Monday, August 31, 2009
For more information check out the National Book Foundation's website.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Of course, this doesn't mean I won't submit an occasional blog post on the weekend when I have some juicy news to share or when I get smacked on the head with a major writing epiphany.
So have a great weekend everyone - catch you on the other side.
Thanks for the encouragement T. Anne!
Punctured and Porous, I Become
Death punctured a hole in my soul, not the first and not the last, and bequeathed as its gift a perpetual emptiness.
The longer I live, the more punctured and porous I become, growing ever more so with each loss.
I stand poised and proper, as dictated, yet left with little more than an aging shell and a fragmented spirit.
Elusive power - Change this life-death cycle! But alas that power belongs to mythic gods, of which I am not - I am only
skin, and bones, and fingernails, and hair.
Death must live, and life must die.
This is our legacy.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Don't miss this opportunity.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The top prize is $25,000 and guaranteed publication by a major U.S. publishing house.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Yep, Felix is at it again, helping me to write. It's actually lunch time and I sat down to write today's blog and here comes Felix. Anyway, back to business.
I got up this morning and resumed my morning stretches to Sunrise Earth (I blogged about this earlier, check out the link). It was a great start to the day. It was nice travelling to British Columbia even for just a few minutes. //(Sorry, Felix is at it again. Now he's covering half the keyboard with his body, while I'm fighting for the other half).
Anyway, A reminder popped-up on my Outlook Calendar this morning and I wanted to pass it on. The Emerging Writer Awards contest deadline is approaching on August 31st.
I think that's it for the post today as I'm slowly losing the battle for the keyboard. Talk to all tomorrow!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
So to keep with the theme of "inspiration", I wanted to share a website/newsletter/book that I recently rediscovered. I had heard about this a few years ago on Oprah, and came across an old email newsletter from them again recently. It's called "The First 30 Days". It's great advice, motivation, and inspiration for the first 30 days of any new life-changing project.
For me, the most helpful section has been, Pursuing Your Dreams. So I just signed-up for the free newsletter so I can receive inspiration and tips in my email every morning. If you're in need of a little inspiration and advice, check out the The First 30 Days website.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
May you all have a spark of inspiration this weekend!
Friday, August 14, 2009
And then it hit me...she would make an excellent character for a story. So, after she left the waiting room, I jotted some notes down on my phone. I described her appearance, parts of our conversation, and what I learned about her in that short time.
Now I'll file it away until I have a story that needs an elderly lady as a character.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Here's a quick blurb about the excerpted chapter:
"In this excerpt from award-winning novelist and short story writer N.M. Kelby’s The Constant Art of Being a Writer, you’ll learn how to:
• Determine whether a story idea is sustainable
• Use conflict to make your idea stronger
• Evaluate your characters and their place in your story..."read more
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I thought a good way to start the week might be to talk about blogs, marketing them in particular, as many of you have blogs just like me. Here's an article from SocialMedia Today that's all about that very subject: How To Market Your Blog.
I've been using LinkedIn and Facebook as my main sources for getting the word out. They have both proven useful. Have you guys found other useful methods of letting people know about your blogs? I'm always open to new avenues.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
"Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody."
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
About Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a beloved American poet of the 19th century, is best known for "The Song of Hiawatha" and "Evangeline." He was born in Maine in 1807. He knew Latin by the age of six, and when he taught at Bowdoin College, he wrote the textbooks himself. He courted his second wife while teaching at Harvard and frequently walked the several miles from Cambridge to Boston across the West Boston Bridge. The bridge that replaced it was named the Longfellow Bridge in his honor. He died in 1882.
(content from The Everyday Health Network's Daily Inspiration Newsletter)
Friday, August 07, 2009
Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook online
For over 100 years the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook has existed to help unpublished writers make it into print, assist established authors, journalists and others who want to develop their career, and give artists the encouragement and information they need to exhibit or publish their work.
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Plus, it fits in with my revised plan-of-action for this novel, which is revising until October (if needed), then submitting to the Delacorte Press Contest for a First Young Adult Novel. One of the stipulations of the contest is that manuscripts cannot be submitted to other publishers or literary agents while under consideration for the prize, so it works out perfectly. Notification is between January and April as submissions are evaluated by the editors, with final contest results announced around April 30, 2010. If I get notification before the end of January, then plan B is to submit the novel to the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Plan C will be to submit to a new round of literary agents after that. So it's just the beginning of the process.
And since my goal is to finish revisions by October, then I'll be ready for this year's NaNoWriMo November 1-30, and this year I'm determined to finish. National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Case-in-point, the 38th Annual SCBWI Summer Conference is being held August 7-10th in Los Angeles. And for those of us not able to attend, follow the comings and goings on The Official SCBWI Conference Blog.
The SCBWI Summer Conference is the biggest-ever summer conference line-up of agents, editors, and art directors, plus keynote addresses and over 70 workshops from the most well-known authors & illustrators in children’s publishing, including specialized tracks on Non-Fiction, Young Adult novels, Illustration and Marketing.
SCBWI: Founded in 1971 by a group of Los Angeles-based children's writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is one of the largest existing organizations for writers and illustrators. It is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals working in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia.
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Here's the ordering information & take advantage of the summer sale I'm offering on my webstore.
Three ways to order
To order online: My webstore (summer sale - order here for savings)
To order from the publisher: XLibris
(tell me your choice of hardcover or softcover and how many copies you'd like to order...I'll email you an invoice.)
I can sign copies of the book upon request.
Thanks to everyone who has been supporting me. Hopefully soon I'll have my second book available too - keep watching for updates.
Do You? is a collection of original poems and photographs (76 pages, 36 full-color photographs). Click here to view excerpts from the book: Excerpts
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Good question, right? It's a question I've battled with, and one I continue to evaluate on a day-to-day basis. My feeling is that Social Networking should complement the writing, not distract from it, but that's easier said than done.
This article has some helpful tips on this very subject:
HOW TO: Deal With Social Networking Overload
July 30th, 2009 by Alexandra Levit
"As a career and workplace writer, I get asked all the time: I feel like I’m on social network overload"...(read more).