Where in the (Blog) World is Cathy C. Hall?

Didn’t you love Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Honestly, you’d think I’d be much better at that whole geography thing, after watching that show a zillion times. But alas, I have trouble finding my way around my own neighborhood.

Anyway,  you’re not going to need an atlas (or even map skills) to find me today. All you need is the Internet so that you can click right HERE.

It would be so lovely if you left a comment over there, and let me know what you think. I’ve been invited to join the crowd, posting a couple times a month, and I’m sure it’ll be a fun gig.

That’s assuming, of course, I find my way back there.

Catching Up Is Hard To Do

With apologies to Neil Sedaka. (On the other hand, I’ll never get this song out of my head now. So we’re kind of even.)

“They say that catching up is hard to do…

Now I know, I know that it’s true.

Don’t say shut up and begin–

Instead of catching up I wish that I was all caught up again.”

So, I’ve been sort of missing for the last week. I applied to the Highlights Foundation Whole Novel Workshop and got accepted (Wheee!) And they offered me a scholarship, too. (Double wheee!) But then I kind of had to say I’d go (Fly on a plane all the way to Pennsylvania–eeeeek!). Plus I had to send my novel to my reader (Uh-oh.)

See, I had to make a few small changes in that novel before I could send it off to a Big, Important Editor Person. Changes in, oh, I don’t know…the goals and stakes.

Just for the record, I do not recommend making goals and stakes changes on a 60,000 word novel in 7 days. It’s doable, but only if you do the following:

1. Skim your emails, reading ONLY those that require immediate attention (roughly translated to “money is involved”.)

2. Dash through Facebook, skip Twitter, and ignore blogs (By the way, happy belated birthdays, y’all!)

3. Leave loved ones to fend for themselves (But do not be surprised if a. a Junior loved one shows up with a tattoo and/or fourth ear piercing because you said “uh huh” while you were typing and “talking”  on the phone or b. you have gained 6 pounds because your wonderful spouse offered to take care of the cooking. And by cooking, I mean “picking up tacos and/or  pizza” every day. P.S. You haven’t noticed you’ve been eating tacos and/or pizza every day.)

Now, I have a ton of catching up to do…emails to attend to, blogs to read, friends to (virtually) see, and all that other writing and reading that’s been waiting for me. Not to mention the matter of six extra pounds.  But still…

“I beg of you, don’t say goodbye!

Let me give this whole thing one more try.

Come on, y’all, I’ll start anew…

But catching up is hard to do.”


Finding Great Writer’s Advice (and a Giveaway, too!)

I am a woman on a mission.

If you read my Finding Something Friday post over at the Hall of Fame last week, you might think the mission is to win Cheryl Klein’s Second Sight. But it’s so much more than that.

I want to write the best darn novel I can write.  So I read and read and read some more. I read the best darn novels I can find out there in the children’s lit world. I read books on writing craft. I read blogs, too, especially the ones filled with great writing advice. Which brings me to today’s darn good writing advice

Zip over to Cheryl Klein’s blog and read her last three posts on Behind the Book: Three Things Writers can learn from Liar’s Moon. You don’t have much time left for the giveaway, but I hope you can find the time to read her examples from Behind the Book. And maybe you’ll have the time to read Star-Crossed and Liar’s Moon by Elizabeth Bunce.

Because if you want to write the best darn novel, you’ll need to know what a darn good novel is, right? (Over and out!)