Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The torture of multiple ideas.

So, I'm back in the revising cave. I'm trying super hard to focus on my revisions and I'm getting there. I'm actually rewriting the second half and I'm wondering if that's even worth it. I have so many stories to tell, but the only way to learn is to stick it out and see it through. Write and learn. I'm tearing it apart and looking at what needs to be done.

The thing is, I have two other manuscripts yelling at me. The usual deal. Just when you thought you could focus, right? Now, I'm writing down my ideas and putting them aside so that when I'm ready to take on those bad boys, I'll know what I want to do. Easy peasy.

The problem is, I start to get this attack that since I'm a sloth at writing, I will miss my chance. What I'm writing may be just starting to be the trend, but when my sweet babies are ready to enter the big bad world, they will be old and wrinkled. The time will have blew right by me. It's an ongoing cycle and one I keep dealing with on a daily basis. So, I have to keep focused, which is easier said than done, but I'm working on it.

For now, I will keep revising and see where it takes me.

Are you staying focused?

Have a great day!!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Monday Mumbles.

It's Monday and I was sick all last week along with my little guy. So, I'm recovering, and well, writing has taken over again, so hence, the lack of blog posts.

I did want to mention a contest (that's free) posted on Writer's Digest. 13th Free "Dear Lucky Agent" Contest (Young Adult and Sci-fi) from Guide to Literary Agents. Go check it out. It's live till January 31st. You never know till you try, right?

Also, a post on Conflict and Desires--Plot by Novel Rocket. Helping your characters with conflict and desire. Basically, the title sums it up.

So, what's new with everyone?

How are your goals?

Have a great day!!

Friday, January 11, 2013

New year, New you, New beginnings (reflection week)

At the beginning of every year, I sometimes think of how I want it to go. I do the same thing in September. Two points where I regroup and wonder. I know my long term goals, those remain unchanged, but what about now. How do I tackle the year with my life and where do I want to be at the end of it?

I mean, really, how can we create expectations that are out of our control? I know I can be repetitive with my topics and embarrass myself on a daily basis. I can be awkward and quiet or social and friendly. I like to please and hate it when people talk about me behind my back. Most of the time, I'm probably walking contradiction. Trust me, I'm not easy to be around.

The thing is--I'm thankful everyday. I'm thankful for my family and friends and my life. Especially those who put up with me. So this year, I will continue to look at things differently, challenge, and inspire. I will push myself and help others. I will keep an open mind and not let little things get under my skin.

I've already had some small changes happen and I'm thrilled to look ahead and let the past be the past.

Looking at the world with new eyes, trying something new, challenge yourself, meet someone new and treasure the ones you love--all of these add up to new beginnings, which can lead to a new you.

Obviously, this week has been about reflection.

So, what are you looking forward to this year?

Any goals?

Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

rebel Writer's Creed

Like I said before, I'm pushing myself harder than ever this year. I'm going to take my writing to new levels. The lovely Sheri Larsen has posted a rebel Writer's Creed. The words struck me as something I want to follow, to keep in mind, and reminder of how I want to live my writing life.

Are you going to take the creed? Go here to check it out.

Have a wonderful day!!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Book signing--EMPTY by K.M.Walton

I love it when I see friends succeed. My friend, Kate Walton, just released her 2nd book, EMPTY. Kate's book release parties and signings are always a blast. Tons of people always show and there are always big smiles and great company. I snapped a couple of photos, but for some stupid reason my computer is being testy and will not let me upload them. Argh. Here's what the book looks like.
So pretty.

Frankie Diane Mallis snapped some more pics. Go here to check them out.
Congrats again, Kate. Thanks for being such a great friend and inspiration. You rock!!

Have you been to any book signings or release parties lately?

Sorry for the short post today. Darn sinus headaches again.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Insecure Writer's Support Group--Yes, you can.

Whoa two posts in one day. Nothing like starting the year off busy, but I like it like that--busy. Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting this wonderful outlet for writers. I can't thank him enough. Also, go check out the participants here.
First, Happy New Year!! It's that time of year to clean the slate and start fresh. Think of it this way, this year is a blank sheet of paper waiting for words. You heard me. I can say I've been at this for a while, but to others it may seem like a short time. I realize this year is for me to step it up. To fit into my writerly shoes. To push myself even more than I ever have before. I know the rules and all the hoopla that goes with it so this year is for me to focus.

With that being said, here are some inspiring thoughts for 2013.

1. I know I've said it before and I'll say it again--writing is hard. You know this, but you wouldn't be doing it unless you loved it. So write. Put all the distraction aside to write, learn, and grow.

2.Make new friends while cherishing the old ones, but remember to focus on you too.

3. Life can get in the way and that's okay.

4. No paths are ever the same.

5. Be flexible and true to yourself.

6. Make goals, but as a wise gal told me--"Don't let the goal overshadow where you are." This is so true and it was a total wake up call for me. Making goals is fine. The problem is when you let them alter your focus. They can distract you and totally screw up your whole rhythm. Trust me, it equals to totally suck. So be happy where you are and continue to grow to reach that goal.

7. Breathe. Don't forget to stop and breathe. Live life and enjoy it.

8. After I wrote this post, I read this post by Beth Revis, which sums it up. Simply awesome.

So, you can do it. Just keep reminding yourself of that.

Here's to 2013! Cheers. *holds up glass*

Stick around for my other post today.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy Book Birthday -- EMPTY by K.M. Walton

Happy New Year everyone!! I'm not officially back till tomorrow, but I had to wish Kate a happy book birthday. EMPTY is out so go and get it. I will be attending the release party this weekend. I can't wait. I'm so excited for you, Kate!! You are the best. I can't wait to read this book.

Blurb: Dell is relentlessly teased about her weight, and she’s devastated when a tender moment with her long-time crush turns violent. Distraught and isolated after the attack, Dell’s depression—and life—spins out of control.
Finding that food no longer eases her pain, Dell turns to her mother’s prescription pain pills. But what starts as a quick fix rapidly escalates. How far will Dell go to make the loneliness, the self-loathing, the heartbreak, the shame, and the name-calling stop?

Have a great day!!