Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire

Mindy McGinnis stops by Unedited today. She's fabulous and everyone should know it! She's the owner of the awesome blog Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire. You all know when someone stops by we don’t ask the usual questions. That’s right, because I’m an unusual being (once seen as a negative, now viewed as a positive). So let’s get started on all things random.

Showing the Real Mindy

1. What guy’s name do you find sexy? Jack. It’s a ROMANCING THE STONE thing.

2. Do you like that manhole covers are always round? If you were to be more creative what shape would you choose and why? A triangle. It’ll add to the whole Illuminati mystique.

3. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, what would be the plot? No idea on plot, but I can say genre-wise it would definitely not be a romantic comedy. And it would have be animated. Just cause I say so.

4. If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you be? Ranch. Yum-yum calories!

5. If you were forced to steal something, what would it be? Why would you choose it? A book. A really old one that there was only one copy of or something. Because I’m qualified to care for it much better than whatever museum it’s in.

One-Word Randoms

Elevator or Escalator: Escalator
Black or Striped Cat: BUH-lack
Writer or Reader: Ouch
Dancer or Singer: Neither
Query or Synopsis: Query!

Isn't she amazing? If you don't follow her, you should do so now... she's AWESOME!

Monday, November 28, 2011

YA Tournament of Heroines

The YA Tournament of Heroines hosted by the YA Sisterhood (they really rock your socks off) is about to begin! Now this is beyond awesome but there is even more exciting news:

I've been selected as the advocate for Hermione Granger!
To see a list of the other advocates and their competitors click here.

You all know I'm a huge fan of the Harry Potter series, even more so I love Hermione as if she was my best friend. In this, I'll be asking for your assistance. As an advocate I'll be doing the during work... telling you (even though I don't need to) how awesome she is and why she deserves to win each match.

Wanna really show your support? Here are some ways:

VOTE! This is where it all counts. For each 24 hours the characters will be battling it out so watch out for Hermione and make sure you cast your vote for every match. Your votes do count!

Follow me on twitter! This will give you constant updates on where the matches are at and when our girl is up to bat!

Tweet with us using the hashtag #HEROINETOURNEY

Tell your friends! The longer the list of friends the better chance Hermione has! Don't be shy, this is our time to shine!

Post about the awesome! If you are a part of a Harry Potter fansite tell them about it! If you just have a love for Hermione, give a shout-out! Everything counts for our dear Heroine! Let us not disappoint!

Support with banners! I've made some super fun Hermione badges and banners! Grab them, utilize them! Stick them on your cats, your dogs, or just your blog... that's cool too! Just make sure they're plastered over the blog universe. We want her to shine! This is, after all, her debut! (link them back to YA Sisterhood so EVERYONE can join!)

The tournament begins December 1st, starting with two matches:

Clary vs. Kate
Juliette vs. Cammie

Don't forget to head over and vote! A new match will take place each day until the final victor is chosen. Hermione knows, statistically speaking, her odds are great.

Hermione's first match will be against Claire from the Morganville Vampire series. We're up December 5th, where we'll go head to head for 24 hours! SAVE THE DATE! Tweet it out! Tell your fan pages!

Keep your wands at the ready! The battle is about to begin and I'll want your help! Let's dominate the competition! Thank you for your future votes for the future champion, Hermione Granger!

Friday, November 25, 2011


Hello? *knocks on computer screen* Are you there? I have something to share and the NEWS is HUGE!

TANGLED TIDES by Karen Amanda Hooper has been released and your hands NEED to be on this delicious tale!

There are so many amazing sea creatures but I've chosen Team Merfolk. You'll have to read the book and decide where you'd like to stand. So what better way to entice you then to share a blurb of this sea journey!

Yara Jones doesn’t believe in sea monsters—until she becomes one.

When a hurricane hits her island home and she wakes up with fins, Yara finds herself tangled up in an underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. Both sides believe Yara can save them by fulfilling a broken promise and opening the sealed gateway to their realm, but they are battling over how it should be done. The selkies want to take her life. The merfolk want something far more precious.

Treygan, the stormy-eyed merman who turned Yara mer, will stop at nothing and sacrifice everything to protect his people—until he falls for Yara. The tides turn as Yara fights to save herself, hundreds of sea creatures, and the merman who has her heart. She could lose her soul in the process—or she might open the gateway to a love that’s deeper than the oceans.

I know... I know... it's that awesome!!!

Now, the reason I chose Merfolk? First off... who doesn't want to have MER in their name? That's a given! Second, they are of the sun, need warmth, gifted singers, and can control water.

What? You want to know if possess any of those? Sheesh! Of COURSE NOT! That's why I want to be on their side. After all, I'm always cold so would love to be warm! The ability to sing?? I'm just looking for the ability to not be tone deaf... and can control water, I mean, that's just one bad ass ability!



So go buy this book! Karen is a doll in the blogging world and should be shown appreciation for all the hard work and dedication she gave to this book. She's a knockout role model and I know would be honored to have you snag a copy!

Here's her details:
Rhemalda Publishing
Barnes & Noble

Enjoy your Black Friday and get your hands on this book! You won't regret it!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Why do I share my secrets?

Statistically speaking... (no, really, the statistics for this blog say so)... you guys adore Thursdays posts. And though some of you are lurkers (i love you so), those who comment always tell me to keep at it. So I do. And I'm not sure why. I'm airing out the dirty laundry that normally should be swept under the rug. Though, I can't help myself. Your longing as me longing to share. That is our twisted relationship in a nutshell, isn't it?

Let's not waste time on introductions. If you're new WELCOME, if you're seasoned WELCOME.

1. I never, and I mean NEVER, use the end of a the toilet paper roll. I would be the one who throws just enough for one more use, and yet, I don't like too. Thank God for husbands.
2. I'm a sucker for the street corner needy people. When they gaze into my eyes and I have cash on hand by the end of the transaction I'm broke. I don't know what it is, after all, I'm not rolling in the dough here, but they get to me. What's frustrating is when I see them at the same corner every day... (that's when they're shoveling a wad of cash to someone else who needs more then they do.)
3. I saw Twilight: Breaking Dawn and I'm not afraid to tell the world. I was the nerdy girl in line at the special preview 8pm showing mocking all the midnighters for having to wait in line (I felt slightly guilty). It was delicious. Since I'm also a Harry Potter fan I giggled with joy when I saw it still had the highest midnight showing (yes I love HP more than Edward & Jacob...)
4. I have too many idea notebooks and not enough time. This could be fixed if I stopped baking so many delicious pies for the upcoming holidays, or put down the cookie dough... alas, I love my sweets, therefore I must learn to multi-task. Outline while eating cookie dough. Why hadn't I thought of that before?
5. I've never had a week long vacation (until two weeks ago). This isn't counting those family vacations, when you're sixteen, you'd like to forget about. No, I'm talking a delicious pool side vacation, mixed with amusement park fun (HP WORLD YO!) It was amazing and I can't wait to do it again... in ten years.

So, what are your truths? Are they as detailed and boring as mine are this week?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Self-Publish Lifestyle

Today I've brought in Heather Thurmeier, who has graciously decided to share with us, the reason she self-published! After all, as writers we should keep all our options open and dive in when we feel the timing and opportunity is right!

Heather has it all, from agented to published to self-published. She can tell you what each phase feels like and why she's recently taken the road to self-publish town.

Take it away Heather!!

Why I Self-Published

No it wasn’t for the fame and fortune of it. LOL. Do those things exist for people who are new to the business and go it alone? I don’t know. Ask me in a year and maybe I’ll have an answer. So far I can buy a fancy coffee at Starbucks, but not a fancy car. ;)

There’s been a lot of chatter around the web about self-publishing and whether it’s bad or good or great or will end the publishing world as we know it. Mwhahahaha! (Evil laugh.) I don’t know the answer to that. All I can offer is why I decided on this route for this book.

I’ll give you a hint… It’s not because I can’t sell my work to publishers or because it’s too crappy to land me an agent.

I am agented. I am published with an epublisher. I am actively perusing traditional publishing with New York. And I just self-published a novel. Why?

Because I can.

Amazon, Nook, and Smashwords are available options for authors looking to get their books into the hands of readers. Not every book written will get picked up by an agent and then picked up by a big publisher—that’s a fact. But does it mean that particular book is garbage? Nope. Well, I’m sure agents and publishers see their fair share of not-so-good manuscripts in the slush pile. But it could also be as simple as that particular book not fitting a specific mold. Is it possible that book still has a market and a readership out there somewhere? Yep. And you might be able to find it on your own.

I’m not a die-hard self-publisher on a mission to convert you. I’m not a die-hard traditionalist either. Heck, I haven’t been around long enough to have a solid opinion on either of them! Since I’m new to this whole writing and publishing business, I figured why not try out all the options available. The fact is self-publishing is an accessible, viable, and sometimes a lucrative option. And it’s definitely one that’s worth exploring.

Pros: You have full control over content, cover, price, and distribution. And you have potential to earn high royalties.

Cons: You have to do the work to polish that content, produce a good cover, monitor your price in the marketplace, and spend the HOURS it takes to format, upload and distribute your book. And you have to put up the cost for those things out of your own pocket.

Now that I’ve self-published one book, I’m not sure if I’ll do it again or not. It was hard and time consuming but also satisfying and rewarding. For me, exploring all options in publishing is important so that I can make the most educated decision for my books, for my career, and ultimately for my readers.

What you have to consider now is what’s best for your books, your career, and your readers. What option will you choose? Or will try them all?

Heather Thurmeier
~Heart, humor and a happily ever after

Twitter: @hthurmeier
Facebook: Heather Thurmeier, author


Amelia Brooks agrees to a weekend retreat in California, thinking it will be held in sunny Malibu only to find out she’s stuck in chilly Lake Tahoe for four long days—just what a girl from Minnesota wants to hear in the middle of winter. Now instead of wiggling her toes in the sand, her feet are squeezed into her new manufactured-by-Satan-himself-uncomfortable boots. If that’s not enough, Amelia’s obnoxious colleague William has decided this is the weekend they'll finally be together and he won't keep his thoughts—or his hands—to himself.

Amelia’s ready to kick off those boots and peel off her wooly sweater once she meets Nate Miller—the workshop’s hunky presenter. But Nate's not ready to settle down. He's seen his workshop buddies fall in love then fall out of the running for being promoted to the big city workshop circuit and he's not about to let that happen to his life's dream—until he gets involved with Amelia. Now he's not so sure he can walk away at the end of the weekend with his heart intact and his promotion in hand.

Now Amelia's got four days to stave off William's persistent advances long enough to fall in love with Nate and possibly…learn to ski the bunny hill.

Available at: -- --

Go check out Heather! She's amazing!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Giving Credit

Do you give credit where credit is due?

I love to thank people. I think it's the most rewarding thing in the world that often people forget about. From the person who allowed you to pull in front of them out of a gas station to someone who might of saved your life, all deserve kindness.

I always wonder at what point someone gives thanks. With the holidays approaching I know that we can get stressed out on gift buying, setting up plans for who's house you'll visit and how long you'll stay, but don't get rude in the process.

Yes, this does relate to writing...

When writing my stories I'll start by outlining, then writing, and then asking someone to beta read. Those people I keep close to home. I send chapters to those I trust and when they send their feedback I thank them immediately. Why wait until the acknowledgements when you'll be thankful so many times that you better start now because you'll never think it's enough!

When do you give thanks?

Monday, November 21, 2011

E-books... Are you jumping?

For those of you who don't know e-books are taking over the world of writing as we know it.

Think about it, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, JK Rowling, Stephen King, all of these writers sent our paper manuscripts to publishing houses, waiting silently without twitter, facebook, blogs, and such. COULD YOU IMAGINE? Here we're given free rein to follow our prey... stalk them even. All we want is to make sure they're still alive in their slush pile. Once we get word we are once again calm. What did they do? Fly to New York and drive in front of the building hoping to see anything... anything at all?

All of their short stories and novels were put in print. It's what I want. It's what a lot of writers want. Getting that can be a lot harder at times. With Kindles, Nooks, and iPads a reader is given a lot more options. Rather than leaving their couch to go to their local library they're scanning amazon for the latest 99 cents books.

Isn't our goal as a writer to be seen? If less readers are going in the bookstores then shouldn't we also be available online?

I won't lie, at first I was against all of it. However with people like Talli Roland, Anne Gallagher, and Juliette Sonabett I don't want to miss the chance at their amazing novels because I chose to boycott something that I shouldn't be against. That's right people, I'm giving in. I'm buying myself a Kindle Fire, and you want to know something? I'm actually excited! I can't wait to read an e-book on my ereader. I never thought I'd conform but I realized from the standpoint of a writer I was ruining my chance to- be heard and seen.

Could someone change your mind to pick up an e-book (like me *winks*)? Are you still not convinced at the awesomeness that is simplicity?

Don't get me wrong I will always love print and when it is available I'll always buy it but for all my friends who are going the self-publishing route I'm not about to miss out on awesome reads because I wanted to pretend I was stubborn.

So go ahead... buy your first e-book, you can thank me later.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Writers Support Groups

Us as writers are naturally lonesome creatures. At least when it comes to writing that one last chapter - unless of course you buddy up while writing.

However one thing I love about blogging is how caring all the writers are. I've never felt more alive and complete then when I stop by each of your blogs and comment. The heartwarming feeling is unmatched by anything in the real world. Here writing is not only understood it's appreciated and welcomed.

The publishing world wants us to be better networkers and right now we're obliging. Each post is well thought out along with making new connections. We're finding that it's more than just for the agent or big publishing house, we're making life long friendships.

That doesn't mean we don't have off days. What does one do when this happens? Well email is a fabulous place to start, after all we are all friends. Venting is welcome because we as writers are here for one another, pushing each other to strive for the goals we set for ourselves. However sometimes we want advice that email just doesn't seem to get through fast enough to a good amount of people.

Writers Support Groups are amazing. After all we all need one another at one point in our lives. If you're not part of one you should be! There everywhere! Yahoo, NaNaWriMo, Facebook, Twitter, or all around the blog. The connections are everywhere. We need to continue to connect with one another and remember that we're in this together. There isn't a competition amongst us all because we all have our own unique voices. Kindness is what makes this profession one I look forward to always being a part of.
Join us in the support system us writers call home. Anything troubling you? Do you have a support group? How do you cope when you're stuck or just need some advice?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Destined for Greatness

Today is Jessie Harrell’s BOOK BIRTHDAY (and REAL birthday)! It’s a double whammy people! Wake up! Wake up!

So, naturally, I’m going to interview her… cuz I’m cool like that.
She’s been on a blog tour (for details Jessie's place) so rather than ask typical writing questions (that you’ll find anywhere else) we are getting personal.

So here is the fabulous cover art of DESTINED... it's GORGEOUS!

Let's get personal with Jessie!

1. You find yourself in Greece, what’s the first stop? It's cliche but Santorni. The 1 day I spent there was a tease.

2. You are not allowed to be a lawyer or a writer… what do you do now? Open a high end bridal boutique. I <3 wedding gowns.

3. What do you eat most often for breakfast? Same thing M-F: Fiber One caramel granola bar.

4. If your girls flushed your most prized possession down the toilet what would it be? "hands down" it'd be my engagement/wedding bands.

5. If your husband told you he had a supernatural power how would you react? What would hope the power would be? He does and I'm totally cool with it. He's Super OCD Cleaning Man & thanks to him our house is perpetually spotless.

Fun & Random questions

1. Heels or flats – flats

2. Mermaid or Princess – princess

3. Bagel or donut – DONUT

4. Color of your umbrella – multi

5. Most common item hidden in your fridge – pickles.

How does this pertain to writing? It doesn’t. Duh. We don’t always have to ask the serious questions. But for the main event you MUST purchase a copy of DESTINED. It’s out today and it’s sure to be a fabulous read… based on the cover alone!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


No, this will not be a talk about the five senses (six if you’re lucky). It’s a song that I’m addicted too. You know when you find that one song that describes everything you’re feeling at that exact moment? It’s captivates you, holds you and never lets go.

This one’s titled Touch by Natasha Bedingfield. I don’t know what it is about the song but it has me hitting replay every time.

It also had me thinking about my writing and how I feel all the emotions when a certain song hits me. Touch is definitely one that added the missing ingredient while I was writing.

I’m starting a new short story, this one is wedding related and this song just seems perfect. It’s like a story leading up to the love of a lifetime. While writing women’s fiction I do love feel good music, normally a beat that you can dance too. That doesn’t mean it’s the only thing that drives me, it just pushes me through the lighter portions of the story.

I also apply this to my reading. When I’m looking for strength I go for Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love she empowers women to make a change in their life if needed. If I’m looking for a poetic read I go for Jessica Bell’s String Bridge. She’s amazing at weaving her characters through very complicated situations and coming out a winner. These women touch my heart just like Natasha Bedingfield.

Who’s touched your heart lately?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Young Adult is BACK!

It's been awhile since I've shared some awesome YOUNG ADULT first sentences so I figured since it's my first week back from a nice long vacation I should take it easy and share some of my favorite reads of 2011. You're welcome.

First Sentences:
1. It starts with a crack, a sputter, and a spark.
2. The grease-slicked hair is a dead giveaway-no pun intended.
3. The eyes of London were watching Claire Jenkins.

1. Young Adult
2. Young Adult
3. Young Adult

What one's have you read? Is it at least on your TBR LIST?

Monday, November 14, 2011

If I were Coraline...

So a few weeks ago I watched Coraline on ABC Family's 13 Days of Halloween.
For those of you who don't know it's about a girl who moves with her parents who are writers (how appropriate), they're stuck with deadlines and Coraline feels unappreciated. She meets her "other" family who's perfect. Obviously there has to be drama but you'll have to watch the film to find out.

For this post it just got me thinking on families. How do you write parents? In YA they have to be figured out before the story starts but in Adult stories they don't play as big of a part. I still like to account for mine though.

My question is how do you portray the parents? Do you make them what you wish you had growing up? Do you make them complicated to get rid of them?

I'm always curious how ones dig down deep to utilize the parent role. And for those who have their parents play a key part in the story, what made you go that route?

For me I love the complicated. The mom that means well but no matter what she does seems to complicate matters further. It makes an even messier path for my character to figure herself out before she reaches the terrifying age of thirty.

Friday, November 11, 2011

It's in your blood.

You were born a writer. You may not be in fifth grade writing your first poem, or twenty attempting your first novel, but you're a writer.

I love writing. I'm a late bloomer, at twenty-five I found this beautiful opportunity to write novels and have never looked back. Looking back I saw all the tendencies, the lies, the storytelling before bed, buying as many books as money could buy.

I couldn't help myself, I wanted to write. I feel like I lost time with all the years I missed, then again I think they've given me years of ideas. I have a lot of catching up to do!

I figure there's no time like the present! I'm off to watch the latest chick flick for inspiration!

So when did you realize you want to be a writer?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

It's about to get weird

As you know my husband and I have several random conversations throughout the week. If I shared them all it’d be a daily blog about the ramblings of a writer and her poor husband. I figured today, based off of our conversations in the past I’ll give you answers to the many questions that have been asked in our house. I won’t tell you the question, you can guess if you’d like, this way it’s going to be fun.

It’s about to get weird in here.

1. I’d choose a purple couch out in Edward and Bella’s favorite chill spot.

2. If I had to be involved it’d definitely be a jewelry heist.

3. Every state has to have a ma and pa cupcake shop, if not that’s the saddest town ever.

4. It’s a burn pile because I pretend to burn it with my eyes.

5. Our cat is testing distance not attempting to commit suicide.

Yes, each one of these was a conversation my husband and I had and every one of them was as interesting as ever. Last night at dinner we played the “What would you do for 5 million dollar game,” I think our waiter thought we were nuts. Actually, truth be told, he’d have been right.

Care to add your conversations to the list? Want to take a crack at our crazy conversations?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Cruising Toward Love

Christi Barth has dropped in for her newest novel Cruising Toward Love! As usual my quirky self has come up with some fun and silky questions!!!

1. Who is the last person you usually think about before you fall asleep? Cheesy, mushy answer, but true - my darling husband.

2. If you opened a Treasure chest what would you hope to find? A teleportation machine, because I hate to fly. And then ten million dollars. And the memory (pre-marriage, of course) of a one night stand with Daniel Craig.

3. If you had to choose to not ever wash your bed sheets again or not wash your bath towel, which would you rather not wash? Easy - my towel, because I'm always clean when I use it. Scares me that someone might actually choose sheets!

4. What's the weirdest thing you have done while driving? I'm originally from LA where all of life revolves around your car, so I've done just about everything while driving, including the alltime no-nos of reading and applying makeup/nail polish. The all time weirdest, though, would be changing into my various costumes back when I did singing telegrams. Nothing like driving down the road 1/2 in and 1/2 out of a harem girl outfit!

5. How do you eat your cookie? Very carefully. I abhor crumbs, and in fact avoid cruncy cookies pretty much for that reason.

Fun & Random (provide a one word answer)
Cruise or all inclusive resort: Cruise
Stilettos or Tennis Shoes: Tennies
Pilot or Doctor: Doctor
Grape Jelly or Strawberry Jelly: Strawberry
Choice of caffiene: Tea
Stop in and say hello to Christi! She's fabulous!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Wedding Love

This week my father is remarrying. Him and his soon-to-be wife are marrying on 11/11/11 and we're in Florida enjoying the fabulous weather, swim time, and a few blogging buddies!

So, it's only natural I share with you wedding inspired novels for this weeks secret reveals!

First Sentences:
1. Grief came in waves, hard and choppy, buffeting and breaking the heart.
2. Sam LeClaire was a good-looking son of a bitch.
3. Maddie drove the narrow, curvy highway with her past still nipping at her heels after fourteen hundred miles.

1. Adult
2. Adult
3. Adult

Any catch your eye? One intrigued me the most, personally, but I love her writing style!

Monday, November 7, 2011

String Bridge Tour

Jessica Bell is on her tour and by far this is one of the most special days for me. I love the blogging community, the outpouring of support for every beautiful writer that crosses our path.

Today is a very special day for me... Jessica is one I've adored from the get go. Constantly captivated by her handiwork I can never get enough. If you've never read her poetry you must, the rawness cannot be matched.

I'm not here to talk about her poetry though, unless you want to chat about how poetic her debut novel String Bridge is.

The cover art is brilliant, is it not?

The Blurb:

Greek cuisine, smog and domestic drudgery was not the life Australian musician, Melody, was expecting when she married a Greek music promoter and settled in Athens, Greece. Keen to play in her new shoes, though, Melody trades her guitar for a 'proper' career and her music for motherhood. That is, until she can bear it no longer and plots a return to the stage--and the person she used to be. However, the obstacles she faces along the way are nothing compared to the tragedy that awaits, and she realizes she's been seeking fulfilment in the wrong place.

My thoughts:

Several of us understand giving up something for a family. In this case Melody puts down her guitar to raise her family. At the moment she knew it was the right thing to do. Having no idea that she'll lose everything that she is, her passion starts to dwindle as the emptiness creeps in. This is as story of pushing through what should have been comfortable and breaking through the barrier to find yourself again.

I simply could not get enough of this book. Bell's ability to show emotion from every character is what keeps me coming back for more. The rawness in the words had me feeling every emotion as each page turned. It may be cliche to say that it was one you couldn't put down but when you feel it, you feel it. The poetic nature of the read makes you feel like your floating on clouds through the whole thing.

I will always love Jessica's works. I cannot wait for the next novel of hers, it'll be just as captivating as everything else I've devoured.

This is a novel that must be read. Go on, get your copy.

Here's where to grab a copy of her book: - ebook - ebook
Barnes & Noble - Print

The soundtrack you MUST have with the book:

What was the last novel you couldn't put down?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Research is Fun!

Inspiration can come in many forms. Here I sit talking to a friend that's newly engaged! We're texting back and forth and I'm over the moon excited for her! She's dove into conversations about gowns, location, food.

I'm not sure if it's the time of year for engagements but I plan on finding out! In fact, it's gotten me excited to write about a wedding. That's right, I'm planning on a short story about a woman's wedding day. That one beautiful moment in time! Remembering those feeling I felt on mine!

I love research because you have the opportunity to experience something new or enjoy the old.

As a chick lit/romantic comedy writer I get the constant excuse to watch trash television, buy wedding magazines, the works!

Of course there are moments not everything is peachy. My characters do have their issues. Average divorce rate, worse dates, places where it snows continuously.

In saying that I still very much enjoy every aspect of the research, it's just not peachy for my characters.

What's your latest research project? I love to hear the depth one will go for a story!
Happy Writing! Happy Weekend!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Grape Candy is Weird... or am I?

It has been far too long since I’ve talked with you about myself. I don’t know why you want to know more about me… it makes me sound into myself (maybe I am… maybe I’m not). Regardless seeing as I heart you like a fish hearts water I’ve decided I’ll share with you some random facts about myself.

You know the rules though, you must share as well.

1. I don’t eat grape candy. At all. Weird or not it won’t happen.

2. My purse is like a snack machine. I’m unstoppable. You’d think I have a kid but it all actuality there for me when my tummy is empty.

3. I love random people and randomly introduce myself to them. People in real life think it’s embarrassing but I’ve made some amazing friendships by talking about someone’s crazy socks and we learn we have a sock obsession in common. It pays to be random (you’ll make a new friend – ME!)

4. I don’t listen to a lot of music but when I do I’ll wear out the CD. Yes, I’ve yet to use or even understand iTunes. I’m pretty sure I’m broken.

5. I’ve given up my klout addiction. I was checking it every damn day and having nightmares worrying if someone would stop listening to me. Since letting go (after the 12 step I went through) I feel amazing. Now I only worry about who will mention me on twitter. Sometimes my mention box gets lonely.

There you have it. I’m a little rusty on the truths but I hope to be back in full effect come next week, after all I’ll be in the Wizarding World living it up while you’ll be here… reading my kick ass blog (I’ll try to keep you interested).

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Even those with a black thumb (like myself) we know those with a green thumb spend their days picking weeds so their favorite flowers bloom every year.

The same goes for novels. We have to spend our days cleaning up punctuation, grammar, and plot to make sure their the best novel they can be.

We want to be proud of our work. Those green thumbs are looking for yard of the month as us writers are looking for a place to call home.

Every one of us has certain problem areas that, no matter how hard we try, it still seems to catch up with us. I work hard on character development but sometimes they still come out as cardboard cut-outs.

Flat characters is something I'm working on and improving. Every time I write they get deeper. For me, outlining is the key. Reading my old stories shows how far I've actually grown.

I now, to help myself, do pages and pages of character development. Half my journals are intricate details about them. From foods they're allergic to, all the way to why they like on polka-dot socks! Every thing may not benefit the reader but it helps me connect on a deeper level.

Watch out flat characters, you won't survive a day in jenland.

What are the weeds you pick out the most?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tuesday Twist: Fall is Here

Even though it's a day past Halloween I know some of us still like to be on the spookier side of things so some of my Tuesday Twist is still for those who like to be scared or love some suspense!!!

Let's check out this weeks awesome first sentences!

First Sentences:
1. My name is Kinsey Millhone.
2. What year these transpired is of no consequence.
3. The knocking at her door early Thursday afternoon might have sounded angry to an ear unschooled in the difference between panic and a bad mood, but Marie Toussaint knew better.

1. Mystery
2. Suspense
3. Suspense

What do you think of these? Any catch your eye? I'm not much for horror, watching movies scares me enough... picking up a book with  my imagination? FORGET ABOUT IT!