Friday, December 16, 2011
Need to infuse your writing with more irony? You are in luck because I have some inspiration for you. Have A VERY Merry Christmas.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
- You can spot trends
- You know the market
- You know what’s been done already
- You find new exciting authors
- You understand what readers of your genre expect
- You can learn how to add suspense from reading Mystery or Suspense Novels
- You can learn how to add emotion form reading Romance and Contemporary
- You can learn how to use lyrical language from reading Literary Fiction
- You can learn world building from Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Dystopian
- You can learn how to make everything boring from reading Non-Fiction (I’m just kidding J But only a little)
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
My first attempt at a Blog Hop - I couldn't pass this one up! Thanks Abby and the others for kicking this off!
This is for my brother Brian. His ideas of Christmas Giving have become a legend in our family! Here goes:
"Mom, no way! A new pocket knife?" Craig clutched the object within the newspaper wrap. "Wait a second, this is my old knife. Where did you find it? I thought I lost it after scout camp." Craig rubbed his finger across the rough edge where he’d carved his initials, CSA, into the handle. He waited for his mother to fill in the blanks, but she looked as surprised as he did.
"Your old pocket knife?" she repeated, grabbing the newspaper which had served as Christmas wrap. "It says from Santa," she said, looking at her husband. He shrugged his shoulders and pulled another gift from under the tree.
This one bore duct tape trim along the edge of yesterday’s front page. Across the newspaper in black marker someone wrote, “TO: Net, FROM: Snata.”
"Another from Santa, but this is for you, Lynette." He tossed the gift to his daughter, who wasted no time yanking at the duct tape.
"Here," her mom said, handing her the scissors.
"Daisy! It's Daisy, Mom! Where did you find her? I thought I lost you!" Lynette cried, hugging the doll to her.
“Hey, Dad, this one’s for me,” Clair said, reaching under the tree for the final newspaper donned gift. “Can I open it?” His dad nodded, eyebrows raised in curiosity as his third child tore open the wrap and pulled out a faded baseball cap. “My hat! Are you kidding me? I looked everywhere for this! Where was it?”
Their father scanned the room and settled on a small bundle nestled in the corner of their orange couch. There sat his four-year-old son, peeking at him from behind a blanket. The small form shook with a muffled laugh.
“I guess Santa surprised all of us this year!” their father said, winking.
McKay starts laughing.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
- If you were a booger, I would pick you first!
- Did you fart? Because you just blew me away!
- Oh, there is something wrong with my phone...your number's not in it!
- You look a lot like my next girlfriend.
- My love for you is like diarrhea... I can't hold it in.
- Will you hold this (offering a hand) while I go for a walk?
- Hi, I'm Mr. Right someone said you were looking for me.
- I lost my teddy bear can I cuddle with you instead?
- Excuse me, I'm lost can you give me directions to your house?
- I think there is something wrong with my eyes...I can't take them off of you.
- When I saw you across the room I tripped and fell...I am going to need your name and number for insurance purposes.
- I am not telling you this to impress you, but...I am Batman.
- Kiss me if I'm wrong but is your name Guadalupe?
- I'm incredibly rich.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Yesterday I posted, The Take Back - Query, and doubled up on top of Angie's 'embarra**ing moment' post! D'oh! It was intended for today and rather than post something new, I'd like to leave my yesterday's post out there in the blog-o-sphere for today as well. I received some really great feedback (Thank you again for the advice and pointers that were shared. SO helpful!), and I'd love to receive more. You can scroll down to yesterday's post, or I've also pasted my query below. I haven't made any changes as of yet, though I know they are needed and will get on it as soon as time permits. Any comments, critique, suggestions, etc. are more than welcome!
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
I am a gleaner, harvesting information from all those around me. I am so new and unfamiliar with the 'business' side of writing: The query, the synopsis, blogging, cover letters, etc. I have learned SO much from my critique partners as well as those of you who follow our blog and whose blogs I follow! Thank you for your gems of wisdom ... I have truly benefited.
So, can I impose upon you all once again? I know Angie threw her query out to you a while back and received some incredible feedback. I'd like to do the same, if I may. I've written a YA/Urban Fantasy novel topping off at 94,000 words. I would greatly appreciate any and all feedback!! Thank you and good luck to you all in your own writing pursuits whatever they may be! Here goes ...
Life energy can be stolen—days, months, years of life snatched with nothing more than irritated eyes to show for it. The Takers are waiting, committing the perfect crime, so they can live forever.
Seventeen-year-old Abby Crawford thought she was the only one with a secret—seeing the death of strangers and friends in her dreams. But when she flees her home town, ashamed of her ability, she discovers people who know not only of her power, but her family and destiny, too.
Will never believed the far-fetched stories about his life, but once Abby arrived, he couldn’t ignore that her gift might confirm his greatest fear: that he’s a Taker. Now their fates are bound together by Abby’s gift and Will’s dark past.
Abby and Will are all that stands between humanity and the Takers. But the Takers have a secret that could leave the world defenseless—forever.
Ta-Dah! That is the Take Back in a nutshell. Thanks to Angie and others who have already given me a lot of guidance with this. And thanks, in advance, to you who take the time to post a comment/critique. Happy Tuesday everyone!
Monday, December 5, 2011
|Not a picture of me :)|
- Remodeled my bathroom
- Started a new diet and exercise program (and lost 10 lbs)
- Wrote 22k
- Was sick for a week.
- Had sick kids for a week.
- Hosted Thanksgiving at my house.
- Read 5 books
- Did hours of house work
- Finished all my Christmas shopping
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Religious: Seven Miracles that Saved America by Chris Stewart and Ted Stewart
Mystery: Lemon Tart by Josi Kilpack
Romance: The Kiss of a Stranger by Sarah Eden
Verse Novel: Far From You by Lisa Schroeder
YA Contemporary: The Next Door Boys by Jolene Perry
YA Paranormal: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
YA Dystopian: Possession by Elana Johnson
Middle Grade Fantasy: The Shifter by Janice Hardy
Picture Book: Sleep, Big Bear,Sleep by Maureen Wright
And just in case you are wondering...of course I have read them all :)
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Pop on over to Afterglow Book Reviews and check out my review of The Next Door Boys by Jolene Perry :)
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
- What is the worst thing that could happen?
- Is there a secret that could throw us?
- What could happen to make your antag give up?
- How could the antag get the upper hand?
- What is something your protag needs to know to win in the end?
- Is there a twist to send the story in a new direction?
- Pride and Prejudice—Darcy proposing to Elizabeth.
- The Hunger Games—Katniss finding out she and Peeta can team up in the hunger games.
- Twilight—Edward confesses his feeling for Bella.
- The Sorcerer’s Stone—Harry finds out Voldemort is looking for the Sorcerer’s Stone.