Monday, May 31, 2010
Let's see... my writing... I've started working on the 3rd in the Rilla's Rambles Series; just working on the plot for now. I'm loving this story... then again i love them all lol Ever since i started it, my mind thought it'd be a 5 book series. I'll probably stick to that, and if i had to add to it, that'd be no problem.
Rilla had her 5th birthday on Saturday (the party that is) She wanted a Barbie Cake... my youngest son, Seth we'll call him, was at a friends for the night; my oldest daughter, Theodosia, was at work til 9, and my oldest son, Tobias was working also and cutting grass. I was left to do this cake alone... it was flopping and flipping everywhere... i tried hard to keep it level, but the minute i turned my back to wash the icing off my hands it flopped again... finally i thought of the sticks for covering chocolates and i stuck 4 of them through the 4 layers of the cake. I stopped around 11:30 ... couldn't do anymore after cleaning all day long... in the morning i went to the little town up here to get a barbie... none in the store... except a guy which Rilla wanted on her cake lol took him home, put him in the cake and he was way too tall... so we hunted for a broken doll and found snowwhite. I fixed her up and finished the cake in time to do more tidying with Seth, Theodosia and Tobias and Rilla all pitching in. Here's how the cake turned out... pic courtesy of Theodosia's friend Lynne :)
She had a wonderful time at her party, family and friends came up for her day. It was so nice of them all.
I have a little garden idea to share with you all..but I'll have to save it for another post as this only allows me a few pictures. I don't want to mess this one up lol
Have a new idea for a new book too which i think you'll all love! I know I do :D
Thursday, May 27, 2010
I'm getting there, almost finished then i can send it to my dear proofreader ;) who i cherish very much :)
I also have a little story in my mind from Rilla's dream... as she was telling it to me, I had the feeling it was meant to be a book. I'll be working on that tonight :)
It's cold and windy and rainy on PEI today/tonight. Not a great day, but a reason to be inside getting stuff finished. My friend, Strawberry, made My Island poem and picture into a beautiful wallpaper. I love it! Thank you so much, Strawberry! It's beautiful.
soon i can work on book 3 of the Rilla's Rambling series... can't wait for that one :D
just a short note tonight, not much happened today.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Picked up Emily from school and then we were off. Oh i love ipods and driving long distances and thankfully i get to put the music up loud. Dancing in the car isn't easy lol but fun :)
Didn't get any stitch of writing done today at all. That's ok though, one day won't hurt. On the drive to town , though, i spied my dancing tree again. I adore this tree... it looks like it's holding up it's skirts, i want to write a story about it, just not sure how, but it'll come to me.
Tomorrow is getting things cleaned up for Rilla's birthday on Saturday. Lots to clean here.
I did get another poem written the other day. A friend sent a pretty picture to me. A lady walking on the beach. I thought she reminded me of myself, and as i looked at the photo, I wanted to write about it. I'll see if i can find the photo and if i can share it. I found it... it's called A Familiar Walk by Susan Rios
With the poem i wrote to go with it... You can buy the print with her site too! cool!
©Denise MacLennan Bruce
Oh! i watched The Fall 2006 movie last night... LOVED IT!
Plot... In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastical story about 5 mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality starts to blur as the tale advances.
I would definitely watch this one again.
Let me know if you watch it and what you thought too.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
After our disappointment over our frog pond we trudged along. Next field was The Tripping Field... weeds that long to trip us... if they win, they puff out a smoke that puts us to sleep, we must move swiftly! and we did, without any tripping... to the next field.. the Dead Forest... as we come nearer, it's grown! It's not dead anymore but teaming with life. This made it harder to walk though lol and i had to carry Rilla a long way to cross the dead forest.
We finally reach the opening to the brooks little woods... but first must carefully crawl over the fallen logs... not an easy job as Avery can tell you... he stepped on the first one and down he went as the log was rotting away. He got some scratches, but trudged along... Emily would cross the next log, and i'd lift Rilla over the logs to Emily's awaiting arms... slow going but safe :D finally we reach our brook! Marsh marigolds out in bloom... and... yes you guess it... BLACK FLIES!! We had to turn around :( Why they started then i'll never know...so we headed back home and had our picnic on the living room floor... and imagined the clouds and sky and bumblebees with us. It was nice, though.
Now the important news... Lost... SPOILER ALERT... it's over, gone, caput... i'm going to miss it soooooooooooooooooooo much!!! So many questions still to be answered too.
I loved how the couples remembered each other, esp Sun and Jin. I knew they were thankful. I wasn't happy that it ended up that they were all dead though... that was too much. Oh my heart while watching this show last night! Up one minute, down the next... happiness, madness, sadness... utter sadness... it totally wore me out lol... I cried and cried.. i was so sad for Jack... he was so heart broken to find out he was dead, then he accepted it. I loved that, but hated it too. It was very touching to show his eye closing as he took his last beautiful breath :(
I found out that we'll find out what happened to Walt in the DVD later on, i think it comes out in August... i'll look and link it up... I definitely want to get the lost dvd set. so many other questions still sit in my mind, but eventually we'll find them out.
I have a field of dandelions i want to get a picture of, i'll try to remember tomorrow, it's very pretty for dandelions :)
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Happy stuff?... I revised the little story i wrote yesterday one more time.. I was reading it to someone and realized a couple more mistakes, and fixed them.
..............Rilla had a dream, about a monster stealing her hot chocolate... so i'm going to write about it. I think it'd make a cute book :D
............. I rearranged my living room to suit my desk... it's in front of the picture window. I get to write and look out onto my front yard and my ocean view. A little hummingbird sat there all afternoon with me as i wrote. He was so darling. My little inspiration <3
............ My family is happy and healthy. That's the best happiness ... There, i'm happy again : D ... now i'll have to do this again Sunday night :( lol
I wrote another poem... i was trying not to rhyme with this one, but still get the meaning out. Here's what i came up with...
©Denise MacLennan Bruce
©Denise MacLennan Bruce
Isn't it something how our Dear Lord works? This idea comes to me on a rainy, wet day. I wouldn't have been able to work on it if it wasn't wet outside because i'd have to garden. But it was wet out there, and i had the idea for a story and i wrote. Even had to take time to pick up my teeny bopper. I'm very blessed. and very thankful.
dh also took up one of our old school desks for Youngest Daughter to work on for her homeschooling. She washed it off and dried it while i did the dishes. We filled it with her precious books and she happily sits to start working ... She didn't want to stop lol
it was a great day all together. I'm so happy to have that story. I've always loved my spirea and birch.
no pics today... but i'll get a pic of the spirea and birch soon.
Have a blessed day!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
It was another great day to get outside to garden. I used the morning to clean, then made dinner for the men, and outside for Rilla and I ... until the black flies were so horrible that we hadn't any choice but come back inside. I didn't really mind. A new book arrived in the mail and i was dying to open it up :)
I've been writing some old memories down in my notebook... anything that i could remember for IF i need the ideas.
A dear friend mentioned to me that it might be best if i change the real names of my family on here. I'm going to do that tonight, plus take out a little more information about myself. Just to make it safer for my family on here. I'm very thankful she mentioned it to me :)
Tonight is for writing... i'm going to try to write 15 minutes per day. Didn't want it to happen at night, but I've no choice on that right now lol
I've also got to read my second book aloud, didn't get to finish that yet.
My mother sent me the newspaper clippings of Lucy Maud's Island Hymn being made Prince Edward Island's National Anthem!! I'm so happy for her!
Here's Lucy Maud Montgomery's Island Hymn You can hear the music here also ...
The Island Hymn
Music by Lawrence W. Watson
Lyrics by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Fair Island of the sea
We raise our song to thee
The bright and blest;
Loyally now we stand
As brothers, hand and hand
And sing God save the land
We love the best.
Upon our princely Isle
May kindest fortune smile
In coming years;
Peace and prosperity
In all her boarders be
From every evil free
And weakling fears.
Prince Edward Isle, to thee
Our hearts shall faithful be
Where'er we dwell;
Forever may we stand
As brothers, hand and hand
And sing God save the land
We love so well.
Good Night All!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
It was so pretty out today, but the bugs came in the evening to bug us, as usual. i'll get the hang of this soon! At least with Picasa the pics are where they are supposed to be... but i have to remember which ones i want on here lol
this end was filled with ferns that i dug out... they loved to take over this bed. so they are gone and there are some bushes in their place. My earth is very dry... we're in need of rain.
Well, we finally had a beautiful day. It's still beautiful out, but i'm too sore to do any more gardening lol... My Youngest had her dolly out with her in her pram, and also helped me with my gardens.
Here's a before pic of the first garden we worked on... My poor pictures are so bright, I've tried clicking everything on the camera, but it just doesn't want to work. I'll have to read the manual i guess. But I'll just post what i have... Here's the after... I edged this one. Plus my shadow lol... this one looks better than the other one, probably because it's coming on evening.
Going to try posting from my picasa... i hate the way i have to do pictures here by moving them down then they get stuck... let's see how the other way goes...
Monday, May 17, 2010
This is from my facebook page.
Here's the recap from last week's show. It has some cursing in it... reader beware. Can't wait to see what happens!!! but i'll be so sad :( boohoo... whatever will i watch with it gone???
Tomorrow PEI is supposed to be warm. I do hope... i plan on getting out to garden, most likely planning a picnic with My Youngest , unless i can hold her until 2 of my other kids come home from school :) :D
Short message after doing the links... it's time to read for me. Had a goody bag of books arrive today, can't wait to dig in!
I'll just put the links in a list form... and I'll make sure they are linked to the Submission's Guidelines page.
3 Seas Literary Agency
About Words Agency
Artists and Artisans
These are links to websites that have helped me.
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - a must have group that all writers should join.
Beginning Writer's Start Here
A guide to writers and publisher's help
Self-Publish or Not: Advice from a Traditional Publisher
Glossary of special terms used in the publishing business.
Books I've bought... now a bunch of these books arrived today, i haven't had a chance to read but one yet.
Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market MUST BUY BOOK!
Children's Writer's Word Book
Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript by Chuck Sambuchino
Roget's Thesaurus of Phrases
The Writer's Digest Writing Clinic
Creating Characters Kids Will Love
Writing for Children and getting published
How to Write and Sell Children's Picture Books
The Writer's Digest Character Naming Sourcebook
The Business of Writing for Children
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books
These are just a start of links... i'll keep adding to this post and comment to it when i add. I'm only learning myself... I'm just going by what I'm reading on the web. There are many many more publishers and agents out there... just google them... all agents and publishers take different genres of books... what might be ok in my list won't be for you if you are writing something totally different.
Some tips I've found out since I've started down this new path...
You must read each publisher's submissions' guidelines first. Check back often as they change regularly.
Check to see if they take email query letters or snail mail ones, or both.
Never send your manuscript unless it's specified to do so.
Do not self publish unless it's just for family.
Revise, revise, revise, and then ask around to see if someone will proofread your manuscript for you.
Do not state your age in your query letter.
Follow the guidelines of your query letter to a "T". Any mistakes could mean rejection.
I'll keep adding to the tips as i think of them.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Watched Left Behind tonight with the kids. I loved it and i really did like the message. Not sure if that's who it'll happen, but it still makes one think. Kirk Cameron played in it. I loved him in it. Love him anyway! lol He also played in Fireproof ... awesome movie too! Great message in it.
Must hit the hay, early start tomorrow :)
Oh! I saw something on TV which made me have a new idea for a little book :) I think i'll write while it's fresh... you never know!
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
I know i get bored reading the same story over and over. This should make it fun lol... and it'll make it easier to find mistakes in the story if i read it with fresh eyes after a while.
Next move?... I make my list for sending out my query letter. Agents and publishers. Pray for me! It'll be so nerve wrecking lol
I've subscribed to this magazine... Writer's Digest my first issue hasn't arrived, but i can't wait to see it!
My friend send me a poster he made for my book... i think he did another awesome job! Thanks so much for it! I love how he thought of using one of Anne of Green Gable's quotes on it :D He knows me so well lol
Quicky Update... sent my 2nd query letter out... this company wanted the manuscript... so it's gone to it's very first query! oh this is nervewrecking! I gave them a 2 week exclusive... we'll see what happens.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I haven't had a chance to get my list of publishers or agents out, but hopefully tomorrow.
I want to post a link to a book that any writer of any age must buy... 2010 Writer's Market Deluxe Edition Amazon's Description...
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the wallpapers are unbelievable! He totally knows me and understands my likes. He's awesome and gave me permission to share them on my blog.
He also made some posters for my blog... They are so pretty!
Here's another one, there are more, but i'll take one of each different text for now... but i can't get it past the other one no matter what i do, so i put it at the beginning of tonight's post :D
Pittsburgh lost, my hubby isn't happy :( poor fellow. But hopefully Boston will beat them next :D
About to watch Old Dogs with my honey John Travolta! I'd put a pic in of him, but it won't let me argh!
Sweet Dreams, Everyone
Monday, May 10, 2010
I wish she'd have said yes, but i get it :) it's all good.
Now to make another list :)
Oh and i got some gardening done today! It's a great day so far :D
No word on my first query that i sent out yet... but it hasn't been a week yet and they said to give them the exclusive for 2 weeks.
The sun is trying hard to win the fight against the clouds... clouds winning so far, but hopefully not for long.
I'll go grab a picture so you all can see PEI in early May :D ... ok, it went on, but sure doesn't look right from this box... This is my magnolia and my forsythia together... my camera is taking the pictures so bright... i'll have to read the directions on how to stop that from happening.
Here's a little closer pic of the bird bath garden with my witch hazel!
Bear with me.. lol... hopefully this will turn out right, when i post a picture it goes to the top of this page then i have to move it down.
Must go start typing while My Youngest is watching Bolt... but first, i have to post a wonderful site that helps me a lot with writing tips... if you want to write, this is the site to go to... i'll post more too.. .
Holly Lisle... You'll love her site!
One thing we learned.... never put too much popcorn in your pot! lolol... I removed the pictures of My Youngest here... but the pic was the popcorn pot overflowing with popcorn :)
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Here they are...
This is the children's poem... i looked at My Youngest Daughter and thought, "what kind of song would you like?" then it hit me *ouch* a song about her day!
I Thank God
When I wake up at the break of dawn
I jump out of bed with a great big YAWN
I help make my bed to start off my day,
and I thank God for hearing me pray.
After my dinner in the bright noons' light
I help my mama tidy then shout, "All Right!"
We go outside to work and play
and I thank God for love everyday.
It's suppertime; the sun's going away
I help my dad cook and holler, "O Kay!"
We gather around sitting in place
and I thank God when i say Grace.
Sleep time comes, tuck me in tight,
I snuggle down cozy, whispering, "Good Night"
I say my prayers and give mama a kiss
and I thank God for all of THIS .
©Denise MacLennan Bruce
2nd Poem... I was sitting here by my window, looking out at my gardens, and thought they already are a poem... so i wrote what i felt...
My garden is my haven
It's my place to talk with God
He is always there to guide me
and strengthen my weary heart
when life gets too heavy.
Those dear flowers!
So thoughtful, caring and true
Putting on their modest show
for me, their kindred soul.
Butterflies flutter; love everywhere
like sparkling bubbles floating in the air
I watch them flying blithily
forgetting the heartaches of that hurtful day
So plant yourself a garden
The decision is up to you
God will be there waiting
He's there for me and you.
© Denise MacLennan Bruce
Last Poem.... i really wanted to write one about my brother, who we lost in 1996... very suddenly of hypertrophiccardiomyopothy ...
When you left us, our hearts broke in two
It was so sudden, what could we do?
You were our life, our love, our heart.
Living without you was hard from the start.
It was a bright moonlit night
when you left us with fright
I stood by my window praying with merciless labour
For God to bring you back to fix this broken chamber.
You didn't come back, I was so wrong
Why take you away from where you belong?
Your at peace now, i must think of you,
You live in my heart. I know what do do.
©Denise MacLennan Bruce
I'm about to leave to go do mom and dad's gardens and pruning. It'll be fun... plus i'll hopefully get some stories from them. I'm going to try to write a book on their lives when they were little. I really think it'll be a good thing. I'm very excited about it.
I've also been trying to low carb all week... been only able to do it in the mornings, as i have to make dinner for the men, but it's a start. I really should change the name of this blog to a smorgasbord of everything lol I've found some of my paperdoll friends blog too! It's so cool :D
Back to the low carbing... today's dinner was chicken thighs, broccoli and turnip fries with alfredo sauce on the side. wow! it was yummy! I'm going to get my pizza dough made for during the week, it's not real dough, but low carb and very yummy! I should have taken a picture of the dinner before i ate it... bear with me, i'll get used to posting the pics lol
It's a sunny day on Prince Edward Island!! yahoo!!
I almost forgot... on my paper doll group a lady shared a wonderful post, i must share it too...
Anita's Paper Dolls Hope ya like it :D
Friday, May 7, 2010
I have my camera, but it was dead... Avery got enough life out of it to get a pic of my magnolia...
Once it charges, I'll take another pic... and i'll keep my camera with me always :)
I also found my Green Gables walk pictures from my birthday on it... but the camera had some setting on it that brightened all the pics :( but i took 2 videos and they turned out, so I'll put them on my face book.
I had a thought last night for a new idea for a book... no fairies... real people... I started writing it and like it so far :D
Thursday, May 6, 2010
For this agent, yes, i decided to give it a try ... the main reason is because they accept self publishers... i had to take the chance while i had it. ... but i have to give her the exclusive for 2 weeks... and i did... so in 2 weeks i can send out another query.
I could put a picture here of the cover of my book I Believe I Can Fly - Rilla's Ramblings My daughter did the illustrations for the people and fairies and i did the backgrounds and coloring. This isn't the exact cover, the publishing company put a border around it.
That's all i did this afternoon after homeschooling with my youngest... we were working on the alphabet :) we found a cute song on You Tube to help her with singing the alphabet while i was typing. My youngest loved it! When she was bored of singing, i got her to go around the room finding items that matched a letters sound... she did all right, but we need to do more work on sounds. I've learned to take my time with my last baby.
My hubby isn't happy with where i put my new tea set... on a round table in front of our picture window... i'm luvin' it, but he says something will happen to it... i just want to enjoy it for a while :) If i had my camera i could take a picture to show you, but the kids love to take it and not put it back.
My magnolia tree is blooming beside my forsythia bush.. they are so pretty together. I might be able to get my son to get a pic with his phone as it's still bright outside... i can get him to take a pic of my tea table at the same time yay!
I'm still trying to figure out if i need an agent... i'll have to keep thinking about that.
My Dear Allie is helping me with my manuscript... i'll be working on that too, on the computer i should say... i usually work with pencil and paper, but this means computer work lol... it's so hard to get used to typing stories on the computer, but i'll do it lol
11:07 here on PEI... must get dinner soon. Then tidy and get my almost 5 year old's workbook out too for her to work at while mommy works too ;)
but first, i should mention about my problem yesterday with s - - - - - - the eight legged insects... my friend in Scotland usses this spray (cool! another link!!) .. she says it works awesome... so i'm going to try it out. I'm desperate lol.
later on for a break i'll put on some of my favorite links.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Got the living room, kitchen and half of the dining room/ rilla's play area spider proofed today.. .i'm getting there! lol
will write more later, Emily wants to check her facebook before heading to bed
This morning is for cleaning, it's spring time and that means the s - - - - - s are out, and i'm petrified of those horrid things! I've got to give the house a vacuum everywhere, and then i'll spray lemon pledge around the baseboards... i heard that'll help keep them away. ick ick!!!
Then it's dinner time... i'll make something quick for the men and clean up, find something for My youngest to do, THEN i'll work on my query! I've a homeschool lady who knows query's and she's going to look it over for me , and my dear own Allie was a proofreader, so she's going to check my self published book's new manuscript for flaws... i'm having a problem staying in the same tense... it's so hard, but i'm ready to learn :) (just tried my first linking with Allie's blog... she's teaching me how to blog... now did i do it right lol)
I'm still trying to figure out what to do after i get the query letter ready... send to an agent or straight to the publisher... i'm leaning toward the publisher for now since i'm new... but also do i lean toward the agent because i'm new???
I've written out my query 3 times so far, and reading online as i go ... so i'll go start vacuuming and pledging, dinner, tidy up, then query time... i'm actually excited to get back to it now... the nervewrecking feeling is gone :) isn't that something!
Monday, May 3, 2010
well, it wasn't my books to pick up, but my birthday present :) I'm a Lucy Maud Fan and a friend, Lisa, put on facebook a picture of her teaset. This teaset reminded me very much of Lucy Maud's Aunt's tea set that's in Green Gables. (I'm pretty sure this is the original owner) so my husband bought it for my birthday... Here's the link to what it looks like...
still not sure where to put links... and i have the picture i took while at green gables of the original set...
yay! that's the picture :) ... they aren't exact, but close enough :) I'll see if i can save a pic from the site of my new set... no , didn't work, but if you click the link you'll see it:)
Back on track lol... Lesson 2: i'm writing my query letter now... i'm stuck ... i don't know to tell them that my book was self published or not... but am trying to find the answer. Lots of Googling :) I was so nervous writing it, but not that i'm doing it... actually doing it, i feel so much better.
Was talking to someone on the phone today who told me there's a lady she knows who might proofread for me. That'll be great, as the self published book wasn't proofread.
Notes on Query Letter:
Don't go over 1 page or 2 paragraphs...( i am finding this so hard)
Get the book idea into the first 2 sentences. (did that)
Tell how you plan to handle and develop the manuscript (not sure what to say here)
Error Free and single spaced
Strong opening to grab attention
Let them know if there are illustrations available
Request to write the article on the go ahead to send the book proposal...(book proposal... now that's going to be hard!)
Double space between paragraphs
Tell them if there will be multiple submissions.
these notes i've found on the web... still using google to find more ideas on query's. found one link ... http://paullima.com/blog/?p=50
This is a start, still lots to learn!
First lesson... Do NOT self publish unless you just want a few books for family and friends. It's going to make it harder... now some authors make it through self publishing... but it's best to go about it straight to a publisher or agent. Now i might read something that says it's ok, but so far nothing lol
I've recently self published my book... I Believe I Can Fly - Rilla's Ramblings. I'm now revising it. I didn't know that Xlibris did not proofread, my fault, i should have done my homework. Because of this, there are mistakes, as i wrote it fast to get it sent in before the deadline. I lost track of time, a year actually lol and was rushed. Never rush yourself lol ... so because of not being proofread, we had to pay for the mistakes... twice. I gave the ok to publish then found a couple more mistakes, but it was too late, and we were out of money for corrections anyway. 2 weeks without buying groceries doesn't go well in a family of 6. so my book is out there. I love it if you ignore the mistakes :) My daughter did the illustrations, with me doing the backgrounds and coloring. She did an awesome job i think!
I ordered 250 books from Xlibris and am on my way to pick them up. It's exciting i must say. Then i give them to stores that will sell them for me.
That's it for a first posting ... another lessong later on L( and i'll get used to this eventually lol