The Process

It’s a little late — 9:15pm here in Southern California. I wanted to quickly share my process and feelings towards writing kid’s lit for the first time…

I wrote about 25 or so pages of Ce’Marie’s new early-middle grade chapter book — that has started sounding more like a novel lol.

The process of writing (and illustrating) my first book continues to be a trial-and-error type project. But it has proven to be one of the most rewarding things I’ve done thus far in my life. It’s keeping me creatively on my toes while also forcing me to venture out of my comfort zone. I have joined an awesome group of writers (of different skill and stages) of which I have to actually articulate clearly what it is that I am doing (and/or trying to do), which is awesome. I’ve been saying for over a year how it’s imperative that I learn and practice better articulating Miss CeCe. So this is a great start. I have went on numerous coffee dates and studiously listened in on the other end of a few phone calls with different people who have aided in one way or another to my progress and goals, like teachers, PhD students, school counselors and several others.

I have been learning a lot about myself, what I’m good at, what I can improve on and what I may be OK at but not the best in. This for me is proving to be a journey of self-discovery, to say the least.

My first 25 pages are good, but there’s room for improvement. I need a clearer, more climatic plot.

Today my lovely brother – thanks Rewo :) purchased The Plot Whisperer Workbook for me and it’ll be here tomorrow since he nicely had it shipped overnight. I look forward to diving in and completing the lessons so that I can get back to writing!

It’s so funny to me that I thought I would never write a novel of any sort — the thought unappealing and irrelevant to me. Yet here I am, not only writing a novel but enjoying it!

Stay tuned for writing lessons I learn from my new book I should be receiving tomorrow :)

 

xoxo

Ce’Marie’s Progress & Check-In

Imagine your daughter exploring her imagination, expanding her mind and loving reading. Now imagine her discovering all the possibilities of who she can be. Ce’Marie books offer this, imagination and so much more! Let your little girl get hooked on reading with Ce’Marie as we discover the long-kept secret: being different is the new black. Join the movement!

Above is Ce’Marie’s original pledge to parents and its readers, created in November of 2013.

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Now lets fast-forward to March 2015. By mid-March, I had finished about 3 rough drafts of Ce’Marie picture book. Thinking the third draft would be the one, I started looking into editors and making preliminary plans for Ce’Marie’s launch party. I was so stoked! But I had to slow it down; planning for the launch party was interrupted by the tough realization that Ce’Marie was not all the way, 100% ready for its big debut.

After taking Ce’Marie (text only) to a critique group, I received constructive criticism that made total sense to me. Following the critique, I thought long and hard on my next move. I desperately wanted to be finished with her, but I knew I’d later regret the decision to proceed with putting it out IF I did so purely out of complying with my ego and not because I felt it was best. So, commence with my launch party planning or go the extra mile and figure out what needs to be done to push my newly-finished Ce’Marie picture book to the next level, that was my big question.

I chose the latter.

I knew in my heart there was something more that had to be done to really achieve the high standards, well-worth-it end-result I dream so much about.

So since around the time of my last post on March 20th, I have been re-working book 1 of the Ce’Marie series. And guess what… I’ve decided to turn what started out as a picture book into an early middle grade chapter book! I feel this is the right move and the best direction to take Ce’Marie. I am extremely excited, a bit anxious but more excited. I know Ce’Marie Version 2.0 (hehe) will be the product I’ve been working so hard and diligently to produce; something of substance and value, something I can be proud of and smiling ear-to-ear happy about–and not to mention, have no shame in bragging on! LOL.

This is not to say that I am not happy with the picture book I have created, because I am. I am proud of myself. I did just what I sought out to do–and then some! Like, me, yep me–I did it! I wrote and illustrated my very own children’s picture book! That’s an amazing accomplishment that I take pride in.

My standards for myself are higher than ever. A few friends who have experienced the book in its entirety actually love it just as much as I do. But I do not have a feeling of completion with it, just yet. There is just something missing… And I have accepted this. I have set new goals and timelines of deadlines — this baby is underway and I’m inspired more than ever! CeCe’s going from a luxury Mercedes to a transformer Tesla. Vroom! Vroom! ;) And the picture book itself will definitely not go to waste — in fact, I can’t wait to share how I’m turning this minor “setback” into a major accomplishment and beautifully thought-out product.

So there’s my lengthy update on Ce’Marie. She and her BFFs’ are doing wonderful and going on many cool adventures! Stay tuned, bookworms :)

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Hello Spring. I’ve Missed U.

Why, hello there spring; so nice of you to come! Today marks the first day of spring… What did you do to celebrate?

I went to the big public library downtown Los Angeles. Today was an adventure. I first packed a backpack, then I walked half a mile to the bus station. After about 12 minutes or so, the bus opened its doors to 5th & Hope. 

As I hopped off the bus I excitedly took in the busy scenery – I loved every minute of it.

Here are a few photos I snapped while at the Central Library…

 

 

    

Today was an awesome day. I got lost in the children’s literature section. A lot of work was done so I’m happy.   

The library offers a coding program to middle grades 4-6. I found this to be really cool. And in April there’s even more science-related activities going on for the kids. Go check them out! 

BELIEVE. DREAM. CHANGE the world.

BelieveAndDreamBIG-CEMARIE-BlogPhotoCe’Marie is a dreamer. She’s a doer. An adventurer… She’s confident, capable and will change the world. Ce’Marie will be the voice of her generation.

How about you? Are you encouraging your children to make a positive difference and contribution to society? If we all think in a way to help others and change the world to be a better place than how we found it, then together, we’ll do just that. We will successfully make this world more peaceful than the moment we were introduced to it. Are you up for the challenge?

Please share your thoughts below :)

Recap of This Week’s Events

This week was pretty busy. Starting with Tuesday, November 4 – VOTING day!! Did you?

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Then there was Thursday November 6. I was the busiest on this day. First, I attended the Small Business Expo at the California Market Center in DTLA. It was a great experience. I interacted with a lot of people and spread Ce’Marie love all through that place! I listened to Bill Walsh, a greatly known business man, attended several helpful business workshops and visited the booths of an array of exhibitors. Fine experience it was.

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Halloween in November

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Halloween in November, can you imagine that? I mean if you ask me, I’d tell you all the reasons why Halloween fits perfectly in October…and not just on any day, but the 31st of October. It just seems right. The last day of the scariest-sounding month is, I think, the most spooky, fitting date. Don’t you think? *chuckles to self.

Ok. I digress. I don’t know why the heck I am even convincing myself of Halloween — it’s a day (holiday for some) that I have not celebrated for years, probably because I don’t fit into any of the categories: kids, college students or parents, all of who can appreciate a mask and a treat.

But, there was an important message I received a couple days ago as I was catching up on my prime-time tv shows. The tv show black-ish — yes, I agree, bizarre name that actually almost kept me from tuning in to the new sitcom, but again, I digress — anyway during this tv show one of the character’s made a simple statement. A statement in which I totally agree with and ended up further reflecting upon. Someone on the show (I believe it was the father, not sure) mentioned how,

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