Thursday, December 22, 2016


Association of

Authors' Representatives

We are a professional organization of over 400 agents who work with both book authors and playwrights.
Our members must meet the highest standards and subscribe to
our Canon of Ethics

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


I wrote and posted a couplet poem today.

Rain came followed ice
Snow blew wasn't nice

Friday, December 02, 2016

Village Writing School


Sunday, December 4
In this workshop, we will look at the nature of metaphor and how metaphor can be a tool for generating surprise in a reader.

We will also: 
  • look at ways to coax our poetry into taking surprising detours and discuss how those detours can shape a new understanding of ourselves.
  • read examples of successful poems that employ similar tactics. 
  • participate in writing exercises designed to generate new ideas.

The workshop leader is Rodney Wilhite whose poems have appeared in Pleiades, 14 HillsCartographer, The Idle Class, The Puritan, and Splash of Red. He teaches at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.
This is the third of our free poetry series. Don’t miss it!

Become a Better Poet & A Better Poetry Reader

December 4   2 - 4 p.m.
Rogers Library
711 S. Dixieland Road

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas Heroes Beneath the Wave

Mark R. Clary's USS Sunfish (SSN-649)story "Christmas I Remember Best: Ocean depths fail to dampen spirit of Christmas," in Heroes Beneath the Waves. And a Christmas poem, "Christmas Below the Sea," by the author as her husband tried to share his experience of Christmas on submarines.

Saturday, November 26, 2016



Thursday, November 24, 2016

Palette Art League

Join the Palette Art League on December 15 and 16 , for a fun and exciting workshop at the P.A.L's Art Gallery.  Marlene Gremillion will be instructing "Photographing and Watercolor Painting  Shiny Objects ".
Find the details attached.  Pre-registration is encourage to reserve your seat. (space is limited).
For questions and registration contact Dana Johnson at 870-656-2057. 

All proceeds support the Palette Art League a 501-c3 non profit organization. 


Village Writing School

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Good Morning

Good morning.
All is well this morning - I think?  Facebook is still not allowing to print normal. I guess they peeked and found out what age group I belonged to and thought I needed large print. I feel I have been placed in one of these age group boxes. I refuse to go without a fight, not in a mean way, but in a gentle way.

 This is were I need a lot of God's help to do something worthwhile/meaningful each day to keep focus on the prize. I know God has a wonderful plan for me and I must be ready, if it through my writing, painting, or photography I must continue; if its not -its not. In the meanwhile I have enjoyed myself while waiting to discover His plan.

When I drew the balancing act of the worms years ago, I should have used a clock instead of books. Well I can redraw it. 

I need a small water softener,can anybody give me any pointers what to purchase and where?
When I post on my blog  you can comment on my Facebook.
Have a great day and enjoy the changing of the clouds.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Missing Friends

Missing all my woodland garden and yard friends today.
Some were dearer than others - young and old: the chipmunks, squirrels, insects, bird families, turtles, deer (most of all Prissy and Babe), snakes, tree frogs (most of all Sass and his family), groundhogs, and a whole lot more. Each year was different; some sad and some funny. I learned how special animals can be. I am thankful for the 17 years we all were friends.

Today at the new place a titmice flew to a small make-shift birdbath I had created. I thought of the two springs their family had raised young ones in a bird house on the deck table. I learned much from them as I photographed every move and their cousins, the chickadees.

Be true to your friends and they'll be true to you. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

People who like Heroes Beneath the Waves

Rain May be Coming

Good morning. Another beautiful sunrise rose above the tree line as the sky began to darken. Thunder slightly roared to warn us, maybe, rain will follow. The rain is needed for many of the trees are thirsty allowing their leaves to drop without producing any color. We always love to witness the trees and bushes celebrating their splashes of color, trying to out do each other.

Sit back, grab a good book or a sketch pad, or whatever one does to enjoy a relaxed rainy day. Play some special music to move by, as you excise your thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Rejoined SCBWI

Photo(c) by Mary Nida Smith
Good morning from River Bend Park. If I can stay focus, I will be posting on my blogs and not be on Facebook, for they are yelling at me. I will be doing more media promoting and get more focus on rewriting and submitting. If this is the direction God wants me to travel, I will continue. Since my husband passed away November 15, 2015, I have been trying to get my act together. I have rejoined SCBWI- Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators and I am back with SCBWI-Arkansas and maybe, rejoining Missouri's group. I have already started setting up my page on the national website, My publisher Skyhorse is listed on their site, which I was happy to see. Next I need to post my information on the Arkansas group's website.

I will be doing a book signing Sunday December 4th, at the Donald W. Reynolds Library, Mountain Home, AR. The days will travel quickly, so I must prepare for it.

Do allow the last day of sunshine this week to warm your home and open up the windows, for this maybe, the last day to let the fresh air in and stale air out.Don't forget to wear your smile and maybe, dance a little across the floor.


Book Sale hours:

Thursday, November 17 8:30am – 5:00 pmFriday, November 18 8:30am – 5:00pmSaturday, November 19 8:30am – 1:00pm 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Poem by Mary Nida Smith

My poem and other poems posted on David's word of the month W.O.M. Please join us, write and post your poem. A new word each month. Once a year David has a blog party and we all are invited, so start writing. Read David's  blog where you can learn more about writing.

    BY Mary Nida Smith ©
    Searching for who we are
    People of passion
    Deep-rooted in emotion
    Allowing our emotions
    To direct our future as we
    Search for meaning in life.
    Are we blinded by, emotions
    That keeps us from searching,
    The truth of understanding others …
    All have a soul that needs to shine
    To bring us all together, so we
    Can rise up to love one another
    Without group labels,
    Which divide us?

Friday, October 28, 2016

Reading Poster for Children

                                          Designed by Mary Nida Smith (c)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


I am thankful for this review for, "Heroes Beneath the Waves," with Deborah Kalb who now has her first children's book released. "Heroes Beneath the  Waves: Submarine Stories of the Twentieth Century", is written for the men who served, for families of submarine veterans to understand what it was like for  their love ones, and for students to understand war is not a game. My husband has two stories in the book. He never got to see the book as he passed away two day before the book was released.

Sunday, October 23, 2016




Dog Smarts!
By Mary Nida Smith ©

Doggone dog
acts like a hog.
He eats everything
without thinking.
He torn up the house,
never touched the mouse.
I sat him down for a talk
he took me for a walk.
No one out smarts this dog.
The old boy lives in a fog
living his life his way.
I am still in a daze.
No telling what he’ll do
when I introduce the cat

… to you know who.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Country Roads

Country Detour
© Mary Nida Smith

The poor sap wasn’t mature
for being a chauffeur.
He was a city guy.
Country roads were a bore.

This wasn’t a tour.
He didn’t expect a detour
 in a roundabout way
up and down country roads.

He and his passenger were unsure
they would get beyond the detour
Zigzagging over county roads

that never appeared to end.  

Monday, October 17, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Marvelous Magazine Heroes Beneath the Waves

Bottom left page 47 Marvelous Magazine
added my insert where my book, Heroes Beneath the Waves was mentioned.

Thank you, Marvelous Magazine.



Sunday, October 09, 2016

SCBWI NY17 Winter Conference Registration Opens October 25 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Arkansas SCBWI

First, don’t miss your chance to attend the Arkansas SCBWI Writing Intensive this Saturday, Sept. 17 from 1-4 p.m. in Little Rock!

Janet Butler Taylor is the author of the young adult novel, INTO THE DIM, and its upcoming sequel. She can help you learn how to structure your stories AND have fun doing it!
Second, Did you miss your chance to attend the Arkansas SCBWI Retreat, Oct. 28-30, and receive personal feedback on your manuscript from the agent? Not yet!
We have a couple of spots open for writers. If you know of anyone who would benefit from the retreat - tell them to sign-up by Sept. 22! If you register by the extended deadline, you can send pages from your manuscript to the agent, which she will read in advance and provide feedback in-person at the retreat!
Consider joining us this year. At the retreat, you build relationships with fellow writers, learn more about each other's work, help one another improve, laugh a lot, share ghost stories and eat good meals together (cooked for us by the retreat center cooks!). You also get to know the agent and author, and work with them on improving your manuscript and your writing.
Sign up today. You know you don't want to miss it! :)

Hope to see you there!
Phyllis Hemann
SCBWI Arkansas Regional Advisor

Houston Writers Guild

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Words and Memories are Important

Never Forget
©By Mary Nida Smith

Have we forgotten
our childhood days
filled with exciting adventures?
Have we buried these memories
in this electronic age,
or should I say...
did we trade our memories
for what we think, must be
replaced with updated ones.
Our heritage must not be forgotten.
We must pass stories down
For future generations
to know their family roots
of a happier time.
Some stories can mold the future
and can be of comfort and strength
as a special gift for generations
that they too, can reach for the stars
and never be forgotten.

I just read today, that some old fashion words were being removed from dictionaries to update with more modern words. I love old dictionaries from the 30's, 40's and 50's for they filled with wonderful old words that are no longer in use. The old dictionaries are very helpful when you are writing books and stories from the past. 

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Covers By Mary Nida smith

(c) Book Cover by Mary Nida Smith's photograph.
 (c) Magazine Cover Mary Nida Smith's photograph.