Monday, February 25, 2013

It's all in the edits!

According to  these are the first three definitions of the word "edit".

1.  to supervise or direct the preparation of (a newspaper, magazine, book, etc.); serve as editor of; direct the editorial policies of 

2.  to collect, prepare, and arrange (materials) for publication

3.  to revise or correct, as a manuscript

As a writer, we know this is our Moo's least favorite part of the publication process.  When she views her edited manuscript for the first time, she's like a deflated balloon, but then she talks to us - her own personal editing staff - and we help her realize that though her ideas are good, we can help her tweak them and make them even better. 

We'd like to introduce the personal editing team for our Moo's upcoming new book...

Mark the Missing Moose

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Tartan:  I am the supervisor of the editing department

Hannah and Tuke: We read the story out loud to see how it flowed and to see what parts were not really needed.

Olivet: After the story was read aloud (many, many times), I was the one who got to do the deleting.  I must say I am very good at my job!

Tartan: Once the extra "stuff" was omitted, I again supervised and made sure all the materials were arranged properly.  

Harry and David:  When all of the editing was complete, it was our job to make sure the final manuscript was just right before sending it off to its next step in the publishing process.

And now we are moving to one of our FAVORITE parts...  can you guess what that is?  

Thursday, February 21, 2013


It seems like the sick bug has worked its way into our house.  Our Moo is under the weather, but we wanted to let you know that we will be back in a day or two with a new blog post.  

Until then we will follow the old adage

Starve a cold, feed a fever.  
Or, is it 
Feed a cold, starve a fever.

To be on the safe side...we are going to get lots of rest and relaxation and food!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Live and On Stage!

It has been a long time coming but Valentine's Day is a great day to share my love of reading with my love of music.  Here is a clip of Musichorale's Christmas concert where The Moose at the Manger was featured.  The director, Jeff Silhan, did a remarkable job picking music that enhanced my story and the choir was magnificent!  Afterwards, we heard people describe the show as "high class", "very professional" and "the best one ever" (which is saying a lot since the choir has been singing 66 years)!

Take a few minutes to relax and enjoy the show!

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I love to READ and I love I put the two together this month just for you!

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Did the moose see his shadow again this year?

Of course he did!  

After seeing his shadow, he went outside and saw a groundhog.  

Realizing that, no matter what, there are six more weeks of winter, moose and groundhog decided to enjoy their time reading... keeping warm by the words and thoughts in their books!

They also took time to enjoy some pizza and meatballs.  These are, of course, favorite staples of the domesticated moose!