Monthly Archives: January 2013

Please Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself

PAMTRM_Badge copyI’m participating in the Please Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself blogfest today hosted by Stephen Tremp, Carolyn Brown, Mark Koopmans and Elise Fallson. Basically you share something about yourself, no matter the subject, with your viewing audience. So I get to bore apprise you of a detail that you may or may not already know about me. So sit back, grab your lattes and biscotti and try not to yawn.

One day when I was in the first grade, I wrote my thought of the day, as the class was often asked to do. We could even draw a picture to go along with our piece. As my teacher, Ms. Hutchinson, came around our desks checking out our work, she seemed to be really interested in my paper.

Sometime afterwards, Ms. Hutchinson, took me down to the office and as six-year-old, I was terrified. Since I was always an obedient child, I kept going over in my mind what I could have possibly done to warrant a trip to see the principal.

Anxiety turned to delight as the principal and my teacher bestowed praise upon me and presented me with a certificate of merit for the piece I had written. From what I remember, it was only two or three short sentences and pertained to God’s love but I guess they couldn’t believe someone my age could convey such thoughts.

I was excited that I had received the award, but I was more amazed at their reactions to what I had written. I had moved them and that’s when I knew I loved writing. That was my aha moment.

Don’t forget to check out Stephen‘s, Carolyn‘s, Mark‘s and Elise‘s blogs to find others participating in the blogfest. It’s a great way to meet other bloggers!

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What’s Your Genre Calling?

Libri_books2What made you choose the genre you write or vice versa? Did you fall in love with romance novels as a teenager? Did you see the latest sci-fi flick when you were a kid and get hooked? Perhaps Judy Blume‘s Forever steered you to pen YA novels? Or maybe you always had a hankering for solving mysteries and decided writing a crime thriller was better than becoming an actual private detective or working homicide? Better yet, maybe you like dealing in factual events and decided to lean towards non-fiction?

In this great big thing that we call the internet, I’ve connected with writers from all genre callings. I seem to always run into YA, fantasy and horror writers a lot. Not that that’s a bad thing in the least. I think we have a common bond as writers no matter what we write. We all go through hell or high-water with our writing and that makes us comrades in arms in my book.

Even though I like reading all types of genres, I, myself, find enjoyment in writing women’s contemporary fiction. Sometimes I’ll write about a sultry love story and sometimes my story ideas bend toward the opposite end of the spectrum, dealing with more serious matters that don’t have a thing to do with sensuality.

Then there’s a little part of me that delves into the darkness now and then. Not horror but stories that have little dark twists. I get excited when the reader thinks they have it all figured it out only to find out that nothing is as it seems. I’ve always gravitated toward stories like that. Oooo, I just got goosebumps! Sorry, I had a moment there! I’m thinking about pursuing publication of these stories under a pen name.

Ok, enough of me.

What’s your genre(s) calling? What pulled you in that writing direction? Has it changed since starting your writing journey? Do you ever dabble in a genre that you don’t normally write? 

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A Dip Into The Deep End

A little over a month ago something happened to me. It was mind-boggling. It was jaw-dropping. It was a hot mess. Ok, I’m being a bit of a drama queen. Well, sort of.

One of the things that I promised myself that I would do to help better my writing was to seek out critiques from fellow writers. I’m really self-conscious so this would be a big leap for me. Besides, every article or post about writing urges you to do this even if you don’t do anything else in your writing journey. Other writers can give you an objective eye of what your work lacks better than Aunt Bessie or your cat Mittens ever could. Let’s face it, they love everything that you write even if it truly sucks.

I decided to step outside my box and have a few writers that I have a pretty good rapport with critique a short story I was working on. The only other person who had read my piece was my hubby, and, of course, he loved it. So, you know that his opinion Continue reading

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Blog Gone Wrong

Why do you blog? Hmm…I’m sure you’ve asked yourself that on more than one occasion. The question probably pops up when you’re trying to figure out something to post about or after you’ve posted something and gotten no feedback. No feedback can lead to some soul-searching about blogging.

I started a blog because a friend told me that all aspiring writers should have one. So, I jumped on that bandwagon so fast that sugar plum fairies were dancing in my head. No one could tell me that it wasn’t going to be an exciting journey. Uh-uh. I was sadly mistaken and I learned quickly that maintaining a blog was kind of hard. Or was it?

I think I initially made the mistake that I had to write about writing Continue reading

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