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Back to the Books Giveaway Hop! 2 Winners!

THANKS to I'm a Reader, Not a Writer and Buried in Books for hosting this hop. 300 blogs are entered to give away prizes!

I have a few books that need good homes. Want to adopt a few?
Let me tell you about the books:
They LOVE to be read, carressed and petted.
They do not require food though they don't mind if their owner eats while reading.
They enjoy being read and reread.
They need a nice place to rest like a lovely bookshelf or a quiet corner in your room.
They don't care for water. At all.
But they do like to be read in the tub or at the pool.
They LOVE to be shared!

Enough silliness. Down to the nitty-gritty!
Pack A:
I have three SIGNED books who need a good home:

Pack B:
These books crave a good home (all three have been read once):

So! Which set do you want? Pack A (signed) or Pack B? Let me know in the comments along with your email. 

No need to follow my blog even though I would love to hang out with you here!
Contest is Sept 1-7. Winner will be pi…

School Reading Lists, Book Ratings & Lolita

School is back in session (can I get a hallelujah?).
Do schools still hand out reading lists? I didn't know what books were required for my junior highers until the reports came due.
Here is a short list from last year:

The Outsiders
Edgar Allen Poe
To Kill A Mockingbird
Romeo and Juliet

Do you remember swear words in To Kill A Mockingbird? Yeah, me either.

I can't remember making distinction between YA and adult lit in high school. I think the books were mostly adult. Here are a few books I was FORCED to read in high school:

Lord of the Flies
Old Man and the Sea
Wuthering Heights
The Great Gatsby
Anne Frank
The Scarlett Letter
The Odyssey
The Iliad

Are they mostly adult??
The debate on YA being dark might be accurate. The books I had to read in school were dark and adult themed. Many of the above books are still on school lists. Why isn't anyone complaining about those?

My daughter read the Twilight series in less than a week. Tons of her friends read them and …

I refuse to believe summer is over

Going to my happy place now...

Foto Friday


DOUBLE DECEIT blog tour & Giveaway!

 Someone is watching.

As a young widow, all Elaina Bryant wants is a fresh start. Determined to put ten painful years behind her, she returns to her hometown and moves in with her sister, Natalie. Elaina soon accepts a job working at a small bookstore owned by the handsome Ryan Hill and his mother. Despite her reluctance to become romantically involved with anyone, she is drawn to Ryan and finds herself falling in love.

But someone isn't happy with Elaina's new life and is watching her every move. Her tormentor seems determined to destroy her sanity and her future, but Elaina can't convince anyone the threat is real. Natalie is preoccupied with her own blossoming romance, and Ryan and Elaina's friend Peter seem to believe the threat has been manufactured in her own mind a result of her guilt and grief.

Now Elaina's plans for a new start are crashing down around her. She knows she will have to find the answers on her own before she can ever overcome t…

No Fear

Air traffic controllers don't live in a state of fear.
They live in a state of management.
Because management lands planes. Fear doesn't.

I wonder if one of the requirements of air traffic controller is courage. Courage to bring the big planes in safely. Courage to talk down a pilot. Courage to make decisions that affect hundreds of lives.

cour·age[kur-ij,kuhr-] –noun1.thequalityofmindorspiritthatenablesapersontofacedifficulty,danger,pain,etc.,withoutfear; bravery.

I believe it's the same for writers. We picked a solitary career, just us and our computer or notebook. It takes courage to allow others to read and criticize our babies. Courage to cut and edit to help the story be even better then send it out to the world.
We can not let fear paralyze us. We must move forward.
Repeat with me.
No fear.
No fear.

Now go write your story. No fear.

I can dream... Foto Friday

Writing retreat? Anyone??

Synopsis Vs. Summary vis LDSPublisher

A summary is a short description of your book; think if it as a sales pitch or the blurb on the back of the book. It's 1-2 paragraphs, no longer than half a page. You hit the hook, the teasers, the main conflict. Ideally, it's what you would put in your query letter.

At a conference a few years ago, I heard an agent describe it as what you would say if you suddenly found yourself on an elevator with an agent or editor, who turns to you and asks, "What's your current work-in-progress?" You have until the end of the elevator ride to get them hooked.

A synopsis is longer and can be up to 2 pages. It's more like an abbreviated Cliffs Notes for your book. Write it in third person (even if your book is in first person), present tense, include your main characters, their motivations, conflict, major plot events, setting, themes, AND the resolution. (That means, if it's a murder mystery, you tell who dun it.)

The synopsis should be representative of…


Love this quote.

Foto Friday

Has anyone ever read a book about Easter Island, fiction or non-fiction?

Enjoy the Journey

Do you have a theme or motto this year? Something to motivate you and/or your writing? (My son told me his theme song, "Loser." Nice.)
My motto this year is: Enjoy the Journey.
I'm not a patient person. Food burns on my watch because I turn up the heat hoping to cook the meal faster.
I sometimes skim pages or jump to the next chapter.

I make awesome gravy over high heat.
My scrambled eggs are delicious.
You need nourishment for your journey, whether it's physical or mental or writing.
(Do you eat while writing?)
(Weird. All the above examples involve food.)

This year I will learn to slow down, enjoy everything about writing, even editing (ugh). As I take my time I will see better, comprehend more, get excited about the next hidden corner.
Everyday isn't a vacation in Utopia/Eden/Shangri-La. At times I remind myself to chill, eat a bite of chocolate, or put away the laptop and read (maybe a nap). Downtime is part of the journey too.

 What's your favorit…

Writers are like cats

Maybe it's just me.
I like to be snuggled and handed my food and nap in the sun.

We can be more like cats:

Ideas come as we sit still and observe the world. I love to watch people in airports. Schools are fun too. And parks. And Wal-Mart. Who am I kidding? My own house is fodder for stories! Has a story ever come to you from people watching?

Sometimes the way to break writers block is to go beyond our limits. Write something different we didn't plan on. Try paper instead of typing on the computer. Wake early or stay up late to find our muse.
Sometimes a nap works too.

Getting Stuck.
Writers get stuck. Sometimes we are the causing of getting stuck. Sometimes the characters are blocking us, telling us where they want the story to go and we aren't listening. What to do??

Let go.
Put the story on a shelf or in a drawer or in the pantry. Now go and play. Have fun. Go to the office supply store and buy a fun, new writing item to your stash. Watch kids play. They …

Now is the right time.

“Your journey has molded you for the greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don't think that you've lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time.”Asha Tyson (born 1970); Writer, public speaker

I. Love. This. Quote.
It totally applies to anyone. I like to think it was written for me, for us. Asha gives us permission to own the moment, right here, right now. What is in our heads and hearts is ready to be put on paper, breathed into stories. We are the only ones who have lived what we have lived, seen through our eyes the scenery. We haven't lost time!
Now is the right time.

Foto Friday

I think I see my muse!

Henry Miller on Writing

The Commandments

Work on one thing at a time until finished.Start no more new books, add no more new material to "Hemingway's Suitcase."Don't be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand.Work accordingly to Program and not accordingly to mood. Stop at the appointed time.When you can't create you can work.Cement a little everyday, rather than add new fertilizers.Keep human! See people, go places, drink if you feel like it.Don't be a draught horse! Work with pleasure only.Disregard the Program when you feel like it--but go back to it next day. Concentrate. Narrow down. Exclude.Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing.Write first and always. Painting, music, friends, cinema,all these come afterwards.