Friday, September 26, 2014

Celebrating the love of Tolkien

Tolkien week began in 1978 and is observed every year in September, falling on the week containing September 22 (Hobbit Day). It celebrates the author, J.R.R. Tolkien (along with his son, Christopher Tolkien) and his wonderful literary compositions dealing with Middle Earth; The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Lord the Rings (Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King), Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle Earth.


I had intentions of blogging every day this week about Tolkien, his books, and my favorite parts of the world and characters he created. Each post had a title and idea, but... it's Friday and I didn't get any of them written. Between working two jobs, being up early every morning (I'm a night owl, not a morning person), and writing, I didn't get a chance. I stayed after work to celebrate my little nanny girl's 1st birthday, which was a lot of fun! She was in a wonderful, happy mood all day! It was great, considering the day before she was miserable with molars and a runny nose.

Super excited, even before the cake!
Anyway, I was thinking about it and I did celebrate Tolkien week. I celebrated Hobbit Day with my little sister on Monday and during the week I watched "The Two Towers" Extended Edition. I love all of those wonderful lines, taken straight from the books. Tonight, I'm planning on watching "Return of the King" Extended Edition and enjoying the story. I'll be tweeting about it, so be sure to follow me on Twitter and you can join me!

I've been working hard on making my novella, Silent Beauty, into a full length novel. My word count has gone from 31,363 to 46,024. I've added 14,661 words in two weeks. I didn't think I could do it, but I'm not done yet. I added inner dialogue for my MC and some awesome new scenes, along with a tighter plot to increase the tension. My critique partners are amazing and are really helping me shape this novel into something epic. :) My personal deadline is October 8th, to have a new draft of the novel. I'm getting there!

Maybe I didn't get to blogging like I wanted to, but I'm writing and I think Tolkien would like that. :)

And here's a laugh/cry for your entertainment!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy Hobbit Day!

Tolkien week began in 1978 and is observed every year in September, falling on the week containing September 22 (Hobbit Day). It celebrates the author, J.R.R. Tolkien (along with his son, Christopher Tolkien) and his wonderful literary compositions dealing with Middle Earth; The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Lord the Rings (Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King), Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle Earth.


Today is Hobbit Day - which is Frodo and Bilbo's birthday! My little sister, Aly and I celebrate Hobbit Day annually; this is our third year. It's our annual tradition of celebrating by eating six meals, baring our feet, and enjoying living like hobbits for a day! Though honestly, it was 44 degrees this morning... you do see one hobbit with tights on...

We even had an honorary hobbit today, the little girl I nanny!

I doodle while I watch...

Aly watching Fellowship of the Ring

I decided I want a book tattoo of Tolkien's personal mark.

It's a bit above her reading level
Smiling because she's normally not allow play with my books
Fellowship of the Ring story-time!

Me and my honorary hobbit

Hobbit feet!
Though it was a bit harder to celebrate while I was nannying and my sister had school work (she's home-schooled), but it was so much fun to watch the first LotR with her now that she's 10-years-old. We watched the Krista version of the first two movies last year, meaning I fast-forwarded anything scary. But this year we watched the extended edition of Fellowship of the Ring. Aly asked questions and sat enthralled, remembering a little bit. She remembers the names and really enjoys it! I'm making a Tolkien-lover out of her. :)

Happy Hobbit Day! I will be celebrating Tolkien Week - all week, sharing different things I love about Tolkien. That's what I'm Tolkien about this week! Hope you had a great day of eating and relaxing!

Underrated Treasures Blogfest!

 Today is the Underrated Treasures Blogfest - hosted by the fabulous Alex Cavanaugh! Everyone has a favorite movie or band that no one else has ever heard about. For whatever reason, they remain undiscovered and underrated. Now is your chance to tell the world about this obscure treasure!

You can chose to share about a movie, book, band/artist, television show - or all four! :)


Underrated Movie - A Simple Wish (1997)

Starring Mara Wilson, Martin Short, and Kathleen Turner - 8 year old Anabel wants a simple wish for her dad, but in return receives a "fairy god mother" named Murray, who has never granted a wish before and can't seem to get it right. It's a hilarious twist on the classic fairy god-mother theme! Filled with funny spells, a dog turned into a woman, the villain Claudia (Kathleen Turner) desperate to steal the fairy wands, and hilarious lines from Martin Short - it's a cheesy family film, sure to bring laughs!

It has one star on Rotten Tomatoes, but it's a very funny kid's movie! I love it to this day!

What's your favorite underrated movie/book/TV show/band? Be sure to visit others and find out about more awesome things you've not heard about! Thanks for hosting another fun blogfest, Alex! :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Something Wicked Blogfest!

Time for an exciting and horrifying announcement! I've been planing this with my evil cohort and we are finally ready to share about our exciting Halloween venture!


Hosts: Krista McLaughlin
           Krista Wayment

When: October 29th, 2014

Who: You, of course, and the villain of your choice.

What: The "Something Wicked" Blogfest is in honor of Halloween and the release of Krista W.'s new book in her Trusted series. Krista and I are name twins, who ironically published books at the same time, both with a character named Lainey. Sometimes I wonder if I share part of her brain... We both thought it would be fun to share about villains!

The rules are very simple - you have 400 words or less to write about a real villain, one you created in a novel, or write a flash fiction. Your villain doesn't have to be necessarily a murderer or stalker, but any anti-hero in your writing will work just fine!

Prizes: 4 winners!

Most Evil - Krista M.'s Winner
E-book copy of "Breathless" AND First 3 Chapter Critique
Guest Post on Krista McLaughlin's Blog

Most Creepy - Krista M.'s Runner-Up
E-book copy of "Breathless"
Guest Post on Krista McLaughlin's Blog

Most Villainous - Krista W.'s Winner
E-book of "Trusted: Dragons' Trust Book One" AND e-book of "Burned: Dragons' Trust Book Two"
Guest Post on Krista Wayment's Blog

Most Suspicious - Krista W.'s Runner-Up
E-book of "Burned: Dragons' Trust Book Two"
Guest Post on Krista Wayment's Blog

Sign-up on the list below! We'd love to read about your villains!

Break-out your inner villain and join in our "Something Wicked" Blogfest! You are welcome to share the blog button and spread the word. Have fun and be sure to visit others on the list! :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Trouble with Flirting Release Day!

Today is the release day for one of my favorite author's books! Rachel Morgan is an incredible author and if you haven't read her books, you need to! I can't wait to read this one! I love nerd books. :)

by Rachel Morgan

Labelled a nerd for most of high school, Livi sees her first year of university as a chance to redefine herself. She can finally enter the popular crowd and maybe even land herself a super hot boyfriend. But Livi’s about to discover that the price of popularity may be more than she's willing to pay, and that what—and who—she wants most has always been right in front of her.

The Trouble Series
Forgiven (A Trouble Novella) *FREE*
The Trouble with Flying *OUT NOW*
The Trouble with Flirting *OUT NOW*
The Trouble with Faking *OCT 2014*
The Trouble with Falling *DEC 2014*


Rachel Morgan was born in South Africa and spent a large portion of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making. After completing a degree in genetics, she decided science wasn’t for her—after all, they didn’t approve of made-up facts. These days she spends much of her time immersed in fantasy land once more, writing fiction for young adults and those young at heart.

She is the author of the Amazon bestselling YA fantasy series, Creepy Hollow, and the lighthearted contemporary romance Trouble series.

Congratulations Rachel!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

IWSG - Batting, catching, pitching...

Today is another installation of The Insecure Writer's Support Group, which posts on the first Wednesday of every month and is run by our Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. This is a place where 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.

Today, I'm insecure about pitches.

I'm not referring to batting, catching, pitching... of the baseball kind. I'm referring to pitches for books. If you don't know, #PitMad is coming up on September 9th! #PitMad starts at 8am and goes until 8pm. You have 140 characters to pitch your novel. You must include #PitMad and genre/category if it fits. Agents can then read the pitches and favorite them if they want to read more! There's more information on Brenda Drake's site.

I'm hoping to pitch my novella, SILENT BEAUTY. I checked and novellas are allowed to be pitched. I'm hoping a small publisher or agent who represents novellas will be interested. But I'm insecure about my pitch.

 (YA/CR) 32k. Alanna's deaf; Jared's a geek. She has to open her heart to him before true love wilts. Beauty & Beast retelling.

That's what I have after a few revisions. I'd really appreciate any suggestions that might help! Thank you! Are you participating in #PitMad? If you are, good luck! :)

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Goals

I'm finally settled into my new apartment, with internet, unpacked all my boxes but two, and am able to watch Netflix again! :) I love living by myself. I can chose to wear pants or not when I get home and no one can say "hey, put pants on". It's marvelous. Also, it's almost fall! Fall is my favorite season of the year, complete with everything pumpkin.

First pumpkin spice latte of the season! Yum!
Anyway, it's time for an update in goals!

Here are my goals from August:
* Write to 20,000 words on "Cold to the Touch"
I made it 16,314 words - not my goal, but I did make some great progress with the plot and character development.

* Work on more "Silent Beauty" revisions

* Reread "The Freaks" - look for weaknesses and plot issues

I didn't quite finish all of my goals last month, but I did move and get settled so I call that an accomplishment! I didn't get much reading done this month (well, reading of new books), but I did reread a few books and read a few new ones. The ones in purple are the ones I reread.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Death of a Waterfall (Hayden Falls Saga #1) by Kara Leigh Miller
The Real Thing by Cassie Mae
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

September Goals:
* Write to 25,000 words on "Cold to the Touch"

* Finalize idea for evil villain blogfest

* Celebrate Tolkien Week and Hobbit Day!

Those shouldn't be hard goals to achieve! How did your goals for September and how did your goals for August go? :) Have a great Labor day if you are in the states!