Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I wanted to stare at them. Watch them longer. To see how he adored her because he did. And I couldn't tell if she deserved it because I had to turn away. But I let them linger in my peripheral. He casually looked at the objects on the table for sale. The soft part between his knuckles found the back or her arm. He ran his hand down her arm and slipped her hand in his. He didn't even have to lay eyes on her to do so, just having her near he knew where to reach.
That's what I miss. That time in life with no responsibilities. Life existed in the small moments with a boyfriend. That's why I write YA.
It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
(2nd book to The Summer I Turned Pretty)
Just Listen AND Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
(My girlfriend snagged these from a garage sale.)
Madapple by Christina Meldrum
The Pilot's Wife By Anita Shreve
Self-Esteem (Mine needs a pick me up.)
I can't wait to get started. But I have to admit, I'm a little nervous. I might neglect my WIP if I get too involved but reading does light a fire in me to write so...I'll just have to take the good with the bad.
What are you excited about reading right now?
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Unfortunately that means I will be forced to turn on my comment moderator for a while. So if you don't see your comments instantly know it's because I'm weeding out the annoying worthless SPAM!!!!
Sorry for the inconvenience.
UPDATE: Amalia saved me. I will try moderating posts older than a couple of days since my spam is usually not on current posts. Hopefully this will solve it! Thanks Amaila!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I can create a dynamic meeting. I can even jump weeks into the future and have them spinning in love but that middle ground, the getting to know you period, I suck.
I don’t know how to make my characters get to know each other without it looking obvious/cheesy or come off angry. Yes angry. For some reason when I can’t get my couple to… become a couple, I have the girl mad at the boy. Guess I’m releasing my own writer frustrations. So my two love birds either know nothing about each other and I let their imagination flame. OR they intimately know everything about each other, down to the color of her favorite panties. BUT this middle, I have trouble writing. I literally stare at the page waiting for something, anything to occur between them.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Two weeks of hell kiddos on spring break and I am ready to send them back to school. (I just hope when I push them out of the car at the curb they won't get the wrong impression. Maybe they should wear their skateboard pads this morning, hum). Who said that? I swear I think there are other people talking in here. Anyway, I love them (kiddos that is) but my writing is therapy (along with my exercise) and I need a "children break". (That's what us stay at home moms call school.)
Okay dearies, I see you loves next week. Have a nice one. Muah! (that's a kiss in text)
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
WRONG! Not the case. So after doing a little research and wanting to be a law biding citizen, I found a blog post that contains some great information:
Photos you can use without breaking the law...
The post has a lot of great information on what is or is not legal and breaks it down by levels. Keep in mind the post reminds us it's not a lawyer, just one person passing on information. It lists a few very helpful links. One, I learned about the Creative Commons on Flickr. It breaks down the different copyright levels of Flickr photos from "you can use my pic, just give me credit" to "COPYRIGHTED, don't touch or I'll sue you."
Another link refers to a totally free and copyright free images from stock.xchng. Here I found some pretty cool photos, some not so cool but at least your legal baby. Check out the other links they list for more information.
Hope this helps you on your blog journey and keeps you on the right side of the law.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
One day I will have publishing deadlines (the thought freaks me out). Why not give myself a deadline for my book. Not just finish my book but have it finished, critiqued, redacted, reviewed, cleaned, and polished by the conference. I'm halfway through writing it, so I think this is a plausible goal for me. You never know when a pitching opportunity can come about and if I am finished, I will be ready.
To learn more about SCBWI go here or more about the conference go here. They also have a conference blog here.
Do you plan to attend?
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
10 7 Blogs that Make Me Happy
- Hello Ello 2 - The blogs about her mother are so funny see here and here. But she also posted a very moving article about whitewashing and I appreciate her bringing this to my attention.
- Write on Target - Debra's Subliminal Monday's are very cleverly written. It's her subliminal parts that have me cracking up.
- Shooting Stars - Bethany and Suzette are two heartfelt women who are a positive force on the blogging community. They are inspiring and believe in paying it forward. Thank you ladies.
- 10 Stories Up - Lindsey Carmichael is a Canadian/bookseller/writer who posts book reviews in a very thorough way. Her reviews are honest without being damning which is refreshing to find.
- YA Highway - If you are writing a YA novel, this blog can be very informative. Here they dive in and discuss all things concerning YA.
- Kidlit.com - Mary Kole, a literary agent, provides amazing and invaluable insight to what she likes as an agent. She takes a writer's manuscript and injects her comments so we can see how her mind flows as she reads a piece. Her blog is changing my writing for the good.
- The Literary Lab - Three writers give their advice on writing and spread their love of fiction. Personally my favorite is to read Scott G.F. Bailey's posts. Sometimes he comes across harsh or in your face but that brashness, only drives his point home. His words have been a wake up call for me.