
The summer before I graduated, I landed an internship as a “jack of all trades” assistant at Viking Children’s Books and once I earned my B.A in English Language and Literature from Smith, I returned to New York City to be an Editorial Assistant at Random House Children’s Books. I was then hired as Associate Editor for the legendary Margaret K. McElderry, whose eponymous imprint was part of Macmillan Children’s Books, and was later named Senior Editor of the imprint. After Margaret K. McElderry retired, I was made Vice President, Editorial Director, and in 2005 I became Vice President, Publisher of Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Margaret K. McElderry Books, imprints of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, a position I held until 2009.
Over the course of my twenty-five year career I’ve edited nearly five-hundred books for children and young readers, ranging in format from board books and picture books to poetry, novelty books, non-fiction, middle grade fiction, and young adult/teen fiction and fantasy.
See? Told you! Awesome.
Feel free to ask questions about the program here. I'll be happy to dig up answers for you and post them back.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
But I miss you all, so I'm attempting to get back to regular blogging...starting with a few updates.
1. The Iron Bodkin was selected to be a part of the Talking Book Project by the Idaho Commission for Libraries. That means it will be turned into an audio file and made available to the 40,000 hearing, sight or physically impaired people in our state who have trouble reading print books. I'm honored, humbled and a little giggly.
2. There are only twenty-eight days until the SCBWI-LA conference! If you'll be there, drop me a comment and I'll be sure to look for you. I'll be arriving on Friday and leaving Monday afternoon. Plenty of time to meet and greet.
3. I still plan to do a post about those nifty plot diagrams I used during my mentorship. Stay tuned!
Lastly, a photo of The Boy, who is at least a foot taller than he was last time I posted. Happy July!