Posts Tagged With: writer

Sneak Peak – Yosemite Discovered

My New Year’s goal is to complete my current work in progress, Yosemite Discovered, and find an agent to market it. What is it about? Here’s a sneak preview:

When miners and Indians clash in the goldfields, more is discovered than just Yosemite Valley.

I recently created an audio file of what I’ve created to date so my husband can learn about what I’m doing behind closed doors! (He’s not a reader.) I then decided to upload chapter one of the audio for you, and also include the Pinterest images I’ve gathered that helped me visualize the story, turning the audio track into a video. You can view it on my Youtube Author Channel at https://youtu.be/vyvfY_X3bD8.

If you haven’t taken a look at my new webpage, you can see it at www.mariesontag.com. I’m especially excited about the progress tracker my Web designer created. It will keep you up to date with the progress of Yosemite Discovered. Since it’s still a WIP, it doesn’t have a cover design, so I posted a placeholder image on my webpage for now. You can see it by selecting the Web page’s Works in Progress tab. Here’s the image I created to begin chapter one’s video sneak preview!

What are some of your New Year’s goals?

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Author Visit to Kennedy Middle School

 
Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 2.46.53 AMLast week I spent a day and a half at Kennedy Middle School in Cupertino  sharing with their  6th grade students (500 of them in groups of 60 at a time!) about my Ancient Elements series of books, The Bronze Dagger, The Alabaster Jarand The Sliver Coin. They also got to see and touch my ancient artifacts. What a sharp and delightful group of students! In sharing about the writing process, I talked about how becoming a writer was always one of my dreams, and compared having a dream or a passion to the process of making a hard boiled egg.  After discussing the comparison, I asked students to put this quote from Carl Sandburg in their own words, “Nothing happens unless first a dream.” One 6th grader said, “It means that when you have a dream about something it’s usually beyond what you think you can do, but if you really want it, having a dream helps you push past the hard things to make it happen.” I then asked students to share some of their dreams. They included becoming one of the fastest runners, becoming an inventor, an engineer, a teacher, and a writer, among other dreams.

chasing_dreams_10-15One student came in wearing this top. She was delighted when she heard one of our topics was about having a dream. I was disappointed I couldn’t take her picture because of privacy issues, but she surprised me when I returned to the school the following day by bringing in the top and letting me take a picture of it without her in it!

 

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