March 25, 2015

The ReFoReMo month is almost over. I have enjoyed it but I will be glad to concentrate on just writing picture book manuscripts for the rest of the year. I have one in revision right now and others to revise and get into shape.  The chapter book script is bound to be in the pile of manuscripts at the publisher.

Revising a middle grade manuscript for an intensive in May. Lots to do and still go to my great nephew’s 5th birthday. Having a sports party at his Grandma’s house.

Lily’s Lagniappe: This week an uncle of mine had a couple of spots removed from his face. They were melanomas. Had to graft his face right under his eye. He waited two years after the doctor told him they needed to come off. Will have to wait for pathology to come back and God knows I want it to be good news but in our family melanomas led to death. If you have places on your body or a loved ones body get them removed immediately. Give yourself every opportunity to stay and enjoy your family.


March 23, 2015

After sending off my manuscript to a publisher I’ve been busy revising several picture book manuscripts, deciding on whether to send to an agent, participating in ReFoReMo and 12 X12, spending a lot of time at the library and reading picture books, and finally visiting two amusement parks so far this year (Disney World and The Great Wolf Lodge). Still hoping that my chapter book is bought.

Lily’s Lagniappe: I have two small cousins in Louisiana that are struggling with health issues. One is slowly being destroyed by a terminal illness and the other is recovering from a drowning accident. These families are blessed with strong faith but all of us need help. If in your day you can find a moment, please say a prayer for the two youngsters, Olivia and Koltyn.


March 21, 2015

This is the last full day that my Dad is visiting. I miss him already. Tomorrow we will get up and I will take him back to Charlotte to catch a plane to go back to Tucson.  It has been great having him this week.  I just need to put my eyes on him every so often to make sure that everything is okay. He loves his life and his independence and so do I but to make sure every piston is firing I need to see for myself.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Finally Spring is here!! Enjoy visiting my beautiful state at this time…hot is coming. Visit now not then.


March 19, 2015

I know that it will take three months for a response but I wish I knew that it had arrived at the publisher’s slush pile. I believe that this publisher will treat me better than most. But I also know the bottom line is making money.

Lily’s Lagniappe: LSU Tigers still on the pursuit of  perfection. Hopefully my sister and I can get back to Omaha for the College World Series with LSU participating.


March 17, 2015

Well, Dad is here this week. It has been great. My dad is 85 years young. He works and owns his own company. He goes to the office everyday. If everyone had the work ethic he has, America would be the richest, most productive nation in the world. I try to have the same ethic when writing. Knowing that I can’t get a book published until an editor sees the work. This year hoping to change that.

Lily’s Lagniappe: This year is the year of the LSU Tigers. Number in baseball, softball, gymnastics and trying to keep it that way.


March 17, 2015

Today is a big day; I sent off the chapter book manuscript, synopsis and query off to my chosen publisher. Hopefully in three months I will know the outcome. The website said response time is about three months. Whoo Hoo!!!

Lily’s Lagniappe: This time of year in Louisiana is lovely. Crawfish boils, BBQing in the back yard, families having great time outside, lovely blossoms everywhere… this is the time to visit!


March 15, 2015

My life is my own again. For a week I have been surrogate mom to my four year old great nephew. It has been wonderful and exhausting!! We had a great time and spent a lot of time talking and learning. My sleep habits are vastly different than a four year old boy. We survived without any incidents but WOW the energy the he has. He loves to play with super heroes. The action figures, the vehicles of transportation and their weaponry. It was great pretending.

Lily’s Lagniappe: This week is the beginning of March Madness. For the first time is a while the LSU Men’s Basketball team is headed to PA to play NC State in the first round of the basketball National Championship. Tonight we find out if the LSU Women’s Basketball team is also in the bracket for the Women’s Basketball Championship. GEAUX TIGERS!!!

March 13, 2015

The finishing touches have been placed on the synopsis. The three chapters have been checked and rechecked and the query letter has been finalized. Now only copies of the chapter, query and synopsis need to be made and sent to the publisher.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Spring time is great everywhere but the blooming in Louisiana is outstanding. That rich gumbo soil is wonderful for growing just about every kind of flower and plant. Truly a beautiful sight to see.


March 11, 2015

Both my boys (great nephews) have arrived at The Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, NC. We’re headed to the water park for the majority of the day. The small boy, 17 months old, found the little baby pool exhausting. So he went to sleep in his great Aunt Ebbie’s arms and slept away while 4 year old Brooks slid down two slides on his own. Big accomplishment for him; bravery has been an issue. But he conquered his hesitation. Good trip for all.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Crawfish time in Louisiana. Mmmm good eating. Be sure to have some if you visit.


March 9, 2015

We have arrived at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, NC. Brooks is excited but because it is so late in the day we’re not going to the water park today. But story time and games room, here we come. Working on a new Picture book idea based on an article I wrote and submitted to Highlights. It got a favorable rejection. That may sound like an oxy moron but really it is not. An editor took the time to write something very nice about the article but said it wouldn’t work for Highlights.

Lily’s Lagniappe: A tour of plantation homes during this time of year is a pleasure. Most of the houses are still preserved in their natural state which, of course, means no air conditioning or heating but with the heating problem they all usually have mammoth fireplaces. This time of year also shows off their magnificent gardens.