Thursday, August 28, 2014

Update & Other Useless Information

Good morning! :)

I thought of doing things a little different today.  I'm so excited to announce this!
Some of you may roll your eyes while  others maybe just excited  as I am. 
I finally hit 71,100 words for my MS.  This may not seem like a goal for all those  authors  who have N books piling up.  But for me it's an accomplishment. For someone who takes her time to finish anything...this is a great feat.  All I have let is cue epic battle scene which is going to be my biggest battle, literally.  But night after night I chunk away at the scenes before,  building the necessary tension and fear in some characters. Who wouldn't be scared facing an army knowing you have to defeat the bad guy or else the world will fall? Riddle me that. 
I'm hoping to have everything finely tuned for an online contest coming up at the end of October. All I really need is peace,  quiet &  a few hours to hash this all out then a few days to tweak. I got this!
Wish me luck!

P. S.  I thought I posted this last week,  so I'm still behind.  But I'll get all caught up.  No worries!  :)

Any tips or advice about contests? Comment & let me know what you think. 

Friday, August 22, 2014


Perched high on the dead branch of the river birch.
His watchful eyes gaze upon me.
I tred carefully awaiting his approval from his perch. 
No answer he gives, only a turn of his grand head. 
I move toward my destination by and by,  leaving him behind.
A chirp he says as I leave comes from his sharp beak. 
Looking back at his greatness, the white of his head stands on its edges. 
The largeness of him increases when no reply is given. 
From those wide and wild eyes I wish to be hidden. 
So they may unsee my soul and what lieth there in the dark. 
He releases a screech as his bronze feathers gleam. 
The depths of me awakens as it becomes clear. 
I run through the trees when he pushes of the branch stirring the leaves. 
He screeches and I cast my eyes to the sky. 
The sun throws the bird's shadow below as we break into the meadow. 
I have no shadow of my own. 
I run faster  as he soars further, as one we stride. 
With outstretched arms the wind moves against  me.
Closing me eyes I feel him there in the sky. 
The ground leaves my feet as together we fly. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hope Has Feathers

"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul"

Hope does a lot for us aspiring writers. It helps us overcome the first time ever writing. It helps us complete the novel we've sweated, cried and bled out. It saves us from sinking deep while drudging through the query trenches. It keeps us sane while waiting for "The Call".
Hope my friends is what whispers to us & tells us to never give up on writing.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Accepting No One's Definition

Hello my lovelies!
Vacation was busy, crazy and fun. I got quite a few hours in on my MS during the extremely long drive down the great OK. But I've missed my blog & all my daily reading of other blogs. I'll try to post twice this week to make up for being gone. :)

"Accept no one's definition of your life, define yourself"

You know those people. The ones who try to shape your life into the same shape as his/her own. The ones who criticize & badger you down feeling as though they filled your shoes with cement. It's hard not to give into their demands after being hounded time after time.
It's hard to be a writer in this day & age. Others, non-writters, don't see value in writing as we do. The same people don't see writing as a career. That's when they start defining your life, trying to tell you how to live, what to do & so forth. Save yourself some stress & headache...don't listen to their 'advice' on how your life should be. Only you know what is true & right for your heart, family & life. Trust me when I say those who don't value something the same as you will always make some argument against the thing which you value. It's a waste of time & energy trying to convince them otherwise. Just save yourself the hassle. Besides, what really matters is whether or not you're happy. Haters gonna hate & pay them no mind. :)