Book Giveaway: WAITING TOGETHER by Danielle Dufayet

What a great concept for a book. The story and illustrations blend so well together.

Writing and Illustrating

Author Daneille Dufayet has a new picture book titled, WAITING TOGETHER, illustrated by Srimalie Bassani and published by Albert Whitman & Company hits book shelves on September 1st. Danielle has agreed to share a book with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Danielle and Srimalie!


Waiting is not easy! And waiting can take a long time. Like waiting on the drip, drip, drip of rain to stop or the ding of…

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The Top 5 Writing Distractions

A Writer's Path

by ARHuelsenbeck

In the YouTube ad for her MasterClass, Joyce Carol Oates says, “The great enemy of writing isn’t your own lack of talent; it’s being interrupted by other people. Constant interruptions are the destruction of the imagination.” Yeah, that’s true, but if you’ve ever struggled to find a block of time to devote to your writing, or if while you’re working you can’t maintain your focus, then you know people aren’t the only problem. In this article I enumerate what I consider to be the top 5 writing distractions, and how to deal with them.

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WRITER’S WORKSHOP I, Week 1, The Fastball

Food for writing thought

Go Dog Go Café


Something to think about:

My stepfather, a custom home builder, taught me the basics of carpentry: “measure twice, cut once.” Sounds simple enough, but it takes discipline and an investment in time to slow down and repeat the measurement, and the power saw can be unforgiving. Many are the boards wasted by a few mismarked millimeters. The lesson stuck with me, and I think about the concept often in other areas of my life, including my writing and editing.

For this prompt, I encourage you to slow down and measure twice. We are writers. We have stories to create. That creation requires an investment in ourselves, a belief in our ideas, a commitment to the hard work of writing so that we may communicate our creative babies effectively to others. In the words of Henry Miller, “open up…discover what is already there.”

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12x12, 12x12 challenge, amwriting, children's writing, picture book author, picture book manuscripts, Storystorm, Uncategorized, wip, work in progress

Catching up is hard to do . . .

One week left in January and I’m still catching up from the holidays which is why I haven’t posted in the past few weeks.

Between the start up of school, and the creation of a proposal for a magazine that needed a bibliography, samples of writing etc., edits on an early chapter book, the heady excitement of a picture book manuscript acceptance offer from a publisher, getting my daughter set and back to college, trying to keep up with Storystorm, Tara Lazar’s challenge to create a picture book idea for every day in January see taralazar.com and her blog Writing for Kids (While Raising Them), beginning the 12x12challenge.com though I’m not ready for its first manuscript deadline which is . . .Yikes-this Friday, annual review reports (those of you in special ed. know what I mean) that are due at the same time quarterly progress reports are due and . . .oh my weekly blog posts. Yikes!

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As you can tell, I’m still working on catching up, which is manifest in this post being written and published. Check, one thing done.

But nagging at the base of my brain is the mentor text I want to type over to get a feel for its flow and specific word count. Hopefully it will help me to continue editing a relatively new story (its a reworking of an older idea) that was finished in rough draft around the holidays and was only looked at again yesterday.

Once I dummied it out I found out its way over the 32 page picture book limit. Yikes, and more Yikes.

But its a work in progress, I keep telling myself, it’ll get there just have to keep working on it. That goes for all of the other above mentioned to do’s on my post list. Writing them out in a run-on sentence doesn’t look as threatening to me as a vertical list. Am I the only one who thinks this? Not sure if I want to know the answer to that one.

So, like Dory does in Nemo I’m just gonna, keep swimming, keep swimming. Thanks for the swimming lessons Mom. I didn’t appreciate them then, but I do now!

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How have you been doing with catch up? Any suggestions on how to make it easier??