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Happy Halloween!

What are you going to be for Halloween?

I Need Friends Friday Interview

Sarah Eden interviewed little ol' me for her "I Need Friends Friday" post.
Head over there and see what is up with Hwch ddu gwta, the tail-less black sow. :)
P.S. If you leave a comment one the interview, Sarah will enter you in the October contest!

My Third NaNoWriMo

I'm going there again this year.
National Novel Writing Month.
Writing 50,000 words in 30 days.
Insanity unleashed.
Can't be done, you say?
I beg to differ.
And so do all those who wrote feverishly during November, edited their work and published it.

My method the last two years consisted of not thinking, just writing. Turning off the inner critic. Typing without thinking.

My first story was over 50,000. It was about an African village. A young girl was told by the medicine man whom she had to marry. The intended groom was old. The girl's mother helped her run away. She made it to America, learned and grew up, returned to Africa to find her village slowly dying. She gave them a way to live again.
I have no idea where that story came from. Seriously. It wasn't ANYWHERE on my radar. The MC has a very distinctive voice. I haven't written a strong voice in any of my other stories so far. It's my next story to be edited.

Last year I typed without thinking aga…

LUW-Hero's Journey-Annette Lyon

The Hero:

The audience can identify with him or her.
The hero has to grow through out the story.
The hero is involved in most of the action.
S/He has a character flaw which is sometimes opposite of their strength.
At some point in the story, The hero must make a sacrifice, even their own life.

There is a Mentor in the hero's life.

The Mentor:

Teaches the hero.
Gives the hero a gift.
Motivates the hero
Can be a shape shifter-may not be who the appear to be.
I.E. Obi-Wan (taught Luke, gave him a light saber etc)

Along the journey there are Threshold Guardians.

Threshold Guardians:
Block the hero's way.
Can be a human or object.
Test the hero-can the hero get through the obstacle? Is he worthy?
Can be working for the good or bad side.
I.E. Fluffy from Harry Potter (literally guarded a door), Stormtroopers, poppy field.

The journey needs a herald.

The Herald:
Shows up about 1/4 of the way through the story.
Issues the hero a challenge
Announces coming changes-"All is not well! …

Spooktacular Book Giveaway/Blog Hop! Oct 25-31

I LOVE Halloween!
My family LOVES Halloween!
So to celebrate how cool we are, the wonderful holiday, I'm giving away a book!

"He had a sensation of being told a secret he knew to be true, but which would be far, far easier--and much safer--to ignore; all the more so since he strongly suspected that acknowledging the truth meant his life would change utterly."

Just tell me in the comments if you have a favorite scary book.
Leave me your email too.

Now head over to all the blogs below to win more!

I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (US/Int)My Reading Room (US/Can)A Cozy Readers Corner (US/Can)Amusing Reviews (US)Why Not? (US/Can)The Elliott Review (US)ReaderGirls (US/Can)The Thoughts of a Book Junky! (US/Int)JDP NEWS (US)Little Squeed (US/Int)Ex Libris (US/Int)Melinda Jones Carroll (US)The Hob - A Tribute to the Hunger Games (US/Int)The Guardian Legacy (US/Can)OutnumberedMama @ Busy Moms Who Love to Read (US)WRITE WILD (US)i heart reading (US)The Bookish Snob (US)Book Infinit…


Next week.
Some sort of book giveaway.
Be there!

Foto Friday & Have A Great Weekend


Happy Writers Day!


Write a Synopsis? I‘d Rather Gouge My Eyes Out by Caleb Warnock

Written in present tenseWritten in third personThree pages, double spacedTELL rather than SHOW-synopsis is an explanation of character arcs, not in chronological order.Proper MS format-First time you mention a characters name, CAP the whole name. Put POV in parenthesis after the name.May editorialize in synopsis. Use the first line to intro main character, issues, age, time period etc.Weighting-most important gets more space, usually the protagonist.Don't vamp-don't dramatizeTell the ending Pretend like your tell your MS to a divorce lawyer...

Emotinal Intensity in Gifted Students by Christine Fonseca

Designed to provide support for the difficult job of parenting and teaching gifted children, Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope With Explosive Feelings provides the resource parents and teachers need to not only understand why gifted children are so extreme in their behavior, but also learn specific strategies to teach gifted children how to live with their intensity.

Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students uses real-world examples through case studies and role-plays that show parents and teachers how to interact with gifted children in a way that teaches them how to recognize, monitor, and adjust their behavior. Worksheets, tip sheets, and checklists are included to help parents, teachers, and the students themselves learn to cope with the explosive feelings that often accompany giftedness. Specific strategies for stress management, underperformance in school, perfectionism, and social anxiety ma…

Foto Friday & May The Writing Be With You!

This reminds me of a book I read called, "The Last book In The Universe."

LUW-Josi Kilpack


External Characters:
Contrast vs. compliment
Reflect internal
Deflect Internal
Consider how others will percieve
Name characters wisely
Obstacle vs. Asset
Is the name, physical self, external self an obstacle or assest?

What is the stand out feature of your character? Is it good or bad? Does it reflect the internal??
What is the physical flaw of your character? Use it toward conflict, it can be the same as the stand out feature.
Does the flaw reflect the internal? This can be very powerful!
How is the flaw a strength? It can be a strength for others as well.
What is the characters perception of their physical self? Do they use it to their advantage or try and hie it? Do they feel burdened or blessed?

What is your characters special ability? What makes them worthy of their story?

Now go forth and write!

LUW-Josi Kilpack


Internal Characters:
MotivationGoalsEmotionsFearsInfluence on externalWhat is the primary internal goal of your character? Love? Power? Security? Revenge?
What is the secondary goal of your character? Love? Power? etc.

What is the motivating fear? The character is equally driven by fear and goals. FEAR fuels action toward Primary goal.

What is the point of change? The goal changed OR the character realizes they were wrong OR they act against their nature to accomplish goal.

What is the conclusion? Goal is achieved OR goal is not achieved.

What did the character learn? About themselves or someone else or the world? It all reflects on the characters growth.
How is the character stronger in the end?

Make a thirty word summary of the internal character THEN a two hundred word summary and see where you are in your story.

External Character

WINNER of Emotional Intensity!

KRISTA! Has won a SIGNED copy of Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students! Please send me your address (you can email me if you want) and I will send it on to Christine.

Foto Friday & Have a Great Weekend!

Um, wow??

LUW-LuAnn Staheli

Here is the rest of LuAnn's presentation:


Plot-Plot is the backbone of the story. In fiction plot is the action that grows out of conflict.
Conflict-is the obstacle, the problem
Initial Conflict-First event that starts the quest, the hook. Only needs one page (sometimes a chapter) to establish. It creates the next cause & effect (conflict) then moves the character to the next conflict. Initial conflict will predict the climax.
Exposition-Back story weaves through out the story.
Rising Action-Series of at least three conflicts
Climax-The most intense part of the story. Everything in the story moves the story to this point and the main character has an Epiphany to the resolution. Needs only one chapter.
Resolution-Is the outcome. Needs only one chapter

How many plots do you need?
Main character
Secondary plot for main character
Plot for secondary character
Subplot lines in each chapter

All non-fiction needs:
Climax-lesson learned

Guest Post By Christine Fonseca

Writing Gifted Characters…Expanding Past the Stereotypes.
First, I want to thank Taffy for letting me hanging out on her blog today as she hosts a leg of my blog tour.
When we talked about possible ideas for today’s post, we decided to write something about writing smart characters. We’ve all seen them in some of our favorite books – characters that are just plain smart.
Hermione Granger in Harry Potter, “the smartest in her class”.
Anne of Green Gables is another great example.
Both of these characters are smart and somewhat intense in they way they interact with their world. Good examples of giftedness in literature.
But how is this created?
Too often, smart characters are created in stories and fall flat – being overly geeky, or stereotypical in their behavior.
But gifted kids represent more than the over-performing student, the geek, the math nerd, or the kid that always knows all the answers.
Sometimes, the gifted kid is an underachiever, or a drop out.
Sometimes they go to great leng…

League of Utah Writers Conference

I'm going to post my notes, the ones I wrote in my little composition book, from the League of Utah Writers, henceforth called, LUW.
I went Friday and Saturday; heard good advice; remembered why I like writing; meet awesome people; renewed friendships; ate horseradish sauce and other good food. I believe it was worth my time and money.
I hope to post my notes every Monday so check back and see if you learn anything :)

LuAnn Staheli-Know your Genre

What is genre? It is literary technique, tone, content, length etc.

Fiction is the hardest genre to break into.
Realism-Plausible story about people and events that could really happen. Romance, thriller, historical, sports all fit under realism.Fantasy-Fantastical elements in traditional or modern fantasy.Traditional fantasy follows the quest. Modern fantasy has elements of magic in the human world. Horror and sci-fi are sub genres of modern fantasy.Non-fiction SELLS THE MOST (by the end of the conference I was ready to change. I'm ke…

Foto Friday & Have a Great Weekend!

This picture makes me shiver with anticipation...

image by Theo Peekstok