Small Steps First

change ahead

By Ellen Leventhal

Here we are approaching the end of the year. Time for resolutions, right? When we make resolutions, we look forward, but I think we look back as well. Speaking personally, my resolutions are based on things I didn’t achieve in the past year. In other words, if I didn’t get in shape in 2015, I may resolve to find my ideal body in 2016. If I didn’t get a book deal in 2015, I may resolve to get one in 2016. Sounds kind of crazy, right? Right.  Things like getting a book deal, snagging the perfect agent,  and certainly obtaining that ideal body aren’t really resolutions. They’re goals. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but I don’t think you can put a time limit on those types of things. They can take years. Or you may never achieve those long range goals. But you CAN resolve to take steps that may lead to your goals. Those steps are what I consider resolutions.  So here they are, out in public, a few of my writing goals and resolutions.

  1. GOAL: Get a particular story traditionally published.  RESOLUTION: I will polish it, have it critiqued several times, revise as much as I need to, and most importantly, send it out to targeted editors.
  2. GOAL: Snag an agent. RESOLUTION: I will go to conferences, network, take classes, and again, most importantly, send my stories out.
  3. GOAL: Redo my website.  RESOLUTION: I will find people who can help me with this (I resolve to ask for help a lot this year!), and I will dive into it head first instead of just talking about it.
  4. GOAL: Indie publish an anthology of short stories.  RESOLUTION: Write two short stories a month.
  5. GOAL: Learn more about e-publishing.  RESOLUTION: Again, ask for help. (Especially from my wonderful, talented, and helpful Space City Scribes buddies!)
  6. GOAL: Reissue Don’t Eat the Bluebonnets.  RESOLUTION: All the resolutions are taken care of on this one. Ellen Rothberg and I are thrilled to be working with Joel Cook to create an even better book than the original. Stay tuned!

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On another note, I’d like to tell you about a goal I did reach this year. I was honored to be part of a Middle Grade anthology in which all proceeds go to the Sturge-Weber Foundation. It is a wonderful organization that helps families affected by the neurological syndrome, Sturge-Weber. If you want to find out more about Sturge-Weber, please check out www.sturge-weber.org. If you want to help, go to Amazon and purchase Kissed by an Angel compiled by Robyn Campbell.  You won’t be sorry you did!

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, and peaceful holiday season!

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Celebrate World Read Aloud Day!

It’s World Read Aloud Day today! What? You haven’t heard? Well, it’s a really cool event where people across the globe get together and read stories to kids to encourage both the oral story telling tradition and literacy.

With this in mind, some of us decided to share our kid stories with you. We hope you enjoy them!

 


Mandy Broughton

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I love mysteries. I have three of them. I love sci-fi. I have a story or two or five. And I love overacting (hint: watch the video to the end). I’m reading chapter 1: A flying saucer lands in my backyard. It’s from my second story: The Case of the Flying Saucer (#2). This is how I present at school visits. It’s okay to laugh AT me, my kids do all the time.

I usually have an ebook or short story for free on my web-site. Check it out… Hey! I believe the first story, Cream Cape and the Case of the Missing Hamster (#1), is free right now.

Thanks for watching my video. Please tip your servers on the way out.

 


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Earthbound

Artemis Greenleaf

Ghosts. Supernatural creatures. If it is likely to appear on CryptoMundo, I’ve probably written about it. I read a few pages from my ghost story, Earthbound.