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.


April 27, 2015

Still revising the 12 X 12 manuscript for April. I hope I get some fresh comments on how to improve this manuscript. Hoping the comments lead to a possible submittable picture book to an agent or editor.

Lily’s Lagniappe: This is the time of year for severe weather. Especially in Louisiana because of the Gulf’s warm air meeting some cooler air in the atmosphere. This year’s Jazz Festival in New Orleans was interrupted by bad weather. Stay safe out there.


April 25, 2015

Working on a manuscript for 12 X 12. This is the fourth manuscript in a row that I have been able to somewhat perfect to be able to post it on the internet. Working and thinking about the fifth manuscript, I think I might try one under 200 words that rhymes! Geez, scary!! Hoping the muse of rhyme sits for awhile on my shoulder and helps me. Do you ever wonder where all the muses have gone? Some where else, to someone else, overslept or is hiding! I always think that dandelions are fairies just waiting to be released into the world, how about you?

Lily’s Lagniappe: Spring is a renewing time of the year. The flowers are in full bloom, the animals are frisky, the trees are budding out and stretching their branches to the sun, the wind blows almost everyday and the rains fall. The water renews the ground every spring for nourishment and feeds the plants. Louisiana during this time is a pollen infested place but after the five to six weeks of all the pollen it is over. The bees have done their job and new plants are in dormancy for the next months and next year. The bees will continue through out the summer. Love this process although it makes me sneeze.


April 23, 2015

Working on April Picture Book manuscript, I need to be more mindful of the story arc. Plotting for middle grade and young adult is something I have become much better with because of author Lynn Hightower. She showed me the way to build chapter by chapter a complete story. A complete story arc. The same for a 500 word picture book is not a real easy thing to do. I will just keep working at it.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Tonight the series between #2 Texas A&M and #1 LSU begins at Alex Box Stadium, one of the best venues for college baseball. GEAUX TIGERS!!!!


April 21, 2015

We wanted to lay out today for awhile. Way too breezy!! Tonight we are going the the LSU vs Texas A&M softball game at the Tiger Park. Our girls look good and just had an off night; LSU had already clinched the series with two wins but the third game would have been great but the Aggies won 5-2.

Lily’s Lagniappe: I am hoping this year to go back to Omaha for the College World Series. LSU Tigers have a real  good chance of going back this year. Lisa said it was a possibility. The she-camper loaded and headed to the series again would be great. Let’s all hope LSU goes back to Omaha.


April 19, 2015

Sunday! Very cool, too cool to lay out at the pool. We went to Pine Grove to visit Uncle Billy and Aunt Alice. They were in good spirits. Seemed to be doing very well. The entire group in Baton Rouge looked good and was doing really well. Yesterday we went to the Spring Game at Tiger Stadium. Great seats, good food, good company and a great game. Boy, do I miss football. Geaux Tigers!!

Lily’s Lagniappe: The Spring game was good but a very different style of game. Very little tackling, very little running and very little use of quarterbacks other than the top two. But maybe McMillen may show them up in fall ball. He’s a lefty. Looked good.


April 17, 2015

Had supper with family tonight. Tomorrow meeting Lea Ann for lunch. Going to see Aunt Joe and Uncle Hutch tomorrow. We had a great supper with Laurie, Aunt Dot, Morgan, Bubby, Olivia and Lea Ann. Las Palmas was somewhat crowded but the service was terrible.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Louisiana this spring is wet! I mean rivers out of their levees wet. Every river, stream, pond and ditch was full of water. The wind was very breezy and the temps very low. That will keep mosquitoes down. Too cold to breed. Yea!!!


April 15, 2015

TAX DAY!!! I actually sent mine off before the 15th. We’re headed back to Baton Rouge. Warmer temps but raining. The reading of rhyming picture books this month makes me wish I had this talent. It is painfully obvious that I don’t. Perhaps more reading of picture books and craft books about poetry and rhyming may help any suggestions?

Lily’s Lagniappe: Crawfish season, gonna get me some!