June 5, 2015

Working on PB manuscript for June. Hopefully it can get finished before the tenth. I need to be carefree and fancy free of assignment for the time period of 12th thru the 24th. I am also rewriting the beginning of THE SEARCH FOR THE PRINCESS. Need inspiration for that. I am registering for September conference in SCBWI Carolinas today.

Lily’s Lagniappe: This weekend LSU plays the Ragin Cajun’s for the super regional in Baton Rouge at Alex Box Stadium. If they win they go to Omaha, NE for the College World Series. I have reservations at the KOA in Omaha and reserved a car. The Sistas to da Series are off again. GEAUX TIGERS!!!


June 3, 2015

Working on a rhyming PB manuscript is a real challenge. Just to find rhymes that fit into your story arc is a plus but also to complete a story that works is gratifying. Working on at least two different stories at this time. One middle grade novel in revision and thinking about another middle grade that needs some work.  Hoping to send out rhyming PB to critique group before weekend.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Today the LSU Men’s Golf team won the national championship. GEAUX TIGERS! Made reservations in Omaha today for the College World Series. I feel better about having reservations. The Tiger baseball team must beat ULL the Ragin Cajuns to advance to Omaha.


June 1. 2015

We returned from Charlottesville, VA back to Hickory, NC. We had bad weather overnight but it was nice all the way home. Unloaded the she-kamper and then traveled home. When I arrived home a lovely package was waiting for me on the front porch. It was my signed books from Linda Ashman. They are wonderful. I am starting to read her Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Was home in time to watch LSU Baseball clinch the Super Regional in Baton Rouge. They beat UNC Wilmington. The LSU Softball girls lost in the semifinals against Michigan 6-3. They had a great season and I look forward to many more exciting years going to Oklahoma City for the Softball College World Series.


May 31, 2015

Today is Brooks’ big day. Graduation from Pre-K. We went to supper after the ceremony. Sally and Phil Jesse’s parents treated all of us to supper. It was painfully obvious Brooks’ misses his daddy. Jesse has not seen him very much since they have separated. He now has a lawyer and he has told him to straight up and fly right.  Things went well and Brooks didn’t mind coming back to the camper with us. We weren’t sure that would happen.

Lily’s Lagniappe: LSU Baseball playing for the regional win. Oh, no in a rain delay.


May 29, 2015

Simply taking this weekend off. I’ve read some books, written some but I am going to Charlottesville, VA to see my five year old great nephew. Big weekend for him. He’s graduating from Pre-K to Kindergarten.

Lily’s Lagniappe: LSU Softball girls to play in the final four at the College World Series of Softball in Oklahoma.


May 27, 2015

Still working on PB manuscripts and the time is getting nigh for hearing from the publisher I sent to in March. The middle of June is the time when they should either ask for the entire script or tell me it is not something they want to have on their list. I have revised two PB manuscripts for the 12 X 12 forum. I hope to get to one of them before the 31st.  I also am reading a middle grade that I really can’t get into and I am page 61.

Lily’s Lagniappe: This weekend LSU Softball girls play in Round One of the College World Series for Softball in Oklahoma City, OK. We play Auburn. It is time for a little payback. Dish it Girls!!! The weekend also begins the Baseball playoffs. This weekend LSU Tigers host a regional at the new Alex Box. The teams coming to Baton Rouge are Lehigh, UNC Wilmington, and Tulane. GEAUX TIGERS!! Let’s win it!


May 25, 2015

Today is Memorial Day. We honor those fallen heroes that have given all they had to give. The sacrifice they made so I could live and breathe freedom from sea to shining sea is humbling. All gave some, some gave all are lyrics from a Billy Ray Cyrus song and it is so appropriate for today. For all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, I honor you and I will never forget.

Writing today trying to further get a PB manuscript ready to post on 12 X 12. Hope everyone has a quiet respectful day to our fallen heroes.

Lily’s Lagniappe: This day on the lawn in front of the state capital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana a Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers plant 11,000 flags. It represents all the fallen from Louisiana in Revolutionary War to Afghanistan. Never Forget!!


May 23, 2015

Still working on PB manuscripts for 12 X 12 and revising THE SEARCH FOR THE PRINCESS. I also have a new idea for NF PB book. Probably will not be able to sell it but it may work as a ebook on Amazon. Oh well, better get back to PB, MG and YA revisions. Read Katherine Applegate’s ONE AND ONLY IVAN, a great read. First book told from a gorilla’s point of view for me. I think she did a great job researching and executing the story told in vignettes. A quick read and kids will love the organization of the book.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Today LSU Softball starts its Super Regional against Arizona. The LSU Baseball team is in the semi finals of the SEC tournament. GEAUX TIGER MEN AND WOMEN!!!


May 21, 2015

Had a writers meeting yesterday. It was the first meeting in a month, traveling and seminars had prevented our meetings. We try to keep pressure on ourselves by meeting every two weeks. We enjoy the pressure but also the camaraderie which is so important. Having deadlines are very important in life. If you have a job there is a deadline for your attendance, your output and your cooperation.  If your are a stay-at-home mom the demands on your time is immense. If you are the breadwinner of the family the pressure to produce is equally as intense. Why shouldn’t we expect this of our writing output. If you have only 15 minutes a day to devote to your writing then make that 15 minutes the best creation you can make it. A start to a new chapter or just brainstorming can be done in a short 15 minutes. What can you start or produce in fifteen minutes?

Lily’s Lagniappe: The LSU Tigers Baseball team won their first game at the SEC Tournament. They beat Auburn 9-8. The game started off rocky. In the top of the first inning Auburn put up 5 runs. My spirits sank but I knew we had a good team and I only hoped the LSU Tigers could recover. We did and will play again today. The  LSU Softball Tigers play Arizona at Tiger Park on Saturday in a super regional. The winner goes to Oklahoma City for the Softball College World Series. Yesterday it announced that ESPN News was going to cover the game live. GEAUX TIGERS!!


May 19, 2015

Working on material for writers meeting and on manuscript for 12 X 12 for May. The day has been interesting and unique. Bought a new monitor for my desktop, it’s been without one since the Gateway monitor went to monitor heaven.  I haven’t put into place yet but I will soon. Working on two manuscripts and changing a rhyming manuscript for possible June’s manuscript for 12 X 12. Trying to work ahead since I might be Omaha the majority of the month. Hoping to be in Omaha the majority of the month.

Lily’s Lagniappe: This weekend LSU Softball is in a super regional in Tiger Park. Arizona is coming to town. There will be three games. Must win two. The SEC baseball tournament is in Hoover, Alabama this week. LSU is the number one in the nation. I seriously hope that LSU baseball wins the tournament and has a regional at Alex Box in Baton Rouge and wins that then has a super regional in there also. If we win that I am purchasing tickets for Omaha.