Saturday, June 1, 2019

Writer In Motion Post 1

Hey beautiful guys and dolls!! I'm so super excited to introduce the new project I'm going to be part of! It's called Writer in Motion, and it's a a group of writers and editors who will work through the beginning of a writing project to the end.

From prompt to polished finished product. We'll go through several rounds of CP edits and revisions until the final writing is ready to go!

 This week, we introduce ourselves and talk about our writing process. I'm a sit down and write on the fly sort of writer. I love to take an idea, put a character in the middle of the idea, and just where he/she takes the story. The creative process is so fun, but it's not always easy. If (and when) I hit a writer block, I'll create a short outline. It might be a scene outline, a chapter outline, a character prompt outline, or even some backstory. My plan during Write in Motion, is to post every step I take so that you can see the entire thing, from beginning to end.

I hope this will give you a little insight into the life of a writer...well, the life of this writer (me!) anyway. The journey has been long, but it's been amazing. And I can't wait to see where this trip takes me!!

Friday, August 31, 2018

I missed August's posting

Hey you beautiful guys and dolls!

I missed posting in August, but I have a really good reason....

My daughter just had her third baby, and I've been in Germany visiting her and spoiling grand babies.


Just got home this week and went straight to the hospital. My mom had heart surgery. We hope this is the last one (she's already had one heart surgery) but the Dr says if she needs another one, they will be putting a pacemaker in, which she really doesn't want. All thoughts and prayers appreciated.

See you Wednesday !!

Until then, keep writing.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Insecure Writer's Support Group

I've rejoined the IWSG (Insecure Writer's Support Group, and I'm super excited to be back. I missed the post for July, but will be promoting and visiting the blogs on the list this month as I try to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. This is the first step back to the writing community.

Hey, all you beautiful guys and dolls! *waves and smiles*

Thursday, July 5, 2018

I've been gone forever, I know. I know, and I'm sorry. But I had decided I just couldn't keep up with the blog, but mostly, my writing. I'll admit, I got so discouraged, I quit writing for a while. Several months, actually. After Pitch Wars, I had to deal with some personal life, and it bled over into my writing ability.

Then, I found an amazing group of CP's that welcomed me into their fold, and they've encouraged me so much, I couldn't stay away from writing any longer. So, here I am. I hope to build my blog back up. I've lost over a hundred followers, but I don't blame them. Why follow when I offer nothing but empty space and air??

It may be a slow process, but I'm determined to make this work.

My writing has come a long way since 2012, when I started this blog in earnest.

What has everyone else been up to? How's your writing coming along? Fill me in on all the news!

Until next time, stay kind, beautiful guys and dolls!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Trying to get back in the swing of things

This has been such a horrendous last few months. I'm so glad spring is here!

I'm feeling very optimistic about 2017. This is the year I feel like is going to be my year.

No new news. BUT... I'm still writing and still in the literary and publishing world. So that's a plus, right??

 I look forward to my spring workshop. This year, I've got lots of revision and editing workshops lined up. These are all from my experience last year and the process I went through in revising and editing one manuscript upwards of ten times.

It's going to be a great year and I'm so glad you're here to make it better!

See you next week, you beautiful guys and dolls. I'll be posting my first book review of 2017. An adult romance. Excited? I am!

Have a wonderful weekend my friends.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Hello World!

I spent the evening looking through my blog. I remember when I published articles at least 3 and 4 times per week.

I had enough visitors to keep me busy.

I ran contests and workshops.

I wrote about writing and graphics and fun stuff.

And then somehow, one day, I got too busy.

Too busy to visit my friends, whom I'd taken so long to get to know, spent hours and days investing in their time.

I miss my blog. I miss my friends.

I've been so busy writing that I let my blog go, and I stopped visiting other blogs.

Now, I have to start over. I plan to write about everything I learned in pitchwars, which is a lot.

So excited to be back!!!

I hope to see you all soon. Until then, write with purpose, beautiful guys and dolls!

Friday, November 4, 2016

My PitchWars Experience

Hey beautiful Guys and Dolls!

I know. I've been gone so much from my blog. *sad face*

I'm almost finished with PitchWars manuscript (!!!!!!!!!!!!!) A few more edits, and it'll be good to go! I'm so super excited about the way my story turned out and I"m super excited to share it with the world. Yes, I may be getting the cart the before the horse, but really. I'm THAT excited about it!

So how was my PW experience?

I'll start from the beginning....

I really wanted to enter Pw this year. I loved my story and characters. I'd work so hard on this story and after I got the final edits back from the pre-pitchwars round, I knew it was ready.

I scoured the mentor blogs and studied them all. I pretty much had my mind made up on my top choice. Lizzy Charles was number one from the get go. Her strength was exactly what I needed help with: adding HEART to your story. The one thing that scared me was the fact she was really quiet on Twitter. I sat back and just listened and watched. Then, another mentor posted a link to a video of Lizzy where she vloged about her wishlist. After watching it like a hundred times, it was decided. She was my choice.

I had interacted with a lot of other mentors on Twitter and asked questions to them. I hired a couple mentors who also did freelance work and asked for help on several of my pages. And I won a couple of contest various mentors ran for query and pages critiques. I got A LOT of feedback that helped. But after deciding on Lizzy, I knew the manuscript and query I wanted to pitch was perfect for her wishlist. I ended up choosing a query that no one had seen or helped me with.

What was I thinking???

The entry days came and almost passed. I had some technical difficulties and out internet was down for a day. After a ton of frustrations, I decided it must not be meant for me to enter my manuscript this year. Why fight the stars in their courses?

But Heather (thank you Heather!!) came to my rescue. She helped me with my tech issues and my internet mishaps, and I made it in PitchWars! And then we just won't talk about the tech issues I had with my manuscript itself. Thankfully, Lizzy was understanding and helpful and PATIENT as I worked through the missing words, pages, and whacky, funky formatting.


I got two full requests before announcements were made. I was so nervous I could barely stand it! When announcements were made, I just cried and jumped with excitement!!! Thank you, Lizzy. <3

Lizzy had me write a new outline, in short summary of each chapter. We worked on it for two weeks. When she was happy with the outline, she wanted me to study plot structure because my story structure was non existent.

Finally three weeks into PW, I was ready to revise. And Lizzy was like, no. We are rewriting this story! So I dug in and rewrote. I wrote and wrote and wrote. And in three weeks, I turned in my my draft to Lizzy. She worked her fingers to the bone to edit and send questions and suggest changes.

Not gonna lie. She wasn't easy on me. But I listened to every comment and every suggestion and I worked hard to implement them. I promised her from the beginning I would be the hardest worker she'd ever met. I didn't cut myself any slack. I tore my manuscript to pieces and tried my hardest to revise according to her advice. Although, I will say the ending took a turn from the outline. My characters wouldn't listen to my pen and they chose a few surprises.

What can you expect from a Pantser...???

So all together, since this story was envisioned, I've revised it NINE times. Four times this past year, three times during PW, and two times after the original was penned and I sat it aside to work on other projects. I have to say, THIS version is my strongest. Lizzy was an angel. I'm so glad she chose me.

Not only do I have a stronger manuscript, I met a group of writing friends on our private Facebook group that literally saved my sanity. Having a group of writers who were going through the same thing, yet was willing to cheer and hug and encourage me was AMAZING! Thank you Facebook friends. You made my life so happy the last few weeks.

And finally, I want to give a huge shout out to my two new Cp's. You both came into my writing life just when I needed you the most. You saved my spirit and my sanity, and I'm so thankful we found each other on the CP match up Of course, we knew each other before then, but not as CP's. Thank you for believing in my story, Ellen and Rebecca!!!

The YA category will be post tomorrow. I will keep you posted on how things go.
Happy writing, beautiful guys and dolls<3

Writer In Motion Post 1

Hey beautiful guys and dolls!! I'm so super excited to introduce the new project I'm going to be part of! It's called Writer in ...