So I guess it's time to get started on this blog again. Posting once every two or three years just doesn't cut it. Time has been a bit scare this past year as last March I started a 2 year term as President of the NB Real Estate Association and now I have to travel a lot more. Any spare writing time I can scrape up either goes into a book or my real estate blog. This poor little orphan has been sadly neglected. That has got to change.
In the past year my writing career has had a boost by having my second book, "Emily Finds a Dragon", put on the short list for the Hackmatack Children's Award. It was one of 10 English middle grade books selected to be read this year by selected students in grades 3-6. They then vote for a favorite. The award will be handed out in May of this year. I was very excited to have my second book nominated and winning would be very amazing.
I have finished "Jimmy and Cinder" as far as I can take it. Any more work will be the result of directions from either an agent or an editor. I'm now working on the first draft of the next one. This will be a bit older audience again and should finish out in the 50,000 word range, maybe as much as 60,000. I see this one being for grade 5 to 6 range. I try to get 3000 words a week done but it doesn't always happen.
I have been doing more Writer in the School visits with Jennifer, my illustrator/editor/publisher. She does a lot of them. Being an illustrator and an author makes her very good at keeping the smaller kids amused. I'm learning more about it and hopefully can do some on my own eventually. I keep getting ideas from Jennifer, and I occasionally think of something myself!
One message we try to impress upon the elementary school students is that the ability to write clear, concise sentences is a necessary skill even if you have no intention of being a writer for a living. As we embrace more electronic communication, we are actually writing more and not less. Clarity is necessity since it's hard to convey emotion in an email or text. I even see it on the real estate side of my life as more and more REALTORS use email and text to set up appointments. We rarely speak on the phone anymore. Sort of sad, but that is the way society is going.
I guess that's why writing will never go out of style. Just the format will change.