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I am a children's writer from the Virgin Islands. Growing up there was like living inside a history book; an imagination stimulator. Consequently I've been writing for just about forever. I am a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and a member of SCBWI.

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I post on Monday and Thursday with an occasional random blog thrown in for good measure. I do my best to answer all comments via email and visit around on the days I post.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Update

When I took this break, our pal Alex Cavanaugh suggested I post an update. So here it is.

I've written four chapters towards my novel writing course. The subject matter and particularly the setting are difficult and I want to make things right so the going is slow. I keep having to stop and check my notes. Still, I'm making progress and I think I'm going to be able to do this thing.

Anansi is still hanging around,
waiting patiently.
Anansi and Company is going through it's final stages of being proof-read and cleaned up. I've even managed to make those hyperlinky things to connect the table of contents to the chapter. Plus, I've actually downloaded a copy (not the complete corrected one) onto my personal Kindle! So, I know I'm on the right track. I have not seen the final illustrations that will be going into the book, but I've seen preliminary  sketches and I love them! They should be ready by the end of this month. YEAH!

My Newest BookI've got a second book, A Lizard's Tail, formatted and will hopefully get more proofing done on it.

Even though I've been away, I keep winning stuff. Like Lynn Kelley's delightful story, Curse of the Double Digits. "Becky is sure turning ten on the 10th day of the tenth month will be magical. The whole class is invited to her party, including Chad, the cutest boy in the fifth grade. So is Darlenie-the-Meanie. Becky wants to look cute for her party, but all her plans go wrong. Really wrong. The magic of turning ten disappears before she even has a chance to blow out her birthday candles. Things get so bad, she refuses to go to her own party. Becky wonders if the Curse of the Double Digits will jinx her forever." Thanks Lynn!

Then, out of the blue I won this from Angela Brown. The book, Ghost Files, by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson looks REALLY interesting. (I've never seen the TV show.)  The keychain/clip thingy is really sweet and I know I'll find a use for it. I like the added touch of my name in beads attached to a bookmark and LOOK AT ALL THAT CHOCOLATE! Did I die and go to heaven?
About Ghost Files: What did a paranormal investigation uncover at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado, the hotel built in 1903 that inspired Stephen King’s The Shining? What is the chilling history behind the Rolling Hills Asylum in Batavia, New York? What happened when a man was overcome by an evil entity as Jason and Grant surveyed his home? How can a Connecticut woman seem to exist in two places at once? In this hair-raising omnibus, Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, founders of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (T.A.P.S.), reveal the memorable and spine-tingling cases featured in their smash-hit collections, Ghost Hunting and Seeking Spirits. From their never-seen-on-television adventures as budding paranormal investigators to the behind-the-scenes accounts of heart-pounding supernatural encounters featured on their popular show, these fascinating and frightening real life tales will keep you up at night! THANK YOU ANGELA!

Okay folks, so that's it for me for right now. I hope those of you who are doing NaNo are having a blast and  racking up the word count. 

 I'll see you sometime in December!
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15 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on winning all that from Angela!
I write slow first drafts for the same reason - I want to get as much right the first time.
Thanks for keeping us updated!

Lauren said...

NaNoNaNoNaNo...it walks thought my dreams (which are really weird at the moment).

I've tagged you for "The Next Big Thing." Come to my blog for the details.

Lauren
lauren-ritz.blogspot.com

Vijaya said...

Hey, slow and steady wins the race! Good going! Have a happy Thanksgiving.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bish .. congratulations on your NaNo progress .. and those books look good - but all that chocolate ... mind you just before Christmas can't be bad - good for extra little prezzies ...

Cheers for now - Hilary

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi, Bish! Enjoy all of that chocolate. ; ) Happy Thanksgiving!

cleemckenzie said...

That's one hefty update, Bish! Congrats on all that swag. Obviously, NaNo agrees with you.

Angela Ackerman said...

I am so excited for all the good things happening to you, and so excited for your books! You are an incredibly talented writer and I can't wait to know your stories are out in the world!!!

Angela

LynNerdKelley said...

Yay for you making such great progress, Bish. You're almost there! That illustration of Anansi is sooooooo cute. I can imagine how excited you are to see the rest of the final drawings! And a second book almost ready, too! Woo hoo!

What a nice surprise seeing the cover and blurb of my book in your post! How cool. Thanks so much, Bish. My goodness, December is coming too soon! Best wishes with finishing up your books and getting them out there for us to read!

Shannon Lawrence said...

Great progress, and congratulations on your wins! I love The Stanley Hotel, so I'm intrigued just for that reason (plus their haunted history is fun).

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

farawayeyes said...

I haven't been by in awhile and I see you have been busy. Read the last few posts and your 'interview'. This book sounds amazing. Of course, you are amazing.

Good luck. I'll be back.

I'm seriously wondering how I missed a contest containing so much chocolate in prizes. Bummer!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

You're making good progress Bish. Keep up the excellent work! And congratulations on winning all the goodies. Lucky you.

Medeia Sharif said...

Congrats on the goodies and happy writing. See you in December.

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

Wow! Loved the update! It sounds like you are getting so much accomplished. Yeah for you! Awesome that you have also won so many great prizes. I am intrigued by The Curse of the Double Digits.

I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving. Happy writing. :)

Rena and Denny said...

I hope all is well with you, Bish. I'm so behind on blogs. I need to get better with that!

cleemckenzie said...

Miss your posts, Bish. Look forward to that book!