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November 7th, 2005

Today I'm taking the plunge into my first blog. Why is it that I find it easier to write children's books than begin a blog about myself? Maybe it has to do with feeling everything I write should be perfect. Took me a long time to figure out how far from the truth that is. If I wait for perfection, I'll end up staring at a blank computer screen instead. I've found I need to follow my instincts and go for it, I can always edit later.

Here's more info about me:
*I'm 37 years old as of October.
For some reason it's getting harder for me to change the age every year. I called myself 36 until I woke up the morning of my birthday.
*I've been married to my husband, Gregg, for 12 years. We have two beautiful daughters. Rebecca is seven and Samantha is five. I tried to post a picture of hubby, but it kept coming out fuzzy. Strange! Here are pictures of my princesses:


Aren't they cute?
Aren't they cute?





Rebecca's 7th birthday Samantha age 5
Rebecca's 7th birthday

Samantha age 5




*I have a ten year old Siberian Husky and an extremely energetic puppy. Rebecca has a guinea pig she received for her seventh birthday. Between my daughters and the pets, I'm constantly flooded with story ideas. Here are my four legged kids:









Brownie







I began writing picture books about eight years ago. Since the beginning of 2005, I've also written three chapter books and a middle grade novel. If anyone told me a year ago that I'd write a novel I would have laughed for days. But I fell into it. I saw an article in the SCBWI newsletter with a list of subjects needed. One was a young child dealing with the death of a sibling. That really hit home with me because my 22 year old brother died when I was 26. At first, I wrote 3000 words of the story in the only format I knew, which was a picture book - but it just wasn't working. I filed the manuscript, and when I brought it out a month later, I realized I had started my first novel. I stood up from my computer and danced around the room when I hit my first 10,000 words - and was thrilled to see the manuscript evolve until, after numerous peer and two professional critiques, it is now 45,000 words.

I'm currently writing a young adult novel, and already have six pages of notes typed for my third novel.

Okay, that's enough for tonight. There's so much I want to say. I'm sure you'll soon realize that I'm not often at a loss for words - unless I'm face to face with an editor or agent. At least it feels that way. I can usually string enough words together to form an actual sentence or two.

Hopefully I'll have wonderful news to post in the near future. You never know when the phone will ring and that magical moment will occur. When I get a chance, I'll post an article that was recently printed in the FL SCBWI newsletter.

Thank you for joining me on my journey.

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Mindy Alyse Weiss
I write humorous middle-grade novels with heart and quirky picture books.

I'm an Administrator on the SCBWI Blueboard, the FL SCBWI Newsletter Editor and Critique Group Coordinator, and a proud member of From The Mixed Up Files...of Middle-Grade Authors

I've been married for twenty years and have two beautiful daughters, an adventurous Bullmasador adopted from The Humane Society, and an adorable Beagle/Pointer mix pup who was rescued from the Everglades.

I've been published in Highlights three times and placed in the 80th Writer's Digest Competition.

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