Monday, July 30, 2012

Lightning Bolts or Trickling Streams?

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I am wondering how other writers get their inspiration. Mine has often come to me in two forms: Lightning bolts--when I am either A) in the shower or B) doing something mundane like driving a carload of screaming kids to Taekwondo practice, and the entire story comes to me all at once, and I have to runrunrun to write it all out before the muse disappears with a laugh. Then there are Trickling streams, where I might just get the idea of the story, and as I ponder the possibilities it comes out S-L-O-W-L-Y as I write it.

I actually prefer the former, because I am a planner when it comes to writing. I am, by nature, NOT a "pantser" or "write-by-the-seat-of-your-pants" type person. Making it up as I go along has worked for me in the past, but I don't normally go that route. I like lightning bolts. :-D

I am only writing this because I got a SERIOUS lightning bolt last night. So much so, afterwards I was laying in bed with Hubby at 12:30 a.m., talking about the plot, the title, bouncing ideas off of him (bless him) etc.. I guess he puts up with a lot from me, and my bursts of creative energy. Even in the early hours of the morning, which is what makes him awesome. But in my defense, he'd gone to bed only 15 minutes before, having just finished watching an hours-long Olympics coverage marathon. So I don't feel that bad!

Let's see if this "lightning bolt" produces anything! One can hope! (Am I being cryptic?)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Your Book Stinks...but it's PRETTY!!!

I had a massively freakish dream last night. I guess when you couple new book release anxiety with a lot of time on Pinterest, you get a dream like mine. I dreamed someone gave me a negative book review, only they did it with vinyl lettering...and put it on individual beveled wood plaques and strung them together with fancy ribbon and mounted the whole thing on a wall.

In my dream I thought--what a pretty row of plaques...and then I read the review of my book. For some reason they had bolded the vinyl word "VAPID." Huh? Am I just a tad anxious???


Thursday, July 12, 2012

'Cause I'm a WRITER!

Yeah. I totally ordered this for myself on Etsy. LOVE it!

It's made up of vintage typewriter keys. *swoon*

I Love When I See This Kind of Stuff:

It's been #1 a few times, now. Thank you, everyone, for your amazing support!


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I Knew This Day Would Come...

Finally! The release date for my YA novel, UNEARTHED, is today!
There's a feeling of satisfaction one gets, holding their own book in their hands, I have to admit. But that is only a fraction of the process. Now I have to worry about selling, reaching the audience as best I can, bad vs good reviews, etc. etc.

If I had things my way, I'd just sit in my office and churn out books, and let the Tooth Fairy deal with the rest. Or would I call her the Marketing/Publicity/Book Promotion Fairy? That would be nice to have, as well. Then I could stay in my office and never come out, and write and write. ;-)

Alas, that's not how things work. The book is out, I have work to do, but I'm also writing again. My kids literally live at Taekwondo class these days, so I get some writing time in--whether it's longhand or on the Alphasmart Neo--I get to squeeze it in. I'm working on a fun fairy tale right now, and doing what I love to do most--make stuff up.

Happy Writing!

Oh, and if you feel so inclined, you can purchase my book here or here or here.

Friday, July 6, 2012

A Little Excitement...

You gotta love days like today.  Especially when I get this in the mail!