Saturday, August 27, 2011

Check out Jan Fields website Read articles, computer help, read all links, list of kids magazines accepting submissions, and a list of magazines that have folded(Dead Zone).

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Blogging is important to make connects and to collect helpful information, but traffic slows down during the summer and facebook becomes more popular.
First a website, a blog, facebook, and now twitter. Are we spending more time connecting while our writing/illustrating takes a backseat? How do we keep focused on our projects first? Our writings and other projects is what brought people to connect with us and will keep them coming back. My readers, what are your thoughts on this?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

One foggy Fall morning

(c) Photo by Mary Nida Smith
I ventured to peacock land
to discover a peacock
dressed in greens and blues
sitting waiting for the sun
to rise.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Welcome to the Missouri Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators! Whether you are new to publishing or you are a seasoned professional, you can find help and support in the Missouri SCBWI. Our goal is to help writers and illustrators interested in traditional publishing.

  • We offer conferences, workshops, critique groups, and retreats all designed to help you in your publishing career. We are a regional chapter of the international organization of SCBWI. To join go to www.scbwi.orgTake a tour of our website!

  • Check out the events page to learn about upcoming workshops, retreats and conferences. There is always something new going on so check back often! If you are interested in having your manuscript reviewed, you may want to read the information on critique groups.

  • Enter the Missouri Mentorship competition to win the opportunity to have a published author or illustrator mentor you for an entire year!

  • Discover the latest industry and state information in our newsletter; MO Scribbles, and learn about Missouri Authors and Illustrators on the featured member page.If you have questions, we'd like to help!

  • Contacts:Missouri Regional Advisor - Joyce Ragland jcragland2011@gmail.comAssistant Regional Advisor - Janet Lloyd Weber
    Regional Advisor Emeritus - Sue Bradford Edwards suebradfordedwards@yahoo.comMentorship Coordinator - Donna Bateman

Friday, August 12, 2011

WRITERS INFORMATION: Place Creative Commons' logo on your website and blog for copyright notice.

Buy a flashdrive or a flash card to store files on. It can be used to move files from the desktop to the laptop. The first Thursday of each month from 1-4 pm the Twin Lakes Computer group meet in the Knox Community Room in the Donald W. Reynolds Library, Mountain Home, AR.


Monday, August 08, 2011

PHOTO CONTEST: THE YEAR OF THE BAT! I enjoy watching bats during the evening and early morning catching the little creatures that kiss me with the itching death.

Sunday, August 07, 2011


Monday, August 01, 2011

Saturday, July 30th I attended the all day OWAIC 3rd annual workshop at The Library Center in Springfield, Mo. I rode with my friend Laurel (Lonnie) Sheridan who has written for children’s magazines and has finished two teen novels. A large group came to learn, fellowship, and have a one-on-one, 10-minute manuscript critiqued with Editor Paula Morrow. I took one and she was very helpful and I enjoyed my ten minutes with her. There was also about ten one pages handed in for a critique read by the speakers, Vicki Grove, Cheryl Harness and Janie (J.B.) Cheaney. All the one pages submitted were good. We all learned from all the helpful comments.

Ms. Morrow shared a lot of good information on writing and marketing.
I purchased Cheryl’s coloring book. She writers and illustrates historical books for children.

Check out these websites:
Vicki Grove
J.B. Cheaney
Ink Think Tank – Nonfiction Authors in Your Classroom
I.N.K. Blog –

I only wished I could have taken my camera, but with one arm for now, it would have been difficult. I was so happy to be out enjoying myself. Tomorrow back to therapy.