Six Things on a Sunday…

1. We went apple picking yesterday, which always reminds me of Robert Frost’s poem “After Apple Picking” and makes me smile.     

2. Do not think that you are safe from rejection letters for the weekend once you’ve checked the mail after 5pm on a Friday.  They can always zap you with an email from the West Coast.

3. Aforementioned rejection letter lit a fire under me, so I’m now within 20 pages of my first revision goal for


4. This is the week my author copies of SPITFIRE should arrive in the mail.

5. Here is an excerpt from Linda McCrary’s entry in the SPITFIRE Writers & Characters Contest:

A spitfire, in my mind, has always been someone with energy.  Someone who speaks their mind.  Someone who won’t take no for an answer.  Someone who isn’t afraid of a challenge.  I grew up in the country catching and riding my own horses by age 8. I was writing about horses when I wasn’t on them.  I fought with and survived 4 siblings including an older and younger brother.  That deserves some recognition! At my current place in life I’m a spitfire for different reasons.  At the age of 48 I’m avidly pursuing publication of my first picture book.  Last year I auditioned for and appeared in my first play. I refuse to be submissive and follow the “rules” set for slightly over middle aged women. I won’t believe that I’ve waited too late for anything, except maybe becoming Miss America!

Go, Linda!  And you other spitfires… only two more days to submit your entries to win a signed copy of SPITFIRE and Lake Champlain Chocolate!

6. The truth is, I didn’t really have six things, but “Five Things on a Sunday” isn’t as catchy.   I wanted to be alliterative, so I just plunged in and assumed that I would have a sixth thing by the end of the post.  Alas…I don’t.  Have a great week, though!

11 Replies on “Six Things on a Sunday…

  1. We were apple picking yesterday, too. My day has pie written on it. Next week we might go back for sauce apples. Do you can yours?

    And HOORAY for 20 revised pages. GO KATE!

  2. 1. Mmmmm . . . applesauce. I love making it, and I use my grandmother’s old cone-shaped food mill with a wooden pestle to do it. I love how it turns pink if you leave the skins on.

    Oh, and I see you your Frost, and raise you one: The Cow in Apple Time, which is what sprung to mind for me, even though yours is far more appropriate.

    2. Well.
    3. Well done.
    4. Huzzah!
    5. Ooh — nice!
    6. Tease.

  3. Okay…truth be told, it got me down and then lit a fire. I always feel better when I remember it’s about the writing. Hope you’re having a great weekend, too!

  4. I’ve thought about canning or freezing applesauce, but my children, though they’re skinny little things, manage to consume such vast quantities of it that there’s never any left. Good luck with your pies!

  5. I think it’s great you surged ahead after a rejection letter.
    I just got a very strong crit on a piece of writing and after a few minutes, started writing again. (Not that this was easy.) I think that this is one thing that defines a writer. We write because we love writing and the process of creating stories.

    Your contest- My mind is a blank sheet of paper when I try to think of anything to write. I am enjoying the entries (and excerpts of entries) that you are posting.

    Hope you finish your revision goal soon. 🙂

  6. Spitfire is about a young girl who disguises herself as a boy and fights in a Revolutionary War naval battle on Lake Champlain. It has two narrators, the girl named Abigail, and a 12-year-old boy who was an actual historical figure — a documented crew member with the fleet. The title refers to the personality of my female MC and to the gunboat Spitfire, which plays a large part in the story. The real gunboat Spitfire was discovered on the bottom of the lake a decade ago. It’s still there, in very deep water, being monitored while the government decides on a management plan to ensure its safety. It’s the last remaining gunboat from Benedict Arnold’s fleet on Lake Champlain in 1776.

    Sorry – that was a long answer to a short question, but I love the story, so I get excited.