Thursday, March 28, 2013

Writing Lessons from The Wizard of Oz

My picture book recently out on editor submissions has come back to me with some pretty hefty rewrites. This is a good thing (which is my new mantra!). Wait, I need to say it again. 

This is a good thing. 

Revisions can only make the manuscript better. Stronger. 

This past weekend, I took a break from revisions and watched Wizard of Oz. I absolutely love this movie. If ever you need a pick me up, watch it. Belting out Over the Rainbow always makes me feel better. It dawned on me that I can apply so much of this movie to my writing.

From Dorthy, I learn determination and strength and to never give up.

The Tin Man inspires me to listen and trust my heart.

The Cowardly Lion teaches me to have courage. Be brave. Put myself out there.

And the Scarecrow reminds me I have a brain, use it. Make smart decisions.

If you are deep in revisions or working on a draft, have faith in yourself, your work. Keep at it. Don't give up.

Now, it's time for me to slide into my ruby slippers and get back to my revisions. There's no place like published land. There's no place like published land. There's no place like published land...

Thursday, March 21, 2013

My Non-Creepy Obsession With Watching KelsNotChelsNotLive Videos

I've got a treat for you today. If you haven't seen author Kelsey Macke's KelsNotChelsNotLive video series on You Tube, you are missing out. Have no fear, I'm posting a few here. Her videos have kept me grinning these past few weeks. She's got charm, spunk, wit, and she's downright hilarious. Enjoy...

Episode 1: Writing, Waiting, #TFiOS 
Waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting, and yes, waiting. Seriously.

And then there's Episode 2: Top 10 Reasons Writers are Crazy 
and when I say crazy, I mean with a capital C.

If you haven't had enough, which I doubt. I mean, who in their right mind could get enough of KelsNotChelsNotLive? Not me. Nope I can't wait until this Friday's new episode. Lately, I feel a little stalkerish. Kelsey's probably thinking who is this Candilynn person who keeps tweeting me, "LOVED the video!" 
I'm not a creeper. 
I promise.
  Episode 3: Climbing the Ladder to Publication

Did you giggle? Chuckle? Chortle? Snort? Spew favorite beverage out the nose? You can find all her videos on You Tube. Sign up to watch the other videos in Kelsey's series. You won't regret it!

March Madness is almost complete. After switching projects in the middle of the month, things improved for me. I'd reached a point with one of my stories where my original plot outline unraveled. My main character decided to change in ways I didn't understand. I realized my idea wasn't as solid as I thought it was. For now, the wip is simmering on the back burner. If you're participating in MM, I hope everything is fabulous in your world! Only 10 days left!

~Happy writing, y'all!


Friday, March 15, 2013


It's been a super busy week! Spring Break, my father's in town from Chicago, and we've been running since last weekend. I'm ready for a bit of normalcy around here! I was actually going to wait until the chaos settled to do this post, but since my box of goodies arrived on my front porch last night, I decided to do a quick CHECK IT OUT!!! post. This may sound weird, but the first thing I did when I opened the box was sniff the books! Anyone else love the scent of books? 

I received a picture in a text this morning of my 4-year-old nephew reading my book before bedtime last night. I would've loved to have posted it here, except he was in his Spiderman underwear! Not a appropriate photo for the blog, but it sure was adorable!
My first signature!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope to visit blogs as soon as my life returns from crazyville. 

~Have a fabulous weekend, y'all!!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

IWSG & Little Acorn's Big Fall

Sorry about the late post today, but I wanted to wait until I heard back from Nick (see IWSG below). 

***Fabulous News!
LITTLE ACORN'S BIG FALL is now available in paperback on Amazon. After publishing as an ebook with uTales back in October, Caroline (my talented illustrator from France!) and I decided to take Little A. into print.

I'm in the process of signing up for my first public appearance at the Texas Word Wrangler library event this fall, the perfect time to talk acorns. In the next coming weeks, I'll be contacting the local elementary schools to set up author talks for the beginning of the school year, too. Yay!!


***Ever wonder how to make a book trailer?
I follow Darcy Pattison's blog, and this week she posted a super-awesome post about making book trailers. After reading, I think even I can make one! You can check it out HERE.

***March IWSG
If you're an insecure writer, and unfamiliar with Alex Cavanaugh's super group of writerly peeps called the Insecure Writer's Support Group, you've come to the right place! Click HERE to sign up. 

In light of March's IWSG post, I decided rather than boring you with an I-feel-kinda-crappy-at-the-moment post, I'd like to feature a special book edited by a member of the IWSG, Nick Wilford. Because when I take a hard look at my own life, it's peachy compared to the lives of some others. 

OVERCOMING ADVERSITY is a project very near and dear to Nick's heart.

So Nick, Andrew and all the fine writers who took part in creating this book, I dedicate this post to you. Congrats and job well done!!

A good deal of Andrew's story can be read HERE on Nick's blog. As you can read, overcoming adversity is a perfect theme for the anthology. All proceeds go towards Andrew's college fund. You can check out Andrew's page on Facebook by clicking here.

Here's a bit about the anthology and how to order:

A collection of seventy moving and uplifting original pieces - real life, flash fiction, and poetry - about battling against the odds and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. The contributors include Amazon bestselling authors Alex J. Cavanaugh and Kyra Lennon, and the cream of upcoming talent.

The anthology is part of a fundraising effort to send the editor's stepson, Andrew McNaughton, to a specialist college in England. Andrew has cerebral palsy, and is a remarkable young man with a promising future. However, the free further education options offered in his own country of Scotland will not challenge him and allow him to progress. In order to access the education he deserves, Andrew will have to pay exorbitant fees, thus creating a situation of discrimination.

Help us get Andrew to college by buying a book that runs the full gamut of human emotions, ultimately leaving you inspired and glad to be alive. Whatever struggles you are going through, our sincere hope is that this book will help.

Purchase Links:
~Have a fabulous week, y'all!