June 17, 2015

The skies of Omaha were rumbling with thunderstorms and lightning in the area. The games were delayed by two hours. LSU won yesterday and will play again tomorrow. Still generating the germ of a new middle grade novel.

Lily’s Lagniappe: My sister and I would go to stand in line for tickets and then return later in the day for the game. Tickets very reasonable that way.


June 15, 2015

The Tigers lost yesterday and will play again tomorrow. Beginning to generate a new middle grade novel in my mind. I going to start with a baby book. Now how to use it? As a keepsake, as a guide, as the only connection to the past, as a guide for their life, as a map to the past and any family left? All good questions but which way to approach the new main character, is she alone? Has she been kidnapped? Need answers!!

Lily’s Lagniappe: We went to Famous Dave’s BBQ, the store manager is from Louisiana and gave us a free bread pudding.


June 13, 2015

Well, in Omaha and setting up the RV. The KOA camp is nice but could be much better. We will be okay but it is very cramped. LSU plays tomorrow at 2:00 in the afternoon. We have tickets in the upper most section of the stadium. The seats were GREAT!!

I watched a family bring an infant about 6 to 8 months old to the stadium. It was very warm that day. In my opinion too warm for the baby. He was fussy. I also didn’t see her give him fluids. Just an old worry wart about young mothers who really don’t get it. Oh, well!

Lily’s Lagniappe: It is so heart warming to be welcomed to Omaha by folks who live there. They are very excited when LSU goes to Omaha because the LSU people travel to support their team. Hotels, restaurants, casinos and other businesses are excited about the Louisiana folks being there.


June 11, 2015

Well, revised the rhyming manuscript and sending it to my critique group today. Hopefully they will think I’ve improved it some. It still needs more work but I worked on improving the rhythm.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Heading tomorrow to Omaha, NE. The LSU Tiger Baseball team plays TCU at 3:00 (2:00 Central) on Sunday, June 14th. Lisa and I are headed in her She-Kamper to the game. Hopefully we will be in Omaha for awhile. The longer we are there means the Tigers are winning. GEAUX TIGERS!!!


June 9, 2015

Still revising the rhyming PB manuscript, the rhythm and rhyme must be good. It’s gone through several changes. Hopefully someone will think it worthy of publication. Back to the grind.

Lily’s Lagniappe: The bidding of tickets has begun on Ebay for the College World Series in Omaha. I have bid and am waiting to see if I have won them. It ends tomorrow at 1:00 PM. Here’s hoping but we’re going anyway.


June 7, 2015

Working on a rhyming PB manuscript. This is not my forte. Yet I feel compelled to write this script. My two great nephews are the inspiration for the script. One very rambunctious and the other a follower because of his age. I would love to have this as a picture book but it may have to be a ebook. Either way it will be available for them to read. Hopefully sooner than later.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Last night in Alex Box stadium the LSU Tigers faced the Ragin Cajuns from University of Louisiana Lafayette. The Tigers lead after one but slowly during the game ULL tied it up in the score. The last run coming in the top of the ninth inning. The Tigers come up to bat tied with ULL in the bottom of the ninth. Chris Sciambra comes up to bat and hits a walk off HR to beat ULL 4-3. Second game is on Sunday June 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM. The LSU Tigers need one more win to go to Omaha. GEAUX TIGERS!!


June 5, 2015

Working on PB manuscript for June. Hopefully it can get finished before the tenth. I need to be carefree and fancy free of assignment for the time period of 12th thru the 24th. I am also rewriting the beginning of THE SEARCH FOR THE PRINCESS. Need inspiration for that. I am registering for September conference in SCBWI Carolinas today.

Lily’s Lagniappe: This weekend LSU plays the Ragin Cajun’s for the super regional in Baton Rouge at Alex Box Stadium. If they win they go to Omaha, NE for the College World Series. I have reservations at the KOA in Omaha and reserved a car. The Sistas to da Series are off again. GEAUX TIGERS!!!


June 3, 2015

Working on a rhyming PB manuscript is a real challenge. Just to find rhymes that fit into your story arc is a plus but also to complete a story that works is gratifying. Working on at least two different stories at this time. One middle grade novel in revision and thinking about another middle grade that needs some work.  Hoping to send out rhyming PB to critique group before weekend.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Today the LSU Men’s Golf team won the national championship. GEAUX TIGERS! Made reservations in Omaha today for the College World Series. I feel better about having reservations. The Tiger baseball team must beat ULL the Ragin Cajuns to advance to Omaha.


June 1. 2015

We returned from Charlottesville, VA back to Hickory, NC. We had bad weather overnight but it was nice all the way home. Unloaded the she-kamper and then traveled home. When I arrived home a lovely package was waiting for me on the front porch. It was my signed books from Linda Ashman. They are wonderful. I am starting to read her Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Was home in time to watch LSU Baseball clinch the Super Regional in Baton Rouge. They beat UNC Wilmington. The LSU Softball girls lost in the semifinals against Michigan 6-3. They had a great season and I look forward to many more exciting years going to Oklahoma City for the Softball College World Series.


May 31, 2015

Today is Brooks’ big day. Graduation from Pre-K. We went to supper after the ceremony. Sally and Phil Jesse’s parents treated all of us to supper. It was painfully obvious Brooks’ misses his daddy. Jesse has not seen him very much since they have separated. He now has a lawyer and he has told him to straight up and fly right.  Things went well and Brooks didn’t mind coming back to the camper with us. We weren’t sure that would happen.

Lily’s Lagniappe: LSU Baseball playing for the regional win. Oh, no in a rain delay.