Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Polka Dot gift bag and getting the words right!

This is a reiteration of a conversation I had with a cashier at a major drug store. 

Me: There is a dearth of gift bags. 

Her: Say what now?

Me: A paucity, there is a paucity of gift bags.

Her: I'm not getting you.

(Clearly she wasn't so I changed tactics).

Me: What's up with all the polka dot gift bags?!

Her: I know, right!

Me: Really. Polka dots. Really. 

After that she was my new best friend.  

When writing dialogue know your audience. Know, authentically, how they speak and speak to them in your writing. 

And good luck finding a gift bag without polka dots!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Guest Blog Post in France

Alright - I'm taking a little cyber trip with my blog. I'm doing a guest blog post on Jenna Quentin's blog Meandering in a Field of Words.

The blog post entitled: Unicorns, Rainbows, & Cupcakes or Where I get my inspiration! will launch February 11th (that's France time). 

Jenna is one of my Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) friends. She's an American from Kansas who now lives in France. She can be found in a small french town eating triple cream brie and avoiding escargot! 

Check out the guest blog post and her blog. Jenna did me a solid when I needed guest blog posts and I'm doing her a solid now - spread the cyber love and check out the post!
No, we're in France!