Catching up.

I’ve spent most of yesterday catching up on emails, cleaning up my office writing area and actually working on a manuscript.  I’m working on a piece that is a little different from the picture books I generally write.  This one is historical and biographical.  Writing about a person’s life is harder than I thought when I began.  But once I’m into something, it’s hard for me to drop it.  And why would I drop this one?  This character has become my friend.  I refer to him as my 300-year-old friend.  I have questions for him that I ask out loud as if he is going to answer me…Sometimes he does. Continue reading

Mixed bag of thoughts

This weekend I was blessed to be included in the reunion of my brother with his biological brother.  That’s right, my brother met his brother.

I should have mentioned that my siblings and I are all adopted from different biological families.  DNA testing kits made it possible for this event to happen.  One of my sisters located her mother a few years ago.  I’ve located very general information of my own biological beginnings so I’m still digging.  This reunion this past Saturday affirms for  me that it can be very satisfying to meet the long-lost relative or family.

This was a very special day!

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Thompson / Jones Reunion July 28, 2018

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My picture book, David’s Flamingos was released on May 1, 2018.  I’ll be working with my publisher to host a Facebook Live event in September.  I’m also working on presentations for school visits. Hopefully this will be a busy few months as we speed towards the end of the year.

I’ll keep you posted.

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Weekend of knowledge!

What a EPA SCBWI Room Signwonderful weekend!

I spent three days in the Poconos at the Eastern Pennsylvania SCBWI Retreat.  Three days of workshops, critiques, sharing, learning, community and meeting fellow writers and illustrators.  I’m excited and inspired to get back to work on a couple manuscripts.  Finding the right time to write is still challenging but I’m looking ahead to new goals.

My debut picture book,  David’s Flamingos is out!  Yeah, I still can’t believe I get to write those words.  TherCover David's Flamingose was a lot of positive feedback at the workshop and it has fueled me to move forward! I’m still working on marketing, I know I’m behind so that is definitely something I need to work on.

I’m making this a short post today so that I can get myself organized for my new projects.

Happy Book Birthday!

It’s finally here.  May 1st, 2018.

Cover David's FlamingosThe official release date for my picture book,    David’s Flamingos.  It’s been a journey and I’d do it all again (and again).  Multiple revisions, multiple submissions and plenty of hope, prayers, and love, now finally I’m published.

Thanks to my critique groups, publisher (Spork) and the wonderful illustrator, Jeanne Conway.  You are my village.

I am very much behind on any marketing that I should be doing but thanks to a very loyal group of colleagues, the day was spent with many verbal reminders and other conversation about the book.  All of that has fed my ambition to get something together SOON to get the sales rolling.

I’ll be at the Highlights Foundation for the North East Pennsylvania Pocono Retreat this weekend.  I’ll be participating in workshops throughout the weekend but there will be time set aside for book sales.   I can’t ask for a friendlier forum for my first direct sales.  Wish me luck!

David’s Flamingos is a heartwarming multi-generational story that speaks to the connection and love between grandparents and grandchildren.  Jeanne Conway’s illustrations are soft and endearing.  She brings the text of Pam Jones-Nill to life from the very first page.

David’s Flamingos –  Available at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com

 

Upcoming Book Birthday-May 1, 2018!

I can hardly believe that I’m lucky enough to be here on the fringe of a book launch.

My book launch. 

I received my proof copy and cried when I saw my name as author on an actual press printed bound hardcopy book.  I first wrote this story three years ago and with the support of my wonderful critique group, multiple revisions and persistence, my manuscript was purchased by Clear Fork Publishing for their Spork imprint.

Special thanks to Jeanne Conway whose illustrations have brought my characters and story to life.

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Pre-order here   

Use the link above to pre-order on Amazon.

Next up – working on Launch Party activities and lining up school visits and other fun things, stay tuned.

I’ve got so much work to do.  I’m so excited!!
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Valentine’s Day

heart-stamped-letterValentine’s Day is fast approaching.  I remembered to purchase cards thatI’ll mail out on Monday.  I even send my husband’s in snail mail.  I do keep a backup card in case snail mail is too slow.  That’s a lesson learned kind of thing…

I’m happy to say that I’ve also remembered the Valentiny Writing Contest that author SUSANNA LEONARD HILL hosts.  It’s the 3rd Annual, I’m not sure where I was for the last two – but I’m in now!   With Hopeful Heart! – The 3rd Annual Valentiny Writing Contest!!!  Here is my contest entry – wish me luck!


heart_balloonsCleo’s Wish

Cleo was sitting with her grandmother and her three older sisters in the hospital waiting room.

Their parents were with the doctor in the labor room and odds were that the new arrival was going to be another girl.   

The girls chatted and giggled about the new baby girl.  “We could play dress up and dolls,” said Stella.  “Tea party would be so much fun,” added Julia.

Cleo stared out the window.  “Oh how I wish for a baby brother,” Cleo thought.   She imagined playing baseball, tag, and fort.  Cleo whispered, “If only the baby would be a boy for Daddy and a brother for me.”

The door to the labor room opened and the girls eyes opened wide with anticipation.  

The girls gathered around the doctor all asking questions.  “Does she have curly hair?”, “Are her cheeks rosy?”, “Are her eyes green like mine?”

The doctor lead everyone to the nursery window.  Their father met them there.  The sisters all took a spot at the window and a surprised look appeared on their faces, even grandmother.  

“I can’t see!” exclaimed Cleo.  Her father lifted her up to look through the glass.

“I knew it! I knew it!” shouted Cleo.  “Daddy look, we have a boy!”

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Getting back to work.

Well, it has been a while since I’ve posted anything and I’m feeling guilty about that.  I’ve been keeping busy reading and writing.  I received the first round of edits for my upcoming picture book a couple weeks ago.  I was excited to receive them but a bit worried at some of the suggestions (revisions).  There was one that I felt I could not change and I sent a quick email to my publisher to weigh in on that change.  Luckily, she was ok with me not using that suggestion.  What a load off of my mind that was.  Instead of going to work on the rest of the revisions, I decided to let them simmer in my head a bit. I finally got the revised manuscript out and now I’m waiting to hear if there are additional revisions.

Next came Christmas and I was not prepared.  I generally bake a lot for Christmas and I had let everything go until practically the last minute.  I even ran out of sugar – what kind of a baker runs out of sugar?  A disorganized one for sure.

My brother’s family made it easier for me, gathering in one location this year, so I only needed to ship one box!  Very considerate, but still I was behind.

 

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Cranberry Scones and Green Mountain Coffee – Christmas 2017

Now that I’m catching up I’ll be posting some book reviews for the Multicultural Children’s Book project. #ReadYourWorld

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 (1/27/18) is its fifth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents, and educators.

I’m thrilled to be a participant this year.

Keeping myself on track should be my resolution for 2018 but since we’re still a week away, I’m not going to commit to anything just yet.