Monday, October 29, 2012

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Random Topic Thursday!

When disposing of paper: Are you a cruncher or a folder?

As I writer, I always have a pen to paper trying to figure out creative ways to make scenarios work in my books. Like I've mentioned in an earlier post, I jot down every idea I come across whenever I have them, in my little composition notebook.

The scenario I see in the movies of writers typing/writing something on a page, not liking it, then tossing it out. I've never done that because I'll always go back over my notes (even the ones that make no sense at all) and draw inspiration from them. Some times it works and a new avenue of creativity opens up.

So to answer the question, I am a cruncher but not with my writing, only with total trash. Folding? Seriously? I don't have time for that...LOL...jk, Type A's...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Proofreading Tips

Proofreading and Editing Tips for Writers

Here is an article I found incredibly helpful when editing. These are some things I usually wouldn't look for or break down as much while proofreading my own work. It's broken up into a checklist format to help you stay focused. It may take a while but before you publish, you definitely want the most polished, clean version of your work. Readers hate typos and inconsistencies. I know I do, it's very distracting. This will help eliminate them.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Is it that time again?


Random Topic Thursday

Red: Extreme anger or red roses (my fav).

Orange: Gator color (GO GATORS!) or the fruit, orange.

Yellow: being sick, like jaundice or when you feel you're about to get sick and your skin turns a sickly yellowish hue.

Green: My old bedroom. It was half forest green with an ivy leaf border and the top half was white. My bedspread was even green ivy leaves with little purple flowers. Let's just say, it used to be my favorite color and now you will not find a splash of it in my wardrobe or in my home...

Blue: My eyes. Well, they were blue (a light grayish blue) for all of my life until about 2 years ago. They have turned to green (wonderful favorite color....ack!). And the ocean, not the Jersey Shore, that's brown. The Caribbean has the most perfect shade of turquoise. Crystal clear blue waters, turning a deeper indigo farther out. Gorgeous!

Purple: Amethyst gemstones and my now favorite color. I wear more purple than Barney did. Love it! Also, I think of America, the Beautiful...Purple Mountains, Majesty (you know the line)...This is going to make me cry. When my grandfather was ill we went to visit him at a nursing home while he was recovering. He was getting better and was nearly ready to go home. One night we all went to visit him. I think it was Thanksgiving. We all sat on the front porch of the facility in rocking chairs and we all started singing America, the Beautiful. Just us kids at first, then the grown-ups piped in. My grandfather started singing at the line...for purple mountains, majesty. I'll never forget. It made me cry then and I'm crying right now. He never made it home. He died shortly after Christmas that year.

White: Boring, plain, blinding sunlight, stains (because evey time I wear a white shirt, I am guaranteed to get a stain on it before the day is through).

Black: Another of my favorite colors. That is probably because I like things sick and sinister, which is so strange because I'm a light-hearted, positive person with a bubbly personality (so I've been told). But I'm just drawn to the wacky and deranged and black is a usual color associated with the sick and twisted.

So what do these colors or other colors mean to you?

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Inspiration for Writing

Inspiration for Writing

Where do you find inspiration? I find it in normal life. Yes, the literature I read helps me develop my style and correct my grammar a little bit, but ultimately it is everyday life.

For example, I was daydreaming today at work and remembered a hilarious game of truth or dare that I played as a teenager. Then I thought that it would be a really cool idea to throw that into the novel I'm writing, but in this game the stakes are much higher.

I also listen to people. If I have free time (which isn't very often having 2 kids and working full time), I like to sit at restaurants or coffee houses or bars for that matter (with friends of course...I don't drink alone) and just listen to the conversations that people are having.

Yes, this is eavesdropping and it's incredibly rude, but I don't care. If it will help me perfect my craft, then I can give two hoots about what anyone else thinks. I learn different personality types, quirky senses of humor, and different views about politics, family, work, pleasure, and just life in general.

I find myself picking different personality quirks to create a character. Some of my characters are based off of people I know, but not all. To create some of my characters which are unlike people in my world, I have to create them from scratch especially if their experiences are unlike any I or anyone else I know have experienced before.

Even though I take a lot of what I write by eavesdropping, I am a true believe in the saying, "write what you know". In my debut series, my main character, Macy, is from New York. Though I am not from NY, my parents are and I'm able to give a real perspective on a person from NY. Also, she moves from a big city to a small country town. I can relate to that because I'm from a fast-paced part of Florida where all the cities are close together and there's traffic galore. When I set my sights on college, I wanted to find a place with a more laid-back atmosphere, a country setting. Gainesville filled that bill. Though the college town is bustling, the outskirts are quaint and hardcore down home country.

This setting also helped me create the town of Bougainvillea. Some characters, some of the funniest ones, are actual people. Don't think for one second I'll tell you who they are.

One more pointer....when inspiration strikes, pounce on it immediately. The biggest mistake I made when I first started writing was not writing it down or recording my ideas immediately. By the time I would get home, fire up the laptop and start typing I would completely or partially forget the great idea or concept I had and it just wasn't quite the same.

I have a system now. It's not the very best, but this is what I do. I have a bad habit of stashing old receipts in my purse and forgetting them completely. So let's say I have this spectacular idea for a book in the bread aisle at the grocery store. I'll stop what I'm doing, pull out a tattered old receipt and a writing utensil and jot down my idea. I'll then take it and put it in a particular spot in my wallet and next time I get to typing, I'll know where to find it.

I used to carry around a mini composition (classic black and white marble one) with me but then I would forget it at home and go grabbing a stray receipt. So now I just stick to the receipts.

Let me know where you find inspiration or how you handle ideas or spurs of inspiration in your everyday life....

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Projects in my Pipeline...Updated!

Current Writing Projects

Culture Shock:

My first complete novel. A young adult urban fantasy. You can go to to read an excerpt. Currently I'm trying to network and send out my queries. It's very slow going because recently my husband has been deployed so I am acting as a single working mother. There isn't much time to myself these days. In addition, traditional publishing is an extremely slow process.
 I've sent out about 30 query letters, some with a sample of the work--if it was requested. I've heard back from about 20 now. All no's. :( But I'm not discouraged one bit. I know the chances of being published traditionally are slim, but all it takes is 1 yes. Just 1! So I'm going to keep truckin'. I'm still writing everyday and I feel my craft is getting better and better.

Shock Wave:

The second novel in the Bougainvillea Series. I've been working on it and have a general outline. It's a bit more serious than Culture Shock, but still chock full o' laughs and crazy antics. I'm working on scenes for the ultimate nudist/redneck wedding.

A lot of the story will take place on Cedar Key on the Gulf of Mexico. It's like a cracker beach community. Old Florida. So I want to take a trip there in the near future (I've been a million times before) to try to get the feel of the area so I can properly describe it. I feel that if I do it from memory, it won't be as good. I need to immerse myself in the setting, atmosphere and culture of the area so I can do it justice.

Scavenger Hunt:

Right now....this very moment....I am working on this piece. It's a love story between two people who hate each other and are complete opposites. One that confronts everything head-on and the other who flees and runs when life gets too tough. Together they go on a zombie fighting mission. There is much more than just zombies and romance. This will also be a challenge for me since my first series is told completely in first person, Macy Holmes. In Scavenger Hunt, I'll be telling the first person POV through Rachel and AJ. This should be interesting. I feel that the story couldn't be told correctly by just using one person. It will make it feel more alive to get the input of both characters.

I'm actually diving a little bit more into science fiction, not much....don't be scared, on this one. A little genetics with your fantasy anyone? Unlike the Bougainvillea Series (Culture Shock and Shock Wave), Scavenger Hunt is an adult fantasy novel. It's completely different but I think this will be a real hit. It's very infantile in its development, but I have big ideas for it. You'll just have to wait and see.

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"Falling from Grace" and "Saving Grace" by Christine Zolendz

Surprisingly Wonderful!!!! I picked this one up because the synopsis seemed alright and the price was perfect. I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did. One of my new favorite series.

Zolendz creates such awesome characters. I felt like I knew them personally. I wanted to be Grace and have a friend like Lea. It was a great story.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

It's Random Topic F*ckin' Thursday!!!

Holy Cow! I almost forgot. It's my favorite day. Random Topic Thursday!



My earliest memory is of my fourth birthday. I remember it being a pool party at my parents' house. There were more adults there than children and everyone was in a cheery mood.

Donald Duck made an appearance in the form of Joey D., a family friend. I know this because I distinctly remember Joey eating a slice of pizza with the Donald Duck costume still on sans the head. I guess it's kinda hard to eat pizza with a beak.

So, what's your earliest memory?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review of "Futures and Frosting (Chocolate Lovers #2)"

Well, Tara Sivec has done it again. Her first book in this series, "Seduction and Snacks", had me laughing into the night. The crafty, hilarious tale of Claire, Carter, and Gavin with their kooky friends is a one of a kind. The level of comedy is so high, you will barely keep a straight face page by page. Once I found out that there was a second book, I thought no way could she do it a second time, but she has folks. It was great! Highly recommended. Don't read if you get easily offended, but if you have a raunchy sense of humor like I do, it's definitely a must read.

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