So, I have been busy

Just opened the mail and found the current issue of Skirt magazine..they printed an essay about a road trip my mom and I took from dc to Dallas .http://www.skirt.com/current-issue

And, Silver Birch has accepted a poem about how I learned to ride a bike!

The Rest of the Prompts

So, here are the last ones, through the 30th of this month

24. trim

25. fence

26. edible

27. carrots

28. dill

29. harvest

30. delight

Why is that last word, delight? Well, that is because gardening with a child is a delight. It introduces the child to a new world, new connections with the adult helper, new experiences and makes them more open to new eating experiences.

Hope you now have a happy collection of poems! Now begins the process of revision.

 

 

 

Prompts for Days 16-23

Since this is the week of Shakespeare’s Birthday (April 23) I think I will give the gardening prompts from herbs–the great man did love his herb gardens–and the weather.

16. tempest

17. rosemary

18. basil

19. oregano

20. sage

21. Parsely

22. Thyme

23. Birthday

 

 

The Next Step!

The next step in the process of getting Summer in a Bowl into the hands of readers is preparing a summary. Now, if I had done a more traditional query and had been working with a publisher I did not know, the summary would have been in my query letter. As you recall, in this case I was approaching the publisher who had done WHOOSH! so, after a phone conversation, I just sent him the entire manuscript.

For me, the summary is the hardest part of the process. I love to talk about my book. I get very enthusiastic and well, restricting myself to just a few words–rough!

This summary will be what potential future readers will see on Amazon. Would you be interested in buying the book after reading this?  If you have changes to suggest, please let me know. My publisher and I both believe in this book and want to see it in the hands of as many children as possible.

Please look this over and let me know if any changes are needed!

Summary for Summer in a Bowl By Joan Leotta

Rosa and her Aunt Mary spend every Thursday together in the summer, tending Aunt Mary’s garden.

On this last Thursday of the season, they harvest the vegetables and Aunt Mary cooks them. Rosa is not sure she wants to try them until her father proclaims the dish, “Delicious!” and Rosa discovers that the soup is a way to preserve all of her summer fun. Summer in a Bowl is a wonderful introduction to the joys of gardening with children and the fun of cooking with children.

 

 

 

Prompts for April 8-15

More one word prompts on the theme of gardens! Have you thought about setting an extra challenge to yourself? Perhaps writing in couplets?

8. shovel
9. dirt
10. bushes
11. bouquets
12. weeds
13. leaves
14. strawberries
15. rake

The book is coning along. As I write the prompt words I picture little Rosa with her Aunt in the Garden behind her Aunt’s house. In the early 1950s many Italian Americans devoted their entire back yards to garden space. No wide expanse of lawn for them. Every inch was taken up with
comestibles. Yum

Sentence prompts from me

Looking for writing prompts? In addition to my one word poetry prompts for April on my own blog, Suzanne Lurience hosts me once a month with story prompts–of a more substantial nature (poetry too if you wish)Be sure to check out the new writing prompts for the week, here:
 
 

National Poetry Month and Gardening

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So, this post is doing dual duty. I hope it will keep you in mind for gardening. Yesterday I turned in the first deliverable on my book, Summer in a Bowl. Picture books are a sort of long form narrative poetry. Thus the connection.

Also, gardening and story or poem prompts–obvious connection there. Prompts are like seeds for a story or poem. Plant one on a page and they can give your mind a jump start. Apply the hard work of writing around this (akin to weeding and watering) to harvest a finished poem or story! Voila!

My usual monthly post on Suzanne Lurience’s working writer blog will go up  in a few days.

Here is the bonus prompt for Poetry Month–seven one word prompts for poems–of course if you can squeeze an entire story out of one of these–huzzah to you!

Seven April Poem Prompts

1.Rain

2. Roses

3. Redbud

4. Iris

5. Late

6.Exercise

7. Walk