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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Authors and Illustrators

Working on a book is hard work, we all know that. I have worked on my share of works in process; so far none of which has seen the light of day. Well, they have, but they haven't gotten past the the agent test. Don't worry, I'm still working on changing that.





What I find fascinating is not only the hard work that goes into these works, but the illustrations as well. For example, check out the picture above. I have this rough draft of the cover of Charlotte's Web. Ever wonder how many different covers were tried before they decided on one?

I've always loved looking at the pictures of the young reader chapter books where they have a small picture to help sum up the the chapter next to the title . Whoever thought of that idea? I love it.



 But what puzzles me more was how many hours and rewrites did it take to get the right title for the chapter and the right illustration? I'm guess a few dozen. It must have been so hard to decide.

Then there are picture books. There are so many authors out there who haven't even met the person who is working on the illustration for their books. Think about it, doesn't it boggle your mind to know that someone else is taking your baby and giving it a new life in pictures? As an author it must be so exciting to see your characters take on life like that? I'd love to know what that feels like.

Now authors who are illustrators as well are just too talented for me. I mean have you ever looked at the cover of a book to see that the author and illustrator are the same person? Next time look. Not as many as those with different author and illustrators on them. I say hat's off to them, now that is talent. One I will not ever posses, but I have great respect for. Thank you.

One of my favorites which incredible illustrations is:


MISS FIONA'S STUPENDOUS PUMPKIN PIES, by
  • AUTHOR: Mark Kimball Moulton
  • ILLUSTRATOR: Karen Hillard Crouch

If you have never read this book and looked at the illustrations why have to get yourself a copy.

Another of my favorites is: 

BUSTER, by
Author:  Denise Fleming
Illustrator: Denis Fleming

She is a perfect example of an author who writes as well has designs her own illustrations.  

Tell me some of your favorites so I can go check them out! 





Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tell me a Story


I love this picture because there are so many thing you can write about. I have mine below. It's kind of somber, and might need some more work to touch it up, but I like it and I hope you do too.


I close my eyes
And take a breath
But still I feel the pain in my chest.
I wrap my arms around myself
And tears drip down
My face is wet.

I long to sing of better days.
And hear the soft sweat sound of success.
I know its near, it's within reach.
I just can't see it, through the tears.

I try to fight, I hold on tight.
I grip and claw my way once more
I can not stop I must go on.
Though the pain is heavy and my heart is sore.

I close my eyes
And take a breath
But still I feel the pain in my chest.
I wrap my arms around myself
And open my eyes to see what's left.

Over the mountain the sky is blue.
The clouds are white, and birds fly too
But still by my the sky is dark
And there are no birds at play in my park.

I must get over that mountain of pain
and feel the healing of the rain.
I'll grip and claw my way once more,
I won't give up until I soar!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Back in the Swing of Things

Don't I wish 'Back in the Swing of Things' meant writing, but I don't. I have been very busy though. I've been swinging more like that cute monkey hanging there. Isn't he adorable? I think I'll call him Sam. Why you ask? Well why not?



Anyway the reason I'm back in the swing of this is this:

Work is picking up even more the before (as I stated in past posts), in fact so much so that my company is moving in the next few months. We are in the process now of painting, updating the electrical, building walls, building sterile rooms, the works, so yeah, things have been busy there.

My personal life has been busy too. The boys are back in baseball and you guys know me, it's one of my favorite places to be. My oldest has also taken up kick boxing and wrestling, while my youngest added guitar to his piano lessons.  So how can I possible find the time to write much less find time to post?

I'm still trying to figure that out. But- I'm still here and that says a lot.  As they say, where there is a will there is a way, and I'll find a way.


It's a great motto and I love it.  What have you guys been up too?  Drop me a line, I'd love to hear from you.
In the mean time I'll be resting in the beautiful swing there hidden in the trees. If I could just find the time, and the swing. LOL

Oh, and thanks for stopping by Susanna's blog and checking out my pitch for my picture book, A Noise in The Dark everyone has had wonderful advice!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Pitch Perfect!

Hey,

I'm so glad you stopped by.

Now get out of here and head over to Susanna Leonard Hill's Blog to critique my pitch for my picture book A Noise In the Dark for Perfect Pitch Wednesday!

And since I don't want to leave you empty handed:


Take a puppy with you, or should I say cupcake?  Aren't they just too cute to eat? I love it!

And hey, Thanks for all the support!




Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Your Attention Please!

 Picture Book Fans!!            I have an announcement to make!


Tomorrow is Perfect Pitch Day over at Susanna Leonard Hill's blog.  It is also the day in which she will be featuring my perfect pitch for my picture book  A Noise In the Dark.

Please click over to Susanna's blog check out all the wonderful goodies she has on her website and don't forget to critique me!

At the end of the month, don't forget to go back and vote for the best pitch of the month!  Thanks everyone!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tell me a Story



Okay I can't take credit for this photo, it came from Ellen DeGeneres Show. Don't you just love that husky? Such a character!  Okay tell me your story or poem.

I'll start:

Can I have it? Can I have it?
Do you think that I should take it?
They left it, they left it
How can they have left it?

It's so hot, and it looks so cold.
So refreshingly wet on my nose
Can I have it? Can I have it?

It's so green and so bright,
Ooh it looks like such a delight.

One taste, just one taste.
They won't know
I'll be done before they know.
Just one, just one tiny one
Oh darn I don't have thumbs!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A Little Game I Like to Play

I hope you like this game. I know I do. So let's play again. I've another picture for you. I hope you like it.





"I hear ya frog, this class is boring, at least you can hop away."

Doesn't he look like he wishing he could be a frog and hop away too? All I can think of is a science class field trip. What do you think of when you look at this picture?  Tell me, I'd love to know.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tell me A Story

That's right,

It's time for Tell me a Story






I found this picture and I automatically thought of the month of March. You know how it comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.  Look as the sun is breaking through shinning on the water as it roars down the the stream until it hits the quite calm. I love it.

Peace can be found, but only after the storm
The sun struggles to give life for the danger is forlorn.


Okay, now it's your turn. tell my your poem or story.  I'm listening. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tell me a Story....



I thought this would be fun. Please take it seriously.  Look at the picture of this adorable child and the basset hound and write me a short story, or poem.

I'll start:

"Yippee, Yippee, Oh happy day!
The doctor says I'm cancer free
What fun, what joy to run and play
Now Charlie come with me.

We'll run and jump and play hide and seek.
No cancer can find me.
For I won I won and now I see a future bright as can be.

Please put your story or poem in the comments.  If I get a large response I'm going to try this one a month.


Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Little Game I Like to Play


There is a game I like to play with my boys, and I thought it would be fun to share it with you. You see my boys love animals, what kid doesn't right? We flip through a book and give the animals a voice. It really brings the picture to life. I posted mine below the picture.




"Aw, mom, really? Everyone is watching!"

See even Mom tigers can't kiss their kids in public. 
What would you have the tigers say? Put your caption in the comments and share with us.  I'd love to see your thoughts. 

Monday, February 25, 2013

A Little Faith



I found this saying on Facebook last week, and I felt I needed to share it. Now I can't speak for everyone, and as you know I never do. I only speak for myself, but I find when life gets a little rough around the edges I turn to my faith. You see, we are not supposed to know why things happen in life. We are not supposed to know why things happen the way they do.What we are supposed to know is that there is always a plan. It might not be our plan, but it is a plan non the less.

Sometimes, we fight the plan laid out before us, and that is when the road gets harder to travel. Sometimes that is good. It challenges us, makes us prove we really want what we are fighting for. Other times no matter how long and hard we fight nothing changes. I've decided those are the times when you have to say, "Okay, it's just not my time yet, but my time will come."

Have faith, keep fighting and remember, you're time will come. Maybe not the way you planned. Maybe not in your time frame; but there is a reason for that. Once we get  through that rough patch, hopefully we can see why things turned out the way they did. So have faith, and know we never go through those rough patches alone.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tell me a Story Coming Soon!



Hi Everyone,

I know I know, I've been gone a long time. I come and go like the season's lately. I've been working on my novel, working at my day job, etc... You all know the drill. Through it all I have neglected my blog. There have been many times when I thought I might scrap it all together. Let's face it. I'm not hear as much as I used to be and I tried many times to revive it.  I want to say thank you to my loyal visitors, it means a lot to me that you keep returning hoping to find something new.

Well, now I have something new for you. It's called Tell me a Story.  Once a month (notice I'm trying not to commit myself to much here in case things go wrong. LOL) I'm going to post a picture of something. It is your job to write me a short shorty or a poem about the picture. Note: This is for fun only, there are no prizes, just a fun writing exercise to broaden our skill.

I will always start you guys off with a story or poem of my own to get the juices flowing.  The first Tell me a Story starts Tuesday March 4th so make sure you come back then to see what picture I have for you. What do you say? Do you like the idea? Let me know in the comments


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Okemo, VT



Well I'm back from my weekend at Okemo Mountain and I have to tell you, it was very cold We made our way up Friday night after the boys got out of school; there was no way I was going to take them out of school. We stopped a few times for dinner and bathroom breaks; not to mention feed and walk Rascal.

It was around nine by the time we got there, so it wasn't long before everyone was off to bed so we could get an early start Saturday morning.

My husband got up early with the boys and sighed them up for snow boarding lessons, much to their delight(they were not happy). I hit the slopes with my mother-in-law mid morning and got a few runs in on the magic carpet to warm up, before buying tickets for the lift and taking a break for lunch back at the house. After lunch my Mother-in-law and I hit the slopes again before joining my husband for a few runs, before picking up the kids.

Sunday, it was too cold for me, so I stayed home. I was really upset about it too, but with the temperature being 17 degrees, and the wind chill at around 3 degrees the furthest I got was walking Rascal around the block. Even then I had to put on snow pants and thermals. I could barely walk let alone ski.

Monday morning we headed home praying that we weren't headed towards a driveway full of snow that needed to be shoveled. Yes, that's right, if you live in the North East like me, you heard or dealt with the snow that came in Saturday.  Thankfully their wasn't much snow, and I was able to get Rascal to the vet for an evening appointment. Thank my friends is a story in itself. Stay turned. I'll tell you all about my puppy, next post.

In the mean time, tell me how your President's Day weekend went?