Hello/Ciao/Aloha! I’m Back!

Hello/Ciao/Aloha! I’m Back!

“Welcome back,” said my cozy home, sunny little town and the friendly people living in it. I had a grand plan for my 30 day Hawaiian writer’s retreat, let’s assess the results:

  1. I read two great books on writing: On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft and Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. As to the former: Stephen King does it very well: he is very efficient, informative and funny. His book on writing is an excellent resource for any author of any genre. As for the latter book, it’s also a good one although the author and I don’t click on every page. It’s taking me for ages to get through it but it is worth reading and it does address some issues that King doesn’t bring up.

  2. I read several best-selling children’s books (you know, benchmarking) and my favorite is The Day the Crayons Quit. I read several negative reviews on how depressing this book can be and while they do have a point it’s also very funny. The funniest thing is that this book is totally not compliant to the guidelines in the kid lit publishing world: the word count is way longer than 500 words, the font is not easy to read for children and the message is hardly positive. But the idea seems to be fresh. While this is not a book I will read to my child every night (more on these in another post), it’s nice to have.

  3. I wrote four children’s books. Two Maya & Filippo episodes (San Francisco and Hawaii) and two children’s books for my 12×12 challenge. The Maya & Filippo stories will be out in 2016 whereas the other books are at the mercy of the agents and publishers they are being sent to.

  4. I prepared the material for the upcoming book tour of Maya & Filippo Play Chef at Sea (Volume 2). In this story the kids spend a day on board the Fun Princess. They become junior chefs at sea and learn how to bake a cake. Maya and Filippo discover how trying out different recipes gets them closer to creating the perfect dessert. They also discover the power of sharing.

  5. The no internet thing didn’t work, in fact I used it to actively solicit reviews for Maya & Filippo Make Friends in Auckland (Volume 1) and to my delight they are all very positive! I have also been actively growing my Facebook page and managed to get in touch with some wonderful people.

  6. I did stick to my “no blogging” resolution and that gave me a lot of time to do the above 🙂

All in all this was a very efficient, not to mention pleasant Hawaiian retreat.

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