We are in the final days of the A to Z Challenge and as I think back over the other letters of the alphabet, I think about the words of wisdom I tried to pass along these past few weeks. What might have I missed? Did my words have any value to others? What can I take away from this experience and continue to pay it forward? My xenurine friend here...a certain species of armadillo...reminds me of something all writers must develop. We surround ourselves with the beauty and clarity of our own words and sometimes we are not thick skinned enough to prevent the barbs from harsh critics from piercing our armor. Rejection letters and the face to face refusals to love our work as much as we do should not be taken personally. It is not we as writers they are turning down, but a version of our work that may not be a good fit for them. Do not take this as an attack on your good efforts, but a lesson to be learned and a chance to review your words once again to make absolutely sure they are the strongest they can be. Work hard to strengthen your armor against the disappointing bumps in the road you will come across as you travel the path to publication. But just make sure you leave cracks in that armor to allow your writer's spirit to always shine through...
X Marks The Spot
Written by: Lucille Recht Penner & Jerry Smath
Illustrated by: Jerry Smath
ISBN: 13 9781575651118
Teaser: Two boys discover a mysterious treasure map in the attic of their grandfather's house. Who left it there? Where will it lead them? What must they do in order to uncover the treasure?