November 7, 2014

Today is Friday. The end of the work week but for most of us the beginning of the writing weekend. Those priceless hours when there are no demands on your time, the sleepless nights we wade through our picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels or young adult novels. It really doesn’t matter what you write there are always issues. Maybe you have too many words in your picture book manuscript or barely 25,000 in your young adult novel which is more of a novella; so you shift subplots and use a thesaurus to whittle down the picture book script. Now you realize it is 7:30 AM the next morning so your family day begins and it is only a mere 12 hours until you can work on these treasures again. Happy writing!!

Lily’s Lagniappe: Thanksgiving usually provides left over turkey, so why not try a Louisiana stable, turkey jambalaya. Many recipes online but remember without rice not a true jambalaya. Rice is a agricultural product of the state. In southern Louisiana there are rice patties scattered all over.


November 5, 2014

Well, the election is over but more importantly the political ads are over for awhile.  As a writer and a former educator it is appalling just how untrue these ads have become. It seems no one wants to tell the truth, only wants to win at any cost. So what about the protagonist and antagonist in your work-in-progress? Are they untruthful? Do they have tunnel vision? Characters are not one sided, they are complex unique individuals with a variety of traits. Some traits are good and others are not. All people have those traits, good and bad. Your characters should reflect that especially your antagonists. No one is all good or all bad.

Lily’s Lagniappe: If you travel to southern Louisiana during the holiday season and happen to be there on Christmas Eve; do not miss the bonfires on the levees. It lights the way for Papa Noel’s journey. It dates back to the 1870’s. It a fun night for families.


November 3, 2014

Tomorrow we elect new senators, representatives, mayors, and governors. Government is not perfect but it can only work efficiently if we force our elected officials to do as WE want!! If they don’t they are OUT! Vote you choice and then hold them accountable.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Our food is favorable not so hot, you break a sweat when you eat. We add things to enhance flavor not burn your tongue. There is Tabasco Sauce for those who like a little kick!  BE WARNED: A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY!!!





November 1, 2014

This is the weekend we turn the clocks back an hour. It is chilly outside so another hour snuggled in our beds is perfection! The major problem for me is sleeping for that extra hour. I rarely get five hours on a good night. My mind is usually running through issues with the current work-in-progress. Character issues, plot issues and conflict issues. I can only take care of one thing at a time. So today I’m trying to solve character issues.. How about you? Any issues with your manuscript?

Lily’s Lagniappe: If you are seated at Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter in New Orleans eating beignets; WARNING!!! Do not inhale as your take a bite! Loose powdered sugar will choke you every time. The beignet are delicious.