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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…