Monday, October 31, 2011 | By: Taffy

"If I had all the magic in the world, I'd . . ."

What would you do if you had all the magic in the world??
The first thought that came to mind was for more time in the day to get my stuff done that I wanted to do. So I'd like time to stop for a few hours while I write or cook or clean or, espeically! READ!

The next thought was my favorite: cook/bake anything and have it turn out perfect with no mess to clean! That is what I'd do with all the magic in the world. :)


Elizabeth Mueller has a new book! Here is a taste of the story:

Winter Sky believes she is everything ordinary . . .until she is kissed by Alex Stormhold.
As seer of Stormhold Coven, Alex is sworn to be Winter’s protector against the darkness that hunts her. Violently thrust into a magical realm she always thought impossible, she stumbles upon a disturbing secret of her own.
Will love prove thicker than magic?


You can buy a signed copy of her book on her blog!

Here is a link to her blog:
Darkspell

And her website:
Elizabeth Mueller

Her FB author page (go take a gander at her illustrations):
Elizabeth Mueller

AND! Here is the link to buy her book from Amazon:
Darkspell

GOOD LUCK ELIZABETH!
Friday, October 28, 2011 | By: Taffy

Foto Friday~Um, Yeah

Who is she in your story??
(Halloween's just around the corner. You know you want to look like her!)





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Wednesday, October 26, 2011 | By: Taffy
Monday, October 24, 2011 | By: Taffy

Pinterest & my distractions

Lately I've been all over the place with my creativity. I'm thoroughly enjoying baking thanks to Pinterest (come find me!). That's not bad, right? Except I REALLY want to finish editing and writing my two books. 

Maybe my inner creator is gently telling me to take a break from writing. I'm overwhelmed by the prospect of reordering my chapters. For the last two weeks I've sat in my writing spot, surrounded by my papers/notes/laptop and have done nothing with them. 

I finally decided to take back my life (I'm still on Pinterest) by making bite-size goals. I hope this help you as well:
  • One step at a time.
If you look too far in the future you become overwhelmed and the task at hand becomes overwhelming.
Don't think about your blog or query or marketing if your book isn't finished yet. Focus on writing. You can't see the whole picture yet anyway so don't stress. Take one step at a time.

For me:
Write one page a day
Edit ten pages a day

What about you?

  • Don't sit around waiting.

Doing something will move you forward. Sitting around, waiting, will get you no where. Does the thought of editing overwhelm you? Do you sit an stare at the computer screen, unable to type? Close the document (after you save it) and try an easy task for a little while. Trying cleaning out one desk drawer. If that's too much, unload the dishwasher. Something small and mindless to calm yourself down and refocus. You can do hard things! Sitting around is too easy.

For me:
Bake cookies when I need something easy to do

What about you?

  • Be positive!
There doesn't seem much use for anything else except optimism. Focus on your strengths and achievements. Brush your hair in the morning. Do 10 push ups. Watch or read positive stories. Act positive and you'll be positive.

For me:
Read the comics

What about you?


Go get 'em, tiger!
Friday, October 21, 2011 | By: Taffy

Foto Friday

Breathtaking!
Where is this?
It reminds me of M.M. Kaye's Far Pavilion.
Does this picture remind you of a story?




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Wednesday, October 19, 2011 | By: Taffy

Twirling

Don't you love this picture?
The ease of a child twirling with no care in the world.
This is how life should still be, don't you think?
Carefree. Uninhibited. Joyful.  Beautiful.
I wonder, would this help with writer's block?
Or if I go really fast, will twirling erase a few wrinkles?

Go try it then come back and let us know.
Thanks.
Monday, October 17, 2011 | By: Taffy
Friday, October 14, 2011 | By: Taffy
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 | By: Taffy

Is this writer's block? Come complain with me

I have no idea what I'm experiencing. Writer's block. Writer's apathy. Writer's I-don't-want-to-sit-down-and-write disease. Whatever it is, I'm frustrated.

I have two stories I should be working on but don't want to (wah!).
My WWI romance is almost completely edited. Reading the last edited chapter I realized I have a few plot holes. Now I'm revising and moving chapters around.
MY YA horror is in the writing stages and going through my critique group. They all love it except for the fact that my main character's journey/goals is not clear. At all. Drat. So I'm rewriting chapters.
Maybe I'm in an editing rut?

Is it time to put the two stories away for a few weeks? My goal was to have the WWI story done by the end of the year and queries going out soon after. Can I still reach this goal??

I seriously considered doing NaNoWriMo next month to help me creatively. I already have three NaNo stories waiting to be polished, do I really want another?
Phew! Thanks for stopping by and listening to my rant. I guess I needed to feel someone was in my corner :)

What about you? Is everything good? Or are you experiencing a rut too?
Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year??
Monday, October 10, 2011 | By: Taffy

Ender's Game Movie Trailer

This is a fan-made trailer. Is Ender's Game really coming to the big screen?? YIPPEE! Loved that book!





Friday, October 7, 2011 | By: Taffy

Foto Friday

Halloween costume?
Main character?
Minion? (Can you imagine the magic/weapons you could hide in this hair??)

Monday, October 3, 2011 | By: Taffy

Oh! The Places You'll Go!

(Warning! This post is not to ensue feelings of jealousy or the possibility of hitting the post author. These pictures are to help segue into a possible thought process. Please continue.)
Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

I've been here
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(Adventure story waiting to be told involving vagrants, trains, buses and black moons).






Been here too
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Santorini, Greece.







I've traveled a lot. My travel bug may have come from being an Air Force darling, not brat. We moved twenty-eight times before I was a freshman in high school.
I'm not sure if traveling affects my writing as much as people watching does. Half of my stories have come from National Novel Writing Month, a third from my dreams and the rest from somewhere inside my brain.
I do believe traveling or the very least, exploring, adds richness to our lives which comes out in our writing. Trying new food, music, artistic outlet all will add to our viability.

Have the places you visited helped in your writing? Are you able to write more realistic characters or settings or stories?




What if you write science fiction? Visiting places might not help sci/fi writers. Or maybe it will...

Can writers get along on pure imagination? I think yes. Then again, if you're going to set your novel in Paris, you'd better know your way around, what the police are called and how yummy the food is because guaranteed someone will know too.

What do you think?










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