Friday, September 21, 2018

New Adventure! Joining SCBWI

Despite my ability to engage in a seemingly never-ending stream of effervescent babble, I am actually quite shy. Pair that trait with chronic procrastination and it is all too easy to socially isolate oneself.

Well, I finally decided to challenge my comfort zone! I joined the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and attended the first meeting of my local chapter. I am really excited to engage in critique groups, try out webinars and explore all the SCBWI's resources. I also found out I can submit Stealing the Dark Moon for consideration for a Spark Award; why not!

In the words of Paulo Coelho, “If you aren’t pushing your limits, you aren’t going far enough, and you still don’t know who you are.” 

Here's to new adventures!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Stealing the Dark Moon made the Watty's 2018 Longlist!

So I was shocked to learn that Stealing the Dark Moon made the 2018 Wattys Longlist (Thanks for the kind congrats, GTKnight).

(Cue the squees of happiness!!!)

As I hadn't received any notification yet, I scrolled through the entire list of over 700 stories until I found the dragon cover by my fabulous illustrator Audrey Bagley.



Today, I received the Wattys media award kit and felt just like a kid getting an early Christmas present!



Update: Kit's misadventures also made this Hidden Gems Watty reading list! 

Any reader who wants to follow the Dragon Den's orphans can read the story here.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Adventures in Japan

In July, I had the lucky opportunity to go back to Japan with my husband and sisters.

Flower of Unoma Koen
Did I do any writing? Not a bit! I used to mentally berate myself and feel worthless if I didn't meet an imaginary daily ink quota. This time, I let myself . . . enjoy . . . just being alive.

I ate tofu ice cream (best stuff ever!) and uni (sea urchin) sushi whenever I could, washed my hands in the cool cleansing waters of many sacred shrines, rode the Hakodate Ropeway over a glittering evening cityscape:


Traveled deep into Hokkaido to take a cruise on Lake Akan

 
 
All to see the mysterious Marimo ball!

 

Caught hordes of chanseys and other Pokemon in Sapporo at night



Oh, and very nearly perished from sheer exhaustion on the mountainous climb up to Yamadera Temple in Sendai!
 


Sure, I got sunburned, sweat rivulets in the super humidity, was glutened several times, not to mention suffered major jet lag from the time difference, but even with all the physical exhaustion I ended up ultimately feeling rejuvenated.


Now, I am tackling chapters of Iffy Magic with my audibook narrator, getting my novel A Fair Account of the Traitors Snow White and Rose Red ready for (hopefully) October publication, as well as working on waaaaay too many other writing projects.

Sometimes, I have to let go of my almighty lists and starry goals and precise measuring sticks. It is good to give yourself permission to be a human, with all the failures and wonder that entails.