Monday, September 24, 2012

Turning 30 in Style!

I turn 30 this coming Friday. Eeeekkk! I remember when I used to think that was old, but truthfully, I don't feel old now that I am staring it in the face. I actually feel more confident, beautiful, and motivated than I ever did at 18.

This last weekend, I checked off another of the items I had on my list of things to do by 30. I went skydiving.  It was SO FUN!!! The hub and I went together.

And now we are thinking about working toward the 25 jumps for an A License. How cool would it be to take our gear to other places we visit on vacation and take advantage of their skydiving facilites?!!

What do you think? Are you ready to go jump from a perfectly good airplane?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Alex J. Cavanaugh's Genre Favorites Blogfest



Genre Favorites Blogfest, September 17, 2012
One blogfest, four favorites!
List your favorite genre of:
Movie
Music
Books
And a guilty pleasure genre from any of the three categories!

I thought I'd try an light hearted and fun blogfest being hosted by Ninja Captain Alex this time around. I hope you enjoy learning a little more about me. You can visit Alex J. Cavanaugh's blog here.

My favorite genre of movie: Fantasy, of course! I especially love all of THE NEVERENDING STORY movies. 

My favorite genre of Music: Modern Country! What?!! I grew up in Oklahoma. Give me some Reba, Travis Tritt, or Carrie Underwood any day and I'll belt it out at the top of my lungs. *grin*

My favorite genre of Books: Fantasy! Brandon Sanderson's MISTBORN Trilogy being my ab-so-lute favorite!

My guilty pleasure genre for books: Paranormal Romance...I love the Anita Blake Series by Laurell K. Hamilton or REJAR by Dara Joy. One word: Wowser! (Hey, I didn't say a word you can find in Webster's book. This one is straight from Sabrina's book of words.)

Upcoming Blogfests:

    Showcase your favorite monster facts or the monster from your novel during this blogfest.

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I would like to give a huge welcome to my newest visitors and followers. Thank you so much for looking me up and coming by for a visit. I hope you'll say hello below. I appreciate you very much.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

WRiTE CLUB 2012

Feeling somewhat nostalgic tonight. The hub and I were driving with the windows down and Springsteen by Eric Church came on the radio. Suddenly, I was transported back over 6 years, to the passenger seat of that white Chevy, speeding down the interstate, my hair whipping in the wind as Billy & Shania sing 'Party for Two' and the boyfriend(now the hub) waves at me with his side mirror. 
The chorus for Springsteen came on and I looked over at the hub and smiled. When the 2nd verse started, I found myself transported back 2 years as I sway to the sound of Sugarland on stage at the Zoo Amphitheater, sticky with sweat from a hot summer evening, the hubs arms around my waist as I lean my head back against his chest. 

*sigh*

I love when a song can evoke such beautiful memories. While that one song played, I was once again living those memories. Do you have a song that does this for you?

In other news...BLOG CHALLENGES!


Last week I signed up for a new challenge. I am excited to see how my entry does. I really wish I could share my pen name...it cracks me up, but telling you would defeat the point, woudn't it?!

So visit DL Hammons here and check out the latest round of WRiTE CLUB. I look forward to seeing your comments on my entry...when it faces its first opponent!

Are you participating in WRiTE CLUB? You can still sign  up, if not!

1st Speaking Event Update:

I met with my fellow panel member today to make sure that between the two of us, we have all our material published. We have decided to have a friend video it for us so that we can share it. I am so excited nervous to start this part of my journey to being a published author. 1 week and counting!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Excising That Demon Named Doubt!

"What's the point of social media and building an author platform if you aren't published yet?" the girl in the third row said as she lowered her hand.

Heat climbed from my chest, up my neck, warming my cheeks. I cast a quick sidelong glance to my fellow panel members and could not think of a response. The audience watched me with growing skepticism. Many began to fidget. I wanted to sink into the floor.

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This was the star attraction in my recent nightmares...as in, just last night. You see, I am to appear on my first panel as a writer, albeit unpublished, at a local small conference this month. I will be talking about building an author platform.

And I. Am. Terrified.

So I thought I'd excise this fear plaguing me and use you, my dear bloggy followers, to show myself that I can actually answer this question and do it well. *grin*

So what is the point of social media before you are published? Why bother wasting good time that you could be working on your manuscript?

The answer is simple really. It takes time to build an online following. Lots of time. If you can put yourself out there, build your 'brand', your followers will buy your book because they like you. When they read your well written book, they will then love your writing as well.

So what is an author platform? A platform is how well known you are...everywhere. It is your resume. It is your 'brand'. You are your brand.

An online platform is a large piece of that. If you can put yourself out there, make people like you for you, then they are going to want you to do well. Because they like you, they'll be curious of what you write. You'll have reached them on a personal level. The more people you can reach, the more books you are likely to sell, and the more attention you'll garner from a publisher.

Publishers want authors who have done much of the publicity themselves. Gone are the days when they would coach you through what to do. In this fast paced market, you are expected to figure it out on your own. And if  you don't? Well, you probably won't do so well. Publishers just do not have the money or time to do it for  you. With online publishing, a book is hot for a short time before it better produce numbers or disappear. Sad, but true.

If you can show a publisher that you are serious about making it, that you are willing to spend time on building your public image and have it ready to go when they are considering extending you that contract, then when the time comes for a publisher to choose between you and the poor Joe/Jane with work equally as good, but no platform...well, you can see where I am going with this. *wink*

Yes, writing a good book is extremely important! But if you don't have a platform with which to promote said good work, then you may find that publishers just pass you over for someone who has both.

Building a platform before you are published IS important. So take that, little doubting demon inside my dreams. I am so not afraid of you...

...anymore.

I would like to share with those attending my panel session the blog hops and challenges that will be coming up this last half of the year. I need your help, bloggy friends. IF you know of a blog hop or challenge, please leave the name of it and a link in the comments below. THANKS!