Pumpkin Patchin’ It Up!

The kids and I visited a local pumpkin patch yesterday with some of my amazing girlfriends.

My son of course found the biggest pumpkin he could find. (Guys, I paid $20 for a pumpkin.🤦🏻‍♀️) They’re only a kid with big pumpkin wishes once though, right?

My daughter was more sensible with her pumpkin selection. (Thank you for the photo Keisha.😉)

Do you like to visit your local farms? This is pretty much heaven to me.

Xoxo,

Rach

Hi Friends!

Hi everyone!

I’ve been busy doing some freelance writing for our local newspaper the Everett Herald. I got to write an article for women’s day and I just completed an article for local holiday bazaars.

I’ve been considering getting certified to teach Pilates. I’ve been so happy and dedicated with my daily Pilates, I’m starting to think I should try to make a living with this passion.

How is everyone else doing?

Checking In

Hi friends,

I just wanted to say a quick “hello”!

I hope everyone is doing well here. We celebrated our son’s third birthday in July and our daughter’s first birthday on Sunday. Miles’ birthday is also July and mine is later this month. I guess we like to knock out birthdays in one swoop around here!

Our son starts preschool in September and I’m excited/dreading it.

I look out my window and see a wall of smoke. We are getting a lot of the smoke from the fires in Canada. It seems smoke is something to expect from our PNW summers now. This is the third/fourth year it has been an issue. It makes me sad and worried about our environment.

Summer is probably my least favorite season and to say I’m excited about fall starting is an understatment.

I hope you all are doing well.

-Rach

Word of the Day Wednesday: Mage

This Word of the Day Wednesday is inspired by Daley Downing’s book Rulers and Mages.

A few months ago, my friend asked what I was currently reading. I told her about the impressive YA book that I was lucky enough to “early read” called Rulers and Mages. She then asked, “What is a mage?”

I puffed out my chest all knowingly and said, it’s like a wizard….. a warlock…. a fairy…. yes, it must be Faye-related because the book is bursting with magic and fairies.

Anyway, I wasn’t convincing of my absolute knowledge of magical terminology.

She gave me a knowing look and I sheepishly Googled it for us.

Here is what I found:

So that is the exact definition according to Oxford Dictionary. No more faking it for me for a while.

If you haven’t read Downing’s The Order of the Twelve Tribes series yet, you really should. (That I do know.)

Happy Wednesday!

-Rach

Bitmoji Morning

You guys, I jumped on the Bitmoji bandwagon.

How fun and narcissistic that we can turn ourselves into caricatures?!

Anyway, I’m totally getting a kick out of it while (I’m sure) simultaneously annoying friends and family with my Bitmoji updates.

I hope you all have a fabulous week. I’ll see you all on Word of the Day Wednesday.

Happy Monday everyone. What are you looking forward to this week (big or small)?

-Rach

The Soundtrack to My Life

Have you ever heard a song and felt each note was a significant moment in your life?

That’s how I feel about the song, “Big Country” by Béla Fleck.

We played it at our wedding and every time I hear it, it resonates within me. Like a soundtrack to my life, images flash before my eyes. Beautiful, raw, agonizing, glorious moments flood me.

Do any of you feel that way about a song? You can comment below or write your own post where you can drop a video of the song. Either tag me or link to this post.❤️

-Rachel

Why I Won’t Illustrate My Picture Books

In my last post I shared a new project that I will be working on. I decided to take a break from novel-writing and write a few picture books that have been churning in the back of my brain.

I’ve since written two picture book manuscripts. A few people have asked if I will be illustrating the books myself.

That’s a solid nope!

Here’s why:

cat-drawing

Yep, that was illustrated by yours truly. If I didn’t write “Meow!” you would probably be confused as to whether this is a mouse, bear, rabbit, possibly a bat, or a cat.

Have a lovely day folks, and rest easy knowing that the future generation will not be subjected to my crazy illustrations.

-Rachel McKee

A New Project

I’m at a point in my novel where I am stuck. That means my writing is stuck. I hate that.

So I decided to dig up a children’s book that I wrote last May. The story is (loosely) based off of my experience working at a flower nursery. I posted the story last week to get some feedback. It’s been removed and revised many times since I posted it.

The writing for this story came easily. I was able to draw on my own experience and reflect. Now I want to write an entire series based off of Elsie’s (my MC) adventures. These stories will be written from my childhood memories. I’m very excited about this project. I’m also learning that it’s good to keep writing, even if you have to put one project aside.

Drawing from my own experience while writing these picture books has been easier than writing my novel (Not that any writing is easy.) Creating fictional characters and a fictional story is hard, sometimes I feel like I’m reaching into a black hole to find what works.

I must stop and quote two authors:

“Write what you know.” -Mark Twain

“You speak of Lord Byron and me – There is this great difference between us.
He describes what he sees – I describe what I imagine – Mine is the hardest task.”
-John Keats in a letter to his brother George, September 1819

In my case, both of these quotes are true. There are certain plot points, emotions, and scenes that I have been struggling with because I have no reference. I’m not giving up on my novel, but I need to follow this new motivation.

I’m pitching the first book in the series, Elsie Goes To Work next Thursday at a Twitter pitch event. If you have a picture book you would like to pitch, the hashtag is #PBBooks and it’s happening on the 2/23/2017.

Wish me luck, hopefully an agent or editor will “like” my pitch.

-Rachel McKee

Guest Post Questionnaire – M. Miles

A few weeks ago, three of my favorite bloggers agreed to form a writing panel for today’s post. I asked them to respond to five quotes about a writer’s identity, and in their responses, they produced some smashing quotes of their own.

via Writers Respond to Famous Quotes — M. Miles

I had so much fun participating in M. Miles’ questionnaire. I’m honored that I was asked to join the discussion.

Perhaps you are familiar with the other guest bloggers: Paul from WindBlownWords and Kristin Twardowski. If not, check them out today.

Have a great weekend!

-Rachel McKee