Blab-o-Denise

Priority vs. To Do List

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Priority vs. To Do List

I’ve been listening to Mel Robbins, speaker and author of The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage. No, it has nothing to do with picking food off the floor.  🙂 In one of her videos, she talks about creating a “priority” list, rather than a To Do list. The priority list may only have one thing on it—say, for example, “Finish chapter 3” or “Brainstorm picture book idea.” That’s actually good. It means your brain can focus all of its energy on...

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Book Birthday!

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Writing Inspiration | 7 comments

Book Birthday!

Tuesday was the official release of my new picture book, If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed! Such a magical day, with lots of well-wishers and excitement. I felt so, so grateful to be part of such an amazing community—of writers, friends, and family—each a part of the celebration in his or her own way. It may feel sometimes like we work alone, but really we bring in all the experiences we have had with the people who we are lucky enough to interact with in all the ways that life may bring meaning–what we perceive as a...

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Stories as Support

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Writing Inspiration | 6 comments

Stories as Support

If you subscribe to my e-newsletter, you received a link to an article on Tuesday. The article covered a Children’s Book Council panel talking about trends in children’s books, but also what some booksellers and librarians are hearing in terms of what customers/patrons are looking for in books. Though they touched on several things, one aspect in particular caught my eye: A Manhattan bookseller noted that many of their customers were coming in looking for what she called  “’emotional tool kits’: titles that address...

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Busting an Idea Wide Open

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Busting an Idea Wide Open

So back in 2015 I had an idea for a picture book that I thought was brilliant. Let’s call it PB1. I worked on various revisions, got feedback, revised some more, sent it to my agent, got more feedback and then…we agreed it was ready to submit. We got a lot of passes, though one editor really loved it, but couldn’t get the rest of the team on board. The last of the passes trickled in last fall. And the story sat while I was immersed in NaNoWriMo for my YA and was focused on another picture book that I’d been working on...

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Writer Back from Paradise: Tips for Re-entry

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Writer Back from Paradise: Tips for Re-entry

I had every intention of writing a post last Thursday. After all, we returned late Tuesday night and I had Wednesday to do it. Ha. Between sleep deprivation, the time change, and a mountain of other things, I completely forgot—in spite of the reminder that pops up on my phone and laptop each week. So here I am, still adjusting to the time change, but feeling better. I feel rested, happy and energized to dive in to life and writing–and I did! In terms of my writing, here are some things I did to get myself ready to return to my...

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