Monday, November 29, 2010

Goals and Whatnot

I set a few goals this month. I just knew I could accomplish all of them.
Then I got sick and stayed in bed a few days. I didn't even want to read.
But then I got better. So I got working on my goals again.
Then I got sick again.
Today I'm feeling the stress of not getting my goals done.
Should I feel badly?
I'm trying not to. I think I bit off more than I can handle. It's a lesson I need to learn.
And really, my unfinished goals won't break me or hurt me or anything like that.
It's all good.
I need to get back to editing my WIP. That is a goal I plan on finishing this year!
I have to admit I love the rush of finished my goals.

How about you? How are you coming along with your goals? And how was your Thanksgiving?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


It's blog tour time for Whitney Nominee
Finding Rose by Stephanie Humphreys

We're excited because we've got some fabulous reviewers on board,
not to mention that we'll be giving away THREE copies!
The tour runs from November 22-December 3.

Want to win a copy of Finding Rose? It's easy. 
Check out the fabulous reviews and leave a comment letting us know why you're excited to read Finding Rose
Remember to include your email address. 
If you tweet about the blog tour, or post about it on your blog or facebook, leave the link in the comments section and you'll receive an additional entry.

November 22
Tristi Pinkston--Tristi Pinkston

November 23
Alison Palmer--Tangled Words and

November 24
Taffy Lovell--Taffy's Writing

November 29
Jenn Wilks--Jenn Wilks
Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen--The
Write Blocks

November 30
Amanda Thomson--Maybe Mandi

December 1
Sheila Staley--Why Not?
Because I Said So

December 2
Valerie Ipson--Valerie Ipson

December 3
Christine Bryant--Day

I don't know if I've ever read a book about this time in LDS history. The settings were done well and I understood what time period we were in.
I like Rose. I just wish she would get over the chip on her shoulder about Miles. Stephanie has created good characters.
A good, clean romance like FINDING ROSE would be a great Christmas gift!
I love when a first time author gets published and has a good book! Go Stephanie!

Will Rose honor her father's last wish?

Rose stood and dropped her father's hand. "You're tired, Papa." She pulled
the quilt over his thin shoulders and kissed him on the cheek. . . .

"Think about what I said." He gently squeezed her hand. "I wish you would
consider giving Miles a chance."

"Miles! I wish Sean had never brought him here. He's so serious. In all the
time he's been here, he's hardly ever smiled. . . . He annoys me and I wish
he would go home." Still, Rose couldn't help but think of his gentleness
when he cared for her father.

On his deathbed, Rose Sterling's father asks her to consider Miles Crandall
as a suitor. Then Rose is sent to live with an uncle in Spring Creek,
Montana, far from her carefree life with her family in Utah. Miles is
returning to his hometown of Spring Creek to set up a medical practice, so
Rose is certain her being sent there is a setup. Yet Miles doesn¹t seem
interested in her, and after Rose falls ill in Montana, he seems content to
act as her physician and friend. When Rose captures the attention of Miles¹s
younger, flamboyant brother as well as the town sheriff, Miles retreats even
further from any attempt at courtship.

How can Rose honor her father's last wish if Miles doesn't even try to court
her? Will she have the courage to put her heart on the line and fight for
the one she really loves?

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.  This did not influence my opinion of the book. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

BUMPY LANDINGS Book Trailer & Contest

Don Carey, author of Bumpy Landings, is holding a contest on his website. I just had to show the book trailer. Isn't it cute? Love the use of Legos!

Monday, November 22, 2010

WINNERS of Gratitude Giveaway!


Adelina Priddis who loves turkey and won OUTLIVE YOUR LIFE!
Wall-to-wall Books who loves stuffing and won RISE UP AND SING!

Thank you to those who entered!


Friday, November 19, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Writerly Advice-Brandon Mull

Write what you know.
Write what you love.
Write what you love to read.

Gratitude Giveaway!

I want to thank all the followers of this blog!
You. Are. Awesome.

Thanks for your time and comments. I really appreciate your insights and ideas.
You. Are. Awesome.

I'm part of a blog hop/giveaway thanks to I'm A Reader, Not A Writer.
The Gratitude Giveaway runs from today, November 17th through Sunday November 21st.
There are OVER 175 blogs on this hop! Visit all of them for a chance to win something cool.

I'm giving away two books so I get to choose two winners (well, gets to choose).

Rise Up and Sing by Lex Buckley

An essential, practical handbook that equips female worshippers to lead worship, work with musicians, pastor a worship team, write songs, and work effectively with their pastor.   For women who are called to lead worship—or think they might be—worship leader Lex Buckley offers this essential handbook

 Outlive Your Live by Max Lucado
These are difficult days in our world's history. 1.75 billion people are desperately poor, natural disasters are gouging entire nations, and economic uncertainty still reigns across the globe. But you and I have been given an opportunity to make a big difference. 

I thought those two books sounded like thankful, uplifting gifts. I hope you enjoy them!

To enter:

Tell me your favorite Thanksgiving food.
Which book you want to win.
Your email address.
(U.S. Only. Sorry.)

THAT'S IT! Easy, easy, lemon squeezey.
Good luck.
You. Are. Awesome.

Other blogs to hop:

Monday, November 15, 2010

Back to NaNo??

I was gone over the weekend. Girls only weekend.

I left the laptop with hubby so he could do his homework. (He's working on his MBA online.)
So I took a legal pad and a few pens with me in case I have time to write in between talking, gut-bursting laughter and nummy food. I also took a couple of Christmas books to read for a review.

I surprised myself by writing SIX pages, front and back! So like 12 pages on legal sized paper. Whoopie! Most of what I wrote was based on Josi Kilpack's character sheets. I feel like I know my characters very well now. Plus Storyfix suggested stepping back and writing out bullets of my story. I only got a half page on that because I'm not an outliner especially when it comes to NaNo.

How are you all doing with your writing?
If you're doing NaNo, how's your story coming along?

AND! Do you have a favorite Christmas I can read and review?? I'm stuck. Maybe I'll just read Dickens again...

Friday, November 12, 2010

Foto Friday

Here is an interesting object I walked by the other day. I couldn't help but take a picture with my phone.
So many funny captions/ideas/stories were running through my head I almost forgot I was out doing something as mundane as exercising.

I realize many people are cleaning for the holidays, but this is going a little too far, don't ya think? heehee

What caption would you give this photo??

Foto Friday & May The Writing Be With You!

Does your character live here or visit? 
Is this place magical or just plain cold?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

LUW-Heather Moore 2-Query & NY Times Advice

Advice from NY Times:
No background on first page.
No scenic descriptions.
Start at the moment where something major happens.
End chapters with a cliffhanger.

Readers want to be caught up in drama.
Readers want to be entertained.
Readers dont' want to be told or lectured.

Writer must find balance between exposition, which is slowest to a car chase, which is fastest.

Finding An Agent:
Writers DO need an agent even if they find a publisher first.
Agents help negotiate.

Mailing Query Letter:
To gain interest of an editor or agent.
Standard submission package should include:
One-page synopsis
Sample page of writing
Unless on publishers website it is stated differently.

Emailing Query:
Put "query" in heading
Keep letter professional
Use standard letter
Proofread before emailing!
Research agent & agency
Find out recent sales, client list, etc
Should have no reading fees
Junior or new agents are awesome!

Have you sent a query letter out recently? How did it go?

Monday, November 8, 2010

What's Your NaNo Stat?

What's your numbers?
25225 which is about 50% done!!
How is everyone doing today?
I did well Monday-Friday then had a busy weekend. I didn't get to NaNo today either. I might not even tonight because a hot bath and flannel sheets sound good to me right now.
Were you able to get tons of words typed over the weekend?
*sigh* no. But I am happy about getting ahead last week.

LUW-Heather Moore- Show Don't Tell

Show, Don't Tell
Showing-Creating scenes
Describe actions of character
Reveling character through dialogue
Use five senses

Using "were" and "was" a lot means your are telling , not showing.

Don't begin book with lengthy description.
Make setting scene short.

When beginning a book, use dialogue, action or thought.

When you read, what do you skim?  Cut out what you skim.
What description is necessary and interesting?
How can you make it so?
What description ups the ante of the conflict?

There are three hooks:
First Sentence/first paragraph- How will you make the reader turn the page?
End of chapter-Why should the reader read the next chapter?
Overall hook-Why should the reader finish the book?

Is show don't tell hard for you?
What do you feel is your writing weakness?

Friday, November 5, 2010

Foto Friday

Thursday, November 4, 2010

What Is Your Genre?

Do you have one genre you write in? I have, let me think, sci-fi, historical romance, YA, dystopian, and uh, I think I'll end there.

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.
Elements in Fiction:
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
Non-fiction SELLS THE MOST (by the end of the conference I was ready to change. I'm keeping ideas in the back of my mind and notebook).
  • Biography-needs more factual support.
  • Autobiography-Bigger piece of time
  • Memoirs-Small part of life
  • General non-fiction (Dewey decimal)-Different stories from life in one book
Elements in Non-Fiction
All non-fiction needs:
Climax-lesson learned
Resolution-reader says "I can do that!"
What are the target audiences?
Picture book: 1-3 pages
Chapter book: Max 100 pages
Middle grade: 100-200 pages
Young Adult: 150-300 pages
Adult: 150-several hundred pages, 70,000-90,000 words max

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

LUW-Dialogue-Julie Wright

 Emotion in Dialogue:

Readers want an emotional pay off.
You are promising your readers an emotional experience.  Don't cheat them with unearned emotions like starting a book with a dream.

Use emotion when you are showing motivation and catalyst.

Get reader emotionally invested:
  • Make emotions credible.
  • Evoke some sort of emotional response.
  • Emotions can be present anywhere in plot.
Emotions are especially important:
  •  Introducing and maintaining a characters motivation.
  • Creating a catalyst for a story's turning point.
  • Showing characters growth.
 Use the five senses. image

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

LUW-Dialogue-Julie Wright


The dialogue must:
Move plot forward
Reveal characters
Set the tone
Alter relationships
Can provide the back story

The dialogue must do at least one of the above or you should take it out.
Do not info dump in dialogue.
Don't need names in dialogue.

Watch out for adverbs.
Use "said" in tag lines.

Make your dialogue real.
Use action with dialogue.

Who is your character?
How do they speak? Can you "hear" the gender, area they grew up, job held, etc through speech?
What do they want?
How does it cause conflict?

What is your writing strength? Is it dialogue? image

Monday, November 1, 2010

WINNER of Spooktacular!

Congrats to AUTUMN on winning "The Skin Map!"

Autumn said:
"One of my new favorites is Horns by Joe Hill!"

Thanks to everyone who came by my blog this week and especially to those who are new followers!
I might be doing another giveaway in November, so check back often.
And a big shout out and THANKS to I'm A Reader, Not A Writer for hosting another great giveaway.

LUW-Hero's Journey-Annette Lyon

Now we are going on the journey:

Refusal of the call
Hero refuses because of fear or other excuses.
Threshold Guardians can prevent the hero from going also.
The mentor gives the hero a kick in the pants
I.E. Dursley destroys Harry's letters

Meeting With the Mentor
This meeting usually (but not always) takes place before the hero commits.
This gets the story moving and provides the hero with training and/or helpful object for quest.
I.E. Gandolf give Frodo ring w/ instructions on how to destroy it.

Crossing the First Threshold
This is the point of no return, leaving the ordinary world behind and entering the new world
Shows hero's commitment to the quest.
With the reluctant hero the quest is pushed on him.
Guardian often appears.
I.E. Frodo and Sam leave the Shire; Dorothy lands in Oz

Tests, Allies and Enemies
Hero adjusts to new world.
S/He is tested in many, progressively harder ways.
The hero meets people along the way and must determine if they are enemies or allies.
Gets a sidekick.
Gets a rival.
I.E. Bennett girls meet men like Darcy, Bingley and Wickham

Approach the Inner Most Cave
Hero prepares for this test, which will get him ready for the final ordeal.
Hero uses lessons learned to get thorough.
Often enters new special world.
I.E. Toys make a plan to escape--they come alive and freak out Sid.

The Ordeal or The Climax
Hero's final exam
S/he battles shadow, facing greatest fear.
Must be willing to sacrifice something or their own life.
I.E. Luke fights Darth Vader

Reward--Seizing the Sword
Hero captures or finds the treasure, elixir or accomplishes the point of the quest.
Celebration or 'campfire scene
Hero understands something about himself, has grown
I.E. Finding Nemo- they escape the aquarium

The Road Back
hero returns back tot he ordinary world
Shadow may not be defeated.
Common time for chase scenes.

The Resurrection
Hero has a physical ordeal that pushes him to the limit.
Often showdowns with villain.
Hero is changed forever
I.E. Buzz loses an arm and despairs. Luke appears to die in trash compactor

Return with the Elixir
Story wraps up
Receive rewards of punishment
Wrap up all plot threads
Hero may leave their world.
Elixir may be knowledge and share it.
I.E. Frodo leaves Shire

Books for Hero's Journey ideas:

Were you aware of the hero's journey in books before today?
Do you recognize it in your writings?

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 ...