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.


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*

Thank You Photobucket
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!

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!