Did Somebody Say September? (Yep, It’s Back To Work)

2014-08-12 15.16.02September already? 

Hard to believe but there’s no arguing with the calendar. September: the month for Back-to-School (though now the kidders and teachers go back in early August which is just wrong, y’all). Still, there’s a switch that flips in my brain come September and I find myself shaking the sand out of the little gray cells and hunkering down, getting back to all those projects I sort of neglected through the endless sunny days, reading in my lounge chair on the deck, the Libster at my feet.

So it’s back to work and all that jazz, and right off the September bat, I have a website surprise for you that I think you’re going to love ’cause I sure did. And I could just give you the link and tell you all about it but it’s September, y’all, so yeah, you’re going to have to work for it.

(Check out my Muffin post today for “An Easy Infographic Tool (Yep, It’s Really Easy!)

Make New Friends

When Juniorette Hall was a Girl Scout, I learned that song, “Make New Friends.”

As I wrote “Making Friends Out of Blog Readers” over at the Muffin, the song kept going through my head (and going…and going…and going). The thing is, I’ve made a lot of friends because of the blog. Oh, they might’ve started out as readers, but many have ended up as friends, golden friends who’ve been a huge blessing and support through the ups and downs on this writing path.

And as a bonus, every once in a while I make a new blog friend and get prizes! Like a mug! Look how cute this mug is:

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I won the mug from illustrator, Lori Keehner, who was over at Kathy Temean’s blog, sharing her art (and having a giveaway). If you write for children, you won’t want to miss Kathy’s blog, Writing and Illustrating. But she also shares non-children’s writing stuff, like the Peyton Prize, a no-fee essay contest. You’ll want to make friends with Kathy Temean (and follow her blog!).

And don’t forget Lori Keehner, too! She shared a lovely blog post about my mug (and I used her pic because honestly, she has mad photo skills). You’re going to want to see ALL of her delightful mugs and prints and pillows and t-shirts…well, it’s a regular smorgasbord of Lori Keehner awesome art over at her Society6 shop. I am not gonna lie; it was hard to choose which mug I liked best ’cause I liked ALL of ’em! But I have a thing for owls, and that little owl family was so cute…

So now I have the mug on my desk and I will fortify myself with a nice cuppa every day and hope that a little owlish wisdom will infuse my writing. Thank you, Lori!

And thank all of you who keep coming back to read blog posts and share your ups and downs, both the writing and non-writing ones. I so appreciate the friends I’ve made over the years, and if you want to know how you can make friends out of your blog readers, then zip over to the Muffin to read that post.

Oh! And sorry about that song that’s stuck in your head now.

A Little Seussical Inspiration

I have loved Dr. Seuss and his adorkable books for…well, forever, it seems. I loved them when I was a kid, and I loved them when my kids were little kids and I read them aloud, and I think I may love them even more, now that I write for kids. seuss-big_11Theodore Geisel was genius–is genius–and as soon as I have fifteen free minutes, I’m dashing to the bookstore to read What Pet Should I Get?

I won’t even care if it’s not up to the usual Seussical brilliant standards. After all, if he’d wanted to publish it, I suspect he would have. But more Seuss in the world–even so-so Seuss–is cause for celebration. And, I think, inspiration. You can read for yourself if you have a minute to dash over to The Muffin for “Green Eggs and Inspiration.

I promise that I didn’t wax too poetic over there…

Okay, that’s a bald-faced lie. I did wax a little poetic. I mean, I just love Dr. Seuss. And I would read him here or there, I would read him in a chair, or with a bear or on a dare.

I do so love that timeless guy. Thank you, thank you, Dr. Seuss. *sigh*

Did I Tell You The One About…?

2009-06-16 10.50.44Shoot! I cooked something up at The Muffin and I completely forgot to mention it last week!

I’m blaming it on the heat, or the summer lazy thing, or the hours on the road, or the beach or the convent in Alabama–I’ll let you pick the excuse you like best–but I hope you’ll take a moment to see how you can get a writing retreat in, even if you’re stuck at home with the kids and the heat and…

Come to think of it, with the crazy heat and the pop-up thunderstorms, maybe it’s the perfect time to plan a writing retreat. You can be nice and cool and productive and you don’t even have to spend any money. You just need to throw a couple ingredients together and start writing!

Oh, d’oh. I almost forgot the post! It’s “Recipe for a Winning Writing Retreat (Serves One to Twenty). Lots of yummy stuff, and if you have a minute, let me know what you’re working on this summer and we’ll all cheer you on!

Assuming the heat and such hasn’t melted you yet.

And you can remember it.

(And P.S. Don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway of There’s a Hamster in My Dashboard over at this post. Gee, I sure hope I remember to draw that name. And tell you about it. Maybe somebody holler at me if I do?)

Stealthy Summer Work Tricks

I love tricks–the stealthier, the better. So when my brain came up with a few tricks to keep me working through the summer, well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit! You wouldn’t believe how much I’ve accomplished this summer and it’s only July!

Want to know my tricks? Check out my post, “The Trick To Working in the Summer” over at The Muffin. I guarantee superior stealth and optimum results.

And because we’re all about sharing the writing gems here, I’m passing along one more trick that I didn’t mention at The Muffin: Kidlit Summer School 2015!

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It’s a day late for preregistration goodies, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get in on some awfully good stuff! Honestly, last summer, Kidlit Summer School really gave me the push (and lots of tips) to get my Middle Grade novel going–and I had SO much fun, I didn’t even notice I was working.

Come to think of it, I worked like a dog. But a really happy dog. So hey, who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? (Even if it’s summer!)