My friends, 2019 has been a great year for some, but a year of struggle for many. My year had sweet highs and crushing lows. I’m looking forward to the bright, shiny New Year. I hope you are too. Through the sun and rain, I learned a few things which I’m happy to share with… Continue reading 2020 Takeaways
Happy Almost New Year’s Eve Everyone! Children's author Julie Hedlund (http://www.juliehedlund.com/12days) challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year. She believes the way New Year's resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity - what DIDN'T get done or… Continue reading Success in 2019!
Writers, join in the fun and inspiration of generating 30 new story ideas in January 2020. Visit @taralazar.com, register, and write to make friends and win prizes. I’ve done it, I loved it, and I won a great prize (critique). Good luck!
Every year when STORYSTORM rolls around, I struggle to find a theme for the registration post…so I go looking for good GIFs.
OK, I think Modern Family wins this year. It’s my family’s favorite show, so why not?
Every year I think there is no way I can pull this off again.
And every year, it somehow comes together as if by magic!
It’s quite astounding, really.
I’m not a super-organized kind of person. In writing terms, I’m quite the pantser, although over the years I’ve become a deliberately procrastinating pantser. What does that even mean? I let my ideas marinate, simmer—maybe even fester—until I feel ready to write, until I have a pretty good idea of how it should all go down.
And then it works out, kind of like this:
So that’s what my process feels like, and I’ve come to trust it, bonks on the head and…
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My Halloweensie story did not place, but here are the top 12 out of 324 (!) entries for your enjoyment. Aren’t they terrific? Feel free to follow the link to Susanna’s site and vote for your favorite.
All right, you guys.
Clearly there was a dastardly plan afoot.
A plot, one might say, involving sneaking, secrecy, and skulduggery!
I know what you’ve have been up to.
On a dark and stormy night, you all got together in a cobweb-covered barn and, sipping a delectable steaming potion concocted of chocolate and cream, with bobbing marshmallows and a dusting of cocoa powder, you rubbed your hands together gleefully and cackled, “Oh, what a trick we can play!”
Forthwith, you applied yourself to submitting 324 – yes, that’s THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY FOUR!!! – amazing entries to the 9th Annual Halloweensie Contest!
I think it’s safe to say you nearly did us in.
We are but shadows of our former selves, haggard from a solid week of reading and re-reading, evaluating and re-evaluating, trying desperately to narrow the tremendous field down to 12 finalists.
I’m going to tell you…
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For the first time, I'm entering Susanna Leonard Hill's annual Halloweensie Contest. The rules this year is that the story be for children aged 12 and under, 100 words or fewer, and include the words: trick, cobweb, and potion. Please enjoy my entry below! Hob, Gob, and Lin Hob, Gob, and Lin Wandered on the… Continue reading Halloweensie Contest
Hello Friends! The colors are glorious, the weather is blustery, fun-size packages have taken over the store. Fall is in full swing. My essay on reflecting on fall is featured in the latest issue of the Columbia River Reader. You can access the entire newspaper by this link: Columbia River Reader. My article is on Page… Continue reading Fall Reflections and Contest News
The blog has been quiet for too long. But, today I'm back with a book review. The fall is shaping up to be busy and productive for writing. I'm starting a new course with the Institute of Children's Literature in November (more about that later), as well as continuing my on-going projects. The Remarkable Journey… Continue reading The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise – A Middle-Grade Book that Catches Your Heart