Thursday, June 24, 2010

David L. Harrison: I thank David for allowing be to be a guest poet on his blog and to the those who commented. It was a honor.

North Central Children's Writers & Illustrators meet Saturday 26 1-3 p.m., at Lakeview City Hall. September we move into the new library in Mountain Home. To find Lakeview traveling from Mountain Home on 5N, turn left at Midway on 178, continue to Lakeview turn left across from Beaman Realty to the Police Dept and City Hall. Bring your manuscripts; book dummies you have created; illustrations and published books to display. You will learn how to critique your own manuscript(Standard Manuscript Format) and illustrators will comment on imaginary. Quote by illustrator Rob Shepperson: " I believe authors should write stories without clobbering the narrative with description that be shown more efficiently visually." Rob was a guest on David's blog 6/4/010. Our website created by Cherie Neal can be found at

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

GUEST POET: I will be the guest poet Wednesday, June 25 on children's author David L. Harrison's blog. I hope you enjoy my poem, WINDOWS.

"A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quiet." - Richard Bach
Are you interested in just writing or getting published?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Wild Gardener that's me. The Woodland Garden is getting wilder by the day. I haven't been able to keep up with the weeding. But, I love it! Did a little watering today for it is so dry. Checked on my cecropia silk moth cocoon. Instead of laying flat against the wild cherry trunk, it is outward, verily clinging to the bark. It is almost ready to enter the big world. It has been about nine months. There is lots of information on the Internet on these huge beautiful collectible creatures. I only want to collect photos.

I took a photo of my first annual/common cicada clinging to a small sassafras tree. It was alive and had emerged from its shell of a body. Also, I talked to one of the garden turtles as I took its photos. See why I love my garden?

Saturday, June 19, 2010

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all the special dads.I had the best dad in the world.
He loved to laugh
He went to heaven as a
young man leaving his family with
many treasured memories.
I miss him everyday.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

WRITING, ARTS, WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES: The next six months is going to be very busy. I am always afraid to look beyond today - this hour; it is scary! Oh, well here it goes.
Last Saturday I was elected to be the new president of the Twin Lakes Writers. This is a group I founded Spring of 1998. I was the president and started a newsletter which I was the editor. March 2004 I organized the first all day writers conference. My speakers, my dear friends Max McCoy, Ellen Gray Massey and Vicki Cox made it a big success. I am thankful to the members and two ex-presidents, Robert Harper and Nancy Thacher-Cery who enabled the group to grow while I took some time to reflect, rest and work on my career. The Twin Lakes Writers will be having their meetings this Fall at the new library in Mountain Home.

This Fall the North Central Children's Writers & Illustrators will be meeting in October at the new library. Author's Day at the library is December 5th.

The Ozark Regional Arts Council will soon be in their new conference room in the new Veda Sheid Community Development Center at ASU/Mountain Home.

June 26 1-3 pm NC Children's Writers & Illustrators meet at Lakeview City Hall. More information will be place on this blog. Lots of excitement with the creative arts.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sunday, June 13, 2010

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:First Annual Book Blogger Convention
at the BEA on Beyond Her Book blog...Barbara Vey -- June 11th, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Maurice Sendak, children's author & illustrator of many books; the most famous is "Where the Wild Things Are." Today is his birthday.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

RICH DAVIS is more than an illustrator for children’s books. The kids at schools and libraries love him and after Saturday June 5th Rich will find he is loved by writers groups. My friend Cherie, Laurel and I attended his program sponsored by the Ozark Writers and Illustrators for Children (OWAIC, at Library Center 4653 S. Campbell, Springfield, Missouri. Rich’s website is

After that meeting we attended the Ozarks Romance Writers to hear guest speaker, Allen Young share how to write travel articles and more. Unknown to us “teen book mania” was taking place in the teen department at that same time. Teen novel authors; Arkansas author Jenny B. Jones, three Missouri authors; Holly Schindler, Brian Katcher and Brent Crawford.

I came home bursting with go power. Lonnie will have a piece published in a children’s magazine in December, Cherie had a tween novel manuscript critiqued where she received good feed back. Also, when she starts writing her non-fiction book Allen Young volunteered to read it. He thought her book was great idea.

I was encouraged to return to illustrating and to submit to more than one place.
First I have some writing assignments to get caught up on. Writing for the adult markets sometimes gets in the way of submitting my children’s manuscripts. I will have to work harder. But, I did submit my May poem on David’s blog today. Check it out at
Later this afternoon I will attend the meeting of the Ozarks Regional Arts Council.

I did some gardening in The Woodland Garden last week and this week.
Sometimes, I think I do exploring and photo taking than gardening. I took odd
cloud photos, sunsets over Bull Shoals Lake and deer in our neighborhood. Also, I have been trying to catch-up with the church album. But, I keep taking pictures. I love to do too many things; because I love life.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Photos that you delete because you messed-up. Stop throwing away creative materials. Use them to play around with in your photo shop. This will help you to learn to develop a creative eye for what works and what doesn't. I'll let you all ponder on this statement while I get caught-up. I always have so much to share and I don't know where to start. I know the beginning. The photos are begonia heart shaped seeds and a shadow interfered. I did succeed with a photo without a shadow.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Ozark Writers and Illustrators For Children is a non-profit
group in Springfield, Missouri. We produce novels, nonfiction, articles,
and short stories. We discuss markets, trends, publicity, queries, and
all aspects of our craft. We meet the first Saturday of every month
at the Library Station, 2535 N Kansas Expressway in Springfield
from 9-11 a.m. A critique session follows at approximately 11:30.
Rich Davis, speaker for June 5th:
Rich Davis is a children's book illustrator with 9 books. He is a free lance illustrator, drawing instructor, drawing game inventor and speaks at public schools and libraries.
Rich:I am excited to meet all you creative folks and to enjoy some time encouraging one another. I have noticed writers "think" in pictures just like artists...the way we say it is the only difference. So it is very very easy and enjoyable to track with creative ideas and language. This will be fun!
There is a $10.00 donation request to help cover Mr. Davis' expenses. Mr. Davis has marketed a wonderful game, Pick and Draw, that will be given to everyone that pays the $10.00.
Coffee and snacks will be provided. We will meet in the Story Room at The Library Station 9:00 to 11:00. A critique session will follow.
For more information go to