Monday, April 30, 2012

It's Monday...!(?)

Hello, fellow citizens of... Earth. Yes, that planet. Care to take a look at my weekend? Let me re-hash it for you:

 I wrote over 2,000 words on The Disorderlies (huzzah!), bringing my grand total up past 10,000! What is this mystery novel/la about, you ask? Well, I'm not going to tell you... yet :-P When I wasn't writing or doing other stuff, I read. And read. And read. I am now more than halfway done with The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. It's said to be the first detective novel written. Huh. I highly recommend it!

 Now for the "other stuff": I partied! Naturally, the awkward topic came up as to what I do for a living... but in a different way. I was introduced as "My cousin Beth, the author." Being shy lil' old me, I blushed, looked at my shoes and, at one point, half-denied it. Why? Why do I do that? I write books. One's getting published. I'm an author, I tell you, AN AUTHOR! Well, an authoress, but I digress.

 At said party, I was introduced to a local librarian. We discussed my book In a Pickle. Yeah, I need to brush up on elevator pitch. Anyway, she pointed me in some interesting directions, and next month I will hopefully get to meet (with the public) Gary D. Schmidt, author of middle grade novel Okay for Now, and ask him (again, this is for the public) some questions. I'm VERY excited!

 Do YOU have any questions you want me to ask Mr. Schmidt? With his permission, I'll try to post his answers here on the blog. If I can't get permission, then I'll email what he says. (Contact me at

 Later, gang!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Friday on the Links

Here a few links to help you with your writerly* stuff:

The English/Irish Dictionary - Enter an English word into their search engine and they'll provide the Irish Gaelic translation.

Life During the Middle Ages - Learn about education, clothing, music, etc. all from Medieval times, baby... I mean, good sir (however you say that in Old/Middle English.)

Magical World Builder - It's been awhile since I've been here. Browse.

*Yes, I know that "writerly" isn't a word. Deal with it.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Chocolate Wednesday

Welcome to Chocolate Wednesday! Some call it "Hump Day," others say it's "Champagne Wednesday" ... or maybe that's just me. Chocolate is more accessible and bridges the gap between generations. Any age group that can read can have chocolate... unless they're allergic. Or diabetic. But I digress!

Chocolate Wednesday is meant to be a little boost to get you over the hump. Something sweet, funny or simply amusing. A little nudge to get you through the rest of the school/work week.

Are you ready? Here we go!

Purple Flowers

In Art class, a teacher invites students to draw a picture on the chalkboard. Jesse, being the enthusiastic student he is, raises his hand. He draws a little sketch on the board and steps back to admire it.

"What did you draw, Jesse?" the teacher asks.

"Purple flowers," Jesse says.

The teacher's face turns as red a boiled lobster. "Purple flowers?" he shouts. "Purple flowers?! Go to the principal's office immediately."

So Jesse goes, wondering what exactly he'd done wrong.

"Jesse," says the principal, "what are you doing here?"

"My art teacher sent me here all because I drew purple flowers on the chalkboard."

The principal's face turns as white as a sheet. "Purple flowers? Young man, go home. You are expelled."

More than a little confused, Jesse rides his bike home.

His mother looks up with a start when Jesse walks in. "Honey, why are you home so early?"

"My art teacher sent me to the principal's office, and the principal sent me home, all because I drew purple flowers on the chalkboard."

His mother swells up like a bullfrog. "Purple flowers? You go up to your room at once and stay there until your father gets home."

A few hours later, Jesse's dad walks into his room. "Son, I hear you're in trouble. What did you do?"

"My art teacher sent me to the principal's office, the principal sent me home, and Mom sent me to my room all because I drew purple flowers on the chalkboard."

"Young man," says Jesse's dad, "you are no longer welcome in this home. Beat it!"

Bewildered, Jesse nonetheless gathers some belongings in a backpack and heads for the park. There he sees a homeless man, and decides to share a bench with him.

"Son," says the homeless man, "why aren't you at home, doing your schoolwork?"

Jesse draws in a deep breath and replies: "My art teacher sent me to the principal's office, the principal sent me home, my mom sent me to my room, and my dad kicked me out of the house all because I drew purple flowers on the chalkboard."

The homeless man appears disgusted. "Purple flowers? Get out of this park. The sight of you makes me sick."

Not certain what to do, Jesse gathers up his backpack and heads towards the intersection. He spies an ice cream store on the other side of the road. He starts to cross... and gets hit by a bus.

The moral of this story? Look both ways before you cross the street!


Monday, April 23, 2012

The News

Are you ready?

My novella In A Pickle has been accepted for publication! It's slated to come out this December.

Click here to find out more!

Hint 3

Last hint:

Stay tuned for news in three hours!

Hint 2

Ready for your next hint? Here 'tis:

Hint No.2

Monday Moaning

It's Monday. Ahhhhh! Back to school or work we go, right? Here's a little show and tell from the weekend:

I reached and surpassed 6,000 words on The Disorderlies. I don't want to say too much about this project, not wanting to give away the plot yet or anything, but I've figured a few things out about a supporting character. There are going to be some (hopefully) interesting twists and turns!

I got up to 15% through The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. It's a little slow going, seeing as the first person narrator is a fussy old(er) man, but it has a nice atmosphere to it. Methinks the action is just about to pick up, and when it does, I don't know what's going to happen!

I went to BAM, where I couldn't find a single book I was looking for. Grr. The rest of what I did would be of no interest to anyone, myself included.

What did YOU do this weekend?

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Hint 1

Here's a hint of what's to come. News. Big news. Are you ready?

Hint No.1

Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday on the Links

Here are a few sites that have helped me with writerly things:

Behind the Name - Need a good first name for your characters? This is a great site with a great search engine (by meaning, gender, description, etc.)

Behind the Name Surnames - Not as exhaustive as its sister site, but still a good place to look.

Western Slang & Phrases - Find Old West slang and phrases along with their meanings.

Duotrope Digest - Find markets to submit your work to, keep track of submissions, etc.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Did You Notice?

... The Disorderlies leapt up another 1,300 words! I've now reached 5,300 on this YA novel/la. Yeah, I don't quite know what it's going to be yet.

Anyway, I'm going to hopefully write up a synopsis tomorrow. Am I still a pantser? Pretty much. This synopsis isn't going to be followed rigidly, seeing as synopses are more like guidelines... and normally written AFTER you've finished your project.

Wish me luck!


Friday, April 13, 2012

And We're Back

The circumstances that caused this blog to go dark (for the grand total of like what, ten days?) haven't gone away. However, due to some more excitement, this blog is back up and running.

Stay tuned for news!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012