Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

However you say it, have a wonderful holiday season with the ones you love. Wishing you peace, joy, and happiness AND much writing success in 2012!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Highlights Foundation Magazine Writing Workshop

From a Highlights Foundation e-mail:

At a recent Highlights Foundation workshop, Rachel Buchholz, executive editor at National Geographic Kids, contributed her knowledge of the current children's magazine market. She told of an eager market, ready for your stories. A market that reaches millions of readers; with healthy circulations and a growing online presence.

Learn how to break into this favorable market with four amazing magazine writing experts. Join Rachel Buchholz, Paula Morrow, Rich Wallace, and Lou Waryncia at Writing for Magazines: Fiction and Nonfiction, March 8-11, 2012. You will leave this workshop with a clear understanding of everything the children's magazine market has to offer.

To secure your spot, or for more information, contact Jo Lloyd at 570-253-1192 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 570-253-1192 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, e-mail jo.lloyd@highlightsfoundation.org, or request an application online.

To view more 2012 Founders Workshops, which take place near Honesdale, Pennsylvania, please visit www.highlightsfoundation.org.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Failure and Hard Work Equal Success

"Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price."
~ Vince Lombardi

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."
~ Colin Powell

 

Maggie Stiefvater author of the best-selling series Shiver failed to get into a creative writing class in college because she was told that her writing wasn't promising enough. Thankfully for readers, that didn't stop her. Many writers believe that they need a writing degree in order to purse a career as a writer. According to Maggie no formal degree is required. What is required? Many hours of hard work.

Shannon Messenger's (one of the founding members of WriteOnCon) inspirational post on the hard work and failed draft attempts that finally got her first novel published.
20 ways to NOT write your first book

Inspirational video by muscleprodigy.com. Great quote from the narrator, "You will always pass failure on the road to success."
Failure Before Success

Saturday, December 3, 2011

It's December Already?

I can't believe July 30 was my last blog post. How have you been?

Here's what I've been doing:

1) Surviving the new school year. It amazes me how much homework a third and sixth grader can have each day. You'd think they were in college. AND it amazes me how much I've been helping them. I feel like I'm back in school with all the book reports and writing happening this year. Thank God my hubby helps them in the math department. Not my strongest subject for sure.

2) Taking online writing classes. Well, I actually am back in school. I took my first online UCLA writing class this summer with the UCLA Writers Extension program, Writing the Young Adult Novel with Beth Ann Bauman. I just completed a fall quarter class, Novel Planning: Writing Order out of Chaos with Lynn Hightower. These classes just keep getting better and better. I've been pushed and stretched to places I'd thought my writing couldn't go. Each class is seriously tough, but worth it. I've got an edgy novel pretty much figured out. I never thought I'd want to write a novel, but I've never been more excited about a writing project and I'm putting my all into it. I'll be enrolling in the winter quarter soon. If you don't hear from me for a while again, you'll know why.

3) Attending sporting events. Hockey and football. I've been chauffeuring my boys to practices and games nonstop. We even attended our first Baron's hockey game a few weeks ago on free jersey night and hope to attend a OKC Thunder games soon once the NBA games get going again. Whew. Being in an all-boy family, it's a good thing I like sports.

4) Adding a new family member. In August, the Rogers' added a very cute furry addition to the family that we adopted from the Bella Foundation. Our oldest son, Big C named our new Chiweenie puppy, Lucky. "Mom, I hope he brings us luck," he said. Big C even wrote an essay about him for his English class. I was one proud mama when he brought home an A. I'm hoping this streak of good grade luck will continue.

Here's Lucky... Isn't he a cutie?




5) Experiencing earthquakes. In Oklahoma. During November, Hubby and I were jolted awake at 2:15 a.m. by our first earthquake, a 4.7 one Saturday night. Then the next night, the biggest earthquake in Oklahoma history, a 5.6 rocked our house for a minute. Our youngest son, Little C came running down the stairs in a panic asking us what was happening. Big C slept right through it. Then another night we had a 4.7 earthquake during a tornado and flash flood watch. I felt another small one a few days ago. We are expecting the volcano to erupt any minute now.

That's just a small serving of what's been on my plate lately. How are you? Writing lots? Taken any great writing classes lately? I'd love to hear all about it.