You know that point when you've decided to eat healthy, and then McDonald's advertises their Rolo McFlurry? Sometimes that happens in my writing life too. Focus meets temptation. And temptation looks like a mighty sweet treat. Sometimes we dive into a manuscript and are making amazing progress when a plot bunny hops by and catches our interest. Plot bunnies are story ideas that pop into a writer's head and beg for attention. I'm not one to ignore a plot bunny. I might need that fellow when I finish my current WIP. My fabulous writer friend Donna Earnhardt has a July challenge perfect for rounding up those critters so they'll be there when you need them. Check out Donna's Elevator Pitches Challenge .
Teaching Others to Be Better Songwriters, my interview with Steve Seskin can be found in the Writer's Digest's 2010 SONGWRITER'S MARKET.
ASHES & INK Young Adult / Teens 72,000 words
Fresh out of juvie for arson, sixteen-year-old Mazie is abandoned by her bitter Aunt Deb minutes after she'd signed for Mazie's release. While living on the streets and drawing flash for a tattoo shop, Mazie learns that Samantha, the daughter of the firefighter killed in the flames Mazie started, has disappeared. When she finds out a serial kidnapper is on the prowl, and that Samantha is likely one of his victims, Mazie hunts for clues that could save Samantha from becoming the next body to wash ashore. But finding Samantha means NOT laying low--a risky gamble since Mazie is already on the run for crimes she didn't commit.
INSTA-GATOR Picture Book 697 words
Cray’s rowdy bayou brothers are the instigators in the family and take advantage of Cray, expecting him to clean up their messes like a Cajun Cinder-fella. But when Cray finds a hoodoo egg containing gator dust, he trades in his dustpan for a sharp set of teeth and eyes that can hunt underwater. Cray's jazzed about being an Insta-Gator and gives his brothers a taste of their own potion. But when the fun of the gumbo hogging, floor flooding, and cat chasing wear thin, Cray must decide whether it's all worth leaving his brothers with the blues.
TIGER LILY AND THE PRINCE
The queen picked a new guard for Prince Donald—one with the best high kick, high jump, and “Hi-Ya!” in the kingdom. But Prince Donald is NOT happy about having a girl guard, and if he cries wolf one more time, Tiger Lily may decide to toss him into the moat instead of saving him.