Friday, June 06, 2014

Fight Songs for Writers

Football teams have fight songs.

Runners have their battle playlists.

Even Snow White's seven dwarfs had a song to inspire them.

Nobody needs a fight song more than a writer.

When I started, my fight songs were on a CD.

Then came mp3 players. We can now create entire playlists to help us throughout the day. The question then becomes...which songs do we add?

Of course, you'll likely want your own, but I have a few. This one reminds you to keep going in the face of rejection.

So does this one.

And this one reminds you to never give up on your dreams. The hopes we had were much too high, way out of reach but we have to try...

What songs are on your Fight Song playlist?

Want some bookmarks for your classroom or library? Email me with your address and I'll send some right away.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Dear Teen Me and a Book Sale

Today I'm excited to be featured on Dear Teen Me. Click on the bad 80s picture of me to proceed.

I'm also helping T.B. Markinson promote the sale of her book, A Woman Lost. This week it's on sale on Amazon for $0.99.

Here's a little bit of information about the book:

The synopsis:
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Petrie has it all. She’s rich, beautiful, intelligent, and successful. None of this matters to her mom. Les-Bi-An. That’s all her mom sees.
Even though Lizzie insists her mom’s antagonism does not bother her, Lizzie distances herself from her entire family. When her brother, Peter, calls her out of the blue to announce he’s getting married, Lizzie’s entire life changes drastically. Peter’s fiancĂ©e wants to bring the lesbian outcast back into the family. Will this desire cause Lizzie to lose everything dear to her?
Sarah, Lizzie’s girlfriend, is ecstatic about this change in Lizzie’s personal life. Sarah, the hopeless romantic, wants it all, including settling down with the fiercely independent Lizzie.
Can Lizzie be tamed? And can she survive her family and all of their secrets?

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Not Really The Cat in the Hat

Today, I'm participating in the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Check out some of the other hoppers by clicking on the button.

Kid Lit Blog Hop

Recently I was invited to read as part of the Indies First Storytime Event. Because things have been so hectic lately, I didn't realize until the last minute I was supposed to read from my favorite picture book.

I didn't have one on hand, so they provided a selection. From the stack, I chose this one:

While I loved the story when I was a kid, I can't say it was my favorite. I can't even remember a favorite picture book. I was a kid! However, while reading to my niece and nephew, I came up with a new favorite:

If I ever am tasked with reading to kids publicly again, that's the one I'll pick. It's SO clever! The girly side in me likes this series, too, though:

What's your favorite children's picture book? Why?

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Monday, June 02, 2014

Comparing Yourself to Other Writers

My wonderful agent, Natalie Lakosil, recently posted a blog that touched on something that has been bugging me lately. She called it "peer pressure," which was the perfect description of it.

She was referring to the pressure we feel from other writers. The, "everyone else is doing it" mentality we never quite escape, even after adolescence. It's human nature, after all, to measure ourselves by others.

No matter where you are in your career, someone else will always be ahead of you. Winning contests, getting published, hitting the bestseller list... 

Comparisons destroy friendships. They inhibit your ability to truly be happy for your fellow chapter member or critique group partner. They may even drive down your confidence, which will cause the worst thing of all to happen...

You'll stop writing.

The interesting thing about social media is that we have the power to let people believe anything we want. That successful writer who posts every five seconds about her new WIP, booksigning, or multi-million-dollar book contract? Her situation is likely completely different from yours. Or she's just really insecure and likes to brag.

It's important to focus on what you're doing and not worry so much about others. This quote says it best, I think:

Have you ever struggled with comparing yourself to others?