This week we're working on task-mapping, table of contents and indexes. I'm in the process of working on my assignment and I can see why task-mapping is so important. I can't wait to try this on a real project.
I've already done a lot of the reading for next week. It involves information gathering and interviewing subject matter experts (SME.) The articles about SME make me laugh because I can think of a few people who fit into 'hoarder' category. The people who want to keep all information to themselves because it makes them feel smarter - they know something you don't. Or maybe it makes them feel more secure in their jobs. In either case, trying to get information from them sometimes feels impossible. After you have interviewed these people and find out you missed something you may find yourself asking them, "Why didn't you tell me that?" Usually the answer from an information 'hoader' is an arrogant, "You didn't ask."
Below are some links to more information about interviewing SMEs. They are not the ones from my class but basically contain the same information.
Check out the interview at bleedinginkanthology.wordpress.com
Thank you Ink Babes!
You can purchase a copy of the Bleeding Ink Anthology at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/178855
I can't wait to have my copy of the print edition arrive in the mail any day now.
"Madeline Barr haunts Southern Ontario"Yes, I'm in Southern Ontario, alive. I don't think I need to expand on that.
Writing is not my full time job. I have a day job and when the feeling strikes, I write. I like to write. I had a children's non-fiction article about Amigo, my lizard, published in WeeOnes magazine and one article I wrote about ghosts for the Perspective newsletter was recognized by local news paper.
Bleeding Ink was not the first sci-fi poem I've had published. I've had one previously published in Scifaikuest in November 2009 and another will be published again in Scifaikuest in August 2012.
There are nearly 40 contributors to this anthology. Look for my ghostly poem titled, YOU ARE NOT MY CHILD.
If you're interested in dark and creepy stories and poems I'm sure you will find this book gruesomely satisfying with a hellishly low price.
The ebook can be purchased on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/178855
The official press release for the ebook can be found at http://bleedinginkanthology.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/press-release-for-bleeding-ink-now-available-at-smashwords/#comment-243
See the retrieval from Bryan's point of view
Video Via: The Hamilton Spectator
Once the chicks were safely retrieved they were weighed and banded by Anne Yagi, MNR management biologist. Madame X and her partner, Surge, were proud parents of 3 baby boys - Beckett (682 g), Felker (671 g) and Tiffany (641 g) - named after 3 of the many waterfalls in Hamilton.
After their exams and some media attention, the chicks were returned to their nest.
After the ordeal it was confirmed all 4 boys were in good health - Beckett, Felker, Tiffany and Bryan Thomas, who escaped the wrath of Madame X with some holes in his shirt and a scratch.
|Credit: Hamilton Community Peregrine Project and Falcon Watch site|
What? You've never met the real Amigo and Beanie?
Well, here they are!
The original Amigo,
and the one and only Beanie.
I'll have to post an updated picture of Beanie because she's much bigger than this now.
UPDATE: Recent picture of Beanie
|Author Tara Lazar|
Not only is her vlog post entertaining, she also provides some very useful information for writers. She talks about how taking a break helped her land her second book contract.
I highly recommend you visit EMU's Debuts Blog and check out Tara Lazar in her comical vlog performance, Taking a Break (But Not Really)
Also be sure to visit Tara's Blog at http://taralazar.wordpress.com/
Here we are at the end of NaPiBoWriWee! Congratulations, you made it! How did you do? Did you pound out 7 picture book manuscripts? Did you get one manuscript done? Maybe you just got some ideas and jotted them down in point form.
Here's an important question: Did you win a prize from Paula Yoo?
I did ok this year. Not as well as I was hoping but under the circumstances, I think I did good. Just attempting the NaPiBoWriWee knowing there potential challenges that week had in store for me makes me successful in this event. I managed to write 2 completed picture book manuscripts drafts, point form for another 3 and titles for the last 2.
Thank you Paula for hosting this event once again.
I finished a very rough draft of manuscript #1 and jotted down some ideas for manuscript #2.
Day one of National Picture Book Writing Week is done and how did I do?
Not so good.
No. You can't fail NaPiBoWriWee.
After a busy day at my full time job (worked through my lunch), some not so good news - which threw me for a loop, and a long dental appointment in the evening, after I put the kids to bed I had nothing left to attempt to write a picture book draft. Excuses? Maybe. Reasons? Ya.
That does not mean I didn't think about it. So now, today, I have to roll into overtime and try to catch up. Excuses? Ya, I have a whole bunch more I could use but I won't. I am not going to leave this blog post short and see what picture book (or 2) gets written today.
There has been so much going on I almost forgot about an annual writing challenge I've done since it began 4 years ago.
The Challenge: Write 7 picture book drafts in 7 days.
You do not need to write a polished manuscript. These are spelling mistake ridden, ridiculously raw, gruesome grammar, problematic punctuation filled, 1st draft manuscripts. I don't think that made sense, but that's ok because that's how my manuscripts are going to be when I first write them. For me this helps me get the idea down on paper and not let the 'nitty-gritty' editing interrupt the idea flow.
One thing I didn't do this year, which usually helps me prepare for NaPiBoWriWee, is PiBoIdmo (Picture Book Idea Month) hosted by Tara Lazar. I'm really regretting it now. The concept with the PiBoIdMo challenge is to come up with a Picture Book Idea every day for the Month of November. Usually I take my 7 best ideas from this and use them for NaPiBoWriWee.
So, with a week to go I'm going to try to come up with 7 or more picture book ideas and pretend I didn't forget about it and pretend I've been prepared for it since November. With all that is going on in 'real life' right now, if I come up with one picture book manuscript I will deem the exercise successful. No excuses!
Are you ready?
Since writing is currently a hobby I wasn't prepared to invest a lot of money into business cards. I've discovered a few cheap, yet effective options.
1) Print your own business cards. From your favorite office supply store you can purchase business card paper for $10-$20
2)Vistaprint - http://www.vistaprint.ca You can order 250 business cards online for free and only pay for the processing and shipping. You can also purchase cards; 250 for $20.00. See site for full details.
3)Moo - http://us.moo.com/partner/sample Order a sample pack of 10 MOO Business Cards, for free. These are the ones I ordered and they are really nice cards however, they come with the moo.com URL in the corner on once side of the card since they are free. You can also purchase cards starting at 50 cards for $19.99.
So now I have 10 business cards related to writing in my purse, so I'm prepared for the next time I run into Donna, or anyone else I'm networking with.
@JaneFriedman tweeted about a fabulous post written by Eugene Cross about writing and if you have self doubt, you might be on the right track. I particularly liked the comparison with American Idol.
Find out more by reading Eugene Cross's post at http://www.glimmertrain.com/b62cross.html
By the way, Joanne's the answer to her biggest handicap is, Joanne Fears Death by Shoehorn
Do You Put Too Much Pressure on the Beginning...From the Beginning? (from My Name Is Not Bob)
I wanted to wait to see what the first day of 2012 brought and so far the year is shaping out pretty well. Nobody is in the hospital, nobody is sick and my house is clean-ish.
As far as writing goes, I've hit the ground running, starting off the year with #MoP12 (Month of Poetry 2012) hosted by @KatApel http://monthofpoetry.wordpress.com/ The goal - write a poem a day for the month of January. I have my first 2 poems completed, a third one started and a few ideas on the side. I'm doing well.
I've also been doing some research for submissions and it looks as though I have a few options, which always makes me happy.
A couple of years ago I submitted one of my children's manuscripts to a publisher, it was one of 6 to make it to the final round. Unfortunately, it wasn't chosen. I've been fiddling with it since. This year I plan to finish fiddling and submit to agents. I've never submitted to an agent before so this makes me excited and nervous but I believe it is the best move for this manuscript and myself as a writer.
This year I already have one publication lined up. In August I will have my 2012 Horrorku published in the print edition of Scifaikuest. This will be my second time in this publication.
Finally, I plan to post in this blog more regularly. Though I still have the Auntie Flamingo blog I am going to phase that one out and continue on with this one. I feel that the other blog has pocketed me into the children's genre and though I still write for children there are other areas of my writing that need attention. There are so many other sides of me, which some people may be surprised by some.
So the plan is to regroup, refocus and reach out. This is the year to get my name out there more and get noticed. This is MY year - 2012!
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- Editorial Staff Changes at Children's Book Publishers
- Tara Lazar - Author of THE MONSTORE Summer 2012
- Joanne Levy - Writer
- Hélène Boudreau - Author
- Lesley Livingston - Author of Wondrous Strange and Darkloght
- Inkygirl.com - Daily Diversions For Writers
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