Thursday, February 23, 2017

What Writing Rules Should You Ignore?

A few years back, as a newbie to novel writing and publishing, I garnered wheelbarrows full of advice, both advice I sought and some well-meaning advice freely imparted without my appeal for it.

It's come from many sources, from the best of the best, and even those who don't actually have any notable writing credits. As a novice, I took it all in, and took it to heart.

Countless times I was told:
  • Put your butt in chair and write! 
  • When it comes to show vs. tell, show, show, show. Telling is lazy writing. 
  • The use of adverbs is a sign of weak writing.
  • To be taken seriously, you must write everyday! (Someone on Twitter went so far as to tell me to write 'until your fingers bleed.' Hey, I do love to write, but come on!)
Many other wisdoms have been conveyed to me, too many to go into, but it was with a huge sigh of validation when today I came across Author Catherine Egan's post on Writer's Digest: "7 Writing Rules You Can Ignore."

This post fits nicely in with my personal motto, "All things in moderation." Our lives are filled with many, many choices. A little restraint and purposeful action go a long way.

Be careful what advice you heed. Almost all of the often-repeated and praised 'truths of the craft,' can be disproved when a writer creates with deliberate intention. 

7 Writing Rules You Can Ignore





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Sunday, February 5, 2017

A #WintersRespite #Readathon - Wrap Up

Best laid plans and all that…



I had 4 books on my TBR for the #WintersRespite readathon, but got through 3… well, considering I gave up on Grey early on, only 2.

However, I did an editing read-through of my own book Keeping Claudia—131,000 words. (Happy to report, that little beauty is safely in the hands of my new editor.)


But I loved, loved The Hunger Games! I've already picked up the second in the series, Catching Fire and plan to start it ASAP!!
Poor And the Mountains Echoed has once again been pushed aside... 
(Note to self: Read that book before the summer!)

Check out other Wrap Up comments at Seasons of Reading

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Keeping Claudia Update

Get your tissues ready



I found myself crying as I finished re-reading my edit copy of Keeping Claudia. These characters have come to mean so much to me, they're like family.

It looks like release will be… (fingers crossed) sometime in April. I really hope you guys will love this story as much as I do.

Your Song sung by Lee Mead (originally by Elton John) was a strong inspiration during the writing.

A little fun with Wordle.com

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Winter's Respite Readathon: The Picks

Readathon Picks


Here's my list of possible suspects for the next 2-weeks:


1st Up was War of the Heart (A Snow Globe Christmas) by Jenna Victoria. Finished it and reviewed in earlier post. Visit post here.

2nd Up is Grey by E.L. James. The subject and genre is a complete departure from the last book I read, War of the Heart, but it does have a Christian in it! I've been curious about this one for some time and decided it was time to see if the story could hold up to the success of the previous ones. So far, I'm not impressed…

3rd Up is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I know what you're thinking: What's taken you so long to get around to this one, Suzanne? Everyone has read this already, eons ago! And that is exactly why it's on my list, thank you very much.

4th Up is And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. This one's been sitting around my house gathering dust, watching other books come and go. While I thoroughly enjoyed both Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, for some reason, I pass over this one every time I'm looking for something to read. Well, no more excuses… unless I just can't get to it before the 2 weeks are up. We'll just have to see, won't we?

I'll be mighty impressed with myself if I get through all of these, 'cause this author (yeah, that's me) has her own writing to do. I'm editing my 2nd novel to send to my editor. Wish me luck!

What have I written? I'm glad you asked. Check out Saving Toby here.

The deets in case you missed them on my earlier post: 


Michelle over at Seasons of Reading is hosting this readathon, Jan. 16-29. 
It's 2 weeks long, but don't stress, you can read as much or as little as you like. You don't even have to participate the whole 14 days! 
Best of all, it's free and you can win prizes!

Care to join us?

To check it out and sign up, head on over to Seasons of Reading: http://seasonsreading.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-winters-respite-readathon-time-to.html

You can also check out #WintersRespite on Facebook
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

A Winter's Respite Readathon 2017

Winter is the perfect time for readathon!

If you're like me, you probably have a huge TBR that needs taming.


Michelle over at Seasons of Reading is hosting this readathon, Jan. 16-29. 
It's 2 weeks long, but don't stress, you can read as much or as little as you like. You don't even have to participate the whole 14 days! 
Best of all, it's free and you can win prizes!

Care to join me?

To check it out and sign up, head on over to Seasons of Reading: http://seasonsreading.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-winters-respite-readathon-time-to.html

You can also check out #WintersRespite on Facebook.


UPDATE 1/17

I guess I should make a reading list, because everyone knows to be successful at anything, one really needs to set goals (or at the very least, have a plan!)

Last night, I finished my first book, "War of the Heart" by new author Jenna Victoria.
The story takes place in a contemporary setting, and then, through time travel, the couple, Louise and George travel back to Great Britain during Christmas 1940. Great setting with WWII raging through the streets and everyone fearing for their lives and having to ration food and goods on a daily basis. What I loved most was the abundance of interesting little details about that time period, things I'd never known.
The book is Christian Romance, not a genre I've read before, but it was extremely well written and I really enjoyed it!
My rating:
I'll be back tomorrow, armed with my reading list goals!


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Saturday, September 17, 2016

How many people will smile today because of you?

photo courtesy of Morguefile.com

A challenge


In our busy, fast-paced world, I'd like to offer you this challenge: Make a conscious effort to make the people you come across during your day smile. 

My husband is a natural smile-maker, and a champion of making people feel good about themselves. He has a smile, a greeting, and kind words for everyone he meets during his day — the clerk at the deli, the men and women he sees briefly, who sign work orders — and he's liable to break into song and dance at any given time, around perfect strangers. Because of this, many, many people enjoy his company.

I find the more I smile, the more uplifted and positive I feel at the end of the day. It's such a good feeling, I wish everyone could experience it. The truth is, a smile is such a simple, easy thing to share.

In case you need a few suggestions, try these:
  • Smile and say good morning, hello, or have a great day!
  • Not only hold the door for someone, but step back and let them go first.
  • Say something nice about someone's clothes or hair style
  • Tell them a funny story or a joke
  • Make eye contact and smile!
You don't need to be a clown, or break into song like my husband, but have some fun with it, or just smile. I bet you'll be surprised with the overall positive responses you get. And notice, too, how making someone smile has the bonus effect of making you feel pretty darn good! 
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