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ROW80 Round 4 & NaNoWriMo 2011

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My last ROW80 attempt didn't go as well as I'd hoped.  I blame my lack of weekly check-ins and a whole mess of things that came up over the last few months.  But its that time again.  Round 4 is starting and I'm psyched about recommitting myself to my goals.

This time ROW 80 runs October 3rd to December 22.  I posted my overall goals in Monday's Plan of Attack post.  My writing goals specifically are:

1. Finish present tense conversion in Smolder (I'm almost done) and beta reader edits. 

2. Finish planning/and write my NaNoWriMo novel.

I'm just sticking to the 2 goals for this Round because it's getting into the holiday season and I know that I won't have as much time for writing as I'd like. 

Progress:

It's Day 3 of my early morning workouts/writing time.  So far so good.  I'm still a bit tired when I first wake up but after the workout I'm much more energized and my mind is clearer--I can focus on my Smolder edits and be more efficie…

Launching a New Plan of Attack!

I've been sporadic with posts (and writing) lately . . . I feel like I've become a Mommy Machine where all I do is answer to the whims of the kidlets. 

This fall my oldest turned 4 and it seems about four times worse than the terrible two's (which my younger kidlet is fast-approaching).  Its a fun time, she's learning at a break-neck speed, she has friends who are over all the time, and gymnastics and dance classes--but it seems like all I do is go from play date to play date and class to class while trying to keep up with my little man too.  Its gotten to the point where showers feel like a luxury, exercise is squeezed into five minutes here ten minutes there, and writing is a fleeting thought.  And it makes me cranky. 

So I've come up with a Battle Plan so that I can maintain my sanity and still be a great mom.  These are my new daily/weekly goals:

1. Wake up at 5am to exercise with my Mama (she's been on a fitness kick lately).  We're alternating days …

Book Review: Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

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Summary from Goodreads: Tamsin Greene comes from a long line of witches, and she was supposed to be one of the most Talented among them. But Tamsin's magic never showed up. Now seventeen, Tamsin attends boarding school in Manhattan, far from her family. But when a handsome young professor mistakes her for her very Talented sister, Tamsin agrees to find a lost family heirloom for him. The search—and the stranger—will prove to be more sinister than they first appeared, ultimately sending Tamsin on a treasure hunt through time that will unlock the secret of her true identity, unearth the sins of her family, and unleash a power so vengeful that it could destroy them all. This is a spellbinding display of storytelling that will exhilarate, enthrall, and thoroughly enchant. First of all witches = epic awesomeness in my book.Love witches.I wish there were more great books about witchcraft out there, they are by far my favorite paranormals. I really enjoyed Once a Witch.The author, Carolyn …

I'm baaaack . . . with pics!

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A giant THANK YOU to all of you who have been leaving such sweet comments while I've been recovering!  I'm back now and ready to really dive in.  I've been working a lot on my Christmas novella, Witchy Winter, I have a full outline and the first chapter written.  If all goes well I should be finished sometime in September or the first part of October.  Woot woot :)

. . .  So my little girl just turned 4!  And since I posted pics of my little man's party a few months ago I thought I'd post some of hers :)  It was a Tangled party, so much fun and the gaggle of girls were so dang cute!




 


I can't believe she's already four!  Next week she starts dance and competitive gymnastics, I can't wait :)

Also I received the results of the biopsy . . . this last surgery finally got all the bad cells!  I think my worry about the results might have been giving me writer's block.  Cancer plays a huge part in Smolder and it was hitting a little too close to…

Trying to get my Groove Back

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After my week long hiatus I find myself digging my heels in.  I'm still tired and achy and so not feeling the creative juices.  I think my muse is still on vacation.

The kidlets have grown used to me laying with them and watching movies, they're less than thrilled that Mama is back in her "bat cave" (when my daughter calls my writing nook).  I have them temporarily destracted with Despicable Me (super cute show by the way) but that won't last long.

I'm been browsing Deviant Art to try and find inspiration.  I'm considering a walk, but don't know that I'm up for that yet.  Ugh.  Being a couch potato is so not my nature.  I'm normally a big outdoorsy type and very into exercise, this laziness is driving me crazy!

I have so much to get done and so little motivation.

So my question for you is: How do you get back into the writing groove when you feel uninspired and muse-less?

5 Fave Friday: Things to do while Recovering from Surgery

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Sorry I’ve been M.I.A. for a week, looks like I have a ton of catching up to do on reading all your wonderful blogs!
So far the recovery has gone well—a bit painful, but all good.It’s the first time in my life that I’ve had to have stitches and I have to say I’m not a fan.I have two layers, one below my skin, and they aren’t so fun.I get the surface layer removed next Thursday and I’m counting down the days.
Anyway, onto my five favorite things to do while I’ve been laid up.Note none of them involve writing, lol.I gave myself permission to take a complete break from everything.
1.Watch old sci-fi movies.I’ve introduced my little girl to the old Star Wars movies and she loves them!She’s been saying she wants to be an astronaut for a couple months now so I’ve been watching a bunch of space movies.We’ve also watched the Farscape series and Firefly (my absolute fave of all time.)I’m such a sci-fi geek!
2.Read the Harry Potter books aloud to my kidlets.My little girl loves them, …

Liebster Blog Award! (and a quick ROW80 check-in)

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The super cute, always sweet, Angie has given me a blog award!  Thank you so much Angie :)  I met Angie at the awesome Deana Barnhart's  get an agent blog-o-rama, she has a killer first 200 words!  Please go check out her blog and leave her some love, you won't be sorry!


The Liebster (meaning friend in German) Award is meant to connect us bloggers, specifically new bloggers with less than 200 followers (but I'm sure won't for long!). 

The rules are:

Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.Post the award on your blog.Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the internet—other writers.And best of all – have fun and spread the karma.My awesome new blogger friends that I'd like to nominate:

1. Caitlin Vincent
2. Jenna Blake Morris
3. Amy Kennedy
4. Michelle Fayard
5. Robin Weeks

These ladies are awesome, seriously.  If you aren't following th…

Book Review: Shimmer by Alyson Noel

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Goodreads Summary: Having solved the matter of the Radiant Boy, Riley, Buttercup, and Bodhi are enjoying a well-deserved vacation. When Riley comes across a vicious black dog, against Bodhi’s advice, she decides to cross him over. While following the dog, she runs into a young ghost named Rebecca. Despite Rebecca’s sweet appearance, Riley soon learns she’s not at all what she seems. As the daughter of a former plantation owner, she is furious about being murdered during a slave revolt in 1733. Mired in her own anger, Rebecca is lashing out by keeping the ghosts who died along with her trapped in their worst memories. Can Riley help Rebecca forgive and forget without losing herself to her own nightmarish memories?

I really enjoy the Riley Bloom books, much more so than the Immortal series, and I like this one even more than Radiance.  I love Noel's take on the afterlife and love that these books send a good message.  Riley is fun, authentic and entertaining (if a bit whiney and bra…

Things that Inspire, auditory vs. visual

I know a lot of authors who are inspired by music.  They make soundtracks for their WIPs and it helps them set the tone for their writing.  I'm so not one of these people.

I'm not a big auditory person.  Sound is distracting and irritating to me . . . which can be a major problem with my 3 and 1 year old kiddies running around and causing a ruckus all day!  I confess the only time I listen to music is in the car or while I'm cleaning, even then I'd prefer to listen to an audiobook.  

I'm a visual kind of girl.  I like to see things.  I'm inspired by photography, nature, paintings, theatre, and dance.  If I need inspiration for a scene I'll browse Deviant Art or take a walk.  I need eye candy!

Dancing has been a part of my life since I could walk, I find nothing more inspirational than a beautiful dance that tells a story.  I was watching So You Think You Can Dance the other day and was truly inspired by some of the choreography.  Stunning.  The way the lig…

The first 200 words of Smolder :)

Yay, I just hit the submit button!  Thank you all again, your suggestions where incredibly helpful.

I'm taking my entry down now, cuz I'm paranoid like that :)

Film Friday: A lesson from TRON

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I know I'm a little late watching the movie (especially considering my love of sci-fi), unfortunately that always happens.  My kiddies don't do well in the theater and I feel guilty dumping them with a babysitter (usually my Mom) so I end up waiting till movies come out on DVD. 

Anyways.

Tron.  Good show.  Interesting premise, good characters with good backgrounds . . . but the execution was off.  Way off.  Their needed to be more information right up front about what was going on.  If they'd added another half hour to explain things it probably would've been great.  Twenty minutes into the show JP and I paused it so we could look up the wiki and find out what the heck is supposed to be happening, and even that didn't quite clear it up for me, I still had too many questions.


Okay so the moral of this story is that even projects that show a lot of promise can flop because of execution.  (Not saying that TRON was a flop--it just could've been so much better.)

On…

A giant THANK YOU + ROW80 check in

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Whew, what a week! 

I want to say a gigantic thank you for all of you who helped me with my query.  I think it reads so much better now.  It's tighter and more fluid while still maintaining the integrity of the plot line.  Not to toot my own horn . . . but I didn't think it could be this good ;)

I'm also amazed at the wonderful queries I read.  You guys are brilliant--creative and so wonderfully talented.  I have my fingers crossed that we all get agents this year abnd can be debute authors next year! 
Hee hee okay I'm done with the cheese, time for a ROW80 check in.

1. Finish beta reader edits of Smolder and begin sending out query letters.  Well I've completely revamped my query letter which is a huge step in the right direction.  I've mentioned before that I've always disliked the way I introduce my main character--well, I rewrote that seen and I'm loving it now.  It seems so much more honest and true to her character.  I also think that it will ma…

My query for Smolder :)

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Queries are one of the scariest things for a new author to think about--and also one of the most important.  Agents judge your writing ability, voice, characterization all from one short letter.  Eep! 

Deana Barnhart is hosting a Get-an-Agent-Blogfest!  This is week three, "query week."  I think it's a great opportunity to pull out my query and get some much needed feedback.  I'm thinking mine is a little long, but it still hits the 1 page guideline that most agents have.  I dunno, tell me what you think. 

Without further ado, here is my query for Smolder:



Dear Agent,
A treatment designed to cure Lymphoma has created teens with talents beyond the realm of possibility.Unfortunately, the talents are accompanied by a horrific side-effect that forces them to live in shadow.
Seventeen year old Bernadette “Brett” Davenport, a prominent Senator’s daughter, is devastated when she’s diagnosed with cancer.Due to a complication arising from her treatment, she is sent to a subter…

Book Review: Gone by Michael Grant

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Summary from GoodReads:

In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.

Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not onesingle adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.

It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...



4.5 stars.

What would you do in a world with no adults?  When suddenly POOF, everyone over the age of fourteen disappears into thin air?

Trust me, the excitement only lasts for a few hours. . . Then things s…

Uplifting YA . . . show me the light!

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We often talk about how YA lit is a safe way for teens to learn about some difficult subjects--I fully believe and support this . . . but what happened to all the uplifting YA?  I think it's equally important.

I received some bad news yesterday, really bad change your life news.  I picked up my current read and realized it was filled with angsty torment.  That's so not what I needed.  So I headed often to my ginormous bookshelf in search of a great read that would help me escape from my current frame of mind.  That's when I realized just about everything on my shelves is dark. 

Dark fantasy.  Dark paranormal. Dark contemporary.  Very dark dystopian. 

I'm a light hearted optimist so when I realized how dark my shelves were I was surprised and disappointed.  Where are all the happy feel-good books?  I looked on my other shelf and saw that most of my adult books are light.  I've been picking up adult books when my YA gets too dark and depressing.  What's wrong w…

Kicking off the Once Apon a Read-a-Thon!

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*squee* It's finally here!  I'm sooo excited.  I haven't participated in a read-a-thon in ages.  It's hosted by Pure Imagination and I'm not sure, but I think you can still sign up.

3 days of READING = heaven

I'm going to soak up every bit of enjoyment that I can out of these three days.  It's not everyday that I allow myself to just sit back and read.  I'm so looking forward to it.

First up on my Read-a-Thon list is Shimmer by Alyson Noel.  It's the sequal to Radience that I reviewed here.  So far I'm about a hundred pages in.  I'm really enjoying Riley's story :)


Are you doing the Once Apon a Read-a-Thon?  What are you reading?

Camp Nanowrimo (and ROW80 round 3)

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Most of my fellow writers have probably heard of NaNoWriMo (national novel writing month) that goes on annually every November.  Well this year the folks over there have started a "camp" for novelists who don't think that once a year is enough.  This month is the beta testing month before camp is a go in August.  I signed up weeks ago.... and forgot about it what with all the birthday excitement and camping trip.  So I'm getting a late start.

I decided to take this time to write out my Christmas novella, Witchy Winter, that I've been planning and outlining for the last few months.  I'm planning on about 25,000 words this month which seems pretty obtainable since I do 50,000 every November.

Also July 4th kicked off ROW80 (Round of Words in 80 days) which will end Sept 22.  If you haven't signed up yet you might want to think about it, ROW80 is a great way to stay focused on a goal for a relatively short amount of time and the weekly check-ins keep you acc…

My Muse Loves Camping (pics)

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I'm back.  Camping was a blast, I hadn't been in years and had forgotten how much I enjoy it!

Being out in nature is so inspirational to me.  I decided not to bring my laptop because I wanted to enjoy my family time instead of working the whole time, but I kept getting itchy fingers--my mind was going crazy with plot lines and character backgrounds.  I can't wait to get my hands on my manuscript.

I also used the trip as a research experience.  Smolder takes place in a subterranean facility in the Colorado Rockies.  I took a ton of pictures of the vegetation and rock formations so that my manuscript could be as factually correct as possible. 



The river was really high due to run off, and pretty muddy. 

This was so neat--plateaus!  There was a little slice of the desert smack dab in the middle of the mountains.


This was a baby blue jay that fell out of his nest. So sad.  He was so cute and so hungry.  We saw him while we were fishing so I fed him a worm.  We also saw a dee…

Birthday Blues

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 Normally I'm a good sport about birthdays, really I am, but today I'm just feeling .... meh.  I think it's because it's the big two-five.  I'm officially a quarter of a century.  There I've said it.  Not that I think it's old or anything, I just wanted to have more accomplished by now. 

Since my birthday is pretty much exactly the halfway point of the year I like to make birthday resolutions.  This year the ones related to writing are:

1. Get published

2.  Finally put Smolder to rest (at some point you just have to let your baby go), finalize edits of romance novella, and complete two new first drafts.

3. Try out self-publishing with Witchy Winter novella

4. Compete in the Amazon Breakthrough Novelist Competition again.  (I did this two years ago and advanced to the semi-finals with Smolder)

5. Finish up degree (I'm so close, but the kids kind of make it impossible for me to take classes)

Bye bye for now friends, I'm going camping in the Rockie…

Book Review: Sweep (volume 2) by Cate Tiernan

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Summary from Goodreads:Morgan Rowlands is a blood witch, the last of a long line of ancient and powerful witches and the holder of an unfathomable power. With the help of her love, her soul mate, Cal, she has realized her true self - but at at price. For Morgan and Cal share a terrible, dark secret, one that binds them together even as they are rent apart. Yet there is something about Cal's hunger for magick that frightens Morgan.... And now there is another one who can bring Morgan clarity, truth... love. Morgan must decide who is her true love, and who is out to destroy her forever....

My Rating 4.5 / 5 Stars

This volume contains books 4-6 of the Sweep series.  A great follow up to volume one, I think I enjoyed this one even more.



The Characters: I love the characters in these books Morgan, Bree, Hunter, Cal, Skye and all the other minor characters as well.  They're intriguing, their actions have depth and motivation--something I always appreciate.  They have complete and well …

Establishing Character with a BANG

One of the things I've noticed in my first drafts is that I do information dumps on the reader when I first introduce a character.  Sometimes its physical description, other times its too much history.  This of course has to be taken out in the second draft. 
So how do you weave in characterization without obtrusive info dumps?  Through action, dialogue, and character responses to situations.  I think my favorite way of working in characterization is through an action scene.  The way a character responds tells so much about their personality.
Instead of telling about a character through narration, show a character's personality through a scene.  A couple weeks ago I posted on narritive summary vs. active scenes and this links right to it.  To keep a reader engaged and interested in your book you need to let them draw their own conclusions . . . but don't be too ambiguous, then you run the risk of your reader not connecting to your character. 

In Self-Editing for Fictio…

Book Review: Nightshade by Andra Cremer

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Nightshade by Andrea Cremer


My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Summary from Goodreads:

Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers.
But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything— including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?


This book was amazing. Andrea Cremer's method of storytelling is enchanting, I was so wrapped up in Calla's world I didn't want to come up for air. In Cremer's bio it says she has a degree in early modern history and that it shows her longtime love of witchcraft and warfare. This love is so evident in Nightshade. The supernatural world she created is richly detailed…

Writing the First Kiss

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Okay so I've finally gotten to the first kiss chapter of my manuscript, other than a few snags here and there this draft has gone smoothly... until now.  My book isn't romance but there is a love interest and a  romantic subplot (think along the lines of Katniss and Peeta in The Hunger Games) and for some reason this is the hardest section for me. 

So I got to the big kissing scene and realized it feels overly dramatic and cringe worthy (at least it does to me, my beta readers said they thought it worked fine).  I sat down this morning determined to find what part just wasn't working for me and how I can fix it.  I thought I'd share my process and discoveries with my awesome followers :)

I wanted to focus my efforts into three areas of the scene that weren't working for me:
1. Tone
2.  Character
3.  Cliche Sentences

Tone

The first thing I wanted to work on was the tone of my scene.  Romantic scenes can be sweet, awkward, combustible hot, and several degrees …

Book Review: The Search by Nora Roberts

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The Search by Nora Roberts


My rating: 5 of 5 stars


To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life — a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

Several years ago, she was the only survivor of a serial killer — a madman who stalked and abducted young women, strangled them, and left them buried with a red scarf on their bodies. As authorities were closing in on the Red Scarf Killer, he shot and killed Fiona’s cop fiancĂ© and his K-9 partner.


On Orcas Island, Fiona has found the peace and solitude she needed to rebuild her life. Yet all that changes on the day Simon Doyle barrels up her drive, desperate for her help. He’s the reluctant owner of an out-of-control puppy, foisted upon him by his mother. Jaws has eaten through Simon’s house, and he’s at his wit’s end.

To Fiona, Ja…

Writing is like...

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The delightful Ashley Nixon has tagged me in a meme this week!  I'm to think of a metaphor for what writing is like :)  So without further ado...

Writing is like ...

... blowing off dandelion fluff. 

You close your eyes, make a wish, and send your thoughts out into the world.



That how writing is for me.  I have hundreds--thousands--of little seeds of ideas.  They slowly start coming together, making a cohesive whole.  And then--when I'm ready--I send my thoughts out into the world, hoping that one day, maybe, the seeds will take root and inspire someone else.

My main goal of writing YA and MG is to inspire children/teens to pick up a book, to discover a world beyond video games, MTV, and the internet . . . and maybe to write themselves.  As a child books saved me, they provided an escape and inspired me to use my imagination.  I'd like to do that for someone else.

This was fun, thanks for tagging me Ashley!

Now its my turn to tag someone!

Ghenet
Juliana
Rachael
Adelle

Have fu…

Book Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

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Paranormalcy by Kiersten White


My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.

But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.


Paranormalcy rocked by socks! Loved it. Loved Evie's voice. Loved the romance. Loved the plot. Loved the interesting take on the paranormal.


The plot was fast paced and interesting. The short-ish chapters kept me flipping through the pages. This is not one of the typical overdone takes on the paranormal. White's interpretation is refreshing and unusual.


Evie is what really makes the book. She has a hilarious voice and I couldn't wait to see what she'd say next. She's funny without trying. Sh…

Update on my WIPs (ROW80 check-in)

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So I haven't posted an update in awhile and it's about time that I do so!  My life's been crazy and the last few weeks haven't gone as smoothly as I would've liked.  But I'm still making progress.  Slowly.  ROW80 ends on June 23rd so I seriously need to get my tushy in gear. 

The Goals:
1) Finish past tense to present tense rewrite of Knight's Children and start on beta reader edits.
2) Write 50,000 words in The Curse of the Mallory Girls.
3) Outline and begin first draft of Christmas Story.

What I've actually done:
1) I've gotten several chapters of Smolder: A Knight's Children Novel under my belt.  Still not finished with converting it to present tense.  I think I'll make it by the deadline though, I only have four chapters left.  This is really where most of my writing time and engergy go.  It's the project that I most believe in.  After this round of editing I'm going to start sending out queries!  :D

2) I got hung up on names wi…

Crazy Fun Weekend (pics)

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Whew!  I had a long, crazy-busy weekend.  My baby bear had his first birthday, I can't believe he's already a year old :'(  We pretty much partied all weekend.  Here's the Finding Nemo cake . . . nothing is more adorable than watching a one year old try cake for the first time!



This smaller cake is the "SMASH" cake :)

He got spoiled--seriously spoiled--with all his presents.  My little ladybug got a bunch too (she was such a good sport).
After a long day of partying and playing we went to the drive in and saw Kung Fu Panda 2.  Which was cute.  Lady bug kept sticking her head out of the sun roof so she could watch the new Pirates movie playing on the screen behind us (that's my girl).  Then the kids fell asleep and I got to see Thor.  Which was pretty awesome.  I didn't get to see the ending though because it was about 1:30 am and the kids woke up and got cranky.  I'm a big fan of mythology and loved to see a creative take on it.  And Chris Hemsw…

Narritive Summary vs. Active Scenes

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"Show don't tell."  As writers this is a phrase that we've heard countless times over the years, but never have I heard it explained in such straight-forward language as in Self-Editing for Fiction Writers.  The entire first chapter was devoted to a discussion about the differences. 

I always thought that I knew the difference and was actually quite good at showing. . .  Now I'm not so sure.

The authors say that a writer shouldn't give the reader information, they should give them an experience.  I find this to be such simple advice, but so brilliantly stated.  I want my readers to experience everything that my character does.

The example that they use is from The Great Gatsby.  First they show a narrative summary of the scene, which provides all the same information and is grammatically perfect but lacks interest.  Then the show the scene how it was written by Fitzgerald.  Huge difference.  The same information got across but in a much more interesting w…

Book Review: The First Test by Tamora Pierce

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First Test by Tamora Pierce


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads:
Keladry, known as Kel, has always wanted to be a knight but must deal with the disapproval of some of her teachers and fellow students. But when her young servant is kidnapped on the day of the public exams, Kel has to choose . . . to follow her dreams, or her convictions.

Tamora Pierce did a beautiful job with this fantasy story. Kel was so well thought out that by the end of the book I felt like I knew her. Very rarely do I come across a book where the characters are as well written as the ones in this book.

I laughed with Keladry, sighed, and moaned with her. I couldn't stop rooting for her. Kel's journey showed growth and strength and was completely satisfying. I can't wait to read more of her triumphs.

The depiction of the castle and training field where very well executed but not to exhausting extent as many fantasy writers are guilty of.

The pacing was perfect. The theme was strong. The writing…

Momentum!

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Ready.  Set.  WRITE! 
For me momentum is key.  When I get in writing mode I'm like a freight train, there's no stopping me.  It's like a race to see if my fingers can keep up with my brain.  Luckily I'm having one of those days today!

For the last few weeks (since my vacation) I've found it terribly hard to get anything done.  I wouldn't call it writers block, more like lack of motivation and letting life get in the way of my writing.  Finally, finally, I'm having a good writing day. 

Maybe its the weather.  It's been raining a lot in Utah.  Or maybe its that I'm reading an amazing book (Paranormalcy by Kiersten White).  Reading something great always tickles my muse into action.  Or maybe its just that my little family has finally gotten over the flu and life is getting back to normal. 

Whatever it is I couldn't be happier!

My WIPs are all begging for attention, but I'm making myself focus on Smolder right now.  I have a big birthday com…

Book Review: Sweep (volume 1)

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Sorry this week's book review is a day late, I had the flu.  Eek.  I'm feeling much better now and promise to keep up on my posting.  I have a lot of blogs to read too, I want to get caught up with all you so I'll spend most of my day reading blogs . . . if the Bug and Bear cooperate.  They're both still a bit under the weather. 

I was going to post my review of Dean Koontz' Frankenstein #3 but well . . . it just wasn't my favorite, actually it totally disappointed me.  I gave it 3 stars but really it was 2.5, I just like to round up.  I decided to post a review of something else because I'm just tired of the negativity.  I'm ever the optimist and posting negative things just isn't my style.  If you're still interested in reading the review you can find it on Goodreads here.

I'd like to start doing something new with my book reviews. Since I'm writing them for the benefit of writers I think I'll start to focus more on what I've …