May 29, 2016

Yesterday at the University of Florida Phillips Center we watched my nephew become Dr. Chance Stutesman, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He will begin work after he passes his State Boards in North Carolina. It was a great ceremony.  The next morning we get up and were going to travel home when we received a phone call from my brother-in-law that Interstate 95 was down to one lane and a 4 to 5 hour back up. So we found an alternate route through the countryside of South Carolina. I guess I would have enjoyed it if I wasn’t looking for water on the roadway or flooding. We traveled a way folks used to go to the coast before interstates; boy were we troopers.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Tropical Storm Bonnie savaged the South Carolina coast with some surfs and water. Stay safe SC peeps!


May 27, 2016

Dad is here in Hickory with us. Great time with him because soon we will leave for Gainesville, Florida. Tell you about that later. Watching interaction between people today taking notes. Great research. Moms and daughters, Dads and sons, siblings with each other. Stocking away notes and memories when I need to use them in a manuscript.

Lily’s Lagniappe: LSU Softball and LSU Baseball both doing well at the end of their seasons. GEAUX TIGERS!!!


May 23, 2016

Working on picture books and YA novel. Busy day today and hoping tomorrow get some work done on YA novel.

Lily’s Lagniappe:  SEC tourney begins tomorrow in Hoover, Alabama. GEAUX TIGERS beat Tennessee.


May 19, 2016

Came back from Gatlinburg today. Great writers retreat. Worked on two picture books and one YA novel. Continuing to revise YA novel and revising the two picture books.

Lily’s Lagniappe: LSU Softball going to James Madison University for Super regional this weekend. LSU Baseball going to SEC tourney in Hoover, AL. GEAUX TIGERS!! Our dear tiger mascot has been diagnosed with a rare cancer in his face near his nose. Without treatment he can live 1 to 2 months but with treatment possibly up to 2 years. Forever LSU! Please keep this bengal tiger in your prayers that he does not suffer at all and lives to a ripe old age.


May 17, 2016

Still typing manuscript into computer and loving the new focus. Hopefully can make the book stronger and more easier to sell. The MC is stronger and learns more about herself and the secondary characters are more fleshed out and important to the end.

Lily’s Lagniappe: LSU Baseball and Softball teams may both make it to the College World Series in their respective sports. GEAUX TIGERS!!


May 15, 2016

Inputting revision into the computer and then printing out manuscript and begin revising again. Trying to continue the strong focus the first revision has started.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Well, LSU Tigers Softball made it to the championship game but lost to Auburn. Tonight we fins out if LSU will host a regional and super regional in the bracket to the WCWS. GEAUX TIGERS!!!! LSU Baseball has won series against Tennessee today going for the sweep. Brooms ready!!


May 13, 2016

YA novel revision is moving along but slowly developing the right focus and meaty substance. Plot lines doing well and even secondary characters developed more fully. Loving the new direction.

Lily’s Lagniappe: LSU Baseball and Softball winding down their seasons. Hopefully each of them get a chance to go to College World Series.


May 11, 2016

Revising YA novel making MC more well rounded and believable being hurt and angry.  The plot is more fleshed out and stronger. I’ve changed the title to SHE SHOULD HAVE TOLD.

Lily’s Lagniappe: The softball and baseball seasons are in full swing. LSU Tigers are due for both teams to have a great season.