Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
In the past, I've discouraged many writers from taking the self-publishing route. The more I read, learn and investigate, the more I realize this is one of the best times to be a writer--BECAUSE of self-publishing and all the options available. The door is wide open. With James Scott Bell's guidance and encouragement, any writer can feel knowledgeable and certainly more confident in their attempt to self-publish. I may have been a wishy-washy believer yesterday but after reading Bell's Self-Publishing Attack!, I'm not today. I bought and read this book this morning, highlighting on every page, and can truthfully say the encouragement alone is worth the price. James Scott Bell is truly the voice of encouragement. Also, I thank him for a do-able plan of action.
I have most of James Scott Bell's books on writing. I'm never disappointed in them. Check them out HERE.
Bell blogs at The Kill Zone. And for fun, take a look at his YouTubevideos.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
5. What is or has been my favorite pet? When I was little I loved lizards. They were all named Lizzie, I played with them until they died, then I buried them in a 'lizard graveyard' under the hedge behind our house.
7. What is my biggest fear? You name it and I fear it: success, failure, pain, loss of a loved one, car wrecks, hurricanes, tornadoes ...
8. What is my attitude mostly? Up and down and all around. I've been accused of being combative. Sometimes I am. I've also been accused of being negative but I call it being realistic.
2. I could live in the library. I always come home with such random books: basket weaving, jewelry making, the history of this, that or the other.
3. I love finding unknown cousins and family members through my genealogy.
4. I have a secret desire to invent something.
5. I don't like onions or cucumbers.
6. I'd love to start a business called Encouragement Incorporated where everyone could be handed positive strokes on a continuing basis. No cocky, self-assured, aggressive, mouthy people allowed.
7. I would love to find a lost child that was featured on John Walsh's missing children show.
8. I usually hate the bad guys, but I like J.R. Ewing.
10. I'd love to write a screenplay.
I give the Kreativ Blogger Award to the following:
James Tate at Tate's Other Side
Kristi at Getting Lost in Louisiana
Kent Conwell at The Eyes of Texas
Debbie Gail Smith
Debra at DreamWeaver
Bossy Betty Please pop over to this blog and look at Bossy Betty's home renovations. It will take your breath away and make your heart race. Seriously!
Amy de Trempe - she needs to get back to her blogging!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
I'll see you later!
Monday, June 18, 2012
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
Text from daughter: That’s weird. Are you reading those Lily Bard books?
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
To top off the escalating chaos, every now and then, believe it or not, someone yelled, “Go Thunder” and a few cheerful voices joined it. I wondered if the moon was full. I think I must have bragged on my library writing too much. Payback time--at least for the summer.
Yesterday I received a nice surprise. Andrea Teagan from The Enchanged Writer nominated me for the Liebster Award. How cool is that? She wrote: Jessica Roach Ferguson from Praise, Prayers, and Observations a southern writer with the sweetest heart. Don't miss her blog.
Here are the rules:
1- Choose FIVE up and coming blogs to which you award the Liebster. Blogs must have less than 200 followers.
2- Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
3-Post the award on your blog. List the bloggers you gave the award to with links to their sites
Monday, June 11, 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012
When I got to the end of my novella, I found a big hole. There was a huge unanswered WHY WOULD HE DO THAT? I know that has more to do with motivation but it sure leaves a hole in my plot. WHY WOULD HE DO THAT?
Yep, I yelled it.
This very important character is not my MC yet the story couldn't be written without him. He's the stimulus, so to speak. The stimulus with the gaping WHY. This is one of those why didn't he just pick up the phone and call instead of manipulating. Manipulation makes him look like a bad guy so there has to be a really, really good reason for it.
I tried to put a band-aid over that gaping hole. Didn't work. I tried to cover it by attributing the actions of another character to the one with the WHY. Didn’t work.
No, no, I don’t want him to be bad. And this is a novella; I can't have a thousand characters.
I haven’t worked on my story for more than a week because of this gaping WHY. I'm stymied! Help!
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
At Booktopia Blog, Paul French answers 10 Terrifying Questions: He offers this advice to new writers:
Never, ever, under any circumstances put pen to paper and start to write about anything that doesn’t completely obsess and fascinate you. Without a complete absorption in the subject you’re guaranteed that, at best, it’ll turn into a dreary and frustrating slog and, at worst, it’ll drive you mad and put you off writing anything else ever again.
What a responsibility we have! What a challenge! What a gift!
Monday, June 4, 2012
Find out how to enter Real Simple’s yearly contest.
- Have your essay published in Real Simple
- Receive a prize of $3,000
- Win round-trip tickets for two to New York City, hotel accomodations for two nights, tickets to a Broadway play, and a lunch with Real Simple editors
Friday, June 1, 2012
The editors are looking for "your setbacks, mentors, breakthroughs, and successes."
Topics considered include:
How did you overcome writer's block?
Who kept you on the right path when you were ready to give up?
When did you realize that the story in your heart was ready to be shared with the world?
The editors are NOT looking for promotional pieces.
They want to know about "your journey to publication, including self-publishing and blogging. This is your opportunity to help other writers -- published and unpublished -- to draw inspiration and learn from your experiences."
Deadline: June 30, 2012
Payment: A check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book (worth more than $100).
Note: Author retains the copyright and the right to resell it.
For complete details and submission guidelines, visit http://chickensoup.com/
Angels Among Us
We are looking for stories from people who believe that they have encountered or been helped by angels. How did your angel manifest himself or herself? How did your angel help you or someone you know? Please do not send stories about people who are "angels" because they do nice things, and also please do not submit eulogies where you say that your loved one is now an angel. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is July 31, 2012.
Great Advice for Making Changes in Your Life
Have you ever read a Chicken Soup for the Soul story that had a wonderful nugget of advice in it that made a difference in your life? We are looking for stories that contain great pieces of advice, whether they are little things that improve our everyday lives, or major epiphanies that can change a life completely. Topics we will cover include advice related to work and personal relationships, marriage, parenting, health and fitness, finances, constructive criticism, taking chances, and following your passion. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is August 31, 2012.
Whether you are single or married, widowed, or divorced, you are in charge of your life and the lives of many other people. Tell us your story about running your independent life, achieving independence, and being a complete person. We are referring to all kinds of independence, not just financial or emotional. Share your story of empowerment and independence to help women of all ages feel stronger, more capable, and more confident. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is July 31, 2012
They always say it's the best job and the worst job. But basically it's the best! We are looking for your stories about parenting - the hard work, the joy, the unconditional love, the funny times and the occasional sad ones too. Whether you're a new parent of one or an "experienced" parent of several, by birth, by marriage, by adoption, or by fostering, tell us your stories about parenthood. Funny stories, stories that will make us tear up, stories with nuggets of great advice - all your anecdotes are welcome. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is June 30, 2012.
Raising Kids on the Spectrum
If you are the parent of a child with autism or Asperger's, we invite you to share your story about raising your child - the ups and downs, the effect on your family, your child's special attributes and talents, and the lighter moments too. You may use a "pen name" on your story. These stories will provide advice, comfort and insight to other parents in the same situation. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is September 30, 2012.