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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Insecure Writer's Support Group

Happy Wednesday!

I just wanted to pop in and say I'm taking a break for the month. It's a busy month for me, and I'd like to actually try to get into some of my WIPs and find betas for my manuscripts. I hope everyone doing A to Z gets through it victorious!

Insecure Writer's Support Group was created by the ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh. Stop by his page to view the co-hosts and other participants! You can also visit the new website for Insecure Writer's Support Group.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Express Yourself: Belt It!

Happy April!

Welcome back to Express Yourself: a weekly meme brought to us by Jackie @ Bouquet of Books and Dani @ Entertaining Interests. This week, they ask us about songs we belt out in the car or shower.

Having done a couple of shower/car concerts this week, lol, I know this answer pretty well. In the shower, I like to belt out Beyonce's greatest hits, most recently from her album 4, which is her best album. So, songs like "I Was Here", "I Miss You" (my favorite song), or "Best Thing I Never Had". If I'm feeling nostalgic, I'll go to "Halo," "Irreplaceable," "Listen", etc.

In the car, because our radio stations are whack, I often sing Christina Aguilera's "Walk Away" from Dirty.

So there you have it! Stop by some of the other participants to see what they love to sing when no one's listening. :)

For those doing A to Z, good luck!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Express Yourself: Characters Wanted

I stole that from USA Network. lol

Welcome back to Express Yourself, the weekly meme brought to us by Jackie @ Bouquet of Books and Dani @ Entertaining Interests.

This week, they ask us what our favorite character we've written or read is.

I have an archetype I've been using in my stories since I was a kid. I often attach the name Johnny to it, but it's been others, too. He's always a vulnerable, loveable guy who is slightly or extremely guarded because of some circumstance in his life. He's average height with shoulder-length brown hair and large brown eyes. He's had asthma, heart issues, mental health issues, and sight issues. lol I have NO idea why I always used this specific type to have these kind of problems. I'm trying to break away from him now.

One of my favorite characters I have read was Desi from Robert Olen Butler's short story "Help Me Find My Spaceman Lover" and his novel Mr. Spaceman. If you've seen Futurama, I have always pictured Desi looking and sounding like Kif but whiter. He was such an adorable character who falls in love with a lady he met while touching down at a Podunk (Wow, that gets capitalized? lol) Walmart parking lot. His mission: to tell the world there are aliens. They're both great stories.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Freeday: Aims

Good evening!

A very late blog today. I had a very nice first week at work, snow day aside. I love waking up knowing I have a real job, thank you, Jesus. My boss even said she wants to put my creative writing to use for their weekly reports! I'm so honored.

I'm part of the Spec Fic Group at AgentQueryConnect, and one of the posts this week was called Aims, and we all posted things we wanted to get done this week. I said I wanted to actively seek beta readers. So this week, I joined Deviant Art's Beta Readers section! I'm about to go now to see if I have any hits, and look at the beta reader profiles. I'm still excited about this, and I don't want to ever give up on becoming an author.

Wish me luck! Have a good weekend.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Express Yourself: Writing Advice

Welcome back to Express Yourself: a meme created by Jackie @ Bouquet of Books and Dani @ Entertaining Interests for writers to get to know each other a little better!

This week, they ask us about some good writing advice we were given.

I would have to say some important advice would be when you finish writing, to walk away from it for a while before you come back to read it. That way, you get a fresh perspective when you begin the editing & proofreading stage.

I also think it's important to do that with critiques, especially if, like me, you never mastered developing the thick skin people always tell you to develop. Sometimes, a critique can hurt, and if the person on the other side leans more towards being harsh over constructive, it hurts a lot. So the best thing to do is walk away for a while and come back to consider if there is any validity in what they're saying.