Slice of [my] Life

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I’m a PRO!

No, not a PROfessional. I’m a PROlific blogger. See?! I even have the award to prove it! Ain’t she grand?

I’m a PRO!

Okay, so maybe she’s a bit old… maybe a wee bit dusty, but I didn’t forget about her. I promise, my dear blog award–I was just biding my time, waiting for the best possible moment to unveil you to the public… I swear… *cough*

I’d like to send a gigantic THANK YOU to Kristie Cook for passing this cutie on to me =D Thanks Kristie!

By the way, if you don’t already know Kristie, check her out– her new book, Promise, is available in stores now and is phenomenal! This book (the first in the Soul Savers series) has gotten rave reviews–and let me tell you, critics are tough. Seriously, the chick is enviable. I’d hate her, you know, if I didn’t already love her 😉

Now I’ll be passing this little diddy on to one of my favorite bloggers/people in the entire world. Who might that be? Well, none other than my CP/soul-mate, Ashley Tenille!If you don’t know Ashley–shame on you! She’s only the coolest Canuck ever…quite possibly the coolest person ever (though I like to think we tie for the latter).

So Ashley– do her proud! Dust off that lent and post her to your blog– then start writing!

August 4, 2010 Posted by | Ashley Tenille, Award, blogs, Reading/Read | Leave a comment

This is how I write…this is how I write

I’ve been a bad blogger–and writer–lately. I admit it, I’ve been a real disappointment. But I”m trying to turn all that around by getting back into the groove of things.

First, I’ve been working on Nightlings, moving some chapters around and getting it all beautiful for my new critique group members at CritiqueThisWIP.

Secondly, I’ve been trying to get some good blog posts going. Okay, so I haven’t been so successful at that second part, but, like I said, I’m trying. I blog over at CritiqueThisWIP once a week (which, for a while, was more than enough). But this week, I’m branching out even further and wrote guest blog post for Kayleigh’s Kaleidoscope! What’s it about, you ask? How I Write (do you see the irony?). What have I realized? That I really love blogging–not to mention writing–so I’m going to make it a point to get my butt back in “the zone”.

It hasn’t all been easy. I’ve been feeling down about my writing for a few months now. Nothing comes out right, my grammar skills are annoying me to no end, and my “voice” has been hiding out in a very dark, very quiet place. How are you supposed to write when the cursor just sits there, blinking that irritating I on an otherwise blank screen?! Don’t tell me just do it, because I’ve been tryin’ and it just ain’t workin’. But that will all be coming to an end. No more putting it off. You may be reading a bunch of crap, but at least I’ll be posting again, right?

Don’t forget to swing by Kayleigh’s Kaleidoscope to see just how crazy a writer I am!

July 20, 2010 Posted by | "Bitten" Series, blogs, Guest Blog, UGGGHHH!, Writing | 2 Comments

What— How could you have missed this?!

Ahoy there! Just ignore my absence—it’s nothing personal. I have a lot going on right now, sue me.

So, if you missed the memo (I know…what memo?!) my critique group has started a new blog where we talk about the how to’s, the dos & don’ts, and the ups & downs of writing. If you’ve missed out, shame on you! We’ve have some terrific posts—and, because we are all about our readers, on Fridays, we have a special treat for ya’ll called Friday Fiction.

Friday Fiction is (AWESOME) a serialized story we do on duh Fridays. Each week one of our group members writes a scene, and the next week, someone else adds to it. Because it was Margaret’s idea, she got to cut the ribbon, fire the gun, kick the donkey and write the very first scene of our Friday Fiction story. If you haven’t read it—well, I’m sorry. It’s fantastic (because Margaret is just cool like that) and you’re totally missing out on some awesomeness. All I’m sayin’ is, you may not be cool if you don’t read it… Just saying. So head on over to CritiqueThisWIP and follow*follow*follow check out the scene from today’s, first ever, Friday Fiction.

Hold up! I’m not done.  Like blogfests?! You’ll love these!

Anne Riley is hosting the first ever (at least to our knowledge) Murder Scene Blogfest on April 10th! Head on over to her blog and sign up using the Linky box on the right column of her blog. Again. I’m not sure if you like to be part of the in-crowd, but if you don’t want to be a complete outcast, sign your butt on up!!  😉

Hey there, I know you’re all excited to sign up for blogfest and to read the awesomeness that is Friday Fiction, but hold up!

Tara Fouts is hosting the Bar Scene Blogfest on April 11th! Seriously—a Bar Scene Blogfest…a Barfest, perhaps? I foresee many a drunken bar brawls coming up. And come on, who doesn’t like sitting back and watching a bunch of drunken fools fight for their manhood while smashing their way through stools, tables (WATCH THE BEER!), pool tables… Well, at least I do. So, what are you waiting for?! Run (or click, whichever you prefer) on over to Tara’s blog and sign yourself up for a kickass (literally) blogfest!

Remember, April 10th (Murder), April 11th(Bar Brawl). Can you imagine all of the blood, sweat, and tears that will be going down on this bloody weekend?! I can!

Now, dear readers, you may link-surf to your hearts content. Have a good weekend, lovelies!

April 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogfest, blogs, Critique_This | Leave a comment

Check it Out!

vancouver-fireworks My critique group, Critique This, has just started a new blog and guess what?! Today is our very first day of blogging!

…AND…

I’m the one who gets to start it off with a bang! So run on over to our new group blog and check out my post about the pros & cons of pen names!

See you there!

CritiqueThisWIP.blogspot.com

March 30, 2010 Posted by | blogs, Critique_This, Writing | Leave a comment

My Lovelies

I’ve been hoarding. Yep—hoarding my awards. I’ve received three lovely awards in the past…month?! Thank you, thank you, I’m honored 😉

My first hoardee is the Love Award, from Tiffany Neal. If you don’t know Tiffany, you are missing out. She’s hilarious and a fellow Texan. In fact, she doesn’t live all that far from me, though we have only chatted online. I’m pretty fond of her and enjoy stalking her awesome blog =) Tiffany teaches 4th grade (God be with her…) and writes YA. Once again, she’s awesome but she’s my friend, so back off 😉 Just kidding.

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Who am I nominating for the Love Award, you ask? That’s a marvelous questions—I’m glad you asked. Drum roll please…

Sara McClung

My second lovely is the Creative Writer Award—a gift from Nicole Ducleroir! Nicole is amazing. I was reading over the “about me” section on her blog and WOW this woman knows how to decorate a cake! She also has a killer workout routine that I am incredibly jealous of (because, come on…me? work out? Phleeze). So anyway, Nicki writes Literary Fiction and has a wicked creative streak. Just take a look on her blog & read some of the things she chats about—and you’ll know this is one awesome chick!

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So, who’s my victim this time? Muahaha!

Kristen Yard

Lastly, we have the Quillfeather Award from Carolina Valdez Miller. Thanks Carol! I love it! For this award, I have to state how I like my eggs. Well Carol, I’m not a huge fan of eggs. Frankly, they creep me out. But I’ll eat them if they’re slathered in butter and sandwiched between bread and cheese. Damn straight.

PS. I like my chicken grilled, fried, or roasted & I’m partial to Butterball 🙂

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My 3rd victim of serial-blog-awarding is….. TA DA!

Ashley Tenille

Oh yeah! I’m on a blog award high right now. Definitely feeling the love! I hope everyone is having a great weekend and getting tons of writing done. I know I’m planning a write-a-thon for this coming week (SRING FREAKING BREAK BABY!) so if anyone wants to join in…you know where to find me 😛

March 13, 2010 Posted by | Award, blogs | 1 Comment

Oh yeah!

Wow! Blogfest was wonderful! So wonderful, that I’m still reading through all of the posts. There are some incredibly talented writers out there. Thank you to everyone who participated. It was a blast!

CreativeWriter Also, I’d like to say a BIG thank you to Kelly R Morgan and Ashelynn D. Sanford for passing on the Bold Faced Liar Creative Writer Award! Check out their blogs because both of these ladies rock!

Here are the rules:
1. Thank the person who gave this to you.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you.
4. Tell up to six outrageous lies about yourself, and at least one outrageous truth.
5. Nominate seven “Creative Writers” who might have fun coming up with outrageous lies.
6. Post links to the seven blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know you nominated them.

Rather than go easy on you and only have 1 truth, I’ve changed the rules a bit. So, here are your 5 lies and 2 truths. Which is which? You’ll find out on my next post.

  1. I played volleyball throughout high school.
  2. I have six toes on my left foot.
  3. I wear wedding rings on both my right and left hand.
  4. I love watching golf.
  5. I’m allergic to shellfish.
  6. I have a tramp-stamp.
  7. I’m majoring in psychology.

I’m passing on this award to…

Enjoy blogfests? Laurel over at Laurel’s Leaves is hosting the Whoops! Blogfest on February 22. Post your Whoops! scene on 2.22 and check out the other scenes through the McLinky list on her blog.

February 19, 2010 Posted by | Award, Blogfest, blogs | Leave a comment

Awards & a Book Cover

I’ve received two awards this week from three lovely ladies. Thank you Valerie, Stephanie, and Jemi, I’m both thrilled and flattered!

Valerie over at I Should Be Writing has given me a present: The Over the Top Award. Yay! Valerie rocks! If you don’t know Valerie, you should. She’s got a terrific blog with tons of advise and updates on her life as a writer. Seriously, check her out. Seriously!

Stephanie, at Hatshepsut: The Writing of a Novel also presented me with The Over the Top award! How cool is that?! I’ve just recently come across Stephanie’s blog, and let me tell you, I’m impressed! Her latest posting (okay, her 2nd to latest post) was about editing her MS and was really good–and funny! I’m going to be stalking you for a while now, Stephanie. I apologize ahead of time… 🙂

Now, I don’t know if I’d wear the apron, but I totally dig the award anyways. It’s just too cute. This one is definitely going on my wall of awards (you know, the right sidebar of my blog). haha!

Rules: Answer the following questions with Single Word answers then pass this along to 5 other bloggers. Make sure you let them know about it though.
Your Cell Phone? Envy
Your Hair? Crazy
Your Mother? Loving
Your Father?
Amazing
Your Favourite Food? Dessert
Your Dream Last Night? Monkey!
Your Favourite Drink? Dr. Pepper
Your Dream/Goal? Published
What Room Are You In? Bedroom
Your Hobby? Writing
Your Fear? Cockroaches
Where Do You See Yourself In Six Years? Mother
Where Were You Last Night? Home
Something That You Aren’t? In-shape
Muffins? eck.
Wish List Item? gift-cards
Where Did You Grow Up? Hogwarts
Last Thing You Did? Watched “Dog the Bounty Hunter”
What Are You Wearing? PJs
Your TV? A&E
Your Pets? Fat
Friends? Noisy
Your Life? Ongoing
Your Mood? Better
Missing Someone? no
Vehicle? Temperamental
Something You Aren’t Wearing? Socks
Your Favourite Store? Borders
Your Favourite Colour? Blue
When Was The Last Time You Laughed? Today
Last Time You Cried? Yesterday
Your Best Friend? Kelly
One Place You Go To Over And Over Again? Home
Facebook?
Twitter.
Favourite Place To Eat? Out

And now to pass it on…

The Circle of Friends Award has been passed on to me by Jemi Fraser at Just Jemi! Thank you, Jemi! I love my online writer friends so this award is perfect! Blogging and Twittering (#amwritingparty hells yeah!) have really helped keep my spirits up with this whole writing thing 😉

Jemi has been a friend since I started this whole blogging thing. She’s a sweetheart who reads whatever crap I write and comments no matter how stupid my post was. And seriously, what more can a blogger ask for? Nothing–I know! There’s nothing worse than someone like me–a lurker. I read a lot of blogs, but I’m pretty bad at that whole commenting thing. (I know, I know. So shoot me) So, to someone like me, Jemi is a freakin’ goddess! Visit her blog, follow, and comment because Jemi is a gem (lame? Nah…).

So, I’m going to pass this one onto a few of my writer friends with tons of love. And yes–I do know that some of you have already received this award but come on! Its the CIRCLE OF FRIENDS and (though it sucks for you) you’re my friend. Consider it your punishment for speaking to me.

♥ Sara McClung at The Babbling Flow of a Fledgling Scribbler
♥ Carolina Valdez Miller at Carol’s Prints
♥ Simon Larter at Constant Revisions
♥ Shannon O’Donnell at Book Dreaming
♥ Anne Riley at Anne Riley

Oh, yeah…I have one last piece of business to attend to tonight. Carolina Valdez Miller, Sara McClung, and Alexandra Shostak have been having some fun posting *fake* book covers for their blogs. After taking a sneak peek at mine, Carol has convinced me to blog my WIP’s fake book cover. This is Book One of my Immortal Series (which I have renamed to Nightling Series) and no, I don’t have an actual name for book. Like I said, it’s a work in progress.
Go, go Photoshop!
*images courtesy of vi.sualiz.us*

February 4, 2010 Posted by | Award, blogs, Nightling Series, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Superior Scribbler Award

Can you believe it? The incredibly talented Anne Riley thinks I’m a Superior Scribbler! I’m so excited–and honored–to receive my second blog award. And look how cute the badge is, by the way.
The rules for this award are very simple; all I have to do pass it on. It should be easy–except for the part where I have to narrow down my list of favorite blogs, but, I’ll give it a go.

 I also joined a small Critique Group, which we named Critique_This.  Right now, we have 5 members.  We’ll have to see how it goes, but so far, I love it. My group is so supportive and laid back (just like I like). Well, I’ll blog more Sunday, but as for today, I’m exhausted. I just really wanted to post the Award that Anne gave me like, oh…about FOREVER ago! Sorry it took so long getting it up.

My MS has be suffering because of the  family drama that will not seem to take the hint and die!
Actually, it isn’t that my MS is suffering; the MS has just been neglected. But my MCs…well they are definitely suffering–which my Critique Partner seems to think is barbaric (though she won’t come out and say it to my face).

You see, she’s quite peeved-off that she’s been stuck at a cliff hanger for about a week…which means Kate and Caleb are also stuck at a cliff hanger, right at the edge of danger—the same edge of danger that they’ve been stuck at since this family drama, that-is-my-18-year-old-brother’s-fault, started, well over two weeks ago.

Still, I’m a mean, mean writer/mommy to my characters and they don’t deserve that.

Happy writing everyone!

**The Blog Award was awarded to my blogger blog @ Work in Progress.

December 12, 2009 Posted by | Award, blogs, Critique_This, the Family | Leave a comment