Whoa, the hyperdrive is engaged this week. I have 3 books due in the next seven days. An unfortunate bout of the flu has slowed me down a bit. Still, this was a fabulous week for inspiration.
Fab George Shannon shared his thoughts about how folktales are used to develop character in fiction at the recent local SCBWI meeting. Next up, Peg Kehret. Her turtle plan is something I deeply identify with. She's seen book fads come and go, but she keeps on writing her stories and they keep finding their audience. She's not a flash in the pan, but someone who is in this for the long haul. She mentioned that if you are going to add a scene with a beautiful moonlit night on the ocean to the current work that there better be some people drowning in that water. (Some great advice, folks.) I thought I would cry when she said writing saved her. I feel that way when difficult times come. Writing is a true gift. You give to it, but it gives back. My better self emerges when I write stories.
I also had lunch with grammar guru, Gail Martini-Peterson and marketer extraordinaire, Judy Gregerson, this week. Writing is lonely business and it was fun to just have lunch and chat with real live people!
I missed critique group because the whole 'not going to bed though I'm sick thing' finally caught up with me.
My Easter eggs will be posted soon! They are beyond awesome! Check out Angie Broussard's blog. She's my sister. The connection to Spider-man and Pikachu is definitely genetic.
Not everyone is meant to make a difference. But for me, the choice to lead an ordinary life is no longer an option. Peter Parker aka Spider-man
With great power must also come great responsibility. - Your friendly neighborhood, amazing Spider-man