Say Yes, visit me at Petite ReviMo

This year, writer and artist Meg Miller created a unique challenge — ReviMo, a week in January to revise our picture books. I did it!

I won.
Then, Meg decided to nurture us some more and created a Petite ReviMo. The March Petite ReviMo begins today — March 12. She asked me to write a post. Please visit and tell me what you think about saying YES to your writing or maybe just something random. I like random.

See you over at Meg’s.

PiBoIdMo Blog Hop

PiBoIdMo Blog Hop

This post was supposed to appear last week, but I spent ALL my blogging time reading the Halloweensie stories over at Susanna’s. Congratulations to all the winners! It was spooky fun to read and participate in all the Halloweensie fun.
About the blog hop.
Illustrator and Writer Dani Duck tagged me in the PiBoIdMo Blog Hop. PiBoIdMo equals Picture Book Idea Month created by Monstore Author Tara Lazar. I’ve been participating in the picture book idea challenge since Nov. 1. I wrote last week about my goal for this year over at Writing from the Peak.  I’ve met my goal to date!
For the hop, I’m supposed to tag three children’s writers participating in PiBoIdMo. As I write this, I don’t have three. Anyone want to participate? I’ll ask again after my answers.
PiBoIdMo Participant
Here are my answers to the four questions:
1.      What am I currently working on?
Submissions. Others may be talking about specific manuscripts, but for now I’m wading in a flood of digital files and printed manuscripts with scribbles, strikes, and crumples. It’s not fun to crumple up the computer — let me tell ya. The revisions are a result of feedback from submissions and critique groups. I’m also organizing my drafts, so I can improve my revision process.
2.      How does it differ from other works in the genre?
This is why No. 1 is likely supposed to be a specific manuscript. Two of my revisions involve little girls as the main character. That’s different for me, as I tend to stick to boys.
3.      Why do I write what I do?
I love the challenge of writing picture books — both in the efficiency and the responsibility of the words. When, oh when, will I figure out the right way to end a 100-word story.
4.      What is the hardest part about writing?
Staying organized. I know there is time in the day. I just need to stay focused and write at set and random times.
Final Call for Action! I need three volunteers to answer these questions for the PiBoIdMo Blog Hop. (I’ll add your blog links and bios into the post.)

Writing from the Peak: Revisions

Writing from the Peak: Revisions

A funny thing happened when I mentioned I would be silent on my Blogger blog for just a little while longer  …
My monthly post on the Pikes Peak Writers blog Writing from the Peak is scheduled to appear today.
Working on my Puzzle, er, Manuscript is up today. I wrote about revisions and those tricky puzzle pieces — or words as we call them in the writing business.

This was tricky to make. Of course, now I know how to make a picture into a puzzle. Black was not my best color choice, but you’ll understand if you read the post about revisions.

Major accomplishments (so far) this week:

  • I revised a pitch to submit to Susanna Leonard Hill’s Would You Read It series. I’ve read and commented on pitches, but never submitted one. My motivation arrived in a FB group discussion. I said, “Oh I should REALLY do that.” I wrote on my calendar to submit a pitch this week. My tentative date for Simon Wants to be a Helper is in December. Don’t worry, I’ll remind you all when my Wednesday arrives.
  • A soft opening for my website! I’ve joked that building a website is like writing a story  — we could revise it forever. Thanks for visiting.

There are several ways to follow the site from RSS feed to email. I chose mailchimp for my primary blog delivery system. So, we’ll see if I figured that out or not.

Thanks for stopping by!