Snippets 

I'm calling this page Snippets, though its real name is "Snips and Snails and Puppy-Dog Tails, but spelled Tales" — (my son's creative mind at work, not mine). All those words wouldn't fit on the fortune cookie header though, so Snippets it is.

I envision this page will be "bloggy" in nature, but I've never blogged before, so it might not look like a blog to you. I plan to share bits of news, updates, and thoughts on anything and everything… the angst of sending a son off to college; the excitement of having a book published… But what do they say about the best laid plans? Perhaps instead I'll be posting favorite fortune-cookie fortunes, the newest addition to my push-puppet collection, photos of my dog... stay tuned…


Now I am wanting to be an author myself!

September 27, 2011

I’m starting to gear up for school visits again ~ one of my favorite things ever. In organizing the “stuff” I bring to share ~ first drafts, early artwork, red-inked-up manuscripts, I came across a whole bunch of thank you notes from last year. Here are a few of my favorites:

Dear Mrs. Barden…

Thank you for teaching us how to write great stories. Now I am wanting to be an author myself! And I just love your ideas so much and I bet you will win an award for that book. And if someday I write a book I will dedicate it to you. You really inspired me to write a book so thank you! Sincerely, Anna.

Thanks for spending your time with us and teaching us. I learned some new things I did not know and I learned somewhere that an author edited 298 times!!! We had a good time. From, Jason.  

Thank you so much for showing us your books. I can’t wait to read Cinderella Smith. It definitely got me interested the instant you said the name. It looks great because readers of all ages will love it. Boys and girls will love to read it over and over again. I hope that I’ll be the first to read it. Thank you again for teaching us about writing, Megan.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to come and teach us what it was like to be an author and for sharing your really amazing book. I like chocolate ice cream. From, Ben.


Cinderella Smith turns up in Publishers Weekly!

September 18, 2011

What fun! A great article in Publishers Weekly about summer reading featured Cinderella Smith.

Check it out --

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/48691-summer--s-over--and-the-kids-bookstores-are-all-right.html


she could accidentally step on some gum

August 30, 2011

Here are a few titles and story ideas from students

Mandy suggested: CINDERELLA SMITH AND THE SWITCHED SHOES

“She could go to PE and her class would take their shoes off. At the end of PE, she would take one of her shoes and someone else’s. The rest of the time she would look for her shoe. Also, she could do other stuff such as watch movies.”

From Jack: CINDERELLA SMITH AND THE DIAMOND STUDDED SHOES

“So, she loses her diamond studded shoes and she travels around the world trying to find them and in each continent she gets different shoes and in the end she finds out that her shoe was on her foot the whole time.”

Stella proposed: CINDERELLA SMITH AND THE BIG GOODBYE

“Cinderella’s best friend could move away and somehow one of Cinderella’s shoes would get packed up and move away with her friend. That’s the “goodbye” part. Then she could accidentally step on some gum and her shoe would get stuck and she’d lose another one.”

 


THE LASS WHO SAID ALAS

August 26, 2011

I’m back.

The main points, it seems, are that I need to cut 2,000 + words, re-work the subplot and come up with a new title. To help get the creative juices flowing, I unearthed some title ideas that students have given me in the past…   

  • CINDERELLA SMITH AND THE MONSTER SHOES

(Not sure if the shoes belong to a monster or are just hideous.) 

  • CINDERELLA AND THE FALLING APART AT THE SEAMS SHOES

(Love it!)  

  • THE MYSTERY OF THE CHOCOLATE COVERED BOOTS

(Chocolate and a mystery—can’t think of a better combination!) 

  • CINDERELLA SMITH, THE LASS WHO SAID ALAS

(Definitely a writer in the making.)

  • CINDERELLA SMITH: HEAD ON THE GROUND AND SHOES IN THE CLOUDS (Genius!)

 

Sometimes kids come up with a title and then go ahead and write me a whole synopsis -- next time I’ll share a couple.


After a bit of a writing hiatus...

August 25, 2011

After a bit of a writing hiatus, I think I’m ready to get back to it. Joe is happily settling into college life and I'm trying to settle into a new routine that doesn't revolve around him -- Ack! I just received notes from my editor on Cinderella 3 though, and maybe they will help… Oh my, there are a lot of them…give me a while to read and digest…