Wednesday, August 31, 2011

My First Award!

Yesterday I received my very first ever blog award!

The Liebster award is supposed to promote bloggers with less than 200 followers, with the basic premise that you pay it forward and give it out to five more people.

I'm all about paying it forward. So here are five very cute/awesome/funny/inspirational blogs I've discovered through the Campaign. :-)

Jenny over at In Somnis Veritas

Sarah from The Restless Writer

Kelly from Writtled

Cristina from Once Upon A Time


Leigh Ann of The Naptime Novelist

And a big (maybe awkward) hug to Cherie Colyer for thinking of me and giving me my first award. You made my day. :-)


Quote of the Day!

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."

-John Quincy Adams

Trendy Trendy Trendy

As I've mentioned a few times before, I've only been a real serious reader for a few years. But I was in high school, so can you really blame me? It was my JOB to be out doing stupid things, not reading the latest YA novel. I was suffering from that "I'm too cool to read" stage and spent most of my time stealing traffic cones and listening to James Blunt.

I named him Fabio... he had a pirate eye patch...

Since I've come to my senses I've seen three MAJOR trends in YA Fantasy publications. The Vampire novel, the Fallen Angel novel, and the Dystopian novel. Sure there have been other trends in between, but lets face it, when you think of the major best selling series in the last handful of years, what do you come up with? Me? I see Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, Fallen, Hush Hush, Matched and the always infamous Hunger Games. Again, vampires, fallen angels, and dystopian.

It's always funny to hear people try and guess what they think is next, and I'm in the mood for funny, so want to give it a shot?

People keep trying to tell me that Zombies are next, but I have to disagree. I mean, honestly, whats really ever sexy about a zombie?

"Oh I don't care that you're decaying, just pick that chunk of rotting flesh off your chin and kiss me!" Ah, I don't think so.

Sorry buddy...

So come on. Out with it. What do you predict? I'm going to say... Mermaids. No! Ghosts. No! Dragons! Oh man...

This could get uglier than Mr. Bloody Tie up there...

Monday, August 29, 2011

Sweet Anticipation

It's ridiculous how excited I am for this movie. The books were amazing, I flew through all three in a few days- thankful that I heard about them late. (I read the first two just a month or two before the third one came out.)

So naturally I was thrilled to hear it was picked up for the big screen.... until I remembered all the other books I loved that Hollywood flushed down the toilet. Nonetheless, the idea of seeing one of my favorite stories of all time in movie form is awesome!

Here's the video they aired at the VMA's.

The Master Procrastinator

I don't know about you, but when I'm faced with writing a difficult scene, or that scene between two more exciting scenes that makes your brain curl up in frustration, I am a master at doing anything but that scene.

I sit down at my computer, I pull up my Word document, I watch that tiny little line blink at me... and suddenly realize I haven't checked my email yet (a major failing because, of course, there's always something important in there... not.)

What follows is about four hours of doing ANYTHING but writing. And I mean anything.

Last night, was one such night. Which got me to thinking, what if someone else wasn't so talented in ramdomness? God forbid they have to actually sit down and write!

So here's a list of things you could do INSTEAD of writing.

I may or may not have done all these things at one time or another...

* Alphabetize your spice rack

* Antibacterial-ize every surface in your house

* Catch a duck

* See how many Oreos you can fit in your mouth

* Find anything with a cord and untangle it

* Set the duck free

* Put your flip flops in order according to color.

* Stare at your Facebook home screen until someone posts something interesting, then comment.

* Fold your collection of tissue paper

* Clean the sink

* Polish the silver

* Look for Hunger Games updates on IMDB

* Make all the pictures on your computer black and white

* Make a birthday wishlist on Amazon

* Take an online typing test to see your words per minute, then do it again to see if you can do it any faster

* See how many english muffins you can stack up before they fall down

* Make chocolate chip cookies

* Watch a candle flicker and imagine a ghost trying to blow it out from the other side (This is a Halloween themed procrastination)

* Spell your name in peanut M&M's

* Imagine what you'll say in your Ellen interview (because of course you're going to be a bestselling author someday right?)

* Try and sit cross legged on an exercise ball without killing yourself.

* Read about books coming out next fall knowing full well you're just going to get irritated at having to wait so long to read them.

* Try to disprove the "can't touch your elbow with your tongue" myth

* Paint your toenails orange

* Take a virtual tour of your dream home on Century 21

* Get lost in the Apple App Store

* Plant a Zombumpkin in Zombie Farm

* Watch your favorite movie with French subtitles and call it learning a 2nd language

* Research how much it would cost to buy your own private island

Yeah, this'll do...

* Create a dream cast for your book, complete with secondary characters.

* Order business cards

* Trim your fingernails

* Read your critique partners stuff instead of writing your own (Guilty.)

* Take a bath... a long one

* Pull weeds

* Go through every penny you can find and see which one is the oldest (1959)

There, that should get you started.

Is it sad that those just came off the top of my head? Possibly. Do I care? No.


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Quote of the Day!

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other."

-Abraham Lincoln

Where do you write?

I've always had this vision in my head of this awesome place for me to churn out novels. My "awesome place" has floor to ceiling book shelves, a whiteboard that takes up an entire wall, an awesome sound system, clouds painted on the ceiling, and the mother of all iMac's sitting on a massive, super cool desk.

There may or may not be a water feature in the corner. (I haven't decided if the sound of trickling water would calm me, or just send me to the bathroom every five minutes.)

In reality, I spend most of my writing time tapping away at my laptop on the couch while my son watches Toy Story 2 for the sixth time since he woke up.

So where do you write? Where would you like to?


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Quote of the Day!

"The wild winds weep
And the night is a-cold;
Come hither, Sleep,
And my griefs infold."

Mad Song, by William Blake.

The Third Writers' Platform-Building Campaign!

Well it's no secret that I've been blogging to thin air for this past year with a single lonely comment in response, but thanks to the ever smiling Rachele Alpine, I've been turned onto something- quite frankly- AWESOME.

The Third Writers' Platform-Building Campaign is the brain child of Rachael Harrie, and its goal is to bring together lots and lots of wonderful people in the writers community and building our platforms.

Now, I don't know about you, but building my platform and meeting other people with a love for writing who are trying to do the same thing, sounds like just what the doctor ordered.

The Campaigns run twice a year from February to April, and August to October. The last chance to sign up for this one is August 31st so get on over there!

Well, go on! What are you waiting for?


Friday, August 26, 2011

Quote of the Day!

"Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts."

-Charles Dickens

Progress Report

After a very long hiatus from writing, I've finally gotten back on track. Thanks to a very wonderful critique partner, Celeste, I've felt for the first time in a long time that what I'm doing, and what I'm writing matters.

Two claps for Celeste.

My new novel, lets call it... Wolfy Love Story (and no, that's not the actual title) is the first topic of the newly designed blog. You like?

I'm nearly up to 35,000 words, and after the last six months, that seems like a tiny miracle. A few months ago I was happy with a thousand words in a whole month, just to put this funk into perspective for you.

I think it's healthy to get into a funk now and then. It keeps you on your toes, and makes sure you don't get overconfident. The ability to story tell is a great one, and shouldn't be taken for granted. See? I learned my lesson.

So in the meantime, while writing Wolfy Love Story, I'll be catching up on my reading, seeing as how a search of my bookshelf has turned up eight novels I have yet to read, and Amazon has informed me via e-mail that I have three more on the way.

Toodles for now!