Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Stephen King, Crayfish, and Awards

First off, a big thank you to Mohamed Mughal of Thoughts and Ponderings for the award. I feel so special to be showered in awards. And I sure need the boost lately! :) If you haven't checked out his blog yet, go on over. You won't be sorry. It's always a good read.

I perused Stephen King's, On Writing, and found some juicy morsels. It's a worth a look if you are inclined. My ears perked up when he talked about adopting styles similar to what you are reading at various times and then melding them all until you develop your own unique style. But he advises to always read widely and constantly refine your own work as you do.

When I first began writing, I did indeed find myself writing like whomever Iwas reading. I thought that was called cheating. LOL Oh, I was supposed to do that? Good!

Unfortunately, my one true publishing success, "Letty," isn't like anything I ever wrote before or since. I composed it with a Gothic Lovecraftian wordiness. I don't know, maybe that's what the world wants. It does not appear to want my usual style.

Hmm... Maybe it simply wants photos of crayfish...
Here are a few we snapped this morning at the creek.

We don't keep them. We just catch them and let them go. The creek isn't running this time of year so it's STINKY!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Another Award

Day two of Awards.

Let's see how long my internet holds out. It's dragging like a geriatric snail. Plus I can't seem to get this text to align left. Oh well.

Back when Lydia Kang gave me the Awesome Sauce award, I had an idea who I'd pass it along to, but of course, being a procrastinator, I never got around to it. Now I've added a couple of other bloggers to my list. So, in no particular order here are some awesome sauce bloggers:

Aubrie of Flutey Words
Samuel Park with his Daily Pep for Writers

No rules for this. Just post on your blog if you like and pass it along if you want. :)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Awards and Fifty Followers

First off, I want to thank my 50 followers!!!  *** Woo-Hoo!!

Next off, thank you, Medeia Sharif, for the Versatile Blogger Award. :)

Here are the rules:

1. thank the one who awarded you

2. share 7 things about yourself

3. pass the award on to 15 of your newly discovered bloggers you think are ab fab

4. let those 15 know of the award

Seven things about me:

1- I know my library card number by heart, but not my cell phone number.

2- I don't like to wear shoes.

3- I think "Whiter Shade of Pale" is one of the best songs ever.

4- I used to be a volunteer breastfeeding counselor.

5- My spelling is horrible!

6- I like the Predator movies.

7- I hate using the phone.

Now is when I pass on the award.

And I pass on the award to:
Nicole at Chapters
Taylor at Writers Don't Have Blogs
Crystal at Write Because You Must
Lydia at The Word is My Oyster
Matthew at the QQQE
Ted at Ted Cross Blog
Kara at A Karabu Creation
Julie at Silver Lining
Bittersweet Fountain
G at A Muse In My Pocket
Calista at A Steampunk Reverie
Pamela at A Touch of Fiction and her brand new Official Author Site
Terry at A Writer of Wrongs
Eeleen of Act Write
Mark at Burning Zepplin Experience
I have some other awards to give out too, but I've got to begin the task of letting everyone know about this one. So, another time, perhaps. ;)

Monday, June 14, 2010

New Layout and Query Letters

Hey, I finally revamped my layout. It was more complicated than I thought it would be. I had hoped to customize it more, but it's okay...

Anyway, instead of writing my own brilliant post, read this cool article on Query Letters.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Must You Punish Your Villain?

Yesterday, my nine year-olds and I listened to "Hansel and Gretel," by the Brothers Grimm. In the version of the tale we heard, the mother (in some versions it's a step-mother) convinces the father they should leave their two children in the forest because the family is too poor to feed the four of them.

They do so, though the father feels guilty. The children are nearly killed and eaten by an evil witch. The children trick the witch and bake her in her own oven. They find a treasure and bring it back to their parents. They all live happily ever after.

My little girls were surprised the parents, especially the mother, were not punished.

But who really was the worst villain?

The witch?

The mother?

The father even though he felt guilty? Aww...... :( (That's sarcasm. I think he's the worst because he was the only one with a conscience and did the evil act anyway. But that's a post for another time.)

I poked around the net about the prevailing thoughts about H & G and the consensus seems to be that the witch and the mother are symbolically the same person, so you see, the mother was punished after all. (I haven't run that by my kids yet.)

But my question is, in your writing, do you usually punish your villains, whether they are Nazis, evil magicians, or rival schoolgirl bitches? Or do you ever let them get off perfectly unscathed or even allow them to be rewarded?
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