Saturday, December 30, 2017

Doctor Who review - "Twice Upon a Time"

SPOILERS!!! (I just had to say that- I know, River Song isn't even in this special.)

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Two Doctors! You know things are going to go strange when two Doctors are in the same time line. "Twice Upon a Time" is 2017's Christmas Episode for Doctor Who and I was lucky enough to see it in a movie theater a few days after it's BBC broadcast on Christmas day.

This episode was a little bittersweet due to the fact it is the last time we'll see Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. The same can be said for Bill and Nardole (two of my most favorite companions and helpers!), but, boy, they came at the right time. I was beginning to miss them!

The show was funny and heartfelt - perfect for this trying year. We meet The Captain (a World War One officer) moments before his death. It was exciting to see Mark Gatiss (Mycroft from Sherlock), especially when you see in the behind-the-scene moments how excited he was to be involved in Doctor Who. I want to give a big shout-out to all the moments when Bill gets to give "the look" (or sometimes more) when the Captain and the first Doctor speak about women and their place.

David Bradley portrayed the first Doctor and did a wonderful job. We meet a Dalek named Rusty who has a hate for other Daleks - courtesy of the Doctor. Clara Oswald makes a quick appearance and -finally!- the Doctor remembers her, which is great closure.

This episode is about time, its perception, and memories.
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The ending is when we say goodbye to the twelfth Doctor and welcome in the newest regeneration. And we are left with a literal cliff hanger! I can't wait to see Jodie Whittaker at work!

Christmas break is over! News from the Publisher!

Okay, now that Christmas is over, it's back to work! Things got busy with a kindergartner and the fabled Santa. Today I got my first edits from my publisher. I have been really worried about getting these back because this is my first novel with a traditional publisher! They don't have to like my work and it is their job to let me know if something isn't right.

So, with all my fears sitting in my throat, I clicked open on the email attachment and held my breath. Much to my delight, my manuscript overall didn't suck,  according to my publisher. I have quite a bit of work on phrasing and pacing. I will admit, I'm not sure about pacing so I will need to look into that in order to ensure my rewriting is on the right path. I have been known to rush certain scenes (especially ending conflicts) for some reason, so this request doesn't come as a surprise.

Also, it seems the major remarks on phrasing had to do with paragraphs I knew were trouble. All in all, I am happy and hopefully within the next few weeks I will have finished my reworking of the manuscript and kick it back for a second round.

I am looking forward to the publishing process after all the edits have been completed! The PR world is strange to me, as I usually finish a story, self-publish, and start the next story - with no thought as to the marketing aspect.

Stay tuned for more excitement!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

I must be crazy to get ANOTHER hobby!

So, one of the reasons I haven't been blogging so much this summer is besides trying to complete my fifth fantasy novel, working full-time, getting our kindergartener to the bus and home again, taking care of horses (dogs & cats), I've decided to try my hand at a new hobby.

Model horse showing! What??!! Yes, I have my show string of around twenty horses. I went to my first show with no idea what to expect. I've had Breyer horses for more than 35 years. I picked the models in the best condition and took the opportunity to open the boxes of horses I was given when I got older. I thought for sure I had a good chance. Not quite. As soon as I arrived at River City Model show in Evansville, IN, it became apparent my horses were too retail. All the winners in the Original Finish Breyer were special runs, limited editions. I did manage 6 ribbons with my highest placing being 4th place with my Rural King Brabant draft.

Needless to say my attempt at customizing Breyers didn't do well. I'm not giving up, but will choose a smaller model (Stablemate) for my next victims. I had the hardest time at getting smooth brush strokes.

After the show, I brought 3 new models to update my collection to the 2000's.  At the second show (My Ol' Kentucky Live show in Elizabethtown, KY), I tried to think out of the box at breeds and avoid the big classes (mustang). Horrible decision. If I would have kept the horses as mustangs, they might have done better. So now I'm faced with the dilemma heading into show #3 in Nov. The judge from the first show is the judge at this show.

I also grabbed some of my daughter's Stablemates that we got at Breyerfest with the One Day Ticket. One of the horses actually got first place in Collectability and earned a NAN card to get into the Nationals next July!!  I was totally shocked! So now, my daughter has a few less toys to play with.

To add to my addiction, I just brought 2 customized Breyers from Ebay. There is a big possibility that I have spent all this money and none of them will place in their classes. Oh, and just a heads up - if you're wondering what you get when you win, not much.  I think it's just the bragging rights of having the most awesome horse.

Stay tuned for updates at my next show - Autumn Leaf Model show in Indiana.

Friday, September 29, 2017

LORDS OF ACID: Paying Tribute to my '90s College Self

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I went to the Sextreme Fest '17 to see Lords of Acid and Combichrist in Louisville, KY this week. It was my first visit to the Mercury Ballroom. My night started out watching girls in front of me get the "wand" waved over them in a security measure. When it was my turn, the bouncer decided to get more personal and frisk me down. He did such a good job it nearly rolled my socks past my ankles. I would give him an A+ for doing his job, but kind of embarrassing to get into the venue and go in search of a place to right my legwear.

The show started at 8pm, right as billed, by a up-and-coming band, The Wiccid. Two men and two keyboards - after a girl's heart, you know! (I'm the kind of girl that isn't that crazy about guitars, but give me some good keyboarding and you'll have me on the dance floor in no time.) This Los Angeles duo was just signed by the Cleopatra Records. Nice chaps, who afterwards gave me a sticker for whatever purpose I chose.

Then we all waited almost an hour for Christian Death to come to the stage. They never did. We saw their roadies get the place ready for them (including projection screens that illuminated the band name upside down on white sheets), but a bit later same said crew took down the decorations, removed the instruments, and began to ready the stage for Combichrist. No details were given on why a billed act never showed.

But when Combichrist came on, no one even remembered Christian Death. I had never seen Combichrist before, but had albums and danced to a billion songs from them. They rocked. The most amazing thing about the show, other than LaPlegua's enthusiasm that was almost electric, was watching Joe Letz, the drummer, torment his "helper." The poor kid had to chase down so many drums, had to retrieve an untold amount of drumsticks, and had to reposition microphone after microphone - all the while doing so completely straight faced.

Lords of Acid came on and even with the technical difficulties they did a great job. It makes me a little uncomfortable to say I saw them as a fresh-faced college student in the '90s at the Sextacy Ball and enjoyed them still more than twenty years later. Okay, I'm not as dance-y as I used to be - one hip replacement later will do that to you - but it was still a great time.

All in all, I would call the evening a success! Who knows, maybe I'll see them in another twenty years!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Imaginarium Convention in Louisville, KY

My writers group will be at the Vendor Fair at Imaginarium  Convention in Louisville, KY October 6th - 8th. Three days of gaming, film, and creative writing! It is our first time attending this event as the Sellersburg Writers Group, but we're are excited and ready to go!

Michael Knost is this year's guest of honor and is joined by a plethora of established authors and film makers. I am excited to have the opportunity to pick the brains of some great authors, and possibly try to work up the courage to talk to some publishers.

Please visit the website for more info:

Come join us at the book fair at Imaginarium! See you in October!!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Holy smokes! I haven't written in forever and a new Doctor is on the horizon!

I am sorry it's been so long!  Summer hits and suddenly all free time goes out the door. It's difficult juggling 5 year old and writing. It seems the five year old won this time. Not much going on, still working on the time travel. I realize I need to flesh out the ending more (and that keeps me in line with getting 80,000 words).

Summer also saw the end of our current Doctor in Doctor Who. It is a shame; I was really starting to like him. Glad to hear the next Doctor will be a woman. She'll get into the same great adventures as the previous Doctors, so I'm not worried one bit.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tears for Fears LIVE!!!

I got to see one of my favorite 80's bands, Tears for Fears, on May 21st at the Louisville Palace. I'd never been to the Palace before, and I absolutely adored the place! It is amazing inside. Our seats were in row D, and pretty close to the stage. And they rocked!

The opening act was the back-up singer for TFF. She was a good singer and even a little funny. She had us all laughing, but I was ready for what I came there for!  Bring on the band to play my most favorite song of my most favorite movie - "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" from Real Genius. I know, cheesy, but still my favorite (other than Better Off Dead).

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Roland and Curt - then

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Roland and Curt - now

They opened with "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," closed with "Shout." Roland sang the "Creep" cover from Radiohead. An acoustic version of "Mad World" was great. They sang a total of sixteen songs, but I loved every minute of it.

I really hope one day I will be able to see them again. It ranked up with one of the highest concerts I've seen and was sorry to have to leave the Palace. What an awesome time!

Doctor Who: Extremis

Finally!  It has been revealed why Nardole has the authority (and gumption) to talk to the Doctor in such a manner. I like Nardole, but it has really irked me why he continually talked to the Doctor as if he'd known him forever. Of course, as a Time Lord, I guess it could be possible Nardole did know him forever.

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Nardole, The Doctor, & Bill
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Thank you, River Song!

It was good to see Missy again (almost like an evil, troublemaking old friend, but still good!). I was thinking she was the one behind the door. Then you add the Pope, Vatican priests, ancient texts that drives people insane, alternate computer universes, oh, yeah, the Doctor is blind!

And then there were these guys ...

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Terrifying aliens out to create simulations and make trouble. So, I will have to wait until next week to see what happens.

Well, bring it on! I am looking forward to it!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Doctor Who: Zombies in Space

Really, zombies in space is almost as good as dinosaurs on a spaceship, but I didn't cry in "Oxygen," like I did with Matt Smith's 2012 adventure. The humans in the latest Doctor Who's episode fared about as good as the dinosaurs, though. I knew dead people walking around outside a spacecraft was probably not a good sign!

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Bill and Nardole join the Doctor, and they come to the rescue of soon-to-be oxygen deprived individuals. The numbers aren't in their favor. I loved Bill's reaction to the blue man, and I am really liking her so much! She's still making smart decisions, and her reactions are believable.

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Still! Who is in the vault? Obviously someone who is a good piano player. Nardole obviously doesn't know the Doctor has visited whoever is behind the door. I did appreciate the tidbit in which Nardole stated it was the Doctor that directed him to be such a stick in the mud when it came to the Doctor going on adventures that took him away from the vault.

I can see the writers are starting to weave in Capaldi's departure from the show. It figures he is starting to grow on me AFTER he made the decision to leave the show.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Thank you, Seabound! The song that inspired the book

So, years ago I stumbled across a song that talked to me so much it inspired a book. Well, the song, plus really bad ice pick headaches. I took the song in an entirely different direction than it probably was meant to go, but my strange brain pictured something truly dark ... and spooky.

Seabound is a German electronic band, and one of my all-time favorite bands to dance to in my youth. Their song "Poisonous Friend" intrigued me, and it seemed the more I listened to it, the more the story of A Bequest of Blood came to light.

Elizabeth Bathory is the poisonous friend, and Ella has no idea the spirit of a serial killer inhabits her body, just waiting for the right moment to strike. The insecurity drew me in. I wanted a killer with "cold eyes and no restraint." That was Elizabeth, reputed killer of possibly 650 victims (mostly young women).

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I thought this would be the last I see of Elizabeth after the book completed, but it seems she isn't finished. I began a sequel that will travel with her companions as they try to complete their mission to bring back The Blood Countess. So, I got to bring out Seabound and "Poisonous Friend" for more inspiration!  I can't wait to see where this new set of characters will take me.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Chapter 1 sample of time travel novel

Okay ...  I am going to attempt to post Chapter 1 of my newest novel that is still being edited, but I would love some feedback on if you would be tempted to continue on to the next chapter. This is a time travel adventure novel. Stay tuned!  Soon I will be doing a main character introduction. I would love feedback (good) or (cringe)bad).


Present day

Holland Mills stared at the computer in front of her. Things weren’t adding up. Taking another look at her dual screens, she compared the information to her spreadsheet. She was off by three people. Out of six hundred and fifty-nine. She’d already been working on this report for two hours, and she wanted to beat her head on her desk.

Three measly people! She almost wished it would have been off by fifty. It would have been easier to figure out where she went wrong. She clicked on the report option on the top of her dashboard and waited for the information to reload.


Her phone rang, and Holland quickly looked at the caller. Jacob Jones from another campus was calling. She could barely get her own work done without worrying about his never-ending issues. She continued to stare at the ringing phone, deciding to not do the professional thing and answer it. She let it keep ringing. She would call him first thing tomorrow.

“Holland!” a voice called out to her, causing her to jump in her chair.

Sara, her office mate, swiveled her dark gray chair around and stood.

Holland looked at the woman, who was almost her exact age of thirty-one, and smiled. “Sara!” Holland called out in the same tone that Sara had used.

“Let’s take a break. The Wellness Center has a labyrinth set up in one of the rooms. It’s supposed to be a stress reliever, and from the way you were sighing and abusing your mouse, I would say you need a break.”

Holland smiled at her friend. “Okay,” she confessed, as she gave her monitor a dirty look. “I could use a step back from this.”

Nodding, Sara walked out of their small office, and Holland followed. The room used for the labyrinth was in Room 118, an all-purpose space that boasted employee baby showers to quarterly financial planning meetings. Today, the lights were turned out, and small tea light candles lit the room. The flickers of the candles cast eerie shadows across the room. A white plastic floor mat was laid out in the middle of the room and dark lines were printed on the material in a circular pattern.

The Wellness Center employee, aptly named Joy, greeted each. “Sara and Holland, welcome! I haven’t seen you at our Labyrinth before. I am so glad you could make it,” the counselor gushed.

Holland and Sara smiled at Joy. “It’s usually so busy, but we thought we’d take the time today to see what this was all about.”

Joy started in on a general description of the labyrinth and how it was utilized. “Oh, you are going to love walking this! You will feel so relaxed! Clear your mind, and let your feet lead the way” were the simple instructions.

Feeling foolish, Holland took off her shoes and set them on the outside of the thirty-by-thirty-foot circle. She wasn’t a fan of yoga, or tai chi, or any of those other “new age” movements, but she would try to give this some serious consideration for improving her mood. On a plus side, maybe when she returned to her desk, her report would mysteriously be correct! With a deep clearing breath, she slowly took a step forward. Seconds ticked by, and she felt a strange lassitude settle over her. It was almost as if something was welcoming her home. A feeling of rightness flowed through her, and no matter how she tried to push it away, it seemed to fill her.

Holland stopped thinking about how crazy she looked walking in a tiny circle, barefoot, while at work. A small shock vibrated up through her feet with each step, and her mind became sharpened down to one thought: the labyrinth. She carefully stepped around the predetermined pattern until her feet led her toward the exit of the circle.

I must find another labyrinth. The thought took root out of nowhere, and with every slow swing of her arm with each stride it grew and grew until it was all consuming. By the time she was finished, a great excitement had come over her.

“Well, how do you feel?” Sara asked her, as she was waiting for Holland to complete her turn so she could start her own calming session. “Do you feel like a million bucks?”

Well, she felt like something, but it was too hard to voice to her friend. “It’s different,” Holland admitted vaguely.

“Okay! I’m ready for different,” Sara said, and she began walking swiftly through the maze-like steps of the labyrinth.

Stacks of papers on a table at the far wall captured Holland’s attention. Information on the labyrinth had been compiled, and she eagerly took a page for further reading. The strange peaceful sensation was beginning to wear off, and a feeling of sadness rushed over her for some unexplained reason. Without waiting for Sara to finish, Holland walked back to her desk and immediately started a Google search on labyrinths.

Something had happened to her while walking through the makeshift labyrinth, but it left Holland wanting to know more. An urging had settled inside her, and it grew stronger by the minute, as if telling her time was running out. The thought came out to nowhere, but the voice of it lingered within her mind.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Doctor Who: "Knock Knock"

I watched Doctor Who "Knock Knock" last night. Okay, I must admit, a few times I might have hidden my eyes and maybe squeaked, and other times I yelled at the TV. "Don't go in there!" or "Stay away from the wood!"

The Landlord was satisfyingly creepy.
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David Suchet as the Landlord
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The housemates were entertaining other than some of their poor choices, but we wouldn't have much of a show if everyone did the logical thing, though. I found this episode satisfyingly entertaining and I can't wait to see what trouble Bill and the Doctor get into next time!

And I want to know who is behind the door!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy rocked!

So I saw Guardians of the Galaxy yesterday, and it was so much fun! Now, I have a very forgiving "sense of disbelief" for almost anything I see. I usually am not overly critical, nor do I really overthink movies or TV shows I see. I just sit back and enjoy the ride.

And what a ride it was! The entire gang is back and the jokes seemed to roll off even more in this second installment. They are a family now, and with that, no one gets a break - well, Gamora does because she would kick anyone's ass who dares tease her too much.

Baby Groot made this movie for me. Who would have thought I would say a tiny tree with huge eyes would make me laugh, cry, cringe, and everything in between?

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I wasn't sure about Mantis, but she grew on me quickly. Her sense of innocence carried her through the entire movie. The rapport between her and Drax was classic.

I appreciated the fact that Gamora and Nebula hashed out their deathly issues, but they didn't become best friends. It eased a little bit of the tension, but I still wonder, if given the chance, if Nebula doesn't attempt to kill Gamora again. I must admit I am a huge fan of Karen Gillan from Doctor Who, so I am ecstatic to see someone from the Doctor franchise continue on to be part of a great thing.

The team is such fun, and I didn't want it to end. I look forward to more adventures from the Guardians, and maybe, just maybe! Nathan Fillion will be somewhere in their future. (A girl can hope, you know!_

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Doctor's New Companion

I must say I thoroughly like Bill Potts, the Doctor's newest companion. Pearl Mackie breathes fresh life into Doctor Who. In "The Pilot," Bill comes to learn the Doctor's secret - he's not from this earth. Bill's love interest happened to be taken over by aliens that warped her into a water-spewing terror. The fact that Bill is attracted to women makes her that much more likeable.

It's not like Doctor Who is new to television. It can afford to take chances, and I am willing to bet the most avid followers of the show are pleased the writers are taking chances with the new companion. I find Bill bright, full of questions, and excited to be around the Doctor.

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Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts courtesy of Wikipedia

In the second episode "Smile," Bill brings a sense of humanity to the doctor. She is genuinely concerned about the doctor's lack of feeling for the loss of human life. In his defense, he has been alive for too long to get too worked up over it. It almost harkens back to Mary Poppins, when Mary tells the students that she isn't attached to them. After all, what would happen to her if she loved all the children she took care of.

I am excited to see what other adventures the Doctor and Bill will experience. I am ecstatic to go along for the ride!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Kentucky Derby right around the corner!

It's almost time!  I can't believe it's been a year already. The Kentucky Derby will run this Saturday, with the fillies competing for the lilies on Friday to kick it all off. I won't be attending, but definitely going to watch it on TV. I love to watch all the in-depth looks at the contenders. I am sad I won't be able to go to Dawn at the Downs.

My long shot of the Derby: Patch

Hope everyone gets out of the gate safely and across the finish line! Happy Derby week!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

LaGrange Author Fair - April 29th

Today, I went to my first author fair and was astounded at how great everyone's work looked. The cover art on some were just incredible. I also learned the importance of banners to be used for behind the table. I didn't have a banner. I think I would like to get a banner for future fairs.

So I didn't have huge results on sales, but I networked like a champ. This was a major accomplishment for me, since I tend to be quiet and let others talk at social events. Today, I just went up and asked them questions about their publishing/ printing/ marketing experiences, and all were only too happy to tell me everything!

My goal for the next couple of weeks is to get a Facebook Author page and get on Twitter. I know! I am not on Twitter. Shame on me, but I will work on fixing that. I will keep everyone posted on how it goes and if anyone would like to join me in my writing escapades I will let you know the details when I get them.

Also this week, I am going to try really hard to come up with a name for my time travel adventure to ancient Greece. Wish me luck!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Rough draft finished for book #5!

Whew! What a year! I have just completed my rough draft for my fifth full length fantasy/ adventure manuscript. I know a lot of things need to be done, but it is a relief to have the general story written. Now it is in the hands of my husband and my writers group to help me make it that much better and let me know if I've gone way off base.

I still have no idea for a title. Hopefully something will come to me. Heck, I may start asking Facebook for some ideas. I'll be looking at cover designs soon, but that will come later. Kind of need to have the title ready for any cover design, but I can start looking for cover images.

I'm trying to decide if I want to take a chance with the new Amazon publishing option - Scout. I am leery that it is more like a popularity contest. Since I'm antisocial, I don't think it sets me up for success.

April is winding up to be pretty busy. Of course the Easter bunny is coming to visit next Sunday. After that I have the Kentucky Writers Workshop and I will be pitching  to an agent. My very first, and I am crazy nervous. The usual thought run through my head: "Why do I possibly think I'm that good to be picked?" I will chalk it up to added experience and the fact that I get to pick the mind of an active agent on what the publishing world is looking for.

My problem is I usually go against what the public wants, which is a little troublesome!

Anyways, happy writing!

Friday, March 24, 2017

7th Annual Authors Fair- LaGrange, KY!!

Join us as we celebrate our 7th Annual Authors Fair on April 29th.
Location: LaGrange, KY - YMCA

 Schedule of Events

Discussion Panels at Karen's Book Barn
4:00 PM Children's Books "Educational or Entertainment"
5:00 PM Young Adult "What's Hot"
6:00 PM Romance "Naughty, Nice, or Somewhere in Between"
7:00 PM Speculative Fiction
8:00 PM Mysteries
10 AM - 5 PM Authors Fair

Attending Authors:

Tony Acree
Heather Adkins
Marian Allen
Arlan Andrews
Matthew Barron
Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Eric Beebe
Elizabeth Bevarly
Mitch Bensel
Steve Bradshaw
Lynn Brown
Belinda Buchanan
Eva Caye
Lisa Colodny
Trace Conger
Jane Conrad
Nelda Copas
Robert Stephen Craig
Dave Creek
Molly Daniels
Danny Davies
Brenda Dexler
Elizabeth Donald
Juliette Douglas
Michael Embry
Georgia Evans
Frank Feger
Rita Fleming
Kenn Grimes
T Lee Harris
Pamela Horner
Shannon Houff
Tim Jackson
Maddie James
Ginny Jolly
KA Jordan
Savannah Kade
Abigail Keam
Anetta Keys
Greta King
George Kramer
Donia Lawson
Sara Marian
Lacy Marie
Brick Marlin
Jeri Fay Maynard
Rebekah McAuliffe
J L McCanS
Joe McConahy
Angela McPherson   - THAT'S ME!!!!
Chad Mcpherson
Amy Metz
Jim Miller
Marlene Mitchell
Leslie Moise
Lori Moore
Angel Musk
Gail Nall
Bill Noel
Jay Noel
Mysti Parker
Ray Peden
Linda Penn
John Pesta
Cheri Powell
Carol Preflatish
Leah Pugh
Mary Ellen Quire
Kathy Ragle
Victoria Raschke
Rachael Rawlings
Teresa Reasor
Janet Reyes
Teresa Richards
NE Riggs
Lori Roberts
Lenora Rodgers
Patricia Rose
Jan Scarbrough
A. J. Scudiere
Jen Selinsky
Becky Shamhart
Lydia Sherrer
D. B. Sieders
Don Smith
Ronald R Van Stockum, Jr
Birgit Stubblefield
Charles Suddeth
RJ Sullivan
Lynn Tincher
Stu Thaman
Sara O. Thompson
Leslie S. Townsend
Gail Truax
Steve Vest
Tom Wallace
Lawrence Weill
Michael West
Michael Williams
Stephen Zimmer

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Realizing I Am Writing My Quirks into My Characters

Sometimes I think I am writing too much of my “qualities” in my characters, and have to wonder if this is common. I certainly don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I think it’s okay. Otherwise, how can I be sure of a certain reaction if I haven’t experienced it? It goes back to my Dale Carnegie days where lessons were taught that one has to earn the right to talk about something.

So my characters have earned the right to own dogs, ride horses, have red hair (okay, not natural, but still red), go goth, and jump at nearly anything that startles them. It could be a loud sound, stray bolt of lightning, or even a Pop-Tart popping out of the toaster. I am still the champ at the Limbic System and its flight or fight reaction. I found this interesting answer that explains how such a reaction occurs.
 I knew I was a survivor!

The next time I am torn between writing about a personal response, I will be sure to think further into it. I do sometimes like to envision a new character that is entirely unlike me, but after a while, I realize traits start coming out that pulls her back into my sphere. Sometimes it feels like I am just writing an extension of myself into my stories, and I love that fact. The idea I get to experience such fantasy adventures is pretty cool since my life in Indiana isn’t that exciting!

And who knows were the stories over the years will take me? I’ve lived vicariously through my characters in California, New Orleans, Michigan, Purgatory, and Greece! I’ve dated vampires, wizards, half angels, and demigods. Not too shabby!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Still blocked!

Yes, the title of this post says it all! The holiday writer's block carries on. I am not completely down for the count. I do write a paragraph or two each day, but nothing is really exciting me. I am about ready to embark on some serious stuff (murder, mayhem and some steamy love), and I can't quite bring myself to get into the spirit.

Now I'm wondering if I need to play some different music or dress up or something! to get me in the mood. Writing is like everything in life. Sometimes it comes easy and other times it is a drag. I do have my moments of misgivings. I wonder sometimes if I am devoting too much of my life to writing down stories, but then I imagine not doing this and think, "Nah." I would just be sitting in front of the TV watching more HGTV!

These are the times that divide mice from men. Am I a mouse and do I keep whining about having no vision? Nothing comes easy. I don't like mice, anyways.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Gotta love the holidays!

So sorry that it has been a while since my last post! With the holidays and a young one, all free time seemed to go by the wayside!  Finally, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's is over and maybe I can get into a decent writing schedule again.

I have experienced writer's block recently, but wonder if it has something to do with the stress of the holidays. So, I realized it's not the end of the world if I don't write for a few days. The rest of the year I am like a writing machine. If I commit for an hour a night, that's what I do. I pride myself on my work ethic, and, to me, writing is like a job.

I must have a plan, and I must have a schedule. Even if it's not a full hour a day, I usually can get something down. By book 5, I should be used to this schedule-thing.

But what do I do when my mind is completely blank with what is to happen next? Because that is what is happening right now. Usually, I have a nice visual of the characters and the action that is happening, but lately it is a big dark area in my mind where there should be good things happening!

I don't have an answer. All can do is try to write a sentence or two. If I can do that, I will just go back and edit the chapters nearby to try to kick start my imagination. I hope that will work.

Stay tuned and I will let you know how it is working out