Friday, January 29, 2010

Your Independent Bookstore

I hope you all pay attention to the events going on at your local independent bookstore. They may have an email list you can join so you can be alerted to events such as book signings. Our local indie has book club meetings, an American Girls Club Meeting (Those dolls and books from historic times.)And that's where we saw David Kulczyk, author of Death in California. We saw him on Halloween, which was doubly fun. Well, fun if you like weird stories of death. It's a fascinating book and it makes a great gift. I had David sign one for a friend's fortieth birthday gift.

Another fabulous author who came to our little local bookstore is a name you probably have heard of, especially if you have kids- Patricia Polacco. My kids and I have loved her for years, so it was a magical opportunity to meet her. She's a real gem. Did you know that because of her dyslexia she could not read until she was fourteen? Yep. And now she's a writer. How's that for inspiration? We had her sign a copy of For the Love of Autumn for our cat, Avery. She didn't bat an eye. Maybe she's signed books for pets before.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Pulling Me Out of a Story Rut



No, the jellyfish has nothing to do with the post. I wanted a visual and this computer has only three photos on it. Two of the camel you already saw and one of my husband's distant cousin's grandson. So, I used a sample pic that came with the computer. :p

When you're completely and totally stuck in a story you're writing, what do you do? Scrap it? Ignore it until later? Beat the stuffing out of it?

I have several short stories sitting in story limbo. I am very attached to one I wrote and was eager to resurrect it and find it a home. It had an ending I didn't like. Someone had told me it didn't feel it actually had an ending. I think they were spot on.

After Communion today,(Yeah, I'm Catholic. Did ya see my other blog?) I started thinking about that story and you know what, I came up with an actual ending- a perfect ending, in my opinion. So, after I wrote the ending, I googled around and found a place that actually may want to print it. It's an edgy story with some foul language and the main female teenage character chooses not to abort her baby, though she has pressure to do so.

The market for such a piece is pretty narrow. Edgy publications tend to be pro-abortion and pro-life publications... well, there aren't that many, are there? But I imagine they wouldn't want heroes with shaved heads and combat boots who spout the "F" word.

Then I stumbled around online some more and fond the Catholic Writers Conference and Woo Hoo! I'm pretty excited about that. So, maybe things are looking up a bit. I think it all began because one of the readings in church was St. Paul's letter where he talks about God giving each person an ability to use for a greater good.

Friday, January 1, 2010

2010

It's another year. 2010. Wow, it feels like the future. You know, they made a movie about it- 2010. Well, some of you are too young to remember that.

Karen over at I'm Always Write created a contest you should go check out. It got me thinking about my New Year's resolutions. I didn't have any, well except for the joke about bison meat I left on my sister's facebook page. So, I had to make some.

I struggled between making resolutions I thought I'd like (would be fun or fulfilling) and ones I thought I should make. The long list would be:

1)Keep the house in order.
2)Keep the finances in order.
3)Make a better homeschooling plan.
4)Work out at least once a week.

Now here come the fun ones

5)Complete a short story at least each week.
6)Submit a story to a publication at least twice a month.
7)Query my novel... no, get the damn thing published this freakin' year. LOL

If you're dying to see what I picked for the contest, go over and play it yourself and check out the comments section.

By the way, bison meat has very little intramuscular fat and is is low in cholesterol. Very few bison die of heart disease.
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