Crazy Eights Meme

Misti over at Life of a Writer tagged me. Thanks, Misti. Here goes…

8 Things I’m passionate about:

1. My daughter

2. My husband

3. Writing

4. Creativity/Self-expression

5. My WritingCareer (not exactly the same as writing)

6. Spirituality

7. Rallying people for good purposes

8. Our pets

8 Things I want to do before I die:

1. Create an amazing home that reflects all that my family is, does and loves

2. Live very well without crushing the earth underneath my feet

3. Play Nancy in the musical Oliver

4. Take romantic trips with my hubby to NYC, Paris, and Vienna (not nec. in that order)

5. Write at least ten books

6. Win an Academy Award for Best Screenplay (No clue where these ideas come from…)

7. Make a movie and act in it

8. Help my hubby and daughter accomplish all of their dreams

8 Things I Say Often:

1. You have to produce yourself

2. Home is wherever you are

3. Writing is a rhythm, not a formula

4. J! (That’s me calling my husband)

5. Samantha Rose KATZ! (That’s me chastising my daughter.)

6. Keep up the good work! (To my students)

7. I can’t do this all by myself! (Proceeds asking my hubby to turn off the TV, computer, or whatever and come help me.)

8. Go potty! (To the dogs) 🙂

8 Books I’ve read recently (or am still reading):

1. How to Be That Guy by Scott Ginsberg

2. Robert’s Rules of Writing By Robert Masello

3. Writer Mama (Yes, I actually reread it. It was pretty good!)

4. Make a Name for Yourself by Scott Ginsberg

5. E-Parenting, Keeping Up with Your Tech-Savvy Kids by Sharon Cindrich

6. Freelancing for Newspapers by Sue Lick

7. Like the Heart, The World by Sage Cohen

8. Your Five Year Old, Sunny and Serene by Louise Bates Ames

8 Songs I Could Listen to Over and Over (And do!)

1. George Winston’s “Thanksgiving”

2. Wicked SDTK “Defying Gravity”

3. Hairspray SDTK “Good Morning Baltimore”

4. Harry Connick Jr. “It Had To Be You”

5. Beaches SDTK “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today”

6. Rent SDTK “La Vie Boehme”

7. Shine SDTK “Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera” (from our wedding)

8. John Denver’s “Summer”

8 Things that Attract Me to My Best Friends:

1. Their positive attitude

2. Their sincerity

3. Their creativity

4. Their understanding

5. Their loyalty

6. Their imperfection

7. Their sense of humor

8. Their aspirations

8 People I Think Should Do Crazy Eights:

1. Abby Green over at Diary of a New Mom

2. Kristin Bair O’Keeffe over at Shanghai Adventures of a Trailing Spouse

3. Sage Cohen over at Sage Said So

4. Pamela Kim over at Sparkly Like a Holiday

5. Jen Applin over at Managing the Motherload

6. Tiffani over at Never Too Late

7. Amy over at Dreaming About Water

8. Susan Ito over at ReadingWritingLiving


Spare a Little Change, Missus?

They say that one picture is worth a thousand words. Here’s three thousand:

Help the Red Cross help So. Cal

Help the Red Cross help So. Cal

Help the Red Cross help So. Cal

Please direct your donations to the American Red Cross.

Recovering…on Facebook!

Okay, well nothing makes you feel better when you are feeling crummy than just having a couple “down days.”

As opposed to a couple of “clown days,” which are what my daughter and husband often have. 🙂

So what did I do today? I read the Sunday paper at a leisurely pace, had a healthy breakfast (I know no one cares what I ate, but it was salmon and scrambled eggs, nutty toast with butter and honey, and real orange juice–doesn’t that sound healthy?). So far, so good.

Then…big mistake…I checked my new Facebook page (that I created yesterday during down time).

Marc Acito had teased me that “all the cool kids” were on Facebook…except me.

So, just to prove how cool I actually am, I am now on Facebook.

I’ve been on MySpace for a long time and I admit that I was annoyed that I couldn’t “see” inside Facebook without becoming a member.

But now that I’m in. Well…let’s just say, I’m in!

If you are a Facebook member, please add me to your friends. Just search for “Christina Katz.”

(And please while you’re in there, please list Writer Mama under your favorite books!)

Sage and Christina Rock the Northwest Women’s Show

Okay, maybe “rock” is a strong word for what we did.

But we had a good time. So rock it is!

Sage Cohen and Christina Katz at the 2007 Northwest Women’s Show


Sage Cohen and Christina Katz at the 2007 Northwest Women’s Show on stage

WMBTSD Giveaway Day 28: September 28, 2007

Can you believe it? Only three more days to participate in the Writer Mama Back to School Daily Giveaway!

Today’s giveaways are: September 28th: Guide to Literary Agents 2008 by Chuck Sambuchino (Writer’s Digest Books 2007) & Calm and Compassionate Children, A Handbook by Susan Usha Dermond (Celestial Arts 2007).

The Guide to Literary Agents 2008I had the distinct pleasure of writing an article for the Guide to Literary Agents 2008 and of meeting Chuck in NYC when I attended the BEA/Writer’s Digest Conference. And I can report this: Chuck is a really nice guy. Smart too. And, of course, this is an extremely valuable book and an excellent resource for your shelf. Here’s the official description:
As the market becomes more glutted while the number of major publishing houses shrinks, writers need someone familiar with the publishing scene to shepherd their manuscript to the right person. Now in its 17th year, Guide to Literary Agents is the writer’s best resource for finding a literary agent or script agent to represent their work. It provides names and specialties for more than 700 individual agents around the United States and the world. The 2008 edition includes more than 90 pages of original articles on finding the best agent to represent your work and how to seal the deal. From editing your work to crafting a book proposal to making the most of your contract, this must-have guide helps writers deal with agents every step of the way.

Calm and Compassionate Children by Susan Usha DermondToday’s giveaway also includes a lovely signed copy of Calm and Compassionate Children, a Handbook by Susan Usha Dermond (Ten Speed Press, 2007).

In a world where media sensationalizes, terrorism threatens, and youth violence makes headlines, parents and teachers are faced with an important challenge—to instill a sense of calm and compassion in the children they care for and to foster universal values such as tolerance, respect, kindness, honesty, and generosity.

Calm and Compassionate Children provides inspiration to do just that—help children develop empathy and integrity as they grow and mature. Dermond shares more than ninety straightforward techniques that expand children’s thoughts and feelings and foster natural joy, wonder, caring, and love. The book has fresh and fun examples of activities that awaken a child’s curiosity, for example, showing children the power of positive energy by having them compare the number of people who smile when they smile versus the number of people who smile when they don’t. Music, nature, pets, stories, quiet time, rituals, and more are used to create calmness and compassion in simple, but delightful ways. Anyone who touches the life of a child will find valuable support in this thoughtful guide.

Susan has a free discussion guide and six calm and compassionate children’s activities on her website:

AND TODAY’S QUESTION IS: (Sorry, fell asleep at the wheel momentarily!) 

What are your beliefs about agents? What positive stories of agents impacting a writer’s career have you heard? How might an agent specifically benefit your career?

Please answer today’s question in 50-300 words to participate in today’s drawing. (Unless you came earlier than 7:30 a.m. PST on the 28th. 😉 )

And the September 9th Winner is…

Claire Muzal!!!

Congratulations, you’ve won:

September 9th: Foolscap and Quill Writer’s Pocket Tax Guide (online version) by Darlene Cypser and The Write-Brain Workbook, 366 Exercises to Liberate Your Writing by Bonnie Neubauer (Writer’s Digest Books 2005).


Great job responding to the questions, everyone!

Claire, please e-mail me your snail mail address at:

writermama AT (you have to type it in, I’m trying to avoid SPAM).

I hope you’ll keep participating!

Please don’t forget to check back each day to hear about a brand new winner.

New around here and want to get in on today’s giveaway???

Click here for “Station Identification.” It will help you find the posts with the list of giveaways and the rules.

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