A Word with Beth — about Me, Myself, and I (Part One)

Owl photographed by Raymond W. Stilborn.

Owl photographed by Raymond W. Stilborn.

The Owl has observed that Me, Myself, and I are often troublemakers in the grammatical world. Me and I work in tandem to cause confusion, while Myself causes quite enough problems on its own.

Today I’m going to talk about Me and I. Myself will get a post all of its own, next month. Here’s why I think we need to give a hoot about this sometimes troublesome trio.

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How to Make a Picture Book, part 3

Image courtesy of Julie Gribble

Image courtesy of Julie Gribble

How to Make a Picture Book, part 3

Story Development

 

Julie Gribble is back with the third installment of her blog series. You’re going to like this… … …

Bonjour, mes amis! I’m taking a break from sightseeing in Old Montreal to write this post. It’s a nippy spring day and the shining sun is trying its best to offer some relief. So I’m giving it a head start while spending part of my morning inside a charming cafe in Canada, eating a crepe, sipping a cappuccino and typing on my computer …

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We’re Going on a Book Hunt — Perfect Picture Book Friday

5101889Title: We’re Going on a Book Hunt

Author: Pat Miller

Illustrator: Nadine Bernard Westcott

Publisher: Fort Atkinson, WI: Upstart Books, 2008.

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In the Spotlight — Mary Aalgaard, On the Page and Off the Page

Dark theatreSome of you may remember that in 2012 I participated in the amazing blogging challenge, the A to Z Challenge,  in which bloggers post every day in April using the letters of the alphabet as their daily prompts. I made some great friends through that challenge.

One of those friends is Mary Aalgaard, who is in the spotlight today. Mary is a freelance writer and reviewer. She is also a playwright who gets both kids and adults excited about creating original plays. Actually, it’s hard to know where to start when talking about Mary. Her creativity takes her in so many directions.

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In the Spotlight — Teresa Robeson and Fiction for a Cause

Dark theatreMy friend Teresa Robeson is multi-talented. She’s a homeschooler, a homesteader, and a writer in several genres. And you should see her sketches of birds!

I got to know her because of her interest in writing for kids, and particularly writing picture books, but the books we’re focusing the spotlight on today are collections of speculative fiction stories for older readers.

Not only are these books well worth reading (I’ll give you the links in a minute) but the proceeds from their sales go to a very worthy cause.

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Join the Team — Be a STAR!

Happy joyful friends forming a circle with their hands in centerAs I said in last week’s post, creative people are learning that we have to be our own advocates. We are the ones who must get our message out into the world. That’s why I’m so eager to take Julie Hedlund’s webinar in April, Authors as Entrepreneurs.

That’s also why I’m currently reading the brand-new, hot off the cyberpresses second edition of Katie Davis’ How to Promote Your Children’s Book. Katie has great ideas that can work no matter what you’re promoting.

Something I’ve learned from both Julie and Katie (and others along the way) is that although each of us is our own best advocate, we don’t have to go it alone. Reciprocity ROCKS! Supporting each other, telling others, advocating for one another, recommending each other’s blogs, books, courses… the list goes on.

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Moving forward — Writing is Not Just Writing

Close up of a beautiful woman looking at the horizonLast summer, when many of my writing friends were gathered in Los Angeles for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators international summer conference, they had the opportunity to attend a break-out session/workshop that I so wished I could be part of.

I’ve often mentioned Julie Foster Hedlund. She is an author, the originator and power behind the 12×12 picture book challenge, a creative forward-thinker. She was leading that workshop in LA last summer, talking about the concept of authors as entrepreneurs.

The Michigan Regional SCBWI group is hosting a webinar series open to all writers and illustrators, not just those in Michigan. I’m delighted that one of the webinars offered in that series is Julie’s Authors as Entrepreneurs: Surviving (and Thriving in) the Publishing Revolution!

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No PPBF today!

cat sleeping on keyboardApparently I was asleep at the switch when I posted my PPBF choice for today. Because of the March Madness Fractured FairyTale Contest going on at Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog, there is no Perfect Picture Book Friday today. I’ve removed my PPBF post for now, but it will return some time in April.

In the meantime, do pop over to Susanna’s to the link list to people’s contest entries — there are sure to be some amazing stories there!

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