All Kinds of Thanks

IMG_20191016_113809085Monday night, I spoke to the Women’s Guild at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and thank goodness I did because inspiration has been in short supply lately.

See, the friend who contacted me (way back in the summer) mentioned again how much she loved my blog and how she laughed at my social media shenanigans (at least, I think she said that. I may just be adding that part to make the story better). The point is, she wanted to liven up her meetings and she thought of little old, lively me. And then Eureka (and just in the nick of time, I might add)! An idea popped into my hitherto empty head!

Most of my blog posts are promoting whatever I’ve got out there in the world and I totally forget sometimes that my blog posts are actually promoting…well…me.

Which is crazy, I know, because right up there at the top of the page is Cathy C. Hall in really big letters. Anyway, inspiration struck as I realized that as a writer, I’m always selling me. So I’m always working, no matter what I’m doing. Of course, I went into a lot more writerly detail over at the Muffin today in “It May Not Look Like Work…” But bottom line, I’m very grateful to my friend and the Women’s Guild for the idea.

And did you see that delightfully cute fish they gave me? It’s on my bookcase where all my books are shelved–and it’s pointing in my direction. Because I need to remember that point about me and working.

But also because I’m grateful for the warm welcome from the Women’s Guild, not to mention their generosity. They’re involved in all kinds of service over there at St. Patrick’s so I know how giving these women are. But honestly, even if they hadn’t bought a ton of my Chicken Soup for the Soul books, I would still have been overwhelmed by their kind words and generous spirit, plus their laughter (in all the right places).

See, a writer may be working all the time, but it takes a joyful reader to make her glad that she does.

WOW! on Fun Saturday (and Julie Andrews!)

Yeah, it’s usually Fun Friday, but it’s May, okay? And as you may recall if you read this post, I have motivational issues in the spring. Besides, I’m only a day late–and as I wanted to give you a little push to the May 5th Muffin post, it’s pretty swell how it all worked out.

Oh! And one more thing.  May always makes me think of Julie Andrews singing “The Lovely Month of May” from the musical, Camelot. Once I start hearing that song in my head, I can’t get any work done. And I’ll bet you’re not going to get any work done on a Saturday, either, right? So you might as well watch Julie in Grim Colberty Tales. Talk about your fun.


Finding Bunches of YA Keepers at WOW!Women on Writing

When I saw the latest issue of WOW!Women on Writing, I knew I’d be spreading the word here at Finders and Keepers-before I’d even read a word!

First of all, I know that WOW does a wonderful job, finding up-to-date resources and interesting people to interview for whatever writing topic lands in the header. And I’m not just saying that ’cause I’ve written a few articles myself.  I sure wish that I’d thought up something to write for the March/April issue on Young Adult Writing. I guess I’ve been so busy writing YA, I haven’t had time to keep up with everything going on in this genre.

That’s the second of all here. ‘Cause guest editor, Margo Dill, has done a fine job of finding all kinds of people who have! Whether it’s figuring out how to use technology references in YA fiction, or looking at writing non-fiction high concept ideas for kids, you’re going to get your fill of YA info by the time you’ve read this issue.

Which, third of all, can really make a difference in whether you’re able to write some swell YA yourself!

WOW!Children’s Writing at WOW!

The February issue at WOW!Women-on-writing is all about Children’s writing! This month, WOW! talks to a bunch of children’s writers (wonder if there’s a name for a bunch of writers? I mean, witches,whales, and warships have group names. Shouldn’t writers?) who happily share their writing wisdom.

I love hearing tales from the writing trenches, and how-to tips, too. And I  love asking writers questions and sharing their answers. So, I was thrilled that WOW! used my interview with Eve Heidi Bine-Stock! You can find out what Eve had to say in “Twenty Questions with Eve Heidi Bine-Stock.”

Eve has written three books on how to write children’s picture books, and I  read and enjoyed each book. She uses lots of diagrams (very visual!) and examples from children’s books (very literary!) to explain all those techniques that look so easy (but are so, so hard!).

Check out my article for some great how-to tips, courtesy of Eve. But don’t stop there! Read the entire issue and soak up all that writerly wisdom from the wrabble (I’m coining that term for a group of writers. What d’you think?).