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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I've found another great tip from a successful writer. Bruce Hale, writer of the Chet Gecko mystery series for kids, publishes a newsletter. In his latest newsletter Bruce answers a question from a reader about how to deal with different age levels when making school visits. He makes suggestions on how to make presentations for grades k-2, 3-5, and middle grades, 6-8. His suggestions are great and it's worth going to his web site - to see them, or to subscribe to his newsletter. Bruce is a very funny guy - one of those people who was born with a natural sense of humor. Wish I was.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Recently, I have been looking into transforming some of my children's stories into ebook format in order to make them available for iPod sales. I suppose it's the next big thing in publishing - at least that's what I keep hearing. I know nothing about it, so I'm beginning from scratch here. I've contacted sources, downloaded information, etc., etc. When it comes to doing something entirely new, one can't get enough information. I'm from the old school, though. One of those old folks who just loves the feel of a book in my hands...turning the pages back and forth...the smell...the texture... But my love of physical books is not going to stop progress. So I've decided that, for better or worse, I'm going to see what it's all about. and other sources have more information. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

My latest visit with my son has led me to two conclusions: one, children do grow up, and, two, his enthusiasm for life has renewed my own. And, now that I think of it, there is a third conclusion: my enthusiasm for writing is directly connected to my own enthusiasm for life. When everything around me seems vital and full of purpose, my writing flourishes. I see things more clearly. The voices of my characters speak louder to me...telling me to bring them to life, to tell their stories. For any writer, that's life, right there in a nut shell. Sometimes that nut is hard to crack, but what's inside is sweet, and worth fighting for. And so it should be for any artist - crack the nut, see what's inside, then let it free.