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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cheers to a New Year and New Beginings!


It's the time of year when everyone starts the count down. Christmas is over and New Years Eve is only days away. It's a time when people get together, party the night away, and sleep late the next day. I have to admit to the world that I am not one of these people.

It's not that I don't like New Years. I enjoy getting together with my friends and family. I enjoy the food and the drink, although one drink can last me the entire night, okay two drinks tops, and that's pushing it. The point is, I am not a party person. I never was, never will be.

My favor New Year celebrations have been the quite ones. Small dinner parties, watching a movie, or talking the night away, and if I'm really lucky, I'm awake long enough to watch the ball drop. I know I sound boring, but I'm not good without sleep. For one I get sick to my stomach, cold, and nervous. Trust me it really isn't a good mix for me.



Don't get me wrong, I've suffered through it many times, and it's worth it, some times. Notice I never said drunk, just lack of sleep. In the last few years of my life though my kids have been young, so someone had to function in the morning for them. The older they get though, I'm starting to wonder if my excuse for not partying on New Years Eve will last.

I think it will, even if and when my husband and I do go to the parties. Why? Because we have a rule. If I drive, the driver decides when it's time to go and if the driver is tired, the party is over. Yeah, safety first people.

This year we don't have a babysitter, which is fine by me, New Years has gotten fun staying home with the boys. A night filled with board games, card games, movies, music, and watching the ball drop- if Mommy can stay awake. :-)

What are your plans for New Years? Share with me, I'll be planning a nice home meal, with popcorn, board games, and legos.

Monday, December 26, 2011

On my way Home



It's the day after Christmas and I'm on my way home from NY. We left on Saturday morning and are stopping off in CT to celebrate Christmas with my husbands family today so I won't be blogging today. 

I'll be back on Thursday. I hope everyone has had a great Christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Cards vs Digital Cards



These days with so many people out of work, looking for better work, in school, and the economy just in the muck, I've noticed a change this year so far in holiday cards. There are many people in my family who love to send cards for every holiday. Me? I'm not one of them. I usually don't even attached a birthday card to the gift. No, I'm not cheap. I just rather spend the money on the gift then  three dollars and fifty cents on a card the person is going to throw out anyway.

I will recant that thought and feeling when it comes to Christmas, and Hanuka cards though. I am a firm believer in those cards being sent. I find it is the only time you hear from most people these days and it's nice to know that a little effort was put into it. It is December 22, and I haven't even received half of the amount of cards I usually get. Now, are people like me and just late? Or are they going to free E-cards?  I think E-cards, because I am getting more and more of them lately.

I really can't blame people for going that route, especially since cards and stamps are costing so much more today, and I have just found out that starting in January stamps are going up to .45 cents, but it doesn't seem fair. Since I have young kids people have come to expect the picture holiday card. Don't they realize that they are just as expensive for me as it is for them, maybe even more so since I have small kids? Okay they aren't so small anymore, but hey they are still young enough to need a babysitter, so in my eyes they are young in my eyes.

I don't mean this post to sound like I'm complaining, I actually not. I just received another E-card and it got me thinking about what direction holiday cards are going in these days? What do you think? What is your take on this? Do you see yourself going the way of E-cards for your holiday cards? I'd love to know.

Monday, December 19, 2011

That Dreaded Synopsis



It's Monday again and unfortunately I don't have any synopsis or query entries for you to critique. So instead I have searched the web for information and tips I can post here for you to reference. Today I'm concentrating on Synopsis. If you google the word synopsis you'll be amazed at the amount of information out there. Listed are the obvious places and our all time favorites:

Nathan Bransford always has wonderful information
as does Query Shark.
But did you know Readers Digest has tons of articles out there as well?

But did you know that:

Query Tracker is a great site with help on synopsis as well.
And Lisa Gardner has a great article called Conquering That Dreaded Synopsis: A Series of Ten Lectures
which is very helpful.
Gabrielle Luthy has a blog and a website I stumbled upon in my search that has tons of information on it Click over and check her out.

So there you have it, some homework to check out while you are away finishing up those query and synopsis getting them ready me for.  Don't forget to leave a comment letting me know what you think of the sites I have found. I'd love to know if they were useful to you.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tank


No, not that kind of Tank.  The Tank I'm talking about is the new video that is making it's way around Youtube.  I first saw the video at work.  One of the girls checked her Facebook account and noticed someone had posted it on their wall and had to show everyone.

I thought this was the funny video.  If you are a lover of animals you will enjoy this.  If you have animals whom you don't trust to be left alone on their own you will enjoy this even more.

With out further ado, I present you with Tank:  I promise you'll love this:

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Blog Critque by Laura Barnes

I'm so excited!  Today Laura has agreed to critque my blog.  I have noticed many people in the blog world have decided ask  for help professional in this area, and I have decided I could use the help too. 

Laura is posting her thoughts on her blog so why don't you do see what she has to say? You can swing over by clicking  Here.

I know I'll be there taking notes and putting her advice into action!

What are your thoughts on updating your blog?  How often do you spice things up?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Do you Ever Wonder?

I was reading one of my own posts. You know looking it over, making sure I spelled everything correctly, making those needed edits when something hit me.

Do agents ever see our post?  There are so many of us who write and blog in the hopes of one day writing that one novel that will land us an agent.  We query our hearts out and we mention our blogs as our pride and joy.  They say an agent will be more interested if he/she sees you have followers. The more followers the better, it shows them that we have people out there that will buy our books, because they all ready want to know what we have to say. But....

Do you ever wonder how many of those agents click over to see your blog that you mentioned in your query letter?  Seriously I'm curious.  Has an agent ever click over to check you out?  Did they leave a comment and let you know?  I'm in the throws of querying now, and I'd love to know what agents think of our blogs. If anyone has ever heard from an agent saying they have checked out your blog, I'd love to hear about it.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I've Been a Bad Girl......

because I haven't been in the blog world lately. I've been busy, very busy with my current finished manuscript. After sending out a small batch to selective agents I have decided to slow down and take another look at my work again.

I am so glad I did. These past few weeks I have been in contact with my critique partners, found a new one and have been busy as a bee writing, re-writing, and perfecting my query and synopsis. I'm feeling very good about both of them now. I can honestly say I really don't think there is much, if any room for improvement at this point of the game. But before I send my baby out to the wolves again, you can be sure I am reading over my ms again to make sure everything is tightened and polished.

I don't believe in making the same mistake twice, and I don't want to take any chances. So if I've been quite, it's not that I don't love you all, it's that I'm working hard so hopefully I'll have good news, no make that great news to share with you down the road.

Happy Thursday Everyone, and Happy Writing!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Stand Out Query MG- Tonja Drecker

I'm happy to introduce another entry for Stand Out Synopsis/Query Monday. Today Tonja Drecker has submitted her query for her MG novel for review. I have posted the query I received as is below for you to read, after the original I have written my red lines and changes.


When thirteen-year-old Daniel sits down for breakfast, an obnoxious alien bounces out of the fridge and whisks him away to a distant planet. Daniel thought he was the most normal boy on Earth. But he was wrong.

 BASIC INTELLIGENCE MODEL is a 51,000-word science fiction manuscript for children ages nine and up. This middle-grade novel is a standalone with series potential.

Although Daniel doesn’t want to believe it, he is an alien. He isn’t green. Antennas are not growing out of his head. He doesn’t even have any amazing super-powers.  But the arrogant, alien Princess Tyra expects him to help her regain her throne from an evil lord. Daniel refuses and returns to his uncle’s farm, but Tyra isn’t about to let him go that easily. She follows him back to Earth, enrolls in his school, and promises not to leave until he has saved her world.

A couple years ago, I had the priviledge of receiving a request from you to review a full on another manuscript. Although you declined, I appreciated not only your valuable insights, but  the fact that you took the time and effort to make them.

Okay now that you have read the original here are my red lines and changes. Once again this is only advice, what the author does with the advice and changes made are entirely up to them.

Red Lines

Although Thirteen-year-old Daniel doesn’t want to believe he is an alien. He isn’t green. Antennas are not growing out of his head. He doesn’t even have any amazing super-powers.  So when he sits down for breakfast and an obnoxious alien bounces out of the fridge and whisks him away to a distant planet, Daniel thinks this just couldn’t happen. he was the most to a normal boy on Earth. He was wrong.

He is taken to a planet where the arrogant alien Princess Tyra expects him to help her regain her throne from an evil lord. Daniel refuses and returns to his uncle’s farm, but Tyra isn’t about to let him go that easily, she follows him back to Earth, enrolls in his school, and promises not to leave until he has saved her world.

BASIC INTELLIGENCE MODEL is a 51,000-word science fiction manuscript novel for children ages nine and up. This middle-grade novel is a standalone with series potential. (I’ve heard different people say different things here on if writers should mention this is series potential. To be honest I’m torn here) anyone have words of advice?

 I had the privilege of receiving a request from you to review a full on another manuscript. Although you declined,

A couple years ago I received word from you to resubmit when I had another novel to submit for query. I appreciated your valuable insights, and the fact that you took the time and effort to make them. I have available a finished copy of my manuscript for your review upon your request. I look forward to hearing from you. I can be reached at…….

Okay world you're turn. What changes do you have for Tonja? Please put them in the comments. And remember if you have a synopsis or query spread the word and send them in!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Do You Have ADHD When It Comes To Writing To?

I swear when it comes to writing I have ADHD.  My usual routine starts with an idea, so I start writing. My first idea I loved, so I wrote to the end.  Once I finished I did the usual. I edited, I wrote my synopsis and I queried.  Guess what, it went no where.  Not one agent like it.  Oh well, it was after all my first.

After that heart breaking experience I wrote again.  It didn't feel right, so I put it aside and started again.  That one didn't feel right either, so I put that one aside, and started again.  The third time I started to think something was wrong with me.  The first time around I felt the magic, I fell in love with my characters.  What was wrong with me.  I knew a story was there, but none of the plots were defined enough, and I wasn't sure where I wanted to go. 

Then I started Light Weight, (which I'm sure the title will change in time) and I fell in love.  I loved my idea and my story was defined.  I knew exactly where I wanted to go and how I wanted to get there.  Looking back at my WIP that are sitting waiting for me to open them up again I realize what the problem is.  I love the idea, but the idea isn't finished.  The plot isn't defined and when the plot isn't defined, you don't have a story, you only have part of a story.

I've was deciding to put on hold my WIP again. I hate to say that, but for the good of my WIP and my writing I felt that was the best move.  Until I sat down again and gave it another go.  My plot is more defined. Don't get me wrong it's not totally there but much closer then it was. I really love this story, more then most.  Part of my problem is I see this story as a series and I really don't know how to do that yet which is why the plot is all over the place. I still need to learn to pace myself for that long haul of an idea.

Part of me wants to pick up something I wrote years ago. It would be so much easier.  It's written long hand, filling up a note book or two.  But I still want to work on my current WIP at the same time.  I don't believe in working on two at one time. I want to put all more focus and effort into one at a time.
Tell me how many WIP do you have lying around?  Have you had a hard time feeling the love for your work? Tell me so I know I'm not alone in this ADHD world of writing. How many WIP do you work on at one time?