Friday’s Fun Find: WILD THINGS!

wild-things-cover-214x300Sometimes, an act of mischief happens along and you end up sending out a blog post accidentally.


But other times, an act of mischief has to do with children’s literature and Wild Things, the book (and website) that reveals “secret lives, scandalous turns, and some very funny surprises” about the books you grew up with and loved to bits.

Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, and Peter D. Sieruta gathered all these scathingly brilliant anecdotes (and included a few leftovers for us on the website!) so we can all enjoy a little kidlit mischief.

(Um…without sending blog goofs out into the world–)

Got a Book In You? Read This Book First

There are lots and lots of books about writing.

Good ones, too, like Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, and Stephen King’s On Writing. And glancing over at my bookcase, I could list a dozen more. But I don’t know whether any of them would have yellow highlighter markings on every page like Steven James’ Story Trumps Structure.

It’s just that every page–every single page–has a gem that I need to remember, a sentence or two that I feel would be better written on a poster and stuck up on the bulletin board above my desk. But I don’t have time or room to make that many posters. So I highlight and re-read and question myself and my story as I work through each chapter, hoping that all the good writing stuff is sinking in and will show up in this latest manuscript.

To be honest, Steven James doesn’t need my recommendation. But you might. And so I couldn’t wait another day to tell you about Story Trumps Structure, even though I haven’t finished it.

Well, you’d be behind, too, if you had to stop and highlight every other line in the book.

A Bad Hair Day Turned Funny

Remember back in the summer, when I shared a submissions opportunity with you about Shaker of Margaritas: Bad Hair Day? You may recall that my sainted mother had a few issues when I “tried to write funny.” Thankfully, Linda Fisher, editor over at Mozark Press, did not.

My story, “Fluffo vs. Charlotte,” is in this newest anthology, just released! In fact, I recognized quite a few writers with stories in this anthology. And P.S. I read all the stories in the proof, and laughed out loud at how really bad a bad hair day can be. Check out this post at the Mozark Press blog for a preview of the stories (and writers you know!).

You’ll laugh, too. And as my mother’s still recuperating from her fall, I’m thinking I know just what she needs to perk up her spirits. Even if she likes the other stories way better than mine.

(You can order your A Shaker of Margaritas: A Bad Hair Day here. And you can get the Kindle edition as well. Just a quick reminder, too, that even if you do not have a Kindle, you can download for FREE  the Kindle reading app for your PC.