May 17, 2015

Severely revised I CUT IT MYSELF! I changed the name to Oops! I cut at least 800 words. Still needs more revision. Hoping to write at least two more PB manuscripts.

Lily’s Lagniappe: LSU softball won and then lost at Tiger Park. Today they beat AZ State in the first game and now playing them a second time to advance to the Super Regionals!! GEAUX TIGERS!!! Baseball team won the SEC outright yesterday! They’re headed to Hoover, AL for the SEC tournament.


May 15, 2015

Severely cut HANG TEN, DUDE! Will re-post to 12 X 12. I’ve cut over a seven hundred words. Still looking in mail everyday about FLIES IN THE OUTFIELD. No word yet. Cutting another picture book in hopes of getting it on the forum also. Got back yesterday from our writing retreat. Three days of writing. Tired when I got home but also invigorated. Hoping to write two manuscripts in the next two weeks. Need at least 5 more to complete the year.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Today LSU softball in regional play in Tiger Park but there is a rain delay. LSU Baseball is playing South Carolina again tonight. We need a better outcome. Last night the Gamecocks beat us 10 – 7. Let’s GEAUX TIGERS!!!!


May 13, 2015

This is the last full writing day in Gatlinburg. We’re going today to eat lunch at Paula Deen’s restaurant in Pigeon Forge. So the writing will not be all day. We’ve accomplished a lot for each of our set goals for the four days. I’ve posted on 12 X 12  a four part PB. The comments say I’m too wordy. Shocker!! Yes I am cutting words as I write this entry. Need to work on a new picture book for May and see if I can get another one ready for June also. Sure hope LSU makes it to the CWS in Omaha. Lisa and I are ready to go and see the games.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Storms are severe right before hurricane season. Actually there was a hurricane in May which is very early. I hope that is not a indication of an active hurricane season. Stay safe!!


May 11, 2015

Heading today  to  Gatlinburg, TN for a four day writing retreat. Two of my writer’s group is going also. The only thing in Gatlinburg that we have on our agenda is Paula Deen’s new restaurant in Pigeon Forge, TN.  I plan to sit out by the pool and rework the beginning of  SEARCH FOR THE PRINCESS and try to complete the entire first draft of BASKETBALL BALLERINA. I think Lizzie needs some respect to be a finished product and reworked to a better middle grade novel.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Well LSU softball is the number 5 seed in the NCAA softball playoff and the regional and super regional can be played right there in Tiger Park in Baton Rouge. Here’s hoping that the Tiger girls can get it together and get it done. I’d love to see them in Oklahoma for the Girls Softball World Series. The LSU Baseball team is number one in the nation and swept Missouri yesterday. This weekend is their last weekend of the season. They will travel to Columbus, SC to finish the season. The following week will be the Baseball SEC tournament in Hoover, AL. GEAUX TIGERS!!!


May 9, 2015

Just finishing changing THE SEARCH FOR THE PRINCESS from third person past to first person present. Must change the beginning of the piece to ground the reader in the online game so it makes sense that Merlin would return for Austin. I believe a mother constantly urging him to get dress for school and stop playing games. He would please her a bit then back to game. I believe if I make the beginning stronger then I might have something pretty good. Then to revise I KNOW WHAT I SAW and THE FREAK’S RAPE and BASKETBALL BALLERINA and also RELUCTANT DEBUTANTE. That’s at least a year of work. My next year is going to be busy. Haven’t heard from publishing company on FLIES IN THE OUTFIELD yet but they still have a month.

Lily’s Lagniappe: LSU’s softball team lost in the conference tournament. Hopefully on Sunday night they get to go to the NCAA softball tournament and that LSU Tiger Park will get a regional. Also LSU Tigers Baseball team plays a second game with Missouri. They won the first game. With a win today they will win the series and a win on Sunday they will sweep Missouri. GEAUX TIGERS!!


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!


April 29, 2015

Well I posted the first 250 words on 12 X 12 of HANG TEN, DUDE. I hope to get some great feedback, even if no one likes it then I can revise and do something else with it. Working on revising manuscripts for the weekend the novel revision seminar in Durham.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Terrible weather in Louisiana this week. Also in Texas. Hoping all is safe and hopefully the damage is small and folks can rebuild or mend their homes or places of business.