Tried illustrating again…its like picking out an outfit in the morning…difficult without a stylist.
It’s my birthday tomorrow. I figured I could tell you a little bit about the last year…
This past July I attended RWA National Conference in New York City. Since I’ve been wanting to go to New York City since I was a child, I had very high expectations. NYC did not disappoint. The Subway trains, World Trade Memorial, the fashion, the people, and THE FOOD — AMAZING!!! All lived up to and exceeded my expectations. So amazing. Taking photos is addicting. I did nothing traditional, but it was the taste of NYC I always dreamed about. To boot — I finished Little Boy Blue’s chapter book and gave it to him as a gift as belated birthday gift.
In NYC I learned so much about writing Romance (yes, I have a penname for that) and met such wonderful authors like Josi Kilpack, Jennifer Beckstrand (Rita Finalist), and Stacy Henrie (Rita Finalist). Thanks to Jewel Quinlan from the OC RWA Chapter, I braved the rejections and continue to write and write and submit.
In the the last twelve months, I’ve written two novels, received four rejections, signed a new children’s book contract, promoted my children’s book release and updated my filing system which now consists of filing cabinets painted by the children. :-)
I won’t mention the two cookbooks and screenplays that I’ve done. They are still a work in progress.
This year has been very happy for me. Here’s a list of this year’s favorites:
FOOD – Bison Borscht & Blueberry Cayenne smoothie @GoIndieFresh
COLOR – Red (like the red dress I got from the Kukui’ula Shopping center in Kauai)
PLACE – in my dreams conjuring new book ideas
MOVIE – Aloha (2015) with Bradley Cooper
Props to my alma mater LDSBC & BYU!
Thanks to my parents, family and friends for enduring my wacky ideas to make my dreams come true.
Originally posted on RWA San Diego:
How was your experience at RWA Nationals in NYC this year? Today, RWA-SD member L.H. Marley shares her conference experience in the city that never sleeps.
#RWA15 was awesome!
The iconic clichés about New York City are true! Rattling subway trains…yes. Spectacular views in Times Square…yes. Hot FDNY…YES! If you go to NYC, my advice is:
- Buy a Metrocard when you arrive,
- Make a list of your top three sites, and do it, and
- Bring comfortable walking shoes!
The RWA National Conference lived up to my expectations, and the app gave me reminders and kept me informed of changes, When one class was too full, I could refer to them for alternatives. Very helpful!
Here are some quotes, tips, and trends I spotted, loosely translated from my notes:
- “When business starts to suck, go back to the craft” – Barbara…
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Lately I’ve been conquering Mt. Laundry and using the local Dragon called Dyson to clean and clean and clean, its called homemaking…LOL!! I’ve discovered I’m way better at writing. Or at least that’s my clever excuse for the lack of blogging.
I decided to draw with my right hand (see below)…
In the world of writing books, I’ve completed two more novels, three children’s books, some cookbooks and several screenplays. I really do love writing. I’m hoping to find others willing to read them :o)
Time is of the essence… #WriteMoreSleepLess
For my birthday, Nick kindly posted the podcast interview with me & my illustrator, Corey Egbert. SUPER EXCITED to share!
With spots filling up fast on the blog tour, I thought I’d take a moment and ask you to consider hosting a book review for “I Want to Be Baptized” on your blog…pretty please! You can sign up HERE.
Check out Boyd’s LDS Books for all my current editions of “The Holy Ghost is Like a Blanket” and “I Want to Be Baptized”.
Someone help me find an email address for Mark Robison who did the illustrations for the true story published in the Friend (Sept 2010) called “Garbage Can Graffiti.” I’d like to thank him!
And let me know what you think of David Habben’s ink work… I’m thinking he should do my next children’s book.
Side note — I was reading our daughter, Sofia the First, and the question Sofia asked “How can I be a princess and myself?” has struck an accord with me…I wonder how do I manage ALL my writing styles and still be myself. I write A LOT. And all different types (some good, some strange, some wildly poetic…) and not just LDS Non-Fiction books, but all kinds of things…and just because I have several children’s books published doesn’t mean I haven’t had my fair share of rejection letters for my other works…and yet, I was surprised to read an article “Many Eggs, Many Baskets” that totally made sense.
A bit of advice — draw, write, read…perfect your craft. Whatever you do, do it well and be kind. My husband tells me that an amateur writes until she gets it right and a professional writes until she can’t get it wrong. The crossover from amateur to professional doesn’t end with publication because I’m still in pursuit of writing it right.
I draw. I read. I write. I write more.
Today I discovered the world of screenwriters at Scripts & Scribes….wow! I’m beyond excited. After publishing three children’s books (not including translations into Spanish & Portuguese) and writing over four complete novels in the last year…yes, I’m that in love with writing that I plan to complete two screenplays by the end of the year too…I’m crazy, but not insane *or is it the other way around? LOL.
Smile friends! We loved to write today and live to edit tomorrow!!
It only seemed natural to write the prequel to “The Holy Ghost is Like a Blanket” and proud that “I Want to Be Baptized” illustrated by Corey Egbert was released this week.
For information on reviewing “I Want to be Baptized” and participating in the book blog tourNovember 15th to December 5th, please contact Events@cedarfort.com