Sunday, January 30, 2011

First Line Contest

It was a Dark and Stormy Night Blogfest Contest can be found by following the link. The winners will receive wonderful critiques from agent, Weronika Janczuk. I heard of this contest from the super blog, The Green Bathtub by A. L. Sonnicheson. Thanks, Amy, for posting this! I signed up right after you did!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

What happened? Which way did they go?

And it was such a good plan...
     I know exactly how he feels. Sometimes after I've sketched out a good plan with the characters in place, I start writing. It usually takes off at a good pace then suddenly stalls or falls apart. I ask myself, what happened? It's tough when that happens. More times than not I plow through but that usually doesn't work. I either have to go back and work on the plan or shelve it for something new and hope inspiration hits subconciously and when I pull it out again the answer will be there. It's usually not.  Luckily, my file of failed plans  isn't too large.                                                                                                                              

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

I wanted to thank Cher Green right away for this Styish Blogger award I received this morning. Later I will fullfill the requirements by choosing the ten blogger recipients throughout the day. Thank you, Cher!

The rules for accepting this award are as follows:

*Thank and link to the person who awarded you this award

*Share 7 things about yourself

*Award 5 recently discovered great bloggers

*Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award

Seven things about myself:

1. As I write this I am waiting for the tree trimmers to remove two huge branches from my 100+ year old red oak. I feel bad that I am doing this, but they hang over my roof and I have to have them trimmed off the roof every year. It's getting too expensive so out they come.
2. I have a sister who is younger and a brother who is older. It's suppose to be hard being a middle child growing up, but that surprised me when I heard about it because I never knew. ( If I'd known I might have taken advantage of it with my parents-darn)
3. I'm a choco-holic, give me a bag of Hershey's kisses and I'm a gonner!
4. I'm the great-aunt of 4! They range in age from 12, 9, 2, 1 and I love them!
5. I always wanted to write but procrastinated until I retired, now I'm having the time of my life on the quest of becoming a published author of a book. The mini-successes along the way have been joyful! So, even if I don't make it, I have great satisfaction in knowing I tried.
6. I love cats and dogs, birds and fish, and grew up with several of each. At this stage in my life, I'm grateful that I have an ornery, 18 pound feral barn cat that won't let me have another pet in the house. I've tried. At first I was horrified but now I like being responsible for just one pet.
7. I envy young writers. Writers who blog, dwell in a wonderful community of support and help. Maybe if they had them back in my non-writing days I might have started sooner. Young writers today are so lucky!

I award this award to the 5 following bloggers:

Sofia Sandoval "A Girl Named Eve"  (Sofia is not recently discovered but I feel she deserves this award)
Bess Weatherby "It's the world, dear."
Clara "Pinches of Madness"
Melissa L. Gill "Melissa Getting Published"
JoLynne Lyon "Mountain Lyon"

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Manuscript Formatting---Aacckkk!

(Picture copied from an email-unknown creator)

A writer friend and I were having a discussion/disagreement on proper format for a manuscript. She and I have different ways of formatting based on what we were told at conferences and at critique group meetings. So we decided to do a search. It was mind boggling how many bloggers and how-to sites differ in the way it should be done.

Contact information on the cover sheet only, contact information also on the first page, put the chapter title close to the heading area and start the text way down on the page, put the chapter title way down on the page and double space before starting the text.

Page numbers on the top left, page numbers on the top right, page numbers only at the bottom, put the author's name, title, and page number together, put the author's name and title together on the left, separate the page number on the right.

I could go on but since I think all of you have experienced this on your own, I won't. The two of us decided that we would stick to our own way of formatting but first we would check with the editor, agent, or publisher website for particular preferences before submitting.

The best piece of advice that one website gave, and I'm sorry I cannot give credit because I didn't make a note of it, was that the most important thing in formatting a manuscript is making it easy to read by the person receiving the submission.

I think that says it all.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dogsled Dreams by Terry Lynn Johnson

I've been fighting a head cold aggravated by an allergy. I have a vaporizer in the living room by my recliner, an afghan, and a cup of hot tea. But now I have learned what the phrase: "Good for what ails you" means.
Dogsled Dreams made me forget I was sick! I got so involved with Rebecca's desire to run a dogsled race, Jackie, a girlie-girl BFF who Rebecca thinks doesn't understand why she's not more interested in boys and makeup, tension and conflict within the family, a pinch of romance, and an ongoing mystery of sabotage that my tea got cold and I have no memory of sneezing and coughing!
Not only was the story engaging and the characters delightful (she gave each dog its own personality), Terry Lynn Johnson presented facts about dog teams, equipment, and procedures in a page turning adventure. For example, I had no idea dogs pooped on the run and what could happen to the driver when they do!
Dogsled Dreams did not disappoint but it ended much too soon. I would love to read some more adventures about Rebecca and the other great cast of characters Terry Lynn Johnson has brought to life. Kids are going to love this book!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Dogsled Dreams by Terry Lynn Johnson Released!

I've been waiting months for this day! My copy is ordered and will be here January 7! Check out this exciting and adventurous author's blog at:

Thank you, Kenda! Just received the copy of BEAR SNORES ON by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman I won on her blog. I know a two year old who's going to love sitting in my lap reading this!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year this 1-1-11!

Happy New Year!

I made two resolutions that I know will probably go "poof" very shortly. You know the ones: lose weight and get more exercise. Then there are some I think I have a better chance at keeping: write regularly, send out more queries on a regular basis, make time to read all the blogs I follow, work earnestly on my WIP, and attend more writing conferences or workshops.

My New Year's wish for each and every one of you is great success in publishing.