Posts Written OnOctober 2015

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At the LA SCBWI conference, I attended a great session on Revision by Jordan Baker, executive editor at Walden Pond Press and Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins Children’s Books). He gave an excellent talk that spoke to me, particularly as I was in the throes of what I was hoping was the final revision of my manuscript before querying. First and foremost, Baker acknowledged that revision was much more difficult and challenging than drafting. (Yes!!! That’s how I felt! Even though that’s not how it seemed when I heard other writers talking about their works in progress. The first draft was…

Löwendenkmal in Luzern, Switzerland, photo by Heidi M. Kim

While traipsing through Switzerland, in the beautiful town of Lucerne (Luzern), I found myself staring at the Löwendenkmal sculpture. Some call it the Lion of Lucerne. Designed by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen and carved by Lukas Ahorn in 1821, the dying lion is a tribute to Swiss guards massacred during the French Revolution in 1792. The sculpture is carved in the side of a mountain, a rock face with trees above it and water below. (Of course the writer in me also thought of Aslan from The Chronicles of Narnia.) Without knowing any of the history behind the sculpture, I…