Would you like to jazz up your paper snowflakes this holiday season? Here’s a simple craft to help make your season bright.
– rectangular shaped paper
– single hole punch
– clear tape
1. Fan-fold the paper back and forth in ½ inch folds.
2. Staple the fan at the middle.
3. Make holes with the hole punch in random places then cut the tips into a point.
4. Open the fan to form a circle and tape it in place.
Just for giggles, I am guest blogging about ‘Writer’s Butt’ on the GotYA blog, wherein I share my handy diet tips (kinda) to help combat the First Draft 15™.
Come see! Come see!
1 L of water
1 hour 16 minutes of pounding the pavement
But look what I GOT!
That’s me on the left, sucking wind, trying to make up my oxygen debt. Little sis is on the right (the well-rested one, since she’s been waiting for me at the finish line for the past 20 minutes). Best part about the day? My niece placed second in her age division and won half a dozen lobsters. Gotta love running races in Nova Scotia.
So, how does this relate to writing? It doesn’t. Ha!
Well, yeah. It kinda does. The whole running thing is pretty analagous to how I felt when I first joined my critique group about 5 years ago. I was a newbie. Soft. Starting from nothing. Fellow writers blew by me with their talent and drive. All I could do was watch them go and hope that I’d catch up, someday. But like my sister, my critique buddies were there for me at the finish line. Most even ran back to cheer me on as I made my way to my goal.
Writers, and runners, are human. It’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others. Who’s ahead of you, who’s beside you, who’s behind? But where does that get you? The best we can do is go at our own pace, pick ourselves up if we fall and take that glass of water as it’s handed out at the aid station.
(Did I mention they were packing up the aid stations as I shuffled by? Yeah. Uh-huh. Dead last.)
I accept that I’m a horrible runner. But yanno what? It still felt great to cross that finish line.
I had a very fun and busy spring, filled with school and library visits, a non-fiction writing project (done! yay!) and writing/revising/submitting of my tween novel.
So what’s next? Hmm…
Well, writing-wise, I’m finishing up an early chapter book project and hope to get that submitted before we leave for our month-long Cape Breton trip. While out East, I plan to work on my male point-of-view young adult novel and have a couple of appearances lined up.
I’ll be at the Antigonish Public Library on July 6th, conducting a day-long youth writing camp and will also be presenting at the Petit de Grat Library (date TBA) as part of the TD Summer Reading Program.
And of course, there’ll be plenty of swimming, biking and running in between to prepare for the triathlon in August.
In a moment of sheer, over-inflated confidence, I signed up for a triathlon in August.
Do I swim? Um, yes, but haven’t for a while.
Can I bike? I *own* a bike. Does that count?
Do I run? Well…*lumber* would be a more accurate description.
But, I have two willing training buddies and about 12 weeks to get myself in a reasonable enough state to not embarass myself. (that’s the hope, anyway) And plus, this will be a much needed distraction from my busy spring of writing, school and library presentations, not to mention the ongoing superduperagentsearch.
So why a triathlon? Hmm…good question. Mainly, it’s to balance out my writing/parenting/social life a bit. I think it’s easy to isolate yourself and be too much ‘in your head’ as a writer. I find this necessary when I’m deep into a character and heavy into writing. There comes a point , though, when the effort invested really brings diminishing returns and a fresh perspective is in order.
So, yeah. Swim, bike, run.
Having an outlet like training for a triathlon can only be good for my creativity. But when I’m (inevitably) the last one to stumble out of the lake, the last to wilt off the bike and the last to crawl across the finish line, can I ask a favour?
I finally got around to customizing the stock artwork that came with this website’s template. Now that I’m all moved in, I feel like I should have a housewarming. Anyone bring pizza? Hors d’oeuvres? Drinks?
Anywho, notice a theme? Yup, I am indeed a fan of the emoticon.
Which is YOUR favourite?
As a benevolent dictator, I’m all about peace and love, but if I had to banish anyone from my kingdom, I’d start with those dudes who keep sending me daily e-newsletters with no option to unsuscribe.
How ’bout you? Who would YOU banish from your kingdom? In a benevolent dictatorish kinda way, of course.
What an amazing year it’s been:
Jan: Started BIG SPLASH Jan3/2008. Yup, you did the math correctly. That’s one year and one day ago. But, there were a few pause buttons in between then and now.
Feb: Got an offer to write a non-fic book (CRIMEBUSTING & DETECTION).
March: ACADIAN STAR was accepted for publication
March to July: Worked through all my revisions for ACADIAN STAR
April to June: Wrote 2 other non-fiction books (MIRACULOUS MEDICINES and SWIMMING SCIENCE)
July/Aug: Took a break, and frolicked in Nova Scotia for a month with the chicklets
June to present: Worked on submitting chapter book series A to agents
Aug to Nov: Worked on revisions of chapter book series B
Oct: ACADIAN STAR was released. Book tour followed
Oct: CRIMEBUSTING & DETECTION plus MIRACULOUS MEDICINES were released
Nov: Decided to revive this fun story about a teenage hydro-phobic mermaid.
Dec: Chapter book series B was accepted for publication just before Christmas.
Jan: SWIMMING SCIENCE is released
Nov to present: Wrote 33,000 words and finished the first draft of BIG SPLASH. Yay!
I’m taking the rest of the night off…
I’ve been bookwormed! Marsha even went one step further and harassed me by e-mail, so I guess I better comply.
Here’s what I’m supposed to do:
1) Open the closest book- not a favorite or most intellectual book- but the book closest at the moment, to page 56
2) Write out the fifth sentence, as well as two to five sentences following
3) tag five innocents [or more]
4)Julie takes it a step further and suggests doing the same for your manuscript
1): My girls are addicted to the DISH series by Diane Muldrow. They read it with DH every night and are up to Volume 12. I sometimes catch DH reading it on his own after the girls are in bed.
“What?” he says. “I read it for the recipes.”
But it’s nice to know that hubby is in touch with his middle-grade self.
2): And on page 56 it says:
“Ladies and gentlemen! In fifteen short minutes, we will be departing for Chestnut Farm, Vermont! In the next five minutes, you need to say good-bye to your parents and board the bus. We’ll be doing roll call on each bus. Okay?’
3): I’m not going to tag any innocents, but if you read this and end up doing it on your blog, let me know in the comments so I can visit!
4): Here’s the page 56 excerpt from my work-in-progress, BIG SPLASH:
What was that noise? That horrible noise? Demons from the underworld? Tortured feral cats? Wild, screaming banshees?
My hand finally found the phone. I pressed TALK.
“Hellumph?” I mumbled and rubbed my eyes.
“Hey, Jade!” It was Moe.
I sat up in bed and yawned.
So, that’s it. I feel well and truly bookwormed, thanks for including me, Marsha!
Have a wonderful and safe holiday, everyone!
I just got an e-mail from my publisher informing me that ACADIAN STAR has sold over 1,700 copies since its October release! Whee!
These are Canadian stats, so I’m more than a little thrilled. ACADIAN STAR will be released in the US in April.
My other three books are now out with Crabtree Publishing and I’ll soon be announcing details of my new early chapter book series, the first volume to be released Spring 2010.
It has been a very good year!
I can’t wait to see what 2009 brings. A pony, maybe?