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The Questions

Where do you write?     In a corner in my kitchen. It’s actually my husband’s desk. If I sit at my own, I get distracted and do other things.

Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?      A stack of those yellow notepads, my money tree (I think it’s good luck), and a pencil sharpener.

Favorite time to write?     Morning. I will have to switch back to night writing since I’m going back to work. It will take some getting used to.

Drink of choice while writing?    Coffee. Then I switch to water with lots of ice.

When writing, do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?    I prefer to listen to music. Right now, I’m listening to the theme song to My Little Pony along with the new Linkin Park album.

What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?    When I first set out to write, it was a mess. I was all over the place and throwing everything into it. Then a song came on–She Talks to Angels, by the Black Crowes. The song itself has to do with drugs, but taking it a little more literally, it led to my main character. That one song gave my entire story a new direction.

What’s your most valuable writing tip?    Read a lot. Then write a lot.

Thanks for reading!! See you all in the blog hop

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“Who am I?” you ask

Well, maybe you didn’t, but I’m going to tell you anyway.

I’m 34 years old as of last week, married with two kids, and I teach high school photography. I have had the summer off to enjoy my kids and to write, write, write. I go back to the grind tomorrow, but that’s okay, because it tends for lots of writing inspiration. I love to be alone, to let my thoughts wander, to read, dance, and sing (as long as the music is turned up and no one can actually hear me). I also love people, exploring new places, and trying new things.

 

90 day novel…week 1 almost over

Day 3/4

I’m combining the two posts– (as heroine)

1. One thing you still need to know about me is…If I saw my sister right now, I would offer her my life.

2. I am beginning to question why I…am fighting so hard when everything I do seems to do more harm than good. 

3. My parents think that I am…better than I have been. In reality, I’ve gotten better at hiding things from them.

4. The thing that people most admire in me is…they think I am strong. If only they knew that the opposite were true.

5. The characteristic I am least proud of in myself is…how easy it has gotten to lie to those I care about.

6. I pretend to have forgotten about the time that…my sister actively tried to kill me.

 

1. The answer to my problem I’ve been avoiding is…I have to get my sister out of my head.

2. If I could do one thing differently from my past, it would be…to listen to my sister without making fun of her. 

3. I wouldn’t be surprised if one day I…disappeared from myself.

4. I tend to present the illusion that I…am normal.

5. The most defiant moment of my life was when I…threw everything away to save someone else.

6. The thing that I try to keep hidden from people is…my dual personalities.

“Gearing Up to Get an Agent” Contest!

Gearing up to Get an Agent (GUTGAA) is being hosted by Deana Barnhart and will take place during the month of September. It includes an agent pitch contest and every Friday there will be random drawings for prizes. The 8-10 judges will accept MG, YA, and ADULT entries.

Get your manuscripts polished!

Go to Deana Barnhart’s website for more information.

Day 1…

For now, the activities are mostly stream of consciousness exercises. Some of those, like today, will happen here. Some will happen in a spiral bound notebook. The computer will force me to be a bit more linear and sometimes I will want/need to break away from that.

1. “My story is about…” a girl who meets a boy, a girl who doesn’t relate to her family, a girl who can’t seem to run away from her past, a girl with a sister, a location that is often overlooked, a place that has its own character, a boy that thinks life is black and white until he meets the girl, a boy who will question his existence, a paranormal element (because I can’t resist paranormal. Normal is too normal for me).

2. “What I want to express through my story is…” learning to let go of fear, the struggle in relationships, internal struggles, growing up, emotional distress

As my hero–

3. “If I were to describe myself, I would say that I am…” difficult to be around, weird, athletic, weak, tormented, struggling, tired.

4. “The most incredible thing I ever did was…” learning to shield myself against the strains of being an empath.

5. “The turning point in my life was when…” my sister killed herself after I told my mom that she was crazy. I’ll never get over what I did to her.

6. “Everything will make sense when…” I can control what is in my head. Until then, I have to deal with whatever everyone is feeling too.

Until tomorrow!

 

The 90 day Novel?

My first novel took almost 2 years to write. During that time, I worked full time and had two children. To me, that was still way too long and the story changed whenever I got bored with it. Now, it hardly resembles what it was a year ago. It’s much better, but two years!??

I bought the “90 Day Novel”by Alan Watt in the hope that I can shorten that time and maybe even free up the creative process. I started reading it last night and so far I like it. I want to read it first and then go back and follow along. My plan is to start writing on Monday–almost the same time that I go back to work. This will be interesting. I will post my progress on this blog and maybe others will join in.

Friday Review–Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore

I know I say this about a lot of books. But this book was amazing. I loved Graceling and Fire, and didn’t really think she could do it again, but she did.

Bitterblue picks up eight years after Graceling, and hence the title, Bitterblue is queen of Bitterblue city. On the surface, everything looks perfect, but Bitterblue soon sees that the influence left by her psychopath father, Leck, is still strong in the city. In disguise, she goes into the city to hear the old stories of the time of her father in hopes that she will learn some valuable information. The story twists and turns as she learns more and more about the people that lived under her father and his reign. There is also the inclusion of Po, Katsa, and even a few characters from Fire. Read it and let me know your thoughts!

Friday Review–Divergent by Veronica Roth

This week I actually read two books. That’s how good the Divergent series is–freaking amazing! I was sucked in immediately to Veronica Roth’s world.

This is the description from Amazon–

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

I’m a firm believer of not giving too much away, but let me just say that if you are a fan of dystopian fiction, then you will love this book. The characters are strong, the story fast paced, and there’s a romance in there that I can’t stop thinking about.

Query letters

I have been blog hopping for the last few weeks and finding out so much great information that I’m feeling a little overloaded.  I want to get started and ignore all of this preparation, but deep down I know it’s all worth it. I love the literary agent blogs! Some of the others I’ve found particularly helpful were literaryrambles.com and YAHighway.com

Those girls really know their stuff. I spent all day going through the different agents and only got through the C’s. 

Self Publishing

To publish in the “traditional” way or to follow the newest trend and self publish…

I would really love to hear what any of you have to say about this. I’ve finished my book (well, it’s written, and I’ve read/revised/edited it at least 20 times and could probably continue) and am now at the crossroads of what to do with it. I’ve written my query letter and shown it to my husband–his head didn’t explode, so that’s a good sign. But, is this what I really want? 

I want people to read it! I want to be able to write more and more often. I’d like to make a little money. Hmmm…