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What’s New This Year:

1 Jan

Well for starters:

#1: Social Vibe: I’m raising money for education but not in the way you’d think. Here’s how it works. Click on the social vibe widget (further down my sidebar) and it’ll open to a set of Company based ads. You watch the ad and the company donates money to the cause. It cost them money and each of us 5 minutes of our time. A really easy/great way to give back.

#2: The 2011 Debut Authors Challenge – hosted by The Story Siren. This is exciting to me. Because as a writer it’s easy to sometimes write/critique and forget to read. (Or get too busy to read). I’m hoping this challenge will help me step back even more to simply enjoy a book and of course support Debut Authors. Just found this out as well, each month/for every review done on a debut book participants names are put into a drawing for a prize pack. Below is a photo of January’s pack. Let me just say, WOW!

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#3: The contest area in my sidebar. (Which I may move lower, because it distracts me for some reason.)

#4: Totally 4 YA: It’s a fantastic NEW authors group geared completely at teens, their lives, their world, YA reading, YA writing… the list goes on and on.

#5: A *hush-hush* sisters site getting ready to launch.

As you can see it’s starting off to be an exciting year already! Oh and before you go, don’t forget to tell me, what’s new with you?

Out Numbered

12 Jun

I never knew how nice it was to have another girl in the house until I dropped my daughter off at the airport and came home to not 1, but 3 boys. Sure I’ve spent a couple days without her in the house. But she doesn’t come home from Disney until next Thursday.

(Searches for panic button).

Okay, so maybe I’m not exactly panicking, but I sure do miss her. We like to talk books and writing and music. I treasure our conversations and love that we share common interest. Especially with the teen years looming on the horizon. In some ways, I hope these common interests will narrow the gap when she gets into the TEENDOM. (Yes, this is a real place. It’s between: I Know Everything Because I’m Ten and Will You Fill Out My Collage Apps Because I’m So Busy And Tired Reality Check.)

On the other hand, I love that she’s experiencing something new. Quite frankly, we tend to visit museums, not theme parks. So this is a fun opportunity for her. And she’s called at least twice a day since she’s left. <– without prompting. Yay! And when she gets back we’ll have a blast making trips to the library.

Because I never get enough of hearing her say:

AND

We counted the days together until she left. And now I count the days until she comes home again.

Six days of car talk, video games, ball, wrestling…Don’t get me wrong, I can change oil in the vehicles with the best of them. I love the guys, but that doesn’t mean I want to be one of them. They’re even talking about the ‘man camp’. Save me!

Seriously, I hope she has a blast and comes back with lots of great stories to tell. Because, if there is one thing her and I love, it’s a great story.

His Big Award!

1 Jun

https://i0.wp.com/www.race-rewards.com/Images/RP81262.JPGWhat to say, what to say? Guys :male: are different than girls :female: . An astute observation, I know. One that we’ll explore further in the man and his car realm.

This weekend I had the pleasure of being there for one of my husbands big moments, when his baby (aka 1975 Mercury Cougar) won a first place trophy at the Burley Park Memorial Day Car Show. When we got home:

:male: He said, “I was really holding back my excitement there.”

:female: It is a first place trophy.

:male: We went on to discuss the general awesomeness of his car.

:female: It is pretty. And fast.

:male: Then we talked about the shelf he’s going to make for his trophy.

:female: Who knows maybe if I have the pleasure of getting published we can build a shelf next to his for my books.

:male: Everyone had their picture taken with the trophy, then a group picture. After that it was passed around so each person could, “ooh” and “ahh” over it.

Like some living, breathing thing it brought energy into the room. Even now, it sits across from me, the shiny foil and plastic, fake-gold-winged-steering-wheel and tire gleams. A symbol of his hard work, hours spent in his shop, and his excitement. I can’t help but hope he gets to experience it again.

Congratulations honey!

Now where to put that shelf? :female: :male:

Shop-o-holic, I am not!

18 May

https://i0.wp.com/i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy195/CommunityThrift/WebPageItem1.gifReally, I’m not. But I’ve a daughter who has needs. It’s true. When she needs something I find the mall is cheaper, faster, easier…er…funner? <–hmmm. Anyway, $3 shirts, $5 shorts. Step aside Walmart. Helloooo: Kholes, Sears, and Old Navy…Of course she talks me into Aero too.

Believe me when I say, I have no draw to large crowds or BIG shopping centers. I love stormy afternoons, inside alone with a cozy sweater, mug of hot cocoa, and a good story to read or write. So when my skinny-minny baby girl needs shorts, shirts, sandals and shoes, I have but little other choice than to leave my haven. And I’ll say this now, the outings take ALL DAY. Her proportions make looking for a needle in the haystack look easy–if it’s good in length, it’s falling off her waist. She’s 11 and grew out of yet another pair of shoes. Really, she may hate me for saying so, but the girls feet are nearly as big as mine, but then she’s nearly as tall as I am too. My goal was to find her the cheapest, ‘coolest pair of shoes’ that she can grow out of next. (I did btw, $39 shoes for $9.99). I’m one happy mama.

Well, this little outing of ours turned out fantastic. Even after I realized all of the husbands outdoor-working-in-the-pole barn-work-jeans stained a bunch of my clothes when I washed them together. So mama got 2 pairs of jeans and a couple tank tops to boot. (Buy 1 get 1 free: $2.50 a piece). Can you tell I love a good deal. Ha!

The best deal of all was a day out with my little girl, who I’ve discovered is not so little. And we were both happy to get away from a house overrun with boys for a while. We’re outnumbered and devised a plan of escape…more girly outings. 😉

Writing a book is a journey, not a trip to the corner store.

11 Feb

The Journey Ahead

You’ll get the following advice: start a manuscript with action, make motivation clear from the start, hook the reader in the first line, don’t leave the reader with unanswered questions in the first chapter. The list goes on, and on, and on. For some books, these ideas work. For others, not so much. And others still, apply all of them.

The fact is, writing isn’t and shouldn’t be cookie cutter.

Yes, there are rules in writing. Sure, there are ideas out there that work great for the multitudes. On the other hand, we need to remember that while we live in a fast paced world of information, where how-to-do-just-about-anything is at a touch of a button. We also need to know when to apply what applies to us. With so many suggestions out there, it is difficult to sift through them. And if not careful, you might very well end up with a one page, thrill-a-minute story, that lasted literally a minute.

Writing is a journey.

I’m not saying don’t start with a hook. In my opinion you need to. However, will that hook be in the first line, first page, first chapter? You decide. I’m not saying ignore character motivation. Honestly, you shouldn’t, it’s essential. But, does that motivation need to be addressed in the first three words? Usually not.

The best suggestion I’ve ever read was simply this, write!

I’m adding a bit to it, because so much out there tells us to make it to the corner store. I suggest writing a journey. One that starts with a Title, a sentence, a paragraph, a page, a chapter. Applying only the suggestions you need to get you through to the end. You see, a journey takes you from one place to another and doesn’t tell you how to get there. A trip to the corner store shouldn’t be everyone’s destination.

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