Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tissue Please

"There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonics so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow." ~O. Swett Marden

I usually try to post each week on my personal blog on Wednesdays (to keep myself on track), but this week I'm going to have to pass.


My throat feels like a hot fiery volcano, my eyes are as heavy as a fat laden doughnut and every time I open my mouth - a wind of backfiring flies out. (Ugh, those are awful! See? I'm sick!)

So I am giving myself permission to unplugging from blogging for a couple of days until I can see straight again (or at least breathe through my nose again).

Does anyone have a good remedy for the common cold? (Does it involve doughnuts or chocolate, because that would be helpful.)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Why Blog?

I am amazed at what I have gotten from blogging.

Over a year ago, my critique group and I started a group blog called Paper and Parchment. It was my first experience with dipping my toes in the Internet world. It wasn't until a few months ago I decided I should have a blog of my own. So I took the risk and did it.

But why have a blog?

A writing friend of mine asked me that a few weeks ago. As I sat and thought about it, a few thoughts came to my mind. Having a blog is a risk - a risk of putting yourself in front of the world, a risk for criticism and embarrassment. But having a blog also gives new opportunities and opens the world up to you. I would recommend blogging to any one who is interested in writing. Why? Because of a few things:

1. The people you meet. It doesn't come over night, but little by little I have met wonderful people over the Internet that have the same dreams, goals, and yes, even troubles that I do. I have read posts that have brought tears to my eyes, made me feel blessed for what I have, and made me spew milk from my nose (because they were so funny). The only reason I have some of my short stories published are from friends I have met through networking (btw I am so grateful for you guys believing in my work and helping me get published).

2. The networking. Which is almost like #1, but a bit different. There is no way I could drive to New York or CA to interact with agents and editors, but through blogging I have had opportunities to meet such people. Awesome people who have answered questions for me, helped me with queries, and shown me that a rejection is not the end of the world (remind me when I am querying my WIP). We are all in this together.

3. Getting my name out there. Agents and publishers alike have commented that in this day and age, you have to market yourself. One of these ways is by writing a blog. It can be a blog about your day to day life, the journey of writing, or just anything you are in the mood to write. Just get yourself out there. (Plus you get all those benefits from above.)

4. Blogging gives me the chance to take risks that I wouldn't have taken in the first place. I have learned about contests that help me further my career in writing one way or another. For example, I have won a critique from Angie which I will need before I pass on my MS (Thank you Angie! I owe you big). (BTW Check out Elana J's AWESOME contest she and Shelli are doing this week. *squeal with delight!* Can you imagine how cool it would be to get your work critiqued by agents? AWESOME! Take the risk!)

5. Last but not least, I have learned what WIP, MS, LOL, and ROFL all mean. And you guys have all helped me ROFL from time to time, which I totally appreciate. =)

So there you have it. This is what blogging has done for me and why I would recommend blogging to any writer who has the desire to get published. It will be well worth your time.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

You Guys Make my Day! Wait no....My Year!!!

Okay, so I have been given a few awards in the last month from some incredibly cool bloggy friends. To them I want to say, "Thanks, you made my year!"

Here they are:
Elana J gave me The Creative Writing Award

Tiana Lei gave me the Honest Scrap Award

And Patti N. gave me the Over the Top Award.

They are all great writers, please check out their blogs. =)

Okay, for the Honest Scrap Award I have to:

• List ten honest things about yourself that your blogging friends do not know about you.
• Give the award away to seven (or 10?) bloggers.
• Let the seven (or 10?) bloggers know they have received the award.
• Link back to the person who awarded you.

Ten things you guys don't know about me???? Okay, here it goes:

1- Love songs make me cry, so I don't listen to them. Okay a few, but not many. I like the funky weird songs that make me laugh.
2- I am always happy when Fall comes (because I am pasty white and am so glad I don't have to show off my white, white, tan anymore).
3- Fudge on everything - Oh wait, you know that.
4- I loved the book the Scarlet Pimpernel (Oh, swoon).
5- I hated Lord of the Flies (ew, gross).
6- I'm getting my hair cut today (I hope I don't look like my brother when it's done!)
7- I have a terrible dry sense of humor.
8- My neighbors get scared when I use dry sense of humor, because they are not use to me being funny. Weird, I know.
9- My husband cracks up every time I use my dry sense of humor. I love that man.
10- My Favorite date night with cute hubby: Eating out and Book store. Best date nights ever!

I've search all over the bloggie-world for people I can pass this on to and I have realized something drastic. Either everyone has it, or they don't post their awards and I can't tell if they have it. So here is what I am doing. If you have not yet received the Scrap Award, I'm passing it to you. Just put your name in the comments so I (and others) can go check out your awesomeness answers. Deal? Deal!

Okay for the:

Here are the rules:

The rules are pretty simple. Answer the following questions with Single Word answers then pass this along to 5 other bloggers. Make sure you let them know about it though.

Your cell phone: Old
Your hair: Cut
Your mother: Busy
Your father: Busy
Your favorite food: Carbs
Your dream last night: Weird
Your favorite drink: Hot Cocoa
Your dream goal: Published!
What room are you in: Kitchen
Your hobby: sneezing
Your fear: Cavities (Scary!)
Where do you see yourself in 6 years: older
Where were you last night: School
Something you aren't: Hungry (I know, I can't believe it!)
Muffins: Yes, please (opps, two words, sorry about that)
Wish list item: Remodel
Where did you grow up: Here
Last thing you did: dishes
What are you wearing: Clothes (what kind of question is that?)
Your TV: quiet
Your pets: Stinky!
Friends: favorites
Your life: ROCKS
Your mood: pleasant
Missing someone: Who?
Vehicle: Dirty (no, stinky. Wait no, dirty)
Something you aren't wearing: Fake eyelashes ( just sayin')
Your favorite store: B&N
Your favorite color: Green
When was the last time you laughed: .0025 seconds ago
Last time you cried: stubbed toe (two word again, I know)
Your best friend: M/L
One place you go over and over: Stupid Laundry room! Have you no heart? (see how upset I am, more than one word. Maybe if I squish it together stupidlaundryroom. Better.)
Facebooking: Where's it booking to? Come back here face!
Favorite place to eat: Costa Vida

Oh my day of searching. Do you guys all have this award?! What's up with that? Okay, again. IF you do not have this award, I'm passing it on to you! Just put your post your comment so we can check out your answers.

I'm supposed to list 10 things that make me happy.

1. Writing
2. Accomplishing something I didn't think I could
3. My Awesome Family
4. Non-smelly shoes (who doesn't love non-smelly shoes?)
5. Clean Laundry (put away)
6. Clean house (which I haven't seen for two years)
7. Cookies (yes, they make me very happy)
8. Food (especially when I don't have to cook it)
9. Hanging out with very cool people.
10. Emails from very cool people.

I am passing this on to:

Shannon, because I love her blog and find her to be a very cool person.
Suzy H, because she just rocks and so does her blog.
L.T. because she is awesome and I not only love her blog, but her too. She is completely awesome.
Carrie Harris, because I spew milk out of my nose everytime I read her blog. She is a hoot!
Kristi S, because I like her and she is cool. She has accomplished tons of cool stuff.

Go check them all out. They are very excellent and creative writers.

This was hard and took me all day (take that Stats homework!) But I loved it and am so grateful for those who thought of me. Thanks guys!

Can't wait to read your responses (so don't be surprised if I'm stalking your blogs - mwa ha ha ha, mwa ha ha).

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Super Laundry Girl vs the Evil Stapler

“They say something happen for a reason, if you don’t do them they won’t” ~ Life, Love & Laughter by Donavon Frankenreiter

This proves anything can happen if you try hard enough.
You see, it all began when my middle child came up to me holding a broken stapler.
“It’s broken,” he said.
“I can see that,” I replied. “How did it break?”
“I don’t know.” He shrugged his shoulders. “I tried to use it and it disintegrated.” (okay, not his real words). “Can you fix it?”
“Of course I can.” (Do not say this if you are a sane person. Not all things can be fixed. Especially a stapler in five pieces).

So I got to work. I put the spring back and played with the metal gadget that had mysteriously come un-popped from this holder.

It didn’t work. I tried again, and again, and again. Until I set it down firmly (um…okay, I smashed down on the counter) and said (yelled), “Curse you evil gadget of modern society! You are the burden of my soul!” (Okay, it’s not really the burden of my soul, but I was in a mood. Also, please take note. Yelling at inanimate objects does not make them want to be fixed any faster. Although, you can try.)

I took a break. When I got back, my cute youngest had taken the spring and had named it “Fred” carrying it around with him and not letting anyone lay a finger on it (honestly…he was using it as a rocket and throwing it through the kitchen, and he didn’t name it Fred. It was more like Destructor or something similar to that. I just like the name Fred.)

Anyway, all the pieces had either disappeared or where now a part of an imaginary artillery. So I called it quits.

This morning, as I was staring at my blank screen, trying to think of what should happen next in my story, but feeling the urge to talk to the computer because it wasn't doing what I wanted it to (again, please…objects do not speak back). When what should be sitting beside me? All five pieces of the evil stapler.

I knew what I had to do.

I popped that spring in place, assembled the metal thingy-object and snapped that pusher-down thing-er together. And Pow! My stapler was fixed.

I cheered in triumph! I wept with joy and then ate a bowl of crackers because I was really really happy. The stapler was working again.

So yes, this must prove it. If I can fix a stapler anything is possible. Even what seems to be unreachable, may be reachable.
We just have to keep pushing along, never giving up even when it looks like all is lost (especially when someone has named our stapler springs the Destructor).
See? Anything can happen. You just have to do it.