Sunday, March 18, 2007

The Leaping Place of Souls

So, here's a good summary of the main idea that spurred me into writing this new book. It's from the Alternative Hawaii site (click here).

There is an ancient Hawaiian myth about a place called Kaena Point (on Oahu), which was known as the Leaping Place of Souls. The souls of the dead wandered this place until they leapt into the night, thus departing from the earth. Spooky, eh? Evidently, good souls moved to the right when they leapt and those who moved to the left when they leapt fell into the pit of endless night.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Rose is a pusher.

After lunch today, my daughter and I wandered over to the local bookstore to take a photo of Vicki's book, The Scent of Shadows. See?

I've already read this, but I wanted one with the freakin' cool cover (foil letters!). I bought the last one. I also informed the friendly cashier person that he needed to buy a lot more of these things because it is a delicious book.

Then, I spent the last hour or so here at school going from class to class (school is not in session) telling all my teacher friends to buy it. They were all very impressed with the foil on the cover. {g}

So, go buy it.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Now I can get on with it.

Report cards. Check!

Now I can get on with my life. I have a lot of words to make up, but it should be a piece of cake. I love cake.

Speaking of cake. Er. Okay. Not such a smooth transition, but I am over-the-top-stoked about the upcoming Surrey International Writers Conference this October. It's always such a shot in the arm. I'm hoping for the double-whammy this year because I plan to attend the annual Brantford Adult Book Camp in August. No, not those kind of adult books... Reminds me of that Tom Lehrer song. "Give me smut and nothing but..."

Off to write.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

I am annoyed.

Let me tell you why.

It is grading season here in teacherland.

I cannot give grades if I don't have access to the work.

I do not have access to the Third Graders' work. Why? Because those little darlings have a habit of screwing up the files. Why, just this evening, I found some of their work in the Fifth Grade folder. A self-promotion perhaps? I think not.

Next Tuesday's tech lesson will be, "I GIVE GRADES IN THIS CLASS, SO YOU'D BETTER PAY ATTENTION!" I am going to (again {sigh}) give a lesson on how to properly save your work.

Oddly enough, the Second Graders don't seem to have a problem with this.

Those Third Graders... They're a special bunch. Good thing I like them.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Hey. I've started a new project.

I've been writing like a good girl today! My goal with this one is 6000 words. Actually, the project should be short, like 5000 words, but I've built in some cut room.

And what is it? Middle-grade historical fantasy. Heavy on the fantasy. Set in Hawaii. I love Hawaii.

Yeah, so if I write 500 words a day, it should take 12 days. I can do that.

Update: Yay, me! 618 words.

Oh, that last muse crack?

Was a friggin' joke.

If I don't write, it's my own damn fault. I won't assign blame to some "muse" who constantly lurks around me, feeding my creativity.

When I don't write it is purely because I am being lazy. Or I'm busy with family life.

Muse. What-evah.