Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Be Back Sometime

Hey, I just wanted to write a short post that I will be taking a break from blogging and writing for a while. 

Due to unseen circumstances with finances, I am moving home.  At 23 years old, completely broke.  With five days to pack everything and move.  Not exactly my idea of fun.  I absolutely hate moving anyway.  And now I'll be spending days figuring out what is going into storage because my parents only literally have a bed for me in the spare room which is also the home-school classroom and I get a little bit of the closet.  I am grateful, but at the same time I feel like my life just completely turned the wrong way and I'm not progressing.  Writing doesn't make any money.  I can't afford my rent, bills, and student loan payments at the same time, serving coffee isn't enough.  It sucks and I feel like a failure. 

So, I won't be doing any posting for a while or commenting on any blogs.  Sorry. 

I'll let you know when I'm moved.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Once a Hooker, now a Hanger


 It's the conclusion of the blogfest "Hookers and Hangers" - put on by the lovely ladies of Falling for Fiction.  This is definitely one of my favorite blogfests!  It's so much fun to read everyone's hooks and hangs.

I am sharing my five best hangers from my novel, NAMELESS. 



        “I think I’m old enough to understand that there’s something wrong the heart of the man who thinks it is okay to kill children,” the princess whispered.
          
         She wasn’t going to betray them if he had anything to do about it.

         Freezing was better than feeling the flames of persecution and death, knowing somewhere children were screaming as they burned alive.

         Even if they didn’t kill him, the illness would.  
       
        It was a death march to the capital, where none of them would return.


Hope you enjoyed my hangers!  I definitely am in love with them. :)
I'm off to read all of yours!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Where I talk about Hookers

Ah, but I don't mean those unfortunate ladies, hoping to make ends meet or to simply sell what only property they have - I'm talking about book hooks.  :) 





It's time for Hookers & Hangers - put on by the amazing ladies over at Falling for Fiction


I am very excited for this!  Today I will be sharing my five best hooks from NAMELESS.  Later this week, I'll be sharing my five best hangers!  Some of these really only make sense to me, but I'm hoping that they will get your attention. :)

 
Freedom was never worth the price that was paid. 

   The pressure was excruciating, as if a large animal was seated on Edom’s chest.  

       “Blinding me and forcing me to walk, yeah this is a great idea,” Mira said.

            They’d reach the capital in two days and it was the end of the line.  

                Edom spit the blood from his mouth as he knelt on the floor of the throne room.  
 


I did learn from this exercise that I'm better at hangers - it gives me something to improve on!  Which are you better at writing, hookers or hangers?

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Winner of my giveaway!

I am happy to announce the winner of my 200 follower giveaway today!

(drum roll)

Leigh Covington!!!  You have won a $10 Amazon gift card and a 3 chapter critique of your manuscript!!  I will be sending you an email soon.  Congratulations!!! :)

Also, I want to thank Rachel Frederiksen for her help in designing my new blog cover!!  She also designed the book cover for NAMELESS.  If you want her help at all, just drop me a line and I'll give you her email address!  I love her and my new blog!  I am now operating as a dot.com website, so yay!  

I also wanted to share a couple funnies with you - hope you have a great weekend! :)



Thursday, July 12, 2012

Testing

I am trying to update to a domain name, but my posts won't show up in the blogger reader.  So...

Let me know if this works.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Attack my Query, Please

I decided to work on my query today and I think I'm at a place where I'd like to share it and get your suggestions on how to make it better. :)

So, feel free to attack offer suggestions to make my query better! :)


Set in the country of Menrio, seventeen-year-old Edom is hunted, simply because he was born with the gift of healing in a kingdom where healers carry a price on their heads. 

Edom is the oldest healer to survive.  He’s a protector, guarding the life of his little sister, Liora, and any other healers he can find.  The Guard won’t give up until he’s dead.  Armed with curved blades and malice in their hearts, they are always hunting to kill.  King Alined is a lecherous man, intent on the slaughter and persecution of all healers, not caring that they are children.  The healers are either hung or burned alive.  After a run in with the king, Edom kidnaps his savior and discovers that she has a secret.  She’s the princess, Dalia.  She has been raised to hate healers and is filled with contempt for her kidnapper.  Yet something made her decide to save him.  With the Guard closing in, the group travels through the mountains, desperate to escape and seeking a chance at life.  If something doesn’t change, Edom will lose everything he loves. 

NAMELESS is a YA fantasy, the first in a series of two, complete at approximately 50,000 words. 


Thank you in advance! :)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Sharpie Mugs

Not a writing post - but another creative outlet. :)

My best friend's birthday is tomorrow, so I spent some time coming up with a perfect birthday gift for her.  I wanted something original for her and totally awesome, because she is totally awesome.  I came across an idea on Pinterest.

Ceramic mug - $1 at DollarTree
A great deal!  I bought two mugs at DollarTree for a dollar each and I have a collection of twenty sharpies.  I decorated the sharpies with a quote from "A Very Potter Sequel" by Starkid and a quote that I found while searching.

Wash the mugs with soap and water, making sure that they are dry before writing/designing the mugs with whatever you'd like.


Once it is "just right", you bake the mugs, directly in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and wait until they cool before removing them from the oven.

Here are the completed projects!!

Hilarious!

A Very Potter Sequel quote
UPDATE:  You will need to spray the cups with a gloss coat or the marker will rub off once it cools.  I learned this the hard way.  The mustache mug is no more. :(  Note:  The oil-based paint sharpies work best for making your design last longer.

Have fun!  And be creative. :)

Also, there's still time to enter my 200 follower giveaway on the post below!!  You have until Friday to enter for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card or a 3 chapter critique from me. :)

Saturday, July 7, 2012

2 year blogiversary / 200 followers GIVEAWAY!


I can't believe it's been two years today.  I started this blog on July 7th, 2010 - not knowing anything about blogs and feeling a little cocky with my two poorly written novels under my belt.  I knew nothing about this amazing writing community!

It's very fitting that today we get to celebrate 2 years and 200 followers!!  You guys are all amazing!  I owe it to all of you.  Without you, I wouldn't have learned so much about writing and perseverance.  You inspired me to not give up and encouraged me when I wanted to give up.  THANK YOU!

So, in honor of how awesome you are, I am hosting a giveaway!!  There is a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card or a 3-chapter-critique.  You have one week to enter!


 a Rafflecopter giveaway




Good luck!! :)  I will announce the winners next week!!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Un-motivation

I am stuck on chapter three of "Unless", but that's okay.  It will come.  I found this while procrastinating today and I thought I would share it with you. :)



Have a good Friday!  Be sure to tune in tomorrow for my two-year blogiversary and 200 followers giveaway! :)

UPDATE:  Also, I found out that I didn't get that job.  I'm stuck serving coffee still.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

IWSG - How much is good enough?

It's time for another installation of The Insecure Writer's Support Group, which posts on the first Wednesday of every month.  (Since tomorrow is July 4th, we are posting on Tuesday for July.)  Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Something I've been struggling with is wondering how much is good enough.  I don't always feel that my writing is good enough to get an agent or be a published author.  I've written five novels, but only one I want to publish.  The others, maybe, but they need some serious work.

How much is good enough?  Will I be satisfied when I've written six novels or when I've reached 201 followers on my blog?  Should I be concerned about how many people actually buy my book?  Will people actually want to read it?  Will writing be enough?

I don't think I'll ever be able to support myself as a writer, but I want to try.  My dream is to someday be a stay-at-home mom and write.  That's pretty hard to do right now... as a single young woman, serving coffee.  I know I'll get there, but until then... ? 

I recently read a book called "Quitter" by Jon Acuff and he talked about defining what will be your good enough, so you can reach a point where you realized that you've accomplished your goal.  You can always go above your "good enough", but it keeps you from obsessing over the numbers.  I sent myself an email, which will arrive next year on June 2rd, 2013.  It talks about what I believe is good enough for me. :)  I am reminded that I don't have to prove myself to anyone.  I don't need to prove that I'm a good writer.  I am because I believe in my writing and I'll keep growing as a writer.

It's good enough for me to love writing and have at least one person love what I've written.

What's your "good enough"?  Do you obsess about the numbers?

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 For those of you in the US, have a great 4th of July tomorrow!  I've got zero plans (one reason is because the fireworks are tonight instead of tomorrow), but it should be a good day.  Happy early Independence day!  Maybe I'll go to a movie or finally watch Batman.  Who knows!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

July Goals

It's July and it's hot.  Miserably hot.  So that makes everyone at work want to order lots of crap for me to make.  And I'm cranky it is so hot.  Seriously. Need. Something. Else. To. Do.

Enough complaining, it's time for a new list of goals for the month. :D

Here's my goals from June:
*  Continue revisions of "Nameless"
This is going very well!!  I only have 172 "that".  Much better!!

*  Read "Quitter" by Jon Acuff


*  Have a successful interview on June 4th
Still waiting to hear back from a different interview, I should hear back this week!  *crosses fingers*


Finished all of my goals, success!! :)


Goals for July:

* Continue revisions for "Nameless"
Continue revisions from critique partners, hopefully get through chapter 12.  

* Read "Insurgent" by Veronica Roth

* Write to 10,000 words on "Unless"
Current word count is 3,553 so I have to write 6,447 words.

* Research ideas for an Elvish word to tattoo on my wrist


I'm excited for these goals!  Hopefully July is a good month!  I have two friends' birthdays, my sister's bridal shower, and my cousin's wedding.  Busy, but I think they will go well.

Also, I have 200 followers - stay tuned for the GIVEAWAY on July 7th!!  :) 

How did your June goals go?  What are your goals for July?