Friday, March 07, 2014

A Rhyming Time Little Whale of aTale



My first week with a clean slate did not end well. I made it one blissful day before JB got sick (again) and worries about her health and crept back into our otherwise hopeful lives. 

I did not take the intrusion graciously. 

Today things seem to be calming down and there is an open weekend ahead. So I'm trying for calm once again. :^)

Meanwhile, I have managed to begin preparing queries for my Dr Seuss-like children's' book. The publisher I want to approach encourages "unique' inquiries. So, following the lines of my story, which begins like this: 

1. Cold rain fell like ice cubes outside our front door
We sat on the couch just watching it pour.
What else could we do on a wet rainy day?
What else could we do if we wanted to play?

2. We could color some spots on the walls and the floor
And we could draw an elephant all up the front door!
Oh no no not even--our mother would frown
If we drew on the walls or the door up and down.


Following this silliness, I have drafted a query letter that goes like this:



I'm a writer who knows how to giggle and rhyme
Dr Seuss is my hero much of the time.
I’ve written a story of 800 words
That grown ups might think is a little absurd.

It’s about boredom and the way children can feel
When it’s rainy and dreary and nothing feels real.
But magic takes over and a new world appears
filled with colors and canyons and a forest of cheers.

My background is counseling, helping people too blue.
I’ve published one book, not three and not two.
My story’s in stanzas, 80 lines into fours.
Most words are one syllable; here and there maybe more. 

I am told that the market for children's book is so competitive that perhaps one manuscript in 900 is chosen for publication. Those are depressing odds! But I'm at the stage of one-step-at-a-time. Hell, I'm just glad the story rhymes!

Wishing each of you a super fine weekend. 

Love
kj



16 comments:

  1. I lost control of my first week of semi-retirement too. Fortunately not to sickness - just to other people's priorities. Ah well, maybe next week.

    I love your story line. I can't even imagine the undertaking it must be to write a book. I give writers a lot of credit - always having their creativity at the publisher's mercy. I don't think my ego could withstand it.

    I will send positive publishing energy eastward along with healing prayers for JB. Hope you have a super fine weekend yourself.

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    1. thanks, 8. actually, it's my ego that drives my writing. i like to share it.

      i hope you are finding your legs and your pillows in your semi-retirement. isn't it weird to have time?!

      love
      kj

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  2. Hope you get back to equilibrium soon!

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  3. Praying for JB to get well soon.
    I LOVE the ecerpt from your book and the covering letter to go with for the lucky publisher.
    I work at an early learning centre and I can picture the children really getting into that story - and the fun I and the other teachers would have reading it out to / with them. Al the best with getting it published. Have fun.

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    1. aw kay, thanks a million. i don't think the story flies without pictures, but i'm glad to have written it. one step at a time.

      and CONGRATS to you! your book will be on my coffee table for sure!

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  4. JB getting sick is not a "good thing." I do hope she is soon well. Would she like to have a Bear come and hold her paw? I mean hand; hold her hand?

    Love the poetry. I hope you have lots of fun with it. BTW, my doctor keeps telling me I should get Bear to write a children's story. Bear is unamused by the concept.

    Blessings and Bear hugs to you both. Best regards to Emily, if she ever shows up.

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    1. JB has some medical challenges that keep visiting her. but we're hopeful they are temporary.

      rob, write a children's story and get a dog. now there's a simple path to meaningful days!

      love
      kj

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  5. if you don't try, you don't have a chance. I met a woman who had 55 denials, until she finally published herself and then got picked up by a publisher. it's a lovely poem, very very creative and descriptive. keep sending it out

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    1. mim, i do have a little publishing company, y'know :^)

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  6. and I hope JB get's better soon.. xoxo

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  7. all the best kj! for the book and for jb!

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    1. thank you, hdwk. i hope all is well with you. always great to see you here.

      love
      kj

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  8. Good luck with your query. As for the Houston quote, does that mean I should buy my first sweepstakes ticket?

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