Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a great New Year!


See you all in 2013!

Monday, December 17, 2012

To the Heroes

It's been a rough weekend.

The news from Connecticut was very overwhelming. I couldn't watch the news without breaking down. There is real evil out there.

But there are also real heroes.

As I turned on my computer on Sunday, the news was filled with stories of heroic acts:

A janitor who had the courage to run through the hallways to warn others, a teacher who gave her life after hiding her children in cupboards, a young boy whose life was saved when a hand reached out and pulled him into a classroom, a parent who not only mourned for the life of his child but also the family of the shooter.

There are many more -  more than I think we all hear about.

The heroes.

My heart goes out to all of them: the families, the victims and the heroes.

Thank God for the Heroes.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

What are your goals?

Merry Christmas! I'm finally back.

The program went better than great. Hooray! But I didn't finish Nano.


So new goal: finish book before January. And finish my query letter for sending out. (I hate those things!)

Do you guys have any fun plans before the new year?

p.s. it's so great to be back. I've really missed you guys! Now on to the writing and chocolate eating. ;)

Friday, December 7, 2012

Missed you!!!

I have missed you guys!

Last year I was asked to write a Christmas program. This year they asked me again, so I've been putting a one together. This year we put together a movie - which meant hours and hours of filming, cutting, editing.

Whew. But now it's done and boy, have a learned a lot from doing this!

I'll be back to blogging on Monday. I have missed my writing community friends. Tell me what's happening. What have you been up to?

Who did Nano?

See you guys Monday! =D

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Woohoo Jenn J's Book Cover

I know I've been mia lately, but I have great news!

Jenn Johansson's cover comes out today!



If you don't know Jenn, she is an amazing writer. (I was in her crit group for a time and got some sneak peeks at her writing...awesomely scary!)

If you want to learn more about Insomnia, you can check it out here (YABC)! Squee!!!!
CONGRATS JENN!!!!

p.s.  I'll be back in December...I'm busy doing a Christmas program/Nano/and laundry. It's true what they say...laundry is never done.  See you in a few weeks!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Happy 13th Lenny Lee!!!!

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It's Lenny Lee's 13th Birthday!!! 

And it's official. He is a teenager!!! Woohoo!

 For his birthday, a few of us are listing the top ten things we have learned about Lenny. There are so many more than just ten, but here are mine: 

1. Positive Attitude. Lenny is always happy and positive, no matter what!

2. Kind words. I have never known Lenny to say anything mean about ANYONE! (Trust me, I have had many a time when unkind words were spewing out my mouth.)

3. Lenny makes me laugh. It's a rare gift to make others laugh (I mean really laugh, not that fake kind of stuff, but laughter from the heart. He has it. ).

4. Lenny never gives up. You can tell. I've had many ups and downs and can feel disappointed or discouraged (like we all can), but Lenny never lets that stop him. He is a trouper and always keeps on going.

5. A good friend. I am always impressed when Lenny posts about a friend who needs help, has good news or who is having troubles. He really looks out for those around him. (Check out his sidebar, he is always listing his friends new books and all the cool things going on. Amazing!)

6. Cool. Lenny is just cool. He likes a lot of the same things I do (comics, cards, cuddly animals ....writing). That just makes him cool. Someday, I hope to be cool too. I'm just saying.

7. Speaks from the heart. I have a hard time doing this. I'm always guarded with what I say and who I say it too. Lenny is always free to speak things that I admire (I won't go into details, but he has a touching letter up on his blog, and I cry every time I read it). I need to take a lesson from Lenny and be more like him in that way.

8. Lenny is smart. He does his homework. I learn something new every time I visit his blog.  Someday, I hope to be as smart as he is!

9. Lenny is a writer. He knows his craft. Most adults don't understand what the writing craft is (or means), but as you look at Lenny's blog, you can tell, he knows. He's a real writer. He is a hard worker.

10. A lasting impact. Everybody wants to leave some kind of impact on people. Lenny has touched our hearts and given us more than I think he knows. He is an amazing kid.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Refashion your Words

From bandana to....
...apron! (thank you photobucket)

No way! Have you seen all these posts about refashioning? 

Refashioning is when you have a beloved piece of clothing that you revamp! (I don't mean vampire up, btw. Although, that sounds a little cool.)

Take this for instance. You have an old t-shirt, so you cut off the sleeves, add some elastic, and presto...a new skirt. You can change just about anything old in your closet. Pants, to purse; pj bottoms to skirt; old shirt to new. It's amazing!!!

The same thing goes from writing. Have you ever shelved any of your writing. You can go back and revamp with editing and revisions! I have heard of may writers, who write something, shelve it, go back, clean it up, and get it published. Really! It can work.

All it takes is a little imagination and time.

I'm off to look through my computer files for some projects that need some refashioning.

What do you think? Have you ever shelved a project, pulled it out and cleaned it up? Do you think it's worth it?

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Future of Blogging

(So, I posted something that I wasn't done working on. Sorry about that.)

Since we're talking about it, what do you think about blogging?

I had the opportunity to hang out with a group of amazing blogging ladies last week. There was talk about the different social medias out there (blogging, fb, twitter).

But the center of conversation was if blogging was dying.

There was mention that there weren't as many comments or people connecting anymore. Yes, blogging helps us connect with people all over the world, we can speak our minds, and we can inform others of things that are happening not only in our professional lives but also our personal lives.

But then there was talk about time. (Being a writer has taught me how important time is to my career.) Blogging involves writing posts and connecting with other people, but people didn't have time to put in four hours a day into blogging or searching for people with common interests.
         
There was talk that FB was faster. It only took a few minutes to leave comments and posting only takes a few seconds. Twitter was the same, plus that's where the agent talk is. The cons to twitter is that it can be confusing.

In my personal opinion, I don't think blogging is dying, but slowing down (most of my writing-blogging friends aren't posting each day like they did when they first started blogging). But blogging offers a unique outlet for information. It allows more than a 140 letter message, permitting us to really speak our minds, let other's know what's happening, or post a volume of pictures to embarrass our kids when they're older (okay, you can do that one on FB too).

So put your two cents in. What do you think about blogging? Is it on it's way out?  Slowing down? Outdated like an old broken down Gremlin (you know, like that old car my friend used to pick me up for high school in). What do you think?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Trying to Reach Out & Sheri's give-away



Sheri is one of the nicest bloggers I have meet. She has great news and an awesome giveaway today. SHE HAS AN AGENT!!!  Check out her blog. 

We are all celebrating over on her blog. Please come over and meet her if you don't know Sheri already. ;)

On another note, last week I was saddened from a post from good bloggy friend. She was upset by the lack of outreach she was receiving. 

Even though I'm not at a place where I feel I can help her much, it did make me think. I realized I needed to do more to reach out and share other's news.

This is something I'm terrible at.

But it's something that I've always wanted to do, so I'm doing it!

So I'm starting a "news" board over on my right side bar. If you get and agent, if your book is coming out, if you've finished your first draft...let me know! I'd love to share it!!!If you have a give away, whatever, let me know.

I know it's not much, but I hope that starting small will help. Plus, I love the bloggy love. Just saying.

Have a great week everyone!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Labor Day Marathon...movie marathon that is.

So, I spent the whole day yesterday re-watching the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy (yes...it really did take all day).

I love the conflict in that story between the good and the bad, the choices that each character has to make and the depth of the story line  (I didn't fall asleep once...okay, just once when they were in the forest).

Plus it was my daughter's first time to see the movies. Maybe now this will make better sense to her:


Hee hee hee. That's awesome!


Monday, August 27, 2012

Summer, I will miss you...a little

First thing...I'm BACK! Summer was a great break, but it's time to get back to work!

Second, I always feel a little twinge of sadness when my kids have to go back to school in the fall.
I’ll miss our daily activities and spending leisurely moments by the pool with them. 

This is the last year we will all be together as a little family. My oldest is moving from high school to college. Life is changing.

But I can always feel the excitement in the air during this time. The chance for extra writing time, the renewal of adventure. Sometimes I feel like this:
(Oooo, I need to buy some school supplies)


So instead of pouting (really...sulking into pillow because my kids can't be THAT old yet), I will look at the bright side of things and my renewed spirit of writing. 


How about you? What will you miss about summer? What will you not miss?

Have a great week everyone! I've gotta get my butt in the chair for some good writing time. ;)

Monday, August 20, 2012

A Summer of Vacations



The family and I have had such a great summer! We've taken some vacations that we've been meaning to do for a long time. 

For example, we went to:

Dinosaur Park. Rawr!

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 Goblin Valley (if you take a close look, you can see a ton of little goblin faces on each formation).
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 Capital Reef (a little hidden treasure).
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But the best vacation of all?  The library. I totally got lost in all the new worlds! 



It's been a crazy, fun summer. What about you? What vacations have you taken the last year?

Monday, August 13, 2012

WriteOnCon

It's tomorrow! 


If you're a writer/wanna-be-writer, you've got to check out WriteOnCon!


What is WriteOnCon? 


"WriteOnCon is a totally free, interactive online Writer’s Conference held annually during the summer... The Conference is designed to give attendees many of the features of a live writer’s conference, but in an online environment. Thanks to technologies like blogging, vlogging, livestreaming, and chats, WriteOnCon connects writers with both industry professionals and fellow peers from the convenience of their own homes. Critique forums allow writers to receive feedback and exposure for their work, and the entire program is designed to be both informative and entertaining." (writeoncon.com)


I've been to many conferences and this one is no doubt one of the best. so check it out. 


Hope you see you there (online, I mean. I'll be the one in my jammies). 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Need More Writing Help?

There are a ton of helps out there for writing:

Crit partners, conferences, books, and yes...podcasts.

One of the best podcast out there for authors is Writing Excuses

Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Howard Tayler come together to make humorous and informative insights regarding the craft of writing.

And did I mention the podcasts are only fifteen minutes long? "Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart," according to their website (but let's face it...they really know what they're talking about.)


Subjects range from genre, to voice, to time travel. There is nothing out there they won't tackle.

So try them out. I dare ya!  www.writingexcuses.com.

Have a great week guys and good luck with the writing. ;)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Well Worth the Watch

Neil Gaiman is amazing. This commencement speech is twenty minutes, but well worth watching. And so true.

Happy writing everyone!


Monday, July 23, 2012

Holiday!

It's a holiday this week here in Utah.

So I'm celebrating this awesome state by watching How the Avengers Should have Ended. (Those HISHE people are amazing writers. Seriously. They crack me up.)

P.S. don't watch this if you haven't seen the movie. There's some spoilers. Have a great week everyone!

..........Shawarma...


Monday, July 16, 2012

Unplugged

Have you notcied that I haven't been here much (okay, not at all).

It's because I'm unplugged. Yup. I've been unplugged since June, but wanted to keep up with my posts, so if I haven't been at your blog, this is why.

I'll be back at the end of August. But I'm playing hookie with my kids (and to be honest, it's been a ton of fun).

I'll keep my scheduled posts up, but please don't be offended if you don't hear from me until then. It's not that I don't want to be here. It's just that I'm needed elsewhere (it's kind of a nice feeling to be needed).

So I will see you all when school is back in (and hopefully a bunch of new ideas for my wip).

Have a great summer everyone. I'll see you later. ;)


Fantasy Canyon

Monday, July 9, 2012

Inadequacy



We all feel it from time to time. At times we have more than our fair share.

That feeling when you find yourself comparing yourself against the best (that skinny girl down the street, the writer who whipped out 20k in one sitting, the newbie writer who landed that agent).

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Or when you look at something different than you had in the past and realized that you were wrong about certain things (eating 1,000 calories in chocolate and thinking you wouldn’t gain weight, thinking that first ms was a masterpiece) (lol…or was that just me?)

When you look in the mirror and ask, “What was I thinking?”

Well, I’m ready to tell you that we are all inadequate and that won’t stop us anyway. I’ve been told that if you believe enough and work hard enough, it will happen. I totally believe that.

But you have to want it enough.

I hope I do. What about you? Do you think you will make it?

Monday, July 2, 2012

Dear America,

I just wanted to thank you today for everything you've given me. 

The ability to run down to my local grocer and pick up the freshest fruits and veggies around (and yes, even an occasional chocolate bar). 

To have the choice to read any book I want, even the books that people want banned (I totally read Harry Potter more than twice). 

Thanks for giving me the ability to do whatever I want with my life. To be a lone drifter on the calm and quiet roads or an outspoken activist stirring up the hearts of those around me. 

I'm grateful for the rights I have as a woman that I see so many others deprived of. 

Thank you for giving me a chance to speak my mind without the worry of unmerited retribution.

Even though I know we may have had our differences from time to time, I find myself indebted to you for all you do for me and all those who have helped make you who you are today. You know…the real heroes that are out there. 

I guess what I'm trying to say is, Happy 4th of July America. 

You mean a lot to me. 


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Monday, June 25, 2012

Surrender

I'm so excited to be able to spotlight Elana Johnson! She is one of the most amazing writers I have met and a truly sincere person. And her books... AWESOME!  


Check out her latest:


Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.
All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn. 
Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque...



AHHHH! Sounds so great!!! 



Bio: Elana's work including POSSESSION, REGRET, and SURRENDER is available from Simon & Schuster wherever books are sold. She is the author of From the Query to the Call, an ebook that every writer needs to read before they query, which can be downloaded for free on her website. She runs a personal blog on publishing and is a founding author of the QueryTracker blog. She blogs regularly at The League of Extraordinary Writers, co-organizes WriteOnCon, and is a member of SCBWI, ANWA and LDStorymakers.

She wishes she could experience her first kiss again, tell the mean girl where to shove it, and have cool superpowers like reading minds and controlling fire. To fulfill her desires, she writes young adult science fiction and fantasy.


Purchase your copy here: http://books.simonandschuster.com/buy/Surrender/9781442445680/from-other-retailers#book_retailers

Like I said before, Elana is great. 
To find out more about Elana, please go to:

elanajohnson.com



You won't regret it. ;)








Monday, June 18, 2012

Kiss Off

This was so cute that I had to share.

My friend Becca Wilhite's family helped write, direct, produced and semi-edited this awesome short.

Becca is one of the nicest people I have ever met. Thanks for letting me share this Becca! Enjoy everyone!




BTW - I will be spotlighting Elana Johnson  next Monday! She is amazing and I can't wait! So drop on by. ;)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I'm Reading a Book, Man


“If you want to be a good writer, you must do two things above all others; Read a lot and write a lot.” ~Stephen King, On Writing

Last year I told a class on young adult writing/books. I had to read two to three books a week while analyzing the styles and craft.

It was amazing. I read classics, contemporary, award winning books, books from all genres.

 I have to admit that after the class was over, I got lazy and stopped reading as much.

So I’m picking the reading habit again. Not only has it kept me entertained, it helped me see what well known writers were doing to make their books amazing. 

Keep reading, that’s the goal. So if you see me reading a book, remember what Julian says:


Hee hee, I can never get enough of that video!
What books are you reading? (Tell me some good ones, I lost my tbr list.)
See you guys next week!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

We’ve …Been…Waiting for so Long


It finally happened. It’s summer!

We’ve been counting down the days. Watching the calendar for the morning when we could actually sleep in on a weekday (well…when the kids could sleep in). 

We have plans. Swimming, hiking, fun classes, picnics. Yes, we are planning it all. 

Not my pool, but kind of wish it was (Thanks PhotoBucket)
Last year, we didn’t plan. I kept myself locked up inside a dark room, polishing up my final product while finishing up my college classes. 

I was miserable and it showed up in my writing. *shaking fist at dark room*

I read an article about a writer who took seven years to publish her first book. When asked why it took so long, she said this was the first book she actually had passion for - and it came out in her writing.

That’s why things are changing this year. I’m making room for my writing and my other plans. I won’t kept myself locked inside the dungeon. I’m making a break for it. 

And I can’t wait. (I hope it shows up for the best in my writing!)

What about you? Have you ever found yourself without passion for the writing? Did you over tax your time and the creativity flew away? How did you change it?

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Stories Don't just Stop with You


Love you AlphaSmart (thanks PhotoBucket)

I have this awesome device called and AlphaSmart Dana

See it right there? I love it!

I use it when my kids are on my computer, when I have to carpool and am stuck in the car for an hour, and when my lappy isn’t working (my charger broke down and am without it for a week! A week! Ack!)

Well, the best thing happened today when I hit that power button on my AlphaSmart. I found a story, I hadn’t written. My son had.

The best feeling is seeing your children grasp on to something you hold close to your heart. When I saw his story, I couldn’t help my heart feeling full (and the smile wouldn’t wipe off my face for hours).

What about you? Have you had any unexpected surprises happen from doing the things that you love?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Going...through... withdrawals...

My lappy isn't working!

The battery charger is dead, and now I have to share my writing time on the family computer (and let's just say that the boys got a new online game...thus my withdrawals).

I miss you lappy, I miss you so much. *wiping tear from eye*

I'm trying really heard not to pull out my hair, but if you see a patch missing...you know why.

So, while I am waiting. What'cha up to? Querying? Revising? Drafting? Just hanging around?
And be honest, what do you do when you don't have your compy to write on? Write by hand, write on an Alphasmart, or wait (like me, with balding spots on your head)?

Have a great week everyone. I hope to stop by as many blogs this week, but you know...no lappy. *sigh*

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sorry. I'm out of the writing office this week.

Why?
Need...more....tissues








Need I say more?

Keep on writing everyone! See you next week when my nose doesn't need anymore tissue!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Have you Hear this Song?

Can you believe they took this in only one shot! Wow. 

(If you read this last week, sorry. Blogger posted it early for me. Gotta love that automatic time and date thing --especially when you make a mistake. *blushes*)

This is how I feel about writing.

Lately my radio station has been playing this song every morning when I'm stuffing dishes into the dishwasher. Every time I hear it, I feel the desire to sit down and write.

A few weeks ago a friend and I were talking about being writers.

We both agreed that if you are going to be a writer, you have to love it.

Most writers don't make a ton of money. Writers spend hour after hour alone with their characters instead of working side by side with co-workers (talking about the latest event that happened last night on the TV - unless they are talking to their mc's).  Writers re-read/re-write their words about a million times, analyzing each sentence to make sure they are golden; this is a tedious job.

So why am I a writer?

Is it because of the desire inside? Because I know if I quit, I would regret it. Because there's a "burning in my heart" to get the words out?

Um...yes. That's it. That's why I'm a writer.

Why are you a writer?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

You've got Talent, Baby!

Sometimes you can see if from across a crowded room.

Some people just ooze with it.

Some people don't even know they have it!

It's talent. Yes, talent.

Talent can be something that comes naturally. Other times, it's worked for.  But no matter how it comes, when it does, it's amazing!

Take for instance:
Love Florence and The Machine!



Sometimes it's hidden in small acts that only a few can share:

That is so cool

The nice thing is, we all have talent. There - the secret's out. Everyone of us has a talent of some kind (sewing, acting, being kind, cleaning cars...Talent!)

So don't give up and just believe!

Okay, so share with me your other hidden talents (besides writing). For instance, I can fold a load of clothes in four minutes flat. (That's a talent I treasure.) ;)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Storymakers

It's that time again!

Storymakers. Da da da.

L.T. and Me (I don't know who that leaning girl is. Hey, who are you girl?) 

Yup. It's conference time again. Plans are begin made, m-n-m's are being bought. Woohoo! It will be a great week.

If you are a writer and you haven't been to a conference, I will say it again.


Go.

Any reputable conference will work. Online, a few states away, whatever.

Why?

Because when you attend a conference, you not only are saying to yourself that, "Hey, I really am a writer," but you also learn more about the craft of writing. And writing well is a good thing. ;)

Plus rubbing shoulders with amazing writers/editors/agents is pretty cool too.

So tell me, what is the best piece of writing advice that you have gleaned (from a conference or not).  Mine, keep going (and you can do hard things). Best advice I could give myself. Have a great week everyone!






Monday, April 16, 2012

Getting Back to the Swing of Things

Spring break is over. So are all the dentist appointments (Hooray! I'm grateful for you dentist...but still).

I'm trying to get back into the swing of things (eating healthy, overcoming the monstrous laundry mountain, waking up on time...things like that).

But I am also drafting a new book! (Yay drafting!) But to be honest, it is so much harder than the last book I drafted. I don't know if I'm stuck in revision mode or what!

So I'm setting myself some little goals to get to. (I had a big one, but I decided I couldn't draft a whole book in two days. Just so not realistic.)

What about you guys? What do you do when you switch from revision to drafting? Do you have any tricks to pass along?

Okay, now back to drafting! *whipcrack*

Good luck with the writing/cleaning/living this week! Woohoo!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Unplugged and Talking to Myself Again

Self:  Hey, where are you?

Me: I thought you heard.

Self: About purple being the new color mixed with hints of orange splotches mixed in tweed. Yeah, dreadful.  It's bad news all around.

Me: Um...no. It's spring break.

Self: Spring break? Yay! Why didn't you tell me? Now I can go find myself some awesome tweed pants! What about you? Do you have any fabulousess plans.

Me: Yup. I'm spending the break at the dentist's office.

Self: I said fabulous.

Me: Actually...you said fabulousess, which isn't even a word. *smirk* And no. No fun plans. Just lots of drilling.

Self: Okay.*sneaking out back door*  Good luck with that.I hope you have a great time with all that cleaning and drilling and tooth pulling...and stuff. *running away quickly*

Me: Yup. So, so fun.

I'm unplugged this week! Spending time at the dentists. (I'm such a wild one.) Have a great week everyone! And tell me what your plans are for Spring Break! Anything fun?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Dealing with Disappointment

I think I was more nervous then my son. I even felt like throwing up.

They called the runners up. Not him. It was okay. He could still get first and the scholarship, too. It would be okay.

He fidgeted with his suit in front of cameras and hundreds of people as the announcers paused.

His face fell when they named the winner. I wanted to run up and hug him and tell him everything was going to be alright.
It was a quiet drive home.

Disappointment happens to everybody. But it's not the winning or the disappointment that defines who we really are.

It would have been nice to see my son win. He's worked through a lot (he has autism). But winning never makes him who he is on the inside.

I think as writers, it is easy to get discouraged. When we start, we think all we have to do is write a quick story and everyone will love it. We'll get an agent in a week, we'll be on the best sellers list (because Mom thinks it should be). But we learn there is more to this journey than that.

There is work. Hard work. Revisions, edits, finding agents, writing more books and yes, the occasional chocolate binge. (Which I was just told can be good for you! Yay chocolate.)

But we should not let the disappointments (or the successes for that matter) define who we are.

My son is doing great this week. The award ceremony is in the past. It has changed some things for him (going to a different college), but he is happy and full of excitement for the future. It didn't define him or destroy him. He is continuing to be awesome!

I hope this writing journey finds us all where we dream of, but if not, it's okay. With every door that closes, another one opens.

How have you dealt with disappointment?  Do you think it was for the best?

Have a great week everyone! Good luck with the writing/reading/ laundry cleaning/ whatever! ;) 


Monday, March 19, 2012

Victory!

Thank you Photobucket! 
For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know that I've been trying to run for a long...long...long time.

I've always had issues with running (side stitches, shin splints, pulled tendons, chocolate cravings while running...curse you delicious chocolate).

 A month ago, I started running and just ran. I gave myself little goals and marked off each one as I passed it.

 Well, last week I finally had a break through. I ran without getting winded (actually it's not winded...it's dying I don't feel like dying anymore). I know! I can't believe it either!

The secret: Consistency. 

Instead of being wishy-washy (I'm not talking about my mountain of laundry...although it should be wishy-washy), I set a goal to run 3 times a week and I increased my running time (from like five minute to ten...hee hee, j/k. I run an hour-not all running).

I can't believe the difference it's made! Why didn't anyone tell me sooner? (Evil eye to all my skinny runner friends.) I know I'm not the best runner, but hey...I'll take this victory (with a side of m-n-m's please)!

The same thing goes with writing. If you want to get that book finished, if you want to become a better writer...be consistent. Set little goals and achieve them, and then set more.

I know I've been stuck in that writing lull this year and the only way I pulled through it was setting aside writing time and sticking with it. It's done wonders!

So tell me, what are your little victories this week? What writing tips do you want to pass on that have helped you get passed the lulls? Anything...anything?

Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Loved This!

Sorry I haven't been around this week. I'm busy putting finishing touches on the ms.

Since, I'm gone I thought I'd share this awesome video I found from our internet news place (yeah, our news puts on cool stuff like this that people have done! Awesome!)



Thanks Soul Pancake!

Have a great week everyone! <3

Monday, March 5, 2012

Don't Burn Yourself Out!

When I was first married, I worked as a cake decorator. I loved it! It was fun and I got to create a whole bunch of wedding cakes.

But, I found myself working late nights (a few times all night) and I got sick of the business. (Have you ever worked with the mother of the bride? Very scary at times.)

Writing/blogging/whatever can be the same way.

I've learned that I need to take breaks from things so I don't hate them. I guess that's why I only post on my blog once a week. I don't want to get sick of it (plus the whole writing time needs to come first).

But don't get me wrong, I know I need my name out there and I love the whole blogging community. But I have to remember that I shouldn't be doing it 24/7. Because I love it. <3 (Love ya blogger)

So how about you? Do you ever find that you spend too much time doing only one thing? (Okay, back to the query writing. *whip crack*)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Slacker

I'm a little bit of a slacker this week.

I'm working on the query: TRANSLATE...I'm pulling out my hair and eating too much chocolate (so I'm slacking on my blogging).

I knew queries were hard, but getting my whole book into one paragraph is more tricky than I thought.

I'm also agent shopping (wish it were that easy). I have two that I have in mind (that I really, really, really want). So I'm on query tracker doing my research.  I figure it will take me over a month to get a good list.

I've always believed that you need to be able to work well with an agent. And you want one who loves your work.

So those of you who have agents, what do you love best about your agent? Did you do your homework to get that agent? Those of you who don't have agents, what are your plans to get an agent. And those of you published without an agent, how do you feel about that? Is there more freedom?

I'd love your opinions. ;)

Okay, I have to throw some dishes in the dishwasher and do some more hair pulling.  Have a great week everyone!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Thank you! =D

First I want to thank everyone for their comments last week. And I'm glad to see that most of us agree on the subject. Thanks everyone!

Second. I'm almost done with my revisions/edits/hair pulling and I'm so excited! Soon I will be on the query wagon. I'll let you all know how that goes.

Third, I want your opinions about what you think about social media. What do you like best, what is the hardest, and how long do you spend on them?

Okay, I know this is short for this week, but I'm off to finish. What are you guys up to this week? Drafting/revisions/edits? How's your writing?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

What do you Think?

Do people change after they get published?

This question has popped up in both my critique groups and it got me thinking. Do they?

I think published authors definitely have more demands in certain areas because of deadlines. Does that make them less likely to visit others blogs? More likely to change how they handle things?

I personally, have seen some of my friends change and others stay just as they were when I first met them. But it's an interesting topic of discussion.

So tell me, what do you think? What have you seen?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Let the Conferences Begin!

This is it....the week all conferences begin!  Yes, LTUE is this week and I will be there stalking my writer friends and their agents. I can't wait. Since I'm in a bit of a crunch on packing time (okay, and laundry time...there is so much to do before I leave), I am re-posting my annual conference post:

Yes, it's the kickoff of many fine conferences. So I'm unplugging this week (only half the week) to prepare and mingle with other writes. I'm way excited. 

Here are a few things I've packed in the past, and highly recommend to anyone attending a conference this year: 

MnMs (because I have a noisy stomach and really, no one wants to be startled by that thing!) 

Pencils (even a pen, because I have broken a pencil a time or two and writing with plain wood just doesn’t work well. I did try to chew off the wood, but I had wood shavings stuck in my teeth for a week!)

Paper (To write on… and make spit wads to launch at people who are making me jealous). (j/k I would never do that, and that incident in New York last year - Not me.)

Crackers (Please see MnM’s above).

Notebook (At the conference last year I brought home piles and piles of notes! I expect the same today). I'm actually thinking of using my Alphasmart this year...Hmmm. 

Deodorant (this one is pretty self explanatory).

Couple of chocolate bars (because chocolate is the magical food made by tiny magical creatures from a magical land *sigh * and it’s so, so good!) 

A little extra coinage (for silly things like, food, bottled water, gas for car – stuff like that).

Antacid (There is a funny story behind this, I promise, but just not enough time to disclose. So sorry, and if you’ve heard the story * head hung low * you have my deepest sympathies). Next year I'll tell you about it...next year (say really raspy with lots of air...)

So there you have it! My list of stuff that I will be dragging through the halls with other devoted writers, breathing in the fumes of excitement and hope. If you see me, feel free to ask for a handful of MnM’s, hopefully I haven’t eaten them all yet, but it is very possible that I still have a few good sheets of paper left for spit wads.

Are you planning for any conferences this year?
See you all next week! 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Huh? Really? I don't Believe it.

Is your story believable? I mean really believable.

Take for instance this:

(Okay, this movie was fun to watch, but HISHE makes a good point.)

(That's so awesome) When someone reads your work and they say, "Why didn't (insert name here) just do (insert action here)?"

That's when a writer usually says, "You just don't get it," while shaking head... "I'm a writer, this story can be anyway I want." (No...*uneasy look* I don't know that from experience. *nervous laughing*)

Okay, this is a big mistake (see video above for reference). When someone says a part of your plot won't work, believe them, revise, and move on. Because you want your book to be better.

Have a great week writing everyone! I have to go change that one scene on my book...you know...the one that I thought was cool, but ...my character can't conveniently fly...but it would be cool! Have you ever had to change your plot because something just wasn't working?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rebel Writer's Pledge


First I want to thank Sheri Larsen for putting this blog hop together.

The Rebel Writer's Pledge is for us to look back on our successes and failures of 2011, and then move into this year with new goals and perspective.

Last year, I was in college, finishing my degree. (Which I finally got! Woohoo!) I didn't get anything published last year because I felt a bit over whelmed with school (where as the year before I had two short stories out there). So this year with everything finished and done, I'm up to the challenge.

So here are my writing goals for this year:

1. Treat my writing career as a job, not so much as a hobby. My crit group had a very cool author visit us this week. When I asked about his schedule, he said that he works eight hours a day, just like he was at an office job. I need to do more of that.

2. Block out time for writing and get it done. I think this goes along with #1, but it would sure help me get the writing done.

3. Send out my ms for query.I had planned on this last year, but with school, I put it off. No more putting it off. This is the year.

4. Go to that awesome writer's camp this November (I'll tell you more about it the closer it gets).

Those are my goals! Yay Rebel Writers! Now let's get this year going!

Good luck with your writing goals this year! It's going to be a great one.

Monday, January 23, 2012

I Need a Hero

If you know me, you know that I love a good superhero (or maybe you didn’t know that).

But I’m not the kind of girl who likes your average man/woman in colorful tights, kind of superhero-girl. No. I like a superhero who adds a little twist and turn to their everyday lives. The quirky kind who make people think…or not think (say that part slow, in a menacing voice. Mwa ha ha!)

Take for instance, The Tick. Who needs “new superhero stuff” and uses “battle cries you always admit before leaping into battle.” The Tick is awesome. Funny, a little brainless, and yet, he still eats cereal like every other person.

Spoooon!

Or Word Girl (She is so awesome. A superhero who knows her grammar? Beyond Priceless!)

I know...it's a kids show, but the writing is hilarious! 

And last, but not least…the villain who is really the hero, but is the most evilest villain around. *head shaking* (You have to see it to know what I’m talking about.) The writing in this is amazing.
Say it was Horrible. 


The main ingredient in all three of these shows/blogs/episodes is that the writing is fantastic. The characters are fun and they keep the reader wanting more. 

So as I’m editing/revising, I remind myself to keep my characters interesting. Color them up, make them easy to relate to, or give them funny nicknames. Do something to keep your reader in love with your characters.

Any thoughts? What kinds of things do you do to keep your characters interesting? And who's your favorite superhero and why?

Also I'm a part of Sheri Larsen's Writing Rebel's Pledge. I will be back tomorrow with more info. ;)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Things to Remind Myself this Year

I was told once that everyone of us has a little OCD (over compulsive disorder...you know, like that show Monk.)

I had a doctor point it out to me once as I sat in her office; fixing all the picture frames so they matched up. (Hey, they were crooked.) (lol. Okay, I wasn't really doing that. I was washing my hands over and over...It's a doctors office, they have germs. Ew.)

Anyway, I met last week with my writing buddies and we had discussed changing things up in our daily routines to get more writing done.

But there are things I keep forgetting.

So this is my list of things to remember when I'm sitting at my computer screen, thinking about the laundry that needs to be washed:

      1.  DON'T think of the laundry while you are writing (unless your characters are being strangled by dirty socks. Then by all means, think of laundry).

     2. The dishes can be washed anytime during the day. Or night. (You've got that button on the washer that lets  you run it at night...remember? Doing dishes while you sleep. Awesome.)

     3. Turn off the phone ringer. (Two or three hours away from the phone isn't a crime. Plus you have that awesome answering machine message that needs to be used. Okay...it's not awesome, but it's there. Now turn off that ringer.)

     4. Last but not least. Just sit down and do it. Those stories aren't going to write themselves. (There is no button on my computer for auto-pilot. But that might be cool for those writing block days.)

Okay. There is my list of OCD things I need to not worry about. (But probably will anyway.)

What OCD things do you deal with? Come on, everyone has some. Now stop straightening up those frames and let me know. ;) Have a great week everyone! Good luck with the writing.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I'm Moving!

Well, not exactly.


I'm moving my blogging day from Thursday to Monday. Thursday seems to come way too fast.


So those of you who visit Checkerboard Squares, I will be here on Monday. Those of you at Paper and Parchment, I will see you still on Thursdays, but I will be posting the same thing I posted on Checkerboard Squares from Monday (just so we're okay on that).


I'm thinking about only checking out other's blogs three days a week. (Because let's face it, I'm a procrastinator when it comes to writing and I need all the time I can get!)

On a different note...you won't believe this. Really. Sit down. 

I solved the Rubik Cube! I did! Woohoo! *hands up in the air running around like a kid*


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I actually did it twice...okay...*blushes* Three times!  (It's all in the algorithms or math-like stuff.)

But the thing is - I did it! If I can do that, I can do anything right? Right? (okay, maybe I still can't  open my eyes when I'm on a Ferris wheel. *shrugging shoulders*)

The thing is...(I really will get to the point here) If I can sit down and do that, I can accomplish my writing goals. And so can you. So tell me, what are they? What is going to happen with your writing this year? Are you writing one book, two? Querying? Revising? Spill the beans, what's happening in your writing world? 

See you Monday! 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Look out 2012!

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Happy 2012 everyone!

I love the New Year! It's fresh and there is excitement in the air with New Year's Resolutions.

I can't wait.

Here is my list of resolutions for the year:

I have two stories to query. Get them out! 

Clean out that closet (the scary one, with the nest of scary monsters in the corner *shivers*)

Exercise (Isn't that on everyone's list?)

Learn how to solve the Rubix cube. (Will that thing ever be tamed?)

So there is my list for 2012. If they aren't done by next year, there will be serious cookie eating going on here. 

What's on your list? What do you plan with your writing? Happy New Year everyone! Whoop!