Friday, August 29, 2008
That was a big one. I had what I considered a really good scene, but when you submit 250 words, it only shows an itty bitty part of that scene. So what did I do? Try and squeeze as much as I could into 250 words, editing down until I completely messed up the flow of the story. STUPID! Note to self...don't do that again!
Since I have now stopped banging my head on the desk, I will also add that I learned more from the contest, as I usually do. You can really tell the difference between people who crit your work by what they read and/or write.
The comments from those unfamiliar with Historical Romance really made some false assumptions based on a "preconceived notion" that characters and plots were all the same. They aren't...just like with any other genre, they vary according to the writer. I had one comment that stated:
"Why is it that half of the historical fiction out there focuses on a girl behaving unseemly? The men are wealthy, rakish, and handsome and all the girls just dying to kick their knickers off."
Now, while I appreciate the time this writer spent to read and give me feedback, it's hard for me to understand how he/she could make that assumption. If a girl crawling around a garden, at her OWN home, trying to repair damage that she inadvertently caused by a practical joke gone awry, means that she is "dying to kick off her knickers", I missed something. Of course the men are handsome and rakish...it's a romance novel! Wealthy? Not my guy...another wrong assumption. They shouldn't be PERFECT!
I don't want to appear ungrateful, because I love feedback, even when I don't agree with it. It makes me look at the writing to see how that assumption could be made if it's inaccurate. On the same token, I'm not going to sweat it if a few people don't "get it" or flat out don't like the work. ***Not everyone will think I am the creative genius that I claim to be!
So back to revisions again! Another benefit from these contests...MOTIVATION!
***If you didn't receive the email, newspaper clipping, or see the billboard by the highway...SORRY! I will tell you now...I am freaking brilliant! (j/k)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Here are the rules:
1. The winner can put the logo on their blog
2. Link the person you received your award from
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you’ve nominated.
So, my seven nominees are (in no particular order):
1. Monkey Toe Momma - http://mommahasmonkeytoes.blogspot.com/ Corrine cracks me up. She and her family are GORGEOUS! She always has some minor drama (i.e. chocolate milk keyboards, cell phones in water).
2. Mrs.4444 - http://www.halfpastkissintime.com/ If you haven't ever been to Mrs. 4444's blog, you don't know what you're missing! She is Wisconsin's answer to Martha Stewart with a personality (and her Mom is such a gem).
3.Literal Dan - http://literaldan.blogspot.com/ One-Eyed Dan is a heck of an intellectual stay-at-home Dad. It's so great to see a MAN have to suffer through toddlers!
4. Authoress - http://misssnarksfirstvictim.blogspot.com/ This is one of my favorite sites. Authoress is a writer who has created such a positive community for other writers. I won't be offended if she doesn't post this award, but I felt she deserved it regardless.
5. Wifey - http://wifeyshouse.blogspot.com/ Can I have your autograph? Smart, funny and really hot for a mom (I mean that in a totally non-lesbian way).
6. Christy - http://www.heavyonthecaffeine.com/ What can I say? Christy is a super-blogger! She has a gift, and I can't wait to see her get busy on a manuscript.
7. Scott Eagan - http://scotteagan.blogspot.com/ Once again, I don't expect this award to ever see the pages of his blog. That being said, Scott Eagan takes his time (like so many other's in the publishing arena) to give writers advice. Thanks for all the great info!
Friday, August 22, 2008
I was tagged by Monkey Toe Momma http://mommahasmonkeytoes.blogspot.com/ .
The Rules Are:
"Tell us/me/the world 10 interesting/random/quirky/normal/silly things about yourself … things you’re looking forward to, things about you personally, whatever you want."
1. I am completely ADD...I'll throw random thoughts at you faster than you can catch them.
2. I hyper-focus when I read a good book, and will rarely put it down until I finish it (not good on the eyes).
3. My calendar looks like a scratch pad. I have something written on almost EVERY day, and it's ALL kids/school crap (Even the weekend).
4. I am an obsessive blog READER, not so much in the way of posting, but I do comment on other's blogs daily...do I get points for that?
5. This is the first time in 14 years that I have not had ANY kids home the entire day (I know I posted this before, but I'm just so danged excited about it)!
6. Talk with a Scottish burr, and I am putty...putty I say (my husband refuses to even try, although I did win a bet and make him wear a kilt for a week...wooohooo 6'5" of leggy man)!
7. My mom is my best friend. I do have other friends, but my mom wins for longevity, she's put up with me longer than my other friends.
8. I never want to be rich and famous. I just want to be a published author and have people actually read my work, and enjoy it (okay,I'll admit that I want to be asked to autograph my book too).
9. I never went to college, well, I never graduated, there was that ONE semester. I think that's why I am so adamant that my own children go. It is a priority...BIG one.
10. I am very laid back. Not much bothers me. I am usually not prone to emotional outbursts and rarely cry (unless it's a sad movie, then bring Kleenex!).
Okay, I'm supposed to tag other people, but I figure if you wanna do the meme, than by all means do it, if not that's okay too.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
BTW, this is NOT the book I read for research, although I will admit to reading this particular, uh, work of fiction. I couldn't help it, I'm weak, what can I say (I highly recommend it, but only as a coffee table book...not so much for the content as much as the cover)!
Monday, August 18, 2008
I finally decided that I would just ramble on a bit, as I tend to in "real life".
I started writing another book. It's not the second book in my series. It's actually a satire (think Dave Berry or Erma Bombeck). I have it outlined and well into 3 chapters.
I also have a few short stories that I am working on for various contests/publications.
My second Gede story was published and came out this month, although that didn't hold near the excitement for me as the first one did.
School has started and I have most of the day to myself. IT IS FABULOUS!
I still have a TON of revisions to do on The Crichton Heir.
I still have in no way, shape or form perfected a query letter, much less a synopsis.
I research agents and read their blogs gleaming any tid bit of info that I can.
***Every once in a while, I post something that is understandable.
***The last post was a Lazy Bloggers Post Creator...I really didn't write it. I had a friend comment that she didn't understand anything I had written. I suppose I didn't make it clear enough that I was merely playing around!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Holy Snapping Duck Do! I just got slapped with a wet salmon - really - I have not updated this since people stopped clapping and Tinkerbell died... You would not believe the fairy dust I have to clean up. Truly!
I am lost in a sea of pseudo-olde-english with an awfully big adventure, driving from one end of the city to the other, just generally being of great concern to society in general, my day is a nightmare I would like to wake up from the second I am woken by murderous Teletubbies to I am begging my kid to go to sleep or so help me God that kid will be decorating my wall, 'Duct tape still life'. I am putting money aside so I can run away. I wish you could be here to share it.
I swear on the bones of my ancestors I will update you with my nefarious activities as soon as I get a chance. Seriously! Don't hold your breath though, you're likely to turn blue..