January 9, 2015

Spent our last day at Disney in Hollywood Studios. Loved it. Went to a character breakfast at the Polynesian Hotel this morning. Brooks loved it. Phineas and Ferb character hugs and pictures, green army man hugs and pictures, and then home to pack for return trip tomorrow.

As I drive home I think about the characters in my MG/YA and decide I really like the conflict from the love interest. So I guess it will be early YA.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Most Krewe’s (a group of people with like minded efforts toward service and providing their members a chance to have a special carnival season. I will keep you posted as the season progresses.

Lily

January 7, 2015

Wasn’t able to do much on the WIP this day, we went to Animal Kingdom. Thoroughly enjoyed the safari ride through the savannahs they’ve created for the animals. Giraffes, alligators, zebras, elephants, leopards, rhinos, antelopes, hippos, ankole-watusi cows, wildebeest all in their natural habitat. Celebrated my birthday at the Rainforest Cafe at Animal Kingdom. Great day but better company!

Lily’s Lagniappe: Yes, carnival season began yesterday with all the King Cake parties announcing the court for each Krewe. So let the parties begin.. Keep reading I will keep you updated.

Lily

January 5, 2015

Today is lay around pool day. Brooks just rolls with the flow. He enjoyed Magic Kingdom yesterday but today it is warm and everyone wants an easy day; so we sit out by pool.

Everyone else working on a tan and I’m working on Basketball Ballerina. My current work in progress. Done a complete revision and increased the love interest in this piece. I wanted it to be a middle grade but with the love interest I believe it may be considered early YA. Now I’m beginning a second read through to find problems and holes and general areas of concern. Should I take out the love interest or ramp up the romance? Should Lizzie’s mom die or leave her situation up in the air? I believe this character could go through high school with a series but that is really not my call. So leaving her mom’s illness up in the air leaves it for another book. This read through may help me decide.

Lily’s Lagniappe: So I’ve been hinting about a season that happens in Louisiana every year. On January 6th begins the carnival season with king cake parties on twelfth night. It is twelve nights after Christmas. This is the night that Krewe’s announce their King, Queen and princesses being presented at their ball. It is social event for debutantes to be presented to society and the aristocracy that will reign over the Mardi Gras balls. This is a very rich tradition in Louisiana and a very costly one. There are several parties leading up to the ball and every participant (debutante) has to have a different dress for each occasion and event then the special white gown that the debutantes are presented to society in. It is a fun filled time for the girls and the families. More to come about this carnival season.

Lily

January 3, 2015

Taking my four year old great nephew to Walt Disney World.¬† We’re leaving around ten o’clock and heading toward the Orlando area. We actually got stuck in traffic on I-95 around four in the afternoon and had to stop in St. Marys, GA for the evening. But all was not lost for we stayed at a Hampton Inn situated near a Crackerbarrel (Brook’s favorite resternaut). We had a good evening talking about Disneyworld. Brooks had no idea what was about to happen. So tomorrow we will get up and go to Orlando and check in to the Art and Animation Resort.

Lily’s Lagniappe: The season is coming soon… Keep reading to find out what is fixing to take over the state of Louisiana.

Lily

January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!!! May all your hopes and dreams come true. A new year and a new start to your career, job, relationships and writing. Keep it fresh, filled with conflict, and may your characters lead you to points uncharted!!

Lily’s Lagniappe: Soon very soon, ******** season coming soon! Keep reading to find out what this it!!!

Lily

December 31, 2014

The eve of a new year, a night of reverie and good tidings. Hopefully tomorrow all of you will remember what you did this night. The beginning of s new year brings us humans a chance to start anew. Fresh look at 2015. It seems only fitting that everyone should have fifteen resolutions. Five that can be attained relatively quickly, five that take a bit of time, and five that should last all year. Join me in writing those resolutions and sticking to them.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Next week a party night is coming. I will tell you that it is before Wednesday. Keep reading to find out the what the party is for.

Lily

December 29, 2014

Time is ticking down for 2014. No use dwelling on what you didn’t accomplish but what you did. Make a list of things you did in 2014. Keep it until next year December. See how you accomplished more in 2014 or 2015 then try to figure out why. You may be the reason your not reaching your potential. Try not to stand in your own way. Words I need to live by!!

Lily’s Lagniappe: It getting closer and closer the best way to start a new year. Keep reading everyday it’s coming soon!!!

Lily

December 27, 2014

Christmas has come and gone. Every child basking in the warmth of love coming from their families. Love may be all they received this Christmas. I remember being disappointed at Christmas but I also remember it not lasting long. I knew I was loved and wanted. My wish for the coming new year is that every child may not have everything their contemporaries have but that they have everything they need and all the hugs they can stand. Hugs don’t cost a dime just time. I remember the time that was spent with me. Be the one that spends time with children in your family, your church, your neighborhood. That will be the lasting memory they will have not the gifts.

Lily’s Lagniappe: The season coming up in Louisiana is over the top, outstanding party time and a tradition like no other. Keep reading to find out all about it!!

Lily

December 25, 2014

Christmas is here! Shopping over until tomorrow for all the after holiday deals. I love this day… the wonder in small children’s eyes, the older folks watching the kids tear open their gifts from Santa, the teenager trying hard to be unimpressed, the college kids thankful for the new computer or the cash, and then the parents who made all of this happen. Usually family is a very complicated thing – keeping your mouth shut on those occasions when you really would like to put someone in their place but it would only hurt you, trying desperately to give confidence to someone who has hit rock bottom, and wishing a special someone could see themselves through your eyes because then they would see how special they are. But Christmas is a celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior and we should try to be more like him everyday. So we will honor our elders, we will hold small children a little longer, we will be kinder to others and we will treat ourselves better.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Pere Noel or Santa has completed their night long journey and is back at the North Pole resting until next year. But things in Louisiana will hold the memories of this Christmas for a while but something special is coming…stay tuned.

Lily

December 23, 2014

Two days before Christmas, crunch time for most. My family is celebrating in mid to late January. A time when we can all be together. We know the reason for the season is the baby Jesus but we celebrate his birthday every day at our house. So celebrating when we can all be together is not a problem. The little ones just get more presents at two different times. They don’t mind. I hope you and yours have a special day where you concentrate on each other and put away the smart phones and computers. Perhaps watch some Christmas parades and possibly some football and argue about the calls and the scores. But most of all I hope you are surrounded by those you love and that love you. Hold dear to these times there will be moments¬† when you reflect on the memories and wish you had said I love you or I cherish you. Don’t let these times go by without saying how you feel!!

Lily’s Lagniappe: I can remember as a kid that we used to drive around the city looking at lights. In New Orleans, Al Copeland, the owner Popeye’s Fried Chicken, has major display at his house. Make this kind of activity a tradition. Your kids will remember this forever and do it with their kids.

Lily