Monday, March 23


My regular readers will know that I love writing and am currently taking a children's writing course. I sent in assignment two and received it back last week. My teacher was very pleased with the effort and only found a few minor mistakes. She advised me to revise a little and send the story off to Cricket. Well, the revisions are finished and today I mailed it off to Cricket. Now I will wait patiently (well, maybe not) to hear if it is accepted. I'm praying it will be, as this would be a major step forward for me in my quest to become a children's author.

Tonight I went to my writer's guild meeting. This is only my second time attending. Two weeks ago, it was a lot of fun. Our writing exercise was about a dragon that liked to paint. Tonight, it was different, but still fun. We were introduced to Naani, which is one of India's most popular Telugu poems. It was a genre that I was not experienced in. Naani means an expression of one and all. The poems consist of 4 lines, the total lines consist of 20 to 25 syllables. The poem is not bounded to a particular subject. Generally it depends upon human relations and current statements.

Here are the examples we were given:

A dream
As a particle in eyes
Remains as tear
Wounded desire.

Example # 2

A dialogue
When lengthens
Remain questions
Without answer as criticism.

Though I had no clue what I was doing, this is what I wrote:

A clock
Tells of passing time
Moments of our lives
Until the ticking stops.

Here is another:

A printer
Humming, clicking
Spitting out
The written word.

I hope you will try Naani. It is fun and though mine are far from perfect, I'm sure you will enjoy this writing exercise. Write me a Naani in the comments. Don't worry about being professional. Let's just have fun. ~Blessings, Mary~

PS. If anyone from the US has a Pay Pal account and would be willing to send me some first class stamps, please let me know. I need US stamps to send self-addressed stamped envelopes to publishers in the USA.


  1. Your naanis are awesome my friend. Great job.

  2. Yes I liked your Naanis, are they like haikus?

  3. I agree with Amy here....they're like Haiku, but being that haiku is normally of seasonal and nature, it looks like Naanis are GENERAL subjects, you did well.

  4. Well, done, friend! I should try to make my brain do something like that.

  5. Like the others, I noticed how haiku-like they are. Congratulations on sending your story in. That, in itself, is an accomplishment.

  6. Mary,

    I like your new easter heading - Annie does a good job.

    Good luck to you with Cricket! - e-mail me your address and I'll send you a book of stamps.

    I've never tried Naani, I'd have to practice a little bit.

  7. I hope you get good news about your children's story!

  8. I'll keep my fingers crossed that CRICKET will be a best seller!!
    hugs, bj

  9. Hello dear Mary:-)

    It feels like I've been away from blogging visits forever! lol I'm so glad that you're enjoying the writing course you've taken on and I wish you the very best of luck with sending your work out to publishers.

    Darn, I wish I would have known you wanted American stamps, I could have picked them up for you when we were in the States side of Niagara Falls.

    I'd never heard of Naanis but I think you did a wonderful job with your first tries at it! I would have sat there with no clue. lol

    I'll now go read your other posts I missed!! xoxo

  10. Well I see no one is brave enough to try a naanis... and neither am I..ha ha.

    I like the ones you wrote!

    I'm excited for you having sent your story in to CRICKET and I hope they love it.

  11. Mary,

    I'm sure your children's story is really good, that is why your teacher had advised you to send it to Cricket. Best of luck with it!

    I am glad you are enjoying the Writer's Guild meetings. I'm not familiar with a Naani but yours certainly sound great. Those very short forms are hard to write well, I think.

    I just got home and it looks like a thunderstorm followed me. Yikes. Gotta run.



  12. Mary,
    Seems so long since I've had any computer time...we've had numerous funerals quite a distance away and many other commitments...

    My daughter, Amy (Picketfence Mom) is a children's writer,too...she loves writing...

  13. I have always wanted to write childrens books, but I am not a good writer. Like your naanis, I can't think of one to write.

  14. Your writing class sounds wonderful at one time we had a local writers group but I don't know why they aren't.
    I never was very good a poetry they tell me it easy.
    In general I only liked a few poems.

    You have a great blog and by reading your blog I believe your great Arthur.

    Coffee is on.

  15. A Friend
    time tested
    loyal, true
    named Meeko

    Hey I tried!

    Sounds like you are having fun with writing and I can't wait to find out about your book.
    Love ya!

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  17. Hi Mary!

    Good luck with your story! Send me your address, and I'll be happy to send you a book of stamps anytime. Just don't hesitate to ask me when you need more...I would love to be able to do that for you!

    ((( HUGS )))

    P.S. That was me who deleted the comment...I had a misspelled word! LOL

  18. good luck on getting published in Cricket. I like your poems better than their examples. I'm not very good at poetry. I like children's poetry and the old fashioned rhyming.

    the written book
    with pages open
    gives us a glimpse
    of yesterday's lives.