February's Inspirational Quote

"One Hour at a Time"
~ Laurie Wallmark.

Dear Laurie,
You might not recall saying this and perhaps I won't remember the specifics but you are our inspiration for the rest of February and maybe even March.

You and I were on the phone and talking about how hard it is to write a novel and as usual I was whining and feeling sorry for my long-a$$ journey. And you told me about how you were working and how busy you were so you wrote your novel one hour at a time. Astounded I said, "You wrote your novel one hour at a time?" And you said, "Yup." And I thought, "Wow... ... ..."

Often times we think we need - or I think I need - huge chunks of time set aside so I can write. Do you do that too? What if we gave ourselves one hour of each day? If it turns into two, well then fine, but if not, at least you still had your One Hour at a Time. So that is the motto of the month, thanks to ours truly, Laurie Wallmark.

We love you, Laurie!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Contests …

… are always great as an exercise regardless of winning.

If you happen to be a member of SCBWI, but don't go to the national site that often, you might not be aware that every month or so, they post a contest for writers and illustrators. They are fun to participate in — of course, winning is always nice — but the point of them is to encourage you to exercise your skills ... how marvelous! Free to enter for all members, so, go check out the latest contest:
Writers, click here.
Illustrators, click here.


Patricia said...


Thanks for the heads-up on the contests available at the SCBWI website! Now, I will make it a routine to keep tabs on this great area of opportunity.

Sheri said...

Cool Leeza! I didn't know they did this. I just applied to one of their grants. fingers and toes are crossed.