Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Inspiration

I lost track of time and forgot to post my Monday post yesterday, so it's a Tuesday post this week. *sheepish grin* Better late than never, right?!

The ugly fish man creature surged toward me through the eerie green water, a sharp coral knife in each hand. The portal, my only hope for returning home, stood on the other side of him. I pushed against the water to propel myself backwards in a vain attempt to dodge the bite of his weapon. He moved like the viper of my homeland, quick and without mercy. Time slowed as he loomed closer, his right hand arcing toward my chest. My heart thundered in my ears as my thoughts splintered. Part of me wondered how it was I breathed under water, another part wondered that mermen weren’t as handsome as I’d always imagined, and still another part continued to watch the knife move closer. My mind gathered itself as the tip of the knife sliced through the odd seaweed shirt I wore. Just as I braced to feel the sting of its bite, I woke up.
            I sat up in my bed, breathing hard. My hand shook as I pushed the hair out of my face.  My husband lay next to me, the soft rhythm of his breathing reassuring me that my death was only part of the dream. I reached over to the notebook lying on my bedside table and began to write.

This, my friends, is how inspiration for a new book comes to me. Is this a familiar scenario for you? I'd love to hear about how a story idea comes to you. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Imagination

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand." 
~Albert Einstein

To me the fantasy genre is the epitome of what using your imagination is all about. Reading fantasy makes  you think 'what if' and encourages you to move past accepting what you are told. Would Einstein have received his Nobel Prize in Physics for developing his theory of general relativity without first using his imagination to 'think outside the box'? I very much doubt it. 

As a child, fantasy stories helped me learn to question the world around me. My mom might have told me that the wardrobe leading to Narnia was simply a figment of C.S. Lewis' imagination, but I still wondered if she could be wrong. This one is still up for debate. *grin*

 I firmly believe that when  your perceptions of reality are blurred as a child, that is the absolute best time for creativity to blossom. When creating my fantasy worlds, I feel the closest to that blurred reality of my childhood. 

What is your favorite quote? Why do you write the genre you write? 


How about that wardrobe? Where  do you think it could be hidden?

Monday, July 16, 2012

Writing Goals

I am a goal setter and have been since I was a child. I just work better if I have something I am working towards.

During high school my goal was getting into college. During college it was getting my degree. After college it was being a good wife and mommy. I have goals to complete by my 30th birthday, goals for my family, and goals for my writing group.

It only makes sense that I would make a list of goals when I started writing a year and a half ago. So I thought I'd share it with you.

Sabrina's Writer Goals
1. Get better at editing. 
2. Be offered a contract by a major publisher.
3. Win a contest.
4. Keynote a conference.
5. Sell my books worldwide.
6. Inspire new writers.
7. Teach new writers my hard won knowledge.
8. Learn to like editing. (Yeah, I'm not holding my breath either. *grin*)

I'm sure I'll add to this, but for now it's a good start. 

How about you? What are your goals as a writer? Have you completed any goals you had set for yourself?

Friday, July 13, 2012

Flashback Friday: 90s Fantasy


Old episodes of one of my favorite shows, Xena Warrior Princess, made me a bit nostalgic, so I thought I'd theme this Friday post: Flashback Friday and post pics of some of my favorite shows that helped develop my love of the fantasy genre in which I write. 
Having Hercules and Xena team up was awesome!

I have always been a huge fan of Greek mythology, so this show was a big hit with me as a kid. I never missed a new episode and LOVED reruns...especially marathons! Having Xena be such an awesome and beautiful female hero was an added bonus. 

On the science fiction side of things, I can remember watching Star Trek Original and my favorite, Star Trek: The Next Generation, with my mom. I have never been one to become overly obsessed to the point that I ever wanted to learn Klingon or dress in a Trek uniform, but I still enjoyed the adventures of both Captain Picard and Captain Kirk. 

Space became even more interesting when the series ROSWELL came on air. Alien teen, Max Evans(Jason Behr) made my teenage heart beat all kinds of crazy. This series, full of teenage angst and heartbreak, was something I could identify with, while still feeding my love of fantasy.  Can anyone say, 'alien version of Dawson's Creek'?! 

How about Seaquest? I loved this show!

Then there was the original vampire show, Angel? How would you like to be a consciousless vampire enjoying an existence of self-gratification and then have gypsies punish you by forcing your soul back on you for killing one of them? This one sports no glitter, but Angel was still one beautiful vampire! Angel(David Boreanaz) might be the reason I initially began watching Bones...maybe. *wink*

I could probably go on and on down memory lane, but this post would never end. What do you think about these shows that I loved? Did I just date myself horribly? Share with me a flash back of your own. I have seen many posts about what books inspired so and so to write, but I want to know what shows contributed to the love of the genre you write in?

Monday, July 9, 2012

Exercise and Editing

Last night I struggled to find motivation for my usual evening walk. I just wasn't feeling it. I wanted to plant my rear on the couch, eat another bowl of the homemade butterfinger  icrecream I had made the night before, and play on Facebook or watch a show. Definitely not one of my more shining moments. *laughs*

You know you'd have a hard time choosing a walk over this, too!!
Then I started thinking about the domino effect that would commence if I skipped the walk. One night of skipping would lead to another and another until all the progress I've made would go out the window like waste from a medieval chamber pot.  


This struggle struck me as extremely familiar and I realized only a couple of weeks before, I had struggled with lack of motivation to write because I knew I had edits that needed done. 

I HATE editing. Finding all the places I've made some grammar mistake, become repetitive, contradicted myself, or basically forgotten how to spell, really irritates me. I know I have to do it, but it doesn't mean I have to like it and it definitely doesn't bode well for my motivation.

However, I also know from experience that if I skip a week of working on it, one week will lead to another and another until it's been a month and I have made no progress.


So as you can imagine, I got my rear up and walked, just as I made myself work on edits until they were done. Now I have a finished MS and am down 6 pounds. WOOT!

Life is good!

What is your fave kind of homemade icecream? Any accomplishments you'd like to brag about? I love handing out praise!


Friday, July 6, 2012

Parts In A Novel

One of my writer friends recently read my complete novel for the first time. She loved it, of course. *grin* However, like any great critique group buddy, she had suggestions for me. One of those suggested figuring a way to break up my novel into 'parts' to help the reader realize that years are passing.

 In theory, I understand what she meant, but I wasn't sure how to actually go about doing it. So I turned to my trusty Google and this is the very helpful site it found for me.

Anatomy of a Novel

So I thought I'd share it with others of my writers friends who might understand something in a theoretical way, but like me, might need more of an explanation.


In other news, my husband and I are in the process of becoming entrepreneurs. We are buying a company called Award Solutions. So beginning in about 2 weeks or so, if you are in Oklahoma and looking to purchase trophies, medals, certificates, name tags, plaques, or anything else listed on the website, give us a call and support this fun new venture.

What is your favorite writerly reference site? Are you up to anything new? Do you own your own business(aside from writing) and have any hard won nuggets of wisdom to share with us as we embark on this new adventure?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Interview with Brandon Sanderson

If you're like me, you may be considering an afternoon nap to gear up for an evening of 4th of July festivities and fireworks at your local park. *wink* Before you seek out your pillow, head over to:


I interviewed best-selling author, Brandon Sanderson, about his follow up novel to the Mistborn Trilogy, The Alloy of Law, and I know you'll enjoy reading what he had to say.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Radical American

Stories have been created since the beginning of time to teach and entertain audiences. They have also been used to rally people for a cause. Since American's celebrate our country's independence day this week, I thought I'd focus my blog post on a writer that used his pen to support Independence in America: Thomas Paine.



Thomas Paine, one of the most radical of the founding fathers, wrote Common Sense, the best selling book in 1776. He believed so much in political, social, and economic equality about which he wrote that he never owned a slave and used his earning from the book to support the American Revolution and George Washington's army. When it seemed that the end was near and loss would be eminent, he wrote The American Crisis, in which those famous words, "These are the times that try men's souls." were penned.

So today, I'd like to salute Thomas Paine, who I believe would have liked to see how far our country has come, but who would still see many improvements we could make.

Happy Independence Day to the good old U. S. of A!