Thursday, October 30, 2014

777 Challenge

I usually don't do challenges like this, and the only reason I am today is because Valerie Cole made me do it. ;)

The 777 challenge is when a writer is challenged by another writer to post the seven lines of text, seven lines down on the seventh page of their work-in-progress.

Go here to check out Valerie's 777 on her blog.

Here goes.  This is from my current WIP that I'm trying to revise:

Dried grass covers my sweater and clings to my hair. Lovely, Momma is going to have my hide. I pick the fragments off. 
“What’s your problem, jerk? Walk much?” I rub the part of my forehead that took the brunt of the impact and look up to sneer at my assailant—and immediately regret my tongue-lashing. A lump catches in my throat like a big fat pill as I try to swallow back all the nasty that just flew out of my mouth.

Cash Travis, resident don’t-eff-with-me-or-I’ll-break-your-face, looms above. From the scowl on his face, I’m about to be his next victim.

Monday, September 29, 2014

4th Annual Scribbler's Fork

What a fantastic group of women who came to my annual writer's dinner.  Thank you all so much for driving the distance for a night of book talk with kindred spirits.

(Elle Jauffret, Janelle Alexander, LK Garner-Griffe, Dauphine Marie, Leslie Rose, Lisa Gail Gree, Gretchen Schrieber, Dana Elmendorf, Keiko Sanders, Elizabeth Briggs, Jessica Love, and Tameka Young.)

Here are some random photos of the night:


Monday, August 25, 2014

Music Downloads: Banks (4 Songs Featured)

"Drowning"
"Beggin for Thread"
"Goddess"
"Change"
by Banks
release date: September 9, 2014*
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(*Part of the album is pre-released now.)




It's been a while...okay a long long while since I posted a Music Download. But today I'm going to make up for it. A few weeks ago I was listening to our local independent radio station 91X. The DJ said "Be ready to have your world changed." Then he played "Drowning" by Banks. And it changed indeed.

Even though I'm a fiction writer, it takes a different type of skill and language to  eloquently describe music in terms that will compliment the songs fully.  Luckily there are others with this talent.  In the interview DONT FUCK WITH THE GODDESS with theripe.tv, they describe Jillian Banks' music.
From the darkness, Banks has produced music so fragile and honest that it can leave the listener, in turn, transfixed, unsettled, uplifted or bereft.
This couldn't be more poetically accurate.  From the lyrics and message of these songs, they are about a broken girl from an abusive relationship.  As heartbreaking as they are to hear, it's good to know that the music has healed her.  The four songs I'm featuring today: "Drowning," "Beggin for Thread," "Goddess," and "Change."


Lyrics for "Drowning" by Banks

You tried to lie, I can see that you don't need me
(That you don't need me, that you don't need me)
All of your words, they have been cursed with dishonesty
(With dishonesty, with dishonesty)

Take it from the girl you claimed to love
You gonna get some bad karma
I'm the one who had to learn to build a heart made of armor
From the girl who made you soup and tied your shoes when you were hurting
You are not deserving, you are not deserving

[Chorus:]
(Why would you stay?)
I can see that you wanted me cold
(Caught in the way)
You're so bold while you're watching me moan

You tried to hide, I can see that you don't see me
(That you don't see me, that you don't see me)
What do you gain by the names that you're calling me?
(That you're calling me, that you're calling me)

Take it from the girl you claimed to love
You gonna get some bad karma
I'm the one who had to learn to build a heart made of armor
From the girl who made you soup and tied your shoes when you were hurting
You are not deserving, you are not deserving

(Why would you stay?)
(Cause I'm drowning for ya)
I can see that you wanted me cold
(Caught in the way)
You're so bold while you're watching me moan

[Bridge:]
Holding out
Like you could pull me down
Cause I'm drowning for ya
(Cause I'm drowning for ya)
Cause I'm drowning for ya

[Outro x4:]
Can you follow me out to the water?
I can show you were sinking deeper
Let me know

Cause I'm drowning for ya


Lyrics for "Beggin' for Thread" by Banks

So I got edges that scratch
And sometimes I don’t got a filter but I’m so tired of eating all of my misspoken words
I know my disposition gets confusing
My disproportionate reactions fuse with my eager state
That’s why you wanna come out and play with me
Yeah

Why?

Stooped down and out you got me begging for thread
To sew this hole up that you ripped in my head
Stu-pid-ly think you had it under control
Strapped down to something that you don’t understand
Don’t know what you were getting yourself into
You should have known, secretly I think you knew

I got some dirt on my shoes
My words can come out as a pistol and I’m no good at aiming but I can aim it at you
I know my actions they may get confusing
But my unstable ways is my solution to even space
That’s why you wanna come out and play with me yeah

Stooped down and out you got me begging for thread
To sew this hole up that you ripped in my head
Stu-pid-ly think you had it under control
Strapped down to something that you don’t understand
Don’t know what you were getting yourself into
You should have known, secretly I think you knew

Hold it out try to hide it out but my tracks are better
Hold it out try to hide it out but my tracks are better

Stooped down and out you got me begging for thread
To sew this hole up that you ripped in my head
Stu-pid-ly think you had it under control
Strapped down to something that you don’t understand
Don’t know what you were getting yourself into
You should have known, secretly I think you knew
Secretly I think you knew




Lyrics for "Goddess" by Banks

She gave it all, you gave her shit
She coulda done, just anything
Or anyone, cause she's a goddess
You never got this
You put her down, you liked her hopeless
To walk around, feeling unnoticed
You shoulda crowned her, cause she's a goddess
You never got this

Now you gotta deal with this glitch on your shoulder
Fucking with a goddess and you get a little colder
Yea it's colder, colder
Fucking with a goddess, and you get a little colder

Finally surfaced above doubts
Feeling above this, she came around
Cause she's a goddess, finally saw this
And now you're back, trying to claim her
Cause she's gone and now without her
You're all alone, cause she's a goddess
You shoulda saw this

Now you gotta deal with this glitch on your shoulder
Fucking with a goddess and you get a little colder
Yea it's colder, colder
Fucking with a goddess, and you get a little colder
[x2]

Now you gotta deal with this glitch on your shoulder
You're fucking with a goddess and you get a little colder
Yea you're colder, colder

You're fucking with a goddess, and you get a little colder



Lyrics to "Change" by Banks

Always cold
While you'd self-incriminate
By avoiding all my questions
And calling me an instigator
Cut me down
Always calling me unstable
You so easily can make me cry
Just cause you are in a mood
And you'd say

Call me out
You would say I need attention
Just because I put on makeup
To ironically look good for you
Cut me to pieces
While you watched me disintegrate
Because you like to tell me how you hate
All the ways I'm not enough for you
Then you'd say

[Chorus]
Baby don't go
I didn't know
I'll change I swear
I'll change I swear
Baby don't go
I'll make you wait
I promise I'll be better
All of these things they will change

Baby don't go
I didn't know
I'll change I swear
I'll change I swear
Baby don't go
I'll make you wait
I promise I'll be better
All of these things they will change

Never guilty
Say it ain't your fault
Because you had an emotionally abusive daddy
And cause of this you don't know how to act

Poor poor baby
Say you can't help the fact that you're so crazy
And you're so good at making me feel guilty
For trying to walk away
Because I'm tired of being mad
Then you'd say


[Chorus]
Baby don't go
I didn't know
I'll change I swear
I'll change I swear
Baby don't go
I'll make you wait
I promise I'll be better
All of these things they will change

Baby don't go
I didn't know
I'll change I swear
I'll change I swear
Baby don't go
I'll make you wait
I promise I'll be better

All of these things they will change

Monday, July 28, 2014

Ready. Set. Write. - Week 8 WAHOO!!!

How I did on last week’s goals:
Finally I've met my first week's goal, the one where I wanted to write 7000 words a week. This week I wrote 7250. I kind of thought I'd meet that goal this week but didn't want to set myself up to fail in case it didn't happen, again.  So I only posted a 4000 word goal instead. Didn't make the notes I need for the future chapters though.

My goal(s) for this week:
1. Write 5500 words on WIP summer romance.
2. Read more YA.
3. Make extensive notes for the next few chapters of the book.
4. Revise first chapter of RUIN ME, BABY to get to CP

A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.
Free-flowing.

The biggest challenge I faced this week.
I keep telling myself to stop and outline, so this book will run smoother through the middle. But the pantser in keeps saying, but I can see the next scene and the next scene and so I keep writing toward that vague idea I have for this book. Knowing how the book ends is HUGE so that's why my pantsing seems to work for now. But eventually I will hit a wall and need to outline.

Something I love about my WiP.
The love scenes I'm about to write.  Where I trick my MC into falling for the boy she least excepts, making her question if her "love" for the other boy was love or obsession.

If you want to know more about Ready. Set. WRITE. Click on the link to your right.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ready. Set. Write. Week 7 - Better

How I did on last week’s goals:
About 3000 of that 4000 I hoped for. Not bad. And I managed to have a better balance of family time vs writing time. Though family won out, more than writing.

My goal(s) for this week:
1. Write 4000 words on WIP summer romance. (Are you guys tired of reading this?)
2. Read. Yep, that's correct. Because I've been neglecting my reading lately, and I forgot how much reading ignites the writing spark.
3. Make notes on the next two chapters of  WIP.
4. Comment on at least 6 RSW participants progress.  So many people have been kind enough to stop by my blog to encourage me, I want to pay it forward.

A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.
Solid writing. It may have not been much this week, but it's solid writing and that has to count for something.

The biggest challenge I face this week.
Life has FINALLY started to slow down for me. But the kids are getting so I see a few days at the beach and resort pool in our future. Which will also mean writing time will have to be moved to the evenings. I'm brain-dead by the evenings. That's going to be hard to do.

Something I love about my WiP.
Research.  It's so fun for me to research all the potential hilarious things that can go on in a bait shop. Or the cool discoveries of cave exploring, secret waterfalls and native american history I'm trying to trickle in.

If you want to know more about Ready. Set. WRITE. Click on the link to your right.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Love List

Last week I talked about posting a Love List about my WIP.  I was inspired to do this love list by Katy Upperman.  Last year on Instagram she posted a Love List as an inspirational reminder of the things she loved in her WIP and "why it's a story worth finishing."  (She originally got the idea from Stephanie Perkins.)  I think it's an excellent way to keep your eye on the prize.  Here's my love list with a few inspirational photos.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Ready. Set. Write. Week 6 - Ugh.

How I did on last week’s goals:
Ugh. Do we really need to discuss this?  Moving on.

My goal(s) for this week:
1. Write 4000 words on WIP summer romance.
2. If the week goes as well as planned, write an additional 3000 words.
3. Find balance between family and writing.
(oh look at that, same goals as last time.)

A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.
“White boy, you better go on, calling me ‘thicky-thick.’ A woman doesn’t want you insulting her figure. You need to get that gangster crap off your iPod and replace it with some real men like Vandross and Marvin and Teddy Pendergrass.  Now they know how to woo a girl.” 

The biggest challenge I faced this week.
Life.  Life has decided that it's a priority and writing is second.  I wake up and do not stop moving/doing until my head hits the pillow.  Rinse and Repeat.  And with calender events the next couple of weeks, I don't see that changing much.

Something I love about my WiP.
Summer romance on a lake.  


If you want to know more about Ready. Set. WRITE.  Click on the link to your right.