I speak as a bookshop owner. Someone who loves books. Most of us that run bookshops do, so please bear in mind that if you want us to stock your book we theoretically, will lend a receptive ear. But here are a few tips to help make the whole submission process a bit easier. Running…
I’ve just (10 minutes ago!) updated my middle-grade novel The Rain Catcher with a catchy table of contents and have added two maps — one of the British Isles and one of Scotland. I’ve also added a glossary of Scottish slang for those difficult-to-understand words, like “drookit”! These were all additions I had planned earlier, but life intervened, and I am just now getting to it!
If you’re interested in reading a free sample of The Rain Catcher, please go to my Smashwords page, and you can download the text in just about any format you need! I’m also hoping to do a giveaway at some point in the not-too-distant future, so stay posted!
Brilliant metaphor for American culture — and home!
Piecing it together in my head
I had the idea of knitting a security blanket as a metaphor for American culture so I started by knitting – as an example- my own security blanket.
So as I was knitting the different sections, I was puzzled as to why I was using such a different range of colors in this knitting. Usually I work with pure color, and never use black. And why did I start knitting with size 15 knitting needles when I have very few bulky yarns? To create the bulky yarns needed for size 15 knitting needles, I combined different thickness of yarns together, different colors together and different textures together which gave a much more muted palette. Black and browns, deep blues…
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Inspired by the current news (i.e. craziness) in Washington D.C., here’s the link for my latest political satire cartoon – to see my earlier cartoons in the series, scroll down on the page to “Previous in Series…”
I left my native land, Scotland, to live in an America that welcomed and supported people from all over the World. America is successful and powerful in part because of all the nationalities that came here, at great cost and personal sacrifice to work together for a better life. It is the land of immigrants. […]
It’s been a crazy few weeks! Whatever your political leanings, I think we can all agree that the United States is in a state of dramatic change, possibly upheaval. Change can be very scary, even positive changes like getting married or starting a new job. You can probably guess that my personal views on American politics are left-leaning, and so I’m finding the current change very unsettling! Here’s my plan, and maybe it will work for you whenever you are unhappy about something or someone…
I’ve decided to counter any negative feelings with a positive action. For example, when a certain politician votes for something I disagree with, despite my best efforts (marching, writing letters, phone calls…), I’m going to act in a way that helps people or the environment. I may:
- pick up litter in a public place and put it in the trash
- donate food to the local food pantry
- donate used books to the library book sale
- say something kind to cheer someone up
- plant a small tree in my yard
Can you think of any other positive ways to stage your own personal #resistance to what’s bothering you?
I’m pleased to announce the publication of my middle-grade fictional book, The Rain Catcher! It’s been changed since I posted the earlier snippets of it, but the general idea is the same. The story is set in Scotland and follows 13-year-old Katy as she visits her estranged other for the first time in 10 years!
My book started off as a diary-format novella for adults, then morphed into a more complicated (3 points of view!) novel for adults, then just a plain (1 point of view) novel for adults. And now…it is a short chapter book for kids aged 11 and up! Phew!
So, all those adages about writing taking time, blah blah…well, they’re true! The idea for my story came after I took a trip to Scotland with my mum in 2006, so you can count back to see how many years it took me to get to this point!
If you have a young person in your life who likes to read, please give The Rain Catcher a try. It’s got some mild bad language, and there is definitely a dark side to it, but nothing worse than most kids see on the nightly news. If he or she likes adventure and is curious about traveling to another country, this might be a good fit for him or her. I’m going to be setting up a kid-friendly page on this website soon, so stay tuned!