Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Bitter Much?

Whenever I receive scores back from a contest, I read the lowest one first. Not because I like to punish myself, but I want to know what it was about my story the judge disliked so much. I can tell you if none of the other judges say the same thing, I just put it down as a bitter judge. You know, the one who feels everyone else is being published but her. (It's usually an unpublished writer who gives me ugly scores.) Or is published (rarely) and seeing all her friends getting the multi-contracts "without trying."

In this contest, the lowest judge (pun intended) said, "It made the story silly." She was talking about my first person POV though she said something about it being in second person. Huh? There were way too many I's. Obviously she needs to look up the definition of Second Person.

She also talks about wanting to know when the story was set. Even after writing "the story is obviously in current time." I'm sure she meant present time. So what's the problem? Some people get a little carried away is all I'm saying. Why would I say the year or that's present time unless I have a first chapter happening years before--I didn't.

The other scores were good and the judges gave me a few worthy comments. The bitter one only gave the two above with two comments on the manuscript. One of the comments was snarky. Life is way too short to act that way.

Well, I feel better. Sometimes I just have to get it off my chest.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

New Family Member

Welcome my new family member! She's bad to the bone...uh...carburetor. 2007 Cadillac CTS.

Momma like.

My youngest got my 2001 Mazda Millennia. Her third car in six years. Geez! She had it less than a week and while she was at her new job, someone hit the rear. What in the heck is with that? We were hoping people would quit hitting her in the rear. She's a magnet for crazy drivers.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Business Cards - Writing

Like a lot of writers, I have business cards to hand out at conferences. So in turn, I receive business cards from other writers, and of course, from editors and agents when they ask for partials or fulls. See picture. I placed a double A battery next to it for comparison. A bunch, huh?

Yes. I have been to too many conferences. Well, that's about to change.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I'm In Love

Today during lunch, my new friend and I ate at Oscar's. That's the restaurant in the Museum of Art. I love the Museum of Art. Considering I love history and you combine that with food and old art...oh, my goodness. LOVE IT! It makes my heart so light.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Favorite Quote

"Sending out your manuscript is like pulling down your panties and waiting for comments."

Christina Dodd

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Everyone Has The Same Amount Of Time

I'm a patient person. People have even told me that before. But it appears the higher your pay grade, the more you believe your time is more important than mine.

For example, doctors. You make an appointment, you wait in their waiting room and that's after you politely arrive five to ten minutes early. Then fifteen to thirty minutes after your appointment time, they take you to a private room and you wait another five to twenty minutes. Naked with only a sheet over you. Then they come in the room acting like they want to break a land speed record. You get five to ten minutes of their time and they're out of there.

This week I'm on jury duty. I'd forgotten how judges act just like doctors. Their time is more important than others. We gotten to expect the judge to be late. So when he tells us a fifteen minute break, that's judge speak for thirty.

I know other people have problems with being late but all I can say is that they are not respectful of me and those who depend on them.

Okay. I'll get off my little red wagon now.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Go Collect Your Million Dollars

I use to work with a...uh....temperamental woman who made my life miserable. Being a believer of karma, I would never wish for something bad to happen to her. So whenever she would be hateful to me, I would wish that she would win a million dollar lottery and quit her job. Well, it never happened. But she did eventually retired.

I continue to wish million dollars on people all the time. They're driving slow in front of me...million dollars waiting for them at the next exit. They're talking loud on their cell phone (anywhere in my vicinity)...another million. They're arguing with a spouse/girlfriend/boyfriend/child in a public place...another million.

You get the idea. Do you think karma will decide I deserve a million too?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Anime Is Hot

I have two "cartoons" I love to watch. Yeah, yeah, I know. They're call animes nowadays. As I mentioned not long ago, I watch VAMPIRE KNIGHT. The anime is about a school girl who has a crush on a vampire. Well, there's a whole lot more to it and you can check it out at Hulu.com.

The other one is Archer on FX. You can watch the episodes on Hulu.com too. It's for adults only as the language and situations are rather naughty but so funny.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Audie Murphy Fan

My sweet youngest daughter bought me the DVD of NO NAME ON THE BULLET. It's an old Audie Murphy movie that I love. My oldest daughter had bought me the VHS some years ago, but I rarely watch VHS movies anymore. Plus a DVD is easier for me to watch on my computer.

Aren't I'm the luckiest mom ever?

Friday, August 20, 2010

Smart People

It must be hard to be extremely smart as a child. That is, since you're so intelligent, they treat you like an adult and you fly through school. Then you graduate from college at a young age without ever really experiencing all the fun stuff we fondly think back on in our adult years.

But the really hard part is when you become an adult, let's say thirties/forties, and suddenly you realize there are a lot of smart adults and you're nothing special. You can't go around bragging that you graduated college at 16 or younger. Now you're old, nothing special, never experienced a true childhood and just plain o' smart.

Bless their hearts.

Wow, I'm happy that I was plain o' average as a child. Now? There are times I believe I'm smart. Usually when I'm driving. Well, that's another story for another day...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Another Good One

Last weekend, I also read Anne Stuart's latest, RUTHLESS. Oh, my. The woman writes the best anti-heroes. The hero has a wicked sense of humor and such snappy dialogue. This book isn't for the faint of heart. If you liked the first half of THE LIBERTINE with Johnny Depp and his wicked ways, then you'll love this book. One of the best parts of Anne's book is that it ends happy-ever-after, so unlike Depp's movie.

I can't wait for the next one. Just two more weeks.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Love That Girl

Last weekend, I read Victoria Dahl's lastest historical. Oh, my goodness! I loved it. How does she do it? Not only great funny, hot stories, but so well written. The woman is a genius.

At the conference last July, I was lucky they gave out free her lastest contemporary. I even got my roommate to wanting to read it because I was laughing so hard and couldn't help myself and read her parts of the books. Vicki is so talented.

Be sure to read them

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

Sisters Are Important

I know how important sisters can be...and brothers. I have both. But an article at MSNBC.com explained it rather well.

Love you, sis! And you too, little brother. LOL! Considering he's six-one, that's funny.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Summer Ends

Summer is almost over and I guess I need to get back into the swing of things. A few months ago, I had given myself permission not to blog every day. That was nice at first but believe it or not I miss it. The deadline and the press to think of something to post, even if it was a YouTube or pictures of sexy men.

So starting Monday I'll start posting every day until next summer. That should work. I need to get into writing something.

And I'm so ready to start working on a new book, but I have to finish re-editing my book that was requested by Harlequin. It wouldn't be a problem if I hadn't taken out the first three chapters. It's amazing how much information is given in the beginning of a book to set up the characters. Otherwise, people say to themselves, "What the heck is she talking about?" if you don't fill in those gaps.

I really need to get that book off to them soon. Like I said, then I can possibly start on something new. Though I've been working on and off on another paranormal and need about twenty thousand more words. It's a lot different from my other paranormals and it has been hard to write. Then again I wonder if the reason it has been hard to write is I have a feeling it will be another book that is never published. Yeah, yeah. I'm feeling sorry for myself and really need to quit that.

Look forward and move forward and let the sorrows and regrets fall to the wayside.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Romantic Suspense

Every once in a while, I'll read a romantic suspense novel that involves a serial killer. I don't care for them, but when a favorite author of mine writes one, I have to give it a try. Sometimes the author won't "go into the mind" of the killer...I prefer that...but when they do, I might read every other paragraph or might even skip the part completely. Once, I actually quit reading a book like that and gave it away. It just creeps me out.

I'm reading one now that's like that. It got me to thinking how there are several serial killers in the U.S. at any given time. So the guy you cut off in traffic could be the next Ted Bundy or Jeffery Dahmer. Gross. See. That's why I don't like reading them. Scary.

The things I'll read for friends. Geez!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Shirley Temple

Bet you haven't thought of that name in a long time...that is if you've ever heard of her. Funny to think there are people out in the world who don't know who she is.

Week before last I picked up a DVD with several of her movies on it. The main movie is my favorite of hers. THE LITTLE PRINCESS. I remember the first time I watched it as a kid, I cried. Her character had found out her daddy was dead and everything was taken from her. Don't worry. It has a happy ending.

It's hard to believe the woman is older than my mom. She's such a part of my childhood. Though I'm too young to have seen her on the big screen, I did watch her often on TV reruns.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Keep It Simple

Someone at the conference said an editor told her to keep the story simple. That a simple story for a debut book was best. I can understand that. One of my drawbacks is just that. I love a complicated plot, usually with a surprise, logical twist at the end. But I believe that editor gave great advice and I'm going to try to keep it in mind as I write another book.

That will be a couple months away. For now, I'm editing a book I plan to email out to an editor Sunday.

Monday, August 2, 2010

A Good Quandary

I have a good quandary. During the conference, my appointment with the agent was cancelled as her flight was cancelled.

In this case, this was a good thing. As I had only one appointment left to attend and that was with an editor. And she asked for TWO FULLS. Let me explain. I met with the nice editor and gave her my pitch. She asked for the full of that one and then said, "I'm not sure if you've heard of Nocturne Bites..."

I said, "Yes, actually I have and I'm so glad you mentioned it. I sent in a short story to the email address on the website last December. I know I could've inquired on why I didn't received an answer by now, but I really didn't want to bother anyone about it. I guessed it had gotten lost." I have to say one of the best things about Harlequin, is that they will send you a rejection, even if it takes three years. Yes. I got one for a submission from that long ago.

She then said, "Please send that one to me too."

I was thrilled. It's a cute little female vampire story and it would tickle me to no end if they bought it. That would at the least get my toe in the door. LOL! I'll probably have a heart attack if they want the big manuscript too.

Okay, you're asking what about the quandary I mentioned in the my title? Well, during the time I was at Orlando I received two emails. One from an agent wanting to see more of the book I queried on. The other was from an editor rejecting a book, but asking for more. OH. MY. GOODNESS! Just too much joy. No, no, no. Never too much when it comes to my writing. Loving the joy here.

Oh, all of the above involves FOUR manuscripts!! Pray for me.

Can you imagine if I had to prepare another manuscript for the other agent if she hadn't cancelled? I would be pulling my hair out. Though I'll keep her in mind for later, if this other one doesn't like my book/writing.

Now back to work...