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Unofficial Post a Photo of your Work Space Day!

Hey guys! I’m dropping in at the tale end of February 1st Unofficial “Post a Photo of your Work Space Day“! I absolutely LOVE looking at pictures of people’s writing space so when I dropped by Kristen Yard’s blog today and saw that HOLY COW! it’s Post a Photo of your Work Space Day I was ecstatic!

But come on, who doesn’t like to see where the magic happens?? So I decided to post a few pics myself… are you ready??

And yes– because you asked, the walls are pink. It was a 4 year old’s princess room before I took it over, and I’m far to lazy to paint… Trust me. Pink suits my muse 😉

This is where some writing happens. And Netflix makes an appearance…
And this is where some serious plotting takes place =)
I’m an old fashioned kind of girl– I sit on the floor and use my WIP notebooks to file away the details.
Still…sometimes the best stuff comes when curled up in bed and on the lappy 😎

Anyone else post any pics of their work space??

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February 2, 2011 Posted by | About Me, Writing | Leave a comment

Announcements

Hello everyone! I know, long time, no blog—but I’m back, and with THREE important announcements that could make you a happy, happy reader!

First off: Today on CritiqueThisWIP I have the honor (or dumb luck) of interviewing KRISTIE COOK! That’s right, guys! I got to take a sit down with Kristie and learn all the nitty-gritty details. Swing by and check her out!

Second: Speaking of interviews—yours truly got to switch seats with none other that Kristen Yard for an interview of my own! Yep, you read that right—I was interviewed by Kristen Yard (you know, the chick I interviewed last week on CritiqueThisWIP). Apparently, Kristen wanted pay back because her questions were WAY worse that mine were…then again, I’m pretty biased. So swing by Kristen’s blog at Take It As It Comes and read my interview. You may learn more than you ever wanted to know about me. *Don’t judge*

Last, but not least: Now I’ve saved the best for last (not that mine and Kristie’s interviews aren’t little golden tickets, but this is a real gem!). My critique group, CritiqueThis has three openings available and waiting for romance writers to fill them. We’re holding a contest on our group blog where you can apply for membership. All romance writers are welcome to participate! Drop by the Contest Page for more details.

Okay, that’s it—I promise! What are you waiting for? You have links to click on!

May 31, 2010 Posted by | About Me, Critique_This, interview | Leave a comment

Forget Me Not!

forgetmenot Forget me not! I’m still here. Kinda. It wasn’t planned, but I’ve been on a blogging/writing hiatus—thanks to massive amounts of homework and out-of-town company. It was a nice little mini-vacation, but now that it’s over…back to work I go! Here’s a peace offering, from me to you—Forget Me Nots. Aren’t they pretty?!

Because of my scheduling conflicts, I’ve sorta balked on the writerly stuff. No new chapters, no new crits, no nothin’. That’s right, just call me a slacker; that’s what I am. I’m a proud slacker, though (or at least I try to be).

Lucky for me, I did manage to get some reading in while on Slacker Island. Actually, it was more like listening, since I did most of it while I was working, driving, or coloring my hair. *Audiobooks for the win!* May I just say, for those of you who know of Rachel Vincent, her latest Shifters book (appropriately titled SHIFT) was amazing and kept me up until 6:30 in the morning. While I can’t stand her MC, the books are fantastic.

And after SHIFT, I went on to finish the Lone Star Sisters series from Susan Mallery—also phenomenal—which kept me up all of the next night. I started functioning off of 2 and 3 hours worth of sleep. Not good for an avid sleeper… You can see what else I’ve been reading at Goodreads or Shelfari.

Now that company is gone and SPRING BREAK is approaching, I’ll be getting some quality writing time in. Hopefully that means more blog time too. I’ve missed you guys! I haven’t even been on Twitter and I don’t even see how I’m still alive without Twitter and the #amwritingparty!!

Will be posting some awards soon (get ready, and watch your back!)

Oh, and one last thing before I’m off to mentally prepare for Criminal Minds tonight— I got my hair done for the summer! …yes, I have summer and winter colors. It didn’t come out how I planned (at all) but it works.

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Curled and straight. Whoopie! Now to lose that extra 50 pounds…

March 10, 2010 Posted by | About Me, Reading/Read | Leave a comment

That’s a Wrap

It’s time to wrap up the Big Fat Liar Award, and yes, I really do feel like a big fat liar. There are 2 truths, and 5 lies…

  1. I played volleyball throughout high school.” Nope—never even played.
  2. I have six toes on my left foot.” Only, five…sorry.
  3. I wear wedding rings on both my right and left hand.” Ding ding ding! True story. I do wear them on both hands. The white gold set is mine—my fiancé bought it specifically for me. But the set on my right hand—yellow gold & platinum—is a family heirloom. J’s grandmother passed it down to him after we got engaged.
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  4. I love watching golf.” As if! I work at a golf course, so I’ve seen enough golf to last me a few lifetimes. I do like to play—as long as there’s alcohol involved. I don’t want to remember the back nine, you feel me?
  5. I’m allergic to shellfish.” Another lie. I’m not allergic; I’m just not partial to them.
  6. I have a tramp-stamp.” Oh yes, this one’s the second truth. I even call it a tramp-stamp; no shame over here. I got it done about two years ago and have a love/hate relationship with it (and I’d soo get another one!). I found it would I was looking through wedding invites (I was obviously going through a girly phase) and loved it. It holds meaning with me and J—two hearts together, two people together.  Forever. tat
    It ended up well, seeing as how J & I are eloping when the time comes. I’m thinking the drive thru Tunnel of Love at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Vegas. What do you think? A drive thru in Vegas?! Yes, please.
     
  7. I’m majoring in psychology.” Nope. English.

This was a fun award. Thanks again to Kelly R Morgan and Ashelynn Sanford!

February 22, 2010 Posted by | About Me, Award | Leave a comment

Side Projects? What side projects?

wp_10bSchool is putting a serous cramp in my writing life. Whenever I think I have time to sit down and do my thing…AHH! Another essay is due!

It’s hard to remember my priorities sometimes. I want to write my novels, but I need to finish school. And then there’s that pesky work thing. Really though, when is a writer supposed to write? I’ll have to be dead before i get the time to work on it, and by then I’ll be too dead to actually write the damn book!

I’m not the kind of writer who see’s twenty minutes of free time and can sit down to write the next few pages of my WIP. I need to warm up—to get into the zone. And then, of course I’ll need to get out of the zone. I can’t just stop writing when I’m on a role, after all. That’s just crazy talk. Absolute nonsense.

Fortunately for me, (and unfortunately for you) I realize that I’m not the only person who struggles with balancing the precious 24 hours given to me. Plenty of you work, raise families, do the school thing, volunteer, play a weekly game of bunko, have a social life, read, and still manage to get in your writing. Who knows? You might even have time to exercise. And to all you well adjusted people, I say kudos and congratulations (in addition to a hearty “screw you”).

But really, if I could give you an award, I would. It would be called the Ass Kicker Award and it would be awarded to bona fide ass kicking people everywhere. Except for me, because I’m a scatterbrained nut-job with a fondness for writing.

medical-weight-loss-program On another note, I’ve finally decided to do something about the extra pounds I’ve packed on in the past, oh, two years, or so. You see, I have this genius plan for weight loss. Get ready, because I know this is going to shock some people (mainly, anyone who knows me). I’m going on a diet! Actually, I’m already on one. It’s been one day—the most successful diet attempt I’ve ever had.

I feel like a vegetarian. Okay…a quasi-vegetarian. I’m actually eating those green things and passing on the cookies. I’m pretty proud of myself, as I have no willpower. Maybe I’m just a horrible stereotype, but I’m a Southern woman, and I like my food fried. Umm mmm! Fried chicken, fried Twinkies, fried cheese sticks. You fry it, I’ll eat it.

But for breakfast today, I ate these strange things called strawberries and peaches. Lunch and dinner? Fat free yogurt—and a bowl of shredded lettuce. I mean, come on! Who eats a bowl of shredded lettuce?! [I might have cheated with tacos…but J made them for me. It would have been rude to decline 🙂 ]

Please, oh please, oh please, dear gods of weight loss—rid me of my extra forty pounds! Smite down these evil fast food cravings and let rabbit food taste like Belgian chocolate.

Once I’m over this damn cold, I’m going to start that exercising thing. Maybe I’ll even get out of the house…

Baby steps. Baby steps.

February 10, 2010 Posted by | About Me, Diet, Fiance o' Mine | 2 Comments

Honest Scrapper—I mean Scrap

I must have done something right—or people just feel really sorry for—because Valerie at I Should Be Writing has awarded me with the Honest Scrap Award! honest-scrapSeeing as how my blog is not only honest but is also scrap, I humbly accept this award. Thank you for thinking of me Valerie, and for passing on this award. And for those that don’t know Valerie,  she’s a writer, a reader, an indie filmmaker, and more.  Click on over to her blog to dig into her mind—she’s awesome and her blog is super cool.

So check it out!! Isn’t it pretty?!

Needless to say, I’m pretty excited about it. But seriously, what part about getting a pretty blog award isn’t exciting?!

For this award, I need to list 10 “honest” facts about myself. I’ll try to come up with some stuff you might not already know about me, but I can’t make any promises—I’m not the most interesting person in the blogosphere.

  1. I’m usually very reserved. I like to sit in the background and observe people (which makes me either a people watcher or a voyeur. Maybe there isn’t really a difference, but I like to think of myself as a people watcher. Voyeur just sounds so dirty…) At first, some people mistake this as shyness or even snobbery. And maybe I am—the former, (hopefully) not the latter—but people say the same about Steven Seagal, and he’s done pretty well for himself.
  2. I’m adopted—on my dad’s side, anyway. I don’t know my biological father but my adopted dad has been with me since I was an infant. He’s a great dad and I love him to death.
  3. I’m German, French, and Scottish, with a bit of Native American (Iroquois) thrown in for good luck. Like many Americans, I’m a mutt.
  4. I love camping but hate bugs. Trust me, it is possible camp with a minimum of bugs—it just requires hellovalotta bug spray and you must buy citronella candles in bulk.
  5. I’m an “old soul”. I’m certain I was born in the wrong century.
  6. I’m sensitive, emotional, compassionate, fiercely loyal, mama-bear protective, and an avid dreamer.
  7. I believe in justice, not vengeance, though the two are often confused.
  8. I love colorful, funky socks. And legwarmers.
  9. I’m a total nerd who loves to “info-gather”. Discovery, History Channel, Crime & Investigation, Animal Planet = my playground.
  10. I believe that Science and Religion are not mutually exclusive.

Okay, that wasn’t too bad. I think I’ve managed to hold on to most of my dignity. Now to pass it on. Hmm…who gets to be my victims today?

☆★☆ And now for an update on Blogfest!

The Love at First Sight Blogfest is 16 days away and my “Mr. Linky’s” sign up widget has decided to go completely haywire. After some blood, sweat, and tears, I had given up on the POS and created a new and improved sign up widget, using “Simply Linked”.

And, like all things technology, as soon as I moved on to another program, Mr. Linky started working again. So for now, we’re going to stick with Mr. Linky (even if he is a defective piece of crap). But if he goes out again, so help me, I will boot his ass right out of Blogfest!

If that happens, there is no need for anyone to re-sign up. I’ll take care of transferring your blog link to the new sign up sheet.

♥For those that would like to sign up for Blogfest, simple click on the Love at First Sight link above and add your name to Mr. Linky’s list. ♥

Need an idea for Blogfest? On Monday, Feb 1st, I’ll be blogging about different kinds of love-at-first-sight moments. Swing by to get some ideas.

You can also find some writing-inspiration at my other blog, To Keep It Going.

January 28, 2010 Posted by | About Me, Award, Blogfest, blogs, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Happy Award x2 & inspiration for the LaFS Blogfest

I’ve won the Happy Award…twice! I am definitely feeling the love!

♥ Thanks to Tiana Lei over at Spilled Ink for this awesome award! Tiana has a great blog. She’s an aspiring writer who is kind enough to blog about her writing ups and downs. OH, and she she has a really cute layout. ♥

♥ Thank you, Rhonda at Snarktastic Ramblings for being kind enough to pass this one on to me! For those that don’t know, Rhonda is one of the funniest bloggers out there. She delivers snark of a colorful variety. Swing by her blog and check her out. ♥

The Happy Award (which is really, really cute!) is very simple and pretty darned cool. First, I’ll pass on the award (my favorite part of receiving awards–besides getting to post the pretty pictures on my blog)  then state 10 things that make me happy. Hence, the “Happy 101” picture.

But before I forget — and yes, I know I’m interrupting a perfectly good train of thought — I want to remind everyone about the Valentine’s Days Love at First Sight Blogfest. Sign your name and blog address to the Mr. Linky’s sign up list and post your Love at First Sight scene to your blog on February 14th. ★ Don’t forget to sign up, or people won’t know how to find your blog ★ If you’re having trouble with your muse, head on over to To Keep It Going, a blog of inspirational tidbits. I’m doing a series on love poems and over romantic paraphernalia, in honor of Blogfest.

Now—back to business. First, to pass on this award I’ve searched my blog reader for blogs that have not (at least to my knowledge) already received this award. It’s nothing personal, I just wanted to spread the love to people who didn’t already have it. And if I messed up, and you do already have this, please forgive me 😉 This task was not as easy as I thought it would be…

And now for the 10 things that make me happy —

1. My beautiful family.
(brothers, sister, myself, and cat, Leo)
2. My incredible fiance’, J.
(Me & J on my birthday, last year.)
3. My religion
4. Writing
5. Reading
6.  Photography
7. Music
8. Movies

9. Nature

10. Rainstorms

Have a great week everyone. I’ll see you next time.

January 23, 2010 Posted by | About Me, Award, Blogfest, blogs, Fiance o' Mine, the Family | Leave a comment

Bringing in 2010 with Blog Awards!

Happy New Years! I hope everyone had a wonderful January 1st. Mine has been incredibly relaxing and full of tivo’d Burn Notice episodes (which, for me, is the equivalent that Beerfest is for college kids). Basically, I’ve become a little obsessed. But hey, everyone needs a vice…

Before I get too enamored with the new year, I need to finish up some business from the last one. First off, I have been thrilled to receive some incredible new awards from some awesome bloggers! I’m so honored that people even read my blog, much less think I should get awards for it!

And if that wasn’t good enough, the lovely Julie Dao over at Silver Lining has tagged me with the writers meme! Thank you for thinking of me Julie! I’ve actually already done the meme, which makes this really easy for me—and just like a drunken frat boy, I like easy. (Sorry, but lame jokes make me happy.) If you’d like to see my meme, click here. If you’d like to see who I tagged, say hello to Kayleigh, a outstanding writer living in the south of France. Want to know something even better about her? She’s only fifteen years old and her writing is superb! This chick has all the markings of the next JR Ward, Laurell K Hamilton, Jim Butcher, Jeff Lindsay, name-the-big-shot. She’s also on twitter as @luckynumbr22.

Another terrific writer, Carolina Valdez Miller, over at Carol’s Prints, has given me two new awards, the Blogging Writer Award and the One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you Carol! I’m so excited to have two brand new awards—talk about a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Carol can usually be found on Twitter (just like most of us crazy writers) cruising the #amwritingparty as @cvaldezmiller.

These two awards only require me to pass them on to other bloggers, which happens to be the best part of getting awards.

  • I’d like to pass on the Blogging Writer Award, to Victoria S. at her self-titled blog Victoria S. Vicky writes YA and Paranormal Romance–AKA, she’s my kind of girl.
  • I’d like to send Anne Riley the One Lovely Blog Award! Anne is one of the sweetest ladies I know, and—even better—she’s another #amwritingparty peep AND an Alabama girl! Roll Tide! You can find her on twitter as @AnneRiley.

My third award. the Picasso Award, came from another fantastic writer friend, Rhonda, from Snarktastic Ramblings. Rhonda has a great blog; it’s not only cute but funny. She can also be found on twitter as @rcowsert playing in the #amwritingparty.

The Picasso Award is one of those tell-me-your-deepest-secrets kind of deals, and, like the stickler for rules that I am, I’m going to go ahead and get to it. I pass this award on to 7 other bloggers and state 7 facts about myself.

And, if you really want to know some meaningless, ooey-gooey facts about me, here ya go. Dig in. Enjoy. Don’t judge me.

  1. I’m a design-school dropout—web design to be exact. I did it because I didn’t know what else to do…and I had just dropped out of early-childhood education. Turns out, I sucked at the web design and don’t have the patience for a horde of first graders. Oh well, you live and you learn.
  2. I could spend days—no, weeks watching crime shows. A&E, Crime & Investigation Network, ID, you name it, I’ll be watching it. Forensic Files = the Super Bowl of crime shows. I’m just saying…
  3. I am the oldest of five kids, ages 23 to 5. All of us have the same parents and no, we aren’t Mormon or Catholic. My parents just started early, and the youngest was a … surprise.
  4. I love watching crappy-scary-movies. I’m not talking B-grade, I-Know-What-You-Did-Last-Summer kind of crap either. I’m talking never made it into theater, Sci-Fi-won’t-even-air-it kind of bad. Something along the lines of Mr. Jingles, Storm Warning, or Splinter. It’s okay. Everyone has a few quirks, this just happens to be one of mine 😉
  5. I suffer from an incurable, chronic pain disease called Interstitial Cystitis. It sucks. I blog about it sometimes but I usually try to forget about it. “Ignorance is bliss” or something like that.
  6. I’m addicted to Dr. Pepper—seriously—which is really bad for my IC but…whatever, my body’s used to it by now. Ironically, cigarettes, booze, prescription medications—none of them faze me 🙂 My addictions are limited to internet, TV, and caffeine.
  7. I’m a germaphobe but I’m all about clutter…except when I’m being organized. Call me an oxymoron.

So, what are some random facts about you?

January 2, 2010 Posted by | About Me, Award | 4 Comments

The Infamous MEME


Carol over at Carol’s Prints
was nice enough to tag me in a “meme”. Now, I’m still new to blogging, but from what I’ve gathered from the blogs I read, a meme is basically a questionnaire. So, it’s my turn to answer the meme, and tag someone else…

So– Kayleigh, tag, you’re it!

What’s the last thing you wrote? What’s the first thing you wrote that you still have?

The first thing I wrote that I still have was called CFC vs. Bad Boys. In my defense, I was ten years old at the time. It was about two rival, gang-like clubs, your typical good vs. evil scenario. The bad club was always trying to bring down the good club. The big climax occurred when the Bad Boys kidnapped the CFC leader’s girlfriend and he had to save her! Yikes.

Write poetry?

The last time I wrote a poem was for my nana with I was nine. It pretty much sucked.

Angsty poetry?

I’m not good at poetry. Sorry.

Favorite genre of writing?

Paranormal Romance or its subcultures.

Most annoying character you’ve ever created?

I love all of my characters; they all have a piece of me in them, but…a character in an old PNR I wrote really got on my nerves. Dara: needy, insecure, jealous, selfish, evil. That pretty much sums it up.

Best plot you’ve ever created?

My current WIP has a pretty awesome plot.

Coolest plot twist you’ve ever created?

Hmm. Everything I write is a plot twist in its own little way.

How often do you get writer’s block?

I don’t so much get writer’s block so much as I lack the motivation to sit down and type out a scene.

Write fan fiction?

Once upon a time…

Do you type or write by hand?

I do both. I generally “write” out scenes because it helps me to get down the meat of it without dealing with OCD over grammar and spelling. After I hand write the most of it, I type it up and add the mashed potatoes and gravy….and obsess over grammar and spelling.  

Do you save everything you write?

Yep. I obsessively control/S every few seconds whenever I type. I back up all of my files on an external drive also. I once lost the MS I was working on because my computer crashed. I was at the halfway mark…

Do you ever go back to an idea after you’ve abandoned it?

I don’t like the word “abandoned”. Every “unfinished” piece I have gets filed away. I usually find my way back to it in time, after fresh ideas make it workable again.

What’s your favorite thing you’ve written?

I’m not entirely sure. I love all of my books, but I think I’d have to say my current WIP because of how organized I was when plotting. Everything seems to be paced pretty well and makes sense (so far).

What’s everyone else’s favourite story that you’ve written?

My current WIP “Book 1” of The Immortal Series is my fiancé’s and my CP’s favorite. But isn’t ‘newer always better’?

Ever written romance or angsty teen drama?

Of course. Who hasn’t? Really. Tell the truth.

What’s your favorite setting for your characters?

No preference. They go where the story takes them!

How many writing projects are you working on right now?

Too many. I’m working on 3 series. My main love, a PNR, is an open ended series, of which I’m currently writing in 3. So, including my other series, I have a total of 6(ish) WIPs.

Have you ever won an award for your writing?

Only A’s on English papers. I haven’t even submitted any of my writing into an contests—until now, I wrote strictly for myself.

What are your five favorite words?

Good question. I love curse words, of course—they just add such emphasis—but I won’t list those. I use “usually”, “tend to”, and “though” a lot, but I can’t think of any words I particularly like. I enjoy using strong verbs and adjectives.

What character have you created that is most like yourself

Kate (Immortal Series) is actually based off of me. She’s much stronger though and could totally kick my butt in a fight 😉

Where do you get ideas for your characters?

They come to me actually, silly as it sounds. I’ll be writing a story and some “voice” will pop into my head, like Hello, what about me? You can’t write this story without me! Hmm, that definitely makes me sound a little nutty…

Do you ever write based on your dreams?

Oh God—all the time. As a matter of fact, most of my novels have been based (on some level) from some weird dream I’ve had, which ironically makes me feel like I’m violating some copyright law…

Do you favor happy endings, sad endings or cliff-hangers?

I figure there are too many sad endings in real life to justify putting them in fiction. Obviously some scenes require sad endings and some novels just lead to one, but on principal, I only like sad endings in poems and short stories. 

But seriously– I can’t stand committing myself to a book (whether reading it or writing it) and ending up with a crap-tastic ending. It makes me feel so…tricked, like someone’s laughing and pointing fingers at me while taunting “ha ha! I got you!”

Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?

Unfortunately, yes. It’s a bad habit I’m trying to break. I tend to take FOREVER to write 500 words because I’m too consumed with “does that comma go there?” and “semicolon or period?”  Write or Die can usually help me avoid the grammar checks but then I get mad later when I’m reading over it and I see all of my mistakes…

This is why I am the world’s slowest writer.

Does music help you write?

I’m like Carol; I use music and lyrics to help me plot out scenes in my head, but I can’t listen to it when I write because it distracts me. Sometimes I can listen to piano music, but that doesn’t always work for me.

Quote something you’ve written. Whatever pops into your head.

“The TV was on and a commercial advertised for the Real Housewives of someplace-or-another.”


Wow, that was a lot of questions! I didn’t think I’d ever finish. Some of the questions really embarrassed me…like #1. Yep, that was the worst of them.

My next blog post will be back to “normal” and will be posted either Thursday or Friday. Have a great day everyone!

December 3, 2009 Posted by | About Me, Writing | 1 Comment