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Monday, June 23, 2008

Road Trip

My family and I've begun our road trip. We left PA and drove all the way to Florida for a trip to Disney World. Along with all the necessities, I made sure to pack my writing things: notepad, pen, organization binder for my magazine, and some writing reference books. I figured I might get some things done while on the road.



So far, not much has been accomplished. I couldn't concentrate in the car, and couldn't use the laptop on the road anyway. So, I relaxed and took in the scenery. It wasn't until we arrived in Florida that I realized I should be taking notes in that notepad that's buried under everything else in the car.



We've driven through the Delaware, Maryland, the Carolina's, Georgia and now Florida. This is the perfect place to take notes on settings. The colors, the land, the people, the accents - how much more real can you get than that? Though I thought of this too late on the way down, I'll be sure to keep that pad and pen handy for the road back. (And throughout our stay in Florida. Why not?) I never know when I may need these notes for a story, book, or article. And it'll save a trip.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

WHY I LOVE THE WRITING INDUSTRY

"It's competitive out there," many people have said in giving advice about writing. "It's hard work."

While these statements are true, I still love writing. They're part of the reasons why I love writing. It's challenging! I love collecting writer reference books. Just ask my best friend who can't pry me out of the bookstore.

Most of all, however, I love that while it's competitive, authors are supportive of each other. I'm sure you've seen it. Those of us who have a mile-high pile of rejection letters are the first to cheer when one of us gets an acceptance.

The most recent act of support I've received was by none other than
Stories for Children Magazine. V.S. Grenier, Gayle Jacobson-Huest and the rest of the SFC team, have been wonderful cheerleaders of My Light Magazine. They've helped me spread the word, pointed contributors our way and even included news about us in their Good News File.

It's that type of support which makes the writing industry so special. So thanks for your support Stories for Children.

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