Thanks for joining me!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Minha familia – Sou a com lingua de fora. I’m the one with glasses sticking out my tongue – right side of my mom. My sisters tricked us- my brother, my mom and me. They said: stick out your tongues. They didn’t! I did.
Am I too old to start all over?
A long, long time ago, I wrote and published books in Brazil.
I was happy and proud, but then …
I moved to California (In Brazil, there is a wonderful song about living the dream in California- here is a quick video.)
So, since the “grass always looks greener on the other side,” I left my beautiful Rio de Janeiro to search other seas.
And, there in California, I worked full-time as an interpreter, took care of my two amazing kids and tried to write. But then …
Life happened again! Ai, caramba!
I moved, with my ex-husband to Florida. Florida is the place to be, right?
I decided to forget about writing and focus on working and improving my English skills after I went to a writer’s conference and the editor told me:
Your story is weird! The weirdest things were:
- I didn’t know what weird meant. 🤣
- This story was a translation of my book in Portuguese that won a prize from the prestigious “Academia Brasileira de Letras.”
I guess my story of a Moon blinking and a girl revealing -what all kids know – that the Moon has eyes and it was flirting with everybody, was not a story for the American market. That was in 1996!!! But I’m not that old.
Well, yes I am. I’m already a grandmother – two girls and three boys- all wonderful and cute. I can send you pictures if you ask me to. 😊
Life kept happening, and I went back to teaching. Now, I teach Spanish with FLVS. My kids all left the house. And I had to keep writing crazy stories to my students – at the time Saint Pauls Clearwater Independent School.
Then one day, they asked me to write a story about “The Duck Song.” Check the video; it’s hilarious. And, TA-DA, this story, with authorization from the songwriter Bryant Oden, will be soon published by Teacher’s Discovery. It’s called EL PATO QUIERE UVAS.
Wow! I told myself. Now, I’m an author again and from now on, everything will be a piece of cake. Vai ser moleza!
But … Oh, no! How hard it is! Here are some steps:
- Start writing.
- Feel, oh, so proud!
- Send to a critique group.
- Oops, they couldn’t get your message at all. They think the duck is a chicken. And the duck’s mom is a witch. And the witch is the chicken. All wrong!
- Time to rewrite.
- Join all writing groups you can join – SCBWI, 12×12, Storyteller Academy.
- Read, at least, 20 Picture Books a day.
- Keep on swapping manuscripts with your critique partners until they understand who the witch is.
- And, after revising your manuscripts so many times, you do not know how the story began…
- Time to research submission guidelines, agents, publishers, and
- to learn how to write query letters,
- and Twitter pitches. I didn’t even have a twitter account!
In summary, writing is no piece of cake. But, I keep on hoping, I will have a book published before it’s literally too late.
If you’re also trying and one day you feel proud and the next you feel you can’t even write a recipe, please join me and write your comments below.