Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | By: Taffy

Wednesday Writing with 2 Felines

Writing prompt! And cat alert! Our cats are such babies! Seriously, forty-six degrees in the garage is warm for them. They've grown their fur out and are quite cozy. But Trixie, or Little Cat, always ends up scratching at the back door with big kitty eyes. Someone always gives in and opens the door.
Our cats have trained us well.

How well do you know your characters? Here are a few questions to ask about your characters:

Does your character have a will of his/her own?
Can you predict your character's action or next move?
Does your character react differently in different situations?

Can you see your character changing?

Were you able to answer the questions?

Here is an excellent article on fully developed characters.

On a related note, do you have pictures of your characters? Post one! I'd love to meet him or her.

And now for a randomly selected picture of one of my characters.


Derek, the brother of the true king who has been misled to hate his brother by someone who wants to throne for themselves. This character is from my book Belle of the Ball which is roughly outlined and mostly in my head. :)
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 | By: Taffy

Wednesday Writing with 2 Felines


Ah! Body language! Can you "read" a person? Have you ever talked to someone only to know they want to be somewhere else? How do you know? Are they looking over their shoulder? Or over yours? Do they check the time or say "yeah, yeah," pretending to listen?
Body language is a fantastic way to show, not tell. And a great way to fill out your character. Have you added body language? Will a reader know what emotions the character is feeling just by the way they stand or wave?

I got this cheat sheet from archtypewriting.com.




Wednesday, January 14, 2015 | By: Taffy

Wednesday Writing with 2 Felines

Today, a prompt!

And two pig cats. They knocked the lid off their food and chowed down.





Write 10 potential book titles of books you'd like to write.

That's not too hard, right? Okay. I'll start.

1. The Fair Hand 
(I have no idea where that came from).

2. The One Who Listened.
(Strange. Guess I'll keep going).

3. Homeward Bound

4. None but the Lonely
(What am I doing? Do these all sound like movie titles??)

5. Don't Do Mornings, Will Travel

6. Hop Along, Butch

7. Christmas With Evelyn

8. What You Don't Know Can't Hurt You Right Away

9. Stalking 101
(What?? Creepy!)

10. And Last But Not Least

Haha! That was fun! I'm not sure those are books in my writing closet but they might be fun to explore. After I wrote each title, a storyline came to me. Most were humorous. Who knows? Maybe one of these titles will pop up with my name as the author. 



Did you try this exercise? How did you do? Want to share? Let me know in the comments your favorite title and why.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 | By: Taffy

How cats have nothing to do with your writers block

Working the bow
They really don't care about your writing, you know. Cats don't. They don't care about anything except the sunbeam on the carpet they can curl up in or the soft food you feed them or the tickle under the chin.

We have two outdoor cats but occasionally they sneak in (read: the kids let them in). We have them mainly for the mice that love the empty fields around our house. Our cats are excellent mousers and have earned their keep. They usually don't distract me from writing except when one is inside and wants attention. That's when they get put back outside. I do have to admit that pets in general are calming and give a sense of belonging.

I've noticed a number of authors have cats. Their felines show up on Instragram and FB more than the humans. That is distracting. Not the cats. The social media. It's easy to get sucked in. So in an effort to help my fellow writers, I will post something to do with writing every Wednesday. It might be a tip or a writing prompt or an inspirational quote. All accompanied by a picture of cat. Just in case.

And I shall call this day:
What do cats have to do with it?
No. Um.
Writerly Wednesday with Cats.
Hm.
Get your writing on.
Any ideas?




Monday, January 5, 2015 | By: Taffy

Birth of Destiny Blog Tour Giveaway

Evil stalks her. True love finds her. Destiny claims her.
Rose wakes from a coma to find her life has changed forever.
Her parents were killed in the accident that nearly claimed her life. Now orphaned, her mother’s sister brings her to live in the country with her cousins, who quickly make their resentment known.
Once courageous and full of life, she only wants to be left alone to wallow in the murky shades of grief. Yet, evil stalks her dreams, and fate moves her towards her destiny.
Ghostly meetings, attacks under the cloak of storms, and a threatening dark presence brings danger and adventure to Rose, her cousin and new friend. Her special abilities, known to no one, must remain a secret – somehow.
The trio uncover a portal that takes them to a magical kingdom threatened by an evil creature thirsting for eternal darkness. Only one can stop him . . .
Already heart-broken after the loss of her parents, Rose struggles to deal with the hostility from her cousins, the constant danger, and the guilt that keeps her from Diamond, her horse. But, she is totally unprepared for a turn of events that has staggering consequences. Her special abilities are strengthened as she is tested, time and again.
Birth of a Destiny is the first book in the Light Bearer series. It is the beginning of a tale of a lost champion, found by fate and guided by love – growing through adversity and turmoil – on a journey that becomes a crusade. Readers will join Rose, a young girl crossing to a young woman who must travel dangerous and unexpected paths to recapture her warrior spirit, heal her heart and claim her destiny.

About the Author: 
T.R. Milne was shaped as a writer by early childhood where she grew up in a haunted house on a farm where her imagination grew wild.
Her love affair with writing began nine years ago, when her first child was still a baby. Since then, between working part-time and parenting a brood of scrumptious children, she has been writing during little stitches of “free” time in coffee shops, kitchen tables, libraries, and her study.
She now lives with her husband and three children in Melbourne, Australia where she is a Change Manager and Author.
T.R. Milne finds inspiration for writing in all the things that bring light into her life T.R. Milne loves writing for Young Adults, stirring their fertile imaginations and eager sense of adventure. Birth of a Destiny, the first in the Light Bearer series, is her debut novel.


The Giveaway: 

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Monday, December 29, 2014 | By: Taffy

I'm favorite reads of 2014

I read over 140 books in 2014. One hundred and forty! That's an all time high for me. And will probably be the record forever. Out of those books, I've picked my top ten favorite reads (in no particular order). 
What were your favorite reads of this year?



UNRAVELED: A TALE OF TRUE LOVE by Julie Daines
Folklore, romance and magical shoes. What girl can pass up magical shoes? Oh! And a prince!



ELEVATED by Elana Johnson
I loved this book and not just because my daughter is on the cover. I wish I could write in verse in a way that grabbed readers and pulled them into a story that made them think about it long after they shut the book.




LEGEND by Marie Lu
Why did it take me so long to read this series? Why? Fast paced, intriguing, suspenseful, I had a hard time putting this book down and getting back to reality.


THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Kasie West
I loved the characters. I loved the setting. I loved the romance.





CLICKOLOGIE: Elevating Your Photography From Beginning to Pro by Erin Summerill
Awesome book on bettering your photography. From how to pose, to using light to equipment. Loved it.


NOAH'S RAINY DAY by Sandra Brannan
I have not read any books by this author, but I might start now. Here is the opening line:
"The good news is I think I broke my leg. The bad news is I don't know if anyone at school would ever believe how it happened. Or worse, I'm not sure it anyone will ever figure out how I got here."





THE WINNER'S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski
It's been a while since I've read a book with such a unique world and history.





OUTLINING YOUR NOVEL: MAP YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS by K. M. Weiland
I'm a total pantser and editing is hard! I wanted to try outlining and this book helped see that I can outline.




THE LANGUAGE OF RECOVERY by Gordon Bruin
This is a great, short, informative book for anyone who knows someone with an addiction.






THE ORCHARD by Krista Lynne Jensen
I love PERSUASION by Jane Austen. So I couldn't help but love this book.