Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.
~ Maria Montessori
Born on August 31, 1870: The Italian educator Maria Montessori initially trained as a doctor, which was nearly unheard of for women at the time. She later studied psychology and developed her theories of early childhood education, which she put into practice with her Casa dei Bambini schools. Montessori education continues to be popular around the world.
I signed a contract with my publisher for Texas Two Step! I know, it’s not a completed manuscript, but it will be by August first. This all started with an email asking what it would take for me to have a book released in early 2015. Nancy Schumacher, my editor at Melange Books, came back with the offer of a late November 2014 release and I accepted. I’m so excited! The only problem—writing the ending of the story in progress. I know the basics of how it should end but that’s about it, so I’ve sat down and brainstormed the remainder of the story. As you read this, I’m in full writing mode for the next two months. My goal is to finish before that two months, however, so I have a longer time frame in which to edit prior to sending the finished product to my editor. So the contract is signed, sealed and delivered. The cover art questionnaire has been filled out and sent in. Now I need to finish writing the damned story.
My oldest came home for spring break from Mankato State a couple weeks ago, and I sent him back with a new laundry hamper and clean laundry. The two younger children are starting their spring break as I write this. It’s hard to believe that they’ll be off for summer break in a little over two months. They’ve been given the word about not disturbing me while in the writing mode for the next two months. Editing mode is a little easier to work around kid activities, but the rules will apply if I’m deep in rewrites. I’m lucky they’re older and don’t demand too much of my attention.
The signing of my next book contract has stolen the excitement away from my InD’tale Magazine RONE Award Nominee for Rescue Me in the contemporary-general category. Stay tuned for news as to whether or not I become a finalist.
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