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Winning Son [May. 28th, 2008|09:35 am]
Our Memorial Day weekend was very busy. We went to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to see our son run at the National Outdoor Track Meet in the 1500 meter race. He won with a time of 3:46.89. He broke the track record at Oshkosh and his school's record for that race. He is a National Champion and a four time All American. And he graduated on Sunday from Wartburg. We are very happy for him. Best of all, he has a job to go to on Monday June 2. What more could we want.
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Recent readings [May. 8th, 2008|01:20 pm]
At our recent SCBWI conference at Bettendorf, Iowa, I renewed an acquaintance with Kashmira Sheth. If you don't know Kashmira, I must tell you, she is one of the loveliest ladies I have ever met. Anyway, I just read two of her books, Koyal dark, Mango sweet and Keeping Corner. These books give wonderful insight into the lives of young girls in India. I was amazed by the traditions kept by the families in her stories. I recommend these books.

I also read Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy. This book tells the story of one of the twelve children that survived the Lodz ghetto during WWII. The story is written in free-verse poetry. I read this book aloud to my special ed high school students. They were spellbound. The writing is beautiful. The main character of the book, Sylvia, is still alive and works in the Holocaust Museum.

I am now reading Twilight. My friend, Diane, the manager at our local Barnes and Noble recommended this YA novel to me. She said, "I don't care for vampire stories but you have got to read this book. It is the best YA I have read in a long time." I am about half way through the book and it is great.

Mailed my pb ms yesterday when I got home from work. Now the waiting begins.
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(no subject) [May. 7th, 2008|08:40 am]
Good morning everyone,

It has been a very long time since I have written on this blog. I am well and I have been working on my writing. I do have a goal to get a novel written by next September. Our October Iowa SCBWI conference is going to be on novels. I recently sent a query to publisher for a holiday story that I have. Today I will put a pb ms in the mail to another house. You don't get published if you don't send your work out.
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Easing into the New Year [Jan. 4th, 2007|08:07 am]
[Current Location |Desk]
[mood |busy]
[music |New Age]

I for one am relieved to have the holidays finished. Don't get me wrong, I love the holidays but I am always ready for them to be over when they are over. The Old Poop and I had our oldest son, his wife and two children, ages 2 and 4 with us from the 28th of Dec through the first of Jan. Our second son was home from school and he went to pick up his girlfriend in Charles City on the 28th and she joined us from the 28th through yesterday afternoon, Jan. 3. The house was full of noise and laughter. The little girls sang Christmas songs and nursery rhymes constantly when they weren't fighting over toys. I was cooking three meals everyday. I hadn't had to do that since second son went to college. It was fun but I'm pooped.

Now I am ready to get back to my routine. I have ideas for several stories and I want to get to work on them. I also have written out my writing goals for 2007. I plan to print them on a pretty piece of paper to hang by my computer so I won't forget them.
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Racing to Christmas [Dec. 22nd, 2006|11:32 am]
[Current Location |Desk]
[mood |happyhappy]

Hi all,

I don't know about you but I'm running as fast as I can to try and get ready for Christmas. I have been so busy with students at the high school, I can hardly see straight. When I get home from school I am pooped. I have the gifts purchased but not wrapped. I don't have the evergreen garland on the stairway yet. I haven't baked. I will get fired up Saturday morning and move mountains like I have done every other year.

I am looking forward to the winter break from school so I can rest and hopefully do a little writing. I have an idea for a Christmas story centered around Mrs. Claus. But I need some quiet time at home to work on it.

To wrap this up, I wish each and everyone of you a Happy Christmas and a Joyous New Year.

Karry
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After the race. [Nov. 21st, 2006|08:22 am]
[Current Location |Desk]
[mood |awake]

The National Cross Country meet in West Chester, Ohio was a disaster for our son and his teammates. They had such high hopes but everything got stuck in the mud. It had rained for nearly a month in West Chester. Needless to say, the field where the race took place was a swamp. The kids ran through mud at least six inches deep. Some of the puddles were deep enough that they sank to their knees. This meet was a disappointment to the seniors. My son has another year to run at Nationals but that didn't help him last Saturday.

Now we get to move on to Thanksgiving. There will be a small gathering around my table this year. I am okay with that. We have had many years with 15-22 people at our home for the holiday. I always plan to sit in the living room with the fireplace going sipping tea and enjoying a book after that big meal but never had a chance. I think I will get to relax after the meal this year. I'm looking forward to that. I wish all the LJ members a happy and safe holiday. DON'T EAT TOO MUCH TURKEY!
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Road Trip [Nov. 16th, 2006|08:05 am]
[Current Location |Desk]
[mood |determined]

Today will be a busy day. It will be my last day at the high school this week. I am taking a personal day tomorrow as the Old Poop and I are joining two couples to travel to West Chester, Ohio for the National Cross Country Races. Each of us has a son running in this race for Wartburg College. I am hoping with all my heart that our son can make All American this year. He has worked toward this goal since sophomore year in high school. Making All American this year would take a great deal of pressure off his senior year at college.

Our Young Authors Club (YAC) is doing very well. The kids are so excited about writing. The young students who can't write much, draw their story. Then they come to us and have us write the words for them to accompany the pictures. It is great.
I always look forward to Thursday as it is YAC day.

I have been doing alot of writing in my head and not much on paper. I must flip that situation. I have plenty of ideas in my head, just need to get them on paper.
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TGIF [Nov. 10th, 2006|09:06 am]
[Current Location |Desk]
[mood |numbnumb]

I do like my job but when Friday gets here, I am ready for the work week to be done.
Special Ed kids take all the energy I have and then some.

I have done a final revision on my 'Chicken Sisters' ms. I intend to get it in the mail this weekend.

I have started reading Herbert Hoovers memoirs. I want to write a historical fiction about the time prior to US involvement in WWI. I also have a little Christmas story rolling about in my head. What I need is several 'snow days' so I can do some writing.
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Vote [Nov. 7th, 2006|03:29 pm]
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]
[music |Celtic]

Vote everyone. If it is the only thing you do today, do that one thing.

I spent some time today going over a ms that I hope to get in the mail by the end of the month.

I am still settling my thoughts from the IA SCBWI conference. I got so much information that I want to file so I can find it later. It was great to see and meet the wonderful people that attend conferences. I always feel so encouraged after a conference. I am going to attend a one day event in Illinois this Saturday with 3 writer friends. I know it will be a good day.
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IA SCBWI CONFERENCE [Oct. 28th, 2006|09:12 am]
[mood |draineddrained]
[music |Celtic]

What a conference we had last weekend. The speakers included Bruce Coville, Maghan Day, editor from Holiday House, D'Anne Love, Sid Fleischman, Deborah Hopkinson, Deborah Kaplan, art director, Lin Oliver, Michael Stearns, ed.director at Harper Collins, Paul Rodeen, agent, Lisa Yee, and Cheryl Zach. It was so wonderful to listen to these professionals and to have them share with us some of their wisdom. I had a great time. Our RA, Connie H. did out did herself by putting this slate of speakers together for us.

I attended a breakout session by Lin Oliver on dialog. It was very good and I am anxious to apply her suggestions to my writing.

Kimm, I understand you were at out conference but I never had a chance to meet you.
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