Second Drafts and Spring Dreams

I just recently finished my second draft (woo!) so now it’s onto the next stage of my writing.

Draft three. (Dun, dun, DUUUUN!)

I still feel like my book needs a lot of work. However, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to use more of the second draft in the third draft than I used the first draft in the second draft.  Because I used almost nothing of my original work between drafts one and two.

First though, I need to spend some time away from my writing, which, as you might know from reading my previous posts, is not an easy task for me. It won’t be quite as long a break as I did for the first draft. Probably only a week or two this time. Meanwhile, I’ll be working on my poetry  and this website and start the third draft come March.

On another note, I’m looking forward to spring. We got next to no snow this past winter, and it’s just been cold, so I would be glad for some warmer weather and green leaves on the trees. Before too much longer my family will start our gardening as well.

Something else that starts in March for my family is our Birthday Cycle. There are seven people in my family, and each month between March and September has one of our birthdays in it. Which is fun because each of us gets to have our own birthday month. Mine is August, which is also when I’m planning to publish my book. Oh! There’s so much to look forward to in life!

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  • Millie

Patience

One of my poems I thought I’d share. I write quite a bit of poetry actually, it helps me get my creativity flowing. I read somewhere that “A poem a day keeps writers block away.” And I find it very true for me.

I hope you enjoy!

 

Patience is a pretty maid,

Though she sits there quite alone,

Her features are peaceful radiance,

Both hair and eyes wind blown.

 

Hardly noticed by the passersby,

Despite her sweetest smile,

They must rush rush rush, they haven’t time,

To stop and talk a while.

 

And though she calms the nervous soul,

And her presence is pleasant and kind,

Most are simply too worried and distressed,

To pay her any mind.

 

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  • Millie

Book Recommendations

Hello there!

Looking for something to read? Well, I have few recommendations for you! These following books are some of my favorites. I hope you enjoy!

Spilling Ink – By Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter (Nonfiction)
Summary: After receiving letters from fans asking for writing advice, accomplished authors Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter joined together to create this guidebook for young writers. The authors mix inspirational anecdotes with practical guidance on how to find a voice, develop characters and plot, make revisions, and overcome writer’s block. Fun writing prompts will help young writers jump-start their own projects, and encouragement throughout will keep them at work.

A Little Princess – By Francis  Hodgson Burnett
Summary: Sara Crewe, falls upon hard times at an English boarding school when her father suddenly dies. Left penniless and at the mercy of a vindictive headmistress, Sara manages — despite a multitude of adversities — to maintain her optimistic outlook and usual goodness, qualities that do not go unnoticed by a mysterious benefactor who eventually transforms her life.

The Mysterious Benedict Society – By Trenton Lee Stewart
Summery: “Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?”
When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear reader, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
As our heroes face physical and mental trials beyond their wildest imaginations, they have no choice but to turn to each other for support. But with their newfound friendship at stake, will they be able to pass the most important test of all?
Welcome to the Mysterious Benedict Society.

The Penderwicks – By Jeanne Birdsall
Summary: Meet the Penderwicks, four different sisters with one special bond. There’s responsible, practical Rosalind; stubborn, feisty Skye; dreamy, artistic Jane; and shy little sister Batty, who won’t go anywhere without her butterfly wings.
When the girls and their doting father head off for their summer holiday, they’re in for a surprise.  Instead of the tumbledown cottage they expected, they find themselves on a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon the girls are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the most wonderful discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.
The icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is not as pleased with the Penderwicks as Jeffrey is, though, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Which, of course, they will—won’t they? One thing’s for sure: it will be a summer the Penderwicks will never forget.

Flora and Ulysses – By Kate DiCamillo
Summary: It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences.
The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry—and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart.

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  • Millie

 

Official Synopsis

Hello everyone!
I am happy to announce that I have recently finished the official synopsis for Honey Butter and am ready to share it with you! So, without farther ado… Lights! Keyboard! Action!

“It’s a wonderful thought that everyday has something to celebrate.”

Jamie Jonson is a seven-year-old girl with an annoying older sister, a short attention span, and an odd hobby of collecting paint sample cards.

Laren Lark is an almost thirteen-year-old girl with a love of books, a talent for poetry, and a past full of road school adventures.

This Book is a whimsical story about what happened to them one fateful summer, with a pound of friendship, a gallon of family, and a ton of everyday joy.

I cannot wait to share the full book with you! So don’t forget to subscribe for further updates!

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– Millie