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Red Birds – Central Park at Jellyfish Whispers

6 Mar

On January 1, 2013 I went here:

 

and while I was there I saw this:

And then I saw one of these:

and then I went home and wrote a poem about it.

And Jellyfish Whisper (isn’t that the best name) published it.

So many thank yous to the wonderful A.J. Huffman. If you aren’t familiar with her sites, including Pyrokinection, I highly recommend  them.

The Cutting Room Floor

2 Jan

Lizzie_Final

Happy New Year kids!

I hope you all played nice and had some lovely days off. Jay and I spent New Years Day walking around Central Park and saw a cardinal and a red-tailed hawk through the binoculars of a lovely nearby ornithologist.  It was a beautiful day.

cardinal

And now, back to business. So today I’m over at Girl Who Reads talking about my least favorite part of writing. Revision.

Ugh. I dislike it most even though a friend of mine says it separates the real writers from the “noodlers.”

True, but it’s still a pain in the butt. My problem is that I can’t always see what needs to go and what needs to stay.

So when Donna at Girl who Reads asked me to come by and talk about my book I figured why not share the things that were left on the cutting room floor as I went through draft after draft to finalize Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb. Things like this:

1. Lizzy’s name was Hamlet. I’m not kidding. I named a 12-year-old girl Hamlet Shakes.
Oh wait…
2. Lizzy wasn’t 12. She was 8. I named an 8-year-old girl Hamlet Shakes. How cruel.
Many many thanks to the lovely Donna. As always, my favorite candy – the Starburst of Thanks!
Starburst
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