Sunday, January 27, 2013

Peep Show of The Severing

Last week was a bit hectic in my little slice of the world, and I totally forgot about my blog. *sheepish-grin*

My bloggy friends will understand, so I don't feel too guilty about this oversight. Thanks to funny writer and bloggy friend, Heather over at Minivan Momma for tagging me for the Peep Show Challenge and reminding me that I have been bloggy negligent.

The Challenge: Go to page 77 of your own book or manuscript, count down 7 lines and then list the 7 lines that follow. Then pass the challenge on to some writer buddies to do the same. My 7 lines happen to be a bit of dialogue, which I think is probably just going to be confusing, but I hope you enjoy it anyway.

Excerpt From The Severing by Sabrina A. Fish

     “The Light has indeed blessed this world,” the old woman stated, her face as still as a lake on a windless day.
     Jakys leaned toward the crystal. “What news of our high queen? Is she found? Is she safe?”
     One delicate eyebrow lifted. “She is found. I rescued her from the slave market in Nevia.”
      “Thank the Light,” Jakys sighed and relaxed back into his chair as plans for a new future for Azerea and the Lytlingum filled his head. “Train her well. Queen Damaris will not welcome her when she announces her presence to her people.”
     “It is power Damaris wants not to lose. She is not the first queen to be defeated by this fear.” Zira said, a far away look in her ancient eyes. Jakys let the silence lengthen as he studied the beautiful older woman’s sad smile, wondering which queen she remembered from her past.

It's a couple lines longer than 7, but it seemed the best place to cut off. Those that I'm passing this challenge on to are: Ashley Nixon, Darci Cole, Angela Christina Archer, & Melanie Sokol
However, if you'd like to participate, go ahead! Then let me know, so I can read your 7 lines!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Guest posting and Blog Award

I am excited this week because I'll be guest posting over on the brand new Oklahoma Women Bloggers fabulous blog on Tuesday! I was so honored to have OKWB mediator(is this the right word?) and bloggy friend, Heather Davis ask me to post for their inaugural month to kick things off. Are you a woman blogger in Oklahoma? Check it out and get to know other bloggers in our area! The theme for this month is "All Things New" so I'll be talking about my newest project, an MG novel about a boy who embarks on an adventure to discover who he is after he falls into the sea and turns into a merboy. There is even a  tiny excerpt that my 6 year old suggested I share.

I've also had the honor of being nominated by Emma L. Adams over at From the Writer's Nest for the Liebster Blog Award. This award is given to newer bloggers with less than 200 members and the purpose is to get to know them since we think they deserve it. Liebster is German for favorite. So essentially I've received the Favorite Blog Award! How cool is that!?! So without further ado, here are the rules:

1) Tell 11 things about yourself.
2) Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
3) Post 11 questions for those who will be nominated by you.
4) Nominate 11 (I've chosen 5) bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
5) Get in contact with those 11 bloggers to inform them that you nominated them.

So I guess, here goes...

11 Things About Me
      1. Most people don't realize how short I am at 5'0" until they get right next to me and have to look way down. I like to say it's because I have a 10' tall personality!
      2. I own a trophy company.
      3. I like my tea English syle.
      4. I love to scrapbook, but don't have time for it anymore. :-(
      5. This is the first year I didn't make my son's birthday cake myself. Two words: Trophy company
      6. I don't watch very much t.v.
      7. I love playing Yatzee.
      8. I've kept a journal since I was 14.
      9. I've received 4 rejections so far for my 1st MS. Rejections suck.
     10. I'm a list person
     11. I love cheap wine...Blackberry Arbor Mist, anybody?

Questions from Emma:
      1. What inspired you to start to write? Two things simultaneously, I read Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn Trilogy and I met my writer friend Ang and realized that writers were 'normal' people too.
      2. Which writers do you most admire? Brandon Sanderson, Kate Forsyth, Laurell K. Hamilton, and James Rollins.
      3. Which are your all time fave books? The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson, I could go on and on with others, but that one has impacted me the most.
      4. How do you like to spend your free time? With family, writing, or reading
      5. Fave movie? I love Cruel Intentions.
      6. Where would you love to travel to? Rome, Greece, Egypt
      7. Fave music to listen to when writing? The Eli Young Band, Muse, Paramore
      8. What are you reading now? Steve Berry's The Emperor's Tomb
      9. Tell me a random fact. I don't like milk.
     10. Your hopes for this year? To not get rejected by every agency I submit to.
     11. What inspires you? Faith in God

The People I nominate are:

Erin York, Melanie Lewis, Angela Christina Archer, Elise Fallson, Elisabeth Kaufman, and Jessica Marcarelli

My questions for those I nominate

      1. What is your current project about in one sentence?
      2. How long have you been working on it?
      3. What time of day do you prefer to write?
      4. What is one non-writing hobby?
      5. What is your fave munchy when you are writing?
      6. What is your favorite quote?
      7. Tablet or paper book?
      8. How many rejections have you received?
      9. Where do you write?
    10. Do you have rituals you must do before beginning to write?
    11. What is one of your most favorite books?

Whew! That was long, but I am done. I hope you enjoyed it.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Back to Reality

This week marked the end of an awesome vacation. (cue the tears)
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 Why was it awesome? Because I spent it writing, relaxing, and basically doing exactly what I wanted. Today, however, school was back in session and the trophy orders are once again coming in by the ton. This is good, of course. This company does pay the bills, but I still can't help but long for those 2 weeks of blissful writing for hours.

Over the break, I also got to *gasp* go to the movies and watch Les Miserables. Have you seen it? Holy Mayonnaise  that movie was incredible! How heart breaking that battle. Did Marius' friend, the rebel leader Enjolras(actor Aaron Tveit), remind anyone else of Jackson Rathbone? I think it might be the jaw. *shrug*

I hope you are handling the end of the Christmas break better than I am. Have  you seen Les Mis? Am I delusional in thinking Aaron Tveit looks a little like Jackson Rathbone?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 Goals

2013 is here and once again I've made my list of goals. But before I get into those, I'd like to reflect on last year's goals and which I accomplished and which I didn't. They were pretty simple last year.

2012 Goals
1)Have a successful year as 2012 President of Oklahoma City Writers, Inc.
2)Keep my writing a priority and rather than letting a sense of obligation for everyone else in my life shove it to the back burner.
3)Finish WIP #1
4)Pitch WIP #1 to editor at OWFI Conference in May

It was difficult at times, but I managed to meet all but 1 of these goals. #3, finish WIP #1 was a rather rediculous goal to make I now realize. Is any MS really finished? Do you ever stop going over it for something else that could be better? No? Me either. That MS is going to be worked on until the day an editor says, "Enough!" and sends it to be printed.

 For 2013, I have decided to set my goals a little higher. I want this year to be amazing and to do that I have to up the stakes.

2013 Goals
1)Submit 2 entries for the OWFI contest.
2)Submit my 1st completed MS to the long list of agents I have put together and be accepted my one of them.
3)Finish WIP #2 and at least a first draft of WIP #3
4)Successfully juggle all of that while helping grow our trophy and awards company so that in 2014 we can move it from our home office to an actual store front.

The list is much loftier than the one for 2012, but I work better when I have difficult goals to accomplish. They are lights stationed at points along this long dark tunnel called getting published and I hope that I reach each and every one of them.

How about you? Any lofty ambitions for this new year? Anyone else sad to see the Christmas break coming to an end? Good luck on reaching your goals!