August 3, 2015

Today is the Intensive day at the SCBWI Summer Conference. My first intensive was too much information squashed into a small amount of time. The two men did a good job with the material on a very superficial basis. It at least let us know the things that are available to us as authors on websites and blogs.

The second intensive with Stephen Fraser was fantastic. We read our pitches in front of the room he gave valuable input then we reworked the pitches and re-read them. Then he had us read our first pages. He gave me a glowing review on my pacing. Validating my piece asĀ  an adventure.

Lily’s Lagniappe: The dog days of summer are here. Heat and outside work without hydration can cause real problems. Stay safe!


August 1, 2015

Second day of conference. Dan Santat’s keynote was heart warming and touching. Varian Johnson’s and Jane O’Connor’s keynote was wonderful also. Candance Fleming’s and Eric Rohmann’s break session was also very good. Another day of information on how to be a better writer.

Lily’s Lagniappe: The weather in the deep south is very warm and humid. Starting LSU football in such weather is very hot and nasty but the team is playing and I will be watching.


July 31, 2015

The conference began today. Meetings, keynotes, break out sessions, walking through the tunnel to get lunch. Yes the conference has begun and things are getting started well. Mem Fox got things started off great! Most everyone is in good spirits and participants are very friendly.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Another day closer to football season. Can you tell I’m having withdrawals?


July 29, 2015

Well, heading to Los Angeles today for the SCBWI LA Summer Conference. US Airlines delivered me safely to LA and the weather is beautiful. My room was ready when i got to the hotel (very unusual) and I moved my things into the room. I faced the pool and it has been nice in the afternoons facing the afternoon sun. I have scheduled an intensive for Monday after the conference. First with Jim Averback and Lee Wind about blogging and the afternoon with Stephen Frasier.

Lily’s Lagniappe: The college football season is creeping up on us the die-hard fans of football in the south. we can’t wait to tailgate and watch our teams run onto the field. GEAUX TIGERS!!


July 27, 2015

Leaving Charlottesville, around noon to return to HIckory for a day and then leave Wednesday to go to LA summer SCBWI Conference and then for a week with Dad in Tucson.

Going to print off documents found about Boob squad. My writer’s group didn’t like the premise but I do. Sometimes you have to break the mold to find your voice.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Hoping to see family during the football season. The Tigers should have some games on television. At least I hope so.


July 25, 2015

Well, Brooks and I are doing well this morning. Eating breakfast and making plans for the day. Cherish my niece is coming to the hotel and we are taking Brooks to see the Minion Movie. He is excited and it is a good day for his momma and him. Surprising him for a day with her and me with no plans and an easy going day. We took him to the mall and let him play for about two hours. He had a blast. It was a good day for all of us.

No writing this weekend but researching through documents looking for more into about Barbequing the Boob Squad. Found some and now researching the documents to bring in the cast of characters and the conflicts that lead up to the BBQ.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Football season is soon to start and that is a very good thing.


July 23, 2015

Still working on 12 X 12 challenge for the year. Need a picture book manuscript for July and soon one for August. I’m also still in CBA class for another two weeks and in also in Kidlit Summer School The Plot Thickens. Leaving next week going to SCBWI LA Conference. But first heading to Charlottesville to see Brooks and Cherish. Trying to give her a weekend free of strife. Little man is easily pacified. Working on several picture book germs of ideas hoping one will come to be a good one. But we will just keep plugging along.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Football season coming soon. Family seems to be in a good place. Dad is worried and hopefully he will come out of this strife smelling like a rose. We have our health and that is something to be very thankful far.


July 21, 2015

Finishing up a picture book class with Children’s Book Academy and also Kidlit Summer School where the subject this year is plot. I still have a lot of work to do for the first class and see all the videos. Mira Reisberg uses videos a lot in her teaching. She must be a visual learner like so many people are. The first couple of posts for Kidlit have been very useful also. Still waiting to hear about chapter book. Getting together an Agent Package to send out.

Lily’s Lagniappe: For those of us who love football, the ESPN SEC network has been replaying the top 20 football games of the 2014 season. I’m loving the replays because it is the next best thing to the game being live. Looking forward to the 2015 season. GEAUX TIGERS!!


July 19, 2015

I am taking the PB class from the Children’s Book Academy. The weeks of this course is chocked full of information and useful exercises to help your picture book take on a different life of its own. Setting your character up with obstacles to allow them to overcome. You need at least three for them to attempt and then the resolution.

Lily’s Lagniappe: The closer and closer to football season the more excited I get. College football is fun and exciting to watch whether on the television or in the stadium. Love purple but live GOLD! GEAUX TIGERS!!


July 17, 2015

The issues with some of my manuscripts is that the obstacles for my MC is not enough angst. I hope that I can clean that up in most of my PB manuscripts.The MC must solve their own problems and learn something in the process. Most of my MC learn something or struggle to fix things but maybe the struggles or obstacles need pumping up.

Lily’s Lagniappe: School is soon going to start. Be sure to pay attention to the little ones going to stand at the bus stops. Go SLOW and keep a watchful eye.