October 21, 2015

Well, my YA novel is at the freelance editor’s desk. I hope she can find some worth in my manuscript. I look forward to her words for revision. Also starting a class on Monday the 26th with Renee LaTulippe. Poet extraordinaire! I’m looking forward learning more about poetry and the devises used by poets to make their poems so successful.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Started our journey to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to see the Tigers play Western Kentucky. made it to Biloxi the Island View Hotel and Casino. Came out even. Good night!


October 19, 2015

On the 18th I sent my manuscript to freelance editor for a critique. I look forward to learning so much about editing and my manuscript. I am still revising my middle grade and I also have two ideas for picture books.  I’m reading the Magic Treehouse series and trying to understand exactly what the right amount of exposition in a middle grade novel. I thought dialogue made it easier for kids but apparently editors want more exposition. So exposition it will be!!

Lily’s Lagniappe: LSU plays Western Kentucky this Saturday night in TIger Stadium. My sister and I are headed down to the game.


October 17, 2015

This is a great day for SOUP! Sandra is having another book launch in Marion. She has had two other very successful launches in Michigan and Virginia. This time the launch is at the arts center. I am going because Sandra’s husband is going to a funeral in Ohio and one of our SOUP members is receiving an award today. So I decided it would be nice and the right thing to do is be there for Sandra. Hoping she sells lots of books!

Starting to revise GAMERS OF THE ROUND TABLE. Looking for a hook like the Magic Treehouse series. Merlin’s cloud could take Austin to different times affecting Camelot. Keeping magic in check. Needs to be activities that could be done by normal human beings. Like in the video game no magic by Austin but the creatures he faces are mythological creatures. That’s something to think about. Look at the other members of the Round Table.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Today LSU takes on Florida in Death Valley. I hope my Tigers show up on both sides of the ball. I hope we win the match up with the undefeated Florida. GEAUX TIGERS!!!


October 15, 2015

The freelance editor indicated yesterday that she received my first deposit. So now the real critique for FREAK’S RAPE will take place starting on October 18th. I will send it to her by email. I know I will have a lot of work to do once she has my book. I really hope she can find some things to help me make my novel stronger. I am also revising GAMERS OF THE ROUND TABLE. Using more narrative instead of dialogue as a beginning to the middle grade fantasy adventure. I hope she likes the revision well enough to represent me. That would be a plus for me.

Lily’s Lagniappe: The total for the Red Cross at Tiger Stadium was $40,000 at the gates. The total amount the university sent to South Carolina for flood victims hasn’t been released yet. I hope it will help. Tigers take on the University of Florida in Tiger Stadium this weekend. GEAUX TIGERS!!!


October 13, 2015

Going to library today and pick up more of the Merlin series of the Magic Treehouse books. Hoping I can revise GAMERS OF THE ROUND TABLE to meet Miriam Altshuler’s advice. Need to incorporate more exposition and less dialogue at the beginning, Austin can do the talking when he is with Sir Lancelot.

Also would like to find a home for FLIES IN THE OUTFIELD. Need to keep looking for a publishing company that likes sports and humor. I just might send it to Bonnie Bader and she if she can use it at Grosset and Dunlap. I also may wait until she comes later in 2016.

On the 18th I am sending THE FREAK’S RAPE to a freelance editor for help in making the novel better and more polished.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Returned home after the SC game at Tiger Stadium because SC was flooded. The game was great and even if I do say so myself LSU made SC very welcome and raised a great deal of money for the flood victims. I pray the South Carolinans recover quickly but as most Louisianans know recovery never happens overnight. Hopefully they can get back to a new normal soon.


October 11, 2015

Left Baton Rouge headed toward home, drove for about 8 hours today then stopped for the night in Fairburn, GA. Heading to Hickory tomorrow in just enough time to wash clothes and head out again. Check on Condo in Gatlinburg, work on GAMERS OF THE ROUND TABLE.  Hoping to get representation by Miriam Altshuler. She lives in upstate New York.  Maybe she would like FREAK’S RAPE after I revise per Deborah Halverson’s editorial critique. Two real revisions must take place within a short period of time. I can do this because they are good stories to start with.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Heading home in the morning. Columbus day. Hope light traffic in Atlanta. No matter will get home tomorrow. LSU beat South Carolina and this weekend play Florida in Baton Rouge. GEAUX TIGERS!!!


October 9, 2015

Reading the Magic Treehouse series, as per the agent from the SCBWI Carolinas conference. Thoroughly enjoyed these but my book is longer and more involved than these young kids in the series. I hope that I can engage young readers more with a more detailed beginning without using dialogue. Need to work diligently on this before the editor’s critique comes back for FREAK’S RAPE. I really hope she offers great constructive criticism for Cammie’s dilemma.

Austin’s dilemma is different but also angst driven. A younger main character has different types of problems that a high school senior but still causes stress.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Visited with family in Baton Rouge and enjoyed the visit. Went to Goodwood Hardware a favorite of mine in Baton Rouge. Hope the Tigers win tomorrow against South Carolina.


October 7, 2015

Starting the day with looking over several picture book manuscripts and wondering if any of them will ever make it into book form. I have confidence that it will.  Evaluating at least two manuscripts that maybe I can make them into book apps or ebooks. This is way to make a little money during the year. I sent money to the freelance editor yesterday because on October 18 I need to send to her the complete manuscript.

Lily’s Lagniappe: South Carolina is under water because of a horrible week with record rainfall. LSU plays South Carolina this weekend and the game just may change to Tiger Stadium or Charlotte. No decision at this time. GEAUX TIGERS!!!


October 5, 2015

Back at home in Hickory after a treat in Baton Rouge watching a LSU football game in Death Valley. But it is amazing the way the human mind works. I visited with family and stayed in a real nice hotel where they don’t bother you except once a week. Heaven. But my mind was writing…you know that thinking about things you need to do or things you want to with your writing. I advanced several new ideas for middle grade novels with my middle grade hero Austin James. Unique look at WWI and WWII, or at least I hope so. Looking for something to do with tunnels. I will find it but for now I am on the hunt.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Well, Saturday night in Tiger Stadium did not disappoint. We ran over East Michigan but not without knowing they were on the field of play. Shouldn’t have blown them out but they made their university and fans proud. But the Tigers did win 44 to 22.


October 3, 2015

Well today is Saturday and there is a huge Picture Book Summit online today. Unfortunately, I can’t watch today but I can watch the play back. Notable authors, illustrators and unique bloggers in the children’s writing industry are giving their knowledge today for pre-published and published authors.

Still working on revising GAMERS OF THE ROUND TABLE, reading the Magic Tree series. I realize there are a few books about Merlin bringing the two kids to help out. I have Austin being brought by Merlin to teach Sir Lancelot a lesson. Even knights need to learn new things. I need to have another couple of ideas about Austin helping other knights to have new adventures. There are other knights that are part of the Round Table.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Well today the LSU TIGERS play Eastern Michigan in Tiger Stadium and I will be  there. My first game this year and it just might be my only game.  Need a sweater today because it is going to be on the cool side in Tiger Stadium. What cool in Tiger Stadium? It could be chilly after the sun goes down. GEAUX TIGERS!!!!