Monday, November 26, 2012

Coming Up

I have three awesome writers joining me here in the first week of December. I'm very excited to have all of them on my blog. So make sure to come back and check them out!

Until then, I will probably not be around much. (Well, here anyway. I still plan to be visiting other blogs as much as I can.)

I've gotten a lot of revising done on two different novellas and I'm feeling pretty good about where I am.

One of them is sent out to betas right now and I'm hoping to have the other one ready for that soon. One thing I've learned, I overuse the word 'that' a LOT. But, after a search and find, I have killed many, and plenty of wases, too. Next to go is 'just.'

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. (Or, for those of you across the pond, a great weekend.) :)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cool News

My short story, Seeing Red, is going to be included in Pugalicious Press's YA steam punk anthology Real Girls Don't Rust. I am super excited about this one. :) I love YA, I love steam punk, I get to use my real name with it.  Plus, it gives me an excuse to make some steam punk jewelry for a giveaway. :)

But the really cool thing is that when I posted this news on FB by sister-in-law told me how awesome her daughter thinks it is to have a real writer in the family.

And she meant me.

I still can't call myself 'a writer.' I mean, I can here, where people understand and don't think I'm crazy. But in the real world I would never introduce myself that way. It's pretty cool that my nine-year-old niece thinks of me as a writer, and is proud of that.

I told her I had better get to work and not disappoint!

Thanks, Hannah, for the awesome pick-me-up!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Critiques Welcome

Oh who am I kidding? Critiques begged for! Please, if you have a chance, hop over to Falling For Fiction and take a look at the first page of my zombie novella, Flesh Eating Zombies and Evil Ex-Girlfriends.

A zombie picture, just for fun. :) This is from our high school spring play last year.

Any critique would be highly appreciated! Thanks!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Top Commenters Award

The lovely Linda C. at Excuse Me While I Note That Down (isn't that a great title for a writer's blog?) gave me the Top Commenters Award. Thank you so much Linda! This one really means a lot to me. I want to be a good commenter. I want to get around and be supportive of everyone. (And, to be honest, I haven't been great about it lately. Sorry! Life's so crazy right now.)

I'll be passing this one along to:

Angela Cothran
Patsy Collins
Heather H.

Have a great weekend everyone! My best friend and I are 'auditioning' 2nd and 3rd graders today. (They'll all get a part.) I'm so excited to be directing with my bestie, plus both of our daughters will be in the play. Fun!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


A big thank you to Alex for hosting this month after month. It is such a wonderful thing.

I'm afraid I am feeling more than normally insecure at the moment. I am currently revising two novellas to resubmit. I am terrified that I won't be able to make either one good enough. That I'm going to work on them, fret, work some more, end up sending them eventually (they aren't even close yet) then realize all the stuff I should have changed, then get a big fat no.

I know that all I can do is keep working at them until I'm happy and hope for the best. But I hate being so close, knowing I'm still so far away!

On a totally unrelated note, I had to hold back tears this morning when I saw that the marriage amendment in MN didn't pass. Happy tears. (For those who aren't in MN, which is pretty much all of you, ;) we were voting to put it into our state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.) It was wonderful to get on FB and see the happiness of the people in my life whom this affects far more than me.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Thank You!

The "I'm Thankful for My Readers" bloghop is being hosted by the wonderful Tara Tyler and Viklit. It's such a lovely idea, I had to join in. I'll start by thanking Tara and Viklit for hosting it! You girls rock!

I want to give a big thank you to my blog readers. (Honestly, I still can't believe I have any blog readers.)

When I started this blog I had no idea what to expect. I never could have foreseen meeting so many wonderful, supportive people. This writing community amazes me. I have learned so much since I started blogging and have been inspired over and over again.

I've met several amazing CPs and have been thrilled to get their feedback and see my writing improve with their help. To anyone who's taken the time to read and critique my writing, THANK YOU!

One would think that the time it takes to blog, and read other blogs, would take away from my writing time. But I have written so much more since I started blogging almost a year ago.

I've accomplished so much more.

I have so much more confidence that I can do this.

And it is because of you.

Thank you.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Halloween Pictures, Just for Fun

This is the dress I made. :)


He was the orange ninja turtle. Ten points
if you know which one that is. ;)
She wanted to be a kitty like Hemi, our calico.

My youngest as a ballerina.
Have a great weekend everyone!