Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Change of Direction

Breaking radio silence o.O

I'm thinking of changing my direction, or perhaps narrowing my focus. I loved writing In a Pickle, which is middle grade. I had been writing stuff more geared towards adults, but I think I have a child's heart.

I definitely have a younger sense of humor. (Can I get an amen?)

Plus I've been convicted. I tried my hand at romance, but it's something I don't want to be writing. Not sayin' it's wrong, it's just not right for me. A child's heart.

I'm not shutting any doors. I'm just walking away from them... for now, at least. Who knows? I might change my mind tomorrow and pull out my women's lit project (not the same as romance. I realize that.)

Anyway, thought I'd break the silence and tell you what's been going on in my world :)

What's YOUR favorite genre to write in? What age group/s do you write for?

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Doubt creeps in on little fairy feet
Spreading its poison over brain and paper
And then moves on.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Lord of the Rings Vs. Harry Potter

Gandalf (LOTR) vs. Harry Potter (HP)

Gandalf wins by a landslide. While Potter has a wand, Gandalf has a whole freakin' STAFF! ... and he can grow major facial hair.

Legolas (LOTR) vs. Dobby the House Elf (HP)

Dobby's off to a strong start. He deflects all of Legolas' attempts with his own House Elfy magic. Legolas strikes again, but his long blond hair gets in his eyes. He is distracted by his reflection in a puddle, giving Dobby the momentary advantage. But the H-E never was very good with sharp, pointy objects. Watch out for that arrow, Dobb--Ooh. Not pretty. Legolas wins... by a hair ;)

Orcs (LOTR) vs. Inferi (HP)

For a first, I think HP's world would win. While fire or heat hamper Inferi attacks,
and only sunlight can slow Orcs, Orcs can be killed. Inferi? Well, they're already dead. Hard to destroy something like that without magic, which Orcs don't have.

Gollum (LOTR) vs. Severus Snape (HP)

What? They're both pale and greasy and like dark places. Anyway, Sevvy would win with sheer wandage powerage (Avada, anyone?) Though I think Gollum might try to eat him first and give it a fair attempt...

Balrog (LOTR) vs. Hagrid (HP)

After Hagrid tries to make the Balrog a pet (Aww, the lil' tyke) and fails, the Balrog decides he does not like being called "Bessie" and sets the half-giant on fire.

Worm Tongue (LOTR) vs. Lucius Malfoy (HP)

Both cunning in their own oily ways, the two make fast friends and live in mutual hatred of each other. Everybody loses.

Sauron vs. Voldemort

Both evil with no apparent reason (mommy issues?), both not entirely alive or dead, both with life forces tied to earthly objects, these two wizards would have to find each others rings/Horcruxes and destroy them. Voldy has seven. Sauron has one. Both have many obstacles set in the way, along with loyal followers.

And the winner is...

I can't say without a certain side killing me, so I'll just leave it at that ;)

Who do YOU think would win?


Somedays 300 words is a lot of words.

Somedays you want to throw in the towel, and you do... for a day.

Somedays you opt to check email a million times. Sometimes two million.

Somedays are harder than others.

And sometimes days turn into weeks that turn into months!

The point is, you keep coming back. You dust yourself off, you find your chair glue and you open a vein and write.


To all my fellow weary soldiers: Writing is a journey. Every pothole and every "wrong turn" lead to growth. So when you're feeling discouraged, feeling like you can't pound out another word, remember:

We've all been there. We all will be there again.

Hang in there, buddy.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

An Alphabet of Writerly Stupidity

A is for adjectives and adverbs when a stronger noun or verb will do.

B is for bullying book reviewers when they don't like your book.

C is for calling an agent that clearly wants you to email or snail mail.

D is for distracting yourself from writing by writing a blogpost ;)

E is for excessive use of semi-colons.

F is for forgetting to run spellcheck.

G is for groaning over how unfair the Industry is.

H is for head-hopping.

I is for ignoring writers' guidelines.

J is for juggling too many projects.

K is for kindness to your characters.

L is for listening to bad advice

M is for making people believe you're something you're not.

N is for not doing research

O is for opening with a dream sequence every time.

P is for putting down other writers.

Q is for quitting.

R is for run-on sentences.

S is for sending that manuscript off before it's ready.

T is for talking when you should be listening.

U is for under-use of narrative (we don't want to read all dialogue!)

V is for venting in public.

W is for worrying.

X is for xenophobia.

Y is saying Yes when you really want to say No.

Z is for zookeeping, the career you might have gone with, if not for this writing business.

Things That Keep Me up at Night: A Poem

RATED S for Stupidity and Slightly Silly Sequences.

There are cats on my bed
Everywhere I look.
*snap* *snap* *snap*
And adverbs and adjects
All over my book
*snap* *snap* *snap*
I see
The way
You look
At me
It keeps me up
All night
Like "if" "but" or "and"
At the start
Of a sentence,
It ain't tight.
Without a hint of repentance
I hit backspace as I type.
And if I open with a dream,
I'll never dream again.
For the entire world
Will take away my pen.
*snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap*


Monday, April 4, 2011