Photo caption reads: And she’s OFF!
So, unless something super funny pops into my life in the near future or something that just hits me where I super feel it, you won’t be seeing too much of me on this page for some amount of seconds, days, weeks, months…I’m getting my writing on…chapter book style!
I am on chapter 2 of my first book for youth. It’s a lot harder than one would imagine. First of all, I gotta create a character those tweens want to read.
So far, my biggest of all my brood is my judge. I look to her, as she reads it, for her laughter or tears (ah-just kidding…no tears. yet!) and I especially hone in those moments when she raises her eyebrows in confusion.
The thing driving me crazy about an 11-year-old critic…she doesn’t understand that writing is writing and editing comes NEXT. She is over there correcting so many mistakes I wonder if she is even reading anything at all 😉
But—good news in the 11-year-old world—she sat next to me this evening and asked if I had written any more.
Whoop-whoop. Chalk that one up for the mom score!
When do I write this said book?
When my two littlest are at Polish preschool on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I have 2 hours of me time. Okay—that’s stretching it a bit far. It’s more like, take away the 50 interruptions, I have about 1 hour and 10 minutes to write.
I never knew my brain could work so fast.
Then, on occasions, when the brain isn’t in the fuzz-bucket, I try and write a bit when the stars come out and the snoring commences around the house.
Unfortunately for me, I am not a sharp-witted night owl anymore. Those days left me once I had #3.
My goal???? You may ask. Even if you don’t, I’ll let you know…
1 Chapter a week.
I have already scoured the net for all of those newbies looking for new authors, and found most are not interested in my super cute children’s books that I have written—but many are interested in chapter books for middle-agers.
We’ll see how this goes.
One of the sagest pieces of advice I read while checking out all of the peeps out there looking for writers:
Your first book is just that. Your first book. Keep writing. Edit. And write some more.
This wisdom brings me back to what my good ol’ ma and pa always said, “Try and then try some more.” Or “Try again”
In any and every case, you gotta begin somewhere. Today I choose to begin.
Therefore, unless life throws me a major hilarious curveball that just is a MUST for this blog, or I find some piece of psychological wisdom that is a MUST share for the sanity of parents … or if there is just too good to pass up cultural experience that lands in my lap—or I just feels (yes, I wrote feels as it was how I said it in my head) as if I must write to bring the lot to tears…
I hope to not see ya from here too much in this present day. No offense and hopefully none taken.
Here’s to words. Brain power. Creativity. And bringing imaginations to soaring heights…Or just simply entertaining kids because I love both of those things: kids; entertainment.
Best of all—through written words. Where they have to close their eyes to soar into their world of imaginations…
Which, as we all know, is the best way to fly!
Here’s to up,
If you’re not already following this blog, I hope that you’ll hit the follow button and join my journey—even if it will be randomly sporadic!