Monday, June 27, 2016

Art 10: Color Queen

During some Life Drawing classes I took back in 2011 at a college, I had greater use of the charcoal. I think I was finally ‘getting it’ and the use of different colors to enhance the image helped make this one of my favorites. 

The model was great. She held the pose for 15 minutes in total. I dubbed the drawing the Color Queen because of the yellow hair (model was a brunette) and the confidence on the face. 

Maybe if I went home after the session to add more details, the drawing would have been much better, but I tend to like the unfinished look.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Writer’s Workshop 18: Come out of your Shell for Publishing

Back in April, I attended the 8th annual Writer’s Weekend at MT. SAC. Here are a few things I learned for writing in our genre from presenter Yishun Lai:

First, plot generates from character. What your story is about will progress based on what the characters do and say.

Second, you need a query for agents and publishers. If you go straight to a publisher, you need a query and if you go the traditional route and look for an agent, you need to query them. Make sure you do enough research to find what they are looking for and what they ask for before you submit. The other thing is you don’t have to take the first agent/publisher that approaches you. Compare and do your research. Check out, Also, check, which is filled with valuable tips for writers and supplies sample query letters.

Third, your pitch is an important piece to publishing. The pitch is what will draw the agent, so it is important to “hone it and own it.” Don’t let introversion get in the way, especially when pitching in person. The main thing is to write it and ask: what is this character facing? is this too specific or too general? why should agents, readers, etc. care about this story? what’s so different about this story that hasn’t already been told?

Last, she recommended the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)

Monday, June 13, 2016

Why I Write 10: News and Additions

After many months tightening my manuscript, I finally started the querying process for my Young Adult debut novel about the tenuous relationship between a father and his son. 

It’s been a long journey for me because I’ve been learning along the way how to become an author. If the first batch of queries don’t do so hot, then, I’ve got another list of literary agents. In the meantime, I have my other novels to focus on and edit, revise, complete, etc. (It never ends… =)

You’d think writers sit around all day and have fun, but as I get involved with this part of my life, writing has become a JOB… no not a job, a CAREER. Actually, a second career. I haven’t quit my day job and I struggle to get as much done as everyone else. So far, it’s paying off. The Eagle Rock Branch (Los Angeles Public Library) has just released the Stone Bird Anthology where my science fiction story, The Thing, is included. Copies can be purchased at the branch location. 

I’ve also recently opened a Twitter account and hope to begin another journey into the social-verse. To follow me, just click the link right below my name. This is all new to me, but like everything, it takes some practice.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Books I’m Reading 24

Animal Planet’s Complete Guide to Dog Care: Everything you need to know to have a happy, healthy, well-trained dog by Diane Morgan. This book provides a lot of information in regards to having a dog.

Great Habits, Great Readers: A Practical Guide for K-4 Reading in the Light of Common Core by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, Aja Settles, and Juliana Worrell. This book details examples of putting together a reading program in your classroom that incorporates the requirements for Common Core to best support our students.

It seems like a mighty long time by Angela Jackson is a collection of poetry. The poems in this book deal with a lot of life issues. Jackson has a flare for portraying reality and metaphor in a poem. A very talented poet that merits every ounce of attention when read.

Stealing Sugar from the Castle: Selected and New Poems by Robert Bly. Interesting collection of poetry.