Friday, September 19, 2008

The Four Rights!

After FOUR years of praying and not giving up on one of my book ideas, it finally found a home! God was gracious. It's been a looooong dry spell since my last book was published. Now I'm getting ready to sign a contract with Scholastic Professional Books!

As the saying goes, timing is everything. Remember the FOUR RIGHTS. It's the...
  • right book
  • at the right time
  • for the right house
  • with the right editor who has your vision.

GOOD manuscripts make the rounds...sometimes for years until your book---like a puzzle piece---falls into place perfectly.

Do NOT give up! It took 5 years of nicely written, encouraging rejection letters for my book Psalms for a Child's Heart to find a home. They were lovely. Really they were. In fact I was beginning to plan my living room decor around rejection-letter-shabby-chic-wallpaper.

Ever heard of Dr. Seuss? Are you kidding? His children's book And to Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street, was rejected TWENTY SEVEN times before being accepted by Vanguard Press. 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27
Did you get that? It's success was spectacular.

Let that be a lesson to you (and to me) to never give up. Now pick up that pen, writer, and keep going! And forget about using those rejection letters as wallpaper. The don't stick. (o;

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

That's Punny! Part I

Some punny stuff. Enjoy (o;

  • A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
  • I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.
  • Acupuncture: a jab well done.
  • A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.

  • A circus lion won't eat clowns because they taste funny.
  • A backward poet writes inverse.

  • A grenade fell onto a kitchen floor in France and resulted in Linoleum Blownapart.

  • A plateau is a high form of flattery.
  • When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she'd dye.
  • There was once a cross-eyed teacher who couldn't control his pupils.

  • Somebody was running a flea circus but a dog came and stole the show.
  • Tennis players don't marry because love means nothing to them.
  • Those who watch too much football will wear out their end zone.
  • When the plums dry on your tree, it's time to prune.
  • At a pet store: 'buy one dog, get one flea'.
  • When they bought a water bed, the couple started to drift apart.
  • He bent over to pick up a sieve and strained himself.
  • In the winter my dog wears his coat, but in the summer he wears his coat and pants.
  • Police were called to a day care, where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
  • The roundest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference.
  • To write with a broken pencil is pointless.
  • When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate.
  • A thief who stole a calendar… got twelve months.
  • A thief fell and broke his leg in wet cement. He became a hardened criminal.
  • Thieves who steal corn from a garden could be charged with stalking.
  • When the smog lifts in Los Angeles , U. C. L. A.
And last but not least----
  • Seven days without a pun makes one weak. Sorry!