Monday, February 27, 2012

Monday Musings--Internet Connections

It's funny to think about my first EXPOSURE to the internet.  I was taking a German class in high school and for some reason my teacher felt we needed to learn to SURF online.  I had no idea how that little training would influence my life.  Much of my time every day is spent on the computer and a percentage of that time is on the internet.  I used to hate the idea of meeting people on the computer--SCARY!  Online dating, forget it.  Making friends, no way!  But things have changed so much over the last decade.  My daughter attends a preschool that I found with an online search, and her teacher is FABULOUS.  One of my BEST friends met me by answering an ad for guitar lessons that I had put online.  Yup, once again, I'm eating my words.

When the world changes, you have to change.  It's impossible not to.

How has the internet affected your life?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Things I Love Thursdays

Yes, I love chickens.  I defend them when people call them stupid (they're actually quite intelligent); I decorate my house with them; I eat them with reverence; and I stop at any chance to admire them.  Truly, they are remarkable.

What animal do you love?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Got Great Giveaways

February's contest is here. Tweet or facebook about my blog sharing the link. That's it. You must be a follower to enter. I'll be giving away 5 signed copies of Cinder and Ella IF we reach 400 followers so be sure to share and follow. Happy leap year.

If you know of another great giveaway link it up at Got Great Giveaways hosted by I am a Reader not a Writer.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Top Ten Things You Need to Write a Book in 60 Days

10. A healthy diet including but not limited to Cadbury Mini Eggs, chocolate chip cookie dough, brownies, and crackers.

9. Plenty of sleep. That's right. No writing past ten 'o clock at night or before six AM. Period.

8. Zero distractions. Which means of course you will have to rent your children out for a while.

7. Give up your dazzling social life.

6. Glue. You will at some point have to glue your fingers to your keyboard. Otherwise, you will give up. Trust me. (I don't recommend super glue.)

5. Time outs. This could include ski days, spa days or mind-numbing television. When your brain shuts down, give it a rest. (I recommend a damp, warm cloth to get your fingers off the keyboard.)

4. A maid. Self explanatory.

3. Focus. No, you can't take your characters on diverted paths so forget about it.

2. Did I mention chocolate?

1. And the number one thing you need when you have to write a book in 60 days is...a scheduled visit to your local insane asylum when it's all over.

Okay, I'm exaggerating, but not by much. And I'm half way through the revised edition of my current WIP.  Woohoo!  Okay, enough of this blogging stuff--back to writing novels.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Writer Wednesday--The GOOD, the BAD, & the UGLY of Reviews

I still remember where I stood when the heavy emotions from my first bad review hit me.  I nearly doubled over and vomited.  It took some time and practice, but they don't bother me anymore.  If you've chosen a career as an author, inevitably, someone somewhere is going to hate what you write.  And that's okay.  I read things that I think are pointless or poorly written and so do you.  When you get a bad review, you have to know what to do with the GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY.

Take the GOOD.  Soak it up.  Savor it.  Agree with it.  Tell your friends and family about it. Post it on your blog and your facebook page. Smile secretly to yourself in the shower as you think of the kind words people said about your book.  Type up a few reviews and hang them on the wall above your computer.  Frame them if you'd like.  Celebrate the good!  People out there love your book!

Learn from the BAD.  Ponder over the less than good.  Decide whether you agree with it or not.  Be honest.  You can do it.  Learn to implement into your writing the free tips that come from constructive criticism.  Be grateful for it.  Be humbled by it, because as we all know, a writer with a big head just isn't pretty.

Throw the UGLY out the window.  Seriously.  Print it out, crinkle it up, rip it up, burn it, bury it, slip it inside a helium-filled balloon and watch it float away.  Choose your method of destruction.  If someone says something ugly about you or your writing, they are not a good reviewer.  Chances are, they're not even a legitimate reviewer.  And the chances are even greater that something terrible has happened in their life and they need therapy.  Maybe their potty-training dog kept leaving his mark every time they sat down to read your book.  It doesn't matter; UGLY is UGLY, no matter where it came from and you don't need it.

Cinder and Ella has been out for three months now and I no longer have the desire to read reviews.  The time and need has passed for me to be interested in what people are saying about my book.  Love it or hate it, I wrote it and it's awesome.  If you've written a book, you're awesome, no matter what anybody else says, GOOD, BAD, or UGLY.

What helps you get through a bad review?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday Musings--A New Do

A friend of mine once said that a woman doesn't figure out her hairstyle of choice until she's 30.  Well, I'm over thirty and I'm here to tell you that I still don't have a set preference.  I think I just need to be able to do my hair however I want, whenever I want, which could only mean one thing:  I should shave my head bald and acquire a myriad of wigs.  Here are some fine choices thanks to Lynne's Wig Boutique.

 I love this smart look.  When gray hairs start to come in, just embrace them with a classy wig.  Of course, the color streak is just plain fun.  I think I'd need a pair of intelligent-looking glasses to go with this one.
 Something short and sassy is essential.
 And every good wig collection needs a few long hair selections for those days where you just need a little extra cover.
 I don't know why, but lately I want blue hair.  Blue is my favorite color; something about it just calms me.  I can't think of a better way to show it than to have a blue wig.
I would never forget the two-tone and the curly head.  My life long dream is to have naturally curly hair, but it's straight as a pin.  I love these blonde pieces.

Now, all I need is a bit more courage and I'm set.  I don't think I could ever shave my hair, but sometimes it's a love-hate relationship.

What kind of wigs would you choose for your collection?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Bad Guys Beware

I just wanted to put a plug in for a new series on BigWorldNetwork.

Babes in Spyland: The Truth Hurts
In a realm of crime that shouldn't exist, the operatives of the Super Secret Agency fight to keep the world safe from certifiable maniacs.
I can't help wondering, if I was a super secret agent, what would my name be?
Probably Agent Chicken.
What about you?