I'm back from San Antonio, just in time to catch the last end of Pella, Iowa's faous Tulip Time! Dutch costumes, food on a stick and great parades! My sister-in-law (well ex-sister-in-law, but wonderful friend) Sharon and her husband Dick, visited with Michael until I made it home. We dressed her up in a costume and made her do "street scrubbing" with me, a great past time before the local parades.
We have 6 parades, 2 each day. The evening parade has all of the floats lit up! It's quite pretty. This was the 75th celebration of the historic Tulip Time This year it was really "stem fest" as the tulips bloomed a bit early, but that didn't dampen anyone's spirits. Pella did set the Guiness World Record for most wooden shoe "dutch" dancing in the world. We had about 2,800 hundred dancers! A great time!
Had to do the last of my editing for my manuscript. The book club gave me great insites to what they liked and didn't like. I got it off to my mentor, now a few more days, a few more edits and we should be (hopefully) good to go!
Now, for some of you who were looking for a contest for children's books, why not try this one!
Don't forget to go to Hope lark's site,Funds for Writer's. She has a ton of things all of the time! Enjoy!
2011 CHICKEN HOUSE CHILDREN'S FICTION COMPETITION
NO ENTRY FEE
Limit 80,000 words. Deadline October 29, 2010. The winner will
be the entrant whose story, in the opinion of the judges,
demonstrates the greatest entertainment value, quality and
originality suitable for the children's age group. The prize
is the offer of a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken
House, with a royalty advance of £10,000. The entrant must not
have previously published any book in any country, whether
fiction or nonfiction. The entry should be suitable for a
children's audience aged between 9 and 16. Picture books and
graphic novels will not be accepted and illustrations will
not be considered.