Monday, August 30, 2010

It Happens in Little Steps

It was summer when I went to the writing conference. There was a rumor that only one student per class would be picked by the teaching author to visit with an agent/editor. But it was only a rumor.

But I knew it was true.

I had known of its truth for three years.

I cried each time I was passed up, knowing I wasn’t good enough, wondering if my invested time was wasted.

This year I hoped it would be different.

As I read, I hid behind my glasses, hoping the teacher couldn’t see the sweat forming underneath their rims.

It was quiet when I finished. All my peers’ comments were good. A few suggestions, but not many.

Had I done it?

I waited, but nothing out of the ordinary happened. My turn was over. It was someone else’s chance to read. I just had to try to keep calm, keep the crushing disappointment from overtaking me.

Time passed. I didn’t hear any news. It was happening again, but I wouldn’t let it get me down. I wouldn’t shed any tears.

I grabbed my things, tucking them away, getting ready to go. The assistant inched her way over to me, smiled, and began to speak.

Her lips moved. I could hear her words, but they didn’t make sense.

My ears weren’t the only things broken. Something was wrong with my feet. I knew because with each step I took, they didn’t touch the ground.

My friend noticed the difference too. She was the first to ask me. I had warned her about the sniveling, she should just expect it. We writers are emotional beings. But I couldn’t help it. I started to sob.

But it was different this time. Because I felt like I was a little bit closer. Because I had overcome what I had wanted to for so long. Because I knew I could do it. Somehow, the tears were okay today.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

How Many Papers do I have to Sign?

AHHHH! Save me! I'm stuck under this pile of disclosures from my kids' classes! The one disclosure they promised turned into twelve. Maybe they don't add very well.

I'm going to have to unplug this week. Not that I want to, but because I have to. (My six-year-old just told me he had to wear pants to school. The underwear thing just wasn't cutting it.)

Have a great week. Let me know what your writing/signing disclosure goals are.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Da da da da!

Did you guess correctly?

So this is my girl. It's a modern day Alice in Wonderland with awesome fashionable boots. Lots of you guessed right! You guys are dang smart. =D

Thanks for playing guys. You did great!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Guess that Character Blogfest

Woo hoo! It’s Guess that Character Blogfest! I’m so excited to be a part of it! Thanks to Jen Daiker for putting this awesome 'fest together. All you have to do is figure out what this character looks like from the description I tell you.

So here’s my description. Can you guess what she looks like?  Good luck guys. =D

What was it about him that made me keep getting into so much trouble? Was it his striking light hair, his incredible sense of time? Maybe I was just a sucker for a multi-pocket vest.

What did it matter? I fell for him and now I was stuck in his world. Now I would have to find my way out. Literally.

But I couldn’t go back the way I came. At least not in these awesome button up shoes. I’d hate to get them dirty. I’d have to find some help to get out of here.

I tried to ask his friends, but they don’t seem to be any help at all. There’s that one friend, who just sits and grins at me. When I ask him for help, he takes off. I can’t find him anywhere. His other friends party way too much. I bet they drink every night. To be honest, I think one of them has gone a little nutty. I mean really, why is he singing about bats? I am so much more sophisticated than that.

But I’m not snotty. I would be glad to ask anyone for help. Even if it’s help from the palace.

So there you have it. She gets into trouble, has button up shoes, sophisticated and keeps running into the wrong people. Wow, I think this is a little too easy.  So what do you think? Can you see what she looks like? Just put your description in the comments and come back tomorrow for the answer! 

Take a look at some of my other blogfest friends:
Shannon O'Donnell
Creepy Query Girl
Mary Campbell
Don't forget Jen

Oh man! There are 49 more! Just take a look, everyone is doing a fab job! Happy Character Fest!

Oh and before I forget, Linda Garner is having an amazing get together for children suffering from child abuse. Please take a look at L.T. Elliot's blog for info and see if you can come. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Words of Wisdom...sort of

I wanted to thank everyone's well wishes and emails in the last two weeks. Thanks! Everything is getting back to normal, kids are bored with summer, laundry is piling up. *content sigh* Yup back to normal.

Ugh! I've started this post three times!!!

I wanted to write down some awesome words of wisdom, but nothing is sounding too wisdomy. So I've decided to write myself some short thoughts (because sometimes I forget):

1. Just do it!!!

2. Keep doing it!!!

3. You're doing great!!!

4. You're almost done!!!

Okay, There you go.

The number one word of advice for any writer--is to do it! That's what makes you a writer. Do you guys have any other wisdomy words of advice that you like to give yourself?

If you haven't heard around the blog-o-sphere, WriteOnCon is going on this week. Just go to =)