Wednesday, March 12, 2014

a very scary month!

The submission record excel spreadsheet hold so many possibilities. I have submitted 4 different stories to 8 agents or publishers. Launched into cyber space - and no hope of a reply unless they are interested. But there is no hope of anything if they don't go out! So encouraged by the sunshine I'll put myself out there...  

Saturday, March 1, 2014

the end and the beginning

I finished #26 last night - lots of Bible stories this time but that project has been hanging around for years so some real progress got made. February also had several sermons, a newsletter and Lent devotional guide. Now I am setting my own goal for March: Submission Marathon! 15 stories submitted to agents or editors in 31 days! Starting tomorrow....

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Looming for sometime

I've had this idea scratched on envelopes and in notes books - and finally wrote it! The Three Little Wolves. Needs more 'wacky" but it is a start. So that is 22 of 26!
And i think in March I am going to have a submissions marathon - 15 agents or editors in 31 days! there is so much slush outside a few more trips to the pile can't hurt...

Saturday, February 22, 2014


A free day - you would not think a geezer would be so busy that would be special but this is the first day this month with nothing on the calendar square but "marathon writing" - so I did. I am caught up - 21 stories done! Finished the collection on Moses and started on the Jesus ones. Plus worked on an outline for explaining Holy Communion. My fingers are tingling! 5 more before Feb 28 - and a year's worth of rewriting!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Met with the Write 6 last night for a much needed session of February Giggles and got a new direction on the Bible story series. The Old Testament has a lot in it! They proposed a book series just of  Moses in the cliff hanger Page Turner format. So I pumped out 3 of those today. Somewhat back on track - have 14 our of 26 done - more than 1/2 way!

Monday, February 17, 2014

2 sermons and 2 stories

Slowed down this week by a couple of sermons with pressing deadlines, but did get a couple of stories done over the weekend for a total now of 12 on day 16 - little catch up needed. This is the week of the newsletter and a Lenten book, but the weather is cooperating to discourage any outdoor distractions!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

February 11

Extensive rewrites of Round Food and Shoes! That is 2 stories - not one about Sole Food! But 2 more done.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Caught up and finished!

The last 2 stories for the Page Turner book are done! And that makes 8 total on a Feb 10. My 2 free days are used and I either need to double up or do 1 a day until the end of the month! But it is still cold and I have a bunch of non-biblical ideas to persue. The danger is I love research so much I will get bogged down and never write. Soooooo today I do research!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Feb 5

Nothing like a little Grand Inspiration! The kids love Bible stories I tell with lots of sound effects and the cliff hanger point where they get to guess what happens. The only problem is finding enough Bible princesses and race cars/chariots to keep the locals entertained since I am in Iowa Nana-fying!

So it was easy to punch out David and Goliath (get it?) plus Solomon's choice today! I just write the way I talk!

Two more done - a day ahead in anticipation of some lost days this weekend as I travel.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Feb 4

Now broadcasting live from Central Iowa where - yes! - it is snowing!

But I am writing about the Middle East so that helps. More sand. I just finished 2 more stories for the page turn series: Joseph forgives his brothers and God leads the israelites out of Egypt featuring 10 plagues! In full color!

Aside on Joseph - when I told that story in China the teachers were very sure I had it wrong. In that culture to be a strong ruler meant taking full revenge and never forgiving. Interesting....

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Feb 1

Feb 1 I managed to get 2 stories done I case today was crazy - it was! These are stand alone books or chapters of a collection of Page Turners - Bible stories for kids with a cliff hanger in the middle, requireing them to turnthe page to see what happens. Finished Adam and Eve are sent from the Garden and Noah is a Laughing Stock.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Marathon prep - Robin

Shortest, coldest month of February - only way to survive is to write 26 picture books in 28 days! I've got pages of ideas including a series that might be books or separate stories in a collection, but all illustrated. Pushing to get the church newsletter, Lent devotional, and sermons done in advance. Flexing typing fingers....