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dean13 sent along this link from NPR on wee fairy doors popping up in Ann Arbor, MI. I want one! Although I'm inclined to think there's already one under Hobkin's hutch . . .

[Edit: dean13 found the artist's website: urban-fairies.com (*squee!*)]

   

Writing Stuff

New Words/Editing:
- 1000 on the middle-grade novel --> Picture book effort. Only halfway into the story and my word count limit's just about up. Urp. Must cut and tighten. Daunted has become intimidated.


Received:
- Payment for my "When the Guidelines Say for Children 7 to 12" article. The editor said it'll probably be published in June.
- Acceptance and contract for my "10 Myths About Writing for Kids" article from Writing-World.com.

And now I'm thinking I need to start seriously considering doing lots more nonfiction. Dwelling on trying my hand at writing nonfiction for kids. I think I'd be decent at it. And this whole query/pitch->green light->pay thing, where I know I'll get paid before I write something, there's definite appeal there.

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On May 10th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC), dazia commented:
*giggle*

Those Fairy Doors are fantastic. I love the idea. I may have to construct one somewhere.

How wonderful. Totally turned my mood around this afternoon. Thank you.
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On May 10th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Aren't they wonderful? I was feeling a bit down myself until I saw the article. If I had the teeniest bit of prowess with DIY building, I'd want to make one for our house--and even though I don't, the thought still flitted through my mind.

I love whimsy.
On May 11th, 2006 02:37 am (UTC), dean13 replied:
I too, love Whimsy. The fairie doors are whimsical yet not kitschy. I have an incredible urge to try and make one.
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On May 11th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC), dazia replied:
http://community.livejournal.com/craftgrrl/8477879.html

I'm a member of this community and keep seeing this girl's adorable little figures. The first person I thought of was you. Wonder if she can do a skunk? She's selling them a A-Con. Anyway, you said you love whimsy...The alien holding the Teddy Bear is one of my favorite. And all are tiny tiny. :) Hope you enjoy looking at them.
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On May 10th, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC), lizziebelle commented:
That's so cool! I had read a story a while back about one that was in a tree in a park, and people were leaving notes for the fairies, and the person who put it there was answering them. I don't remember if it was Ann Arbor, so I'm not sure if this is the same fella or not. Still, very nifty! And even cooler, I think, if it's more than one person. :)
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On May 10th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
The world needs more fairy doors! *nods*
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On May 10th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC), aimeempayne commented:
*whines* But, I want a fairy door, now!
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On May 10th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Me too!
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On May 10th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC), pabba commented:
Looks like you're doing well with the nonfic, and it is money so keep at it! :)
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On May 10th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Yepper! Just gotta figure out how to keep the work coming in.
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On May 10th, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC), kimberlycreates commented:
I want a fairy door too! Wah!
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On May 10th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Y'know, I'm thinking this guy could make a killing if he ever went into business making fairy doors. If I had disposable income I'd totally buy one.
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On May 10th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC), gardenwaltz commented:
It sounds like non-fic could be your base income while you wait for the novels to hit big :). the query/pitch process has intimidated me. are there any particular guides which you used?
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On May 11th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
"the query/pitch process has intimidated me. are there any particular guides which you used?"

Err, I probably should research what the proper method is myself. I suspect my pitch to Writing-world.com was heavy on the newbie amateur side, and it's a testament to Moira that she didn't dismiss me out of hand.

I dropped her an email with my credentials and asked her if she'd be interested in seeing a "How to Write for Kids" article. She kindly pointed out that a more focused pitch would help her decide whether or not she could use one from me. So feeling a bit abashed, I studied her site to see what she already had, and then came up with a couple specific ideas to pitch, and then emailed them to her.

I suspect there's a standardized way to do this that I totally faux pased my way past.
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On May 10th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC), desayunoencama commented:
That was fast!
Mazel tov again!
:-)
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On May 11th, 2006 01:03 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks! It was, wasn't it? Yay!
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On May 11th, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Hee! As soon as I saw those fairy doors, ideas for stories started sprouting like toadstools. But no, I don't have one yet. Although my fey fuzzbeast has inspired several fairy stories in the past . . .
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On May 12th, 2006 11:23 am (UTC), eugie replied:
But where are the pictures? *clamor clamor clamor*
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On May 11th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC), bevlovesbooks commented:
Awww, cute! Have you read any of Holly Black's work? I just read Tithe last week and was blown away. Good urban fairytale stuff!
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On May 11th, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Yes! I loved Tithe and I can't wait to read Valiant.
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On May 11th, 2006 03:04 am (UTC), klandaghicat commented:
Hee hee! As one becomes aware to look for them, they will appear?
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On May 11th, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
That does seem to be how it's working in Ann Arbor! Now if only the phenomenon will spread . . .
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On May 11th, 2006 12:01 pm (UTC), palmerwriter commented:
Nonfiction writing is great. Keep it up!
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On May 11th, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
That's the plan!
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On May 11th, 2006 02:08 pm (UTC), safirasilv commented:
Now I'm off to Writing-World.com to see if perchance she might need some info for erotica writers, since frankly I could use a few bucks.
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On May 11th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC), cyber_pagan commented:
Sounds like you're turning into Asimov :) Not a bad thing really, except for the hair!
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