Catching up – again.

It’s been cold and rainy this Saturday and aside from an appointment with my chiropractor and nutritionist, I’ve been inside all day.  Oh yeah, I also made my way to the mall to exchange a couple of things.  Luckily, I didn’t get very wet and the mall trip was non-eventful.  That is a wonderful thing for me since I try to avoid malls these days. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like to shop – I do!  I just miss the old downtown, village shopping that I grew up with.  The village still exists of course and it is a pleasure to visit if you can find a parking space and if you can manage the crowded sidewalk.  I suppose many towns have evolved like that across the country, it’s just growth, and progress.  Especially on Long Island.

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On New Year’s Day, my husband and I took a ride out to Greenport, Long Island. I wanted to see if I could find one of the last independent bookstores on the east end. Burton’s Bookstore. They were, of course, closed for the holiday but the weather was perfect for a ride out to explore. Windy for walking, but still nice. As I took a peek through the window I could smell the books.  Now you know where I’ll be going next weekend!

I will spend the rest of today working on a new manuscript. I’ll probably also get to a revision for another as I keep on track to getting more manuscripts submission ready. Cold and rainy days are made for authors, in my opinion.  No outside distractions to remove me from my chair.

So, until the blank screen or notebook become less appealing than laundry,  and cleaning the bathroom.  I’ll be in my chair until further notice.

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Life after Rocky

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It’s been twenty days since our beloved Rocky went to heaven. Christmas seemed like a blur this year between his care, my grief, and family holiday expectations. Normally, I love spending time with family during the holidays but this year it was tough to keep my grief and depression from taking over. Thanks to an email from a neighbor that reminded me of Rocky’s good life with us. That helped me regain my focus. I started writing again two days ago and was able to get a picture book draft on paper that had been bouncing around in my head. 

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I sat down this morning to reorganize my writing. I registered for a writing workshop through the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators – SCBWI-LI group in Bay Shore next Sunday. Now have to buckle down to make sure I have something to present. I have several other manuscripts that I’ve been working on, but I need to get them submission ready. I’m off from work a couple more days so that’s the plan.

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While reorganizing I came across an email that I had totally forgotten! Just after Thanksgiving, I learned that “David’s Flamingos” was nominated for a CYBIL Award in the picture book category. CYBIL – Children’s and Young Adult Literary Award. What a thing to lose track of.  I was blessed to have Jeanne Conway, as my illustrator. She did such a beautiful job with the artwork.  I’ve been blessed with this debut picture book.

Finalists were announced on January 1, 2019.  Check out the list.

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.

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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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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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