Monday, November 30, 2015
Friday, November 6, 2015
So it's November 6th, and I have less than 1667 words on my novel. It's not that I don't have anything to write, it's just that I can't unblock myself and open up the page. I don't know why--it's just another way I self-sabotage my dream of having a novel published.
I'm not giving up yet. I still have lots of time to make up those 10,000 words, and I know once I get into the zone, I'll crank those words out without a problem.
In the meantime, I thought I would share this recipe I posted back in 2011. I need it.
- With a big hook, mix ingredients until a stiff dough forms. Sprinkle generously with the desired number of characters, and roll out onto a 12-font, double-spaced board.
- Knead for 1,667 words daily, allowing the dough to rise a little each day.
- Place in a large pan, well-coated with positivity.
- Bake at room temperature until dough reaches 50,000 words, or when done.
- Enjoy with a warm beverage of satisfaction and accomplishment.
Friday, October 30, 2015
It's my favorite holiday, but this year, I'll be dressing up as a housekeeper as I do my laundry and clean my house for the upcoming Christmas Season.
At midnight, I'll be in front of my computer, typing up 1667 words for my NaNoWriMo novel. We'll talk about that another time.
Today's post is a fun quiz, courtesy of Grammarly, for you all to try:
Which Literary Monster Are You?
Here are my results:
Pennywise is only one manifestation of the terrifyingly adaptable alien monster It. The title character of Stephen King's "It" has the ability to morph into any number of beings in order to lure in victims and to appropriately terrify them prior to feasting. It is most horrifically remembered as the disturbing clown Pennywise, who would draw children close to him with this disguise before attacking the innocents.
This result is funny since I'm terrified of clowns and IT was the most terrifying book I've ever read. I'm sure there's some kind of psychological link between the quiz result and my inner fears.
In any case, I'm curious which 'monsters' read my blog, so be sure to share your results in the comments.
Have a Happy Halloween!
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Ever go to a conference and think, "I wish I had more one-on-one time with agents/editors?" Wish granted. #writetip http://t.co/FUuEfvsjry— Veronica Park (@VeroniKaboom) September 28, 2015
Well, I've never been to a writer's conference. It's on my bucket list, but I can't seem to muster enough courage to go by myself, and all my writing friends live too far away. But yeah! Who wouldn't want one-on-one time with agents and editors? Especially when you've got two completed novels, and you're seeking agent representation.
So, I clicked on the link, and this is what I found:
The Work Conference--A Boutique Writer's Conference. March 18-20, 2016 in NYC
WHO WE ARE
An inaugural writers’ conference focused on giving 30 fresh voices in adult or YA literature unprecedented access to the agents, editors and industry experts who can help make dreams come true.
The Work is all about details. From attendees to agents to lunch menus, the weekend’s finer points have been carefully considered and hand-selected.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A weekend of intensive attention to your novel, innovative programming, inspired revision, strong coffee, and big fun.
They had me at 'strong coffee.' No, but seriously. They had my attention. Only 30 attendees? That's basically a private writing conference!
Of course, with such a small number of attendees, simply signing up is not an option. Writers must submit the first ten pages of a completed/almost completed novel, a query letter, and a $50 application fee. If selected, the fee will go towards the tuition of $1200.
My first thought at seeing the fees was, "Yikes!" but honestly, I think the program is well worth the price. Of course, I don't have that kind of money right now, but that's just logistics.
So. I applied. The worst thing that could happen is that I don't get chosen. I'll still get feedback on my submission and get a discount to apply next year. The best case scenario would be that I do get chosen.
The conference is being held in NYC, which isn't very far from me, but I moved away from Urban NJ and settled in Rural NJ almost 25 years ago. The last time I was in the city was when my Best-Writing-Friend-Forever, Courtney came to visit. Two Small Town Writers in One Big City That was three years ago!! I have lost all sense of direction in the Big Apple and considering the conference highlights start at 8 am, there is no way I could stay home and attend the conference. If I get chosen, there would be a hotel stay involved. I know, I know--that means more money. Logistics.
They say that thinking positively and imagining the desired outcome helps manifest your desires. I already have everything planned out in my head. I'll worry about the finances when the time comes.
Want to join me? Check it out! The Work Conference Tell them I sent you. Wish me luck!
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
It was a short work week, thank goodness! 96 degree heat wears me out--unless I'm sitting on a tropical beach with a frozen drink in my hand, my toes in the sand, and listening to a steel drum band. Sigh. Sorry. I was distracted for a moment.
The day job has been keeping me on my toes. I hardly have time for social media during the day which is a bummer. But I've been enjoying the contests and interactions on twitter. Do you follow me? I'm @deestan62 Do I follow you?
Anyway, I recently participated in #pg70pit and #pitchwars and just finished doing #pitmad. These contests are guaranteed to give you anxiety and the need to stalk twitter. They're fun though, and I learned a few things. #pitmad taught me how to pitch my book in 140 characters (Including the pitchmad hashtag and genre.)
It wasn't an easy task but I was lucky enough to stir up some interest for THE CLOVER KEY from a book publisher and an agent. I feel truly blessed, considering the staggering number of writers who joined in.
All of that twitter excitement left me with a bit of a social media hangover. Even so, I've been trying to stay current by posting Facebook statuses on my author page as well as my business page.
But then, I remembered what today's date was. Of course, I'm talking about 9/11.
There are so many heartbreaking stories, and although it happened 14 years ago, and I was 60 miles away from the towers that day, I'll never forget. In my younger days, I worked there and played there, and while listening to the reports on tv, I was able to fully visualize the interior of those buildings. I was horrified, imagining what those people endured. I cried for days and was unable to tear myself from the television screen. I still feel the same grief I felt that day whenever I see videos or hear 9/11 stories. I'm a mess even as I wrote this post.
So, I will be limiting my social media presence today to keep my sanity, but I will NEVER FORGET.