Thursday, June 12, 2008

Books, magazines, family and travels - the first week of June we traveled to Naperville, IL to visit family. What a whirlwind of excitement, creating memories to inspire me and lift me up on lonely days. I enjoyed the excitement of seeing what the area had to offer and being able to return to my quiet community. It was a ten hour drive with beautiful weather going and returning.

I was given a gift card to use at Anderson's Bookshop, boy did I have fun. I purchased books and Magazines. I love that Independent bookstore. If I was to stay one more day, I would have been able to attend Chicago tribune Printers Row book fair. I'll shoot for next year, just a dream away.

June issue of the Writer magazine ( is their annual children's writing issue. What an issue - you can find it at Baxter County Library at Mountain Home or a local bookstore.
SCBWI MO Scribbles newsletter will keep you up-to-date with all the events in Arkansas and Missouri and so much more. Subscriptions: $10/year (SCBWI members): $12/year (Non-members) Editor Sue Bradford Edwards, is doing a great job. National SCBWI: Missouri: and Arkansas:

May 28, Revision notes a daily newsletter by author Darcy Pattison was titled "Fear of Regret." I found it interesting for I believe we all allow fear to govern our daily lives in what we do or do not accomplish. She mentioned the book, "Art of Fear" by David Bayles & Ted Orland. On my bulletin board is a card my sister Pasty gave me many years ago. It reads, "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are more omnipotent. I believe we all should a couple of small books on positive thinking within eye view.

June 10, "Revision Notes" Darcy informs us about Cellphone novels - interesting.

Websites and blogs to check:, (The Writer's Life magazine is a paying market.),,, and (They do critique your manuscript for a dollar a page.).

Sara Webb Quest, I wish you would get at free blog at Try it, you will enjoy it. Sara is a hard working freelance writer and author, plus a member of SCBWI.

I am sorry to hear Ridley Pearson and his family are moving to China. I wish them well. When Ridley's first book was released he had his first speaking engagement with Magic Valley Writers ( A chapter of the Idaho Writers League) Twin Falls, Idaho. I was the president at the time and we continued to support each other until I moved to Arkansas and we lost touch.

June 21, Children's book author/illustrator, Theresa burns-Maler will be at the Baxter County Library, Mountain Home.
July 19, SCBWI Missouri Chapter is having a writers workshop at Springfield, Mo
August 15, Bel Arco Writers Workshop


Anonymous said...

Hi Mary,

Thanks for mentioning The Writer as a resource for children's book writers.

While we do focus on children's writing in our June issue, we run articles throughout the year on children's writing.

In upcoming issues, look for an interview with Jerry Spinelli, author of Stargirl, and features on how to keep young readers turning the pages of your book and what cliches to avoid in your YA novel.

Wishing you continued success in your writing career,

Sarah Lange, associate editor of The Writer

Sue Bradford Edwards said...

Thank you for your compliment concerning Mo Scribbles. I can only put the newsletter together with the Missouri and Arkansas writers and illustrators who share their articles. I hope some of your readers will consider writing for their own SCBWI regional newsletters.


I live in Bull Shoals and write several blogs. I was glad to find another blogger from the region.

I have just launched the Bull Shoals Beacon , an online news magazine for the Bull Shoals community and visitors. I linked to you from the Beacon. Hope you take a look.