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Waiting for Oprah

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

 

IMG_0648 IMG_0645Writer Pals, Please do not fail to read the article today on Huff Post by Candace Walsh, author of Licking the Spoon: “10 Fun Ways to Market Your Book While Waiting for Oprah to Notice It”.

Brilliant.

But let’s face it, Fun is always brilliant.

Onward,

Barbara

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Author Blog Hop – “Your Next Big Thing”

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
From one of my new paintings - write a story that has a magical blue bird in it.

From one of my new paintings – write a story that has a magical blue bird in it.


Barbara Mayfield here. Thanks to author NancyKay Wessman for the invitation to join the Author Blog Hop: “What Is Your Next Big Thing?” interview series.

Who will play Mrs. Iptweet in the film????

The question is answered in my post today on my blog.

 

With links to all the author blog hoppers, and to the stars I intend to book for the movie….

Here’s a wonderful article about Mrs. Iptweet on Children’s Retail today.

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Writer’s Questionaire: Jill Koenigsdorf

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
Phoebe and the Ghost of Chagall, by Jill Konigsdorf

Phoebe and the Ghost of Chagall, by Jill Koenigsdorf

SFWG REVIEW  “I just finished it. It was great fun to spend time with Phoebe and Chagall. I especially enjoyed biking through the Provence countryside and meeting Bernadette and the Bion sisters. I agree with Nadine that reading this book is like taking a trip to France.” —-Catherine Coulter, author, member Santa Fe Writers Group

 Jill Koenigsdorf , author of Phoebe and the Ghost of Chagall, answers the tough questions:

SFWG: Oliver Stone once said the secret to completing a script was “ass-meets-chair.” How do you get your a-s in a chair?

JK: I had a teacher who once said: even if you write only fifteen minutes each day, you get to feel good all day. That feeling of self-loathing when I DON”T write is a great motivator!

 

SFWG: Is there a food you write by?

JK: Lots of tea.

 

SFWG: Do you have a favorite writing spot?

JK: Wherever my desk is, I have to be able to look out a window. If there is a bird feeder in view, even better.

 

SFWG: People say there are two kinds of writers, those who outline and those who wing it.  What’s your process?

JK: Hmmm: I do a very loose outline if I am working on a novel. But most of my short stories and longer stuff springs from and image or a character. I usually have a dozen chards of paper with ideas/images that I scribbled down in the middle of the night surrounding my keyboard at all times.

 

SFWG: The best thing you can do for any writing project is…

JK: Turn the light on in the middle of the night and write down that idea. No, you won’t remember it in the morning.

 

SFWG: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

JK: I owned a flower shop for 24 years in Berkeley and that is my other love. It is important for me to do something physical that earns a wage. Too much sitting and I get whacky.

 

SFWG: What is your favorite word?

JK: Murmur

 

SFWG: What is your least favorite word?

JK: Fraction

 

SFWG: My favorite thrill is….

JK: …snorkeling and making out in cars.

 

SFWG: What’s your favorite shower song?

JK: La Vie En Rose, Cabaret, and You Don’t Know Me by Ray Charles.

 

SFWG: I wish I understood why…

JK: …..the banks are not getting into trouble for how they have screwed homeowners.

 

SFWG: I need to learn how to…
JK: …give the good stuff way more weight than the bad

 

SFWG: I’m often puzzled by…

JK: …the opposite sex

______Thanks, Jill!!_________

MacAdam Cage Publishers

AMAZON

Barnes & Noble

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Interviews in Progress

Monday, July 16th, 2012

We have just sent off our first batch of author interview questions to our very own Lizzie K. Foley, author of REMARKABLE…..as soon as they come back from Ms.Lizzie, we will post her riveting answers.

Remarkable, by Lizzie Foley

Remarkable, by Lizzie Foley

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Writing at The Hummingbird Cafe, Pecos NM

Thursday, June 28th, 2012
Land of Enchantment

Land of Enchantment

Hey Writer Pals Worldwide,

Next time you are moseying around the Santa Fe area, I suggest you take a drive east, through the Glorieta Pass, down Route 50 to the Village of Pecos, where there is a honest-to-goodness river, AND the Hummingbird Cafe.

When you get to the Pecos intersection – you’ll know when you are there – turn left. The cafe is across from St. Anthony’s Church. You’ll find it. Cafe is open Thursday through Monday 9 til 3.

It is a throwback, the real deal. Say Hi to Tess and Nancy, eat some food, hang out, buy some local art and crafts. Write a scene in your novel, while sitting at one of the funky tables. I like the one with the carrot-print tablecloth.

Last Saturday, the marvelous Tess put together an Author’s Night – the first time this cultural experience happened in Pecos, as far as we know. Four authors read for 30 enthusiastic locals. I was glad to lead the program by reading the first chapter of The Magical Mrs. Iptweet and Me. I gotta thank the sound guy – his microphone was so good, none of my P’s popped. It was brilliant.

And books were sold that night. Thanks, Pecos!

I love the Hummingbird Cafe vibe. Writing and Storytelling groups are forming, planning to meet there. Artists are everywhere.

Will try to get a photo of the Hummingbird to post soon.

Write on!

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Writing Classes and Workshops in New Mexico

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

We’ve had a few inquiries from our beloved blog readers asking about finding writing groups. I must tell you that our group started out as a class, and morphed into a “group”. I recommend attending classes, workshops and conferences, and joining writing organizations in order to connect with one’s peers or ilk, depending on your POV. Before you know it, you will be in a writer’s group.

WRITING CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

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SOUTHWEST WRITERS MEETING WITH SHIRLEY RAYE REDMOND

SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 10:00 a.m. to noon – The Top 10 Worst Mistakes a Writer Can Make with Shirley Raye Redmond

Using practical examples from the 1955 film classic To Catch a Thief, starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, Shirley Raye will reveal what successful writers should have in common with successful cat burglars–but too often don’t. An award-winning nonfiction writer and
former columnist for The Santa Fe New Mexican, Shirley Raye Redmond has sold 27 books and over 450 articles to a variety of publications.

SWW programs are held at the New Life Presbyterian Church, 5540 Eubank NE in Albuquerque. You can park on the dirt hill directly east of New Life Church for additional parking spots. Meetings are free for SWW members, $5 for nonmembers.

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TAOS WORKSHOP WITH ANA BACA

Mining Memories: Turning The Seed of Your HisStory Into Children’s Books (Weekend – Level: All)

Have you always wanted to write for children but don’t know how to get started? This weekend seminar will explore the process of children’s book writing: from mining your own memories, development of age appropriate topics, characters and themes, to finding a publisher and marketing your work to parents, teachers and children. Ana Baca’s most recent children’s picture book Tia’s Tamales (UNM Press, 2011) was honored with the New Mexico Book Award for “Best Children’s Picture Book” in 2011.

July 21-22, Taos Summer Writing Conference

www.unm.edu/~taosconf

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Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2012 – the big event for kids’ lit

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

For all our kids’ lit writer pals, here is Publisher’s Weekly take on the week in Italy:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/51170–looking-for-the-next-thing–at-bologna-2012.html

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