Wednesday Writing Update

Hello Lovely Readers!

Welcome to my Wednesday writing update.  This is where I let you know what I’ve been working on this week in my writing life.  Summer is a time where I shift my focus to more picture book writing as I do not have to teach for a couple of months.

Below are my latest book dummies.  I just fold 8 pages of 8 1/2 by 11 paper in half and staple them together.  Then I print off my manuscript and cut and paste based on 12-14 spreads to make a 32 page picture book.

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These are the two I worked on this week.  My next step is to read them aloud and record them with my phone.  Then I play back the stories and listen for any flaws.

This week I’m also working on revising an older manuscript I hadn’t touched in several months.  That story will also need to be made into a dummy fairly soon.

I am also reading a lot of comparative picture books as mentor texts.

What writing projects have you been working on this week?

Discover children’s books by Cynthia Mackey

Happy Monday!

Welcome to Monday!  I know that Monday probably not your favourite day.  But, as I’ve learned, it is all in your attitude.

Every Monday I’m sharing a little story about myself.  You need to know that this is not an easy task for me as an introvert.  Today, I’d like to share a little story about tea.img_7756

I’m a tea drinker.  Black tea, green tea, rooibos tea, early grey, chai, chamomile, I like it all!  I still remember my first introduction to tea.  It was a little tea party held at a neighbour’s house.  I was somewhere around 8 years old.  There was a little table covered with a fancy cloth just for us kids. There was a cute little tea pot wrapped up in a tea cozy.  I took a sip of tea. It was strong.  So very strong.  I couldn’t help grimace at the first sip.  I added some sugar.  Took a sip.  More sugar.  Another sip.  More sugar.  Another sip.  Delicious! img_2516

Now I drink my tea with nothing added and find it equally delicious.  If I’m in the mood for something stronger, chai is my tea of choice.  When I want something good for me, green tea is my preference. A warm comforting  cup to start my day or any time of day is an essential part of my daily routine.  And when I’m writing?  A cup of tea is usually close at hand.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you’ll stop by again.  Why not enjoy a cup of tea while you’re reading. What’s in your mug this Monday?

Raise a Reader Series: Tip #1

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Welcome to my Raise a Reader series where I share tips on encouraging your young child to get into reading!  Stop by weekly for simple tips.

Tip #1 Make reading part of your routine.

It doesn’t matter when but make it part of your day.  Every day.  You could do this first thing in the morning.  My daughter used to love to get in bed with us every morning for a few minutes.  This was the perfect opportunity to read a book.  She was still a little sleepy and not quite ready to be on the go.

Bed time, bath time, right after breakfast or lunch….any time can be your regular reading time if you stick with the routine.  For awhile, just before dinner was book time for my four year old, who learned to work the CD player and could listen to a story on his own while I made dinner each day.

So, pick a time of day and stick with it.  Read every day.