May 7, 2015

Changing THE SEARCH FOR THE PRINCESS from third person past to first person present. This is a very arduous task; getting each and every verb and noun in the proper tense. The middle grade novel is based on a medieval game my niece, nephew and I developed. Working through each level with my protagonist and his challenges, I hope this helps this manuscript to sell.

Lily’s Lagniappe: The SEC Softball tournament began yesterday and LSU will play Tennessee today at 7:30. GEAUX Lady Tigers!!


May 5, 2015

The middle grade novel I’m working on it under going a new revision at the front end of the manuscript. The revision advice I got from the novel revision seminar was that I need to set Austin in his world before I lead him out. Leaving on Monday to go to Gatlinburg for a three day writing retreat with my writers group. Hoping we have a great time. We should, we usually do. I guess it will be a fun time in the condo. Key is to get writing done. Won’t be a problem for me.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Well today begins the SEC Softball Tournament at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. First game is at 12:00. Tigers play tomorrow at 6:30 and play the winner of Tennessee and Kentucky. GEAUX TIGERS!!!



May 3, 2015

This morning last speaker is Chris Cheng. We learned his story. Where he started and after 30 or more books how he stays forever asking questions and keeping idea notebooks.  He sends us off and challenges us to do the same things he does. Ask questions, research answers, ask more questions, always keep the children in mind and never forget it is the best JOB in the world.

Lily’s Lagniappe: This weekend LSU softball made it to top four in the conference therefore on the first day of the tournament they have a bye. The SEC Softball Tournament is at Tiger Park. GEAUX Tiger Softball. Hope you get a regional at Tiger Park.


May 1, 2015

Going to a SCBWI Novel Revision Seminar in Chapel Hill today.  It is three day weekend with Christopher Cheng, Kendra Levin and Mallory Kass. Three days of inspiration, making new contacts and getting feedback on a manuscript. Chris Cheng, an amazing author and speaker, started the weekend off great. The next two days will be filled with one on one discussion in small groups about manuscripts, perfecting your voice, searching for the right time to start your story and a variety of ways to look at the same thing. A great weekend for all who will come.

Lily’s Lagniappe: The humidity of Louisiana is beginning to set in. Walking out of doors makes you break out in a sweat. This is really not the time to take a vacation to my favorite state. Summer is stifling; only those who grew up there or still live there can handle it. Or maybe you dare? Prove it!