Friday, July 11, 2014

Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNoWriMo is in full swing!

For those of you familiar with NaNoWriMo, you know it usually takes place in November. Participants take on that no small feat of writing a novel...IN A MONTH. They are able to track their progress, get encouragement, and (most importantly) join fellow writers of all kinds and become one with the writing community. Om......

photo source: MyCuppaYoga

If you're more of a picture book writer, like myself, don't feel left out. Why not still join?

50,000 words just ain't our thing. We take days, weeks, months to get our big little ideas down on paper. We agonize over every word. Pry, squeeze, wrench them out. We rejoice when we get 100-200 of them.

Don't forget that brevity is our friend! Hold your head high. Count every hour of work and revision as 1000 words if you like. Whatever helps get those words down...DO IT. Even if it means pulling an odd trick out of the bag and diving into uncharted territory. Use every tool possible.

Right now, I'm roasting s'mores and sitting around the campfire with fellow campers. Star-gazing. Maybe I'll even work up the courage to tell a story of my own. Care to join?

Let us go forth, 
the tellers of tales, 
and seize whatever prey 
the heart long for,
and have no fear.

Everything exists, 
everything is true,
and the earth is only
a little dust under our feet.

-W.B.Yeats, The Celtic Twilight: Faerie and Folklore

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Discover the Forest

You know it's gotten bad when commercials for products turn into commercials for forests. Yes, you can now "shop" around for a forest near you at

Here's one:

and another...

and another...

y otro...

I think you get the idea.

The AdCouncil and US Forest Service have partnered up to encourage families to "unplug" and explore the great outdoors. Does anyone else find this a bit odd? To have commercials showcasing Earth's bountiful "beauty products"? Have we really become so disconnected with Nature? Have we really become permanent cave dwellers? Sadly, I think we have.

And so, here I am, plugged in and sitting on the couch (no need to get extreme, people!) with hope that you will join me in getting outside. It's time to leave the cave. Get in touch with our nomadic roots. Explore the world. Take a walk around the block. Visit a state or national park. Take (as I'm doing right this minute) the laptop to the patio. Open the damn window. Whatever it takes to bring the inside out and the outside in.

But wait. There's more...

It's completely FREE. Take a deep breath of fresh air. Watch the sunset. Stargaze. It's all available in the largest, most spectacular, unbelievably diverse produce section of our solar system: EARTH.

So let's GO!

Here is a helpful link for parents, teachers, and kids. And if you would like to, please post a nature photo in the comments below. I'd love to see what you discover.