Sunday, July 5, 2015

What Up?

In case you've missed the memo (and I think everyone here probably has, considering I haven't been advertising it here): I have a new blog: The Blog of Beth Overmyer. Hope I don't get in trouble for linking that here...

Anyhoosie...

A quick catch-up on what's happening:

- Fourteen books read so far this year (I'm six away from goal--huzzah!)

- Twelve writing pieces out on submission (two things twice, so waiting to hear back about fourteen things)

- Camp NaNoWriMo is underway, and I've been a mess throughout most of it so far. My goal is 30,000 words. Not sure if I'll make it!

And that's about it. I posted a video last month, but I remembered that I had posted it elsewhere, and Blogger is very...jealous when it comes to sharing media with other sites. Yikes! Bikes! (Sorry for those who don't get the movie reference.)

So, that's all for now. I micro-blog a lot on Twitter, so feel free to follow me there! (@Bethyo)

Ciao Ciao for now!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Happy Palindrome Week!

5/11/15 - 5/19/15. Each day is the same backward as it is forward. The name of this phenomenon? The palindrome. Works for sentences and words as well. For example:

"ABLE WAS I ERE I SAW ELBA."
^What Napoleon might've said ;)

DAD is a palindrome. MOM is a palindrome. BOB is a palindrome...which makes me think of Weird Al's song by the same name ("Bob") on his album Poodle Hat. Confession time: I thought Weird Al's song "Bob" was just a bunch of random words strung together to sound funny. Didn't realize they were all palindromes.

"WAS IT A CAR OR A CAT I SAW"
^By far the BEST palindrome in that song.

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Can you think up a palindrome? In honor of this week, I will have dinner for breakfast and supper, and have lunch in between...and eat sandwiches, because if you make them right, they could just be a palindrome....

Friday, May 8, 2015

Getting to Know...Me

A CHARACTER SHEET
Name: Beth Overmyer


So, I've been getting rather personal on the blog lately, haven't I? Perhaps I've made a few of you uncomfortable. I know I've been uncomfortable, but some things shouldn't be allowed to grow in the dark. Some things need to be yanked into the light. To be exposed...to, well, the light, to warmth, to growth.

Memoir Mondays will probably continue, but please realize that they're focusing on just one facet of me. We all are three-dimensional beings. I am not all darkness and gloom. OCD and depression may have once ruled my life--and, granted, they still hog a lot of it--but that is not all of me, you know?

This post isn't meant to be defensive, because no one has attacked me or hurt my feelings. I don't expect them to. In fact, it's been quite the opposite. I've seen some very kind support from a couple of people I only know through the web.

What this post is meant to be is a warning. If I'm dragging you down with Memoir Mondays, and I've read and commented on your blog, don't feel like you need to reciprocate on Monday posts. (Don't feel like I'm ever pressuring you to do anything you don't want to do.) I understand that some things make people uncomfortable, and I respect that. Please, please, PLEASE: if these posts disturb you, don't read.

If I cross a line, I'm sorry. I will try to be sensitive.

On a lighter note, I'm rereading/editing some of my MG project, and I must say this: I actually like it again! So huzzah!

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Beth


Monday, May 4, 2015

Memoir Monday: Exhibit A

I believe that May is a mental health awareness month. In that spirit, I'm posting some poetry I wrote when OCD and depression started wreaking major havoc in my teens and early twenties. Questions are welcome.
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I was wandering the vast garden of my mind

when a lowly wren perched upon the ledge of a wall.
“Do,” it said.
So I did.
Again and again I passed the wall, counting the stones
in pairs of threes, no fours and especially no twos.
Yet this was not enough.
“Do!” said the bird, its feathers ruffled.
So I did.
I stepped backwards, counting in threes and fives,
until I thought I would lose my mind.
I counted, I fretted, and again spoke the wren,
now transformed into a jay:
“Do!”
Conditioned to do, I did.
I picked every weed from the crags and the nooks,
and picked and picked until my fingers bled.
Yet this was still not enough.
“Do!” said the bird, now a raven with stony eyes.
I scrubbed each stone in threes and fives,
No fours and especially no twos,
in threes and fives,
no fours and especially no twos.
Waiting for the next command, I looked up at the eagle,
It’s eyes as black as the depths of its soul.
“Do!” it shrieked.
Weary I fell,
fell to the ground,
and pulled out a stone from the cragged wall and threw it at the bird,
now a vulture, and missed.
It laughed and it crowed until I bled
and lay there dead, dead in the soul,

in the vast garden of my mind next to the ledge of a wall.

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What in this abyss
But water to choke on
And pardon—
Reckless passions within
My marrow that Christ
Has pardoned
Yet dull and jade
Me in the same,
Wrenching the very
Life from my young
Breast,
Drawing life in surplus
Strings,
Leaving ice shards in
My chest,
Which heaves and
Sinks with burning
Heat
Of this intensity
Which holds my
Mind in chains
That bind and stroke
The last piece
Of my sanity,
Which He forgave,
This wretched piece,
This anguished creature
Trapped in the walls of her
Own brain:
the rat on the wheel,
the bird in the cage,
the flame ’neath the jar,
the free man in chains,
the firmness in madness,
the hopeful in hopeless
And dullness that ebbs
And the corrosion that builds
And destroys as sanity
And madness crumble
Together in the womb—
And I cannot.
Break, break, break the poet
Said,
Tarnished songs ring
Through my head,
Break, break, break,
And broken here I dwell:
My mind in conflict
Within its two-folds
And empty and full desires,
For I am confused
And, though pardoned,
I loose myself
When I try to demonstrate
The same:
I am of a simile,
And not whole to a metaphor
In tunnel view.
Who knows? 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy May Day!


A very happy May Day to you all (and a happy fifth anniversary to my sister and brother-in-law.) What are your plans to celebrate for this glorious day?

...

What? You have none? Tsk-tsk! Oh, you're going to see The Avengers: Age of Ultron? This I can totally approve of. No spoilers, please. I might not get to see it until next week :-/



I used to secretly deliver flowers to our neighbors when I was a tween. My friend Melanie, my sister, and I would make bouquets and then set out on a daring quest through open fields and cow pastures to deliver the floral gifts to the widow down the way and then a family of friends a good 1/3 mile away.

The only times in my life that I felt like Secret Agent Woman ;-) We'd duck behind buildings, crouch behind trees. Anyone passing by might've thought we were a bunch of hooligans up to no good. Good times.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Favorite Things: Recommendations

Here are some products I've tried recently that I've really enjoyed/thought well of:

1. Kaspersky Internet Security - I've been using Kaspersky for several years now. Haven't had to take the computer into the shop even once.

2. The Republic of Tea's Downton Abbey Tea, English Rose - You really can't taste much of the rose. It's more of a freshly-picked red raspberry taste. Very scrummy!

3. Canon PowerShot A220 - Disclaimer: the exposure time on this thing is TERRIBLE (really, you can only use it for still life because it take forever to snap the photograph.) However, the video cam part is surprisingly non-crappy for a a cheap-o camera.

4. The 100 (television series): Season One - I haven't finished the first season, but it is soooo interesting. See Amazon for a blurb, 'cause I'm too tired to write one right now.

5. Yogi Tea's Slim Life - It's a green tea with a mild blueberry flavor. Not only a good appetite suppressant, it's a wonderful energy booster!
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Have YOU tried anything lately that you just can't keep to yourself?

Friday, April 24, 2015

IBUYWD!

Today I am declaring it International Back Up Your Work Day! Haven't saved that manuscript lately? Well, don't delay: act right away!

If you don't have a flash drive/stick/thingy: GET ONE. Or two. Or MORE!

Also, backing up with email is another good idea. I send my manuscripts in an attached Word document from my Gmail account to my Yahoo account. That way, I have the manuscript in my Yahoo inbox AND in my Gmail sent box.

Hard copy is another good idea.

There are also online sites like DropBox that people highly recommend. I tried it once, but couldn't figure it out.

The main point is this: Have your work backed up and in more than one place. I can tell horror stories of having only a Word document and a prayer. Yeeeoooooow!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Books of 2015

So, these are the books I've read so far this year:

- Distortion by Chelsen Vicari
- Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
- The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
- Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs
- Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
- The ISIS Crisis by Charles Dyer
- Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi
- Just Like Jesus by Max Lucado

I've started a bunch of other books that I still need to finish, but I think I want to read Shadow of the Unicorn by Suzanne de Montigny next. We'll see!

What are YOU reading? Anything I should add to my TBR pile?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Ata Mayveen Engleet? or is Beth Talking to Herself?

Okay, so I'm learning Hebrew. Guess what I can say...

Have a hint?

Me to a woman: At mayveena Engleet?
Me to a man: Ata mayveen Engleet?

Give up?

"Oooh! Ooh! Teacher, teacher! ME! Pick ME!"

Yes, little Tommy.

"Shouldn't you be writing?"

...

"Like, really, shouldn't you be making up stories about mutants and all sorts of magically lyrical and fun things?"

Good question, Little Tommy. Let me answer by pulling the fire alarm...

"..."

This is not a drill. RUN.

"I don't think so, Beth..." er, Teacher-person.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I've been reading a lot, writing a little, listening to music (and Hebrew--ata mayveen?). And it's all part of the process. As I grow as a human being, I grow as a writer.

*Tommy just stares at me*

*I stare back*

"..."

All right, all right. I'm back to writing.

Laterz!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

Have a wonderful day, full of light and love and good memories.

The tomb is empty, and for that, I am thankful.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

You're Behind! or are You?

There's an annual reading contest on GoodReads. You select how many books you plan to read in a year, enter what you've read so far/are reading/progress updates, and GR gives you % mark, telling you how far behind/ahead you are. Or if you're on schedule.

How many books have you read so far this year, and are you on schedule to finish by 11:59:59 PM on December 31st?

Monday, March 30, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Where Oh Where?

If you could travel to one of the following countries, which would you choose? Why?

1. England

2. The United States of America

3. Spain

4. France

5. Germany

6. Egypt

7. Italy

Monday, March 23, 2015

Writing Prompt: Seasons

Think of five words that you think of when you think of spring.

Got 'em?

Good.

Now write a short story or poem using all five words you chose...

Oh, and the short story/poem must be about autumn!

Friday, March 20, 2015

What Day is Today?

Besides being March 20th, 2015, it's also the...



FIRST DAY OF SPRING!

In case that made your eyeballs bleed and you missed it...



FIRST DAY OF SPRING!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Luck!

Happy drinking St. Patrick's Day!



In all seriousness, celebrate responsibly. If you're going to drink, have a designated driver.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Good, the Bad, and the You-Know-What

On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst ever, 5 being good, 10 being out-of-your-mind AWESOME), how would you rate the last book/short story/article...YOU wrote? 

(Not published, just wrote.) Honesty is welcome, as is kindness!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Writing Prompt: Story Starter

Take the following story opening and run with it:

When she woke up, the world was all in black and white.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015

Writing Prompt: Idea File

If you haven't already, start an Idea File. Take an empty scrapbook and fill it with words, pictures, newspaper clippings--whatever inspires you! 

When you're creatively blocked, go to this file for inspiration.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Discouraged?

What word of encouragement would you give to a struggling writer?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Writing Prompt: Argument

Write an argument between a cashier and a customer from the customer's perspective.

Done it?

Now write the same argument from the CASHIER'S perspective.
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I'd love to see what you came up with, so feel free to share in the comments. OR you can post the results on YOUR blog and link to it here :-D

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fill in the Blank: I HATE WINTER

The thing I hate most about winter is ____________!

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You can probably think of quite a few, right? Stay tuned for my answer and the why behind it!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Writing Prompt: Bad Valentine! BAD!

You know those corny heart candies with things like "i luv u" written on them? Go ahead and write a few mean ones!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day - Or Yuck Day



Have a fun outing with your sweetheart--or your dog, or parakeet, or dust mop, or...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Locked out of Twitter

Just a heads up to those who are on Twitter and are trying to contact me: I've been locked out of my account and am unable to get back on (long story short, I don't have texting enabled on my phone so they can't send me the code to unlock my account.)

If you are trying to reach me, here is my email address: bethovermyer@gmail.com

Yep. Banner day.

~Beth

Fill in the Blank: JACKPOT!

"If I won one million dollars, the first thing I would do is ____________________."

Monday, February 9, 2015

Writing Prompt: Paint Names

Go to your local paint store/hardware store and pick out a paint sample with a really awesome color name.

Got it?

Good! That's your superhero name.

What's your power?

Color names that start with a vowel: Your power is night vision!

Color names that start with a consonant from B through G: Your power is invisibility!

Color names that start with a consonant from H through M: Your power is super-strength!

Color names that start with a consonant from N through T: Your power is telepathy!

Color names for the remainder of the alphabet: Your power is telekinesis!

Now, here's you scenario: (Superhero Name Here) has run out of money. They must use (Super Power Here) to earn/steal enough $$ to pay their bill at an upscale restaurant. 

The snooty French waiter is waiting for payment. What does your hero do?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Multiple Choice: Reading

What is your favorite genre/non-genre to WRITE in:

- Science fiction?

- Fantasy?

- Romance?

-Adventure?

- Mystery?

- Literary?


- Mainstream?

- Other?

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Go ahead and share in the comments, along with the reason what MAKES IT your favorite. Discussion welcome :-D

Monday, February 2, 2015

Writing Prompt: Colors

Write a descriptive poem about color using only touch, smell, taste, and sound.
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Share in the comments and we'll try to guess!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Multiple Choice: Genres

Of the following, which is your favorite genre/non-genre to read:

- Science fiction?

- Fantasy?

- Romance?

- Literary?

- Mystery?

- Suspense?

- Horror?

- Other?

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Before I share my answer, go ahead and share yours in the comments :-D

Monday, January 26, 2015

Writing Prompt: Bad Day

Write a descriptive short story about the 

worst day of your life. What did you feel? 

What did you see? What did you smell? 

What did you taste? What did you hear? 



If you can’t think of the worst day of your 

life, make up one.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Multiple Choice: Stranded!

If you were stranded on a desert island, which of the following conveniences would you miss the most:

1. Electricity?
2. Internet?
3. Running water?
4. Gadgets (cellphone, tablet, iPad, iPod, etc.)?

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Before I give my answer, what's yours and why?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Writing Prompt: Blizzards

Write about a blizzard from the perspective of one single snowflake.

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Feel free to share your results in the comments!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Writing Prompt: Describe a...

How would you describe a car to

someone who had neither seen nor 

heard of one before?

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Feel free to share your results in the comments!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Writing Prompt: Nursery Rhymes

Rewrite a nursery rhyme, using synonymous words and phrases.

For example:

The mini, minute arachnid
Traversed the downspout of a gutter at a heavenward approach
Earthward approached the precipitation
And threw the arachnid off course
Earth’s star rose and sped up evaporation
And the mini, minute arachnid
Returned to its aforementioned task.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Recommended Reading (Writing and Marketing)

Writing Irresistible Kidlit by Mary Kole

This book covers so much ground! If you're writing kidlit, you need this book, believe me.



Platform is a great book for anyone who wants to market anything in this really noisy, over-crowded techno world.

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Just thought I'd share these gems with you and ask you if YOU have any to recommend...Well, DO ya?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

(Original post title, I know!)



It's 2015. What does that mean? New chances? New opportunities? A fresh start? 

What does the new year mean for YOU, friend? Tell me!