Category Archives: Stacey’s Posts

A Recipe for a Little Extra Writing Time

Stacey Kite

Stacey Kite

At our house, we don’t eat many processed foods. My husband is wonderful, and cooks two nights a week, but I still wind up spending way more time in the kitchen than I’d like to, both cooking, and most especially, cleaning up after cooking. (Have you ever noticed how recipes mention prep time and cook time, but never cleanup time? If only I had a house elf *sigh*.) Continue reading

Immediate Write by Midnight Payoff

Stacey Kite

Stacey Kite

I always clean my drafting table and painting area when I start a new art project and wind up stacking the preliminary sketches and roughs from the last project on my desk. The piles accumulate and  grow—like mushrooms—around my computer. Which means my writing space can get pretty cluttered. But one of the suggestions for preparing for Write by Midnight was to clean our workspaces, so, armed with trash bags, a shredder and a recycling bin, I went to war with the clutter. I didn’t just clean the room; I deep cleaned it—especially the desk. Continue reading

Ew, Argh, Eek!

Stacey Kite

Stacey Kite

Looking up the spelling for interjections and exclamations, those sounds people make that aren’t really words, takes me far more time than it should. It’s strange that, though I recognize expressions like ew, pee-ew and pfffffffffft in stories and cartoons and know what they mean, I have a horrible time remembering how to spell them. Since my spell-checker usually doesn’t know, either, I wind up wasting precious time looking up the spelling on the net. Or worst case, have to spend time fixing a drawing or painting where I misspelled some hand lettered sound-effect.

Descriptions That Make My Head Tilt

Stacey Kite

Stacey Kite

There are a lot of descriptive phrases that I encounter as a reader that amuse and/or confuse me. I thought I’d share a few of them with you, and hopefully, give you a laugh.

First up—noses.

Heroes and romantic leads often have aquiline noses. (Isn’t that a great word—aquiline? It rolls off the tongue and implies sophistication.)

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Bang-up First Pages: Three W’s and a Plus

Stacey Kite

Stacey Kite

I’ve been attending writing conferences for a while now, and I keep thinking that, at some point, the sessions will start sounding like re-runs, but they haven’t. My favorite part of this year’s MidSouth SCBWI conference, after my two friends winning manuscript awards, of course (Yay! Way to go!), was the first pages session.

For those of you not familiar with a first pages session, people drop an anonymous copy of their manuscript’s first page (i.e. the first 200 words) in the designated box the morning of the conference. (There’s a different box for each category: picture books, middle grade and young adult.) Continue reading