Friday, December 28, 2007

Judi Moreo, author of You Are More Than Enough Achievement Journal

With 2007 behind us and 2008 on the horizon, it’s time to reflect on how we want the rest of our journey here on earth to go. Do we settle for letting life happen or do we take steps toward achieving our dreams? Do we think about it or do we DO it? If you have watched the movie, “The Secret,” then you understand the power of affirmative thinking = affirmative action. Are you taking those steps in the right direction to enjoy life at its fullest – whether it’s through financial success, relationship bliss or perfect health?

On January 1, 2008, Judi Moreo, author of You Are More Than Enough Achievement Journal (Stephens Press, Dec. '07), will embark on a virtual book tour throughout the blogosphere, but it will involve YOU. She wants YOU to be the star in a campaign to let the world know how you are taking those steps in realizing your dreams.


“Every step I take brings me closer to the realization of my dreams” what a profound statement from Judi Moreo, author of You Are More Than Enough Achievement Journal (Stephens Press, Dec. ’07) and I would like to elaborate what that statement means to me:

About two years ago I embarked on my dream of writing for children by taking the Institute of Children’s Literature course ~ Writing for Children and Teenagers and successfully completed the course in April 2007. Since then I have achieved publication success in various online magazines and I continue to participate in children and young adult conferences, writing workshops, writers groups, author school visits, and critique groups on an ongoing basis to sharpen my writing skills.

The next step I am taking in making my dreams a reality is that I am about to begin the Institute of Children’s Literature course ~ Writing & Selling Children’s Books. Another important key aspect of making my writing career a success is networking and maintaining the contacts throughout the writing industry.

My dreams do not stop there. I strive to continue to be a positive influence with my children to make sure that they have the tools and knowledge to make their dreams come true and to be productive members of society. Spending ongoing quality time with them is key in achieving this success. My husband continues to be a positive influence in the decisions that I make to make my writing career a reality and finding the balance between motherhood and writing. I thank him for his unconditional love and support everyday of my life.

Surrounding myself with a close knit core group of friends has been instrumental in developing myself into a more rounded person. The emotional support that we provide one another is beyond any expectations that I ever dreamed of in women friendships. And I'm eternally grateful for them.

With my many blessings of family, friends and writing relationships I look forward to taking many baby steps throughout 2008 to keep my family, friend and writing aspirations on track!

Best wishes to all in your endeavors for 2008!


To participate in Judi's virtual tour go to:
http://www.virtualbooktoursforauthors.blogspot.com/



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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

In Between Time

If you have children home from school for the Christmas to Near Year break writing may be a difficult task. Why not take the time out to organize yourself for the new year that is rapidly approaching.

Suggested To Do Lists:

Reading to be accomplished

Research of writer's guidelines and theme lists for potential magazines

Work-in Progress Goals

Foll0w-up on queries and/or submissions already in pipeline from 2007

Take a well needed break and recharge your creative juicies for 2008...you'll be glad that you did!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Merry Christmas!


Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

And for all that celebrate a different holiday:


May you and your families find
peace and happiness during
this magical time of the year.

Peace on Earth!

God Bless!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Book Review - The Sky's Not Falling! Why It's OK to Chill About Global Warming

It was a delight to have Holly as my guest author yesterday...thank you, Holly! Read on for my book review:

Title: The Sky’s Not Falling! Why It’s OK to Chill About Global Warming
Written by: Holly Fretwell
Hardback: 126 pages
Publisher: World Ahead Media / Kids Ahead Books
ISBN: 978-0-976726-94-4
Publication: September 2007


The Sky’s Not Falling! Why It’s OK to Chill About Global Warming, by Holly Fretwell is not your typical mainstream book, but it will enlighten our children and definitely the adults around them about global warming.

“How do you choose to live your life and how we can together make this world a better place for all children of the future.” Is a profound statement and it is meant to get your brain churning so that the reader as an individual realizes that they can make a positive impact on the environment on a daily basis.

Written in terms that 8-12 year olds can make sense of and not panic about global warming. Fretwell presents the complex material in simple to understand terminology for all levels of understanding and learning.

Fretwell, a natural resources management expert and professor at Montana State University. To interview the Holly, contact Judy at marketing@worldahead.com or 310-961-4170.

Book review written by Donna M. McDine for Pump Up Your Book Promotion

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Guest Author - Holly Fretwell - The Sky's Not Falling: Why It's OK to Chill About Global Warming




Hello All...I'm excited to have Holly Fretwell with me today as guest author. She shares with us:



Kids are the greatest. To hear them laugh and see them play is heart-lifting. To listen to them and learn from them is a joy of life. And to teach them is invigorating but it can be a challenge. I have two kids of my own that I read to every night. It is a magical time where we adventure into strange and foreign lands. It is one of the ways that we share ideas with each other and a time, that as a parent, I impart life lessons in ways that may otherwise come off sounding preachy and static -- not to mention boring.

To share some of these lessons I have written a book of my own. Writing a book for kids, however, is not the easiest task, especially my chosen topic; a non-fiction book discussing science and economics for 8-12 year olds. When writing “The Sky’s NOT Falling: Why It’s OK to Chill about Global Warming,” I had to focus on making complex concepts simple to understand for kids at different comprehension levels.

Since a kids' book in particular needs to be lively and engaging I tried to weave in some basic science and economic concepts without stopping the more entertaining narrative. I knew I needed to keep it simple while at the same time giving a fair explanation of sometimes technical concepts. I also wanted to bring light to some of the misconceptions that many kids have about global warming. After lots of help from friends and family I found what worked best was keeping the sentences short and snappy, the words uncomplicated, and the information unambiguous. I knew what it was I wanted to communicate, but I had to let go of the flourishes. Kids can’t be expected to understand, much less interpret, the phrases and clich├ęs that adults use without a second thought.

I found that asking my kids and their friends to give me feedback as the chapters progressed was immensely helpful (and they let me know what they did and did not like)! Their feedback helped me refine my explanations and descriptions and gave me confidence that the manuscript I turned in was, to use that famous expression, "kid-tested and mother-approved."

Writing "The Sky's Not Falling: Why It's OK to Chill About Global Warming" was an incredible experience. It improved my writing skills by forcing me to be ever more precise, and gave me the opportunity to share the ups and occasional downs of the project with my sons helping them understand just what I do for a living as an instructor and researcher of natural resource policy and economics. In addition, if what I know can help kids relax about the natural changes in the world around them while teaching them to think critically and inspiring them to work towards the cleaner environment every community needs, then I consider the time I spent writing "Sky" to be time well spent.

Holly Fretwell is a natural resources policy expert, an adjunct professor at Montana State University, and is a research fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center. You can visit her publisher's website at http://www.worldahead.com/titles/sky.php.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Book Review at NWFCC: Remebering Raquel by Vivian Vande Velde


Cruise on over to The National Writing for Children Center and check out my book review of "Remebering Raquel," by Vivian Vande Velde.


While you are there take the time out to view the wonderful writer's resources available through the NWFCC.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Musing Book Reviews by Kids


In conjunction with Musing Our Children I'm pleased to announce Musing Book Reviews by Kids.

Have you read a good book lately? What did you think of the newest Harry Potter book? We welcome your thoughts and invite you to send us your review - you need to be under seventeen, sorry, no grownups here.

FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS:

Our guidelines are quite simple and we'd love to have your children/students participating all year round. This will not only encourage them to read, but to write and read their published review online.

We need you to help them send us the following:

their first name
their age and grade level
city and country
the title and author of the book they read
their review - couldn't have a review site without reviews.
email it to: Lea Schizas: museitupeditor@yahoo.ca -- Make sure to place KIDS REVIEW on the subject heading.

That's it. Nice and easy.

We can't wait to read all the reviews to come our way.

TEACHERS, PLEASE LINK HERE.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Guest Author ~ Debra Beck


I am excited to announce my guest author for today!



Welcome to Debra Beck, author of "My Feet Aren't Ugly ~ A Girl's Guide to Loving Herself from the Inside Out"


Girls Standing in Their Power

“I don’t care what others think of me, I want to make decisions for myself, based on how I feel, not based on what someone else thinks.” This is a statement from a teenage girl standing in her power

I was a very insecure teenager. I was one big ball of anxiety, everyday during the school year, and it only diminished slightly when school was out. I was always looking outside of myself for approval and because I rarely received it, I felt like something was desperately wrong with me.
It wasn’t until I had two daughters of my own, did I realize that this wasn’t exclusive to me; it was a universal issue among teenage girls.

My passion is helping girls learn to fill that big hole in themselves that makes them feel so worthless. When we have a big hole in us that we have not filled with our own love and confidence, we are always looking outside of ourselves to get it filled. All of our decisions are based on getting someone to like us, instead of making decisions that are good for us. If we have confidence in ourselves it’s easy for us to say no to the things that aren’t good for us.

An example of this could be as simple as: a couple of kids in school ask you to ditch school, and go party. Inside you don’t really want to do this, but you do because you don’t want them to dislike you. If you felt good about yourself it would be easy to say, “no thanks, but have fun.” When we are confident, we come from a different place inside ourselves, we carry ourselves differently. People have respect for us and don’t question the decisions we make for ourselves.

I love it when I see these shifts in girls, and they love it too. When young women start filling that hole with satisfaction and confidence in themselves, their whole life changes. They are no longer making decisions for the wrong reasons; the decisions they make are decisions that are good for them. I get to watch their appearance actually change too. They stand straighter, they walk with a sense of sureness, and they speak with confidence, because they are. There is nothing more inspiring to me than a girl learning how to stand in her power or a girl standing strong in her power. I feel so lucky in my life to be able to witness these miraculous changes in girls who start loving themselves. It reminds me how big love is.

For 15 years, Debra Beck has mentored teenage girls, doing workshops with Girl Power, as well as creating and facilitating Spirited Youth. She drew upon her own life experiences for her book, My Feet Aren't Ugly, which is an Award-Winner in the Young Adult Non-Fiction category of the National Best Books 2007 Awards. Learn more at http://www.myfeetarentugly.com/

Don't forget to check out my book review of Debra's book at: http://reviewarchives.tripod.com/id62.html

Monday, November 26, 2007

Guest Author - Dyan Garris


Hello all...I'm thrilled to have Dyan Garris, author of "Voice of the Angels Cookbook ~ Talk to Your Food! ~ Intuitive Cooking," as my guest author today.

We’ve all heard of and perhaps have experienced that mysterious, frustrating, and inexplicable phenomenon of writer’s block. What is this exactly and how do we get beyond it?

All writing takes place first in the higher dimensions of the heart, soul, and mind of the author and then gets translated to the two dimensional piece of paper. So when one is experiencing writer’s block, whether you are fully aware of it or not, it means that somewhere along those points of energy, or energy meridians, exists energy blockage.

One of the keys to unlocking the doors to creativity lies in the ability to clear and rebalance the energy field and/or chakras. When the energy field is balanced, one discovers with joy that the hinge on the door of the creative mind once again swings open as easily as a newly oiled gate.

The first step in clearing the field is as simple as identifying what is really bothering you or affecting you on a very physical level. We start with this because this is the energy that resides in the first or root chakra. Issues and challenges regarding money, time, family, and relationships can have quite a negative effect upon creative flow.

The second chakra is the seat of creativity. If we are writing and creating something that we have no audience for or have challenges in bringing to market, then we may find the creative flow being stifled or staunched. It is akin to being in a constant state of pregnancy and never giving birth.

The third chakra is the resting place of the soul. If you aren’t able to express, communicate, and impart what is in your very core, you will perhaps experience a wedge of stagnation and frustration.

Most writers write from the heart, from their imaginations and upper chakras. When experiencing writer’s block it isn’t that the heart and mind are closed. It’s that the flow to these is temporarily blocked. If the flow is blocked by the static energy being generated from the lower chakras, nothing brilliant or inspirational can get through or get translated to paper. It’s similar to a clogged pipe. It is necessary to eliminate the obstruction in the system.

Clearing the energy field and balancing the chakras is not a difficult task if one understands that one must start at the base and work up from there. I used to teach a class on how to do it, and then in 2005 I developed a music and meditation series for vibrational attunement of mind, body and soul. This does the all the work for you and one doesn’t consciously have to do anything at all except listen to very soothing music. I designed it to clear the chakras and balance the entire system. Among other things, I had it independently tested by National Health & Wellness, where it earned their Stamp of Approval.

I also incorporated this vibrational attunement work into my new cookbook, Voice of the Angels – Talk To Your Food! Intuitive Cooking. Cooking and preparing food is a basic root chakra function; however the creative procedure of doing so is an upper chakra operation. When you tie those together, you’re opening and balancing all of your chakras easily and effortlessly.

One of the most important goals of my body of work is to make chakra balancing and energy clearing into a completely natural and enjoyable process. In learning to do this we can become our best selves and our whole selves. Let the creativity flow!

Dyan Garris publishes a free Daily Channeled Message on her website: http://www.voiceoftheangels.com/




Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Book Review - My Feet Aren't Ugly ~ A Girl's Guide to Loving Herself from the Inside Out by Debra Beck


Title: My Feet Aren’t Ugly ~ A Girl’s Guide to Loving Herself from the Inside Out
Written by: Debra Beck
Genre: Self-help.
Publisher: Beaufort Books
ISBN: 978-0-8253-0542-9
Pages: 129 Price: $12.95
Publication: April 2007

Debra Beck’s My Feet Aren’t Ugly ~ A Girl’s Guide to Loving Herself from the Inside Out is chock full of information that not only your daughter will find useful in navigating the adolescent years into young adult hood....

VISIT THE MUSE BOOK REVIEWS AT: http://reviewarchives.tripod.com/id62.html for the complete book review.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Guest Author: Darrell Bain


I am happy to have Darrell Bain as my guest author today, through Pump Up Your Book Promotion. He shares with us his synopsis of his latest book, Savage Survival:

SAVAGE SURVIVAL is not just another testosterone driven science fiction novel. At the basic level, it explores the personalities and attitudes of men, women and children when stripped of the comforting insulation of organized society. Invulnerable aliens have captured millions of humans and are subjecting them to the most brutal and horrible environments ever encountered, in essence a survival test of a magnitude heretofore undreamed of.

Lyda Brightner is an eleven year old girl when she is suddenly and without warning separated from her parents and thrown into the midst of undisciplined humans in a harsh desert environment. Food and water and clothing are fought over. Those who control it can do as they wish—and their wishes are terrible.

Lyda is weaponless and alone, like almost everyone. Raped at eleven. Forced to kill. Grieving for her parents. All that stands between Lyda and death is her own innate bravery, her quick mind, her unwavering integrity and ultimately, her belief that someday she will find someone to love.

Lyda's strength of character and fighting spirit make her a leader, even at a very young age. Over the next six years she must constantly fight the ever changing and ever more dangerous environments the aliens subject them to. But she must fight other humans as well, those who have survived by brute strength and ruthless plundering of the weak.

But even if she lives through all this, Lyda must still face the final question: What do the aliens have in mind for the few hundred remaining humans, those few left of all the millions who died?

SAVAGE SURVIVAL is a coming of age novel like no other and Lyda Brightner is a character you'll never forget.

Visit Darrell Bain at: http://www.darrellbain.com


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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Voice of the Angels Cookbook ~ Talk to Your Food! ~ Intuitive Cooking by Dyan Garris


Hello All...a personal note from Dyan... It's a pleasure to be here today as a guest on your blog. Thank you for hosting me and for your review of my cookbook. I'm here and available to answer any questions anyone has about the book...Dyan




Title: Voice of the Angels Cookbook ~ Talk To Your Food! ~ Intuitive Cooking
Written by: Dyan Garris
Hardback: 157 pages
Publisher: Journeymakers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-9776140-2-8
Publication: August 2007

What better time to have the cookbook, “Voice of the Angels Cookbook Talk to Your Food!” by Dyan Garris on hand at the holiday season!

Spiritual thoughts are sprinkled throughout the cookbook to remind you to slow down and savor life, especially when cooking. The components of taking the time to enjoy the process of cooking and taking slow satisfying bits are key to enjoying your food. Also, incorporating mental clarity and love are important in obtaining the best results with the recipes you prepare.

Recipes include desserts; salads and sides; appetizers and dips; entrees; pastas and layered dishes; seafood dishes, and soups. The abundance of recipes are sure to please the most seasoned cook’s taste buds.

Dyan Garris is a clairvoyant, clairsentient, and clairaudient. She is also the author and developer of “Voice of the Angels – A Healing Journey Spiritual Cards.” Please visit Dyan Garris at: http://www.voiceoftheangels.com/ or http://www.newagecd.com/ to read and discover more wonderful information about Dyan.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Guest Author - Holly Fretwell

Guest author for December:

Holly Fretwell, author of the children's book (ages 8 - 10) about global warming called THE SKY'S NOT FALLING!: Why It's Ok to Chill About Global Warming.

Check back for my book review on December 13th and Guest Post on December 14th.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Middle Grade Book Review - Hiss Me Deadly by Bruce Hale


My middle grade book review of Hiss Me Deadly by Bruce Hale will be posted for review after November 13th at The National Writing for Children Center - http://www.writingforchildrencenter.com/.

Cruise on by and view the article and the many other exciting writing for children articles.

Don't forget to stop by Bruce Hale's website: http://www.chetgecko.com/


Thursday, November 1, 2007

Children Non-Fiction Ice Fishing Article ~ Accepted!

I'm thrilled to share with you all that my non-fiction article on ice fishing entitled, "Fishing Through a Frozen Lake," has been accepted for publication by children's magazine: Boys' Quest - issue December 2012!!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Debra Beck - My Feet Aren't Ugly: A Girl's Guide to Loving Herself from the Inside Out

Debra Beck, author of "My Feet Aren't Ugly: A Girl's Guide to Loving Herself from the Inside Out," will be my guest author on November 30th. Be sure to check back for her post on What Inspires Her.

Be sure to visit The Muse Book Reviews - http://themusebookreviews.tripod.com/ on December 7th to view my book review.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Announcing New Website!

With my inspiration still riding high from the 2007 Muse Online Conference held two weeks ago I am thrilled to announce my new website.
Surf on over to take a look at: http://www.donnamcdine.com/

My site includes information on my writing career, Book Reviews, News & Announcements, and School Visit information.

Friday, October 19, 2007

School Visit to Haverstraw Middle School, Haverstraw, New York



HUGE SUCCESS!

In conjunction with Musing Our Children (http://musingourchildren.tripod.com/), I conducted my first ever school visit at Haverstraw Middle School today. I met with two sixth grade classes.



The first was with an ELA (English Language Arts) class. After a brief introduction by teacher, Mrs. Debra Brennan, I immediately drew the students in with tidbits of my youth and briefly explained to the students about my background.

A fictional short story was read out loud to the students. They were then broken into groups of four to brainstorm and develop a 3-4 sentence paragraph regarding the last sentence of the story: “Hey, wait up. Let me tell you how I scared the last new kid. You’ll laugh your head off.”

It was also shared with them that their brainstorms and paragraphs do not need to be perfect. The concept of the activity was to have fun and to get their creativity going.

The second group was a Science class. Again a brief introduction was conducted by the teacher and myself.

Before beginning to read the non-fiction article on jellyfish, I engaged the students in conversation about different species of the ocean. The article was read out loud to the students and then broke up into groups of four to develop a graphic organizer of eight characteristics of jellyfish.

Even though this age group is use to working independently the teacher and I walked around to the groups to check on their progress and to see if they needed guidance. Both classes jumped right into their tasks without hesitation and produced fine results.

The enthusiasm, creativity, and group work of the students was quite the rewarding experience!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

L. Diane Wolfe - Guest Post

I'm thrilled to have author & speaker, L. Diane Wolfe visiting today! She shares with us what inspires her to write. Read on for her insightful words:




What inspires me?

In contemplating the topic of writing young adult fiction, I have to ask the question – why do I write what I write? What is my true motivation for the words I put on paper? What impact do I want them to have on the world?

Sadly, I don’t think enough authors and writers ask those questions of themselves!

You have to believe in the story you are creating. You have to know the subject matter, hold convictions in the storyline, and love your characters with all your heart. And you also have to be responsible for how others will view your work and what message they will take from your story.

The temptation for YA writers is to conform to the flavor of the moment. Currently dark fantasy and horror, steeped heavily in the macabre, is very common. Also at the top of the popular list are several salacious series following rich, spoiled teens partaking in all sorts of deviant behavior. Controversy sells, and these books move quickly off the shelves. But is their message really representing the heart of the writers?

When I began writing my series, The Circle of Friends, I had one purpose in mind – to inspire others to achieve. I had spent several years in a motivational training system and learned the principals of goal setting, people skills, and maintaining a positive attitude. Armed with this training, I began seeking a vehicle through which I could encourage others. There were already plenty of non-fiction books available on the subject, so I decided to pour the knowledge into a fictional book series. Portraying healthy relationship dynamics and entertaining readers at the same time appealed to me, and my series rapidly took shape.

The underlying theme of overcoming flows through each book. LORI follows a swimmer with Olympic dreams and focuses on setting goals and a positive attitude. SARAH portrays a character lacking in self-esteem and desperate to find belief in herself. JAMES focuses on a young man trying to overcome past abuse and make something of his life. MIKE tells the story of a young man who can’t forgive himself for a past mistake and ultimately questions his own beliefs. HEATHER, the one I am currently writing, portrays a headstrong character that must learn to accept others as they are and not be so selfish.

My inspiration now comes from another source as well. Letters and emails from fans, proclaiming that my books have restored their confidence and encouraged them to pursue their goals, keep me writing! My purpose was to motivate others and knowing The Circle of Friends has done just that is true success to me.

Now that you know what inspires me, I have to pose the questions – what inspires YOU?

-Author & Speaker, L. Diane Wolfe http://www.thecircleoffriends.net/


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Monday, October 15, 2007

The Muse Online Conference 2007


I had the privilege to attend the The Muse Online Conference 2007 last week, organized by Lea Schizas of:

MuseItUp Club http://museitupclub.tripod.com/
Apollo's Lyre http://www.apollos-lyre.com/
Meet Lea: http://leaschizaseditor.tripod.com/

and Carolyn Howard-Johnson award-winning author of the HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers. http://www.howtodoitfrugally./ Also find her blogs at: http://www.sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com/
http://www.thenewbookreview.blogspot.com/
http://www.authorscoalition.blogspot.com/

This is an amazing opportunity to attend week long workshops and author chats held by an enormous amount of speakers all from the comfort of you own home!

The Muse Online Writers Conference was created out of a need to make certain as many writers as possible have the opportunity to be involved and get to meet other like writers and professional figures in the writing world. There are far too many writers who either don’t have the monetary means to attend a ‘real face-to-face’ conference, are situated too far away, or have some sort of a disability causing them to refrain from attending.

The Muse Goldbar offers snippets and whole workshop lessons presented in our 2006 Conference for you to enjoy. If you want to check out what you missed click the below link to learn more: http://museonlineconference.tripod.com/id23.html

I cannot not stress enough that this is a golden opportunity that you cannot miss for 2008.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

So B. It by Sarah Weeks - Middle Grade Book Review

My middle grade book review of So B. It by Sarah Weeks is posted at the Stories for Children Magazine - http://storiesforchildren.tripod.com/id3.html

Stop on over and check it out...plus the magazine has many wonderful stories from fellow children's writers!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Middle Grade Book Review - A Crooked Kind of Perfect

My middle grade book review of A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban is up for reviewing at The National Writing for Children Center - http://www.writingforchildrencenter.com/.

Cruise on by and view the article and the many other exciting writing for children articles.

Additional exciting news: I sent a personal email to author Linda Urban and she contacted me to receive a copy of the book review.

My networking contacts continue to grow by putting myself outside there on a constant basis.

I want to extend my appreciation of all that I have come in contact with over the past two years for their openness to discuss their writing careers and their encouraging words of support!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Guest Bloggers thru Pump Up Your Promotion

October and November will be a busy time with several guest bloggers. The following authors will be visiting, "Write What Inspires You":

L. Diane Wolfe, author of The Circle of Friends - October 18th - Visit her at: http://www.thecircleoffriends.net/ - currently posted. Book review will come at a later date.

Dyan Garris, author of Voice of the Angels Cookbook - Talk to Your Food: Intuitive Cooking - My book review: November 13th and her guest post: November 26th - Visit her at http://www.voiceoftheangels.com/

Sheila Roberts, author of On Strike for Christmas - Guest post: November 14th - Visit her at: http://www.sheilasplace.com/

Darrell Bain - Savage Survival - Guest post: November 19th - Visit him at: http://www.darrellbain.com/

At the time of their visits I will also be posting my reviews of their book...unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

The Garden of Eve by K.L. Going - Book Review

Please click on the below link to read my book review on "The Garden of Eve," by K.L. Going:

http://klgoing.com/reviews.htm

The link brings you directly to K.L. Going's website.

The book review was completed for the National Writing for Children Center and author, K.L. Going personally requested permission to post it on her website.

I am truly honored!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Fandangle Magazine - Wilfdire


I'm starting a wildfire and telling all my friends about Fandangle Magazine, a great FREE online magazine for kids with loads of fun stuff like crafts, puzzles, poems, short stories and much more to share with your kids. Just click the link! http://www.fandanglemagazine.com
You can help spread the wildfire and possibly win a great prize! Just click on the wildfire button on the home page for all the details.

Fandangle Magazine isn't your typical online magazine (or e-zine). You can view it online (click on the picture of the cover to the right) or download the PDF file to your computer.

You'll see that Fandangle looks just like any other magazine you'd buy in the store. The advantages are that Fandangle is free and you can print out the whole issue or just the pages you want.

Note to Parents and Teachers:
Fandangle Magazine is a FREE online magazine for children ages 6-10. We provide craft projects, children's puzzles, short stories for children, non-fiction stories and much more. Our holiday craft projects encourage little hands to get involved and create big ideas. Puzzles for children in Fandangle Magazine develop hand eye coordination and motivate children to find simple solutions.


Fandangle Magazine presents great ideas for family time with projects families can do together. We entertain children with interesting facts and stories designed to motivate imaginative playtime.

We want to hear from you! Please send comments and suggestions to:

Monday, September 17, 2007

The Garden of Eve Book Review at NWFCC

My book review of K.L. Going's, The Garden of Eve can be viewed at The National Writing for Children Center.

Cruise on over and read the review and checkout many of the other exciting writer's articles!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Author, K.L. Going

This has been quite the eventful day!

As many of you know I am a Middle Grade Book Reviewer for The National Writing for Children Center and I just completed and submitted my review of, "The Garden of Eve," by K. L. Going.

I was so inspired by the book that I sent a personal email to K. L. Going stating how much I enjoyed the book and that I just finished my book review. She expressed interest in the book review and I forwarded it to her immediately.

Her response was one of pure delight! She wrote:

"Oh thank you! Would you mind if I post this review on my web site? It's beautifully written..."

I am honored that such an established author as K.L. Going is that she praised me on my writing!

Please do stop by and visit her at http://www.klgoing.com and don't forget to pick up your copy of "The Garden of Eve."

I will post the links to my book review at my blog once I receive them.

Have a wonderful day of unexpected connections!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Published News

Hello all:

I am excited to share with you that my following articles have been accepted for publication:

"How To Avoid The Feeling Of Isolation By Conducting Author Visits," published September 2007, Kid Magazine Writers (http://www.kidmagwriters.com) - click In My Office.

"The Brick and Hopefully Crumbling Wall of Parenting and Writing," published September 2007, Stories for Children Newsletter for Writers.


Enjoy the waning days of summer!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Guest Bloggers thru Pump Up Your Book Promotion

Cheryl Malandrinos, a fellow member from the Musing Our Children group introduced me to Pump Up Your Book Promotion and how you can get involved in the promotion of published authors through their virtual book tours. There are several ways you can participate from conducting an interview with the author, guest blogger on your blog by the author, book review. Surf on over to: Pump Up Your Book Promotion to gather further information.

Announcing:

On October 18th...Diane Wolfe will be the Guest Blogger and I will be completing a book review of her Young Adult Fiction novel, "MIKE: THE CIRCLE OF FRIENDS, PART IV"

Darrell Bain is tentatively scheduled to be the Guest Blogger on November 19th.



Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Middle Grade Book Review at National Writing for Children Center

My latest middle grade book review: "Victory," by Susan Cooper can be viewed at The National Writing for Children Center - http://writingforchildrencenter.com/category/book-review/.

Surf on by and read not only this book review, but other fabulous articles and book reviews by fellow writers!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Kid Magazine Writers

Whether you are aspiring or seasoned magazine writer, Kid Magazine Writers, is a must have website to have in your favorites folder!

Jan Fields, creator and editor, provides you with a tremendous amount of resources and articles from up-to-date Market Info, Working Day Articles and Techniques to the Archives of articles.

Stop on by and you will see why this site will have you coming back again and again.

Happy surfing!

I'm Published! in Kid Magazine Writers

My article, "How To Avoid The Feeling Of Isolation By Conducting Author Visits," has been published in the September 2007 issue of Kid Magazine Writers.

The article provides you tips how to contact school visits, even if you don't have a published book. Magazine writers can also participate in this worthwhile experience at your local schools. Cruise on over and see for yourself.

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Exciting September 2007 Contest Held by Christina Katz

September 1-30, 2007

The Writer Mama, Christina Katz, is giving away a writing tool a day through her blog, The Writer Mama Riffs, every day for thirty days during the month of September. In addition to over thirty prizes such as Writer’s Digest 2008 Market books, she’s giving away ten signed copies of her book, Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids and a one-hour writing career phone consult.

"This book has become my bible of sorts. My copy is earmarked and highlighted to the hilt! Whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed by motherhood and my writing career I take a few moments out of the day to review many of Christina's wonderful tips." Donna M. McDine

Moms and Dads who write are especially encouraged to participate in celebration of this hectic yet wonderful back-to-school time of year. However, anyone who participates is eligible to win daily prizes.

For a complete list of giveaways:
http://thewritermama.wordpress.com/2007/08/28/wmbtsdg-giveaways-list/

For official rules and how to win: http://thewritermama.wordpress.com/2007/08/29/writer-mama-back-to-school-giveaway-da-rules/

Christina hopes to see your comments in her blog so you can be eligible to win prizes in the Writer Mama Back-to-School Daily Giveaway!

***Christina Katz, Author of Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids (Writer’s Digest Books, March 2007)

Official Site: www.thewritermama.comDaily Blog: www.thewritermama.wordpress.comE-mail: writermama@earthlink.net

Friday, August 24, 2007

Exciting Request!

Exciting news!

Editor, Virginia S. Grenier, of Stories for Children Magazine was contacted by the Henrico County School District in Virginia to request permission to use 13 stories from their previously published issues in preparation of their state's reading comprehension test.

My non-fiction article, "What's Not a Fish, But Is Called a Fish?" plus 12 other articles by additional fabulous authors are included in this packet. Virginia contacted each author to ask for permission for this worthwhile request.

I am honored to be included!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Overwhelmed by Balancing Motherhood & Writing Career

I received wonderful words of advice today from a dear writer friend when I told her about feeling overwhelmed by balancing motherhood and my writing career.

Her sound advice was:

"Don't worry about your writing so much....your children are young yet and need you...your time for writing more and more will come sooner than you think...just try to write something - even if it's an email or a letter to somebody, or even a journal entry - every day to keep your skills up, and also read read read children's books in the genre you hope to specialize in....the rest will come in due time."

My heartfelt thanks to Gayle Jacobson-Huset for settling my nerves!

These words of advice can really go with any career goals that you may have, it just doesn't apply to a writing career.

Hope you all can find and create the best balance for yourself!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Networking Is Important

Hello All:

I have made a wonderful addition to my network of fellow children & young adult writers. Gayle Jacboson-Huset, Assistant Editor, Stories for Children Magazine has not only become an important contact in my writing career, but has quickly become a good friend.

We connected from the moment we started corresponding via email and I'm thrilled to include her in my network of writer colleagues, but I'm especially honored to consider her as a friend.

Cruise on over to Stories for Children Magazine and read about their wonderful work and the short stories contributed every month by talented children's writers.

Here's to you in finding the right network to further your writing goals!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Book Review at NWFCC

Hello All...I shared with you all in an earlier post that I have accepted a position with The National Writing for Children as a book reviewer for middle grades.

My book review of Tony Abbott's middle grade novel, "Firegirl" has been posted at The National Writing for Children Center.

Surf on over to read the review and check out additional exciting articles from fellow club members.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

My Week Started With Two Rejections

We all know that rejection is part of the writing business. And it hit me square in the face twice this week. First my non-fiction article was rejected and then my historical fiction manuscript was rejected.

I will be persistent in getting these two pieces accepted. I will not let these rejections get me down, but rather teach me what to accept as one person's opinion and move on to the next magazine submission and agent and/or publisher submission.

Here's to accepting the inevitable rejection, but still moving forward for acceptance!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Published News!

Even though I'm on vacation at the hazy and very hot Outer Banks, NC and promised myself that I would relax and catch up on my reading for writing and reading for pleasure I have found myself lured to the computer and the world of blogging and email.

I have great news to share that I have published my children fiction short story, "The Creaky Ceiling," at www.alongstoryshort.net! Click on For and About Children.

Cruise on by and view not only my short story but the other short stories by additional fabulous authors.

Signing off for now to play in the sand and ocean with my children, nephews and niece!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Kid Magazine Writers

My article, "I'm Published: What Will It Be Today," has been published at http://www.kidmagwriters.com - click on "I'm Published" to view the article.

The article is first person account based on my first successful published article.

Perseverance and determination is key to a successful writing career!

Announcing This Week's CWCC Member in the Spotlight

I'm delighted to share with you that I am the featured "Member in the Spotlight" for the Children's Writers Coaching Club - scroll down to August 1st to view.

Surf on over and have a look. Plus, you will also learn about all the exciting information that CWCC has to offer!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Book Reviewer for NWFCC

I have accepted an exciting opportunity with The National Writing for Children Center as a Children's Book Reviewer!

Suzanne Lieurance posted the announcement on her website http://writingforchildrencenter.com/category/book-review/ in the categories of: Children's Picture Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult and Children's Non-fiction.

At this point in time I will be focusing on Middle Grade Books.

I am currently reading, Firegirl by Tony Abbott. Look for my book review for the NWFCC in the coming weeks.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Acceptance and To Be Published News!

I hope that the warmer summer days are giving you the energy and inspiration to write your best material.

I have more exciting news to share with you all! My first-person account article entitled, "Publication or Rejection, What Will It Be Today?" has been accepted by Kid Magazine Writers - http://www.kidmagwriters.com/ and will appear in their August 2007 issue.

Once I have the link I will share it with you.

Here's to your success!

Monday, July 16, 2007

To Be Published!

Hello All...I have started treating Monday mornings as a welcoming day...bright with new ideas and inspirations for the week. I'm so glad that I have and my positive attitude is reflecting those changes. I have already shared with you in an earlier post about the program: Musing Our Children - Reading & Writing Appreciation Week - October 15-19, 2007 - http://musingourchildren.tripod.com/

Now I get to share with you more exciting news. My short story entitled, "The Creaky Ceiling," has been accepted for publication in Long Story Short - http://wwwalongstoryshort.net for their August 2007 issue. Will keep you posted on the link.

Have a wonderful...not so manic...Monday!

Musing Our Children - Reading & Writing Appreciation Week - October 15-19, 2007

Have you always wanted to get involved in school visits, either locally or nationally to promote reading and writing, but haven't been sure how to go about it? Look no further! A wonderful program by Musing Our Children has been created.

Visit us at: http://musingourchildren.tripod.com/

As parents, teachers, and writers we need to band together and offer our young muses the advantages and understanding that reading and writing has to offer. The more people involved the better our chances in reaching a wider circle of children.

We are asking writers and anyone else who'd like to volunteer to set an appointment at any time within October 15-19, 2007 and visit either an elementary school and read to a classroom, or visit the older elementary classes or even high schools and talk to them about what it means to be a writer.

Come join us in this worthwhile event...which is sure to be a wonderful experience for all involved.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

AuthorsDen

Hello All...just wanted to share with you my new website at: http://www.authorsden.com/donnamcdine

AuthorsDen is the most vibrant community of authors and readers online! They make the discovery and purchase of information useful, direct and personal.

Stop over and surf...would love for you to check it out and make any comments.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Critique Group or Cheerleading Group

For the last year and a half I have learned and read about how crucial being part of a Critique Group is to your writing career. I agree 100%!

If you find joining a Critique Group is intimidating...why not approach it more as a Cheerleading Group.

Once you join the right group for you...you will find that fellow writer's usually give sound advice. It is imperative that you get a fresh set of eyes to review your manuscript, since it is difficult to proofread your own work and be impartial to the flow of the words.

It is always exciting for your fellow critique members to see your finished manuscript, article, or short story be accepted for publication.

Go ahead...put yourself out there...not just submitting your best work, but reviewing it with fellow writer's.

Have an inspirational day!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Published Article

Hello All...just want to toot my horn. My article, "What's Not A Fish, But Is Called A Fish," has been published in the July 2007 issue of Stories for Children Magazine. Click the link for viewing: http://www.spotbit.com/main/magazine.php?proj=2680&prod=1773

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Depths of My Soul

"Writing lets me soar into depths of my soul that I never knew existed!" ~ Donna M. McDine

Sometimes no matter how much we brainstorm and outline for an idea your end product turns out to be something totally unexpected.

As writer's we need to keep our thoughts and visions open for new ideas. But most of all we should listen to what our heart and soul guides us to. More often than not when we do, we will turn out our best manuscript.

May your direction be well guided!

Friday, June 22, 2007

School's Out for Summer!

Ugh! I'm not sure if I should be thrilled or overwhelmed that School's Out for Summer.

With the demands of my regular job and family, I have resolved myself to the fact that I must get up early before my girls rise...so that I can get my writing in for the day. Whether it be actual writing, posting to my blog, researching, learning and studying the "tricks of the trade", etc...I know this time will be valuable and it will put me at ease even if I just get in an hour or two.

I just hope my best laid plan works!

Happy Summer time to you all!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

A Meme - Seven Random Facts

I'm new to memes, but Suzanne from The Working Writer's Coach tagged me to write 7 random things about myself so readers can get to know me a little better.

So here goes:

1. I have a fraternal twin sister...we always seem to buy each other the same gifts for birthdays and Christmas.

2. My girlfriends are a strong support system and we always have the best chuckles together.

3. Pilate's has been key in strengthening my neck and back. This has prevented me from getting surgery on my herniated disc.

4. Italian is my favorite food and I love to cook it for my family.

5. I love to entertain at home with friends and/or family...almost 3 out of 4 Sunday's a month.

6. My husband has been very supportive of my writing career and actually started helping more around the house, because he sees how happy I am when I'm writing.

7. I suffered with migraines for 15+ years, but have finally been able to prevent them with a strict diet of no sodium phosphate and meditation.

Here are the rules to play this meme:

Each player starts with 7 random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to then report this on their own blog with their 7 things as well as these rules. They then need to tag 5-7 others and list their names on their blog.I would like the following bloggers to tell us a little about themselves.

Tag your it?

Jan Fields - http://www.livejournal.com/users/cute_n_cranky

Sue Richards - http://troymiddleschool.blogspot.com/

Rosemary - http://rosemarywritings.blogspot.com/

Pat McCarthy - http://www.patmccarthysauthorblog.blogspot.com/

Linda Kuzyk - http://lindakuyzk.livejournal.com/

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The 101 Best Websites for Writers by Writers Digest

Visit Writers Digest at http://www.writersdigest.com and view their list of "The 101 Best Websites for Writers"

It's a fantastic resource! The list can be viewed either alphabetically or by category.

Happy surfing!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Middle Grade Historical Fiction Novel in the Works

Joining the Children's Writers Coaching Club has been one of most valuable steps I have taken in pursuing my writing dream. The weekly critique sessions have been amazing! The atmosphere is very comfortable and encouraging.

The group truly has been key in keeping me on track and fine-tuning my first three chapters of my middle grade historical fiction novel, which was requested by an agent at the Writer's Digest Writers Conference in May. I finished up the edits on the first two chapters today and plan on completing the edits on the third chapter tomorrow and resend it to the group for a re-critique before mailing out.

More on my progress later...

Friday, June 8, 2007

Published!

Hello All...my article "Trouble in the Park," has been published on the writer's ezine: Long Story Short - http://www.longstoryshort.us

Click: For and About Children
Click: Trouble in the Park

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Hooked...

I picked up the book, "Hooked..write fiction that grabs readers at page one and never lets them go," by Les Edgerton at the Writer's Digest Writers Conference and what a treasure it has become.

We all seek, talk about, and try to invoke the best "hook" in our writing. Whether it be for a query, short story or novel. This particular book is appropriately titled and I'm sure you will find yourself immediately immersed from the beginning. Fabulously written and humorous along the way you will not be able to put this book down. And when you do you, will find yourself running back to the computer or notepad to put your next best idea to work.

I have highlighted and earmarked the book extensively for constant referral. It has become my "bible" of sorts in giving me the moral support and guidance in my writing.

I highly recommend this book for any writer!

Monday, June 4, 2007

Sum.sum.Summer Time!

I always enjoy this time of the year!

It is always a welcome change when my daughter's schedules start winding down.

However, this year I will need to be diligent in setting boundaries to continue my writing and scheduling around my regular day job.

I hope to have the energy to rise early to get in a couple of hours of writing, researching, marketing and contact with fellow writers to keep the rhythm and creative energies going.

If only it was a perfect world for our perfect plans!

Friday, June 1, 2007

Writer's Digest Books Writer's Conference - NYC

What a day I had at the Writer's Digest Conference in NYC (the publishing capital of the world)!

The day was filled with a dynamic keynote speech by Jodi Picoult and the day continued with breakout sessions of your choosing throughout the day.

Thanks to Maria Schneider, editor, Writer's Digest magazine; Linda Swanson-Davies, co-editor of Glimmer Train Stories and K.L. Going, Award-winning YA novelist. Each session I walked away with pages of notes that I plan on implementing in my writing.

Lunch consisted of an Address from New York Editors Panel that was very informative.

Writer's Digest had a bookstore setup in the lobby with considerable discounts on WD books and presenting author books.

To add to the excitement of the day an Author Book Signing session was conducted. I was able to obtain authographs for four books:

Christina Katz, Writer Mama (I had corresponded with her about a month ago about her book and had a delightful conversation with her)

Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes (her line was very long and only had a chance for a quick introduction).

Les Edgerton, Hooked (very personable person and spent 3-4 minutes with each person). I started reading his book today and could hardly put it down to post to my blog. Highly recommended reading!

Linda B. Swanson-Davis, The Glimmer Train, Guide to Writing Fiction (attended her session on Pointers, learn about all things related to short stories)

The Pitch Slam went better then I ever expected! I had the opportunity to pitch to two agents and one requested that I send a query and the second requested the first three chapters of the manuscript that I pitched. I'm in the process of fine-tuning my query and going over my first three chapters with a fine-tooth comb and creating my cover letter before I submit.

I met fabulous people throughout the day.

I would highly recommend you attend a Writer's Digest Conference if the opportunity ever presents itself, its well worth the investment in your writing career!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Writer's Digest Conference

I'll be attendng the Writer's Digest Conference at the Jacob K. Jvits Convention Center in NYC on Wednesday, May 30th.

Jodi Picoult, The New York Times best-selling novelist will be the keynote speaker and there will be three sets of breakout sessions to attend on various topics.

I'm especially looking forward to attending the session: "Get Known Before the Book Deal," presented by Christina Katz, Writer Mama author. The book was wonderful and I'm sure it will be inspirational to meet her in person.

Additional sessions that I plan on attending are:

"Pointers from Glimmer Train," presented by Linda Swanson-Davis, co-editor of Glimmer Train Stories (learn about all things related to short stories, including what to do before you submit, the pros and cons of competitions, common problems with stories from the editors' perspective, and how to find your stories' strengths.

"What's in Your Locker: Tools for Writing the YA Novel," presented by K.L. Going, award winning YA novelist.

The day will wrap with a Pitch Slam session where more than 60 agents and editors will be available to meet with attendees on a one-to-one basis to discuss your book project.

Have an aspiring day!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Happy Memorial Day

Wishing you all a Happy Memorial Day weekend.

My eldest daughter had the privilege this past week to meet three veterans at a school assembly and enjoyed learning about their experiences in the military service. She was astounded to hear how long they were away from their families and friends for extended periods of times. She was also touched by their bravery of putting their lives on the line to protect our country.

Lets take the time out to remember the veterans this weekend. Whether it be attending a parade, flying your American Flag or saying a prayer for the military service people.

God Bless America!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Smiling vs. Frowning

It has been said that it takes the face more effort to frown then to smile? Whether this is true or not, try smiling more often. Especially, when you greet someone, smile when you say hello. Smiling and being friendly is contagious. Try it...you may find that you are in a better mood throughout the day.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Writer's Road

The writer's road can be more like a roller coaster with its constant ups and downs, but persistence is key:

In most cases the road to publication is long. But don't concentrate on getting published. Concentrate on writing the best work you are capable of. When you send a manuscript out, begin something new.

Now get moving on polishing your latest manuscript and get it out in the mail....blessing it with your positive thoughts for acceptance.

Monday, May 21, 2007

What you Expect, You Fulfill!

In times of frustration of fine-tuning your latest manuscript for submission it is sometimes difficult to remain positive during the process. However, my second mantra that I refer to in getting me back on track during these times is:

What you expect, you fulfill. Think of yourself as a writer who will publish, and often, who will be respected and read, who will have financial returns for your writing investment.

Best wishes for your continued steps to a writer's life!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Personal Mantra

I have several personal mantra's tacked up along side my computer screen.

The first being:

"Let me listen to criticism that I can benefit from and let me forget the rest!"

This mantra is so very true, but when our personal feelings get in the way sometimes it is difficult to sort out what is useful and what is not.


Whenever, you attend a critique session and your piece is discussed take detailed notes.

However, plan on putting them to the side until the emotional factor is calmed down (at least a week), then revisit your notes and go about your changes with an open mind and heart. What you saw as a negative factor at the time may very well be one of the best suggestions made.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Queries & Interviews

As you know I am a member of the Children's Writer's Coaching Club and the group gave me valuable information on queries and interview requests. They felt that it was key to secure the interview before mailing out the query letter (this will give a great hook for the query and the article when being able to quote an expert in the field).

I then contacted an expert in the field that I am researching an article for and to my absolute delight he responded back favorably within a few hours. I can hardly wait to fine-tune my query letter and send it out. Now onto tweaking my interview questions for next weeks interview.

I'll keep you posted as to how the interview goes and how the query was responded to.

Here's to your inspiration!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Children's Writers Coaching Club

I'm a new member of the Children's Writers Coaching Club this month and will be attending my first critique session with the group this evening. I am looking forward to meeting members of the group and presenting my manuscript short story, The Frozen Vacation. I'm sure that I will walk away with valuable insight and suggestions for my story. I best get going the call is ready to start in a few moments.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Manic Monday

I'm having one of those days that we all unfortunately have.

I had what I thought in place a great game plan to start off the week. Spend time working at my regular office job and then plunge into my tasks planned for my writing. That all got thrown out the window when my youngest daughter woke up this morning with her right eye swollen shut from an allergic reaction to pollen and stayed home today from school.

Alas, spent quite some time waiting at the doctor's office. The doctor gave her eye drops and she is now doing better.

The deadline that was looming for my office job was met in time...but has left hardly any time to dedicate to my writing.

At this point, since my mom duties of cooking dinner and checking homework and spending time with the girl's are calling, I thought I would at least get my latest post up. Also, I'm going to re-review my game plan for tomorrow and hopefully will have more success!

We have to keep in mind that we will ride over these bumps and will get back on track.

Hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday. The weather was glorious on the East Coast!

Friday, May 11, 2007

To Be Published!

I am thrilled to let you know that my article, "Trouble in the Park" will be published in the June 2007 ezine Long Story Short (http://www.LongStoryShort.us).

There are two main focuses addressed in the story; the first on creating a petition about getting a rule changed and the second is the frustration of the main character not being taken seriously because of her age.

This is my second published article.

The first is an article about jellyfished entitled, "What's Not A Fish, But Is Called A Fish" which will be published in the July 2007 issue of Stories for Children Magazine (http://storiesforchildren.tripod.com).

Both came from assignment work at the ICL.



Workshop Attendance

I'll be attending the Writer's Digest at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on Wednesday, May 30th. There are fabulous speakers scheduled and there are breakout sessions scheduled throughout the day, giving you the chance to select what best suits your needs. Towards the end of the day each attendee will have the opportunity to give a 3-minute pitch slam to an agent or editor. More information can be found at: http://www.writersdigest.com/bea/.

I have been working on my pitch slam for a historical fiction idea that I came up with during my course at the ICL. It originally started out as a short story, but there is definite potential for a young adult novel.

Anyone that is visiting, if you are attending the conference, please let me know, I would love to meet you in person.

Have a wonderful weekend and happy inspirations!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Remain Focused is the Key

With so many outside interferences in our lives...how can one remain focused on the task at hand? Whether it be fine-tuning a magazine article, marketing and connecting with other writers, researching different markets to query or send a manuscript to. The tasks are endless, but exhilarating.

I have found it most helpful to keep a few different To Do lists; such as Work In Progress, Reading Material, Weekly, Monthly and Yearly Goals, Follow-up and General To do items. I find immense satisfaction in finishing a task and crossing it off a particular list. It reminds me that I have made yet another small step for writers kind in achieving my writing and publishing aspirations.

Yesterday, I finally checked off creating a blog and joining a monthly writer's coaching group on my To Do list. Even though these two tasks were not completed manuscripts or queries it still is a very important aspect of getting my presence known.

Welcome!

Hi...my name is Donna McDine.

This is my first time setting up a blog and I hope this will be a great avenue in getting in contact with fellow writers and possibly editors, agents and publishers.

In January 2006, I jumped in feet first with the Writing for Children and Teenagers course through the Institute of Children's Literature. I am now a gradudate of the course and have several magazines articles out for consideration. My first article, entitled, What's Not A Fish, But Is Called A Fish," will be published in the July 2007 issue of Stories for Children Ezine -
http://storiesforchildren.tripod.com/

Looking forward to the wonderful Spring weather that has finally arrived on the East Coast!