Friday, April 29, 2011

Rejected

Hi.

I finally heard back from the contest today, and it was a no.  A nice "No", but still a no nonetheless.  I can at least say that I made it to April 29th of a contest that ended on April 30th.  I am happy that I made it so far, but I wish that they would give a little feedback instead of a one paragraph letter that stated the obvious.  It wasn't even dated, so they could just send it to every person that didn't win, but oh well.  I'm not gonna be bitter about it.  It was a good experience even though it didn't end the way that I wanted it to.

 I had a flustering day today, before I checked the mail.  Three art customers wanted me to cut their paper on this finicky paper cutter.  The first two pieces of paper were cut wrong because of me.  One of the girls was just standing there and making a mad face while tapping her toes.  I excused myself and went to find one of my co-workers.  My hands were shaking and I just told them that someone else had to cut the paper for them, I just couldn't do it.  It was like a mini-panic attack.  I've been working there for over two years and never had such trouble with cutting and then feeling so uncomfortable.  Stupid mean customer.  At least my co-worker was really nice about it and I'm grateful to him.

Now I'm not really sure what to do with "Down in the Creek", my rejected book.  I don't know if I want to self-publish it like my first book or try to find an agent.  I would welcome any suggestions!  For now, I think I'm gonna take a bike ride, buy some gardening gloves to kill the onions that grow wild outside my door, and probably find a movie to watch.  Not really in the mood to be around a lot of people tonight...  I'll try to stay positive. 

Sincerely,
Krista

Thursday, April 28, 2011

2 more days

Hi!

Today was my last day of class for the semester, no more boring lectures to listen to... until my summer speech class begins.  Darn.  But I won't have to sit in class from 8 to 3:30 every Tuesday and Thursday in the same room.  That got quite dull. 

In honor of the last day of classes, I walked home to my apartment, enjoying the beautiful breeze and the smell of fresh air.  I feel like sometimes I forget how much I like being outside and just breathe, not smelling a mixture of deodorant, musty air filters, and paper.  I felt good, walking up to the mailbox and pulled out my keys.  Opened the door, and.... sadly no mail today.  Two more days until the winner is announced... Wow, I'm happy sad angry all at the same time.  Happy that I've made it this close to the deadline, sad that I didn't get any mail and angry that I got no mail!  It's like a little roller coaster today. :) 

Here's my funny thing today; I am incredibly clumsy!  I have two ugly bruises on my legs.  One; on Easter Sunday I accidentally walked into the open baby gate at my parents' house.  Two; I walked into the metal handle of the wall cutter at work yesterday.  Ouch.  At least it isn't shorts weather yet! :)

I'm going to try and take my mind off of things and enjoy some time with my friends tonight!  Hopefully that makes it a little more bearable. :)

Yours truly,
Krista

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

4 days until April 30th

Hi!

It's April 26th and I still have heard no news from the Delacorte Random House Contest.  I'm actually quite calm about it, granted I haven't checked my mailbox today.  It will either happen or it won't.  God's in control of the outcome and worrying won't make a difference. 

Here's my funny writing thing of the day;  I suddenly had the best inspiration yesterday for writing!  But it was at one of those opportune times.  I was at work, down in the basement in our stock room and all of a sudden, these ideas for my story just started coming to me.  I'd been stuck earlier in the day and it was amazing!  I was lucky that I had some paper with me that I'd been writing down stock items on.  I pulled out a piece of paper and sat down in the dim and dusty aisle, filled with dozens of types of tape and six types of staples.  To be secretive, I pulled my cart in front of me and just spent ten minutes writing down the ideas.  Then I tore off the page and tucked it in my apron pocket and went back to work.  I love those weird moments of inspiration!  It had absolutely nothing to do with work.

I'll let you know about the mail when I get home today!  (Well, if I hear anything, if not I won't say.)

Sincerely,
Krista

Friday, April 22, 2011

What inspires you?

Hi!!

Happy National Jelly Bean Day!  I know... that's a little strange, I honestly didn't know it was until I saw a sign outside the library.  It's also Good Friday and Earth Day.  Wow, that's a lot of days in one day.  I read "The Lorax" in honor of Earth Day, watched part of "The Passion of the Christ" for Good Friday, and I'm eating some jelly beans as I write this right now.

No letter from the contest yet, darn it.  But no news is not terrible news... or something like that. :)

Anyway, writing.  I was thinking today and I wanted to ask, what inspires you to write something?  My first book I wrote kind of as a dare for a friend that thought all books had happy endings and positive conclusion.  It became much more than that.  The second was based on a poor relationship that I had in high school, a boyfriend that was verbally abusive.  He was never anything like the abusive boyfriend in my novel, but it was something that I realized people don't write about.  The third was inspired by a true story.  A young man disappeared from my college campus and I became emotionally attached to the situation, desperate for him to come home, but they didn't find him alive.  He died.  I almost didn't continue writing the story but I did.  I wrote it for him; it gave Jon a happier ending in my opinion.  I felt like I gave him a chance to live, even if it wasn't real and only in the pages of a book.

The novel that I started a few weeks ago is called "The Secret".  It was inspired by Moulin Rouge.  I know, weird inspiration.  But I love Ewan McGregor.  What can I say, I love a man that sings "I will love you until my dying day". 

There's a line in there that made me think and the story just evolved from there.  "Never fall in love with a woman that sells herself; it only ends badly."  It's about a young woman that works at a strip club for money while going to school to be a doctor.  She has incredibly low self-esteem and doesn't think that she is worth anything, only her physical beauty.  Lydia doesn't mean to fall in love with Zach, thinking that he could never love her.  It's a story of an impossible love that will break your heart.  Also, I modeled the main character's best friend after one of my friends, Callie is based on my friend Emma. :)  She loves climbing, doesn't mind swearing, and still a persistent Christian.  It's still a work-in-progress.  I only have a little over 2,000 words.

I've also been known to be inspired to write by watching NCIS or just thinking before I fall asleep.  I love making up crazy ideas and trying to form a story! 

What inspires you to write? 

In Christ,
Krista

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

L for Letter of Love

Hi!

No mail yet, but that's okay.  I'm still trying to be patient.  I did get a different type of letter today!  I got a picture in the mail of my little girl, Nicole Noemi Mero Villamar.  She's 7 years old and lives in Ecuador.  Nicole is my Compassion child, I support her, sending her letters, pictures, coloring pages, cards, and of course, money every month.  I love getting letters from her!

That's the picture that was sent to me today!! :)  I love it!  She's getting so big!  Instead of fretting about not getting any news about the contest today, I'm gonna write her a letter to tell her how much I love the new picture!

Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday!

Sincerely,
Krista M

Monday, April 18, 2011

Hate/Love Relationship with the Mailman

Hey!

Still nothing from the Delacorte Press Contest, I've begun having a hate/love relationship with my mailman.  I walk out to the mailbox, just wanting to get that wonderful letter and just wanting to get that rejection letter.  It would be so much simpler to have an answer.  I'm so excited that I haven't heard from them yet and there's only 12 days until April 30th, but I'm just so frustrated at the same time.  I need to just hear an answer.  Patience takes too long, lol.   Less than two weeks to go!  Maybe it'll be good news or bad.  God, please help me patient.

Only two more weeks of classes left for this semester and one week of finals.  I'm actually keeping ahead of things, but I'm very ready to be finished.  I do only get one week before my summer class starts in May.  I'll be overjoyed when this stage of my life is completed.  College... not really that fun.  I am taking a creative writing fiction class this fall semester and I'm looking forward to that, but not the business English class I'll be taking at the same time.  Oh well.

Cross your fingers for me!  Oh, "Falling Star" 's sales on the Nook are now 582!!! :)

Sincerely,
Krista M

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Anticipation...

Hi!

It's April 12th... still nothing from the Delacorte Random House Publishing Contest and it's 18 days closer to April 30th.  Though I technically can't get mail on Sundays, so two of those days are not... so it's 16 days of mail that I need to check.  Wow, complicated. :)  I really need to work on my patience!!

But the good news is that it's only 3 more days until "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" comes out on DVD!  I know what I'll be doing on Friday night. :)

Sincerely,
Krista M

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Never Repeated Experience

Hi!!

I had a terrible experience yesterday that I wanted to share about. At 8:30 in the morning I had two impacted wisdom teeth removed.  It wasn't bad.  My mom made a joke about what I would ask a genie for and I said "pickles".  Then we were driving past a house with a lot of dirt, I mumbled about the dirt, so my mom asked what they were doing with all the dirt.  "Making a secret lab."  What would be in the lab?  "Cookies."  I do kinda remember lying on the couch and having some wonderful delusions, but I can't remember what they were exactly.  

Most the day was fine, I iced my cheek and ate very little; some ice cream, pudding, and applesauce.  I had only one Vicodin and I never will again. It made me dizzy and not feel well.  That was around four in the afternoon.  But by midnight, I was having chills and severe dizziness and nausea.  My mom tried calling the doctor's cell phone and he didn't answer.  We tried the First Nurse service, but got put on hold.  We managed to get a hold of a friend that's a nurse.  And we did call First Nurse again.  Turns out I was having a bad reaction from the drugs in my system and severely dehydrated.  And my doctor called us back and told me to drink fluids to help flush the drugs from my system and if it got worse to take me to the ER.  I told my mom that fluids were a no, but she had to get me to drink.  I ended up throwing up everything I ate.  GROSS!  But then I felt fine and we didn't get to sleep until around 2 am. 

This is one experience that I will never write about.  Never ever never ever. 

Never.

Glad to be feeling better,
Krista M

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Wasp's (Un)noble Death

Hi!

I had an interesting thing happen a few days ago. It was the first actual warm day for us Iowans, reaching almost 85 degrees and I guess bugs started to come out. A warp crawled out from under my refrigerator. I'm quite squeamish when it comes to bugs, meaning I screamed and threw 8 shoes at it, hoping that one would hit and kill it. Instead... all of them missed. So, I picked up my "Breaking Dawn" hardcover book by Stephenie Meyer and dropped it on him. SPLAT! That killed him. I finally found a good use for that book, which I hated compared to the others in her series. I've moved past her writing and I'm actually proud of have used her bug to kill a wasp. :)

Anyway, on to writing... the total sales of "Falling Star" on the Nook are... 502!!! I'm very excited!! :) I now have six total reviews (only that one is negative) and 7 ratings, giving me a solid 4 stars! It's a wonderful feeling!

Also, it's April 5th and I still haven't heard back from the Delacorte/Random House Publishing Contest. The winner is supposed to be notified by April 30th. So, no news is good news? I submitted my second book "Down in the Creek" for that contest, sometime at the end of November. I'm anxious to hear back, but patience at the same time. I can't hurry it along. They never posted any winner for last year, so I do hope that I hear something.

Here's the brief plot summary that I sent along with my query letter:

Plot Summary of “Down in the Creek”:

“Down in the Creek” is the story of a seventeen-year-old girl named Olivia Reed. After the sudden death of her parents, Olivia must learn to live with the pain of loss. She’s struggling with the idea of faith in a God that let such tragedy overcome her family. Her best friends, Tabitha and Carter try to help her, but Olivia turns them away. She is desperately seeking love, love that won’t leave her empty and alone again. When a handsome young man named Ethan asks her out, Olivia is first terrified of getting close to anyone. But slowly she opens her heart and begins to trust Ethan. Yet, he’s not the person that everyone sees and the deeper Olivia gets in, the more control that he has. Her life is spiraling down, and she’s falling deep under the waters of life. If Olivia doesn’t find something to help her, she’ll lose everything she’s fighting for. “Down in the Creek” is a story of love, heartache, finding faith in God, and finding faith in yourself.

Set in Jansen, Iowa – “Down in the Creek” takes place in modern times. Olivia is a teenage girl dealing with the death of her parents and an abusive boyfriend. Young people in this generation can relate to her situation and how she feels. It’s a story about growing up and finding that life isn’t always how we dream.




I'm quite happy with how this one turned out.  There's been quite a lot more talk about abusive boyfriends/girlfriends.  I even saw a news report about awareness about those relationships.  It's modern and I think young adults can relate to it.

What do you think? :)

Yours truly,
Krista M