I am a NaNoWINNER!!!

•November 30, 2010 • Leave a Comment

It was a tough month, but I have emerged successfully from the frenzy of NaNoWriMo 2010! My novel that I began on November first without any idea of where it was going to lead me, has taken shape. The story is layered and multifaceted, and is fitting together very nicely, just like a good puzzle should. My novel now has a title, SOMETIMES THERE IS NO REST IN PEACE. How is that for ominous, Ha!

I think it is time to go celebrate with a Caramel Martini! Congrats to all my fellow NaNo-ers who become winners writing 50,000 words in 30 days!

As of This Moment… I Have No Idea

•November 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

It’s November 1st… and that means NaNoWriMo! Today the month long journey of writing begins. Wish me luck, because I have absolutely no idea what my novel is going to be about. Right now the title is AS OF THIS MOMENT… I HAVE NO IDEA. Ha! How’s that for truth in advertising. =)

The Headless Horseman

•November 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The Headless Horseman


We love Halloween, and one of our favorite things to do to celebrate the holiday is to carve pumpkins. Hope everyone had a happy, fun-filled day!

On The Chain Gang #18 — Who Am I and Why?

•October 1, 2009 • 12 Comments

My LINK in the Blog Chain

THE BLOG CHAIN…it’s that time again! The ever-wonderful Michelle McLean has posed and intriguing yet difficult question. To find the post be for mine in the chain, check out Sarah Bromley’s blog. Visit Bonny Anderson’s blog to follow the chain.

All Blog Chain members are listed in the sidebar to the right.
My previous Link in the Blog Chain was on the topic of Writerly Advice.

 

This Round’s Topic is:

 

Do you choose WHAT you do because of WHO you are? Or is who you are determined by what you do?

 

Who Am I and Why?

 

It’s complicated…BOTH! I think we do things originally because of who we are, how we’ve been raised, where we’ve grown up. But as we go through life gaining experiences — good, bad, difficult, easy, indifferent — the lessons learned play a part in what we do. My belief is that we are continually changing, which enriches our personality with depth, and change makes life interesting.

It is with this idea in mind that I write my characters. A character with a singular perspective would be boring as heck to write…and even worse to read. Weaving the layers of environment and experience offers a more realistic persona and chances for growth and emotion in your characters. Multi-faceted characters create innumerous story-lines to follow and explore.

When you have an exciting character to write — it makes writing all the more fun! I love to let my characters run free and show me what they want to do. The challenge when something goes astray from my plans for the story thrills me, and puts my writing skills to the test working through the unexpected twists and turns.

 

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On The Chain Gang #17 – Writerly Advice

•August 26, 2009 • 13 Comments

My LINK in the Blog Chain

THE BLOG CHAIN is comprised of a group of fiction writers from Query Tracker and Rally Storm. We thought it would be fun and insightful to acquire differing ideas and opinions on a particular writing topic.

So, we work through the chain posting one-by-one with the same general focus, and then, we repeat the process with a new topic for discussion. Look here for Annie Louden’sfabulous advice, and follow this link to Bonny Anderson tomorrow. If you’d like to read the chain from the beginning, start at Cole Gibsen’s blog..

All Blog Chain members are listed in the sidebar to the right.
This is my first blog since going on hiatus for personal reasons back in April 2009. It’s nice to be back! My previous Link in the Blog Chain was on the topic of Critique Groups.

 

This Round’s Topic is:

 

This blog chain is a game! Your subject is writerly advice. (I just made that word up. Hee) Pretend you are addressing a crowd of aspiring authors eager to soak in your words of knowledge. The problem is, you’ve only been given a time slot of five seconds. In one sentence (no more than 20 words), please summarize the most important words of wisdom you can impart. You can elaborate and address questions only in the comments section.


 

Writerly Advice

 

Get your work out there — your goal is for people to see it anyway — get over your fears!!!

 

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On The Chain Gang #16 – Critique Groups

•April 9, 2009 • 8 Comments

My LINK in the Blog Chain

THE BLOG CHAIN is comprised of a group of fiction writers from Query Tracker and Rally Storm. We thought it would be fun and insightful to acquire differing ideas and opinions on a particular writing topic.

So, we work through the chain posting one-by-one with the same general focus, and then, we repeat the process with a new topic for discussion. New Chain Gang member, Annie Louden, has written a fabulous first post before me, and the always wonderful Elana Johnson will be posting after me. If you’d like to read the chain from the beginning, start at Mary’s blog..

All Blog Chain members are listed in the sidebar to the right.
My previous Link in the Blog Chain was on the topic of Stories of the Heart.

 

This Round’s Topic is:

 

Are you in a critique group? If so, at what point do you send chapters to the members of your group? How detailed are the critiques you receive and give? Do all members in your group write the same genre?


 

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To Crit Or Not To Crit, That Is The Question…

 

When I first began writing, the only ones who knew about it were my two children and my niece. Yes, I was a closet writer for quite a long time. I was chapters into the book before I ever ventured into even the most minimal of conversations about it with my sister. But as I started putting those feelers out there for acceptance of the idea of being a writer, I began fumbling my way through the internet in an attempt to glean any and every bit of advice and knowledge I could gain.

Finally, I had a completed novel. I had learned about the querying process and thought I was doing well. I had found Query Tracker and its fabulous forum and met some of the most talented and awesome writers who helped me to realize that my writing needed a little more polishing.

So I hooked up with Joan, a witty and honest critique partner. Her help has been invaluable. Together we have gone through my novel section by section, making it a much stronger project along the way. We have just started work on her novel, and the critiquing game changes for me.

What I have learned throughout this adventure is that as a writer you can be too close to your work. You know the ins and outs of your story, the personality quirks of your characters, so you read into your story things that you may have forgotten to write. A fresh pair of eyes to see when you need to describe the characteristics and abilities of a fictional creature, or need a little more information for motivation of the actions of a character are definitely an advantage.

I was then invited to join an online critique group with an excellent group of writers from mixed genres. It was exciting and nerve racking all at the same time. Once I have run my work past Joan and revised and rewritten, then I pass it along for shredding by my online group. And let me just say that I mean shredding in the very best way…without shredding, honest feedback, your story will not improve and neither will you as a writer. Sometimes it is hard to hear criticism, but I just look at it as suffering for my art and try to fix the offending problems.


Critiques come in many differing shapes and sizes. I have received thorough and in depth critiques, as well as more generalized overviews and all of them have been beneficial. It is what you make of them, how you put them to work that will make the difference. I do believe that you need to be careful with critiques and remain true to the story you have to tell. There is a fine balance that has to be found in keeping your voice, storyline, and characters while enhancing and deepening them. I have come to find that my stories and my writing skill have improved with being involved with critique groups. I have gained as much from having my work critiqued as I have from critiquing others work. Doing critiques has provided me with things to watch out for in my own work.


So in closing, I just want to say thanks to all who have critiqued my work! I appreciate you and love you all.

 

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On The Chain Gang #15 — Stories Of The Heart…

•March 24, 2009 • 11 Comments

My LINK in the Blog Chain

THE BLOG CHAIN is comprised of a group of fiction writers from Query Tracker and Rally Storm. We thought it would be fun and insightful to acquire differing ideas and opinions on a particular writing topic.

So, we work through the chain posting one-by-one with the same general focus, and then, we repeat the process with a new topic for discussion. Christine Fonseca, has posted before me and Elana Johnson, will be posting after me. If you’d like to read the chain from the beginning, start at the Jessica’s blog..

All Blog Chain members are listed in the sidebar to the right.
My previous Link in the Blog Chain was on the topic of Marketing.

 

This Round’s Topic is:

 

Jessica chose to put all of us writers to the test and threw down the challenge to…WRITE! A short story. The only stipulation is that somehow, someway, heart(s) must be involved.


 

tidepool

 

At The Tidepool

 

Salt air blew as the waves crashed into tumbles of white water. Ava sat on a rock in the middle of the tidepool mindlessly playing with a sea anemone, her thoughts thousands of miles across the ocean, as the tentacles opened and closed around her fingers. The sunset glistened on the horizon in glorious shades of fuchsia and tangerine, shimmering on the water. Day in and day out she sat staring at the sunsets, but the distance never changed. If only I could be there, she thought, in Scotland.

A crab clawed its way up the rock beside her, climbing as it carried its shell on its back. She picked up the tiny creature and turned to place it on the rock behind her.

“Hello, my angel.”

Ava’s heart jumped. She recognized that voice, the richness of the brogue. She had heard it a million times before in her dreams. Her eyes flew to the beach.

Grant dropped his duffle in the sand and held his arms out to her – beckoning her to come to him. “I knew I’d find you here at sunset.” His smile broadened, crinkling his eyes at the corners, encompassing his whole face.

Warmth rushed through Ava as she tentatively navigated the jagged rocks, making her way back to the beach. Grant took her hand as she stepped from the last rock and onto the wet sand. He pulled her in tight to his body; she was the perfect fit – tingles, an immediate response of her body to his touch, like a fire sparking her inner most depths.

He cupped his hand on her chin, tipping back her head. “Your skin is as soft as I’d imagined.”

Their eyes met in a gaze, taking in the deep pools of color, reading the longing and desire, and he lowered his mouth to touch hers. Grant pulled her in closer as he caressed her lips with his…

 

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