July 3, 2015

Heading to Charlottesville, VA to watch Brooks while Cherish moves into her new garage apartment. It will be yucky weather but it will not dampen our spirits about her moving into a new phase of her life. Doing what needs to be done to be a good mom. Brooks is a sweet, intelligent young boy with outlandish amounts of energy. Brooks and I are going swimming and to the movies. He goes with the flow better than most kids.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Well, this weekend is special to every American or at least should be. We declared to the Brits that we were an independent nation. We actually signed the document on the second but it passed the Continental Congress on the fourth. We the People of the United States, in order to form a perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. God Bless this Country that at times forgets why we are a nation.


July 1, 2015

Well, it’s official the summer is speeding by. Still waiting to here from the  publisher I sent the chapter book too! I’m not discouraged just want to know if it is something they would like to print. I am also getting together an agent package which is still in the revision process. I am also taking a Children’s Book Academy class on writing Picture books. It is homework everyday but I get to read more picture books.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Love spending time with family and friends during the summer. Sharing stories, pictures, meals and special events with them. Make the time to do this in your life WITHOUT YOUR CELL PHONE!


June 29, 2015

This last weekend I put together a package to send to an agent. She is part of an agency in NY but she lives in Nashville. Hopefully she will like my little middle grade novel. I am revising the package to send to her and making a line edit of the entire manuscript. Here’s hoping that by my little character Austin will be a little guy she likes.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Well, LSU is putting out hype videos and hoping the good news from the basketball team getting top athletes from Louisiana. Will be an interesting year for Tiger sports.


June 27, 2015

Just finished a query, synopsis and first five pages to go to an agent. Sent it to my critique group first. Hopefully I will get it back in a timely manner. I’m not sure I really want an agent but it seems the only way to get a book contract. Trying this and hopefully will get back a request for the full manuscript or a nice rejection.

Lily’s Lagniappe: This time of year in Louisiana the horrible thunderstorms come. So not only having to watch the patterns of hurricanes but must also keep an eye on the radar for active areas for thunderstorms. Stay safe!


June 25, 2015

Had a writer’s meeting today and discussed Sandra’s bomber book. Teresa wasn’t there due to an eye exam. I told the group that I was working on a query for SEARCH FOR THE PRINCESS. Agents at a particular agency looking for middle grade with a strong voice. Hopefully my middle grade is one of those. Still germinating a new idea and working on it to fill in the holes. It came to me riding home from Omaha, NE. I’m hoping to make it edgy with a good ending.

Lily’s Lagniappe: LSU Tigers did pretty well at the College World Series. Less than 75 days until LSU Football starts. Can’t wait!! Had a real personal issue recently when my online banking accounts were hacked. This was a scary and devastating, I wish it on no one. The hot days of July are closing in on us. Hope you find a way to stay cool!


June 23, 2015

Working on PB manuscript to publish on 12 X 12. It is a rhyming manuscript with only 316 words. I look forward to constructive criticism to make my manuscript better.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Our bank account was compromised and I spent most of the day closing and re-opening new accounts. Most disturbing! I don’t have much but what I have is mine! All mine! Someone just extracted $5000.00 from my account. Now I have to be inconvenienced to close all my accounts and open new ones.


June 21, 2015

Back home to Hickory. Hot, hot and humid. The weather this week is just more of the same.  Picked up baby books and flipped through them so I would know what they have in them. Now need old pictures to put in them to make them keepsakes. Need to have some parts filled in and some parts left blank. I’ve decided the MC is to be a girl and she’s in the foster care system because searches for family were useless.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Well its 75 days until LSU’s football season kicks off. Yay!!


June 19, 2015

Heading home and wishing LSu had won but they made a good showing. We’re traveling back to St. Louis for the night.

Lily’s Lagniappe: Tigers headed home today but chartered plane. Now the young men who play in the Chatham leagues on the Northeast coast or the Great Trees league on the Northwest coast can go and play baseball for the summer.



June 17, 2015

The skies of Omaha were rumbling with thunderstorms and lightning in the area. The games were delayed by two hours. LSU won yesterday and will play again tomorrow. Still generating the germ of a new middle grade novel.

Lily’s Lagniappe: My sister and I would go to stand in line for tickets and then return later in the day for the game. Tickets very reasonable that way.


June 15, 2015

The Tigers lost yesterday and will play again tomorrow. Beginning to generate a new middle grade novel in my mind. I going to start with a baby book. Now how to use it? As a keepsake, as a guide, as the only connection to the past, as a guide for their life, as a map to the past and any family left? All good questions but which way to approach the new main character, is she alone? Has she been kidnapped? Need answers!!

Lily’s Lagniappe: We went to Famous Dave’s BBQ, the store manager is from Louisiana and gave us a free bread pudding.