Monday Catch Up

I just flew in from New Paltz…

…and boy are my arms tired!

No seriously 🙂  I spent the weekend at the inaugural 21st Century Children’s Non-Fiction Conference.  It was fantastic and I highly recommend it.  (And Joanna – I got to meet Bo Zaunders who created The Artist Mortimer!  Everyone see Joanna’s post HERE)  (Oh, and I also got to meet the lovely and talented Laura Purdie Salas and she signed my copy of A Leaf Can Be for me!)  (Oh, and I also got to meet Karen Robertson who is starting a course in how to create apps.  She was a wonderful speaker and very nice, and if any of you are interested, go check it out HERE… but here I go digressing.)  The POINT is that I find I’m very behind with work and family after abandoning both for nearly three days… shocking 🙂

So today, instead of a proper blog post, I give you this little gem.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

Kurt Vonnegut, Author of Fiction and Satire, Explains Story Shape

What’s your favorite story shape?  Classic, circular, cumulative, parallel, time-line, question and answer etc… or one of Kurt’s? 🙂

Have a magical Monday  everyone, whilst I try like mad to catch up! 🙂

P.S.  I hope you’re all working on your July 4th stories for the upcoming Writing Contest – I of course have not even started thinking about mine!

P.P.S.  I hope you are all noticing with jaw-dropping amazedness the incredible brevity of this post!  Apparently getting way behind is what it’s takes to make me short-winded 🙂

41 thoughts on “Monday Catch Up

  1. Ruth Schiffmann says:

    What a great clip, Susanna. And a great way to start the day – with a smile on my face and story shapes in my head =D

  2. Angela Brown says:

    Three days of hobnobbing with some great folks? Sounds like you had a great time. And thank you for sharing the video 🙂

  3. Heather Dent says:

    I adore Kurt Vonnegut and that clip literally made me laugh out loud. That was excellent! Thanks for sharing.

  4. This_Kid_Reviews_Books_Erik says:

    HAHAHAHA!!! I LOVE that video! 😀 I like a classic shape, maybe with a little twist. 😉

  5. Tina Cho says:

    How neat you went to the NF Conference and met all those people! Did u meet Laura Salas? She was presenting also. I'll watch this video clip later!

  6. Rachel Schieffelbein says:

    Thanks for sharing! He's very funny!
    I am trying to think up something good for the July 4th story! Hmm, maybe I need to start writing and see what comes out. 🙂

  7. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    It was a great conference, and yes! I got to meet Laura! I should have said that. I'd better edit my post! She signed my copy of A Leaf Can Be for me, and we had lunch together – she was lovely!

  8. Patricia Tilton says:

    Susanna, so happy you enjoyed the conference! Gee, you are short-winded. Very funny video. Story shape, circular and classic. But, I'm willing to try anything new.

  9. Catherine says:

    What a fun video! Super that you got to meet Laura, Susanna and all the other fun stuff. Don't worry about catching up, get some rest 😉

  10. Vivian Kirkfield says:

    Love the brevity of your post, Susanna…I will have to take a lesson from you…and also from Kurt Vonnegut, who managed to give an unbelievably funny interesting and educational workshop presentation under 5 minutes. 🙂 🙂
    My contest entry is written…now to open a jar of silver polish and start buffing it…oh…I can't polish it that way? Darn!
    Glad your time away was so good…sounds like a wonderful conference!

  11. Vivian Kirkfield says:

    Oh, I was so brief, I forgot to mention my favorite story shape…circular…but I LOVE Kurt's examples.:)

  12. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    No! Don't take a lesson from me! This was a desperation-induced aberration. I have no advice to give on brevity 🙂 Glad you liked Kurt's video! And I can't believe your entry is already written! What must it be like to get things done before the deadline? I wonder… 🙂

  13. Vivian Kirkfield says:

    That's only because I am leaving for the east coast on Wednesday morning and wanted to get as much done before I left as I could. At my daughter's, I'll be spending a lot of time with my grandson…not sure how much writing time I will have.:)

  14. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    I didn't get to talk to him much, but I told him I'd read about his app on your blog 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the video, and don't feel bad… I haven't given one second of thought to my sample entry yet. I'll probably be frantically writing it at 11:59 PM on June 30 🙂

  15. Vivian Kirkfield says:

    Oh Susanna…I wish I could. I know I need to get back to the NYC area…so many friends and family I haven't seen in over 10 years. My niece, who lives in the city, just got engaged…maybe her wedding will be the opportunity (excuse) I have been waiting for.:)

  16. Vivian Kirkfield says:

    Now you are talking!!! How about coming up for the Fall Letters and Lines SCBWI conference.:) 🙂 I am definitely going with Sheri McCrimmon and Stacy (both are in my local critique group here in Colorado Springs).

  17. laurasalas says:

    I was still a bit stressed, but it was MUCH better going home. Yay! Today I had a keynote at an educator conference. I have lots of work to catch up on for the rest of the week, but I'm relieved to have no speaking stress until ALA in a couple of weeks. Whew!

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