April 7, 2015

Going this weekend to celebrate Brook’s birthday. He’s going to be five.  Growing up so fast and learning so much, he’s a true blessing.  I so wish that he and his momma were back here is Hickory and I could pick him up and love on him every week. But Cherish is a good momma and her bosses really like her and see the benefit of her being in charge. So she may stay in Charlottesville for awhile.

Working on SEARCH FOR THE PRINCESS for the May Intensive in Durham. I will read this morning and then make final revisions. Also writing the query and theme some time this week. Also revised HANG TEN, DUDE! My 12 X 12 manuscript for April. So onward I go into this good year.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Heading to my home state on April 17th. Lovely springtime in Louisiana. Pollen filled days and nights. My sister and I are going in her She-camper. She will start sneezing around Mobile, Alabama. Hoping to go back to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. Come on Tigers!! Let’s go for the title this year. GEAUX TIGERS!!


April 5, 2015

Today is Easter Sunday. The Lord has risen and we Christians rededicate ourselves to be better sheep. Truly are blessed in my life. I need to lose weight, I could use some plastic surgery, I could do a better job wearing make-up everyday as Chad, my nephew, reminds me, I could use some practice keeping my mouth shut, but overall I am in excellent health, can buy what I need, and can worship my God.

Now, I haven’t heard from my manuscript at the publisher yet but I have revised a picture book manuscript in March that shows promise. I have written one for April that seems to be okay also. I guess if I can get some good comments about them also I may send them to an agent.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Easter in Louisiana is really nice. It’s warm but the humidity is much lower at this time. Beautiful blooms and plenty of pollen.


April 3, 2015

I have the most amazing family. Last night we started a family thread and decided we must get together so we are making reservations for the weekend before Thanksgiving and next Easter at a State Park. Tickfaw State Park will never be the same. We all have such a good time when we get together.

I surely hope that someday soon I will have book signings and school visits in the Louisiana area and here in North Carolina. Just wishful thinking. My critique group is spending time together in May at my condo in Gatlinburg. The weather will be nice and Dollywood will be open. Novel revision intensive first weekend in May should be re-energizing. Working on a new picture book for 12 X 12 in April. Hopefully it will get some comments.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Soon to see family and they do not know we are coming. They don’t read my blog yet so they will never know. Looking forward to laughing, crying, hugging, and celebrating those still with us!!


March 31, 2015

Putting a revised picture book manuscript on 12 X 12 today. I have also written another PB for April. Hoping I can get it into shape for the April 12 X 12 submission time. Haven’t heard anything from the publisher but it is almost a month. The site said three months response time. Deep breaths..

Lily’s Lagniappe: My sister asked me if I wanted to go the LSU’s Spring Game. Hell Yeah!! Sorry, but I miss football. I also can only watch baseball on my computer. If we get to go to the game our Dad is going to meet us in Louisiana. We will visit momma’s grave, see family and go to a football game. But most of all I can get some crawfish. The azaleas are in bloom and they are beautiful. Can’t wait to see some full size azaleas. My neck of the woods only have the miniature azalea because they’re sturdier. Also the hibiscus will be blooming; lots of color and pollen!!!


March 29, 2015

Finished a new version of THE BELLY THAT TALKED. Sent it to my critique group. One response so far and hoping for the others today. I am working on a new picture manuscript for 12 X 12. Hoping it might be my April or May submission. Critiqued a friend’s manuscript this morning, it is much improved. Hopefully the agent/editor that asked to see it will like it also.

Lily’s Lagniappe: LSU Baseball and LSU softball are #1 this week but it won’t stay like that for the whole season. Hopefully the girls and the guys can both go to the NCAA College World Series in both baseball and softball. I hope to attend both but at least one.



March 27, 2015

Well I think the chapter book is sitting on a desk of some editor and they have no idea just how wonderful it is. Enough of that. I have been revising a picture book manuscript to put on the boards of 12 X 12 for March. Hoping to get something positive about the changes I’ve made.

One comment I had the first time was a belly talking seemed weird and scary for kids. My belly gurgles and makes odd noises all the time.  So I’m hoping that I have made enough changes to the original that I will get more positive comments.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Today LSU Softball is playing softball in the snow! GEAUX Tiger Ladies!!!


March 25, 2015

The ReFoReMo month is almost over. I have enjoyed it but I will be glad to concentrate on just writing picture book manuscripts for the rest of the year. I have one in revision right now and others to revise and get into shape.  The chapter book script is bound to be in the pile of manuscripts at the publisher.

Revising a middle grade manuscript for an intensive in May. Lots to do and still go to my great nephew’s 5th birthday. Having a sports party at his Grandma’s house.

Lily’s Lagniappe: This week an uncle of mine had a couple of spots removed from his face. They were melanomas. Had to graft his face right under his eye. He waited two years after the doctor told him they needed to come off. Will have to wait for pathology to come back and God knows I want it to be good news but in our family melanomas led to death. If you have places on your body or a loved ones body get them removed immediately. Give yourself every opportunity to stay and enjoy your family.


March 23, 2015

After sending off my manuscript to a publisher I’ve been busy revising several picture book manuscripts, deciding on whether to send to an agent, participating in ReFoReMo and 12 X12, spending a lot of time at the library and reading picture books, and finally visiting two amusement parks so far this year (Disney World and The Great Wolf Lodge). Still hoping that my chapter book is bought.

Lily’s Lagniappe: I have two small cousins in Louisiana that are struggling with health issues. One is slowly being destroyed by a terminal illness and the other is recovering from a drowning accident. These families are blessed with strong faith but all of us need help. If in your day you can find a moment, please say a prayer for the two youngsters, Olivia and Koltyn.


March 21, 2015

This is the last full day that my Dad is visiting. I miss him already. Tomorrow we will get up and I will take him back to Charlotte to catch a plane to go back to Tucson.  It has been great having him this week.  I just need to put my eyes on him every so often to make sure that everything is okay. He loves his life and his independence and so do I but to make sure every piston is firing I need to see for myself.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Finally Spring is here!! Enjoy visiting my beautiful state at this time…hot is coming. Visit now not then.