Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Au Revoir & A Book Party at The King's English for WHEN THE BUTTERFLIES CAME!

I'm packing today and leaving bright and early tomorrow, Wednesday, for Utah for my son's graduation from BYU and a family reunion and my book signing at The King's English on Saturday, August 17th at 11:00 a.m.! If you can't come you can order a signed copy by phone and they will ship it to you!

Please come if you're in the area! We're doing butterfly trivia, behind-the-scenes publishing stuff, making butterfly necklaces, and having butterfly cake! Oh, and I'm signing stacks of books! :-)

Until later next week!


Monday, August 12, 2013

All the Things! Lots of Catch-Up!

Hello friends and bloggers!

You may have noticed that I did not get a Friday Links up (My "While Cynsations was Out of the Office" series) because I was flat in bed much of last week. I even had to cancel the home-school writing workshop I was scheduled for on Thursday as well as my Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday post. My flu/cold/thingie came out of left field and took me by surprise.

Also, last week I got the copy edits for my Summer 2014 Scholastic title, THE TIME OF THE FIREFLIES - which are due TODAY. Yep. Gulp. (Insert silent panicked scream here).

So blogging went out the window. Although I do - 99% of most days - manage to be on Facebook or Twitter at least once or twice so if you're not following me there you're missing out on ALL KINDS OF AWESOME! Ha, ha. So go HERE and HERE right now and come back instantly! 


My humorous, satirical piece on Friend for the Ride blog is at THIS LINK. Check out all the fun and a THREE-BOOK GIVEAWAY! You can Enter until August 25th.

WRITE ON CON IS THIS TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY! And I'm doing a post called Revision 101 Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. 

Write on Con is a FREE Online Writer's Conference for two whole days at the link with posts and panels and vlogs by editors, authors, and agents! Amazing, super informative, and a few authors have been able to pitch their stories and get agented through this conference. Read the Success story at the link. Go to the links for the faculty and schedule so you don't miss anything.

The previous 3 years' conferences are all archived so go back and read and watch some very cool stuff.

And last, but not least, my new book, WHEN THE BUTTERFLIES CAME (see my sidebar for gorgeous cover!) is the August Scholastic pick for their Mother-Daughter Book Club site! 

I'm thrilled to pieces! Check out the recipe and the Club Guide on the site, too.

Plus, here is *my* marvelous MDBC Guide that my sister (who is a teacher) put together. It's fantastic! And free for download right here at my website: http://www.kimberleygriffithslittle.com/2012/05/Butterflies-Book-Club-Guide-1.pdf


Monday, August 05, 2013

"A Day in the Life of a Menopausal Writer" + Very Funny Hubby comments! And 3-book Giveaway!

A Day in the Life of a Menopausal Writer (and Three Book Giveaways!)

The Healing Spell paperback cover

A post by writer Kimberley Griffiths Little:

A Sample Daily Schedule in a household with several adults in college, an Asperger son, three toddlers, and a Menopausal Writer

6:00 am – Wake up freezing—if I’ve even slept in the last 3 hours or one of the kiddos hasn’t come in at 3:30 a.m. – or 1:00 a.m. Pull on warm blanket. Put in ear plugs and fit eye mask over face. Go back to sleep while hubby takes shower and heads out to work.
6:15 am – Roll over sweating. Take off blanket. Try to go back to sleep.
7:00 am – Toss and Turn and finally get up to start working on having a Productive Day.
7:05 am – Decide to check Emails, Facebook, Twitter and the daily blog roll while eating yogurt and prunes – with 1-2 toddlers in lap or wanting breakfast, etc.
9:15 am – Realize what time it is but decide to send just one more email.
9:45 am – Finish Email and rush in to start the shower. Realize I forgot to exercise so quickly lift a few weights or run through an abdominal DVD. Promise myself I will do aerobics or take a 2-mile walk tomorrow. I will lose this ten pounds. I mean twenty. Well, maybe thirty if I’m completely honest.
10:45 am – Finish getting dressed and have a rather large depressive episode that the day is already half over and “Nothing has been accomplished!!”
11:00 – Pick Self up from sobbing Hysterics on the floor and lock self into “Creative Room” to begin writing.
11:20 – Exit “creative room” to get cold drink to deal with hot flash.
11:25 – Return to “Creative room” and start working on Manuscript.
1:00 pm – Realize that it’s lunch time and go prepare food, usually leftover pizza and a Dr. Pepper. There is a reason I need to lose that annoying 30! But I’m into fast meals. More time to write, right?
2:30 pm – After nearly dying from another heat flash, drowning myself from drinking cold water and running to the bathroom every hour, I chase it down with chocolate chip cookies, and finally return to writing.
4:30 pm – Feel nearly frozen and wrap self up in my purple blanket.
Proceed to have a panic attack about the looming deadline as I worry about the 5 guest blog posts I need to write, the editorial letter I don’t understand, the late advance check, the new workshop I’m presenting in two weeks out of state that still needs tweaking, handouts, and a Power Point, that new story idea I keep twiddling with in my Shiny New Idea File, my mother’s birthday gift, the package of giveaway books sitting on my desk waiting for autographs, bookmarks, and addressing, the bills that need writing, the phone call to my sister as well as my son who is out of state at college and needs to talk since his girlfriend just broke up with him.
Tuck chin down and Keep Writing Anyway (and needless to say the heroine of the story is now in mortal peril because of the mood)! Peek at I-Pad just one more time to see if agent or editor is offering me a six figure deal or Oprah is dying to have me on her show.


And you can enter to win all three books by just leaving a comment on the post!



Friday, August 02, 2013

While Cynsations is Out of the Office . . . Friday Links!

One of my favorite writers, bloggers, and friends is on Summer hiatus from her site/blog Cynsations. Yes, THE Cynthia Leitich Smith! A wonder of a woman, a wonder of a writer, and a wonderful friend to all writers and authors in the children's lit world. Cyn does an amazing Friday round-up of Links and News for Writers and while I can't even BEGIN to do what she does, here are a few links from blogs/articles that I've particularly enjoyed the past month or two.

Check out all her marvelous books right here: Cynthia Leitich Smith's Amazon Author Page

This is a shorter version this week since I've been DRAFTING like crazy! Just hit THE END!! :-)


Write On Con: The biggest, most stupendous online, and FREE Writer's Conference! Editors, Agents, and Authors share their expertise and knowledge about writing and the business! Coming August 130-14, 2013. Read the past two WOC conferences from 2011 and 2012 on the site. It's all archived!

Tim Tharpe on Breaking the Writing Rules

Sharon Shinn on Writing for the Long Haul

Austin Teen Book Festival Line-Up! Wow!

Corsets, Cutlasses and Candlesticks: a Fantastic Historical Fiction Writing Blog


Interview with Colby Sharp, Nerdy Book Club Owner

Nerdy Book Club: if you're not already reading this, you should, whether you're a writer, librarian, reader, or teacher. 

Mr. Schu: Watch, Connect, Read! (5th Grade Teacher)

School Libraries are Year Round despite crippling Budget Cuts/

And just because I love it so much! Shayne Leighton did my book trailer. Check out her brand new book in her "Of Light and Darkness" Series at the link!

Enjoy and Happy Weekend!




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