Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Just finished reading Imaginary Girls on my Kindle and I came away "haunted" by the story, by the characters, by the writing. I'm the reader who likes things real and grounded, this is not. Through most of the story I had no idea what was really going on, I'm still not sure I figured it out, but I was so enthralled in the story, I could not stop reading.

It's different, disturbing, eerie, confusing, nightmarish, surreal, gripping, and oh, so good. I'm glad I bought it.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ahhhhh, Rain at Last

Rain, mild thunderstorm, lightning flashes.....ahhhhhh such a nice thing to hear last night. I didn't even mind cleaning up the yard this morning. I know the drought is not over but this was wonderful.

Now if only North Dakota could wake up tomorrow without flood waters, Arizona with no fire, and no tornadoes in the eastern part of North America.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Weather and Writing

All over the U.S. we are going through unusually high or unusually low temperatures. On the news there are stories about flooding, dangerous storms, drought, fires, and almost anything that can be imagined. All of these things usually feed the creative genius of writers. I say usually because during the conversation with other writers here the weather is affecting our writing in an adverse way.

As the drought takes hold and each day drags on with no relief in sight, it is becoming more and more depressing. We all seem to be in the same pattern. Instead of writing we are escaping into our jobs, TV, movies, and books. We've come to the conclusion it just takes too much energy to think. Even my cat doesn't want to go outside--it's just no fun anymore.

Luckily, I still find a little time to devote to writing each day, but it's not measured in hours. Short bursts of writing activity early in the morning is working for me.

How is the weather in your area? Are you finding that it is affecting your writing output?

Speaking of weather, Angela Ackerman's and Becca Puglisi's blog The Bookshelf Muse has a wonderful series on weather. They nailed drought!

http://thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com/

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Nerves of Mush

I have hung onto my Pockets contest entry until today. Even though I posted weeks ago it was ready to go out, I just couldn't do it. Doubts reared their ugly heads: Is it okay? Are there any stupid mistakes I keep missing? Will my world collapse if it's not just right?  Silly? I know, but that's just me. I put it away to wait and check.

Finally, this morning, I knew it was time. I couldn't hold onto it any longer. I read it several times, wrote the cover letter, printed everything off, and stuffed it in the envelope.

It's in the mailbox and will be picked up shortly.

 Should I leave it there?
                                            Will he drop it?

 Maybe I should take it to the post office?     

Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this? And does it ever end?


Good News:

The summer issue from Stories for Children is now out. Lisa Michaels was the illustrator for my story, The First Kids-Only Hike, and her illustration brought my characters to life. Thank you, Lisa!

For those of you who write short fiction and haven't heard , SFC is now a paying magazine for writers and illustrators.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Blogger Still Having Problems

Have been visiting other Blogger posts and enjoying them, but find it so frustrating not being able to comment. Wish they would fix this issue quickly.

 I did find out that if the comment is embedded below the post with a "select profile" section, it doesn't work and makes you sign in over and over with no results.

 By changing my settings to a pop-up window with a security word it worked well and I was even able to comment on my own blog. If bloggers aren't commenting try this change until the other is fixed.

Blogger has been working on this since May 24--hope it won't be too much longer.