March 7, 2015

Putting finishing touches on synopsis. mailing off chapter book on Monday to my selected publisher with hope. Query ready, first three chapters ready and with the finishing touches on synopsis it is ready. Now onto another project.

Lily’s Lagniappe: I do love the spring time in Louisiana but the pollen is ridiculous. So if you have allergies you might want to wait until May before you visit. The temps are warm enough to keep all the pollen at bay by that time. Cest tout!!


March 5, 2015

Printing off chapter book, query and first three chapters of Flies in the Outfield. The query is the most important so I may send to critique group one more time to see if it is on point. Needed to beef up the insects in the query so one of my soup sisters said. I’ve tried to do that. Yes I think it will go one more time to the group. Then I will put some extra mojo on the package and send it off the the publisher.

Lily’s Lagniappe: The spring time is a wonderful time all over the world but it is not the proper time to take small children to the zoo because the animals are frisky. Just saying!!!


March 3, 2015

Well today is the day I send off my little manuscript to an editor that will be scrutinized it to death before either rejecting or accepting it. If I know that I have it in the best shape because I have the best critique group  to help then no matter what I happens I know I gave it my best shot. Then I can send it to agents or other editors.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Well pre-spring in Louisiana is balmy, blooming bushes, trees and flowers, windy,  rainy, and some of the most unpredictable weather of the year. The adage in the spring is, it always rains somewhere in Louisiana. Be prepared.


March 1, 2015

Well reworking a synopsis and query letter to send off with the three chapters to an editor. Hopefully I will get an acceptance or decent rejection. Really would like a contract. Here’s hoping 2015 has some real HOPE in it.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Louisiana has a lot of rain during this time period. The azaleas, the crepe myrtles, the magnolia trees, the daisies, the tulips, the mimosas, etc need the moisture during this period right before spring. The spring is a wonderful time in Louisiana. Every thing blooms, city and towns are beautiful. The medians between boulevards are gorgeous and the sides of the interstates are bursting with color. Traveling the state during this time is wonderful and not that humid or hot. Plantation homes, historical forts, Civil War battlegrounds, museums and any other building that teaches others about Louisiana’s great history are delight to visit.


February 27, 2015

Reworking a query letter, a synopsis and first three chapters of a chapter book that I’m sending to Boyds Mills Press. Hoping to get something started. Their response time is three months. ReFoReMo began yesterday. It seems a good way to break down picture books. 12 X12 is still going strong. Well I simply wonder if I will ever get a thumbs up from them. Will be diligent about posting every month because it is what will help me. Hope everyone is busy writing with all these winter-filled days. But above all else stay warm and safe.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Even my home state has been hit with ice and snow. Louisianans are used to dealing with hurricanes another type of weather situation but not the icy roads and snow. It will shut down everything. Kids will love it but parents won’t.


February 25, 2015

Had a great writers meeting today, it was uplifting and invigorating. I’m sending a manuscript out first part of next week hoping for the best. Also revising and working on several other manuscripts. Have new idea for a picture book that needs TLC to get off the ground. Working and researching the new idea. Must have extensive research to make sure it is accurate. Looking forward to the research.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Louisiana is beautiful during the spring. Azaleas, Magnolias, mimosas trees, etc. Everything is in bloom and sprouting beautiful colors; a palette for the eyes.


February 23, 2015

Posted my second picture book manuscript in 12 X 12 today. Anxious to read comments and hoping it will help me revise it. Taking it this Wednesday to SOUP meeting. I will definitely get feedback from them. I can always depend on them to help me make it better. I also woke up this morning with a new picture book idea. Hopefully I will be able to get this one in shape for submission sometimes during the year. On March 1st I begin a researching of picture books with guidance form blogs from author-educators. This is going to be tough but I will try to go into this with an open mind. Revising a middle grade novel, hoping to send off chapter books this week or next week and then continue to revise picture books and young adults novels I already have written.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Louisiana always has a little winter blast during the lent time. It usually is much closer to Easter, but it is attacking them today. Hopefully the skimpy little Easter dresses everyone buys for Easter Sunday will not need a coat this year. Remember the great soups during lent on Friday.


February 21, 2015

Revising manuscripts, reading books, studying picture books for the month of March; very busy but still trying to revise a middle grade manuscript and get chapter book out to an editor. This is the life of a writer. Recently I heard the term pre-published author. I think I like it very much. Hoping the publishing company I’ve chosen likes my chapter book too! Well, after I send it to them then it is out of my control. If they like it good but if they don’t I will try someone else.

Having our first critique session this week since January 14th on Wednesday the 25th. The weather has been horrible here. Snow, very low temps and general cruddy, gloomy days. At least I don’t live in Boston.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Louisiana has been experiencing cold weather and there is nothing worse than a cold, damp day. No amount of soup, coffee or hot sauce can warm you up but it does seem to make your spirits rise.


February 19, 2015

Studying picture books this month. Being apart of ReFoReMo for 2015 is going to be a challenge but I look forward to the dissection of a variety of different picture books. I’m also still taking the 12 X 12 very seriously. But to be honest the cold frigid weather we have had this year is sucking the life out of me. I do have a new picture book for the month of February. Going to post it this month in the next few days, the working title is The Belly That Talked. I am also polishing a manuscript to send to an editor.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Well carnival season is over for 2015. Plans are already being made for 2016. But this lent period in Louisiana has delicious seafood recipes on Friday in most restaurants. I suggest trying a different restaurant every Friday. Shrimp and Corn soup, Crawfish bisque, Seafood gumbo, crab legs, shrimp po-boys, oyster po-boys, soft shell crab dinners or sandwiches, etc. Have fun trying the various offerings.


February 17, 2015

This is Fat Tuesday. The last big party before lent. Some of you know what that means and others of you don’t; if you are not familiar with the Bible you may not know why there are 40 days of giving up something you love to repent and get closer to the teachings of God and the sermons of Jesus. To sacrifice as Jesus sacrificed to show his disciples and followers that this was a good way to become more spiritual.

If you are in the city of New Orleans, Mobile, Galveston and Tampa please be careful; lots of alcohol, lack of judgment and huge crowds surrounding you. Stay safe!

Working on a rhyming PB as well as revising a chapter book, middle grade novel and a few other picture books.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Tomorrow the city of New Orleans will slowly get back to normal. Cable cars will run, people will get back to work definitely by this coming Monday. Schools are usually out for the week to give the city a chance to clean up. Every business will be open, eat the good food, visit the plantation homes to see a kinder, gentler way of life, visit the River Walk without the crowds, and let the majority of people get out of the city before you head to the airport. See you next Mardi Gras!