Showing posts from April, 2010

Contest Link

Click here for a list of TONS of writing contests.

Writing & Writing Conferences

I'm trying new hours this week for my writing.
I'll post my non-copyrighted notes from LDStorymakers next week.

Here is an awesome quote that should sustain you through the weekend if not your life:

"You can make a living as a writer."
Dave Wolverton

I'll Know You By Heart by Kimberly Job

The day Stephanie Roberts met Jared Wakefield, she didn't realize they'd met before. Running from an abusive marriage and trying to safeguard her children, she turns to Jared for support, but he needs more from her than she might be capable of giving. With her abusive husband looming in her past, the difficulties they must overcome to be together seem insurmountable. Is it possible for love to conquer all? I'll Know You By Heart is a timeless romance that explores the possibility that relationships span the entire realm of eternity. A story about abuse, hardship, and betrayal, it is ultimately a story about the healing power of everlasting true love.

'I'll Know You by Heart' is a story about abuse, heartache, faith, forgiveness and love. Stephanie is an abused wife. She finally gets the courage to leave him when he hits one of the children. I was so frustrated and angry with the husband. Humans should not treat hurt each other …

Whitney Award Winners

Best Romance
"Counting the Cost by Liz Adair

Best Mystery/Suspense
"Methods of Madness" by Stephanie Black (wootwoot!)

Best Youth Fiction
"The Chosen One" by Carol Lynch Williams

Best Speculative Fiction
"Servant of a Dark God" by John Brown

Best Historical Fiction
"The Last Waltz" by G.G. Vandegriff

Best General Fiction
"Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet" by Jamie Ford

Best Novel by a New Author A TIE!
Gravity vs. The Girl by Riley Noehren AND I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells

Best Novel of the Year
"In the Company of Angels" by David Farland

Writing Conference

I'm off to the LDStorymakers conference tomorrow.
To be honest, I have mixed feelings.
I know I will learn! I know this.
But I have attitude about what will actually penetrate the frontal lobe of my writer's brain.

I guess I'll find out this weekend and report on Monday!

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Book Review-The Thorn (Book One-The Chronicles of Gan)

Three tribes are at war on the planet Gan, unaware that the sign of Christ’s birth on an unknown world - Earth - is about to appear in the heavens. During a bloody skirmish with Gideonite troops, Jonathan of Daniel spares Pekah, a young enemy soldier, gaining his trust forever. These two distant brothers from estranged tribes covenant with each other to end the war being waged by a self-proclaimed emperor, and soon discover the intentions of a far more dangerous foe named Rezon - a sinister general bent on ruling those he can bring into subjection and destroying all others. In the end, Pekah’s selfless bravery is the means by which all the tribes are united. But there are dissenters, and Rezon escapes a well-deserved fate. When the promised heavenly signs appear, will there be peace at last, or will the malefactors once again threaten the safety of them all?

"The Thorn" is full of rich descriptions. The author has a great handle on helping the reader "see&qu…

Library-Loving Blog Challenge

Quick update on the library $$ raised from the blog challenge:

You’re getting this message because you participated in the Library-Loving Blog Challenge by running a challenge, spreading the word, and/or making a flat donation.This message is the final wrap-up report for the 2010 challenge.So, before I say anything else, I must say:
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We had more than 50 participants this year, with challenges running over at least two weeks.The libraries that benefited were located throughout the world.
The final amount is $5148, plus 80 pounds (UK), plus at least $300 worth of new books, plus donations of materials such as used books and audiobooks.This is more than double what we raised last year!
Complete details on who donated what to which libraries may be found at these post:
Library Blog Challenge

Less Is More

Another email about writing:

"This is what I mean when I say that authors must first do no harm. I think authors can write about anything, as long as they do it in a way that helps their reader become a better person in some way. Nothing should go into your book merely for prurient interest, or to shock, or to be edgy. If nothing else, it's just bad writing. Less is often more. Hitchcock is much more suspenseful than Freddie Krueger. The movie romances of the 40s and 50s with their subtlety is much more romantic than most of today's romances. Of modern films While You Were Sleeping is one of the most romantic, and the furthest they go is a kiss at the end.

Edgy will also lose you sales.

So, if you're writing hard things because you want to help kids going through serious issues to get through them and come out on top, great. Books like that are needed.

But if you're doing it for any other reason, you might risk having a more poorly written …

Contest Alert

Win a copy of TrisitPinkston's "Secret Sisters" book on Michele Ashman Bell's blog here. Her book sounds fun!

Sarah With A Chance is doing a celebratory contest. Win a partial critique or a query critique or lunch with an editor if you live in NYC. Click here for details.

Over here on Courtney Johnson's site is yet another contest where you can win a critique! 10,000 word critique!

Funny Youtube 'Editing Letter'

Lara Zielin's Video of 'Editing Letter'here!

Lara Zielin's agony and ecstasy as she edits her debut novel, DONUT DAYS. "Editing Letter" is sung, karaoke style, to Corey Hart's "Never Surrender."
Lara's Website:
More on Donut Days:

Personal Censorship


Janette Rallison on YA Market

In the emails I've been getting and posting bits and pieces for you, I have been learning a lot about myself and habits.

I really enjoyed these emails from Janette Rallison (I asked her permission to reprint her emails here and she said "go for it!"):

This is a soap box issue for me. So many of my fellow national market YA authors put sexual content in their books. Maybe they don't think it's a big deal to have their 16 or 17 or 18 year-old have sex, (sometimes the characters are much younger though. My son picked up a book where the 13 year-old characters had sex) but the fact of matter is that it generally isn't 16-18 year olds who are reading these books. It's 11-15 year olds. Once kids are 16, they've pretty much left the YA market and read adult novels.

Yes, we need to have a variety of books that deal with a variety of subjects--even difficult subjects like date rape and incest. Some kids need those books. But even they can be written tastefully. P…

Writing Marathon-4 Hours!

Come try the next writing marathon I found!

Writing on the Wall Write-A-Thon

YA Books-Should they teach?

Here are a few more emails/opinions from a discussion on writing YA:

My Post @ Utah Children's Writers

We have two cats and they are fun and funny. Sometimes, one will be in the garage sleeping and the other in the backyard like he's patrolling for mice. I got out in the garage later and the patrolling cat is home taking a nap and the other is gone. It's almost like they have a system: scout out the backyard and surrounding areas (tease the big dog next door); make sure no rodents or other enemies get in our yard; come back for R&R; start over again.

That's how I came up with the idea for my short short over on Utah Children's Writers.
If you have a minute, check out 'Cats'.

P.S. NouveauWriter is giving away a cool book : 'The First Five Pages: A Writers Guide to Staying Out of the Slush Pile'. Check out the contest here.

Happy Easter

Women of the Book of Mormon by Heather Moore

Explore the lives, circumstances, and choices of women in the Book of Mormon in this uplifting and inspiring volume that illustrates the parallel between the lives of the women of the Book of Mormon and LDS women today. With new insights on practically every page, author Heather B. Moore explores the written and unwritten stories of the prominent women in the Book of Mormon—taking familiar material and providing vivid details about family dynamics, domestic practices, and other aspects of daily life. By applying historical and cultural contexts to the situations of women like Sariah, Abish, Eve, Mary and the faithful mothers of the stripling warriors, you will peek beneath the surface of the scriptural accounts to better understand both the righteous women of the Book of Mormon—and the women who didn’t use their agency wisely.

After I finished reading Women of the Book of Mormon; Insights and Inspirations, I made a mental list of all the extraordinary women in …

Poetry Month

Have you ever wanted to write a poem but were too nervous? I mean really, there are amazing poems out there. And then, there are some poems that I just don't get.

There are a few poets I LOVE:
Shel Silverstein: “If you are a dreamer,come in. If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hoper, a prayer, a magic-bean-buyer. If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire, for we have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in!”
Dr. Suess: “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You."
Emily Dickinson: "A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day."
Eliza R. Snow: "In the heav’ns are parents single? No, the thought makes reason stare!"

There are many, many more but I don't have time and space to give them all credit.
Brimful Curiosities has a great list of poetry sites. Click here.

Do you have a favorite poem/poet?
Have you ever written a poem?