Saturday, April 30, 2011

Being A Good Girl

I do try to be a good girl. Whenever I read a book, I try not to be over critical of the person's writing. That only reflects poorly on me no matter if I find something wrong or not. It looks like I'm jealous as they're published and I'm not. My goal when I read a new book is to be entertained and ignore anything I would've done differently. Otherwise, I would end up feeling badly about my attitude. There's room for everyone to be published and everyone has a chance at being a New York Times #1 best selling author.

See. I have my head on right.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Congratulations!

They were beautiful and looked so happy.  For more pictures, click here.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New Website

For several days now, I've been working on a new website. I felt it was time to change the website to meet my refreshed outlook on life and writing. One and the same, isn't it?  Anyway, check it out.

I might add or change a couple things, but overall it's the way I wanted it to look.

That's why the header of my blog changed.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Huh?

Another huh? moment for me. I don't understand the interest in Toby McGuire and Shia LaBeouf. They are so ordinary. Nothing sexy or interesting about them. Just my opinon.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Find Things To Celebrate

I received my Golden Heart scores back today. It was the highest 2nd quarter scores I've ever made. Though I wasn't a finalist, I'm willing to celebrate that I'm improving.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

You Know You're A Writer When...

10. You have a reputation at your day job of being a work-aholic. What other reason would you grumble and talk to yourself as you type on your computer during lunch?

9. You write your child’s excuse for an absence and the teacher begs for the last three chapters. She wants to know how it ends.

8. You stir up trouble wherever you go. A story is only as good as the conflict.

7.You get pulled over for a ticket and the officer finally tells you NO MORE QUESTIONS.

6. You hear some good juicy gossip and then start thinking of a way to use it in a story. “I swear, your honor, I changed their names.”

5. You keep paper and pen on the nightstand. Did you know your relatives think you have a kinky sex life because of it?

4. You eavesdrop in conversations, swearing it’s research. It has nothing to do with the deep spine-tingling voice or his five-foot wide shoulders.

3. You have problems handling small talk. You’re always looking for motivation in the dialogue.

2. You catch yourself wanting to takes notes while someone chews you out. “She bobbed her head as one hand waved in the air.…”

1.You critique your spouse…in bed. “But, baby, there has to be better reason for us to do it now.”

So tell me what you would add to this list?

[I had posted this on Romance Magicians, February 2, 2011, but couldn't resist posting here.]

AND HAPPY EASTER!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Thriller or Suspense

Different contest judges have called my manuscript, OUT OF THE SHADOWS, a thriller and some said it's a suspense novel. I don't think it's either. I believe it's a spy/mercenary romance. Anyway, I decided to look up the meanings.

Wow! There are a lot of opinions out there but truthfully several missed the mark. Most don't even really answer the question.  So here's my opinion for whatever little it's worth.

Thriller:  A situation that becomes bad, worse and then terrible.  It usually grows from one person who wants something. He/she is obsessed and unreasonable. The reader often knows the person who has gone crazy. He/she may start small but their desire for whatever escalates. One website mentioned usually a thriller crosses borders or statelines with a larger than life feel to it. 

Suspense: Normally the reader doesn't know who's the killer. The bad guy (or gal) can be a serial killer or just after one person in the story. I believe a suspense is more centered on a small area or group. A mystery is often woven through the story.

Okay. Discuss amongst yourself.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Goodbye, My Southern Belle

I had bad news yesterday. A sweet and dear friend passed away. Beverly Barton. She was always kind to me and gave me the best hugs.  I'll miss her terribly.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Favorite Dialogue

If you had to decide on your favorite line of dialogue from your current WIP, what would it be?

It's like saying a child of yours is better than her/his sibling. Really should never be done. But it is just dialogue. So here's mine. I think it's my favorite. Today.

“Go ahead and get Rex, you crazy bastard. I love you and I refuse to force any man to love me! Go ahead and kill me. But you’ll always wonder what you missed out on.”

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

We Hunt More Than Deer In The South

You need to read this interview.  She's one of the funniest and sweetest people I know.  Heather (who is funny and sweet too) did a great job.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Starry, Starry Night

No. This isn't a long spill of sarcastic comments about judges and their lack of intelligence. And, yes, I received some results back. Why do judges go on and on how wonderful something is and then deduct points without comments?  Most confusing.
Maybe this is a sign that I've improved and the judges didn't realize they were only voicing their displeasure at not having the whole book?  LOL! I'm such a dreamer.

Anyone recognize the title of this post?  Hint. It's from the song from the 1970s.  Bing it.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Quote For The Day

If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I'd type a little faster.
Isaac Asimov



P.S. This is my 800th post on this blog.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Spitting In The Wind

As you can tell from the last two posts, editing is on my mind. If you're paying attention to the meters on the top right of my blog, you'll notice they haven't increased in a few days. I decided with 10 books completed and sitting to be bought...well, four of them are publish worthy...I need to make sure they're top notch before I finish another book. Yes, I have edited them before.

Though two beta readers have gone over my latest and made comments and I've gone over the finished book, reading most of it outloud, I started thinking of a few things I wanted to change. So I decided it wouldn't hurt to go over it one more time.  Then that will be it until an agent or editor wants me to do revisions or whatever. Note the positive thinking.

I understand that everytime we write a new book, we become better. BUT ELEVEN BOOKS, FOLKS! True only four are decent (I believe) but I need to see more results. Otherwise, I feel like I'm spitting in the wind.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Recommendation

Over at Romance Magicians yesterday, I posted an article about editing and grammar. A website I would like to recommend is http://www.grammardivas.com/. They have some great advice plus they're wonderful about answering your questions quickly. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Red Shirt Editing

I'm talking about Red Shirt Editing over at the Romance Magician's blog. Come over and find out what the heck am I talking about?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

An Old Tale Made New

I found an old VHS of Disney cartoons for my grandson to watch. There was a little preview at the beginning with the three little pigs. My grandson said, "I watched this one before. It's the three little pigs and the werewolf tries to get them."

Werewolf? Well, it is the sign of the times.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Stupid Cable

Don't you hate it when your cable is out or the cable box screws up? BAH! Of course, that means I can concentrate on writing.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Inspire

I'm reading a book that helped me think of an idea for my third Shadows book. It only took one sentence and I realized what would work. Wonderful.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Here I go Again

Considering I enter, judge, and coordinate contests along with train judges, I believe I know a few things. I have to say I'm tired of judges trying to change manuscripts into their voices. When you catch yourself changing nearly every sentence and it's not a grammar issue, maybe the voice isn't one you like. So walk away or mention one of two things and then let it go.

Yes. This is one of my little rants. As you guessed I received some scores on a contest I entered (yeah, did not final). One judge said my heroine's emotions were all over the board. The other one said she was consistent.  I believe if a person is going through a trauma and her emotions are steady, then something's wrong.  You didn't expect that, did you? Yes. The former judge meant it bad and gave me a low score.

Let me explain. I've had a gun pointed at me during a robbery (I worked in a drug store at the time. Kind of explains itself, huh?) and I can tell you my mind was all over the board. Scared with snatches of humor (Surely it was a poor joke -it wasn't), I still kept an eye out for an opportunity to run.  And I did when the gun went off. So in extreme situations, unless you're a robot and have no feelings, your emotions will be everywhere.

And I got the comment "this is a romantic suspense." I had entered it in Contemporary Single Title. But when I enter it into RS, they say it's erotica or a thriller. What does that have to do with it? A story is a story is a story.

Oh, and don't count how many times "was" was used. Goodness pick up a book.  It's okay. I swear.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Quote For The Day

Dream and give yourself permission to envision a You that you choose to be.

Joy Page



By the way, my manuscript OUT OF THE SHADOWS is a finalist in the STROKE OF MIDNIGHT contest.  YEAH!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

No Joke

Everyone has heard the following joke. In fact, I heard a version of it in the movie EAT PRAY LOVE.

Every day a woman prays to the Lord, "Please Lord let me win the lottery."
Faithfully, she pleads again, "Today, Please let me win the lottery."
Then one day a deep voice from heaven says, "Do me a favor. Buy a ticket."

It's amazing how many people miss the point of this wise joke. 

Lots of people out there say they want to be published, but never finish a book, never try to improve by joining a critique group, never submit a finished one or willingly submit again and again and again.

Editors do not come knocking on your door asking, "Do you  have a book to sell?"  You have to get off your butt and find the editor who wants to buy your book. Of course, first you have to finish that book and make it the best.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Medieval Times

Have you noticed all of the shows set in the medieval times lately? I'm in hog heaven for sure.

Camelot on Starz
Merlin on Syfy
Game of Thrones on HBO

And happy birthday, sis!