I haven't written a back cover blurb in a long time, and now I remember why. It's like trying to thread chunky yarn through a tiny sewing needle. You know theoretically how it's done, you've even seen other people do it, but no matter how many times you rewrite the damn thing, it all just sucks, your fingers are bleeding, the yarn is in knots, and now you've gotwriting rage.
I’m a day late
for my IWSG post, and I apologize. Got back from the holidays, which I spent
most of it sick in bed, but I’m now, finally, feeling better. This is the
second year in a row I’ve spent the holidays with the flu. I think this is my
body telling me I’m allergic to holiday cheer. Makes sense. :P
like to take this moment to congratulate the winners of the IWSG Anthology
contest, BRAVO!! But also congratulate everyone who submitted and who is part
of the IWSG Anthology book. It’s not always easy putting ourselves out there so
bravo to all of you as well.
marks the beginning of a new year (duh) and this year I’d like to do something
different. In the past I’ve kinda turned my nose to the idea of making a New Years
resolution, because lets face it, most of them fizzle out by spring and you end
up feeling like crap by the end of the year because, you didn’t accomplish what
you set out to do…. But now, I’m thinking that might not be the best way to
look at it, because for those who do make new years resolutions, at least, for
a few days, weeks, months, they’re setting goals, and doing their best to
achieve them, which is far better than not setting any goals at all. So, I’m
ignoring my grumpy-ass self, and have decided to make a new years resolution ….
Actually, I’ve made a whole page of resolutions (I figured the more I make, the
greater the chance I accomplish at least one or two by the end of the year! Ha,
see I’m using the ole noodle….:P )
One of my
New Years resolutions is to set monthly writing goals. And I’m starting today.
My goals for January are to one, post regularly to my blog and two, find a home
for my short story. Last year, I wrote a short for an anthology that never made
it off the ground, so instead of sitting on it, I’m going to see if I can get
it published some where online, find a home for it, if you will. That means, I’m
actually going to have to submit my story! EEEEEKKKKK!!! *paper bag, deep
what kind of progress I can make by February. *crossing fingers and toes
Ok, that’s I
for me today. Hope every one had a great holiday and a wonderful New Year and
congratulations again for all you winners of the IWSG contest!!!!!!
I recently read an article on iO9 that talked about Luc Besson's newest passion project, a movie he has waited his whole life to make, and it's scheduled to come out next summer: Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets.
One of the reasons he has waited so long to make this film, is because the technology he needed to bring the movie to life, wasn't ready. He said it wasn't until the movie Avatar was released, that he realize he could begin working on Valerian. He also mentioned that James Cameron was very open about the making of Avatar and invited Luc to the set during production, which I think is pretty cool. But that's beside the point. The point I'm trying to make is this-- when Luc Besson watched Avatar his reaction wasn't what you'd expect.
“When I [Luc Besson] saw Avatar for the first time, I took the script for Valerian and I threw it into the garbage and I started again,” he said. “Literally, I was depressed. I was happy for the film and him, because I like [Cameron] a lot, but totally depressed. Threw it away. Wait for a month. And then say, ‘Okay, start again.’ So I start again. And I’m happy because it’s better. I was right to throw it away."
This is an important reminder that no matter how attached we are to our stories, successful writers know when it's time to let it go and they're not afraid to start over. No matter how painful or depressing, Luc Besson didn't give up. He had a dream. He was patient. He was inspired. Then he rewrote the whole damn thing. And from what fans have said after seeing the first footage from this movie at the San Diego Comic-Con, Valerian sounds very promising. But what's more important is that Luc himself is happier with the new script.
As writers, we sometimes need that same courage, that same drive to do what's necessary to produce the very best. And sometimes that means throwing it all out and starting over.
This week marks the end of our B&B season. I've waved good bye to our last clients, locked the doors, and let out a big sigh. I'm always a bit sad when the season ends, no more meeting and chatting with interesting people. No more getting up at 6:30am to bring them breakfast, no more washing tons of towels and bed sheets. No more ironing duvet covers, pillow covers, and fitted sheets.... or waiting tirelessly for clients to arrive who are almost always late and never call ahead ....
Yeah, did I say sad? My bad. I meant....
and maybe a bit of.....
But what this really means is that I'll be doing a lot more of this >>>> WRITING and PLOTTING and BLOGGING, OH MY! I hope you all manage to find the time to write, sometimes it comes in waves, for me that means high tide every 6 months. The trick is, making the best of the time you do get for writing. Happy writing everyone and see you all soon on the blogosphere!
************************** Thank you to everyone in the IWSG. I'm posting away from home and have limited internet connection, but I'll be visiting everyone when I get back tomorrow!
I posted this on facebook a few days ago but I thought it'd be perfect for today's IWSG post. It's a short video focused more on art and drawing, but the underlying message can be applied to writing, heck to just about anything in life worth doing. If you want to succeed, you have to stick it out to the end, cross the finish line, complete your project.
And here's the kicker... it doesn't have to be perfect.
Let's repeat that again.... It doesn't have to be perfect. That part comes later.
So, for those of you like me who stress over the imperfections to the point we never really get anywhere, here's a wet slap in the face.
I haven't written anything for, well, more than I'd like to admit. I could list a bunch of excuses, work, kids, etc,. But the real reason is this:
Every time I try to write, Ick ( manifestation of my Inner Critic) hops onto the keyboard with open jaws and nips at my fingertips and laughs at my pathetic contribution to the written word. And let me tell you, it hurts typing with this little bastard snapping away at each word, phrase, paragraph, page or idea. Writing this post was particular painful and required several band-aids. I may have passed out once or twice from blood loss......
Anyway, Ick has been bullying me for too long now and frankly, I've had enough. So, instead of avoiding Ick, or pretending he doesn't exist, I've decided to make peace with him, embrace him, and take him with me on vacation. Ick shall travel with me for a few weeks and he will either become my best writing buddy, or get smashed somewhere between Paris and Florence. ;) I've shut off comments because I can't visit today, but I do thank you for stopping by, wish I could do the same but I'm a terrible blogger during the summer. However, things should get easier for me when our B&B season closes, end of September. So until then, I wish you all a safe, productive, and inspiring summer whether you're on vacation or not. And if you happen to have an Ick like me who doesn't want to play nice or go on vacation, then try kicking it in the teeth. ;)
By now I'm sure many of you have seen and heard of this awesome anthology scheduled to be released by the end this month: The Thing That Turned Me. It's an anthology put together by the very talented and super sweet Randi Lee, who blogs over at http://emotionalnovel.blogspot.fr and www.randileewrites.com.
This reveal is especially exciting for me because out of all the wonderful authors contributing to this book, guess who gets to be one of them?! Me!
But....but.... you wouldn't know it if you looked it up on Goodreads.
What? Tell me it isn't so!!!!
I know, crazy. Let me explain.
I got on-board early with this anthology, had my story written and accepted, and even though I'm listed on the contributors list on Randi's website, I'm not listed as a contributing author on the Goodreads anthology page. When I noticed the omission about a month ago, I contacted Randi about it who in turn, contacted the folks at Gr. I know she's done her best to get it fixed but to this day, my name still doesn't appear as one of the authors of the book. And to be honest, it's really starting to bug me. *shakes fist at Gr*Goodreads gets a lot of traffic, and having your name on a banner or badge just isn't the same as being listed as an author on Goodreads, hence the bittersweet reveal. I know it'll get fixed--eventually, but it kinda sucked out some of the excitement I had for this reveal. C'est la vie, and I'll just have to pour myself another glass of wine. ;)
(UPDATE: I just checked GR today 8/3/16, and my name is finally listed! Thank you to whoever got that fixed. :) ) Anyway, until things get fixed, I'll just have keep admiring this awesome cover, designed by the very talented Harper L. Jameson. And you know what's extra cool about the cover? The hourglass. I didn't see the cover until well after my story was finished and accepted for the anthology, that's important because in my story there's a whole section where I talk about hourglasses. Here's a little excerpt from my story, Deadly Encounters: *******
The Time Dealer The old man twitches his nose. The smell hits him first and every time, it makes his mouth water. Desperation. The taste of sweet, uninhibited, mouth watering desperation. But, it’s the sound of the unusual fabric skirting the worn wooden slats in the floor that makes his ageless eyes turn up. “Huh.” The old man leans back in his chair and wipes his bottom lip with a gnarled thumb. He is surrounded by countless hourglasses of all types, sizes, and colors. They hang in suspension from floor to ceiling in a room that has no end. Some hourglasses are large and ornate while others are small and modest, but no two are alike. The only thing they have in common is that they’re all running out of time. “So, the God among mortals has finally graced me with his presence. To what do I owe this unexpected pleasure?”
Below is the trailer, blurb and complete list of amazing authors and titles of The Thing That Turned Me, taken from the facebook page:
Cover Reveal: May 1, 2016 Book Release: May 31, 2016
A diverse group of authors, bloggers, speakers and editors has come
together to bring you a unique collection of writings: “The Thing that
Turned Me,” an anthology revolving around the people, places and things
in our lives that ‘turn’ us, or cause us to change in some way.
A patchwork quilt of talent collaborates on this new and exciting
project, inviting a singular synergy to the anthology that will leave
you turning pages without delay. Works within the anthology range from
Science Fiction and Fantasy to Creative Non-Fiction, and beyond. Poetry
blends with prose in this variegated ensemble of stories, poems and
“The Thing That Turned Me” will be available for paperback and ebook purchase on May 31, 2016.
S. Katherine Anthony (hold) Imani Allen “Rehema” Michelle Athy “The Disappearance of Miss Mary Dawkins” Madalyn Beck “Hard to Love” Diane Carlisle “The Window” Alex J. Cavanaugh “CassaDawn” Crystal Collier “The Shadow King’s Pet” Cathrina Constantine “Rising Star~Falling Heart” Michael Di Gesu “Through Shades of Gray” Tonja Drecker “A Glowworm” Deanie Humphrys-Dunne “The Journey” Sherry Ellis “Finding My Voice” Elise Fallson “Deadly Encounters” Heather M. Gardner “Before We Break” Samantha Redstreake Geary “Don’t be Koi” Misha Gerrick “Ryan” Krystal Hillsman “To the Last Love of My Life” Celeste Holloway “Shadows Falling on Rainbows” Harper L. Jameson “The Blanket” Randi Lee “Off the Horse” Terrance Dwayne Mack “When I Went Crazy” K.D. Martin “Invariant” Tyrean Martinson “Letting Go: A Siren Song” Melissa Maygrove “Malice” Nana Prah “Finding the Light” Christine Rains “George and the Dragon” Melanie Schulz “The Reader” Elizabeth Seckman “Shifting Sands” Tara Tyler “The Day Dave Broke the Internet” Michelle Wallace “Shades of Deception” L. Diane Wolfe “Revelation” Roland Yeomans “Wednesday’s Child”
Well, that's it for me today.Thanks to everyone who has taken part in putting this anthology together, it's exciting and I can't wait for release day. And, thank YOU all for stopping in. I know I haven't been around much this year blogging wise, it's been a difficult year for me in many ways, just know I'll get through it one way or another--I miss visiting you all terribly!
After being closed for winter, our B&B has reopened for spring and summer. This is a good thing but also a mega time-suck, of the black hole variety. I try to get some writing done, but it's really hard and I'm finding myself giving into my old demons that have me writing well into the night, which is very, very bad.
Plus, I'm backed up with the laundry, the house is a disaster (though that's not much different than normal), the kids are on vacation, and this is my living room... it's been like this for like the last 4 days. And to be honest it'll probably stay like that for another 6. weeks. *hangs head in shame.
So I'm stuck pondering the following:
How in the figure-skating Hell am I to find time to write?
TELL ME HOW!!!
I don't even have time to put some colors on!
The life of a disorganized, frazzle-brained writer is so ....
Oh look. Dinner is ready.
Happy IWSG day and A-Zing to all participating, I miss you all....