December 17, 2015

Halfway through the last month of 2015. WOW!! Where did the time go? Well wondering if there is anyone out there thinking that this year flew by. It did!! In my personal life I started the year at Disney World and ended the year with newly revised MG and YA novels. The SCBWI conferences all in May, July/August and September made impacts in my writing life. Hoping that 2016 leads to new discovery and new paths in my writing life.

Lily’s Lagniappe: THE CAJUN NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by James Rice is a favorite this time of year. Pick up a copy at the library or make it part of your library.  A great read.


December 15, 2015

The revision process for GAMERS OF THE ROUND TABLE has begun. I’m cutting words to get more quickly into the adventure. The agent told me that I needed to get to the story quicker. I read a lot of the Magic Treehouse series so I could understand. I think I am beginning to see that happen with my own piece. I am trying to get this one done because it is shorter that THE FREAK’S RAPE. That YA will take a major rewrite. So working on this MG will help me understand the rewrite/revision process.

Lily’s Lagniappe: This time of year in most areas have colder temperatures and possibly even snow. In southern Louisiana a cold Christmas is hoped for or at least a cooler one. I remember at times we were able to swim on Christmas. It is not the weather that determines how we celebrate the Savior’s birth. As Christians we should celebrate that God sent his son to die for our sins.


December 13, 2015

Working on revising GAMERS OF THE ROUND TABLE. Trying to shorten and get the reader more engaged. I’m attempting to make my MC more kid-like and mischievous. Austin actually has a name the  dates back to the period I’m writing about. Hopefully I can get this done pretty quickly.  Then onto THE FREAK’S RAPE.

Lily’s Lagniappe: The towers are being built on the levee. On December 24th the wood skyscrapers will be set on fire. Take your family before the sunsets to see the hard work of building these artworks. Then once the sun goes down the inferno begins.


December 11, 2015

This Christmas month is almost half way through. Need to start on treadmill to get ready for Disney. I need to get at least a mile and a half today or two miles. Then keep it up.

Revising both the MG and YA. Hoping for a good book to a least capture someone’s attention. Haven’t decided about 12 X 12 this coming year. It is a long year and things sometimes get in the way. The fall is the most disrupted. Still thinking.

Lily’s Lagniappe: If you can’t get to Louisiana to taste a bit of good Cajun food. There are two chains that are Louisiana chains. Raising Canes and Popeye’s are both based in Louisiana. I recommend the dirty rice at Popeye’s.


December 9, 2015

Writers meeting today discussing another member’s work made me realize that every time you give a critique you are really critiquing one of your weaknesses. So I need to let go of insignificant details that mean nothing. I am beginning to revise THE GAMERS OF THE ROUND TABLE. After I finish that MG I will begin to tackle THE FREAK’S RAPE. Much to do before we go to Disney World. I need to focus on my writing so I can start getting paid for writing.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Christmas on the bayou is a special time. So everyone is putting the finishing touches on their designs for the bonfires on the levee. Don’t miss them!


December 7, 2015

This day will live in infamy. The bombing of Pearl Harbor prompted the United States to declare war on Japan. Been to the Memorial in Hawaii three times. There is reverent feel to the area. The oily skim on top of the water above the sunken ship even after 74 years is unthinkable. It may be so we will never forget.

The revisions are still in the thinking and gelling stages on all three projects. Writers group is going through the book HOW TO TELL A STORY. This is a very different approach to craft. So far I am enjoying the lessons.

Lily’s Lagniappe: LSU Tigers will be playing Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 29th. Hoping that the team does a good job. So happy that Les Miles is still our coach and that his future was solidified. I really hope that the Tigers look good in the bowl game. GEAUX TIGERS!!!


December 5, 2015

Working on a new idea for a YA novel involving two sisters who are polar opposites. This could be a new realm for me. Renee indicated that one of my homework assignments sounded as if it were a part of a larger piece perhaps a novel written in verse. EEK!!! Sigh! UGH!! Can I? Should I? So I’ve gelled the idea for a couple of days, I’ve made some notes and now some research is in order. Also working on revision of THE FREAK’S RAPE. Thinking about GAMERS OF THE ROUND TABLE revision for an agent.

Lily’s Lagniappe: One of my cousins and her daughter drove 4 hours to make a one hour Polar Express train ride. Her grandson loves the Polar Express Movie. Maybe Brooks and Brantley need to see it also.


December 3, 2016

Today was warm here in Tucson. First time in a week. The rest of the week will be warm also. Working on my YA novel. Also putting some thought into the 100+ ideas from PiBoIdMo. Plenty to work on for the last month of the year and the beginning of 2016.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Well, Georgia fired their winning coach because he had a couple of down seasons due to injuries.


December 1, 2015

Well, the last month of the year. The beginning of the end of the year. The end to 12 X 12, the end of another year without a book contract but with the new edit by a freelance editor 2016 may be more interesting. Love the challenges for 2016. Hoping we have a great week at Disney World. Things are going to be great. The beginning of the revision of THE FREAK’S RAPE is going well. Working more guests into the novel.

Lily’s Lagniappe: In Tucson with Dad and is colder here than back in Hickory. Suppose to warm up later in the week.


November 29, 2015

In Tucson with Dad and I finished my Poetry class, but I am getting my feedback from Renee still this week. She is very complimentary of some of my work. I can say one thing I have learned that poetry is hard, very hard. Finding something you want to say with very few words with a punch is so difficult. Although Renee LaTulippe has been very kind in her critique, she did give an idea about a new YA novel about sisters in high school.

Lily’s Lagniappe: LSU has kept Les Miles or at least another year. There must be changes in the offense and more variety in the calling of plays. I am glad about Les staying but I do want some changes.  GEAUX TIGERS!!