Friday Catch Up

It’s Friday. I say it each week, but I’m always shocked when another weekend rolls around and I realize a whole week is gone. I’ve been so absorbed in work and family this week, that I don’t have any favorite reads to share, but here are my three favorite things from the week:

1) I am always thrilled by how much work I can pack into three hour chunks. As a freelancer, the summer is always a little tricky for me because my kids don’t have school and Madelyn is too little for camp. This week Evan is at camp in the afternoons, so I am working from 12:45 to 3:30 while Evan plays and Madelyn naps. With advanced planning and good time management, I have been able to knock out every interview I needed to do this week. That means I can spend the weekend writing away and wrap up the stories that are due next week.

2) Each day when I pick Evan up from camp, he “has some love for me.” That love is in the form of a piece of mulch or a rock he has found for me. Yesterday it was a red piece of a broken balloon. I love that during outside time he scours the ground for something special and tucks it into his pocket. As I pull into the carpool line, I see him retrieve the little gifts from his pocket and he offers them up as soon as he gets into the car but before he is seat belted in. On Wednesday he lost “his love,” which broke his heart. It was a special piece of mulch that looked like a heart, he said. He gave me a kiss instead and I melted inside. I love that I get to spend my days with that little guy.

3) Even with all the “must-do’s” in our day, we’ve made plenty of time for some summer fun. We’ve taken in play dates and a concert, run through the sprinklers and gone for ice cream twice this week. I still feel like summer is slipping away, but it makes me happy that we can take advantage of it at least a little.

What are your favorite things from the week?

Friday Favorites

Yeah! It’s Friday again. Do you have fun plans for the weekend? I plan to wrap up a handful of stories and hope to take my kids to the pool.

Here are a few of my favorite reads from the week:

I’m loving this book about nutrition and kids. I’ve been a little worried about a few things with my little guy, and I’ve wondered if nutrition could be the key. The book is a great eye opener. I highly recommend it for every parent.

My real-life friend Sarah shared great tips on handling email. I need her discipline!

Justine Musk says when you say no to one thing, you’re really saying yes to something else. This blog post is a great reminder of that. 

Picture book authors Tiffany Strelitz Haber and Corey Rosen Schwartz have launched a new blog called The Meter Maids dedicated to rhythm and rhyme. They taught a great session at the NJSCBWI conference and I can’t wait to learn more from them via their blog.

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Wow. What a busy week this has been at our house. After returning from the New Jersey Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, I hit the ground running with client projects, kid projects, dentist appointments and a sick little one. Luckily my mom came into town right at the same time, so she has been a wonderful second set of hands.

Here are a few of my favorite reads from this week.

This is an interesting article on the growing number of freelance/solopreneur businesses and how they add value to those who do business with them. Thanks to my hubby for sending me the link to the article.

I love this post from Seth Godin about how you can choose to stand out or fit in.

This post from Julie Hedlund inspired me to download and read Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson again. It is one of the first books that ever made an impression on me and I am loving it as much as an adult as I did as a kid.

This post is a great reminder that for writers failure is just another word for the journey.

Happy weekending!

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I hope you’ve had a great week and are looking forward to the weekend! Today I am heading north for three days of learning. Yeah! A special thanks to my husband who is taking on all kid duties for the next few days.

Here are a few of my favorite reads from the week:

Find the best writers’ conference for you from Writer Unboxed.

If you’re taking part in a critique group, Nathan Bransford offers good tips for making it beneficial.

I love this post from picture book author Jamie Swenson about why hobbyists are less likely to sell a manuscript. 

Jane Friedman guest posted on agent Rachelle Gardner’s blog about how to influence editors in a way 90 percent of writers don’t. 

Can you tell I’ve been prepping for a writing conference this week?


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Did you catch Hemingway & Gellhorn on HBO this week? I loved it. Martha Gelhorn is one of the reasons I became a journalist. I used to read her work and dream of being a war correspondent (I know–a far cry from the type of writing I ended up doing!). I thought of her when I got to visit Finca Vigia in Cuba and while on safari in Africa (back when I had the freedom to travel). Her memoir Travels with Myself and Another is a great read. Next week I’m going to climb up into my attic and pull down some of her books and feel inspired all over again.

Once again a post from Alexis Grant resonated with me. This one is on creating more moments that matter. 

This is an interesting article on women writing op-eds. 

I love this post from Imagination Soup about simple ways to help your children learn to read. 

My baby girl is turning two soon and we’re celebrating this weekend with these cake batter blondies. I know that isn’t related to writing or reading, but everyone has to eat.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Here are a few of my favorite reads from the week:

How not following the rules can get you ahead from writer and social media star Alexis Grant.

Ten writing myths by author Lori Handeland on Writer’s Digest.

Love this collection of posts on advice for writers from around the web on My Name is Not Bob.

Imagination Soup shared tips for writing a personal mission statement. 

I hope you have a fun Memorial Day weekend planned!

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This week has gone by in the blink of an eye. It has been as productive as I hoped–hooray! Here are some of my favorite reads from the week:

I’m starting to spend more time on Twitter, and I love this suggestion from Porter Anderson on agent Rachelle Gardner’s blog about adding your Twitter handle to your blog byline.

I’m trying to learn all that I can about picture books, and this post from Debbie Ridpath Ohi (who also designed my blog header–yeah!) is a wealth of information.

This post from a fellow freelance mom on what your jealousy is trying to tell you resonated with me. Next time I feel jealous, I’m going to embrace the feeling and use it to help me shape my priorities.

This essay on balancing motherhood and career by author Allison Winn Scotch in Pshychology Today is a brilliant piece.

How about you? What were your favorite reads this week?

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Here are a few of my favorite reads and online stops from this week:

If you’re a writer, you have to read Robert Lee Brewster’s blog My Name is Not Bob. Every week I have a favorite post from him. This week it is on branding and it is a great read for established writers and newbies alike.

As someone who loves Pinterest, I found this article on the site and its copyright violations interesting.

Dr. Seuss’s birthday is coming up. How are you going to celebrate? Find some inspiration here. If you’re up to it, you could try out the Lorax cake pops featured on Bakerella this week.

I hope you enjoy your weekend. My hubby is heading to a conference, and the kiddos and I are going to clean some baby items out of the attic and prep for my little guy’s birthday, which is coming up soon. I am also going to wrap up a couple of newsletter articles and a full-length feature during my little ones’ naps and after bedtime. What is on your agenda?

Favorites from the Week

Alexis Grant has a great post on pushing yourself outside your comfort zone.

I can’t wait until writer and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi publishes a book of her comics for writers, which she has tentatively titled Will Write for Chocolate. Her comics are always right on and the perfect way to brighten my day. This Valentine comic was a favorite this week.

Freelancer Steph Auteri reminds us to be generous with our writing community. Her post goes along well with this one from Seth Godin on the sad irony of selfishness.

Linda Formichelli (aka the Renegade Writer) shared a successful query letter on her blog along with a link to the final article. It is an awesome example and the article is a great read, especially if you’re a BPA-, perchloroethylene- and pesticide-fearing momma like me.

I can totally relate to this post about Girl Scout Cookies from freelance writer Jennifer Larson. She has pledged to buy the overpriced cookies from anyone who asks because she remembers selling them. I’m right there with her and have spent too much on Girl Scout cookies this year.