In the delightful movie, “Julie and Julia,” I marveled at Julie Powell’s
persistence in making complex French recipes. Equally impressive were
her daily blogs and her struggle as an aspiring writer. More recently I
discovered Allison Leach. She is in the midst of sending daily, hand-written
thank-you-notes for one year! One year, mind you. Allison blogs at: thankyounoteproject.com and she is also an inspiration.
Following suit, I looked for a feasible subject about which to blog and so had
an epiphany. I will look at the mundane and find the lyrical. And when the
lyrical presents itself, I’ll have a ready made subject.
Like Julie Powell, I am a writer. Like Julia Child, I find that publishers are daunting. Unlike
either, I write picture books.
The purpose of my blog, Succinctly Said, is threefold: encouraging readers to find
the aesthetic in everyday life; keeping my outlook positive; luring a publisher or
agent toward my picture book manuscripts. My graphic, a partially opened rose bud,
represents “tight” writing to which I aspire, and the promise of a full bloom and
greater understanding of subject matter.