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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY – Projections


The Girl Next Door Grows Up
Blog started this Feel Good Friday meme. Pick one of her prompts and write about it on your blog!

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The thing that made me happiest this week was odd.

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Last week I went ballistic when, in my perception, my husband negated my experience. I was raving.

Then a  writer I know, had her booklet translated into Japanese by her son’s girlfriend. Oh, I wanted that for my novel. Maybe it could be a hit in Japan. It’s about … well here’s the pitch –

Koh, is a boy kidnapped as a toddler by a rainforest band that has unique customs and world view. Koh, fascinated by strange people who live near the mountain, struggles to find where he really belongs and overcome strict taboos.

These include: remaining unseen, bypassing capture by warring bands, coping with betrayal by his peers and facing death. Eventually he comes to reunion with the family he doesn’t remember.

I didn’t even tell my husband and I went and asked the writer to ask the girlfriend if she would consider translating my book. Then I set to wondering how to pay for it, a lifetime supply of lei, my firstborn…

Alas, the girl said no; it takes too much time. She did it as a labor of love.

I wasn’t even upset, I felt elated and do you know why? Normally, I would have talked myself out of asking. I WOULD HAVE NEGATED MY DESIRE. And that is why I got so upset, when I perceived my husband as negating my experience because that’s what I do to myself. I am so happy, all I have to do is not negate myself any more and not project it on others.

Wonder what I will be like when I  deal with the gazillion other things I am projecting on him and others. : )

© 2010 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2011 in Japan, writing

 

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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY


The Girl Next Door Grows Up
Blog started this Feel Good Friday meme. Pick one of her prompts and write about it on your blog!

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My first thought for this post was to look outside myself for something that made me happy, like hearing back from a publisher, ( which didn’t happen.) Then it occurred to me to look inside myself and there was a photo of a little boy reading a book I gave him. He was totally engrossed and it made me very happy to see him enjoying it so much.

It reminded me of my childhood when I discovered books and all the joys in them.

Do you love to get lost in a good book?

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2011 in Abundance

 

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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY


The Girl Next Door Grows Up
Blog started this Feel Good Friday meme. Pick one of her prompts and write about it on your blog!

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This week a publisher asked for the rest of my manuscript after reading the first pages. I am the same person I was with the addition of this VALIDATION.

Please put a good thought on this — a thought of publishing my book or better — for me and for the publisher.

ADDENDUM: Alas, before the post is hours old, I discover the publisher is listed on Predators and Editors and not in the way I wanted to see. Thank you for all your kind wishes. The ‘or better’ that I always look for, is that I don’t have to do all the promoting I was envisioning.

© 2010 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2011 in Abundance, writing

 

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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY


The Girl Next Door Grows Up
Blog started this Feel Good Friday meme. Pick one of her prompts and write about it on your blog!

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I am feeling so good about the fact that When I became so absorbed in a book I have been reading: I had the opportunity to drop everything and just read yesterday.

I finished the book, except the epilogue. It was so good, I didn’t want to stop reading. I laid outside on a lounge chair and read. Life doesn’t get much better.

The book is THE HELP.

The book is about the lives of black housekeepers in the south in the 60’s. It is an exquisite balance of the ugly and the beautiful. I liked it even though the author sidesteps sexual abuse.

© 2010 Jeanne Litt

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Book Review – HORN TOAD BOOKS

At my grandchildren’s school library, they feature a list of HornToad books. These are children’s books chosen for their excellence.

Two nights ago I started reading one to my grandchildren. It’s called

43 Old Cemetary Road

Dying To Meet You

by Kate Klise

Illustrated by M. Sarah Klise

I wondered if I was going to lose the children’s attention as the scene was set. A grumpy children’s writer rents a house so he can write a novel about a ghost tamer. To his surprise the house comes with a ghost and a boy whose parents are traveling.

The children were entranced. We read 1/3 of this 154 page book.

The entire book is written in newspaper clippings, letters and handwritten notes, plus the many illustrations.

The characters are well developed.

We can’t ait to finish it.

Copyright Jeanne Litt 2010

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2010 in Abundance, Uncategorized

 

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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY and FLASH BACK FRIDAY


The Girl Next Door Grows Up
Blog started this Feel Good Friday thing. Pick one of her prompts and write about it on your blog!

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Something that really made me happy this week is – comic books – I am joyously happy over comic books. Growing up I read everything I could get my hands on, including comics. My favorite was LIttle Lulu. And I was impressed that you could read classics illustrated and get the jist of a classic so quickly.

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My aunt and mentor and godmother forbid comics. Lucky she wasn’t my mother and I could still read them. My aunt’s attitude was enough to keep from embracing comics till now. Now that I know living in others people’s opinions does not make me happy.

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I read once that Charles Schultz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip said, (paraphrased and from the ‘ol memory), that he was a fairly kind of person. He was a fairly good artist and a fairly good writer and a fairly good humorist. I love that he gave permission for kids everywhere to have security blankets like Linus did and still be okay.  I remember the days of it NOT being considered okay that a child was attached to a security object. I thought that one little thing that he did was huge. In the olden days children in hospitals were NOT allowed to have a favorite stuffed animal or blanket or their parents either a lot of the time.

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I am a fairly kind of a person and today a very happy one.  Since turning to comics and graphic novels with Script Frenzy, I wanted to get some comics to study. My grocery store doesn’t sell comics but it turns out my library has a lot. I took out a graphic novel and I am in heaven looking at it.

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My drawings will be sketchy gesture type line drawings – I think. Here’s a contour drawing I did years ago.

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This post is doing double duty as my Flash Back Friday Post with Jennifer at My Crazy LIfe.

Flash Back Friday

<p> © 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur </p>

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Wednesday Wisdom And From Muffin Top To Skinny Jeans

Wednesday Wisdom

I’ve been wanting to come up with a meme. Here is my idea. It’s called Wednesday Wisdom.

Part A
Write a post on your blog about something you have learned in your life that you are willing to share. It can be as simple as how to shuck peas faster or as deep as how to find the meaning in your life. Tell us in as much or as little detail.

Part B

Ask others to share awarenesses they have on a challenge that you are facing. Go ahead ask for help, the blogosphere is here at your command.

Part C

Post your blog and then come back here and leave a comment with your blog url so we know to visit you.

Part D


Have fun. Laugh.

FREEING UP MY ENERGY

Completing things is one of my favorite expansive behaviors to do when I am feeling constricted.

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I find if I make a list of everything I need to do and start completing as many as I can, I start getting more and more energetic. For some things I write  the date I will do it, and then I can let go of that nagging anxiety.  Having a time when I will deal with each thing, gives me freedom to let go of thinking about it.   Before doing this process, my mind seems to think it has to bug me as if I have to do everything RIGHT NOW.

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In David Allen’s book GETTING THINGS DONE,  he goes into the process in greater detail and efficiency.  He says in his book “Many executives I have worked with during the day to clear the decks of their mundane “stuff” have spent the following evening, having a stream of ideas and visions about their company and their future. This happens as an automatic consequence of unsticking their workflow.”  (Allen 2001, p. 20.)

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My experience of ‘unsticking my workflow’, is that, it let’s me quiet my mind so I can more easily find little things come into my mind, little important things like call a sick friend.  Without doing the process, those little important things get lost in all the urgency.

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Even more, I find as I direct myself into positive behaviors, there is less energy or opportunity to fall back into habitual negative patterns.  If, I think of the day as 100 units of energy available to me, and direct 15 of them into positive behaviors, then my day falls into heightened positiveity.   If I spend my day thinking about doing something beneficial like exercising, but not doing it, then I have a day of greater negativity.  For me the question is, what things do I direct myself into that will have the greatest positive impact for the effort?

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Short Mama at Family Of Shorts started this meme and I want in. I want the results.

So questions to answer this week:

How do you handle a gain or the feeling of knowing your didn’t do as well as you had hoped?

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I have learned not to beat myself up and to look for what works.

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What kind of effect does this have on you?

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It is much better than getting discouraged and eating about it, or giving up.

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Is there something constructive you can do to reward yourself for small steps?
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I think I will go through my closet and get rid of any clothes I can let go of. That way there is room for new ones.

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And how are you doing this week?
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I went to bed at 6 PM lat night. I don’t know why I am so tired. Maybe after exercise I will take my laptop and work from bed.

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What were your challenges?

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I ran into a piece of cheesecake.  I ate it in two parts and figured it in my daily calories. Ya know It wasn’t that great tasting. I did eat it anyway and enjoyed it. I must remember tomorrow, when I bring the rest of it to a sewing group, that I already had my piece and to leave what is left over with them. Yes, I took a piece out of it.  XD  It is all frozen and pre-cut.

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Feel Good Friday



The Girl Next Door Grows Up
Blog started this Feel Good Friday thing. Here’s how to do it –

Step 1:
Pick one of these prompts and write about it on your blog! You can:

  • Just make a list. List 5 things that made you really happy this week. No matter how bad or boring you think your week was, I bet you can find 5 things.
  • Write about something that happened to you this week that really made you smile. Was it your child, husband, or maybe a complete stranger did to you?
  • Write about something that YOU did for someone else that really made them happy or laugh.
  • Is there something you treasure so much that every single time you look at it, it brings you happiness? Post a pic and tell everyone about it.
  • Having a hard week and can’t find one good thing about it? Well then, what is your happy place? What do you think of that makes you happy? A past vacation? A childhood memory? We want to know!

Step 2:
Go back to Girl Next Door’s Blog and link up with Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets. Then go and read at least one other blog and leave them a comment to make their day brighter.

Step 3:
Have fun. Feel good. Smile.

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Today I won a free copy of The Hinomoto Rebellion by Elizabeth Staley at her blog.

Photo from Elizabeth Staley

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I found her blog because we are both doing Script Frenzy. I am so excited to win and Guess what. The contest is open until April 30 and Liz will be giving away more copies of her book. You might win too.

I am also having a great time writing my script which is turning out to be a comic book. I’m on page 37 out of 100 pages I need to finish by April 30.

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2010 in writing

 

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Feel Good Friday



The Girl Next Door Grows Up
Blog started this Feel Good Friday thing. Here’s how to do it –

Step 1:
Pick one of these prompts and write about it on your blog! You can:

  • Just make a list. List 5 things that made you really happy this week. No matter how bad or boring you think your week was, I bet you can find 5 things.
  • Write about something that happened to you this week that really made you smile. Was it your child, husband, or maybe a complete stranger did to you?
  • Write about something that YOU did for someone else that really made them happy or laugh.
  • Is there something you treasure so much that every single time you look at it, it brings you happiness? Post a pic and tell everyone about it.
  • Having a hard week and can’t find one good thing about it? Well then, what is your happy place? What do you think of that makes you happy? A past vacation? A childhood memory? We want to know!

Step 2:
Go back to Girl Next Door’s Blog and link up with Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets. Then go and read at least one other blog and leave them a comment to make their day brighter.

Step 3:
Have fun. Feel good. Smile.

For my birthday last month, my daughter gave me this book. It’s a humorous mystery by Thea Phipps called Charades With A Lunatic.

It made me lol. Do not bring this book with you to read in a quiet place. I brought it to my doctor’s office and I kept laughing out loud. There is nothing wrong with that, but people started looking at me funny.

Once again I had pages of notes and I was determined to guess the mystery. I didn’t, even though the author, Thea Phipps plays fair with her readers. I think I fell for every red herring.

The author’s humor is at it’s best for me when she is describing people’s actions in a scene and the visual is a crack up.

I also appreciate her descriptions. On page 148 she writes”…as out of place…as a frosted bonbon in a cat’s litter box.” and ” …false eyelashes ringed her eyes like squatting tarantulas.”

The ending was more than completely satisfying. And Thea has a sequel out already, The Doll In The Wall.

© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2010 in Book Review, writing

 

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Friday For Friends – Angela Cerrito, author of THE END OF THE LINE.

A new dog here today - Angela's.

This Friday’s Friend is Angela Cerrito, who combines homemaking and mothering with working as a children’s physical therapist and writing. She lives in Europe and does and is much more than that.

On her blog, her profile has a description –

“My youngest said she could describe me in three words:
1. stay-up-late-ish
2. curly-hair-ish
3. writer”

I first met Angela when we were both in an on-line critique group for writers of Children’s magazine articles.


Please tell us the status of the story you were creating then?
I’m not sure any of the articles I worked on with that group made it to publication. I just sent one off to the Highlights Contest this month and I’m working on developing another story into a picture book. I’ve had articles about children’s books and book fairs published in Stars and Stripes and contributed to e-zines for adults and kids. I think my article Creating a Perfect Bibliography first published by kid mag writers and now hosted by Fiona Bayrock gets a lot of hits.

Saturday, November 14, 2009 Angela announced in her blog, the news of her book contract with Holiday House for THE END OF THE LINE. She shares how she told the news in layers of loving waves out from herself.  She posted a link about touching circumstances with her father-in-law the same day as the book contract. Then she goes on to add links to other newly published writers to share the news of all of them. This reflects one of the things I like most about Angela, her oneness with all.

Please tell us about your soon to be published book.
THE END OF THE LINE is about a boy who is convinced his life is over. He is sent to Great Oaks, a school for troubled youth that is run like a prison. To get home he must follow the rules, face the past, and tell the truth. Otherwise, Great Oaks School will really be the end of the line.

And your poetry prize(s).

I’ve had poetry accepted by greeting card companies and a poem published in Once Upon a Time magazine. I’ve written a few songs for my daughter’s band but they haven’t written music for them yet. I recently entered a poetry contest on Donna Earnhardt’s blog and it was selected runner up.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
Initially, I want to be true to my story, the characters. But when all of the revising and editing is done, I hope my writing connects with readers in a way that makes them want to share the story. Years ago I wrote a dark fairy tale and during editing I read the book onto a tape and used this to correct the manuscript. My youngest daughter began listening to the tapes repeatedly and then telling her friends at school the story during consecutive recesses (she recalled the novel from memory and translated it from English to German as she told them.) The fact that her friends wanted to hear the story day after day was such a compliment. Several boys and girls came to our house and wanted to see the movie. A few of them said, “the way Samantha told the story I could see it happening.” I was so surprised, I couldn’t speak (and that’s saying something!) It still makes me so happy to think about it. So, that is my wish for all of my stories –that they will find readers who connect with the story in a way that they want to share it with their friends.

What other writing projects are you working on?

I’m working on a YA novel, a middle grade novel about a boy who isn’t really as different as the world thinks he is, and two non-fiction picture books. Most of my writing time is spent working on revisions for THE END OF THE LINE. I hope to start a new website in the spring.

Besides writing what are some other things you enjoy?
I love music. This month I began learning to play the cajon drum, it is really easy to learn and a lot of fun to play. I’ve also started climbing the rock wall and bouldering at the fitness center near my home. Best of all is spending time with my family. We play cards and board games a lot, take walks with our dog Max (our cat Nero follows along on walks) and spend time outside even in the cold and snowy weather we have right now. We’re busy with work, school and other activities during the week (and the TV is off) so Friday nights are our movie nights. In addition to Max and Nero, we also share our home with an African Grey Parrot named Buddy.


What would you say is your greatest life lesson?

This is very difficult question. I think I’ve been learning life’s lessons since I was a very young child (some of them the hard way) and I’m still learning. Some of the most important lessons, my mother told me (again and again and again) when I was young, but I had to grow up to learn them for myself: pick your friends carefully, listen to your conscious, if it seems too good to be true it probably is, love isn’t two people giving 50 / 50 it’s two people each giving 100% and so on. A conversation that I replay often is one I had at the temple of heaven in Beijing with a genetic engineer from California who was standing next to me. Two or three tour groups came and went and we stayed, studied the temple and talked about the meaning of life. He grew up poor a few streets away from the Forbidden City where we stood and then went on to California and into the field of genetics. He and I came some conclusions about the meaning of life that day that still resonate with me today. I lived in China for a year; the day I left, a dear friend gave me a small cloth bag that she made for me. It was mismatched and oddly colored and I adored it so much I wanted to cry. She then paid me a wonderful compliment. She said she admired how I take great joy in small things. I think that is a lesson I try to live by every day.

Anything you want to add?

Yes! I can’t finish this interview without saying how amazing and wonderful the kidlit community is. I’ve learned so much from meeting other writers. Verla Kay’s message board is like an education in writing for children and Cynthia Leitich Smith’s blog Cynsations is even more comprehensive than an encyclopedia of the children’s literature world. And most of all, SCBWI. I’m so lucky to be part of SCBWI. I am the assistant international Regional Advisor and one of the organizers of SCBWI Bologna in conjunction with the Bologna Book Fair. SCBWI Bologna has a special place in my heart because it was my first conference, the first time an editor gave me advice about my work, and the start of my participation in. SCBWI

Thank you Angela, for sharing your full life with us. I’m looking forward to reading your book in Spring 2011.
All photos are courtesy of Angela Cerrito. Stay well and happy writing.

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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