WHEN RAVEN CALLS

FullSizeRender-1Raven clings to the towering worn-out 
pine like a shining star still snagged 
on last December's holiday tree.

But
    does he truly cling?

Perhaps it's simpler -
                       more effortless.

Perhaps he's merely perched,
perusing his neighbors' welcoming 
their day.

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WORDSMITH 101*

write-bookWelcome to Wordsmith 101. In much the same way as a personal trainer’s fortitude and determination sculpts slabs of sagging flesh into taught, defined muscle and the swordsmith’s attention to detail forges a molten lump of steel into a keen, sturdy blade, so does a wordsmith wield the mighty pen and fashion clumps of nouns, verbs, and adjectives into a vibrant spectacle you can smell, see, hear, and taste from the comfort of your beach chair. Continue reading

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DR. SEUSS SAID IT BEST…

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

So, I’m going to make it short and sweet.

Today is ibgdposterlargeThe challenge?
Getting a book into the hands of as many children as possible.
New, used, shiny, or worn –
your favorites from childhood, or something currently trending, like

Spread the joy of story.
It’s aFullSizeRenderuh, I mean, STUPENDOUS! feeling.

First Books does a nice job, if you need a recommendation.

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SCALE

Every Friday the folks at The Daily Post generate a themed photo challenge. This week’s ‘SCALE’ took me back to a trip we made in the summer of 2009 to the Ilulissat Ice Fjord in Greenland. To know that these ancient mountains of ice have completely dissolved by now is flabbergasting…

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8 Steps to Taking Rejection in the New Year

Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner:

I’d like to introduce you today to Jennifer Reinharz, a fellow children’s book writer and super hero. If you spend some time at “Red Said What?” you’ll agree, she is indeed super AND my hero. In a recent blogpost, Jennifer shared her remedy for what we all must face at some time or other, that dreaded affliction known as Rejection. It’s all part of the dance. Isn’t it? So, let’s waltz on…

Originally posted on Red Said What?:

Four years ago I was a part-time teaching, newbie mother of two ready for more; more from the “real” me and ready to embrace a creative energy suffocated by Urb-Burb expectations, thirty-something responsibility, and motherhood.

One December morning while ushering Bubbe down the driveway en route to my work gig and his Fours class at our local preschool, an original story title dropped into my head.  The words sounded like something straight out of a child’s picture book.

I have been writing ever since.

I get great joy from piecing together a picture book story.  However, as a Fours mommy, yoga buddy, and KidLit publishing veteran kindly forewarned me at the outset, “Next to poetry, the most difficult thing to get published is the picture book.”

Translation?  Learn to take rejection.

Aah, yes.  Experiencing rejection from literary agents and editors when one is attempting to traditionally publish one’s work comes…

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SPONTANEITY, THE SPICE OF LIFE

If spontaneity is the spice of life,
our little road trip on Sunday was a mediterranean street festival on wheels –

a true feast for the tongue, delight for the nose, treat for the eye, and a joy for the spirit.

 

 

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THE STOWAWAY

photo (26)Three hours in, and it’s a crapshoot as to whose self-control has disintegrated faster than tissue paper kissed by a lit match.

From where, oh where
did that blast of vile wind spring forth?

What insidious organ expelled you from its moonless abyss?

Or did you escape intentionally?
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