Saturday, February 11, 2017

Valentines Day entry

  Excited to enter Susanna Leonard Hill's Valentine story contest!  This year's story must be under 214 words and involve a cake and confusion.  I've entered a rhyming story, 90 words long:  (and if it sounds a bit familiar, it is similar to the non-rhyming story I submitted last year.)


                                                           The Heart-Shaped Cake

By Deborah Holt Williams


My name is Jake.  I like to bake.

I want to make a heart-shaped cake.

But how? I don’t see how I can.

I don’t have a heart-shaped pan!


Check the cupboard, see what’s there—

A pan that’s round and one that’s square.

Hmmm…I know what I can do!

Cut the circle cake in two.


Turn the square cake just a bit.

Arrange the circle halves to fit…

When frosting covers every part,

My cake will be a perfect heart!

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Thankful Perspective

  Amid so many rejections, it's sometimes hard to feel thankful.  But I am.  I'm thankful for the many writer friends I've made through the years on-line, and for the occasional magazine sale that gives me hope.  I'm also incredibly grateful for a clear mammogram this fall, two years after my surgery, chemo and radiation.  After a devastating, blindsiding never-saw-it-coming break up, and months of crying every day, I've met a nice man who is helping me feel appreciated again.  I have train tickets to see my grandkids in Seattle for Christmas, which fortunately I bought before I got the $726 bill from my plumber, due Dec. 18th. Then again, I'm happy to have a house to repair.
   So I'm stepping back and putting things in perspective.  Looking just at my submissions, it's been a lousy year.  But taking the broader view, I have my health, a little romance, healthy grandkids and a warm home.  I have writer friends who can commiserate with me, and I have the drive to keep submitting.  And 2017 will be a brand new year to try again! Good luck to us all!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Halloween Highs and Lows

   What an up and down day!  Woke up to find a rejection of my Chipeta story from the editor I most wanted to love it.  I may take a break and work on my middle grade idea that I've had for awhile.
    But later in the day, I received a royalty check for my little easy readers!  A whopping $13.83, but still gratifying. 
    I still have submissions out there, and I'll send out more when I get over today's rejection.  Ah, the highs and lows of a writer.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Rocky Mountain SCBWI conference in Denver!

    Yay, retirement!  Finally, Saturdays off, and I was able to attend the SCBWI event in Denver.  I found a cute, very clean mom&pop motel for lots less than the Marriott, which allowed me to buy books and get them signed for my grandkids!  I caught the last evening the outdoor motel pool was open, and I enjoyed it thoroughly, swimming while the sun set.
     I enjoyed the speakers and the panels, and I'm excited to hear that PB bios are a hot item.  A big reason to attend conferences is the chance to submit to editors and agents that are normally closed.  So, in the days following the conference, I have submitted my Chipeta bio to two agents, my Cowgirl Shorty story to an agent, and Biscochito Man to an editor!  Let the waiting begin! 
   $235 for the conference, $170 for two nights at the motel, $57 for books, chance to submit--priceless!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Met with the director of the Ute Indian Museum

    We hugged, we got teary together--I've never had an interview like it!  The most important thing CJ Brafford wants children to know about Chipeta is that "Her greatest strength was her gentleness."  She feels Chipeta is working through me to tell her story.  She was so encouraging and helpful!  She's going to look over my manuscript, and she told me to contact another author who wrote a book on Chipeta for older kids who she knows will help me with mine.  I came out of that interview with my spirit soaring!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Researching--as in searching and searching again!

   I'm so enjoying traveling to little museums and finding more connections to Chipeta.  Found her branding iron in Meeker,
and a woven basket she made in Delta.
I also stopped to see the Council Tree, now in a Delta neighborhood, where the Utes supposedly met.  Chipeta was the only woman allowed to attend council meetings.
All these things may have to go on a separate page called local legends, since I can't find any corroboration for them, but it's still fun to find them!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Rocky Mountain SCBWI Non-fiction Workshop was Wonderful!

And snowy!  Nancy Bo Flood was kind enough to share her cabin with me.  Here she is looking all American Gothic:
    Excellent presentations from Carolyn Yoder of Calkins Creek books, David Meissner, Laura Perdew, and Terri Farley.  I'm excited to get my Chipeta book polished up and sent off to Carolyn!