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 on: August 15, 2015, 12:53:58 PM 
Started by judyr - Last post by judyr
Me too. I'm narrowing down my mentor choices.  Grin

 on: August 14, 2015, 11:24:39 AM 
Started by judyr - Last post by jojocookie
I want to do it.

 on: August 14, 2015, 10:45:15 AM 
Started by judyr - Last post by judyr
Has anyone attempted this contest in the past? I just found it, and the submission date is Monday.

(Okay, I can't get that link to work, but if you highlight and right click, you can get the go to option) There's a lot involved, so if you're interested, you should check it out right away.

 on: August 14, 2015, 08:39:37 AM 
Started by jfields - Last post by Beth Consugar
What about the squirrels and the blythe spirits? They must move as well, no?!

*Beth runs to gather nuts to round up the squirrels and tea for the spirits (for Beth has little clue what would attract the spirits...)*

Thanks for the heads-up Jan!

 on: August 13, 2015, 03:29:35 PM 
Started by jfields - Last post by Basil
Glad you mentioned it! I would've thought it was Basil swinging from the chandeliers again.

Horrors! I am once again, just as in my childhood, being blamed for things Cousin Theo has done. Oh, wait, disregard this.  I forgot about that time in Marseille in the late May of '05 at the Contessa's party. Then there were also Monaco, Naples, Rio, Majorca, Corfu...

 on: August 13, 2015, 09:29:17 AM 
Started by jfields - Last post by Londy Leigh
Glad you mentioned it! I would've thought it was Basil swinging from the chandeliers again.

 on: August 13, 2015, 07:16:12 AM 
Started by jfields - Last post by ColoradoKate
Thankee, Cat... oh, there goes one!

 on: August 13, 2015, 06:19:09 AM 
Started by jfields - Last post by Cat
*Cat hurries in to help Kate - those zombie bunnies are slippery, in the most literal sense*

 on: August 13, 2015, 03:05:37 AM 
Started by jfields - Last post by jfields
Children's Writers eNews
August 13, 2015
"The Write Words to Read"
The Institute of Children's Literature
Editor: Jan Fields --

"At times the rejections did get to me, but the will to write always triumphed over the disappointment of rejection. Writing made me feel alive, engaged, complete in a way few other things could. It was impossible to give it up, even during the most discouraging days of my early career."
-- Karen Hesse, Newbery Winning author
1. News
2. Online in Rx
3. At the Writer's Retreat
4. What's New at Kristi's?
5. Market
6. Cool Site
7. Essay
8. Good News
9. Note to subscribers
1. News: Past Issues of the eNews are archived at
2. In the Rx
"First Person Fabulous"
A look at the different approaches to writing fiction in first person.
3. Are You On The Writer's Retreat?
August's discussion of the month is "Writing for Contests" -- all through the month, we'll be talking about how to create entries that stand out from the crowd in a writing contest, Pop in to talk about it all during August.
4. Ephemera
Buys slogans for buttons. $50 per short phrase. Looking for fresh, funny and concise.
6. Using Real People in Your Writing
This offers some great information on the legalities of using real people in your writing. I found it fascinating.

A surprising number of writers really struggle to separate themselves from the adult characters in children’s stories. This is especially true for newer writers with stories for very young children. Few of us have very clear memories of our preschool years, but we have excellent memories of the preschool years of our children. And in all of those memories, we are the parent – not the child. So when we write from those memories, it can be easy to slip into the adult viewpoint.

Unruly adults are the result. Unruly adults talk too much. Unruly adults step in and solve the story problem – either directly or through wise direction. Unruly adults push the main character into a passive role in the story. Let’s look at some possible unruly adult stories:

1. Penny is not sure she wants to go to a new preschool after her family moves. She was happy in her old school. On the first morning, she refuses to wear her new clothes – choosing old things instead. She tells her mom she wants only old things. Her mom encourages her that new things are great too and mentions all the things Penny has liked about the new house. Penny realizes she does like some new things, and hurries out to the car – eager for her new school.

2. Zindy Lou is afraid of the girl’s restroom at school. Someone once turned out the light while she was in there. Now she doesn’t know what to do. She confides in her Nana who tells her that SHE was afraid of the dark as a child too. Nana gives her a brand new flashlight, telling her that there’s nothing wrong with being afraid of the dark, she’s still a brave girl.

3. Oliver is afraid there is something terrible under his bed. His mom cleans everything out and tells him that a clean floor frightens monsters away. After that, Oliver always keeps his floor clean.

All of those do have a plot, a main character and a clear story problem. So, what’s wrong with them? They each contain an unruly adult trying to take the main character’s job (solving the story problem). There is nothing wrong with having adults in stories for small children. Adults are a constant in their world and they are a comforting presence in stories – but they are not the focus of the story. It’s not a story to teach new parenting techniques – it’s a story for children. Children want stories that make them feel more capable and powerful, not stories that point out how dependent they are on adults – they already know that.

So is there any help for those Unruly Adult stories? Sure, actually they’ve all been published. Of course, the real story kept the adults in their proper place – background.

1. [Keep the adult, but don’t let them affect the child’s choices.] Penny is not sure she wants to go to a new preschool after her family moves. She was happy in her old school. On the first morning, she refuses to wear her new clothes – choosing old things instead. At the preschool, she thinks about all the old things she misses. But as the day progresses, she begins to make friends and have fun. When he mom comes to get her, Penny tells her that old things are still best, but new things are best too. [by Jan Fields, published in Wee Ones]

2. [Adults only in deep background.] Zindy Lou is afraid of the dark in the girl’s restroom at school. Someone once turned out the light while she was in there. During Kindergarten, she just waited until she got home to use the bathroom – no matter how difficult it got. But first grade is all day school – Zindy Lou needs another plan. She came up with some temporary solutions but needed something better. She finds the solution in the bottom of her toy box. [by Judy Cox, published in Spider]

3. [Adult accompanies child, but lets child lead.] Oliver thinks there is something terrible under his bed. His mother chooses a dust bunny as the possible creature, which Oliver imagines lots of things about and takes the lead in caring for the dustball creature. [by Lisa Harkrader, published in Story Friends.]

8. Good News

Rebecca Colby:  My picture book, “It’s Raining Bats & Frogs!” (illustrated by Steven Henry), has been published by Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan.

Amy Lynn Armstrong: I'm excited to announce my debut YA novel, TRUST ME, is available on Amazon.

Megan Vance: I had a pre-school story called "Eugene Finds Friends" published in Bread for God's Children in June, 2015.

Gwendolyn Hooks: I just got my author copies of my chapter book, Science Squad - Porpoises in Peril published by Pearson Educational. It will be published in England, Australia, and the US.

What's Your Good News? Send to -- be sure to put "good news" in the subject line since I get a lot of book announcements due to the review work I do. So I don't want your good news to slip through the cracks.

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 on: August 12, 2015, 03:24:41 PM 
Started by jfields - Last post by ColoradoKate
Uh oh!

*Kate hurriedly descends to the catacombs and gathers up all the zombie bunnies she can find.*

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