December 11, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — ccassello @ 5:37 am

I really don’t think that anyone is reading this. Why should they care about my day-to-day activities after all.  So, I have not been writing every day. I will do entries every now and then, just to keep in practice.

I have revised my short story according to the advice of Pegi Shea, the Institute of Children’s Literature instructor, who is working with me. Now, I have to get busy finding markets and submitting it. She wants me to send her outlines for two more stories with my same pigeon characters, but I haven’t been able to come up with anything for them yet. I said I’d have it sent in January 15. I hope by then I will have thought of something.

Also, in January, I will be going on a weekend writers retreat held at a conference center on the north side of Chicago.  I will also start an online program called Literary Living. It is designed to help us get to know how to understand ourselves and what patterns work for us so we don’t try to force ourselves to follow advice we got that does not work for us. That is often why we get discouraged and give up. We just need to learn our uniqueness and work with it and not against it. It should be a very helpful program.  We will work with small groups of people who will be responsible to assist us with our assignments and we will be holding each other accountable. That is just what I need to stay motivated.

December 4, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — ccassello @ 2:40 am

It has been a long time since I was able to post into this blog. I had trouble with my passwords and it took several weeks before I was able to get new ones set. Meanwhile, I do not have any writing success to report about. I have not done as much as I should be doing, but I signed up and was approved to write freelance articles online yesterday, so I hope I will be able to get that going.

I get to pick from a long list of titles but will have only seven days to submit a draft which will be reviewed by one of their editors. If is approved I will be paid. If it needs revision, they will inform me of what needs to be changed and if I do the changes and it is then approved, I get paid. If I do not get an article I claimed done in the seven days, it goes back for anyone else to be able to claim. Right now I have to get my bio approved. There were some changes they required me to make.

Tomorrow, I will be one of many people who will be reading a story about a time in my life. I am sharing a testimony about how God let me realize that He loved me when I was not feeling very lovable. There is another lady who is also sharing about her religious upbringing. We had to keep the stories to no more than five minutes.

Today we rehearsed with a storyteller giving us pointers for improvement. She did not have any to tell me and said I did it well. I said that my problem will be that my voice may get shaky with an audience there, but as she said, I will relax more as I tell it. I know last February when we did a similar program, my voice was quivery, at least when I started. It also sounds higher pitched than I hear it when I am speaking.

Anyway, I have to go and eat something so I can get to bed at a decent time and be ready for our big event.

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