Friday, November 30, 2012

Book Swap Announcement

Hey guys and dolls!

Do you have a book you no longer need? A book on writing craft? Would you love to put that book to good use and swap it for something you've been dying to get your hands on? Well, now is your chance!!!!

My bloggy friend, Christi Corbett, has arranged a book swap for Christmas! She's putting together a list of "Writers Craft" books people no longer need and are willing to mail out to a friend in need in exchange for a book you'd like to swap.

Visit her blog at

Christi Corbett

to add you book to the list and browse the other books available!

Thanks, Christi!!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Workshop 13

First, sorry about the wonky formatting. I tried, but couldn't fix it...

Passive voice.
Do you know what passive voice is and why you shouldn't use much passive voice in your writing?

It's fairly easy to define, but much harder to avoid in you writing.

Passive Voice: It can be defined as using the object of a sentence as the subject, combined with a the "be" form and past participle.

Example:

The snowman                               has been melted                         by the sun.

Poor snowman! Frosty just can't take the heat!

But, seriously, here's the breakdown.  
The snowman is the wrongly placed subject.
has been melted uses the "be" form verb has been and adds the past participle melted.
by the sun is a prepositional phrase, with sun as the object of the preposition.

We can remove the "be" form helping verbs, change the subject and remove the prepositional phrase, and TA-DA! no more passive voice!



The sun                                                        melted                                                      the snowman.





Who is doing the action of the sentence? Your subject! So generally speaking, passive voice occurs when the subjecy of the sentence is placed elswhere in the sentence. This is not always the case, but it's a good rule to follow if you want to eliminate passive voice.

Here is a list of "To be" verb forms:
is, are, am , was, were, has been, have been, had been, will be, will have been, being

Keep in mind these verb forms are not always passive verbs. They can be a state of being and does not make the sentence passive. 



 Example:

The snowman is a melted puddled.

This sentence describes the state of the snowman and is not a passive sentence.

Myth buster:

Not all active voice needs to contain action! In the example above, there is not action taking place. BUT the sentence is not passive!

so, how do you check for passive voice in your writing? Here's a good check list you can use while revising!

1. First, look for the the "to be" form followed by a past participle (usually words ending with "ed")
    If you don't see these, move on to step two.

2. Ask if there is action going on in the sentence. If yes, look for WHO is doing the action, or should 
    be doing the action. (In my very first example, the sun should be doing the action.)

3. Change things around if you need to!

More examples:

Her baby was delivered by a wonderful doctor. 
 Change to:

A wonderful doctor delivered her baby.


The ice cream cone was dropped by the little girl.
Change to:

The little girl dropped the ice cream cone.


Now, is it ever okay to use passive voice? Yes, yes, yes! When, you ask?

1. When you want to emphasis an object. Example:

Passive: 500 votes are needed to pass the law.

Active: The law needs 500 votes to pass.

Which is better to use? It depends on what you want to emphasis. Is it the law, or the required votes that would make the sentence stand out?

2. When you don't know, or don't want to tell who the subject is. Example:

Passive: The tests were performed yesterday.

This sentence is fine in the passive voice when it doesn't matter who performed the tests. Maybe you want to emphasis the tests, and it doesn't mater who did them or who had the tests done.

These are only few examples of passive voice, how to spot passive writing and reasons to use passive voice in your own writing. I hope they have been helpful!


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Plot Hole Fixes

Quick Ideas for revising your plot!

1. Never stop looking for new ideas. Yes, your story may be finished and you are revising, but never turn a cold shoulder to an awesome idea. ALWAYS keep pen and paper handy for jotting down good ideas. You may use them in this story, or you may save them for later. Who knows?

2. Your MC needs to problems to solve. One is personal and the other is plot related. It's a good idea to begin the story with a personal problem. This problem will be complicated by the plot problem. AND the personal areas will affect how your MC handles the plot problems.

3. Have a second look at your MC's stakes. They better be high and involve physical or emotional loss, or both. or your readers may not care what happens. This, of course, means they'll toss your book on a shelf.

4. I've said it before and I'll say it again: You've got to have conflict. Have you been too nice to your MC? Did you find it hard to complicate matters and make things worse than worse? If so, rip it out and rewrite. If you don't have conflict, you need it! Don't hold back! Give it all the trouble can. Your MC will thank you, and so will your readers!

5. Maybe you can add a new character to liven things up. Give your new buddy a high stake and awesome reasons to either love your MC, or hate her. Write a quick backstory (for yourself) so you'll know what the relationship with the new character and your MC was in the past, and plop him down in the middle of a flat scene. Watch things catch fire!


That's it for now! 
Any questions? Thoughts? Comments?

If you want to send in a page for a mentor to look over for passive voice or plot holes, do so as son as possible. This weeks mentors will get a half page answer to your question! Yippie! Welcome back to Operation Agent Ink!!

Winner! Operation Agent Ink

Hey all! I'm sure all you want to read about right now is

Who Won The Two Sentence Workshop?

Am I right??????

Drum roll, please................

T. Drecker!!

Hey! You get a one page critique and review from an EDITOR!!! She's an amazing editor for an online magazine and blog. And she's excellent at what she does. Her work will thrill you and hopefully help make your first page first rate!

And, you also get a creative and inspirational review chock-full of awesome ideas that will make your first page as perfect as possible.!!

Whoopty Doo!!

Please send your first two pages, single spaced, as a word document, to

workshop ink in the book at gmail dot com (no spaces)

Yay! I'm so happy!

Tomorrows workshop will discuss plot hole fixes......AND

Passive voice: How to Get Active!

Monday, November 26, 2012

I'm running behind, guys. Sorry!

Hey all you beautiful guys and dolls! I've had a personal invasion from a body snatcher!!

Okay. Not really. But I have had a few obstacles jump up and I will not be back from my holiday until Wednesday. I feel really bad about the delay, but life does happen and sometimes things can't be avoided or changed.

I'm sorry for the inconvenience of the missed workshop classes.

PLEASE don't lose faith or give up on the workshop. I'm coming back!

I also have the winner from the first two sentence mentor workshop. I promise to announce the winner and the prize on Wednesday:)

Don't throw rocks at me! We all live life, right?

Thank you for understanding. (I hope)

Friday, November 23, 2012

For the Weekend!

Another quick jump in just to let everyone know I had a fabulous time over this holiday week! I've been so busy, and when not busy, we were driving down the road:)

I have another dinner tomorrow, and then Thanksgiving holiday will be over for another year. Whew! so much turkey and dressing. Mmmmmm!!

How abut you? How was your holiday and family time?

See ya'll on Monday for check in and Workshop fun!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Saying Hi

Hey blog friends:)

Just checking in to say hi! We're traveling home today and should get they late tomorrow night! I've not been home all summer so I'm completely excited.

With my broke foot, traveling is hard, but I'm trying to ignore the pain in exchange for seeing my family.

Happy Thanksgiving bloggy friends:)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thankful BlogHop

Today, my post is short and sweet.

I'm Thankful for my husband's NEW JOB and knowing I will soon be in a house and out of my waterless camper!!

AND

My children will all be celebrating Thanksgiving together with me on Monday. I'm so happy I could burst!

Have a great weekend my friends!
Thanks Brenda, for hosting this hop!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Oh, How I Miss You Blogfest!

Okay guys and dolls! Here's my posting for blogs I would miss if they ever quit blogging and those I already miss!

This blogfest is hosted  by Alex J. Cavanaugh, Andrew Leon, and Mathew Rush

I would miss Tara Maya. Her blog is filled with amazing writing tips and unique ideas and I have enjoyed the learning process the past couple of weeks. Her real life writing technique puts the pen to paper in a way I can see her tips put to the test. So I know they work!

I would also miss Ella over Ella's Edge. I've only known her a very short while, but in this short time, I have fallen love with her blog, her creativity, and the inspiration I get every time I visit. Her pictures and photos are simply beautiful, her poetry uplifting, and her words all cozy and comforting.


Who do I miss? Well, she's not really gone, but I wish she blogged more than she does. She blogs on a regular basis, I just wished she blogged more:) Who is it?

Janette Dolores. Her posts are always filled with lots of encouraging words and helpful tips. They aren't always related to the writing world, but life in general. I love to visit and read what she has to say about everything!

What about you? Who would you miss if they ever quit blogging? Who do you already miss and wish they blogged more often?

Here's the other who are participating. Pay them a visit if you have the chance!


33.
63.
66.
69.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Workshop 12

It's time for more Operation Character Development, aka Cosmetic Surgery.

Character help for every manuscript.

The exercise can be used whether you are still in the planning stages of your manuscript, almost finished writing, or in the throes of editing and revising. It's a fun and interesting way to line up your characters, from the star of the show to the tiniest backstage props boy and audition them again for keeping or tossing.

There are so many different ways to write a story and the characters will make each act different, in different ways! So for your manuscript to come out just as you envision it will, it's vitally important you choose the right characters. This step is fantastically helpful, even though it may take you a while to complete. I promise you will thank me for it later (or sooner, if you prefer:)

Your first step is to write down a few questions and ask each character every question on your list. Now, you are already familiar with with some degree of why a character is in your novel. You don't have a faery godmother just to look magical and add sparkle - she's the good faerie who exchanges her magical powers to save the life of the man she loves. The little boy isn't just any boy, he's the one who brings his jobless mother the lost puppy, who in turn belongs to the rich guy who needs a live in nanny for his children. Write down the purpose that you already know for each character.

Now, for the questions:

Do I love this character?
Do I think about him while driving to work, in the shower, cooking dinner, or during the office meeting?
Am I constantly creating a new quirk or funny dialogue for her?
Is she used for an unexpected plot twist and would be missed if I deleted her?
Am I partial to him, yet objective enough, that I can create him from the view point of writer, character and a reader?
Will this character be one level all through the manuscript or will he change?

What I mean by the last question involves the character/emotional arc. Some characters do a drastic change from beginning to end. Even the antagonist changes in some way. But some characters don't change. Sometimes, an abusive husband/boyfriend never changes. On the other end of the scale is the girl who is kind to every person she meets, even the enemy. her kindness never goes away, even when it lands her in trouble.

Okay. Now it's time to to check out the rest of the characters involved with each other on the list.

Let's take the the good faerie. You know she's going to give up her powers for the man she loves. who else will be involved with this part of your story? Let's make a list:

1. The man she met while on earth as a child, learning the ways of the humans. He saved her cat from the tree. But they were children and has no way of knowing who she really is.

2. An ex-boyfriend, who now hates her because she gave up her powers for a human.

3. The Guardian Fae, who stands to be outwitted by the jealous ex-boyfriend.

4. The Guardian's daughter, who knows the plans of the ex-boyfriend because she secretly love him and had been ignored by him since his love for the good faerie has been known.

5. The good faerie's sister, who has been thrown into the middle of it all, without a choice.

6. The good faerie's apprentice, who had been promised a portion of  her mistresses powers when she graduated.

Wow! That's a lot of excess characters and if you don't know their specific places on stage, you may have some aimless writing! Lets' dissect even deeper.

If you are writing a suspense or mystery, the Guardian's daughter could be your MC. She's been thwarted in love and has a deep hatred for the ex-boyfriend and the girl he loved at one time.

If you are writing a drama, maybe the MC could be the apprentice. She's been struggling for years and hoping to one day earn a better living for her family. She was planning on those added powers to move her up in society.

What if you are writing a coming of age story? The MC is The Guardian's daughter, who changes her view on life after watching true love change to bitterness and hatred, and her journey to find love again, while growing up in a world full of hate and revenge.

You see, the choices are endless. They are limited ONLY by your imagination! Each of these story characters would work on the stage of your manuscript in a unique way, depending on which way you take each person in story. It all stated with one character idea, the good faerie, but each idea went down a different path. When trying to decide, ask yourself:

Which idea lit a fire of creation or imagination
Who called out to you the most
Which one of the MC possibilities has the most potential for an obvious character arc


Okay, that's all for now! I hope your weekend is fabulous!

I have some news about the workshop. This is the last class until after Thanksgiving holiday. I will be having Thanksgiving with my children this weekend and then traveling home next week to be with my husband's family. Then, I will be celebrating again next weekend with my family. So, I will be busy with family and I am SO excited.

The next lesson will be on NOVEMBER 26, as will the check in.

The Two Sentence Contest winners will also be announced. If I have the winner list back from the secret judges before then, I will post! I promise!! And I have been in contact with them and I know a little about what they are saying so far...






Agent Insider

What do agents think make a good first page? What should a writer include on the first page of a novel?

Agent Brittany Booker says,

"The first page should give us a good idea of what the character is going through, what they are thinking, or a little description of the scene that the character(s) are in."

You heard it first at Operation Agent Ink!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Workshop 11

After your fabulous first sentence, we, the readers of your awesome novel, want to find ourselves immersed - completely and totally- in your character and his/her world. Now is the time to pull your reader into your book's pages. How do you do this? How do you make a reader WANT to stay, to WANT to know more about the people, places and problems you have invented???

I'm going to write more of the story I am using as examples in the workshop, and then I have a few questions to ask you about the passage.

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My name is Snow, like the white powder that falls in the winter, though I don't know what my mom was thinking because it was ninety degrees the day I was born. I turned twelve the year I married a man I hated and thirteen when my first baby was born. At this time in my country, most girls married at the same age I did. They usually had their first baby about a year later, just like me and many, but not all, had never met their husband, much less loved them on the day they married.

The year before I left home, my sister, the only ray of sunshine I had,  helped me stitch my favorite quote on a pillow, which read, "Live life your best even when things are the worst." My life has always been at it's worst, so I tried in vain to live it as best. It reminded me daily that many of my friends were no different than me, although I desperately wished I was different. In a good way.


I didn't hate my husband, at first, by the way. I never loved him because I never had a chance to get to know him. I didn't hate him until after he killed me. I had to leave my little girl behind. With a murderer.


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Now, please, really take the time to answer a few questions. Do this, before you read more of the lesson, even if you just said the answer to yourself.

1. What are the main things you have learned about Snow, the main character?
2. Was anything revealed about thestoryline and plot?
3. Did you get a sense of any conflict?
4. Were you pulled into the story? why or why not?

For me, I learned quite a bit about the novel, the character, her friends, her sister, and her husband. I know right off that she has been murdered by her husband- someone she should have been able to trust.

I know she was close to her sister and probably no one else.
She was an average preteen turned teenage, according to all her friends, and yet she didn't want to be compared as "the same."

But Snow was different and so is her story, because we are reading about her after her death. She's telling us about her short life from the after life. This makes the novel compelling and worthy of attention.

As we talked about already this week, it is important to introduce your MC as soon as possible. Even is your novel is plot driven rather than character driven, it's still necessary to get readers involved in your character and what is at stakes for her/him. We want someone we can fall in love with right away so we will care about the exploding plot written within the novels pages!

Your first scene, page, and chapter needs to inform the reader about the conflict you MC is facing and what is at stakes for him or her.

Your assignment s to go back and read your first page and ask yourself the four questions from the above example. If you can't answer them, or if your answer falls flat, work on your opening scene until you are happy with the answers.

Did the above example passage inspire you?


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Agent Insider

I've got some news you can use! Wanna know what Agent Brittany Booker says about the first sentence?

Do ya? Huh, huh??? Do ya??

"First off- what makes a good first sentence is 'the voice.' That first sentence should say something about the plot, character or storyline that would let the reader know the type of voice in the story and the tone of the story. If the heroine/hero is a goofy or sarcastic character, the first sentence should reveal that."


Does your first sentence, or first two sentences show off your voice?

Your plot?

Your character?

And let's not forget conflict?


Yesterday's assignment turned in some fabulous first lines!! We've got great things for our agents to to drool over!

By the way, our secret judge, who happens to be an editor for an online magazine and blog, and our other secret judge, who happens to write for an on online magazine and blog, as already started the judging and hopes to have results next week!!!

So, I'm adding a few more tips for that all important first line!

1. Keep it simple, clear and concise.

2. Snappy works, as well as shocking and surprising.

3. Bring out the mystery. If your reader is dying to know what is going on or what is going to happen next, they will keep reading.

Please remember, these tips are not intended for every first line in every genre, for every writer. It's up to you, the writer and creator of the story to decide what's best for your first line.

Great job, writers! I'm looking forward to announcing our winners!

Tomorrow night, I'll post Operation First Scene and First Page, and First Chapter. Thursday's post? Operation Character Development:)

OAI Wish List #1... Ready? Update!

UPDATE NOVEMBER 13

-A YA time travel novel. Especially time traveling to the 1800s or the 20s-50s. 

-A YA contemporary novel in the P
OV of a male.
-Dark YA that deal with real life teen drama.
 


UPDATE! SEE THE ORANGE COLOR FOR THE RECENT ADDED LIST!

 

-I’d love to see a good old-fashioned ghost story that doesn’t frighten me as much as it makes me think. If it turns out to be inspirational, all the better.

And yes, I do consider Inspirational nonfiction.

-I love the unexpected in all genres, I don’t only want to fall in love with the main characters, I want to cheer them on and cry when I reach the final page.
-Stories that investigate social issues realistically without being preachy, judgmental or one-sided thrill me. 

The biggest thing is quality of voice for me.  

So, long answer to short question, I love relevant and effective fiction and nonfiction. What’s effective? I think it’s anything that helps us grow for the better. That’s across the board from picture books to memoir and instructional nonfiction. I love it all.     


Okay guys and dolls! Here is a partial list of wishes.Updates have been added. Just to let you know, I am still waiting on a couple more agents lists and confirmation from THREE more agents and one MAYBE agent. Keep your fingers crossed for yeses!!

ADULT:

Aside from great writing, we are looking for pacing that is stellar, voice that evokes attention in a powerfully interesting way and perspectives that are distinctive and unique.

Also on the list are vibrant characters and succulent and luxurious settings.

International and multicultural locations or stories.

Favorite Authors: Isabel Allende, Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchett, Lisa See, Adichie Chimamanda

Genres:

Commercial
Literary
Women's Fiction

Christian and Inspirational:

Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Historic Romance
Romantic Suspense
(one agent also takes books not labeled Inspirational as long as there is no swearing or sex)


Romance (including category)

Non-Fiction

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NA/YA: Editor Wish List

Paranormal/Supernatural Romance
Urban Fantasy
Who-dun-it Mysteries
Light Horror 
Aliens (wait. That's not a genre, but it was on an agents list!)
ONLY GRIPPING Contemporary
ONLY GRIPPING Historical Romance

Strong femal characters are wonderful, especially with emotional feelings and flaws.
Bad boys are okay if they can be tamed by the strong female!! No abusive boys, though.

Unexpected twists on old favorites will hook this agent in a blink of the eye!  
 

 YA:

Never done before stories
Strong, gripping voices

Favorite Books:  Think, Speak, Fever, I Hunt Killers, Tokyo Heist

-I’d love to see a classic prodigal child/parent/someone with edifying elements for a YA audience. Maybe it’s a long-lost situation or a parent/sibling/person of confidence who’s been on the fringe of someone’s life for too long.

- I’m always on the lookout for really good children’s nonfiction that doesn’t bore kids to sleep. The same for adult nonfiction.

Genres:

edgy/dark Mysteries
edgy/dark Thrillers
intelligent Historical
Contemporary
Fantasy

Unique YA Nonfiction

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MG

Something that the agent can't put down and talks about for a long time to come.

Voice is definitely the key for me.
If I'm going to sign (and sell) someone or recommend them, then their "voice" has to speak to me.
I have to be able to listen (vocally and on the page) to them through edits and revisions and sales and hopefully their entire career. So, yes, voice is key.


- Characters I'd want as my best friends/partners in crime long after the story ends, whether it's in this world or an alternate universe

...and just to be clear, by middle grade, I mean ages 8-12 (average readers) --- and the content should reflect that... issues should be age-appropriate (not based on lexile-levels).






Monday, November 12, 2012

Workshop 10

Today, let's get readers hooked from the very first sentence. If you do, you are off to a great start and hopefully a great first chapter.

We are going to focus on the first and second sentence and how you can draw readers in while introducing two major items about your book:

1. Your MC
2. The main conflict.

How? Is it really possible to do this in only TWO sentences? YES!

Example:

My name is Snow, like the white powder that falls during winter, though I don't know what my mom was thinking because it was ninety degrees the day I was born. I turned twelve the year I married a man I hated and thirteen when my first baby was born.

This sentence tells us a lot. It shows us a little about Snow's personality, it hints toward a shortened childhood and could possibly point to a different time era.

I also can definitely see the conflict. Can you?

You only have a few minutes to make a good, first impression. Make sure you wow your reader enough they'll actually turn the page to see what happens.

Your assignment is to write down about ten possible opening sentences (two). Now look at each group of sentences and ask yourself these questions:

1. Have to hinted to any conflict?
2. Did you introduce your MC?
3. Why did you pick this particular place in your manuscript to start the story?
4. How do they relate to the rest of your manuscript?
5. Which ones are a better hook?
6. Why are these two sentences interesting?

If you need to, write them on index cards and compare them side-by-side. Pick your favorites.

Now, we'll play a little game. Post your two favorite choices in the comments below and I'll as others to vote on their favorite.

At the end of the week, there will be two secret judges picking their favorite first sentences. The winner gets a FABULOUS present! (from an agent.......)




photo from Free Digital Photos

OIA: Another Agent Confirmation and a Giveaway, too!

Operation Agent Ink just took on a new operation.

I know.

How much more excitement can you take in one day, right?

But I just couldn't wait to tell you the good news!!!

Another agent just confirmed that she would take part in the workshop and the pitch opportunity!

Woot woot!!

Who is it, you ask?

Brittany Booker!!

I'll be updating the wish list soon. Oh yeah! There's more to add!

She has also put a gift under the tree, and she is going to give away a...........

FIVE CHAPTER REVIEW of a manuscript!!

Workshops just don't get any better than Operation Agent Ink!

Check in, Mentors, and Agents! OAI!

It's check in day! What's that, you ask? Today is the day you get to send in up to TWO pages of of your current manuscript or WIP that you may have questions about in character development, plot ideas or plot holes, or something you may be stuck on and can't figure out on your own.

You must include your question or comment at the top of the email and paste the pages into the email. Your pages do NOT need to be the first pages of your work. They can be from anywhere in your manuscript.

All of those enrolled in the mentor portion of the workshop will be eligible for the Agent giveaways. You can see what this involves

HERE

Now, here is a list of all the agents and the editor who has confirmed so far for the pitch opportunity on February 8- 9, 2013

The pitch opportunity will be a private affair and only the agents will be able to see and comment on the submission packages. Everyone enrolled int he workshop will have the chance to participate in the pitch opportunity!

BUT, only those participating in the mentor workshop will be eligible for the agent giveaways. These giveaways will occur before the pitch opportunity, so if chosen, you will get feedback from an agent before your submission!!! Woo-hoo!!

The giveaways will occur around the end of the month to allow the agents plenty of time to critique before the closing of the workshop in February and also to give you plenty of time to polish your feedback from the agent! Double woo-hoo!!

Who are they? Who are they????

Pooja Menon - Kimberly Cameron & Associates
Terrie Wolf AKA Literary
Linda Glaz Hartline Literary Agency
Marisa Cleveland The Seymour Agency
Mary Sue Seymour The Seymour Agency
Jessa Russo Curiosity Quills
Brittany Booker The Booker Albert Agency

Aren't you excited? I know I am!!!! Woo-Hoo!!!!

This week, our classes will be centered around first sentences, scenes and pages, and character development. Our revision class will be discussing Plot Fixes.

Send questions, comments, personal chats and you pages for mentor to

workshop ink in the book at g mail dot com ( no spaces, of course:)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Mentor Program

Hey guys!
Just a real quick note on the mentor program.

If you have sent something to the workshop email and haven't gotten a response, it's because Mr. Spam whisked it away to the spam folder. It may take awhile for a response because for whatever reason that's where most went. I don't know why??

Agent Insider. Another Agent GiveAway!

Hey lovely bloggers and readers and fellow Workshop participants! I hope your weekend has started off just absolutely wonderful and the rest only gets better!!!

Are you ready for information about another AGENT GIVEAWAY???

Pooja Menon with the Kimberley Cameron & Associates has offered a First Chapter critique, along with a personal email to the participant. How Exciting!!! Really it is! Can you imagine the help and information you'll receive? Awesome, dude!


So, to recap our Agent Giveaways

Linda Glaz with Hartline Literary Agency 

for a critique of the first 5 pages!
 

for a first chapter critique and a personal email!

Marisa Cleveland with The Seymour Agency

for a critique of the first three chapters or first 50 pages!

Terrie Wolf with AKA Literary

for a personal phone call!
 
On Monday's check in post, I'll be listing all the agents who confirmed so far, so have a great weekend and don't forget to visit on Monday!

Thankful Blog Hop

Hey all! I'm sorry I missed yesterday's posting. It was a crazy day!

Today, I'm thankful for running water, in my house (well, really I'm in a hotel room...)

But none-the-less I'm thankful for running water.

See, I've been living in a camper and on October 1, the RV park cut the water off in preparation for winter. So, I've been in this camper with no water. We carry it in in 5 gallon buckets. I heat the water on the stove, or sometimes I use the microwave or electric skillet. That's how I wash the dishes.

For baths? We do it the old fashion way. We have a tub, I fill it with the warmed water and sponge off in the tub....

Just stop and think about how often you use water every day - brushing you teeth, washing your hands, wiping up spills, flushing the toilet, and many others.

Yes, I'm thankful for running water:)



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2.Sarah J. Clift10.Swagger Writers18.Johana Vera
3.Fiona McLaren11.Michelle Smith19.Carrie Crain
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5.Rachel @ Rachel writes things13.Talynn Lynn21.Debbie Causevic
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7.Robin Weeks15.Ellie Heller
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