Seven Stories. Seven Days. (Day 2)

Yes!  I woke up with the alarm.  5 am.  It took about 5 minutes to get out of bed and then I was at my computer ready to go.  Day 2.  Story number 2.  Trying to write seven picture book drafts in seven days.

And 45 minutes later, I have a draft.  A draft that needs a LOT of work.  Might not even be a viable story.  But I have something to work with.  A starting point.  And perhaps there will be potential…

Tentative title: Caterpillars Don’t Belong on Jungle Gyms

This title will probably change.  I almost never keep my original title.

Five more stories to go!

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Seven Stories. Seven Days.

Seven stories in seven days.  Is it even possible for someone who works full time?  Well, I’m about to find out.  I started today (May 1st) and for the next week I will be writing a picture book draft each day.  Let’s see how I do.

By the way, I did do a little pre-planning with a few ideas up my sleeve on what I might write about. So at least when I get up each day, I have a writing prompt.

Day one.  Planned to get up at 5 am.  Alarm went off but didn’t wake up until 5:40 am.  Wrote a draft titled Blue Heron Gets Hungry.  It is very rough.  But it is a draft.  Maybe it can be polished into something great!  Time will tell.  And now it is 9:15 pm so I better get to bed soon so I can get up and write draft number 2.  I’ll let you all know how I get along.

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Also, check out my debut self-published picture book Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker

Victoria Parents: Look for Katie at your library!

Somewhere along the path to publishing the story of Katie, I realized that my little picture book could potentially be in the public library one day.  Well, that day has finally arrived!  The Greater Victoria Public Library now has one copy of Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker and as of today, it is part of this year’s “Emerging Local Authors Collection”.

So Victoria parents, grandparents, and early childhood educators, you can now borrow my story and read it to your children!  If your children like Jillian Jiggs, they will surely enjoy Katie Shaeffer!  But be warned, this story might have them wanting to build machines from recycled materials or start making fluffy golden pancakes.  So be prepared for the story to lead to some projects :). Perfect timing for our rainy west coast weather!  Yes, pancakes would taste pretty good right now, I think.

Oh, and if you like the book and wish to leave a review on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, or Goodreads, that I would be forever grateful. Thank you.

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A little peek at my picture book

Here’s a Peek at Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker by Cynthia Mackey and Paula Nasmith

If your kids love pancakes, collections, pretending to sell things and parties then you need this book.  If you have grandchildren, this book makes a great gift as it will encourage little ones to work with you in the kitchen.  A cute repeated rhyme and a recipe included.  Check it out!

Self-published by an author and illustrator team from Victoria, B.C. Canada

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Recipe Card: Katie’s Perfect Pancakes

Hello Readers!

I’m happy to be back to blogging after a long break.  I hope you will continue to stick with me as there’s been lots going on in my word of preschool, family, and children’s book writing! Not much time for photography lately but will get back to that too, I hope.

For now, here’s a new recipe card I’ve created to help launch my Katie book!  If you’d like a recipe card, let me know your mailing address and I’ll happily send one out to you! You can email me at authorcynthiamackey@gmail.com  Want to show your appreciation?  Follow me on Twitter or Facebook. IMG_5983

Here’s a photo of the front of the card; recipe is on the back!

Don’t have a copy of the book yet?  Get one here or try Amazon or Barnes and Noble if you prefer. Happy weekend to all!

 

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Does your community’s library offer an opportunity for local authors who are self-published or published by small presses to get a book into circulation?

I’m waiting expectantly for October, when I can make the application to get Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker into our library system.  Books that are accepted will be displayed in our city’s main library.  It is great to live in a community that supports its own artists and creative types.  I hope your community does the same!IMG_4475Local