December 16th, 2011
On Paper Hangover today, the topic is holiday wishes. I’m gonna give you fair warning — I’m a holiday sap.
1. For Super Spawn to have a magical experience — When I was a kid my parents and grandparents went to HUGE lengths to make us believe in Santa and the giving spirit. Even once we outgrew Santa we still had the most magical Christmases full of love and giving, and that’s something I want for my kiddo.
2. I want to help someone — Every Christmas for as long as I can remember we’ve helped a less fortunate family out. Even if we weren’t in the best position ourselves, we always share what we have. And an opportunity to help *always* presents itself. In fact, I was given one this morning, and my heart is just glowing.
3. For everyone to remain safe — Everyone travels a lot around the holidays. Family, friends, even Super Spawn and I will hit the roads this year. I wish that everyone would make it wherever they’re going safely. Last year we witnessed a horrific crash (but were able to help, thank goodness) that resulted in life-flight and three ambulances blaring away. I don’t want to relive that.
4. For Super Spawn to feel loved – This is really kinda personal, but it is a true wish, and I’m happy to report it came true. I wished for kiddo’s dad to make an effort this Christmas, and two presents for Super Spawn arrived this week from him. (His dad lives overseas) I’m so glad. So, so glad.
5. Happiness and Peace — For everyone. For each of you, for my family. This is the time of year where we’re all missing our lost loved ones, and looking forward to the possibilities of next year. I just hope that each of you finds peace and happiness in those dreams and memories.
See?! Total holiday sap. What about you guys? What’s on your wish list?
November 4th, 2011
So…the new site is here! And pretty! AND IT REDIRECTS!!
I’ve spent far too many hours trying to figure out how to import/redirect all my feeds and posts and everything. I’m a liiiittle excited to finally have gotten it right.
Anyway, on with the Friday Fives!
1. J. K. Rowling was the author who inspired me to write and to believe in myself.
3. Sarah Dessen – She’s not one of those authors with “phenomenal cosmic powers” (you know, the Rowlings and the Meyers), but she has tons of books on the shelves — books that teens LOVE and can’t wait for more of.
4. Kiersten White – Again, no phenomenal cosmic powers, but an author with a great attitude, and a willingness to share the truth about how hard publishing can be, even once you have the book deal.
5. John Green – I mean, have you read his books?
What about you guys? Which authors inspire you?
October 28th, 2011
1. Of course this would have to be Harry Potter, because — it’s Harry Potter. I mean, you guys know me well enough to know OF COURSE I want to live in the magical world.
2. Perhaps the world of Once Upon A Marigold would be fun — I mean, as long as I wasn’t the one on the evil witch’s bad side.
3. For the most part, I would not want to live in the worlds Juliette Marillier creates (even though they rank among my all-time favorites). Let’s face it, they’re kinda evil. Except maybe Wildwood Dancing…which that’s really all about the choices you make. Sorta. No? Well…still…I can’t have a list without one of her books at least.
4. I’m realizing most of the books I read are either set in the real world or in REALLY SCARY other worlds. Hmm…
5. Dr. Seuss. Maybe I could live in Oh the Places You’ll Go…
Can you guys name five book worlds you’d like to live in?
October 14th, 2011
Admittedly, I had wide-ranging (and somewhat strange) reading tastes as a kid. (We’re gonna go with stuff I read in elementary school here.) Want proof? Here you go:
1. One Last Wish (series) by Lurlene McDaniel — I read every one of these books, plus anything else she published. I think I was eight when her first book landed in my hands (about a year after we lost my sister) and seeing as her books are about dealing with death, I was hooked. For total honesty — I still have them all tucked neatly in a trunk in storage.
2. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner — This is another one of those I loved so much I still have the book at home.
3. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell — How many times did I read this book? I could never count them all.
4. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens — My mom bought me all the illustrated classics by the time I was in 3rd grade. I loved them all.
5. Rudolph and Me (I don’t know who wrote the story though) — This was a book my grandmother had made for my cousin and me (one each, of course), where we were the main characters in this tale of us setting off with Rudolph to save Santa and Christmas. I thought it was THE most awesome thing on the planet to have my name in a book.
What about you guys? What were your favorite childhood books?
September 30th, 2011
As it turns out, I love quite a few banned books. (And guys, my High School obviously didn’t have a copy of this list, because every book we read in four years worth of Lit Honors is on it. lol) Do any of mine make your top five list?
1. Harry Potter — all of them. Of course. You didn’t expect anything else in this spot did you?
2. 1984 by George Orwell — one of those books I was forced to read in High School and wound up LOVING. Who knew that was possible?
3. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney
4. Farenheight 451 by Ray Bradbury — Another school book I *gasp* enjoyed.
5. Goosebumps by R.L. Stine — I can’t believe this series makes the list. My sister and I used to devour these books like nobody’s business!
There you have it, my list of astonishment as I realized pretty much all of my favorite books growing up were on the banned list.
August 5th, 2011
*Was told the pics weren’t working, so lets give this another go.* This week, my buddies over at Paper Hangover are talking about:
So, here are my five (in no particular order):
This one inspired me to completely rewrite the beginning of my WIP (and it’s much better for it!):
Whenever I need a kick in the inspiration to write some romance, this is the image I turn to:
This is my desktop background, and never fails to help me focus on the big picture.
My brother. He’s my constant inspiration to go for my dreams because life is too short to waste.
And last, but not least, the lady who gave me the courage to try: Jo Rowling.
What images inspire your writing?
July 29th, 2011
I didn’t think to do these at home last night (woops) so I’m going from my Nook library and what I can find online. Hope I don’t screw any of them up. Anyway, all of them have something in common — they make you immediately curious about the situation and are full of voice.
1) From THE GODDESS TEST – “I spent my eighteenth birthday driving from New York City to Eden, Michigan, so my mother could die in the town where she was born.”
2) From DELIRIUM – “It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure.”
3) From IF I STAY – “Everyone thinks it was because of the snow.”
4) From THE HUNGER GAMES – “When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.”
5) From HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE (of course) – “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
What about you, what are your favorites?
July 22nd, 2011
Time to join the gang over at Paper Hangover for another Friday Fives! This week’s topic:
1) WriteOnCon is having a spectacular contest right now — you could win $1000 and consideration for representation by Catherine Drayton of Inkwell Management!
2) Writer’s Digest is having both a short story and poetry competition right now.
And that’s all I know about, so I look forward to seeing what everyone else has to offer!
Have you heard of any other contests?
July 15th, 2011
It’s that time again over on Paper Hangover…
1) Blogs – Does that count as a writing community? I think so. I’ve met most of my writing friends and beta readers through my blog. *waves* <3 you guys!
2) YALitChat – I’ve been a part of YALitChat for a long time now, and I’ve always found great support over on those boards. I also met my fab critique partner over there.
3) Absolute Write – An invaluable depth of information on every aspect of writing can be found in these forums.
4) Query Tracker – Between the comments on the individual agent’s pages and the forum where everything from critiques to success stories are shared, you can learn a lot about agents, writing, and the publishing process. I probably spend way to much time there actually. lol
5) I don’t actually have a fifth. Hmm…drawing a blank. I know I’m forgetting something.
What are your favorite writing communities?
July 8th, 2011
This week on Paper Hangover our topic is…
1) Google — of course. I Google for pictures, for any quick information I need, etc. I’m sure everyone uses Google.
2) The book store. — Ever walked into a book store and asked one of the booksellers something like, “I’m looking for information on life in the early 1900′s, can you point me in the right direction?” I have. And they always help.
3) Facebook – I know that may sound weird, but here’s the thing: I’ve got a very wide range of friends on my Facebook, from lawyers to pharmacists to mechanics to English teachers. So, generally speaking, I can post a question and have an answer by the end of the day from someone who knows what they’re talking about.
4) Wikipedia — Man, I could get lost on that site for hours. There’s so much interesting stuff to be discovered!
5) Coffee — What? Coffee doesn’t count as a resource? But… But I’d die without my coffee! Plus, with a cup of coffee in my hand is when I do my best brainstorming.