Thursday, July 31, 2008

I changed it back.

While the other blog was cute. It was just too white. I like the background to be black because it shows my inspiration in a better way. I also think it is easier to read.

So, after a couple of days to clear my mind of the writing phase of things. I've started round two of the rough draft. And by that, I mean I am beginning the smoothing out, editing of sentence structure, getting rid of useless and redundant sentences and phrases. I am also filling in parts of the story that I fill need a bit more coloring in. Filling out the characters, and more detail and discription. Because I am a description queen.

That is one of the things I love hearing, especially since I consider myself a new writer still. I love hearing that my books are descriptive enough to embrace the reader. That they are part of the story and are able to be consumed by the characters. It's probably why I like writing novel length books too. I like to dig deep and really turn things inside out.

So, I now have a little list of things I've made to go back and fill in and fix to keep the story consistant and notes of threads I may have started in the beginning and accidently left behind. Time to pick up those stitches! :)

Happy Thursday or Friday Eve!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Magick Monday!

Happy Monday!
It's been a busy weekend! I worked in the garden and got things looking better. Love doing that! Of course I paid a steep price for it! I could barely move without making some kind of sound! Sheesh, sucks to be getting older. But it was so cool to see all the Garder Snakes. They weren't too pleased to see me, but hey, they have a whole forest they can move into. Mr. C. saved one from the lawn mower that was only about six inches long. Cute little wormy sized ones. Of course now, after he has mown the front, and it rained, the Robins are everywhere. Having a great time watching them too! : )

I try to dedicate my Sunday's to updating and finding new means of promotion. I signed up with Manic Readers yesterday. Here is the link if anyone is interested. It was kinda fun. hehe

I also finished Blood's Price. Just typed 'The End' this morning. I think I have decided to make this a trilogy. I have two characters that I simply cannot leave alone. One is Mourning Dove's best friend, Sleeping Fox and their clan Mother, Wind through Willows. I think it will have a nice Maiden, Mother, Crone aspect to it. I like that, very much. So, I have to get that together.

My editor has sent me the next round of edits. She is awesome, knows her beans, I tell ya. She has caught, and questioned, things that will keep the story plausable. Really, the edits aren't bad. I seem to over use commas. Oops. It isn't as bad as I thought it was going to be though. The edits have nothing to do with the pacing, plot or story. It is the punctuation. My editor has been very kind and patient in teaching me. I don't think that can be said a whole lot. So, that is my goal for today. I plan on knocking those edits out and getting them back to her.

Hope everyone has a Magick Monday!


Saturday, July 26, 2008

New Messin' with Sasquatch

I love these commercials and this is an unedited "Towel Whip" one. LMAO!!

Happy Saturday!!


Thursday, July 24, 2008

To Boldly Go

This picture is from the movie UnBowed. The three men in this picture are Mark Abott, Jay Tavare and Vincent McLean. It looks like a very good love story.

Worked on the last chapter last night. Will have to do it again because it downright sucks. *sigh* I think I need to step away from it for the day. Going out with my MIL, whom I adore. Should be a great day.

Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Soooo Close!

Today's Inspiration. I think it speaks for it's self. Not a lot of words needed.

I am so close to being finished. I was hoping to complete things yesterday, but fell short. I am on the last chapter and have an Epilogue to do. Then my rough draft is finished. I think this story is teaching me. I now have a clear understanding of what I need to do to make it a whole and beautiful story with no holes. I have to admit, the ending came as a surprise to me. I didn't see where it was going until I was working on it yesterday. Things happened that I had not planned and it is better because of it.

Well, it is never going to get done if I am just sitting here.

Happy Hump day!


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tuesday's Twaddle

Here is today's inspiration!
It's been working, I tell ya. Yesterday I wrote a chapter and a half! I only had to stop because my poor children were hungry. Since they come first, I had to stop. Then clean up after dinner (and I don't have a dishwasher. Well, I do, it me! But having my hands in all those warm soapy bubbles is oddly one of my 'think times'.), and threw the ball to my little doggie for a bit. Then my mom called and I acutally sat down on the couch. After that, it was all over with. I sat there with my kids and watched the Country music competition show. Its getting down to the wire. Only one more show left. I'm not a die hard country fan, but there are some songs I like.
Then off to bed to read a bit from Robert Jordan.

You know, today is going to be a good day, no matter what. You know why? The sun isn't shining!! :D My silver skies are back and the warm air smells dank and heavy of rain. I am hoping... The rain would do the blackberry bushes good. The blossoms have all set and the hard green berries are emerging from the center of white petals. I am hopeful there too. It's been two years since we have had berries even worthy of jam making. They have been bitter and tiny. I am fortunate that I have a giant twelve foot hedge of them. It's the best fence ever.

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, July 21, 2008

Magick Monday

Just in to post a little inspiration for my day. Hope everyone has equal Magick in theirs.
This imagery has helped so much.I cannot believe it. I got a whole chapter written yesterday and the story is now progressing. I'm hoping it is as smooth today. I am just so close to finishing I can taste it. And, I have to add, that none of it is filler BS either. It's the discovery of the evil mastermind behind all of this. He's a sick-o if you ask me. But then again, I'm just the meek and mild writer. I am my Muse's pet and she is kind of a whip cracker, I tell ya. But I love her! hehe

Today, I think we can honestly say that summer has blossomed. The morning is warm golden and still. Some Turkey Vultures have been flying around, circling the neighbors field. Such huge and graceful creatures. I think they are in on something with the ravens and crows. The ravens are following them, probably looking for an easy meal. I've seen the vultures land in the field and the crows with them. They gathered in a circle around them and the vultures just sat there for a very long time. There was no kill or anything, they looked to be just resting. I watched them through the binoculars until my eyes ached. But then, I've seen these ravens and crows hold what looked like court, as well. A large flock of them landed in this same field. I am guessing there had to be at least 14 to 15 on the ground. They gathered in a large circle and one was in the center. They posed with unusual quiet and then one by one, they flew up into the air and pecked the one in the center before taking off, until he was left standing alone. He sat there for a long time, alone. He walked around and finally just left. But, these creatures are amazing and so intelligent. But of course my favorite are the birds of prey. Owls in particular. I love the Falcon that comes and tries to use my bird feeders as a snack bar, and the naughty Stellar Jays that tease him. A true lesson in poise and grace. But also a lesson in the Zen arts. I take Hyde's (from That 70's Show)stance on this one. When Zen Ends, Ass Kickin' Begins.

I think I will end on that one. Have a Magick Monday!!


Saturday, July 19, 2008

Sometimes it's more then you think.

Sometimes beauty is more then just in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes it helps pull a frustrated writer's mind out of a quagmire and back onto the path to complete the journey.

I have been stuck for the last several, and very frustrating, weeks! Mind you, it isn't writers block, I know what I want down on the page. Just a stopping up of the inspiration, if you will. I knew I needed something visual. There are so many beautiful faces out there to select from. But none that fit what I had in my head. That was until I was browsing a friends site and she had this posted. I stopped so fast, I may have left two little furrows on her page, sorry 'bout that! :D
That's right, Jay Tavare's image grabbed my attention only the way a pair of brown eyes can. But then the next step is to see WHO he is. I have to pause, because 'beautiful' is all that comes to mind.

He is everything I have been writing in Blood's Price and I am just stunned. He has even portrayed a character named Spirit Walker. I am sure it is a common name, but I have reasons why my character is named that and it is going to stay that way now.
The very first thing that appealed to me was that he is part of the Adopt An Elder program. This foundation helps the elderly tribes people. On his website, there are many pictures of him just 'being' with them. There is such joy radiating from everyone there, it is very touching. I believe in my heart that there is not enough being done to help our elderly and veterans. But I'm not getting into that today, but so much knowledge is being lost.

ALSO, he rescues dogs and wolves. Any of you out there that knows me, doesn't even have to second guess why this appeals to me on a huge level. I just cannot add anymore to that.
Here is Mr. Tavare's website, for anyone interested. It's a lovely place to visit!

So, with my inspiration renewed, I am off to resume my journey with this story. And quite possibly go looking for a certain number of films that may just put me in a coma. Because a girl can only handle a certain amount of eye candy before she drops, right? Hasn't happened to me yet, but I'm willing to try. :D

Happy Saturday!


Friday, July 18, 2008

Don't be a Writing Diva

My friend Denyse Bridger posted this to her group. I loved it so much, I decided to post it here.

Don’t be a Writing Diva
June 20, 2008
by Mary E. Demuth
Nobody likes dealing with a high-maintenance author, especially agents and editors. Here are 18 tips that will endear you to those who can help you publish or perish.
I’ve seen authors in financial crises who berate their agents because they need their advance checks—now! When that doesn’t work, they’ll call the publisher directly, ranting. I’ve also known novelists who take it upon themselves to detail every failure of a publishing entity and e-mail it to an entire company. These are examples of High-Maintenance Authors, or HMAs, and the last thing any author wants is to place himself in this category.

HMAs can ruin their chances of further publication through bridge burning, preening and defending every intricacy of their prose. Here are 18 practical tips that both established and newbie writers can implement to become the kind of author that agents and editors love.

1. HONE YOUR VOICE. The more confident you are of your own voice, the better you’ll be able to discern when an editor’s squelching that voice.

2. MEET DEADLINES EARLY. Send in your manuscript early—and shock and please your editors.

3. WRITE THANK YOU NOTES. You’ll endear yourself to your agent, editors and friends in the business if you pen thank you notes. Make your thanks specific and genuine.

4. JOIN A CRITIQUE GROUP. Find a group that understands you and is ruthless in editing your pieces.

5. PUT DOWN THE PHONE. Don’t call editors unless they’ve given you the go ahead. A quick heads-up in an e-mail is easier to respond to and less intrusive.

6. RELAX ABOUT FINANCES. Hounding your editor or agent for payment comes across as desperate and unprofessional. Of course, if things are wrongly delayed, you should ask. But don’t pester.

7. HEED YOUR EDITORS. Particularly when you’re new at this writing gig, you’ll have to bend a lot to editorial direction. Chalk it up to learning the ropes. Later when you’re more confident in your writing, you can decide which editorial hills to die on.

8. DON’T HIT SEND. Before e-mailing a grievance, let it sit and percolate. Remember that e-mails can take on a terrible life of their own.

9. SEND COMPLIMENTARY E-MAILS AT WILL. On an up note, e-mails that praise something specific in a publishing house or magazine make the rounds too.

10. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Instead of pestering an editor about his publication needs, research it. Study the magazine or publishing house you’re querying. Be informed. Simply knowing the writers’ guidelines will endear you to an editor.

11. BECOME A LIFELONG LEARNER OF THE CRAFT. Go to conferences. Read great books. Read outside your genre. Go to lectures. Take a class. Try new things. Grow, grow, grow.

12. NETWORK WIDELY. An author with a large network of professional relationships will positively build his career. Remember, though, if you’re seen as an HMA right out of the gate, it’s hard to change first impressions. Though the publishing machine may seem behemoth, it’s really a small industry.

13. HOLD YOUR TONGUE. If you didn’t like the way a particular editor treated you, go through the proper channels with her. Don’t spread your angst around the industry. If you spew, other editors will think, Hmmm, if he slanders that editor, will he slander me too?

14. BE PROFESSIONAL. When you’re in industry settings, dress the part. If your publishing house asks you to put up a website to promote your book, make it look professional. And hire a photographer to take your picture.

15. DON’T KISS UP. People know when you’re being nice for the sake of getting something in return. If you want to scratch an editor’s back, go ahead, but not with the motivation of getting something in return.

16. BE PATIENT. Editors and agents are terribly busy and often won’t get back to you on your timetable. Accept that. This goes for editorial direction too. If you receive edits that initially make you angry or defensive, wait and write back when your emotions are in check.

17. START SMALL. Everyone has to begin somewhere. If you’re new to publishing, revel in not having pressing deadlines. Use this time to become a better writer.

18. ABOVE ALL, BE HUMBLE. Here’s an irony: Usually those bursting with themselves are new authors thinking they’re God’s gift to the literary world. Established authors have learned that success in publishing is hard to measure, that talent takes guts and work and sweat, and that when they heed editorial feedback, they’ll grow.

Here is the link to the article if you would like to see the source:

Have a great Friday!


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

One of those days

I believe the approaching full moon has been playing it's tricks on me. I don't even have to look at the calander to know when it is approaching. *sigh* I become this insomniac that can't concentrate on anything. When I do sleep it's always an unfit and unrestful state that I wish would just leave me alone. What's worse, I can't even sit still long enough to get anything done. *deep breath* So, I've made a cake, cleaned house, and played with the puppy. I've also done something I've been dreading. My daughter has to have 4 or 5 teeth pulled before she has her braces put on. I don't know why I am taking this so personal. Well, yes I do. I had to have it done, too. I just see it from a mother's point of view now and I am feeling more emotional about it then my daughter. She is trumpted up and says let's get on with it. So, I made the appointment today. Her teeth need to be fixed so she can show the world the beautiful smile that reflects the beauty of her spirit.

Anyway, that is how my day has started. I'm trying to work at making it a more positive one. : P

Happy Tuesday!


Tuesday, July 8, 2008


I have the flu and am caring for my ill family as well, so I don't have anything really coherent to say! Enjoy a funny on me!!

Little April was not the best student in Sunday school. Usually she slept through the class.
One day the teacher tried to catch little April out to see if she was paying attention in class. She called on her while she was napping.

'Tell me, April, who created the universe?'

When April didn't stir, little Johnny, a boy seated in the chair behind her, took a pen and jabbed her in the rear.
GOD ALMIGHTY!' shouted April and the teacher said, 'Very good,' and April fell back asleep.

A while later the teacher asked April, 'Who is our Lord and Saviour,'
But April didn't even stir from her slumber.
Once again, Johnny came to the rescue and stuck her again.

'JESUS CHRIST!' shouted April and the teacher said, 'Very good,' And April fell back asleep.

Then the teacher asked April a third question. 'What did Eve say to Adam after she had their twenty-third child?'

And again, Johnny jabbed her with the pen. This time April jumped up and shouted, 'IF YOU STICK THAT F###ING THING IN ME ONE MORE TIME, I'LL BREAK IT IN HALF AND STICK IT UP YOUR A*SE!'

The Teacher fainted.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Funny Scuba Cat

I don't know how many of you have seen this commercial on the Discovery Channel, but it has struck such a funny chord with our family, that I have to post the YouTube of it AND the clip that explains how the cat and dog love to go swimming and scuba diving. I just think it's so funny!!

So, here it is:

AND here is the clip with the owner explaining how the cat loves water. Brilliant, I love it!!

Happy Sunday!


Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Emerald Morning

Finally, FINALLY my rain came back.
I don't write very well when it's sunny out. My inspiration to type at the computer seems to go out the window and my garden calls me out. But I will admit, even though I'm not sitting and pecking away at the keyboard, I am out digging and turning my story plot lines while I am relocating weeds to my compost pile and destroying slug habitats. They also get relocated to the compost pile where they can eat whatever they want.
I know this is the verge of the Fourth of July holiday. I am expecting to get that phone call, any minute now, from my FIL asking why I did this to the weather. hehe He teases about witchly prowess being able to do such things. lol As if. I just enjoy celebrating when it does happen.
So, this morning, my world is awash in Emerald. The leaves of all shapes and sizes are glistening and clean of dust. The blackberry blossoms are crisp white contrast, and the air is clear with no pollen. I have the windows open to let the cool air pass through the house. The rain has paused and the Robins are warbling their joy. Little Hummingbirds, who live in my snowball tree, are buzzing up to the feeders, and my old Mama Kitty is venturing off the porch to be sure her world is as she left it. The chickens are scratching for bugs that have wandered into their pen. My rooster, Nutsy, hasn't even crowed at the rain this morning. I believe he is welcoming it today. Usually he won't stop crowing at the wet, because he gets tired of it. He absolutely detests the snow and won't come out of the coop. He's no dummy, the heat lamp is right over the perch and he stays with the hens. Often behind them when there is danger. lol My brave Nutsy.
I'm hoping the wild rabbit comes out to visit today, and I'm hoping to see the young buck that comes close as well. He is very unafraid and used to all of us. So he watches us and we watch him. A very compatible relationship, I think.

So, today I am going to get a few things the Muse is urging on Blood's Price and this afternoon I plan to work on some of my edits for Eden at Twilight. I say 'some' and know that it means all. I get a little obsessed and can't stand to see a job unfinished.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth!! Enjoy celebrating life, if you aren't from the US!!


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Wandering Musings

Well, so much for keeping up with blogging. Good thing I don't write books and stories the same way. Actually, I've been so busy writing and working with my editor on starting edits, I have completely lost track of time! I was out browsing blogs from fellow authors the other day, and found one that had a really nice blog template. So, I found a good one for myself. I think if I give my blog a fresh look, maybe it will help my brain get into it more. Who knows though. Things have just been so busy, I just plain forget!! SO, here is another attempt at using my blog for something more then just a dump for my own promo.

This brings up a very real question for me. Promo. I am very new to this whole publishing business. My first book was accepted by Liquid Silver Books before I even knew much about ebooks at all. So, I've been learing with a little help from my friends, who have been so gracious in helping me learn some of the ins and outs. Here is what I've found to be the most important things, when it comes to getting your name out there:

1. Write prolifically. Get as much out there as you can.
2. Get your book in for reviews!
3. Participate in interviews and other's blogs.
Ok, this is where I start getting hung up. I don't like talking about myself, nor do I know how to blog very well. So, this is where fail at self promotion. I have no ego, no self confidence when it comes to this. So, this is a thing I have to struggle with to learn. I always seem to say the wrong thing at the worst times. My biggest question is: How the hell do I know if my writing is hot, or even good, for that matter. I've had some very good reviews, don't get me wrong. I've even had a reviewer request a second book for Thief of a Goddess Heart. Can't go wrong with that!

I guess I'm my own worst critic and I'm learning. I still have so much to learn that I don't know if I'll ever see the top. But then, I know that where I am at now is a good place. I know that there are those out there that would love to be in my shoes. Sorry, I love being in my shoes too much to give that up. : ) I guess half of the joy of getting to the mountain top, is the journey and I'm going to enjoy getting there. Even if it kills me.

I think I'm going to set a couple of goals for myself here, to see if it will help my promo efforts. I'm going to sign up with a couple of forums I've been looking at. Maybe that will help me. It's time to put my face up to the sun and sprout some roots to grow a little. I constantly have to remind myself to stick with my chosen path and remember to be true to thine self.

Happy Wednesday!!