Friday, March 29, 2013

Sharing Candy

Whoa, two posts in one week. Gasp. Actually, I just wanted to say--

and here's some chocolate.
Yeah, I'm sharing because I can be sweet like that. :)
Oh and if you are in the Philly area this evening, check out First Page Crit Session at Arcadia University. Four amazing authors will be critquing the first pages. And I mean, amazing. K.M. Walton, Amy Garvey, Tiffany Schmidt and E.C. MyersGo here for the complete details. I'm going to try and make it.
Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Yep, still here

No, I haven't been abducted by aliens or sent to some parallel universe. I'm still here. Revising like a mad woman. I'm adding some scenes and then I revise them. It's tedious but it's better than edits. *shivers* Not looking forward to that. Yes, I'll be scanning for betas soon. I do plan to query at some point, but I am taking my time with this in the hopes that I can make it the best I can. Unlike the last time. *hides in corner*

So, yeah, I'm getting there. I think after my last experience with querying, I've have a whole slew of emotions and feelings, but I know what I want and what it takes. So, I'm standing tall and ignoring the negative and the unsupportive. Trust me, it's not easy, it seeps in like an infection in the blood. Stand tall, my friends, you'll get here. With that, here's a song that, well, makes you dance and let everything go. Cause it makes you feel free.


How's your progress?

Any news?

Have a great day!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Just ask

So, I've been so involved with my WiP that I'm surprised I know what day it is. Anyway, it's a good problem. I still like my characters and story. I finally figured out my plot issues . . . I hope. And I gave myself a deadline of June 1st for this draft. I'm hoping I finish sooner to satisfy my impatience, but I'm trying to be realistic and thorough.

I also downloaded Scrivener. That's a another post, but let's just say once I understand it, I think it will be awesome.

Today, I want to talk about asking. Yes, asking. I have a bad habit of keeping things to myself and trying to solve things on my own. On one hand, this is fine, but it doesn't hurt to ask for help. I guess my problem is that I'm afraid I'm bothering someone or I may sound stupid. The whole "I may look weak" mentality. But I'm not. I'm a big one for not wanting to disturb, but to figure out this plot problem, I had to do something. I asked and answers came. And I can't thank my CPs and friends enough. So thanks, guys.

So don't hesitate to ask, you'd might be surprised of what may come of it.

How's your progress?

Read any good books lately?

Any news?

Have a great day!!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Books to check out.

Happy Friday! I have some reads you will want to check out.

Author: Amy Garvey
Publisher HarperTeen
Pages: 320
Blurb: In Cold Kiss, Wren Darby learned she had powers strong enough to bring her dead boyfriend back to life. She thought she had to keep these powers a secret from everyone, until she met Gabriel, a mind reader who instantly learned her deepest secret.

In the sequel, Glass Heart, Wren is torn between her love for Gabriel and the rush of exploring her powers. When Gabriel warns Wren that her powers are getting out of control, Wren begins spending more time with Bay and Fiona, whose magic is wild, exhilarating—and dangerous.

And by the time Wren realizes Gabriel was right, she may already have lost him.
Author: Elizabeth Richards
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
Pages: 384
A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable--they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash's long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they're caught, they'll be executed--but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

Both were great reads. The pacing, plot and voice . . .LOVE. Also, swoony love interests. :)
Okay, back to my cave.
What are you reading?
Have a great day!! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Insecure Writer's Support Group

As always, thanks to awesome Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting this event. Please go and check out the other fine folks who participate. As writers, we need support and inspiration and this is such a great group.

Being a writer is rewarding, difficult, frustrating, annoying, joyous, exciting, depressing, you see where I'm going. It's a roller coaster ride, but we wouldn't do it unless we loved it. We are told to write everyday to strengthen our craft, but the thing is not all of us can. Our lives and situations are all different so we have to find creative ways to do this. Sitting down at a computer and typing my little heart out is not always something I can do. Don't get me wrong. I want to, badly. If I had an agent or a book that was under contracted then I would have to sit my household down and say, "Look, this is my job." But in my house, well you know, no pay means it's a hobby. Anywho, I find other ways to do this.

Writing on the go is what I like to call it.

Get a journal. You know the little book with blank pages. Also, grab a pencil. No. 2 always works, but any kind. Take it with you wherever you go.

"Then what?" you ask.

Look around you. It doesn't take much. For example, you are at a museum with the kids. When you sit to have a snack, take it out, and try to describe something you saw in one of the exhibits. Get picky and try to write your words as a painter would paint. Make it real. Sure, your kids are there and I'm not saying totally neglect them, but if they are sitting quietly (I know this is a little unrealistic and quiet is up to the parent to define), eating, take 2 seconds and write a bunch of words. No rules. Just write.

Got a plot changing idea and you're waiting for your little guy in karate. Work it out. Pull out your journal and jot the thought down.

Another idea is to bring a copy of a chapter with you and work through the issues on paper. That way when the time presents itself so you can sit at the computer and type your little heart out, you can. Things are worked out and it will be easier to work through.

I think about my stories pretty much all day. I have more ideas than I know what to do with. Yes, I have Post-its everywhere. The thing is we are all different and our situations are too, so do what you can and you will get to where you want to be.

Do you write on the go?

What are your tricks?

I'm still writing, guys, so sorry again for M.I.A. I'm trying for a once a week post and I'm getting there.

Have a great day!!