Laura Roettiger’s Aliana Reaches for the Moon
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
This quote from Mary Oliver has been something I’ve thought about since I first discovered it in college. After Mary Oliver’s death was announced yesterday, I saw it on my social media newsfeeds. I have a few poetry collections and went back to reread some favorites. I also came across this quote which defines my day-to-day life.
“Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”
Bearing the weight of winter
waiting for the sun
to warm my branches
to help me shed this
this winter coat.
This week, as I prepared a lesson on personification, I imagined how the trees must feel after a big snowfall.
This is the view from my work table. As you can see, my boss keeps a close eye on me.
In November and December
as the days grew shorter,
So dreary …. so hard to motivate
and then Solstice:
a milestone to celebrate!
But now, as days turned to weeks
and indeed days are lengthening
and the turning of the calendar page
I’m taking time each morning
to pause and appreciate
not just the sunrise
but the lingering views of the moon
This is a departure from my normal blogging. I’m participating in Julie Hedlund’s 12 Days of Christmas so today is when we celebrate successes and I’m sharing mine here.
- My first picture book is under contract and being released 2/19/2019 to coincide with the full moon!
- I have participated in 12×12 which is an online group of committed picture book writers at all stages of the journey. I learned a lot from webinars and other members and I participated actively offering critique and feedback.
- I wrote 8 new manuscripts and did considerable revision on all 8 plus a few old ones.
- I worked hard on pitching and getting ready to query.
- I read at least 5 picture books every week as part of my study of craft.
- I read 65 books this year not including picture books. This is an increase from last year’s 50 books.
- Related to above, I joined a newly formed book group in January that read challenging books and actually spends each monthly meeting discussing the book!
- I blogged almost every day; offering a combination of photography, poetry, and short information pieces.
- I’ve received 2 endorsements from STEM experts for my book and reviews are starting to come in and they all look promising.
- I’m working on planning 2019 events to promote my book because my main goal is sharing it with children.
- I got Charlie in April, and if you follow this blog you’ve seen quite a bit of him. He’s wonderful in so many ways and has helped me achieve a few personal goals related to making friends, spending more time outdoors, and more hiking.
As the shortest day of the year turns from daylight to darkness, the moon rises.
This beautiful gibbous moon, just one day shy of a full moon, brightens the night. This was the inspiration for Aliana Reaches for the Moon.
Look for more photos of the moon tomorrow.
Waking up to the beauty of sunrise over the mountains is something I appreciate every day. I’m currently reading and loving KATERINA’S WISH by Jeannie Mobley, which has cover art that reminds me of my sunrises.
This is exactly the kind of book that made me love reading. It’s the story of an immigrant girl who has big dreams for her family and works hard to make them happen.
The writing is beautiful and each character is lovingly created in a way to make them memorable and a hero of their own story. Mobley weaves in little stories and folk tales in a way that is charming and important to both character development and plot.
If you follow this blog, you know me. I’m Charlie and my favorite things are playing in the snow, chasing my friends, and my mom. But this is a love story so my mom is only the photographer. And the chauffeur to get to the trail. And the one typing this because dogs don’t have thumbs.
This is Meadow. 😍 She’s one of my favorite girlfriends. I know what you’re thinking. Don’t judge, it’s a dog thing and you wouldn’t understand.
Look at that smile!
Be honest, you’d chase her too.
Sometimes she lets me catch her.
We stop for some refreshing “snow cocktails.”
I think she likes me too. 😊
The title is COLORADO COAL FIELD WAR: MASSACRE AT LUDLOW.
My publisher, Apprentice Shop Books wanted to put together a series for middle school and older to highlight events in American history that changed hearts and minds. The Ludlow Massacre was part of a larger conflict in the mines of Colorado that pitted immigrant miners against wealthy mine owners. I’m a transplant to Colorado. The first time I heard about this bit of history was in a newspaper article. It caught my mind. When I was invited to submit book proposal, it didn’t take me long to decide to retell this story.
Yes, this is my first book length nonfiction. I have written shorter biographical pieces for Apprentice Shop Books’ 25 Women You Should Know series. I have two picture books out. For adults I’ve had six novels, three novellas, and a short story published as well as a number of magazine pieces and poetry.
It’s been suggested that I do so. At this time it is a work in progress. I’ll post it on my website when I’ve got it finished.
The massacre at Ludlow was well documented in the newspapers at the time as well as by the Colorado Militia in regards to movements of troops and the legal actions following the events. There are many photos available. It was a pleasant bit of history hunting to do the research. Ludlow is a ghost town now, but I drove down there and took some time taking pictures and getting a feel for the place.
As I was doing my research and writing it was clear to me that there are many corollaries to be drawn from those events over a hundred years ago. In some ways the plight of immigrants and the challenges they faced haven’t changed. The desire to improve our lot in life is a very human desire, and does not fade with time. The struggles to organize the mines and miners helped create the labor organizations we have today. Lastly, the fact that men still go into the earth all over the world to dig for coal and other materials and die in the attempt hasn’t changed. It remains a dangerous job.
You can find K.D. Huxman at:
Her book is available now on Amazon.com and Apprenticeshopbooks.com