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On Paying It Forward

Friday is the day I designate for shifting my focus from the work I’ve been doing most of the week to something else that might not be related to it at all. I was consumed this week by a writing assignment for the Chapter Book Alchemist course. This week was all about getting a 60-word pitch submitted. Before I could craft a pitch, I had to make peace with my story. Making peace meant throwing out most of what I had written and reworking the story to give it legs. With the help of my critique group, the story was reworked enough so that the pitch could be posted in the proper document on the Facebook group page.

So today, I decided to put aside the writing (although I the rest of the story is floating around in my head, making endless suggestions) and continue carving out a linoleum block. I also have some bangles to finish up, some of which I will post here because of their paper embellishments.

Before I take the three steps to the work table, though, I wanted to share a wonderful site I found this morning. I was reading through the Publishers Weekly newsletter and noticed a link on the left sidebar. If you were with me on my Painting Words blog, you’d know I love snail mail–sending as well as receiving, of course. Much as I would have loved to actually make every postcard, it just wasn’t going to happen. I do love to scour little shops for good ones and I recently mailed one with the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat. But then, here is a website that not only sends you a monthly bit of happy, they also send you a stamped envelope so that you can share it with someone else later on! The only downside to it at the moment is that it’s a USA only service but what’s to stop me from mailing it in another envelope and sharing it with friends overseas? I can still share the happy that way.

If you want to take a look, here’s the link to HOLSTEE. Even if you don’t fancy doing snail mail, I think you’ll enjoy visiting the site so have a go.

Here’s another share: I’ve taken courses with The Children’s Book Academy and each experience was nothing short of magical. The classes are informative, the instructors nurturing. There’s a lot of work to put in but it’s always fun and there’s always loads of support. A new class on writing is coming up. Spring is a great time to learn something new or to hone a skill. There is a special discount until May 5 so if you want to check it out, here’s the link to From Storyteller to Exquisite Writer: The Pleasures & Craft of Poetry Techniques.

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