Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween, Publishers Weekly, David L. Harrison, Library, Art Show, Turkey Vultures:

October Fun

Happy is the Halloween
that is scary and mean.
Dark moon and starlight
witches ride in teams.
Beware of hidden faces,
ghosts, goblins and spooks
in light shaded places.
Halloween is gobbledygook.
Remember it is all for fun
silly with pumpkins
and not for everyone.

By Mary Nida Smith (c) (c) Mary Nida Smith

Four days ago, I signed up at for their daily email newsletter. Every writer should sign up to keep updated. Oct 29, newsletter had a article, "What do Teens Want?" by Carol Fitzgerald. Josie Leavitt has a regular informative blog, " Shelftalker: A Children's Bookseller's Blog." You can sign up for genre newsletters.
Vote for your favorite "Dirt" poem at My poem is tucked among the dirt poems. I was informed that I had David blog address incorrect. I always forget to place the small L after davidl It is difficult to see.
Last week end just for fun I entered 3 photographs in the Bull Shoals Art Show. My photos have been published in several magazines and I did win a photo contest while living at Siloam Springs, AR. My last photo was published in the Ozarks Mountaineer Magazine Nov/Dec issue.
It was exciting this morning to look up above the tree tops in The Woodland Garden to watch the Turkey vultures fly over. They roost in near-by trees. I also enjoy watching them slowly fly in late afternoon.
Every Halloween The Woodland Garden comes alive with spooks. The spooks will stay hidden this year because of the rain. Can you believe it, the spooks are afraid of melting.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Saturday Writers: Short story contest sponsored by
Saturday Writers, a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild.
The extended deadline is Nov 15.
Please pass to your writing friends.
Donna Volkenannt
Saturday Writers Website Editor

Monday, October 26, 2009

Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell, a local freelance writer and author, will offer a 6-week facilitated writers group at The Belle Writer’s Studio, located on her property near Pine Mountain in rural Marion County. The group will begin meeting the week of November 9, either on Tuesday or Thursday, the exact date and time to be determined, based on participant interest and availability. The group will meet once a week to critique each other’s work and Kerri will provide written feedback on writing samples submitted by members. This will be a mixed genre group and all writers are welcome. Cost is $40 for 6 weeks.

Kerri is a former adjunct professor at Johnson County Community College in the Kansas City area, where she wrote curriculum for writing classes, and taught and facilitated writing groups for 6 years. Kerri’s work has appeared in such publications as Mother Earth News, Entrepreneur Magazine, Arkansas Life,,, and, and she’s written the book, “No Immediate Threat: The story of an American Veteran.”

For more information, contact her through her website, or call her at 870-436-3860.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Garden Visit: I entered The Woodland Garden on October 19th
on a rare day where the sunshine sparkled through the colorful
autumn leaves. The tree trunks are turning dark as they prepare
for their winter rest. My thoughts on The Woodland Garden:

Mary, Mary quiet contrary how does your garden grow?
My garden grows in weeds you see, they come up
where they entangle me.

I pulled and pulled with all my strength,
the tall, Blue-eyed grass growing thick on the bank
of my wild woodland garden.

I spent three hours a pulling and enjoying
the fresh outdoor air. The birds flew in singing me songs
of welcome, welcome back.

The squirrels hopped by. The chipmunks peek out.
They all thanked me for entering the world
I created for all creatures; including me.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ozarks Writers & Illustrators Club Great bunch of writers and my friend Veda Boyd Jones is their November speaker. If weather permits - GO.

Hello Friends,

It is my great pleasure to announce Veda Boyd Jones has agreed to present a program on writing historical fiction for our November 7th program. Veda is the author of forty-two books, five of them historical fiction, and a popular speaker.You can visit Veda's website at

Please join us from 9:00 to 11:00 at The Library Station at 2535 N. Kansas Exprwy, Springfield, Missouri, in the Children's Storyroom.

A critique session will follow.

See you soon,
Naomi Shaw

Monday, October 19, 2009

Autumn Leaf
photo by Mary Nida Smith(c)
Bright as the sunshine today,
lay an autumn leaf
on cold-weather moss.
Spreading moss collects
a colorful bouquet
of changing colors,
beyond the garden gate.
-(c) by Mary Nida Smith

Friday, October 16, 2009

Independent Bookstores: Hardy & Berryville, Arkansas. Hardy's Book Store, Coffee Shop & Eatery (Words&Afterwoods) is located at 201 North Spring Street. The owner is Greg Bess, he writes (Words about Books) for the new North Central magazine "AVENUES." He also own a B&B where I think it would be a wonderful week-end adventure for a couple of writers to stay while giving a workshop, or just to stay for a get-away to write without interruptions. I wish his place was in Lakeview. It is so neat!

Berryville's (Sow's Ear) bookstore features old & new books at 202 Public Square. The owner is Daniel Krotz. I have been there once and they were very busy. Also, they are very involved in making Berryville, a special place to visit and enjoy.

Readers out there, do you know of other independent bookstores? Shares with us for they are very important to all of us writers.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Update: Anna Webman, agent at Curtis Brown Ltd is interested in children's picture books. She did not feel we would make a good match. I received an answer in about a week. So, maybe, Anna Webman is the agent for someone reading my blog. Good luck.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pirate books: Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry latest adventure book for young adults was released; Peter and The Sword of Mercy.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Blogs I Follow: Please enter my profile to click on the blogs I follow. Each one is filled with helpful information. Join in: read and comment. Enjoy and put what you learn into action. Boy, I need to get to work. My book Submarine Stories of World War II written for ages ten and up is sold out. I am happy and sad. It is exciting to have copies placed in museum gift shops. It has been an exciting adventure.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Illustrating & Writing Children's Books Group is forming in this area. If you are interested, please email Mary Nida Smith at or call 870-431-5369.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Romance novelist Bobbie Smith is coming to our area. Bobbie's
books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list.
She has published over 40 books and many short stories. I have
to pick a date, time and place that we both can agree on.
My friend Donna Volkenannt put in a good word for me.
Donna's blog is one of my followings.

I have enjoyed writing poetry and posting them on David
Harrison's blog.
I heard from Rich Davis again today with an update on his
new PICK & DRAW website
Check it out.

I sent a follow-up letter to Ladybug magazine that I
submitted to over a year ago. They requested I resubmit.
I did and today I received my standard rejection. I am again,
querying agents for my children's picture books.

I received my check today from Good Old Days magazine
for a family story of a special horse. The story will be published
in Jan/Feb issue. My photo of an outhouse with a Christmas
wreath on the door will be published in the Nov/ Dec issue of
The Ozarks Mountaineer magazine. Look for it in
The Golden Country pages of poetry.

I have had a lot of interesting things happening with my book.
Check it out on my submarine stories blog. Hopefully, I can have
the news placed there before anyone checks it out.

I purchase a new sign for my Garden Studio where I plant ideas,
watch them grow and start the work of weeding and feeding.

"Time Is Measured
By Stars and Seasons,
But, Life Is Measured
In Dreams and Love."

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Rich Davis, illustrator for children's picture books developed
and design a package of cards "Pick and Draw." Fun for kids
of all ages. To learn more, go to my list of blogs I am following
and click on his blog and where it states "HOME," this is
his website.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Hold Fast Your Dream by Louise Briscoll. This encouraging poem can be read at Poetry is very important. I believe most writers at a young age began their careers writing their daily emotions down in this form.