Friday, April 19, 2013

Hit the Yellow Brick Road

Today has all the makings of a magical day!

Many of my favorite writing peeps will be heading off to the Northwest Washington SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Conference.

While there, they will experience that certain thrill that comes from discussing zombies, fairies, talking animals, and vampires without fear of being hauled off in straitjackets.

No doubt about it, children’s book conferences are the BEST!

Trust me, I would know.

As a former psychologist, I attended PLENTY of psychology conferences back in the day. While the people in attendance were always wonderful, the sad (but important) topics we discussed made some of us want to be hauled off in straitjackets.

So, as a nod to all of my past, present, and future conference buddies –

and as a test of the Raffi Theory that the more we get together the happier we’ll be –

I’d like to offer this very special lineup suggestion…

9:00 – 10:00    Big Bad Wolf: Malevolent or Misunderstood?

10:00 – 11:00  Red Riding Hood’s Remorse: Cross-Dressers Need
                           Compassion, Not the Ax

11:00 – 12:00  Case Study: Alice in Wonderland’s Rehab Success

12:00 – 1:00     Lunch at the Witch’s Brew

1:00 – 2:00       Mirror, Mirror: Tackling Client Narcissism

2:00 – 3:00       Enabling No More: Tips From the Little Red Hen

3:00 – 4:00       Gingerbread Man: The Ugly Downside of Compulsive

4:00 – 5:00       Guest Speaker: Hermione Granger Discusses Magical
                            Thinking – No Need to Medicate!

PROMPT: Yes, a daily writing habit will take you to many wondrous and faraway lands. But to stir things up in a magical way – sign up for a workshop or conference today!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Every great story’s got a hero.

Sure, there’s usually a bad guy, too –

That’s what makes it a story, after all.

In other words…

Story World = 1 Bad Guy + 1 Hero

Thankfully, we don’t live in Story World…

Real World = 1 Bad Guy + 1,000,000,000 Heroes

PROMPT: Got a hero? If not, get off your butt and find one, create one, or be one. It’s all about heroes today. Write on!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Choose Love

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

PROMPT: I think LOVE is the only verb we’ll need today. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Kid Stuff

Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
~ Pablo Picasso

So true, Mr. P. So true.

Obviously, immaturity is the answer!

And because it’s still National Poetry Month, I’m thinking a good limerick is just the ticket…

There once was a mustache I knew,
That wiggled with each chomping chew.
This fine facial hair
Caused people to stare
‘Cause it lived on the lip of Aunt Sue.

Yep, that totally worked.

I’m feeling, like, loads more creative…

And I have a strange desire to shake up all the soda cans down at the quickie-mart.

PROMPT: Save your artist self! Get juvenile for a while and have a limerick do the trick.