Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sneak Peek at True Gossamer Art!

I am excited to give a tiny sneak peek at the art by Illustrator Bonnie Bishop for my children's story, True Gossamer: A Wingless Fairy Tale.

Coming Spring 2019!

Monday, November 26, 2018

In the Waiting

So the end of the year is fast approaching! I am not where I hoped to be in terms of my writing goals. But I do feel like 2018 really challenged me to grow as a writer, and I have gained new confidence from joining critique groups as I attempt new ink adventures.

Here is 2018's project tally:

  • Published Stealing the Dark Moon
  • Currently revising A Fair Account of Snow White and Rose Red, waiting on illustrations for True Gossamer, and working on audio with narrator for Iffy Magic. Hopefully all three books will be ready by next summer!
  •  Writing new sci fi manuscript, tentatively titled Cosmortalis. I hope to have this done by August 2018. 

I recently discovered music artist Kina Grannis and fell in love with her songs, especially "In the Waiting."

In this song, she realizes that "life is in the waiting:" The tiny minutia, twilights and quiet in-betweens, they all give depth and breadth to our existence. I am still learning the gratitude and peace that comes with this acknowledgement . . . if not the patience!

Monday, October 8, 2018

The Next Level Up

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending a dinner celebrating the joint venture between SCBWI and North Dakota's Indian Education Program for Books for Readers. The speaker that evening was Newbery medal winner, Linda Sue Park! I'm so glad I was able to hear about her writing process, and questions to ask ourselves as writers. Here are some of my hastily scribbled notes:

When considering whether or nor to start writing a particular story, ask if it would be an interest or a passion for us. A passion might include elements of our own identity and time we have deeply invested in something that we wish to explore more, while an interest will not last.

Also, consider whether the subject of the story (especially sensitive topics like writing about a different cultural identity) is one where you are well-informed and would feel appropriate sitting at "the kitchen table" rather than at the more formal "dining table." In other words, consider the  relationship and level of familiarity you have with the subject matter.

I was especially grateful for Park's discussion of habit in her writing. She trained herself to write 200 words every day (though sometimes that may mean 5 days instead of 7, because, life!), but the point is every day she has the goal of writing 200 words. She also emphasized the importance of teaching others that your writing time is work even when it is at home and should be respected as work time.

As writers, we should think about how we would work on our craft in "the next level up," and write as if we had already reached that professional level to have a chance of making it there. In essence, treat our writing goals and craft with the rigor of professionalism!