Monday, February 28, 2011

One Lovely Blog Award

I had a post for today set but it seems as though I've received another award. Kelly from: http://www.kellyhashway.com  has generously given me the One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you, much, Kelly!

Here are the rules for this award:
  • Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and their blog link. (check)
  • Pass the award on to 10 other blogs that you've newly discovered.  (check)
  • Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award. (check)
Okay originally it was 15 blogs, but that a lot, so I cut it down to 10.  So, here are the next lucky winners I've chosen:

Congrats to the lucky winners and thanks again, Kelly!

Monday, February 21, 2011


I actually had quite the productive week.  Not only did I finally finish my WIP, A Howl in the Night, but also I sent it out to the first publisher on my list.  This is good as now I can spend my time finishing up the second installment in the Shadow Dancer series.  I have a first draft completed, and have a partial edit/revise done. I have learned a valuable lesson in the process of writing these two novels.  I am able to work on a novel and several small projects at the same time without any problem or issues.  But, I am not able to work on two novels at once.  It bogged me down and overwhelmed me.  I also found myself thinking about one story while trying to work on the other and that just made a mess.  From now on, only one novel project at a time.  Good to know for future reference. 

Now that I can focus again, I pulled out my outline for Shadow Warrior and saw that I didn’t stick to my outline at all.  I thought I would give outlines a whirl. See if or how they might help me.  In the end, it didn’t….

There are loads of reasons to outline a project.  It gives you boundaries to work within.  It gets the ideas you have out on paper and in front of you.  It can help you get a better look at the story in general to find the holes, lost character lines, and loose plot ends.  It also can give you something to refer back to if you get lost within your story. 

Some writers love to outline as much as they love to write the story itself.  They thrive on the planning and the background creation.  They are excited to get to the end of the story in outline form.  They like the lines they have drawn and are ready to get to the meat of it. 

Me?  I hate to outline.  One of the reasons why is that I don’t know where the story is going to go until I am writing it.  Sometimes the characters want to do their own thing and no matter how hard I try, they wont fit into the lines I set for them.  I take the fork in the road not intended and wind up in an adventure.  Outlines stifle me. 

How do I keep all my ideas in order then?  I have a project board I work off of, where I have pictures I’ve drawn of people I intend to use; note cards laid out with characterizations and their backgrounds; research taped and stapled here and there; magazine pictures ripped out and tacked up.  No, I don’t outline, and from someone else’s standpoint it may look like a mess.  To me, it’s laid out beautifully.  There is a process in my chaos.  Maybe in my own way, that is my outline. 

So, let’s hear it.  Do you outline?  Do you fly by the seat of your pants?  Or, do you end up somewhere in the middle like I do? 

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award

I spent the week ensconced reading the Hunger Games Series.  You can check out my thoughts on these three books on my review page. 

Happy Valentines Day!  Love is in the air, yes?  I got my first Blog Award this weekend, woo hoo. 

The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award.

Now, as for the The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award, I would like to thank Kate Evangelista  of http://kateevangelistarandr.blogspot.com/ for thinking of me when giving out this award. I'm honored, sincerely.

Here's how the award goes:

1. Thank and link back to the person that gave this award.

2. Share 4 guilty pleasures that you have.

3. Pass the award along to 6 other sweet blogs

Guilty Pleasures

1. Harry and David Gummie Bears.  Most of you know this already so it’s no big surprise. 

2. I have a shoe addiction.  It’s a thing. Flats, sandals, Nikes, heals, doesn’t matter, I gotta look and I gotta buy. 

3. I love reading romance novels. 

4. Sleeping.  I only get to enjoy this one on weekends, but sleeping in on a Saturday is a lovely thing. 

Congratulations to the six sweet blogs receiving this award from me! As a request, disseminate this award to six other bloggers not on this list. You don't have to return the favor by giving me the award again. I'm thankful enough as it is for receiving it. Spread the love!


Monday, February 7, 2011

The Hunger Games

Happy Monday!  Met with a group of book bloggers and writers this weekend, and as usually happens we got to chatting about…books.  Go figure, eh?  One discussion was about The Hunger Games, series.  As of the discussion I had not read these books.  Oh the series has been on my TBR pile for months, but it was never one that made it to the top…until that is Sunday.  I got home from our meeting and decided “Oh all right”. So I grabbed my kindle, downloaded The Hunger games, and did not put the kindle down until I had to go to sleep.  I read while the big game was playing (Boo!), and I read while doing laundry, and I read when I was supposed to be writing.  I have to say the story and the writing is extremely compelling. 

The first section reminded me of the old horror story “The Lottery” by S. Jackson.  I had to read that book in Jr. High (yes, this was a while ago).  “The Lottery” wigged me out as a kid, due to the shear idea of keeping the population down by killing off so many a year.  The Hunger Games takes it one step further and a bit more morbid.  Instead of just killing them off, fast and easy, they actually make the selected people participate in a game to kill or be killed.  The last one standing lives.  Wow, what an idea.  The kicker?  The participates in the game are between the ages of 12-18.  It’s not even adults, it the children. 

So far I have to say, book one in the series:  very good read.  Worth the money and the time.

Do you ever see other book in stories you are reading?  Do you ever think….didn’t I just read this?  I usually hate that, as I get bored with the same people, the same plots, the same story.  

Interested?  Here are links to the books discussed above:
The Lottery
The Hunger Games