Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Time to Celebrate!

Cue the fireworks! Pop the cork on the champagne! 

Thanks to Ciara Knight, I have reached 100 fabulous followers and as promised I have randomly selected one lucky follower to win a $10 Amazon Gift card. 


If you'll send me your address, I will get your $10 Amazon Gift Card in the mail! Thanks to all my fabulous followers who have been such great friends, taught me many wonderful new things, and been such great supporters as I travel down this bumpy road. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Overcoming My Writing Fears...One At A Time!

This weekend I enjoyed making fabulous progress on the sequel to my first novel. I figured that since I am waiting to hear back about whether I'll be accepted or rejected, I'd go ahead.

That was 3 months ago.

I am just now making any real progress on book 2. Why? Because when I looked at beginning the 2nd, I was assailed with self-doubt. Did I have another book in me? Could I really make a 2nd book as good as the 1st? What if the 1st was rejected?

These questions went on and on and on. So I continued tinkering with the first. You know, looking for spelling errors, typos, grammar mistakes. Anything to keep from having to figure out how to start the 2nd book. Then about 3 weeks ago, I sat down and wrote the prologue. I liked it, but I had known since the beginning of book two how the mini story of my prologue was going to go. I tried to start the actual 1st chapter, but I totally stalled out.

After the end of the 1st book, a different tone needed to be set. A lot happened in that first book. Some characters figured out who they were, others had their dreams shattered, and still others met untimely demise.

I. Was. Terrified.

However, after a few weeks of wallowing in this sense of helpless fear, I got fed up with myself. So this weekend, I sat down and finished chapter 1, and reached the final scene of chapter 2. It was AMAZING! I got my mojo back. I know you, my lovely writer friends, understand what I am talking about.

I am back in the swing. I am excited again. I feel this book and while some of the characters are the  same, there are new ones and I cannot wait to get to know them better. Great progress was made. Progress that I plan to continue tomorrow, the next day, and so on until I have another first draft. Then I am going to submit it to my critique group to tear apart. I love being a writer.

How about you? Did you have a hard time starting your 2nd book? Were you afraid you had used up all your good writing on the first? I'd love to hear your story.

Monday, August 20, 2012


There I was sitting in our workroom, cranking out another large order of name badges for my business, Award Solutions, when I noticed the little light on my cell phone blinking. Now I don't know about you, but when I am busy my cell phone can be forgotten for hours.

And so it was no different today. Imagine my surprise and thrill when I opened up a message from fellow blogger and "What If?" Fairytale Blogfest co-host and judge for the tragedy category of the challenge, Leigh Covington, left me a message on my Facebook page to tell me that I had won for my entry in the tragedy category.

How cool is that!!!

If you missed my entry, you can read it HERE.

If you missed the list of winners for the different categories, check them out on Leigh's blog HERE.

Now I am going to go do a happy dance and then crank out the medal order due this week.

Thanks to Leigh, Morgan, Cassie Mae, and Mark for an awesome blog challenge!

Monday, August 13, 2012

"What If?" Fairytale Blogfest

Today begins the "What If?" Fairytale Blogfest and I am excited to share my entry. I have had it picked out since Morgan Shamy first announced it, so imagine my surprise upon checking out her page to find that she had picked the same fairy tale. Great minds think alike! She went the way of the love story, but I am of a little darker bent and chose to join Team Tragedy. I hope you enjoy my little 300 word piece. 

What if the queen hadn't figured out Rumplestiltskin's name by the end of the 3rd day?

My Scene(exactly 300 words) 

 The ominous beat of the drums vibrated the ground beneath her feet as Queen Serena made her way toward the platform that floated amid the sea of silent spectators. Head high, she fought against the weight of her grief even as her tears made glistening tracks down her cheeks. She could feel the King’s gaze boring into her, his words at discovering the reason for their missing child imprinted in her mind forever.
          “What kind of woman barters her child to save her own life? You are a liar and a fraud, undeserving of being called queen or the mother of a prince.”
She reached the platform and turned to face the balcony overlooking the crowd.  
The drums stopped as the king stood. “Queen Serena, you are guilty of lying to your king, of false claims, and of arranging to have the heir to the kingdom kidnapped. The punishment for these charges is death by beheading. Have you any last words?” 
She met the cold eyes of her once beloved King and remembered when those same eyes filled with desire, amusement, and love for her. At her silence, the King gestured for the execution to commence. 
She knelt before the box and bent at the waist until the rough grain of the wood pressed into her cheek. As the sound of steel sliding free echoed around the courtyard, the queen broke her silence. “If I could go back, knowing where this would end, I would make the same choice.” The air whistled as the sword swung toward her, but she continued to speak. “Having you love me and having these few precious months with our son is worth the price.” 
            Her last thought was relief as the King surged to his feet, his grief and love written across his face.

So that's it! I hope you like my little "What if?" flash fiction.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Happy Dance!

As some of you may know, my husband and I recently purchased a trophy and award company that we are running out of our home. My husband is continuing to work his regular job as a project manager out of our home as he as done that past 3 years. Which means that I have been responsible for a busy load with the company while he sees to that. Today begins week 4, and I finally feel like I am beginning to get into a rhythm.

I even managed to work on my WIP last week!

Seriously! Unbeknownst to us, we purchased the company a week before the 2nd most busy time of the year for our company. So not only have I been trying to learn how to do everything, but I have also been trying to crank out the load of orders that have come in. It was overwhelming the first week. My WIP was spared barely a thought. The second week I thought about it with nostalgia. This coming week, I might get to spend a couple hours on it each day if I manage my time well.

My non-writer friends don't understand how incredibly happy this makes me, so I thought I'd share it with you, bloggy friends and fellow writers. So picture for a minute my joy as I do a happy dance complete with a couple pirouettes, a fist pump(or two), and a tush wiggle. *grin*

The company that I hated the first week, doesn't seem so bad now that I get time once again for my beloved writing.

Do you have obligations and responsibilities that take away from your writing? Do you find yourself resenting them like I first did this new company of ours? How have you managed your time so that it all works?