October 13, 2015

Going to library today and pick up more of the Merlin series of the Magic Treehouse books. Hoping I can revise GAMERS OF THE ROUND TABLE to meet Miriam Altshuler’s advice. Need to incorporate more exposition and less dialogue at the beginning, Austin can do the talking when he is with Sir Lancelot.

Also would like to find a home for FLIES IN THE OUTFIELD. Need to keep looking for a publishing company that likes sports and humor. I just might send it to Bonnie Bader and she if she can use it at Grosset and Dunlap. I also may wait until she comes later in 2016.

On the 18th I am sending THE FREAK’S RAPE to a freelance editor for help in making the novel better and more polished.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Returned home after the SC game at Tiger Stadium because SC was flooded. The game was great and even if I do say so myself LSU made SC very welcome and raised a great deal of money for the flood victims. I pray the South Carolinans recover quickly but as most Louisianans know recovery never happens overnight. Hopefully they can get back to a new normal soon.


October 11, 2015

Left Baton Rouge headed toward home, drove for about 8 hours today then stopped for the night in Fairburn, GA. Heading to Hickory tomorrow in just enough time to wash clothes and head out again. Check on Condo in Gatlinburg, work on GAMERS OF THE ROUND TABLE.  Hoping to get representation by Miriam Altshuler. She lives in upstate New York.  Maybe she would like FREAK’S RAPE after I revise per Deborah Halverson’s editorial critique. Two real revisions must take place within a short period of time. I can do this because they are good stories to start with.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Heading home in the morning. Columbus day. Hope light traffic in Atlanta. No matter will get home tomorrow. LSU beat South Carolina and this weekend play Florida in Baton Rouge. GEAUX TIGERS!!!


October 9, 2015

Reading the Magic Treehouse series, as per the agent from the SCBWI Carolinas conference. Thoroughly enjoyed these but my book is longer and more involved than these young kids in the series. I hope that I can engage young readers more with a more detailed beginning without using dialogue. Need to work diligently on this before the editor’s critique comes back for FREAK’S RAPE. I really hope she offers great constructive criticism for Cammie’s dilemma.

Austin’s dilemma is different but also angst driven. A younger main character has different types of problems that a high school senior but still causes stress.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Visited with family in Baton Rouge and enjoyed the visit. Went to Goodwood Hardware a favorite of mine in Baton Rouge. Hope the Tigers win tomorrow against South Carolina.


October 7, 2015

Starting the day with looking over several picture book manuscripts and wondering if any of them will ever make it into book form. I have confidence that it will.  Evaluating at least two manuscripts that maybe I can make them into book apps or ebooks. This is way to make a little money during the year. I sent money to the freelance editor yesterday because on October 18 I need to send to her the complete manuscript.

Lily’s Lagniappe: South Carolina is under water because of a horrible week with record rainfall. LSU plays South Carolina this weekend and the game just may change to Tiger Stadium or Charlotte. No decision at this time. GEAUX TIGERS!!!


October 5, 2015

Back at home in Hickory after a treat in Baton Rouge watching a LSU football game in Death Valley. But it is amazing the way the human mind works. I visited with family and stayed in a real nice hotel where they don’t bother you except once a week. Heaven. But my mind was writing…you know that thinking about things you need to do or things you want to with your writing. I advanced several new ideas for middle grade novels with my middle grade hero Austin James. Unique look at WWI and WWII, or at least I hope so. Looking for something to do with tunnels. I will find it but for now I am on the hunt.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Well, Saturday night in Tiger Stadium did not disappoint. We ran over East Michigan but not without knowing they were on the field of play. Shouldn’t have blown them out but they made their university and fans proud. But the Tigers did win 44 to 22.


October 3, 2015

Well today is Saturday and there is a huge Picture Book Summit online today. Unfortunately, I can’t watch today but I can watch the play back. Notable authors, illustrators and unique bloggers in the children’s writing industry are giving their knowledge today for pre-published and published authors.

Still working on revising GAMERS OF THE ROUND TABLE, reading the Magic Tree series. I realize there are a few books about Merlin bringing the two kids to help out. I have Austin being brought by Merlin to teach Sir Lancelot a lesson. Even knights need to learn new things. I need to have another couple of ideas about Austin helping other knights to have new adventures. There are other knights that are part of the Round Table.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Well today the LSU TIGERS play Eastern Michigan in Tiger Stadium and I will be  there. My first game this year and it just might be my only game.  Need a sweater today because it is going to be on the cool side in Tiger Stadium. What cool in Tiger Stadium? It could be chilly after the sun goes down. GEAUX TIGERS!!!!


October 1, 2015

It is October. Can you believe it, October! This is going to be a busy month. Hiring a freelance editor to edit THE FREAK’S RAPE. Sending in FLIES IN THE OUTFIELD another publisher. I think it will be Penguin Group. Thinking about it anyway. Revising GAMERS OF THE ROUND TABLE as per Miriam’s instructions. This is the beginning of a new phase in my writing life. At least I hope it is.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Had a memory moment earlier today. I ate at Piccadilly Cafeteria. I was raised on Piccadilly. My mom was a teacher and those days when things were tough, we all went to Piccadilly to eat. Their catfish is the best. I had black eyed peas, catfish and macaroni and cheese. Well, for this adult the mac and cheese was too salty but the black eyed peas was great and the catfish was just as good as Goldilocks’ porridge.


September 29, 2015

Working on the revision of GAMERS OF THE ROUND TABLE for Miriam Altshuler. I also am reading books in the Magic Tree House Series. Mary Pope Osbourne is a very lucky writer to have thought of this idea and execute it. I only hope that I have a half the success she had. I will work on revision as I head to Louisiana.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Heading to LSU Tigers football game this weekend and it seems that Saturday may be the first day with no chance of rain that week. Sunday looks good also. GEAUX TIGERS!!


September 27, 2015

After a stellar review from Miriam Altshuler, I have work to do. She was so kind about my manuscript. It is not perfect but it is fixable. She encouraged me to fix it and send it back to her. She liked my idea. She thought it would lend itself to a series. Now the hard work begins to bring Austin out and get to the adventure quicker. I’m so glad to work on this.

Lily’s Lagniappe: The LSU Tigers play in Tiger Stadium on Saturday night. My sister gave me tickets for Saturday night. so excited to go and see my Tigers.


September 25, 2015

Our SCBWI Conference begins today. There is such excitement about the faculty and the opportunities to our members is off the charts. The two leaders, Teresa Fannin and Bonnie Adamson, have done another outstanding job securing fabulous faculty. The hotel is always cold but everyone has been told to layer. Each and every presenter is ready and excited to get started. I know this conference will be a difference maker for some and hopefully all will learn and connect with each other.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Well, during the weekend the Saints are coming into Charlotte to play the Panthers. Who Dat nation is coming to town. They will be loud and proud.