Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Shout outs, Happy days, and Awards

First.




I want to wish everyone a very Happy Easter this weekend! I’m hoarding my marshmallow bunnies and chocolate eggs even as we speak.

Second.

My good writing friend Sara Larson has just signed on with *** of *** (I put those stars there because I don’t know who!!!! Plus I don't know if Sara is telling anyone yet. Sara, who is it????). Anyway, she’s got a fabulous agent. How do I know Sara? I’ve been in a writing group with her for almost a year and I can tell you, her book - excellent!







Here we are (Sara, me, Carla) hanging out and laughing (about something I’m sure was super funny).

Sara writes YA. I am so excited for her and cannot say enough good things about her amazing writing (plus she bought Girl Scout cookies from us, so you know she’s awesome!). She has started her own blog site, so please check it out here or here or even here. You won’t be disappointed. (Way to go Sara! Whoop!)

Third.

Awards!!! I want to thank everyone who gave me awards in the last little bit. Shannon. (Shannon is more than amazing and love to stalk her blog – sorry Shannon, you’re stuck with me now), Jen (who is very cool and an amazing writer – I’ve read some of her stuff on her blog. Excellent!) and Mary (Oh my golly-gosh-willakers, Mary is just awesome. When are we having dinner again?) I cannot begin to express how much I enjoy these three gals. Thanks you guys!

So I’m passing these on:



Awesome Jen awarded me the It's like we're Soulmates Award, which is so true. I really enjoy Jen (and her blog). Plus you should have seen us at Vegas together. It was a blast!

The rules:
1. Choose five followers/commenters that 'get' you
2. Write something fake (preferably not too mean) about them
3. Link to them, and link back to this post to comment your receipt of the award.

Patti - Patti and I were in an underwater basket weaving class together. She got an A and I got an F. Plus my basket turned out really really soggy. I should have asked her for more help.

L.T. Elliot - L.T. and I are secret superheros. She flies around in the sky while I sing. I can shatter glass with my high pitched squeals, enabling her to swoop down and capture the bad guys. We also fold freshly laundered clothes at the speed of light.
Mary C. - Mary and I are W.O.W. (world of warcraft) buddies. She's a sleek elf with mighty arrow flinging ability and I'm a kick-butt dwarf that shots fire blots from my high heel boots. We play every Thursday from 9-12 midnight.
Shannon - Shannon and I are both apart of the ELOGW, yes, the Evil League of Genius Writers. We meet the third Wednesday of the month. Unfortunately, we aren't that evil. We are more of your sunshine-and-lollipop kind of evil. And that's the worst kind. Plus we have a cool theme song.





Thanks Shannon for the Sunshine Award! She is just all around awesome. Her blog makes me smile and she is just C.O.O.L. I get to pick out a handful of writers. I have decided to give these awards to some of my new followers (thanks you guys for following me! It totally makes my day!)

Here they are:




Last but not least- Mary gave me The Sugar Doll Award (that just sounds yummy!) Thanks so much!!! I’m passing this one on to three of my new friends:
I want to thank my old friends and my new friends for all the great comments and support that have been offered on my blog. It means so much to me. Thanks. =)
One last thing (I know, this post is so long!) Linda Garner, has written a fantastic book, Some Secrets Hurt. She is hosting a run/walk-a-thon to prevent child abuse. You can get all the info at our group blog (just click on Linda's name there). There will be cotton candy and I believe hot dogs. So you can eat and run all at the same time (okay, don't do that, I would hate to hear on the news about a group of runners choking during a run/walk-a-thon. That would just be sad). But the run/walk will be awesome!

If you haven’t heard from me yet on your blog, don’t worry. Stats is over in three weeks and I plan on catching up with everybody (my Professor would be so proud that I made it through the class – she’s an excellent teacher).
Have a great week guys! Happy Easter!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Favorite Word, What's Your Favorite Word?

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” ~ Robin Williams

(First, I need to give a special thanks to Jen and Shannon for the awesome awards they have given me. I will get those out to some of my bloggy friends in a little while. I am in the middle of the last part of Stats and am working my tail off to get a decent grade. Thanks guys!)

If you haven’t seen Word Girl on PBS, you’re missing out. She is a witty super hero who goes around fighting crime and correcting words that are used incorrectly (kind of like my thesaurus, but better).

At the end of the show there is a segment called Favorite Word, where… *momentary pause while thinking how to describe*….well, here - take a look:



After running around one morning trying to get my kids out the door, I heard this segment coming from the other room and thought, “Hey, what’s my favorite word?” Being a writer, I ought to have a favorite word, right?

I thought and thought.

There are so many words. Some roll off the tongue: loquacious, fabulous, splendid.

While others burst out in amusement: chunk, rutabaga, aghast. (Okay, maybe not that funny, unless you said, “That fabulous rutabaga left me aghast.” Nope, still not funny.)

But I think out of all the beautiful and words there are, I believe awesome is my favorite. ( definition from http://www.merriam-webster.com/: Expression of awe -- inspiring awe/terrific -- extraordinary)

You can tell I love this word, because I use it so much. You’re awesome. That is an awesome view. Did you read that awesome book?!

My favorite word might change next week (because I’m fickle that way) -- I may love the word rutabaga, but for now awesome is it.

So as writers and readers, what are some of your favorite words? (Crackers? Exquisite? Rutabaga? That is kind of fun to say.)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tennis Shoes vs Fat-fudge Filled Goodness


“Hitch your wagon to a star.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I fell off the wagon. It’s true. I fell off the treadmill/eating foods-good-for-you wagon.

Remember when I had lost weight, fit in my skinny pants and thought I was doing great?

Well, old habits started to sneak back into my life. Like eating chocolate bars, just to make sure they tasted good (Don’t tell me you haven’t done it before. *looking down at floor ashamed* Okay, maybe it’s only me).

But anyway, then I got that nasty cold (now I’m fighting the sinus infection. Curses!) and decided I should lay off the treadmill for a couple of weeks. Bad idea. Why?

Because Midnight cookie eating + No exercise = big bottom girl.

Yes, I gained weight. (And when that really cute skinny girl walked past my house last week, I teared up a little.)

So I’ve rededicated myself. I’m watching what I eat (no more fried cheesecake with fudge filling for me) and I’m back to running my two miles a day. I haven’t lost anything yet, but I’m feeling so much better.

Unfortunately, I have to do the same thing with writing. I sometimes get discouraged because I feel like I’m not a good enough writer or my story line isn’t doing what I want it to - and yes- sometimes I feel like quitting.

So I have to rededicate myself. Block out time to write, not worry about the stories imperfections (yet) and stop comparing myself (which I do way too often – stupid skinny girl, walking past my house, with awesome tan – I am SO adding you into my next book - and you're the bad guy. Mwa ha ha).

But you know what? I always feel better when I am dedicated and working on my goals. Maybe rededicating isn’t as bad as I thought it was. (Still - I’m going to miss taste testing those delicious candy bars when I’m supposed to be writing.)

What do you think helps to rededicate oneself?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

You're Posting Twice in One Day?

Yes I am. I know - spooky.

I just wanted to check in with all my bloggy friends and warn you....I made my goal last week (12,000 words). BEWARE (oooohhhhh). Now you know anything is possible.

And

I love plotting. Why didn't anyone tell me about plotting before? I mean - really? Oh, wait, yes you did. Sorry for not listening. You were right. Plotting rocks.

Dan Wells gave an excellent presentation on plotting at LTUE. He has posted it on his blog and even has a video you can view. Just go HERE and you can click on whatever link you are interested in.

So now you know. Plotting is cool and my fingers are on fire (Ouch!) Have a great week everyone!

And the Award Goes To....

I promise I’ll be fast on the awards, but I just have to thank Shari for giving me the Humane Award. Shari is very cool (I love hanging out with her and her peeps at conferences. They totally make me spew milk from my nose, plus Shari is my good friend).

I want to thank Suzette for giving me the Silver Lining award! For those of you who haven’t met Suzette yet, she is a remarkable person. Plus she makes everyone feel at home (a talent I wish I had).

(btw, some of you I couldn't get a hold of, so I hope you are checking out the blog today. =) )

Drum roll please……(Wow, I kind of feel like I’m at the Academy Awards. I hope I’m wearing something awesome. And shiny!) Okay, sorry, I’m back.





Those who I would like to award the Humane bloggy Award are:


Michelle, because not only is she a courageous woman, she always has something positive to say. She is amazing.



Kimberly Job, did you know she is the awesome mom of ten kids?



Karen H. I just found this out, but she fostered and adopted two terrific boys who were brothers. How can you not admire her?




Stacey, because she is always smiling. I love that!



And Heidi A. because she is an amazing mother/caregiver/person. I am always astonished how much she does for her family. Very cool!


Those who I would like to pass on the Silver Lining Award goes to:

Nichole G. who first helped me get my name published and is just a great person all around.


Lotus Girl, I just started stalking her blog and I like her a lot! Plus she just has to write and so do I. We have awesome things in common!



Kasie W. She is just so fun. Did you know she drove a ton of hours to go to LTUE?



Jen, Her blog is incredible and I love hearing her journey as a writer.


Cindy, because she once challenged me to a pizza eating contest. We both won, but were sick as dogs. She’s awesome.

Thanks everyone! I love the awards and love to give them. You guys are the best!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Plugged in and turning to the Dark Side



"I have you now! " ~ Darth Vader, Star Wars


While I was gone (in my cough syrup haze) as few things happened that I feel must be reported on:

1 – I missed all the Olympics. All of them. I was too busy blowing my nose to concentrated on the awesomeness of the winter festivities.

2 – Okay, the truth is I started a new WIP and I am way excited about it. One day I had the idea, and the next, it was plotted, characters had goals and subplots, and now….1/8 of the way to being finished. And you know what!? It’s Dystopian! (Elana J. you have turned me to the dark side! Say in funny Darth Vader voice to make more dramatic.)

3- Shannon O' (who is more than cool) gave me an award (just before I got super sick, so I’m sorry this has taken so long to post). And it is a great award!


All I have to do is share it with 5 of my blogging buddies:

1) Patti N (she always has good advice on writing and she really means what she says. I like that in a person! =) ).
2) L.T. Elliot (she not only is a super close friend, but I make her read all my first draft chapters. I love that woman!).
3) Ali Cross (she does a great job at answering all my bloggy questions. Did you know that most writers write with their feet in the nude? *gasp*).
4) Mary C. (she just rocks! I’ve hang out with her a few times in person and I feel a close kindred spirit thing going on there. She is very awesome).
5) Natalie W (again, kindred spirit thing. Plus have you seen her sketchings? Amazing! She is very cool.)

I would put Shannon down again because I love her and her blog, but I can’t. But go check out all these amazing women and their blogs. They are on their way up, I tell ya!

4 – I am reporting to you, my bloggy buddies, on my WIP. My goal is to have 10,000 words per week until I hit 50,000. Why? Because I’m ignoring Incognito and I have to have something awesomely-awesome to take to my next conference. Wish me luck. I’m already at 5,000 for this week. Half way there.

5 – Last but not the least of things to report on. Having a cold makes chocolate taste funny. I know, don’t panic (because I did one day and it was just an awful mess – I had to eat at least three chocolate bars to prove my point that I couldn’t taste them. I gained a couple pounds.)

So there you have it. My full report of things that happened during my cold-unplugged week. Thanks for being patient with me and my absence. I’m going to stalk your blogs now. I love the blog stalking.