Monday, July 28, 2014

The Liebster Award from W. K. Tucker

The Liebster Award exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. It pays tribute to new blogs, or blogs with a follower count of less than 1,000–including Twitter.
The word “liebster” is German in origin and has several definitions, including but not limited to: dearest, sweetest, kindest, pleasant, endearing,  lovely, cute, nicest, valued and welcome.
What a nice sentiment from W. K. Tucker who nominated me.
The rules–should you choose to accept the award:
1. Link back to the blog that nominated you. In my case W. K. Tucker.
2. Answer questions that your nominator has set for you.
3. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 5-11 blogs that have less than 1,000 followers to receive this award. (Remember, this includes Twitter.)
5. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
6. Contact your nominees and let them know you have nominated them.

The Questions WK set for me:

1. What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Curled up in bed with a book, or sitting on the back porch to enjoy the rain.

2. Are you a cat or dog person?
Dog! I'll never be a cat lady like WK, but I may end up a dog lady. We currently have three dogs in our house--my two and my mom's.

3. What is your most prized possession?
Cliche for a writer, but my computer. After a year without my own it's heaven not to share.

4. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? (The very first thing you can remember.)
Wonder Woman! Seriously, that may tell my age, but that's the first thing I can remember wanting to be.

5. If you could become a fictional character, who would it be?
Anne of Green Gables. It wouldn't be much of a change, but I loved those books!

6. Do you believe in an afterlife–not necessarily heaven and hell?
Yes I do. I also believe that we will still enjoy the relationships that we have here, especially families.

7. Do you prefer coffee or tea–or something stronger?
Hot chocolate and Mug Root Beer is as strong as I get. LOL

8. If you had the time and/or money to go back to school/college, what would you study?
This is actually really hard because there are so many things I still want to learn. Here's the short list:
CSS/html, Interior Decorating, Culinary Arts and how to play the cello.

9. If for the remainder of your life, you could eat only one cut of meat, (Such as pork bacon or beef steak.) what would you pick?
Can I say chicken breast? You can do an unlimited amount of things with chicken so maybe I wouldn't get sick of it to soon.

10. Do you think time travel will ever be possible?
Not in the sense I think you mean. The amount of energy needed to move that fast through space just isn't practical or safe. Although, I guess astronauts sort of move forward in time the longer they stay in space, but that is so minuscule it almost doesn't count.

11. What prompted you to become a writer?
In the 5th grade I had a teacher who turned me on to reading. It started with Summer of the Monkeys and Where the Red Fern Grows. From there I began reading all kinds of stuff. Before long I started to imagine my name on a book sitting on a library shelf.

11 Random facts:

  1. I never leave my toes unpainted.
  2. Dark chocolate is an obsession.
  3. When it comes to remembering movie stars names I am horrible at it. 
  4. October to January is my favorite time of the year. So much going on, so many holidays to decorate for!
  5. I'm developing a love hate relationship with blogging. Sad, but true.
  6. I'm an ugly crier and that's bad because movies, books, kleenex commercials, everything slightly emotional makes me cry.
  7. I've lived in six states over my lifetime. 
  8. Although many of those states are southern states, I do not have an accent. Weird, but I don't know why.
  9. I have a weak spot for old musicals.
  10. The only reason I want to be rich is so I can travel!
  11. Coming up with 11 random facts is really hard. 
The Nominees:

CD Coffelt aka "Huntress" at Spirit Called
Marcy Hatch at MaineWords
Kristin Smith at Swords and Stillettos
Beth Fred at Romance World
L Blankenship at Notes at the Jovian Frontier
Liz A at Laws of Gravity
Misha Gerick at The Five Year Project
Jeffrey Miller
Jadie Jones
Rebecca Belliston

Your questions:

  1. What's your favorite season of the year?
  2. Would you rather know when and where you will die or keep it a secret?
  3. What's your biggest pet peeve?
  4. What do you think is your greatest strength?
  5. Your greatest weakness?
  6. When you get in the reading mood, do you look for books by genre or author?
  7. Do you still own a camera? Or do you rely solely on your smart phone?
  8. What is your greatest possession?
  9. Chocolate or Vanilla?
  10. What's your favorite childhood memory?
  11. What drives you to keep pushing forward when exhaustion or insecurities strike?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Introducing Jamberry!

This is a non-writing/reading post. :)

I gave in and went to a Jamberry Nail party last week. It was really fun. For those of you that know me well, you know I don't often paint my fingernails because it wears off so fast. And, the few times I've paid for fake nails I was in pain for days with bruised nail beds. It was just too expensive and painful to have pretty nails.

Well, these Jamberry Nails are really easy to do and they last! I've done all my normal stuff--dishes, worked in the garden, gone to the pool--and they still look great. I decided to host my own FB Jamberry Party and YOU are invited! You can also tell your friends and invite them too. You are not under any obligation to buy anything, but I wanted to share this new thing with you, just in case.

Here's the basics--they are vinyls for your nails! They go on in minutes without pain and easily last 2 weeks for a fraction of the cost and time of other manicures.

When you join the event--which starts TODAY, you'll be entered in a raffle for a free half sheet. On the event page you will be able to learn all about Jamberry Nails, what they are, how to apply them, how long they last etc, and we'll play some fun games too. You can order at any time and they are shipped directly to your house.

If you want to learn more or just to take a look, CLICK HERE. You should be able to just join, but if not, friend me and let me know I need to invite you. :)

We will get back to writing related stuff soon! 3 more weeks until school starts!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

I'm Not Dead

Sorry it's been SOO quiet around here, but I am enjoying the summer with my kids and my mom. She moved in with me at the end of June and we've been job hunting ever since. Next week she will start her new job as a teacher's assistant while she waits for her teaching and administrator license to be switched over to her new state. Over qualified? Just a bit! However, she's excited to try out the new school for a year before taking on more responsibility.

I'm happy for her. She was miserable in her last school and it's been a lot of fun to see her making new friends and sounding happier.

A couple weeks after she goes back (she'll be at a year-round school), my kids will go back. Yay! I'll finally have more peace, quiet and time to concentrate on writing and revising. However, I decided to substitute teach this year so I'm not sure how much more time I'll have to blog. We'll have to wait and see.

The decision was a hard one because last year I accomplished a lot with my writing staying at home. But the truth is my mind has struggled all summer because financially we need "just a bit" more to cover our bills. I hate feeling like we are living paycheck to paycheck. It affects my writing because I'm worrying too much. Hopefully, when I start contributing some cash I'll be able to relax again and hit it hard with my new novel ideas.

I miss the good writing days.

I did have one really good revising week this summer with FADE INTO ME. I just have 50 pages left to comb through with the trickle down changes I made. It will make it so much better! What did I change? I cut out a scene that was almost all backstory. Yeah. Why it was still there is beyond me--no not really. It's hard for me to cut stuff. LOL

My wonderful writer's group helped me finally see it though. The info IS important, just not where it is and definitely not all at once.

So, bottom line--I'm still optimistic about my writing goals and ready to get back to it.

How has your summer been?

Friday, July 11, 2014

An Interview With Me!

Today is the day for two great editors.

First, I'm being interviewed today at Sher A Hart's blog. There's also a giveaway of signed copies of both my books. Hop over and spread the word.

There's also a giveaway going on to celebrate Amie McCracken's new brand launch on Facebook. Amie was my editor for The Magic Wakes.

There will be lots of prizes to win for this one.

The scavenger hunt starts at 9:00am Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00) So it's happening NOW. Visit Amie McCracken’s Brand Launch event to see the list of stops. Then head to the blog post on Amie’s website and enter the unscrambled word (and one punctuation mark) into the giveaway form for the scavenger hunt. But don't post it anywhere on Facebook! We want everyone to figure it out on their own. No spoilers.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

#wipfire for Fade Into Me

This week I've been combing through FIM. There have been more form rejections AND more requests to read pages. My goal with this current revision/edit is to take the feedback from the few agents who offered some (as well as my excellent writer's group) and clean it up my manuscript even more.
This Weeks Accomplishments:

  • Broke up a chapter full of backstory (It's important stuff, but I saved it to sprinkle it in at a moment when it will actually cause more tension between Ryanne and Caedan.) 
  • Found and cleaned up several "telling" phrases
  • Cleaned up a few personality slip ups
  • Fell in love with the story all over again
Here are a few of my favorite lines from the novel. #Wipfire on twitter is a neat place to share a line or two you love or get feedback. That's where this idea comes from. Some of them are a bit more than a line. ;)

The colors of the garden danced in the sunlight—shades of red, white, yellow and green jumped from plant to plant, mingling, changing. They wrapped themselves around the sound of buzzing insects and the humming of bird wings. This is what I missed the most when living among the humans—this symbiosis of sight and sound. The collective magical ignorance of the human race compelled the colors to remain motionless. Here they played like joyful children.

Thunder ripped the sky open. The first drops fell lazily—big fat ones that normally would have made me giddy with joy. But not when wearing my most expensive dress. The lazy rain was followed by the shower. It only took three seconds for me to be soaked.

Ever since this human girl walked into my arms, I had been off balance. None of those emotions could be explained by her appearance. She was pretty, but not beautiful. Average in a way, and yet from the moment I saw her I wanted her. Needed her.

His eyes were so deep. Bottomless pools of concern. He hadn't bargained on me being damaged goods. Even if I wanted this life, I would never fit in. Not with these beautiful, perfect people and their swirling colors.

“Then let her go. Losing her memory might be the best thing for you. You've messed this up so bad you need a fresh start if you’re to have any hope." Mother laughed and continued. "I'm surprised she hasn't decked you yet."
"What are you talking about?" I sunk down, head in my hands. Why did women have to be so confusing?

I crumbled at her feet and lay my head on the couch. It smelled like old French fries and dust.

“Ryanne, I know you don’t care for me the way I do about you, but can we start all over?” He looked up at me so intently my stomach fluttered.
He cares about me? Still? I felt lighter than I had in days. Maybe he would stick around. But what if he didn’t? My inner demons snarled and clawed until the butterflies had been shredded.

I skipped a huge section between #6 and 7 because the bits I love are entire scenes, but these 7 come from the first 160 pages. Just because I love them doesn't mean you can't offer critique. Tell me what you think--good or bad!

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