I received my wonderful pressies from the book blogger swap and actually waited until Christmas to open them. My Secret Santa was the Bassett Knitter,and she should win some type of award for giving gifts to strangers. In my little “about me” email I mentioned that I wrote middle grade and suggested that a my person could send a copy of their favorite book from 5th grade. She sent a copy of A Wrinkle in Time (which I haven’t read for years), a lovely tote, a hand knit ornament, a pioneer craft book, some candy, and a handmade box of writing prompts! It was a sweet and lovely package. Thank you, Paula!
A ping pong door. Genius!
Amy Krause Rosenthal writes fine picture books, like Little Pea and Little Hoot. That should keep her busy enough, but she also has a social experiment to illicit more loveliness from the world.
She’s starting a new phase of her experiment, a conglomerative documentary of loveliness. Want to be a part of it? The deadline is in a couple of weeks, and the info is here.
Writing. Ugh! I’m sick of my manuscript. I feel like I’m treading water and it will never ever be finished. I thought I would feel better once I finished my draft and sorted out a few things, but the more I dig into it…the more problems I find. The before the X, and after the X feel like two different stories. The pacing, the action. I just feel a really long way from making it work. I don’t know if I can be objective anymore. It probably needs a new set of eyes, but it’s too muddled to show anyone. Ugh.
There aren’t enough blogs devoted to middle grade writing. YA and picture books kind of dominate the kidlitosphere. Every time I find a new one, like Welcome to my Tweendom, it makes me happy.
Way #3795 to avoid writing: A blog devoted entirely to animal babies born in zoos. Cuteness abounds.
I’m uploading a few shed pictures this very instant, so those will be up shortly. I promise to post them by the end of the year.