Monday, August 24, 2009

OWAIC Ozarks Writers and Illustrators for Children
September meeting is Saturday12th. Program: Turning over a New Leaf, Staying Motivated During Seasons of Change. Other appointments keep me from attending. I hate it, for I can learn sooo much from this group of professional writers. I love Naomi's emails; they inspire me. I wish they would provide a tape of each session. I would buy it.
I do a lot of wishing and dreaming while writing on my blogs. I wish I could bring some or all of OWAIC members to speak at an all day workshop at Bel Arco Resort.
Dreams do come true -believe it, stay focus and stay positive. Write on your computer or the paper of your mind. Never stop writing or drawing.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Writing for Children: I finished my chapter book for ages 7-10. I have a wonderful exciting feeling that children will love it. I am finishing up Bodoom and Scooter and the Wild Tail, a picture book. I sent a follow-up letter to Ladybug magazine and waiting for a reply from a literary agent. I keep writing and hoping that dreaming is worth doing. Maybe, I dream too often and too big. I had more dreams come true than I ever dreamed. So, what do I want? I want to see more of my manuscripts turned into published books to share with kids. I love kids! I love promoting.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

College of the Ozarks and Baxter County Library Booksale:
It is an honor to have my book, Submarine Stories of World War II, displayed with other members of The Ozarks Writers League in the Ralph Foster Museum at the College of the Ozarks.

You can find a copy to read at the Baxter County Library, Mountain Home or you can buy a copy by sending $12.95 plus $2.00 postage to Mary Nida Smith, 162 Stamford Dr., Lakeview, AR 72642
Important booksale August 20,21,28 at the Baxter County Library. For hours open check their calendar at

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Springfield Writers' Guild meeting is Saturday, August 22.
Speaker is Ellen Gray Massey, a wonderful person, friend and a writer with many published credits. For more information go

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Ozarks Writers League meets Saturday, August 15. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. For all the details click on Speakers: Cherry Weiner of the Cherry Literary Agency, Jory Sherman, a master of the writing field with over 1.000 articles, 500 short stories and 300 books. Plus, he is an artist. Fred Pfister, editor of The Ozarks Mountaineer magazine and the 5th edition of the Insider's Guide to Branson. The 4th speaker will be Allan Young that has written several books in different genres and many magazine articles. Four speakers with many years of writing and publishing experiences. I am in awe, in the presents of seasoned writers with so much knowledge to share.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

White County Creative Writers 14th Annual Writers' Conference Sept 5, 2009. For more information

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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Chapter book and The Woodland Garden: I am excited about the chapter book I am rewriting for ages 7-10. It is scary, silly, and funny. I love it when I can escape to the world of make-believe.

For two hours this afternoon I ventured to the wind and rain battered woodland garden. Dead-fall everywhere, beds of poison ivy (I sprayed), leaves covered with mildew, half eaten fungi popping up through the moss, unknown wild animals creating underground tunnels, and feathers of dead Bluebirds and Jays. The birds, squirrels, chipmunks and turtles have not been seen since the large hawk flew through. The owls, hawks and neighbors cats have created a hell hole for my little wild friends. I love cats, hawks and owls, but not in my wildlife sanctuary. I always find interesting things to photograph as I walk through my Woodland Garden.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Donna's Book Pub blog Wednesday August 5, Donna will interview Sue William Silverman author of Fearless Confessions: A Writers Guide to Memoir. Sue will separate truth from fiction.

Also, check Donna's blog for contest and markets.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Workshop photos and new blogs to follow: Check out my photos I took at the Ozark Writers and Illustrators For Children workshop I have discontinued some of the blogs I have been following. I added two new ones: Nature writers for children's books and Phyllis Harris, illustrator. Changes bring excitement and excitement brings a new spirit to your writing.