Sunday, February 28, 2010

Bring on Spring

I stole this gem from a friend's blog (thanks, Peggy!). Click here.

Everyone needs a little spring in their life right now.
Not to brag or anything, but I will. I have purple, yellow and white crocus in my yard. I'll up load pics soon for your viewing and envy pleasure.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

No Clue

The title says it all.

I have no clue what I am doing this week for writing.
I have entered a couple of contests.
I really need to edit one MS.
I really need to flesh out another MS.
And I need to put an ending on still another MS.
But that is good news, right? Because that means I have three stories that are inches, nah millimeters away from being published. :)
So I am getting off the Internet and getting down to business.
Have a good week!
If you don't hear from me by the weekend, send help in the shape of dark chocolate.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Another Contest! Sequel to 'Shiver'

Linger Cover LargeIn Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love -- the light and the dark, the warm and the cold -- in a way you will never forget.

Comes out in stores everywhere July 20th. Pre-order here.

Enter to win an advanced review copies of LINGER, Sisters Red, The Dead-Tossed Waves, and The Replacement on Maggie's blog.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Contest Time!

I found a couple of awesome contests via a few bloggers I follow.
The prize?
A query critique.
That's worth following a couple of blogs I haven't read before!

Market My Words is part of the contest and she has a great post about marketing to librarians.
Elana Johnson's blog has different ways to enter her part of the contest.

Want a funny, clean book to read? "Mormon Mishaps and Mischief" will keep you laughing out loud. Enter the contest @ Queen of the Clan, C. Larene Hall, Story Painter, Rachelle Writes, The Write Blocks and Thoughts on LDS.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Amusing Opening Lines

I enjoyed LTUE @ BYU Thursday and Friday. I'll write more later. For now, enjoy these winners from the Bulwer-Lytton Contest for the worst opening sentences of a novel:

"The sleeping woman grunted and turned over onto her side: 'At the snoring's stopped,' mused Nigel, 'but why am I so attractive to these hogs?'"

"In these uncertain times, one must think of others' viewpoints and always remember that a crowded elevator smells different to a midget."

"What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old manatee that died?"

"The dark can be scary, thought Todd, if you're young, impressionable, intoxicated, out of gas, naked and forced to sit on vinyl seats."

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Writing Epiphany Over Eggs

I was cooking eggs for breakfast: scrambled with ham and cheese (my husband and my children who eat eggs say my scrambled eggs are the best anywhere!).
While I was gently stirring the eggs, I was thinking about what writing I wanted to work on today. Just then the song "Dream Big" by Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband started playing. I found myself humming along then thinking, 'you've got to dream big'.
What is dreaming big? Is it only dreaming?

No. But that's how it all starts. You have to dream what you want first, then dream it big.
Then work big.
Dreaming is nice. But without the work, your dream will remain a fluffy dream.

If you're a
basketball player and dream of going pro what do you do? Practice. Practice. Practice
again. You play hoop every chance you get. You are first at practice and last to leave.

If you want to be a big time New York fashion designer, what do you do? Take every class you can on fashion design. Read all the fashion magazines. You plan and sketch and create ideas.

And if you're a writer? You want to be at the top of the book lists for weeks if not years. You say you want
to win the Newbery? Nobel Peace Prize? Work hard. Take classes. Go to writing conferences. Write and edit and write and edit more. Then keep submitting until your book is published.

No dream is too big.
No big dream comes easily.
Yes, this all came while I was cooking breakfast.

Then the epiphany hit.
The book that I want to do well will be the hardest one to write/edit/take criticism.
It will hurt my heart and my head.
No dream is easy.
But the biggest dreams pay off in big ways and not just money. The goals we work hardest for are the ones we smile over the longest. The ones our hearts will turn to when it needs a happy moment.
The hardest goals achieved make us strongest.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Secret Sister Contest

Tristi Pinkston has a new book coming out soon and wants everyone to hear about it here and enter her contest while you're at it.

Here's a blurb from Secret Sisters Mysteries:

Ida Mae Babbitt, president of the Omni 2nd ward Relief Society, didn't mean to become a spy. But when visiting teaching stats are low and she learns that one family under her care is in financial trouble, she'll do whatever it takes to make sure they have what they need. If that includes planting surveillance cameras in their home and watching them from a parked car in the woods, well, isn't that what any caring Relief Society president would do?

With the help of her counselors Arlette and Tansy, Ida Mae soon learns that there's more to the situation than meets the eye. It's all in a day's work for the Relief Society.

Good luck!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Writing Flow vs. Cleaning Flow

Over here I wrote about getting in the flow of housework.

Basically, I've found as I write and finish my daily lists, I get more accomplished.
I don't feel guilty when I sit down to my computer and 'play'. I told myself that writing was my job and I needed to sit down and get it done. But as soon as I sat down, the Mommy in me kicked in and I would see the dust frosting my living room or the stairs accumulating enough food scraps to feed a small animal for a week.

Every night I write a list of tasks I need to accomplish for the day. When I've crossed the next to last item off my list I'm ready to work on the last item: writing. With my mind free of guilt, I can get into the flow, groove and zone of my 'job' which I truly love (even editing).

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Writing is not for Wimps! LDStorymakers Conference

A little over a year ago I decided to try and write a book. It was an LDS story. I wrote and wrote and then didn't know what to do. How do I edit? Where do I send in my story? How do I really get started?
I read a blog post, probably on Six Frogs and a Writer. OOPS! I mean, Six Writers and a Frog. (heehee). The post talked about networking.
Since the story I wrote had LDS influences I checked out books written by LDS authors. I went to book signings and put names and face together.
Then I read about LDStorymakers conference and knew I needed to go.
I went to LDStorymakers conference last April and blogged about it here and pictures here.
The conference was full of great advice, book signings and laughter. I learned about genre, editing, setting the scenes, making a character come alive and becoming a polished and published author. And not to mention all the amazing authors you'll meet!

This conference is not just for those who write LDS books. Anyone who writes is invited. Anyone is wants to write is invited.

Let me know if you are going!

LDStorymakers conference
April 23-24, 2010
Provo Marriott Hotel

There is a contest on the LDStorymakers blog Make Me a Story . If you win, you get to sit by Jessica Day George, David Wolverton/Farland, Krista Marino, Shaun Barrows and James Q. Dashner at dinner on Friday night. I guarantee you'll have fun. If not, I'm sure Rob Wells, Matthew Buckley and others will have board games set up next door.

A few of my favorite things I'm doing

I'm reading: Fiction: The Light After the War by Anita Abriel  It is 1946 when Vera Frankel and her best friend Edith Ban ...