Wednesday, August 31, 2011

We're thinking of you


While those of us Irene hasn't affected directly continue to blog and enjoy each other online, the rest of you are in our thoughts and prayers. We can only imagine what you are facing each moment of the day, and the news coverage we get lets us know our imaginations are not far off.

How people could say the warnings were too much hype is beyond me.

A friend of mine was stuck here in Texas for a few extra days because her flight back to Massachusetts was cancelled three times. She finally got a flight to Logan and arrived  home to no electricity. She called her mom on her cell to let her know everything was fine, but no news today.

Just know that when you do get back to us, your online family thought about you every day.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Points of View in Young Adult--Help!

For those of you who have been working in the Young Adult genre this is probably a no brainer. For a newbie like me, it's a head scratching puzzlement.

In my present YA project, I have put the antagonist's point of view in alternating chapters for effect as well as clarity. However, a couple of writers new to YA and I are wondering if more than one point of view is acceptable. We know that it is frowned on in Middle Grade and younger.

1. How many points of view would you suggest for a young adult novel?

2. Would you change points of view within a chapter?

3. If so, would you separate the paragraphs with *** or an extra space?

Any advice or guidance you can share with us would be soooo welcome!

Note:  Third Writers' Platform-Building Campaign
Just joined this today and am looking forward with excitement to participating. Go on over to Rachel Harrie's blog and see if you would like to join.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Beth Revis Vlog

WriteOnCon was wonderful again this year. Can't find enough words to praise the writers who put this on. Learned a lot and entered contests. (fingers crossed) Thank you WriteOnCon founders and participants! I'm already looking forward to next year's!

As fabulous as everyone was, Beth Revis had a vlog that personally touched me. I want to share the link for anyone who would like to watch it.

http://writeoncon.com/2011/08/dont-give-up-by-author-beth-revis/

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

WriteonCon is the place to be this week. I have been really enjoying the free online conference! If you haven't already attended, I hope you go check it out.  So many wonderful presentations and submission opportunities going on over there!

http://writeoncon.com/
WriteonCon.com is the place to be this week. I have been really enjoying the free online conference! If you haven't already attended, I hope you go check it out.  So many wonderful presentations and submission opportunities going on over there!

http://writeoncon.com/

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Baby Cap Ends The Writing Blahs

As I mentioned before, the weather has been rough in Texas which has affected my writing habits in an adverse way. Now we are having to worry about brownouts. I was told that one reason the motherboard on my other computer was damaged could be cutting power during the automatic download of upgrades. Not wanting to take the chance on this computer, I've been checking email in the morning and doing what I can before shutting it down at noon. That meant no writing and revising except for a couple of hours.

 Writing in long hand is not my preference, and I can only think-write for so many hours doing housework. I've read all my books, and puttering around in the yard is no fun when the grass is all dried up and crispy and the temps run in the three digits most days. I needed something creative to do, but the creative part of my brain has become lethargic.

A good friend called me up from north central Texas where the temperature is running in triple digits for over forty-five days, like 110! She's a serious knitter, but a beginner to crochet, and is also stuck indoors. I'm a beginner at knitting, but crochet pretty well. She wanted to send me a couple of patterns she found online of a baby cap and flower decoration. Would I make it not only for her granddaughter, but as a sample to follow? Yes! Perfect timing. I had an excuse to go the Michael's and buy yarn and a few other things before the pattern arrived.

I really enjoyed making something for a baby. It was new and different and I needed it. While my little D hook flew, this cap made me think of a flapper girl...and my brain woke up. During a break, I picked up a pencil to brainstorm things about her.

Who would have thought crocheting a baby cap would give me an idea to get excited about?