Still making slow progress on In the Seventeenth Year. I've revised 11 chapters out of 71, with a goal of 1 chapter revision a day, which means another couple of months. But since it's summer and we have travel plans, family reunions, etc., I'm prepared for it to take longer than that. The good news is that after all my lovely bloggy friends voted on my titles in the Next Top Title Blogfest, I can keep calling it In the Seventeenth Year.
Free Conference News:
Head over to WriteOnCon for information about a FREE online writing conference for children's writers on August 10-12. Wow - you do NOT want to miss this!
Kimberly Franklin is giving away autographed copies of The Body Finder, and more.
Kelly Polark is giving away the first three books in the Sookie Stackhouse series. Each season of True Blood is based on a book in the series.
Carolina Valdez Miller, Sara McClung, and Alexandra Shostak are giving away four Barry Lyga books.
Blogfests in the Coming Week:
Shelley at Stories in the Ordinary hosts the "I Can't Say It" Blogfest on June 16.
Elizabeth Mueller hosts the Breaking the Rules Blogfest on June 18.
Tina Lynn at Sweet Niblets hosts the Bad Boy Blogfest on June 20.
A huge thanks to Julie Dao at Silver Lining for awarding me with the Happiness Award (isn't it lovely?) I'd like to bequeath this award to:
Margo Berendsen at Writing at High Altitude. Margo made a very insightful comment on my First Top Title Blogfest post which really reminded me that I have to dig deep to achieve excellence. Margo's comment will be the subject of Friday's post (so stay tuned!) Thanks Margo!
Catherine Winn at The Writing Room. Catherine was kind enough to mention my post on Picturing Your Characters on her blog not once, but twice! She commented to tell me how helpful that post was to her. I can't tell you how much that meant to me. Thanks Catherine!
For this award, I'm supposed to list ten things that make my happy (I'll forego the obvious here, but never fear, my husband, kids, naps, and coffee do make me very happy!)
1. listening to my cat purr
2. vanilla-scented candles
3. summer thunderstorms
4. taking the dog for a walk in the park
5. having the windows in the house open
6. warm butterscotch pudding (I only like the cook-n-serve kind, that's what my mom always made)
7. baking cookies
8. getting blogger awards like this one :)
9. watching movies in a movie theater
10. when I actually get on the treadmill instead of just thinking about itWhat makes you happy?