Friday, December 24, 2010
My gift to you is a New Year filled with good writing mojo...ready...set...poof! There you go. Use as you will. :)
Cheers and good wishes to everyone!
Friday, December 17, 2010
To fill the inevitable void brought on by finishing a book I picked up a Janet Chapman that has some past life story lines, and I'm so excited to start it. I'm hoping this will ignite some spark of inspiration in the story I've had brewing.
Either way, it can't hurt.
Monday, December 06, 2010
On Friday night, my daughter had the privilege of being selected to sing on stage with Kenny Rogers and Billy Dean at Massey Hall!
To say that it was an amazing night is an understatement. It was all so surreal that the next day I was left wondering if it really happened. Did I really sit back stage and chat with Billy Dean? Did I really watch my daughter get fitted for a microphone head piece? Did she really sing a song written by Kenny Rogers with Kenny Rogers? Good thing we've got the pictures to prove it (my daughter is the one in the gold dress).
Needless to say, it was an evening that we won't soon forget.
Monday, November 29, 2010
So this holiday season I'm committing to doing one good deed, no matter how big or small, every day until Christmas. But that's not all. I'd like to spread the word, to see how many people I can get to join me in this challenge.
This doesn't have to be time consuming or expensive. Your deeds could be as simple of letting someone else take the coveted choice parking spot at the mall, returning a lost glove to an owner, or maybe baking cookies for a neighbour you know could use some cheering up. No matter what it is, it's sure to put a smile on someone's face. And chances are they'll be a little bit nicer to the next person they meet, and so on and so on...
So what do you say? Are you up for the challenge? Let's make this season the merriest it can be!
Pass it on...
Thursday, November 25, 2010
On the plus side, I did get a page worth of feedback--brutally honest feedback that is hard to hear but worth its weight in gold. There were some positives in there, but basically she felt the story had too many predictable turns. And the predictable turns are an integral part of the story.
So this story is going to get shelved for a while. I need to move on...at least for now. Maybe someday I'll go back and try to fix the issues. But for now, it's time to get lost in something new.
Friday, November 19, 2010
I've let it settle for a few days so I could work out the details in my head, but I think I'm ready to start writing it now. I'm going to try a new writing style since I think it'll work well for the story. Time to think outside the box, right? Why not?
Any new ideas percolating for you?
Friday, October 29, 2010
Earlier this week an idea, a launching point for a story, sprung into my head in the middle of the night. I sat up, thought "Hmmm, that could work" and then went back to sleep. Thankfully I remembered it in the morning. So now I'm raring to go again. This story is a bit different: a romance with a touch of magic/paranormal elements, which is something new for me. I don't quite have all the conflicts/motivations worked out but I'm going to start writing the first chapter while the mojo is hot.
Dreamt anything exciting lately?
Thursday, October 07, 2010
So, over the past week I've polished that little gem and it's almost ready to submit. I know that breaking into the children's market is pretty tough, but the story isn't do me any good sitting in my PC. What do I have to lose by subbing?
So, wish me luck. I'm venturing into a whole new world of rejections, LOL. Wonder if children's publishers at least give you a gold star for effort?
Sunday, September 19, 2010
- There are some FABULOUS writers out there! Can't wait to see how this contest shakes out.
- Writing is a tough business and as soon as you put your writing out there for others to read, there are bound to be people who don't like it...and there's nothing you can do about it. *GASP* Guess it's time to develop that thick skin required if I want to make it as a writer.
- Not everyone acts professionally when it comes to commenting and critiquing other people's work. But that's the minority.
- The romance writing community is full of some wonderfully supportive women, and I count myself lucky to be a part of it.
There you have it...my 2 cents. What have you learned in the contest so far?
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I'm so excited about this one and would love it if you'd stop by and have a read. The title is From One Night to Forever in the warm and cozy category. Any and all comments appreciated. Just click the badge to the right (created by the lovely Lacey Devlin) if you want to be taken directly to my entry.
Even though I know the competition will be stiff, I'm still excited for September 27th.
I just love the rush of a good contest. Don't you?
Sunday, September 05, 2010
I'm just finishing up my entry for the New Voices Competition for HM&B. I figure, why not? It can't hurt to have more than one iron in the fire. And I have to say, I'm loving my chapter. It's a story I've been mulling about for a while and have written bits and pieces. Time to pull it all together. My spunky rock-climbing heroine is lots of fun...can't wait to see where it takes me.
Anyone else out there entering?
Thursday, September 02, 2010
So it stands to reason that if I want a different result, I need to shake things up. If I want to be a writer then I need to start acting like one. No more zoning out in front of the TV every evening, no more surfing the net on my lunch hours. I need to get busy writing my little heart out.
Anyone else planning to shake things up? How?
Friday, August 20, 2010
But now that we're all relaxed and feel like we actually got to enjoy the Summer, it's back to the grind on Monday :( And that means not only the day job but also charging on with doing some extra polishing on the rest of my ms so it shines...just in case the lovely Editor asks for it (I'm trying to be optimistic).
Hope you're all enjoying the last that Summer has to offer.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Now that it's out of my hands, you'd think I could relax, but...nope. No such luck. I keep wondering if I forgot something. Just like when I leave the house and wonder if I left my straightening iron plugged in. But at least if I did forget something, it won't burn the house down!
Guess I'll get comfortable for the wait and try to keep my mind off of it. I'm guessing it could be a while.
But there's nothing like more writing to pass the time.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
The end result? She said that the premise sounds like a good fit for the line and asked to see the partial! Yippee!
I want to give it another look and polish before sending it off. But not tonight. Tonight, I celebrate...with wine.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
I'm so flipping excited...and nervous. Wait...very, very nervous.
What will I tell her about my story that she doesn't already know from my synopsis? Will I be able to type fast enough? Form a complete thought? I'm definitely going to need advice from my pitch-savy writing friends.
Do you have any pitching pearls of wisdom you can pass along?
Friday, July 02, 2010
The reason I haven't been by...I don't have much to say. Aside from shining up my synopsis, I haven't been doing much writing--until today. Not sure why, but the spirit moved me today, and I opened up that word doc. And guess what? I immediately started to feel my mojo pumping again. I love this story! So why am I sitting on it? I need to polish this puppy up and get it in the mail.
You heard it here. I will get this manuscript in the mail before the summer's up.
You can hold me to it. In fact, please do!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Lots has been happening to steal my focus. Here are the high lights.
With a new dog comes lots of work...I'd forgotten how much. Our senior doggie doesn't make much of a fuss, but this one wants people to play with him, walk him, love him all the time...which we're more than happy to do. It just means that there's less time for other things--writing included.
Unfortunately, the cat doesn't love the dog as much as we do. She's been hiding for 2 weeks now. :( I really hope she comes out soon. We miss her.
2) Last week I had yet another gall bladder attack. This time I didn't want to let it go, so I have an ultrasound booked for the end of May. If I do have stones, it means it'll likely have to come out. Summer surgery. Ugh.
3) DD1 and I are both home with a bug today. Fire burning throat, runny nose, overall blahs. Fun times. At least the doggies are happy we're home. :)
So there you have it. Throw in the day job, and the general craziness of motherhood and you've got my life for the past 3 weeks in a nut shell.
What's new with you???
Saturday, April 17, 2010
I'm also trying to see the bright side of the situation....I can still sub. And I will. But I think I need to spend some more time with this ms making sure everything is perfect before I do. Everything happens for a reason--now it won't be a big rush to get this out the door. So really, it's a good thing I didn't get chosen.
There. Did that sound convincing? LOL.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
That being said, I better get to work. I have a short window of quiet time. Must make the most of it.
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
When did that happen?
I've been revising/'add'iting for the last 2 weeks, but I had no idea I was that far along. The revisions are coming along really well, and I can tell that the story is a lot stronger than it was. Motivations are stronger, threads are stronger...I'm on my way.
Good thing, too, since I only have until April 12th to get ready for the SSE editor pitch.
Anyone else out there entering the pitch contest?
Sunday, February 21, 2010
I've also enrolled in two online classes since January. The first was the Susan Meier class I mentioned a few posts ago. This class was very useful and helped me see why published authors do the things that they do. The other one is still going on--Plotting and Motivation with Laurie Schnebly. I am lovin' this class. Already I've had a lightbulb moment with my wip. Laurie pushes you to boil your character's motivations down to one word. And you know what--it really helped to clarify things in my mind. Now I can see on which motivations I should put the focus in order to create the biggest conflict. It's all so clear now. Yay! So I'd definitely recommend the class to all you writers out there.
So on top of the house-messing bathroom reno going on in our home right now, I'll be busy for the next few months. But it's a good kind of busy and is ensuring that the weeks until Spring arrive pass by in a blur.
Hope you're all enjoying the last few weeks of Winter!
Friday, January 29, 2010
Take it from me...DON'T!
I verbalized that very wish to a colleague at work the other day, only half-kidding. That same night I had a gall bladder attack--a first for me. Wow, was it painful. And after some research I found that the most effective cure for gall stones...have them surgically removed. I'll have to go to the doctor to determine if that is required, but the thought of that scares the stuffing out of me, even if it would net me some quiet time.
Was someone listening up above and decided to either a) grant me my wish or b) show me that wishing for injury is a very bad thing? Who knows. But one thing is for sure...I'll never forget to knock wood after such a statement again.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
I quickly discovered that writing a good pitch is not as easy as I'd imagined. But Winnie Grigg's eHarlequin workshop was such a big help (for anyone struggling, I'd highly suggest heading over and reading the workshop notes). With so few words to get across the main characters and conflicts, every word is precious. So I agonized over each one. Endlessly. Needless to say, I was very happy to get it to a place in which I was happy with it and finally hit the send button. Yay!
Donna, being the incredibly thoughtful author that she is, is not going to keep us in suspense for long. She'll be announcing the winner by Monday or Tuesday.
I'm crossing my fingers, toes, legs, arms...
Saturday, January 09, 2010
I pulled out my dusty ms yesterday (OK it's a computer file that can't get dusty, but you get the idea) and lo and behold, as I started reading what I'd last written, I discovered that it isn't half bad. It's funny because when I was writing it, I was sure it was complete and utter crap. I guess time does heal all wounds.
So with a renewed faith in my writing ability and a dream to give me hope, I carry on.