Monday, September 19, 2011

I've Been Tagged!

So I’ve been tagged! Which means I have to share ten facts about myself. I will do my best to keep them interesting! You can get to know the very intriguing blogger who tagged me at this location.

1.      While I love peace and quiet for some reason I tend to turn out more pages when chaos is going on behind me.

2.      My favorite book still to this day is C.S. Lewis’s The Loin, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

3.      Gluten is my kryptonite. If you ever want to see me double over in whimpers and sobs trick me into eating the stuff.

4.      Putting personal stuff out in the internet universe (including this) scares the living you know what out of me. You might find this rather confusing since this is posted on my blog which is in itself very personal, *but notice, I don’t have very many posts.

5.      Even though I do my darndest to come up with an outline before starting a new ms, I always end up staring at a blank screen. Things make sense and unfold as I’m writing…majority of the time I have no idea how a story is going to end.

6.      I can’t spell worth a darn…spell check is a crutch for me.

     !?! That was only number 6! Geesh, I don’t think I’ve ever reflected this much on myself. Let's see...what else....

7.      From the ages 16 to 24 I had an eyebrow ring.

8.      My favorite movie is Top Gun, solely because it triggers a flood of nostalgic feelings.

9.      If I were a stranger watching my facial expressions as a story played out in my head, I would think I was a crazy person….I’ve been known to randomly bust out giggling.

10.  Even though I would *love* to see my name on a novel in a book store, I write for two reasons. One, to relieve stress. Two, there’s no good movies out and I have to entertain myself.

There you have it, ten facts about me! Take them or leave them. Now it’s my turn to start tagging….
JulieAnne Lindsey
BeckyWallace
AjaHannah
LaurenHammond

Monday, July 25, 2011

What inspires you?

What inspires you to pursue your dreams? It could be as simple as a whiff in the air, a smell that you can’t shake, brining you back to a place where anything is possible. It could be an inspirational movie or book, a song that describes it shockingly to the tee. A person’s story of successes, making you think if they can do it why can’t you? I have found inspiration in all of these at one point or another, but the one inspiration that has stuck, the one that has me pressing in and striving for gold is my children.


My sister picked up a wonderful tradition (one I hope continues) of creating short music videos of my children’s birthdays. This last one has pulled at more than one heart string. It’s of my little girl’s fifth birthday, clips of her enjoying her day with Brit Nicole’s Set the World on Fire as the music. If anyone has heard of that song, it in itself is an inspiration. But seeing my little girl so small, just barely starting her life, with the words ‘take my dreams, come and give them wings’ resonating around her, just aches at my heart. I want the world for her. I don’t want any limitations to touch her, all things are possible, all dreams are attainable. If you are a parent you fully understand this. You see them as a clean slate; ‘child-like faith’ is standing right in front of you. Wishing to have wings to fly is very much a realistic wish for her. To wake up one morning and find beautiful, glistening wings is expected. But how do we keep that in them? How do we teach them to hold on to that? Then it struck me. Like with anything else, we have to be examples, role models to them. If we want them to pursue their dreams, we have to pursue ours.
I’m not saying I want my daughter at my age to go to bed expecting to grow wings over night, but I want her to reach for more in her life than the one she’s comfortable with. Do the things you gotta do, take care of your responsibilities, but leave room to go after that one big dream you just can’t seem to shake. Dreams don’t die on their own, someone’s holding the knife I just hope it’s not you.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Would you care to care to dance?

Sometimes life is hard….scratch that, majority of the time life is hard. Headaches used to plague me. I would wake up with my head pounding and go to bed with it still accompanying me, popping Tylenol like they were skittles. Then one day it dawned on me. I was clenching my jaw so tightly it would take a crowbar to unhinge it. Why? Because I was stressed, frustrated and exhausted.  

So what’s my cure for the stressed, frustrated and exhausted? Easy….

 Step one: Close all the curtains, blinds, shutters (believe me when I say, no one’s gonna wanna see this)

Step two: Find whatever song you’re into now and blare it (I mean it…blare it until you can’t seem to come up with a coherent thought)

 Step three: let go and dance.  (it might start off slow, a foot tap, a bouncing shoulder, but just go with it until you’re jumping up and down flailing your arms and legs. I agree, it might be a very loose definition of dancing, but do it anyway.)

This ‘cure’ does a multiple of things. It’s great exercise. It gets the endorphins pumping. But mainly, it lets you get out of your overcrowded mind for a little bit. It’s kinda like a vacation for your brain. You don’t have to think when you are dancing, just let the music move you, pulsate through you. Let it breathe for you, pump the blood for you. Before you know it, a smile will appear and maybe even a few giggles will escape.

***side bar to all the parents: This is great if one of your ‘stressors’ is under 4 feet and runs around calling you mommy. Kids love to dance too and they’ll think it’s hilarious to see mommy doing it with them.

*** here’s a link to some ‘cure’ songs for me. (Don’t ask. For some reason I’m into old movie songs right now. Don’t worry, it’ll pass)

http://pl.st/p/22171644427

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Book Trailer

I came across a very interesting contest, make a sixty second trailer for your book and win a three chapter ms critique. Since I’ve got a sneaky suspicion that my friends and relatives aren’t being brutally honest with me (I mean come on, like someone close to me is going to say, “It sucks, throw it out and start again”), I would be thrilled to have a third party critique my work and give me some pointers... and because putting together a video that enables others to see what you see in your head, is just awesome! So I sat down and began to ponder. Then I took the first step in making this trailer…I called my sister! (Oh come on, I can’t be great at EVERYTHING!) Seriously though, I’m not video savvy at all, so I gave her a rough vision in my head of what I wanted and she brought it to life (well, video, but you know what I mean) so without further adue, here is the unofficial trailer for my book, Daughter of the Ocean…

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Snow Reminiscence

I love snow. I especially love waking up to a fresh blanket, before the world has a chance to touch it. Little, soft puffs slowly falling from the sky making everything brand new and fresh, like a clean slate.

As a kid, my family and I lived in the country (by country, I mean a half a mile to the mail box and the definition of neighbor was the next house across the field that took you at least good ten minutes of power walking to get to). We would wake up after a night of snow fall, the fields surrounding us would be a rolling blanket of white, and of course as kids the first thought was (well…first, check the news to see if school was canceled, but after the ‘first’ first thought) start the layering, we’re going out! Through all my excitement, I never wanted to be that first foot print that ruined nature’s perfection. So, I would let one of my siblings go ahead of me and take the first plunge. Until then, I just stared out the window, admiring God’s creative masterpiece.

As the day went on and the morning commuters passed, the beautiful white blanket would turn to ugly gray slush, the rolling white hills showed evidence of our outdoor fun, but I always made a point to save one small section undisturbed by our foot tracks. It made me feel accomplished that I was defending one part of God’s peaceful artwork, letting it just be.

Anyway, this was just a memory that popped in my head as I sit at my desk, staring at the snow fall thinking of my New Year’s resolutions for my next blog. It’s the perfect ending to another year passed, which reminds me of another resolution… time seems to go by so fast, take the time to stop and reminisce in the wonder that is ‘life’.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Ten simple steps to getting published!

In the beginning of this new journey it was almost laughable how clueless I was about the publishing process. I soon found that writing an entire novel was the easy part and a whole new world opened full of terms like query letters, synopsis, partials, fulls, literary agents….>head is spinning< , needless to say, a whole lot of research! I stumbled across quite a few of helpful blogs that eased my panic attacks, so I thought I would pass on the knowledge. So in a few simple (if there was a sarcastic button, I would push it…several times, right here!) here’s the process of getting published:


Step one:

A thought pops in your head that makes you stop and think, “what if that could happened and this person was there…and they said such’n such to this other person…and then so’n so happens…and then they say such’n such…and then they live happily ever after.

Step two:

Write that elaborate thought down and edit it… a lot.

Step three:

Think about what makes your idea unique and would make a random person want to read it, in no more than two or three paragraphs. Write it down in letter form , including the fabulous title you picked out and how many words you thought up to make this masterpiece. Sign it – Sincerely.

Step Four:

Now you have to figure out who to address it to, or in other words, who would be so interested in it that they would want to represent it for you (Because, believe me, you aren’t gonna want to fight the publishing houses to accept your unsolicited manuscript). So the research begins. I like these websites: agentquery.com, publishersmarketplace.com, writersdigest.com to name a few. Find an agent within a literary agency that likes the kind of stuff in your manuscript.

Step Five:

Send your well polished query letter to them (no attachments) and wait…

Step Six:

Wait…

Step Seven:

Wait…(you may notice by now that you are becoming more and more of an obsessive e-mail checker. It’s okay, it happens to the best of us!)

Step Eight:

You sign in to your hotmail/yahoo/whatever account and there is an unopened e-mail from a literary agency (Now I’m not going to lie, your heartbeat will start to feel a little erratic). Your shaky hand clicks and you find out they are interested in seeing more (hence a partial request). Send the requested material and repeat steps Six-Eight. Now they interested in more (hence a full request). Send that. Repeat step Six-Eight once more. Very exciting, they are so interested in your work they want to represent you!

Step Nine:

Begin the process of working with your agent to get your manuscript marketable.

Step Ten:

Sit back and let your agent basically repeat steps Four-Eight to find your manuscript a publisher to put your words into book form. All the while, telling yourself to relax and let your agent do their job but in reality jumping up and screaming, scaring whoever may be in the same room, every time the phone rings.

Now add a few rejections, a few shed tears, a few waves of panicked, sense of failures and you have the entire process of getting published in Ten simple steps!

Friday, December 18, 2009

The first of a first

Blogging… I’m not going to lie, I don’t think I ever thought I would be blogging, but here I am. Why, you ask? Because I began my writing journey about eight months and I need an outlet. I tried talking to my hubby about it…and, well, that got me frustrated and aggravated at him, mainly because the only response I got from him was, “just put me on the cover, it’ll sell.” I then turned to my sister, who is my biggest fan, but can…maybe…be a little bias. So, after reading a few blogs, I decided that blogging could be a great way to get all the emotions that come with taking the plunge into the big, scary abyss that is… the publishing world.


Granted, this blog will probably only be gazed upon by my eyes, so it will be kinda like I’m talking to myself, but at least I’ll still be able to hold the title of sane.

Okay, first things first…how did this journey begin? Well, as a stay-at-home mom (which I absolutely love!) I needed something for myself; something that sets me apart from my mommy-role, but will still allow me to be a strong role model for my kids, especially my little girl. I’ve always loved to imagine different worlds and create unique characters, so one day I decided to have a little fun and put what was currently in my head on to paper. Little did I know that I would fall head over heels in love with writing. I love how the characters take me into different directions I never thought about; I love not having any boundaries in the fictional world, ANYTHING is possible; I love that I’m exercising and challenging my mind (which I had to pull out of a world full of Barney episodes and conversations about potting on the potty seat). I’m learning so much in my adventures out of my comfort zone.

So now I sit here, one novel completed and a few months into the intimidating world of querying. A once shy, timid mother of two is slowly becoming a confident woman, writing to big, bad agents in New York. Hopefully this blog will allow you to join me in this journey...and I can entertain you enough to STAY on that journey with me!