Quotable Tuesday-Nancy Bo Flood

by Lindsey on June 19, 2012

Today at Quotable Tuesday, I am thrilled to welcome fellow VCFA alum and author Nancy Bo Flood. Rather than simply share a quote and what it means to her, Nancy wrote an essay about writing and I am going to get out of the way and let her take the floor.

Sitting Down to Write is Just Plain Hard
By Nancy Bo Flood

Writing is fulfilling and soul-feeding – but it’s also just plain hard.  Each time I sit down to write, I feel I am leaping off a cliff only to land in a murky current of self-doubt:  Why do I think I can do this?  And why does it take so LONG?! It’s daunting!  The sheer amount of writing required to create one damn good paragraph is unbelievable, unless you write.  Annie Dillard, the author of The Writing Life, states,

“How appalled I was to discover that, in order to write so much as a sonnet, you need a warehouse.”

Because soon as a writer you will be surrounded by piles, drawers, files and indeed, a warehouse of drafts, revisions, notes, sketches, ramblings….your writings!  Annie’s book often gives me comfort – and courage.

As writers we have to jump off that cliff over and over again, but we don’t have to drown in the muddy bottom of it. The Writing Life is one of my life jackets.  Annie describes all the ways I dodge writing time.  She does all the crazy procrastinating things I do, including trimming her nails, staring out the window, or at the wall, and checking on the grocery list.  She hits me in the gut with truth and then she makes me laugh.  Okay, maybe I’m not such a weirdo.

As writers we create many books.  Many never get written.  Many are thrown away.   How does it happen?  Annie says,

“You lay your pages out…and pace out the work…After you have taken an exceedingly dull nine-mile hike…you go home and soak your feet.”

After ten years of writing work, my YA novel, Warriors in the Crossfire, is a “real book,” alive and well, the recipient of several wonderful awards.  My newest novel, No-Name Baby, which took half the time, only five years to write, is out.  Each time a child or adult writes to me to say “my book made a difference,” then I am ready to jump off that cliff again, sit in front of a blank page or a warehouse of chapters, and write.

 

Thank you, Nancy, for being so generous and wise and courageous.

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Laugh with the Moon by Shana Burg

by Lindsey on June 15, 2012

This week, my friend Shana Burg, author of A THOUSAND NEVER EVERS, launched her second book called LAUGH WITH THE MOON. Please welcome this new book into our lives.

Here is a trailer about the book:

If you want to read more about Shana and her new book (as well as participate in some giveaways), go to the following blogs: Cynthia Leitich Smith, PJ Hoover, Samantha Clark, Carmen Oliver.

Shana’s official Austin book launch will be on Sunday June 24 @ 4pm at Book People. I’ll be there.

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Quotable Tuesday-Tami Lewis Brown

by Lindsey on June 12, 2012

Today at Quotable Tuesday I am delighted to welcome fellow VCFA alum Tami Lewis Brown. She is the author of two incredible books for children: SOAR, ELINOR–the true story of America’s youngest pilot Elinor Smith–and THE MAP OF ME–the story of Margie who goes in search of her Momma and finds herself.

When I asked Tami what quote shores her up as a writer, she chose a very special one:

It is only with the heart that we see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eyes.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“My greatest writing joy comes from probing those places in my heart to find the invisible real and trying to capture it on paper,” says Tami. “I’m inspired by Saint-Exupery, not just by his (pretty darn weird) but best known book THE LITTLE PRINCE but by his beautiful aviation writing in NIGHT FLIGHT and WIND SAND AND STARS. He inspired me as I wrote my first book SOAR, ELINOR! and in a sort of mystical way helped me to see with my heart.”

If you want to meet Tami, you could go to Smithsonian Air and Space Museum on June 16 for Become a Pilot day or drop by the Smithsonian anytime and see the recently added exhibit about Elinor Smith. Tami says she’s been making quite a few appearances at that exhibit. Bravo, Tami, keep flying high.

And thank you for the Saint-Exupery quote. It is one of my very favorites.

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