Monday, April 30, 2012

"Z" --- The End of the Challenge!

Wahoo!!! I made it through the A-Z Challenge!!! And it was awesome! I honestly didn't know what to expect with this challenge since I wasn't blogging during this time last year... but... I really enjoyed myself! AND, I met some wonderful new peeps who I know I will be stalking through the blogosphere! It's been a blast!

So, in honor of Z... here's a few "Z-words" I like!

 zeal·ot/ˈzelət/

1. A person who is fanatical and uncompromising in pursuit of their religious, political or other ideals.

za·ny/ˈzānē

1. An erratic or eccentric person 

2. Amusingly unconventional and idiosyncratic 

zeal/zēl/

1.  Great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective

Alright everyone... it's been a blast! Thanks so much for all your support and for all the new friends! You guys are great! I will be posting less often now. April was busy with birthday and other fun, so May is going to be full of writing! Wahoo!

 Any "Z-Words" you're fond of?

 


Saturday, April 28, 2012

"Y"ellow!

In case you didn't know... yellow is my favorite color! The bright sunshiny kind! And since it's Saturday... I'll leave you with a couple "yellow" inspired songs! 

 

  
 So... what's your favorite color?

Friday, April 27, 2012

X-Men!

I wonder how many people will post about X-Men today. It's a tough letter to choose for, but I suddenly had a light click on.

What I am about to tell you may be considered a crime to most of you and I hope you won't totally hate me for it. But... I've never really been into X-Men!

WAIT! Don't leave! I wasn't into them until.... yes... until Wolverine came out. I mean honestly, have you ever seen Hugh look so sexy? I'd take him blades and all! I even like the rest of the cast. Ryan Reynolds... Hello!

Honestly though... I would love this show anyway... Wolverine is kick A! He's so freaking tough AND he's sensitive too! Awww! (go ahead and "awww" ladies! I know you want to.) I love the special effects and I love the action... as well as the love story. Totally intense! Always love to watch something like this!

And, if I'm being completely honest, this show rocks no matter how sexy Hugh is. I love it!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

"W"ho I Am...

Oh man! This A-Z Challenge has been fun, but this last week of letters is the hardest! Hopefully I will not disappoint!

First- I got tagged, TWICE in the Lucky 7 Meme! Whoot-whoot! Thanks to Stephanie Sinkhorn at Maybe Genius and Melissa Pearl! You can check out my "lines" by clicking HERE! And thanks again ladies! You totally made my day!

Now onto the "Who I am!"
I never thought I would be one to like country music, but I do. I listen to other things too, but I like country as well. I think this song came out in 2001, so it's been a while... but I absolutely loved it when it came out. I think it's important that we all know exactly who we are and not be ashamed of it.

And while we're talking about music... lets not forget Whitney! I listened to her ALL.THE.TIME when I was younger. Her older stuff is my favorite, but there's no denying how talented she was.

 So today I leave you with a wish. I wish that you will seize that one moment in time. That you will show what you're made of. What you're capable of. That you will know who you are and let that shine from you!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"V" is for...

VARIANT
by Robison Wells

This book caught me totally off guard and I love that about it. It is such a cool story and I don't know if I can wait until the next one comes out. If you haven't read it - DO IT!


VARIETY

I like a variety of things in my reading. I am not partial to one particular genre or age group when I choose what I read, although I do go through phases. Right now, I particularly love YA in either fantasy, paranormal or dystopian. Love them all!

In high school I read tons and tons of Mary Higgins Clark books! I love me a good murder mystery and she is phenomenal.

Elementary school had me flipping through the set of Little House on the Prairie, Babysitters Club, and my favorite... The Boxcar Children.

It's kind of fun to read a variety of things because you never know what may spark the idea for your next book. And lots of times, it comes from unexpected places.

So, have you read Variant yet? Did you like it? How about your reading? Do you like a wide variety of things or do you stick to one particular genre?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"U" is for "Underpants!"

Lets face it...when "underpants" are brought into a story like these, the little boys are going to love them! Possibly some girls too, but my son wouldn't pass this up for anything! We have Dinosaurs Love Underpants and I think it's a super fun book. I wondered a little at first, but ended up with a smile on my face as I continued to read. We talked about Captian Underpants in my C post, so let's take it one step further...


Have you read either of these? Any "underpants" books you'd like to bring to our attention? The floor is yours!

Monday, April 23, 2012

"T" is for TRUTH

In TRUTH... I have nothing to post today. I can't begin to tell you how insane the past week has been. Which leads to me asking for your forgiveness for not being a better follower in the past week. I miss your posts!!! Truth is... today is my last day of complete chaos! Then I'll be back on track and hopping over to say "hi!" *squee!*

Another TRUTH... having 2 kids with birthdays in the same month can = chaos!

I'll be back tomorrow and be over to your place for a visit = TRUTH!

Thanks for being awesome peeps and understanding! Happy MONDAY! Do you have anything fun planned this week?

Saturday, April 21, 2012

"S" is for Seven

S is for Seven... as in "Quarter Past Seven"

My mom had this set of books from Scholastic when I was young. It was like an encyclopedia of of awesomeness... and not really an encyclopedia at all, but it's one way to explain it. One of the books contained stories and poems that I LOVED to read. This was one of my favorite. I love how the size of the font grows. It just shows how the narrator is getting more and more angry and her voice is getting louder! At least that's how I've always envisioned it. Happy Saturday!

I WOKE UP THIS MORNINGby Karla Kuskin

I woke up this morning
at quarter past seven
I kicked up the covers
and stuck out my toe.
And ever since then

(that’s a quarter past seven)
they haven’t said anything
other than “no.”
They haven’t said anything
other than “Please, dear,
don’t do what you’re doing,”
or “Lower your voice.”

Whatever I’ve done
and however I’ve chosen,
I’ve done the wrong thing
and I’ve made the wrong choice…

I didn’t say sorry
I didn’t stand straighter.
I didn’t speak louder
when asked what I’d said.
Well, I said that tomorrow
at quarter past seven
they can come in and get me.
I’m Staying In Bed.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Reading

If you're a writer... then you probably love to read. Even if you're not a writer, you still my love it. I been a huge lover of books and reading since I was small.

I just finished reading CINDER by Marissa Meyer. I thought it would be fun, but I didn't think I'd love it. Guess what? I did! Having another Cinderella story may sound lame, but this one is anything but! I honestly couldn't put the book down. It's definitely one of my favorites!

So... What are you reading?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

"Q" is for Quest!

I love a story where the characters go on a quest! Ahh! It's so exciting (or at least it should be!) Adventure, surprises, loss, hope, struggle.... you name it!

So why not look at life (or... your writing) as a quest! It is, isn't it?

And what kind of hero or heroine will you be? Will you let your readers down by giving up? By quitting? Or will you be the hero of your own story? Will you persevere, defying all obstacles until you are published?

Yes, I might be being a little dramatic, but there are times as writers when we are ready to throw in the towel and give up on the journey. As a writer... you should know better. Who wants to read a book where there is no hero? Where everyone gives and doesn't persist through the struggle? NO ONE! And... if we quit, there will be no book of ours for anyone to read anyway.

"Hero's go on journeys, confront dragons and discover the treasure of their true selves." Carol Lynn Pearson

So be the hero of your own journey! Confront the dragons... whatever they might be and discover all that you're capable of!

What keeps you going when things get hard?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"P"oint of View

I just love this picture! We can think of it on so many levels! But... since this is a writing blog, lets go with that point of view!

I wrote my current WIP in 1st person. I am seriously debating on redoing it in 3rd. Extra work? Yeah! Would it be more effective? Maybe. Can I write it better that way? Maybe. That's what I'm trying to decide.

1st person can be so cool, but also limiting to only one person's perspective. Depending on your story, this can be a powerful way to go.

3rd person can also be powerful. I think it allows you to create a more interesting and complex world. My WIP takes place in a different world than ours. It's a somewhat medieval type of era with fantasy and magic. I would like to bring that out more and wonder if the 3rd person POV might be more effective. Haven't decided yet, because the characters story is quite interesting too.

Since "P" is also for poll --- lets have some fun!


Want to share any of your answers? How do you decide what POV to write?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"O" is for...


Yeah, I'm at Angie Cothran's blog today!
I'm so excited to part of her Won't you Be My Neighbor program! It is regularly scheduled for Tuesdays!
Angie was one of my first blogging crushes and I had so much fun doing this interview! Please pop in to say "HI!"

Monday, April 16, 2012

"N" is for Nemesis

 Nemesis: The inescapable or implacable agent of someone's or something's downfall.

I love when a character has a nemesis. I heard at a conference once, that you should make your villans tanglible beings. Not just an object like the eye of Sauron, but an actual person that your character can come up against. 

There will be different  opinions on this and that's okay. That's what makes our writing unique. And while I love Lord of the Rings, even if it is an eye, I also love when characters have a nemesis to battle!

It doesn't matter if you're old or young, you'll find a nemesis in many different shows. I can't help but love these characters. They can be truly evil and when our characters are able to out match them and out smart them, it is truly a triumphant moment. Not to mention the suspense they can add to your story. Love it!

I don't have a nemesis to share with you, but my dog does. It's the next door neighbors dog. Honestly, I think those two would kill each other in a fight. I'm not sure who would be the winner, but it'd be awful to watch. Both dogs are fine with other dogs, but they can find each other from a mile a way and then... IT.IS.ON!

How do you feel about having a nemesis in a story? Do you have one in real life? Wanna share?

FYI --- I can finally blog again so I'll be skipping around to all of your blogs as much as possible! Thanks for being patient while I got a working computer again!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

"M" is for...

Magazines!

When I first joined the blogging world, I knew I needed more information so I got a subscription to Writers Digest. Best thing ever!!! I'm so glad I did this. It's turned out to be a wonderful resource for me as a writer!

Since it's Saturday, I won't drag this on, but...
What "writer" magazines have you subscribed to, or would you suggest?

Friday, April 13, 2012

"L" is for Losing It!!!

I won't lie... I'm losing it!

As a writer, how important is your computer to you? Mine? Well, it's absolutely essential! It's like my right hand! And when it's not working... well - you understand, right?

The people (whom I should name, but won't!) that screwed up my computer are on a very bad list. 

I have finally taken my computer to someone new and updated him on things. He has done a lot of work for my in-laws on their computer and they have been happy with it. So why didn't I go to him before? *rolls eyes* Because who does what their in-laws do? *shakes head, giggles*

The worst part is... it's really starting to get to me! Yes- my eye is starting to twitch again! Do you have any idea how annoying that is? GRRR!

I'm sure that somehow I will make it through, but it's getting rough. My life is on that computer. My book is on that computer - my child's birthday invitations were on there! Now I had to go buy some at Walmart! GRRRRRR!

I will be doing my best to visit your blogs from my phone, but bear with me, while I impatiently wait for my computer to come back to me!

So... how important is your computer to you? Would you be losing your stripes and developing an involuntary twitch? Maybe I need a therapy group, just for writers!


Thursday, April 12, 2012

"K" is for Karma!


Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
Steve Jobs




I believe in Karma. If the good is sown, the good is collected. When positive things are made, that returns well.
Yannick Noah



I'm a true believer in karma. You get what you give, whether it's bad or good.
Sandra Bullock


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

"J" is for JAWS!

I believe that JAWS is the reason for my fear of water. Okay, not all water, mostly the ocean, but I kind of freak out in lakes too! Pathetic, right? 

The ocean is the worst for me because something really COULD be in there waiting to EAT me! I try not to be such a sissy, but if you read yesterdays post on imagination you'll understand that my imagination can run away with me. What's terrible is that I'm an adult and it still happens. *sigh*

Lakes get to me a little bit. I love to water ski and stuff, but in my head I'm secretly wondering if something is going to grab onto my leg and pull me under. This could be a rogue shark or even an octopus. AND... to make myself look even worse... there is a lake on the Utah/Idaho border called Bear Lake. It has the legendary story of the "Bear Lake Monster," which is probably something like the Loch Ness Monster. Well, while out on the wave runners, I try not to look at the water below me, afraid of that darn monster coming up to get me!

*Hides behind computer* Don't tell okay? I'm way too old for this kind of thing, but it still freaks me out!
I had to post the picture last because it's freaking me out!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"I" is for...

IMAGINATION!

We, as writers have oodles and gobs of this, right? Sometimes it might not feel like it, but we do!

The imagination is a marvelous place. It can create new worlds, new people, new situations, and new species. And that barely touches what you can do with your imagination.

My imagination terrified me as a kid. I never got in and out of bed normally. I would always jump in and jump out! Yes - I was afraid Freddy Krueger was going to reach out and grab my feet and pull me under. EEK! Or if it wasn't him, then it'd surely be some horrible monster with razor sharp claws!

I was also scared of going to the bathroom. Our shower was right by the toilet and the curtain was always closed. I always had my pants up and I was ready to run before I flushed because I knew something would jump out of the shower and grab me. The kitchen got all of my hand washing action. Ridiculous, right?

 Tell me something about your imagination - scary or otherwise!

Monday, April 9, 2012

"H" is for Hoe-er... Not Whore!

For those of you who don't know... I married a farmer. One day, his dad came to me and asked if i wanted to be a whore.

WTF%*$&???

He laughed. Not a "whore," a "hoe-er!"

This earned him the stink-eye. I told him I did not want to be either! Honestly - he can pay people to do that. I'm not about it. But I'd love to help pick the produce and I always help plant!

The moral of the story is... Next time someone asks you if you want to be a "whore," make sure they're not a farmer asking you to be a "hoe-er" before you smack them!

Have you ever had a funny misunderstanding with words:?

Saturday, April 7, 2012

"G" is for "Get Up & Go!"

This has been a rough week for me. Okay, since Wednesday night, at least. I've done better in the mornings, but toward the end of the day, I have my break down and cry. *sigh* It's just part of life.

Having the funeral today brought some closure to things, which was good. They had some time open for friends and family to share memories of Erika. After her dad and  brother, it was my turn. I was terrified, but it was one of those moments when you know you'll regret it if you don't. I'm so glad I did.

The point is. I now feel like I can get up and GO! When i start to feel down, I get outside and enjoy the sunshine that we have today. I do a little work in the yard and I keep myself busy. It helps.

When you're having a down day with writing... think of this... Get Up and Go! Seriously! Open that computer and start typing. Get the words out of your head. Even if you don't use any of them, at least you're working. At least you're moving forward. Taking one day off makes it easier to take another day off, so do a little bit each day. Don't let writers block or anything else blog you down!

It's Easter weekend. Are you up and Going? What are you doing to celebrate?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Friends & Family

I have to apologize for being slow to get this post up. I decided to have my computer tuned up and the buggers completely "F-ed" it up! So it is currently out of commission and I went and stole my moms. Thank heaven for family, right?

Also - I just want to thank everyone for your love and support from my "E" post. The funeral was this morning. It was a beautiful service but the part of my heart that hold her so dear, is constantly aching.

So... I want to give you a simple reminder. Call you family and friends today. Call the people you love, or better yet... go visit them. Make sure you tell them you love them. Because life is precious and you never know how much time is left.

And in that note, I want to tell you all how much I love you. I feel that joining the writing community was a smart step for me. What an amazing, loving, supportive group of people you are. I really feel like I have friends here. I love to visit you blogs and hear from you. Thanks for being YOU!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

This is for Erika

I was worried about what to post about for E. Now, I wish I didn't have an answer. Erika was my best friend growing up. I just found out that she took her life.

I don't blame her. She had some things going wrong as she got older. It got worse after her mother died. I'm sure it's a blessing that she doesn't need to suffer any more, but when I think of the girl I grew up with, it's hard to imagine her life ending this way.

Erika was a lifetime buddy. We grew up across the street from each other. I met her when I was 3 1/2 years old. She taught me too many things. Probably some that she shouldn't have, but those are good memories to me. It helped me not to be so naive. 

She was there for me through everything. She always believed in me more than she needed to. She was always proud of me. She was there for my graduation, my wedding and so many other childhood events.

I learned never to judge people, especially by their color. I'm going to share a funny story that Erika loved to tell everyone and tease me about...

Like I said, I met Erika when I was 3 1/2. Her dad is black. Her mom is white. I never thought anything of it until one day, when I was across the street playing and her dad took off his shirt. 
I stopped and said, "JJ. You're black all over!" (Apparently I thought he had a really nice tan!)
He laughed and gave me a hug. "Yes Baby Girl. Heavenly Father made us all different and he made me black."
"Oh! Okay!" 
And then I went off to play with Erika.
Her mom was listening through the house window and had to call my mom and tell her how funny it was, and how I didn't even care once he explained it to me. I just said, "Okay" and I was off playing again.

Erika and I were so close that when I went to her uncle's funeral, her dad introduced me to people as his daughter. It was funny to see the look on people's faces. But he was right. He's been like a dad to me and Erika was like a sister. I'll miss her so much. Till we meet again girlfriend.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The 3 D's for Dating...

Back when I was single, my friends and I loved to go clubbing. Oh yeah! There was nothing like a night out dancing. We loved it. But we quickly had to develop some rules about guys. And guess what guys? These would work for girls too!

The 3 D's can compromise your judgement of the opposite sex. So beware next time you're checking someone out! FYI... these are meant to be fun - not shallow. So relax, cause you know they're true!

Distance: Have you ever seen someone from a distance and thought, "Oooh Baby!" Then when they got up close you were like, "Eek!"

Dress: What are they dressed in? Have you ever wanted to date someone that you work with? And you think they're oh so cute in their funny work clothes. You completely overlook it because you know they don't dress that way in real life. What you find out later is that they actually dress worse. *cringe* Lets hope they have a super great personality or are at least open to your shopping advice.

Darkness: This one is particular to the clubbing scene. Its funny how good someone can look when it's dark and all you have is a disco ball for light. Or they look good in the dimly lit parking lot, but not so sexy when the lights come on. Yeah - get them under some good light before you agree to a date.

Now... we could add the obvious DRUNK to the D list, making it the 4 D's! Because honestly... being drunk will surely impair your judgement. Be careful. I hope you already know this!

Any D's that you could add to the list?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

"C" is for Captain Underpants!

My son took his money to school the other day, without telling me, and came home with this from the book fair! I guess if he's going to spend his money, I can't blame him for spending it on books, right?

Anyway... meet Captain Underpants
My son is 8 and he LOVES this. And there are MORE! Oh, yes! Lot's more!

And honestly... Dav Pilkey couldn't have picked a better name for his character and the title of his books. What 8 year old kid isn't going to pick this up? It's WAY too awesome. I think I'm going to read it myself!

Also - if you didn't get a chance to vote yesterday, click over HERE real quick and cast your vote. Super quick and easy!

Have you read Captain Underpants yet?

Monday, April 2, 2012

"B" is for Blogiversary...Blog Hop & Buddies!

I'm excited to announce that I have buddies participating in a blog-hop coming up in August for all of our Blogiversaries! I love these peeps and I think it's so cool that we all started blogging around the same time. I love that I get to put together a blog-hop with them! The trouble is... we just can't decide on what to do! There are too many fun ideas! So... we decided to leave that up to you! We compiled a list of our ideas and we want YOU to VOTE! So weigh in and let us know what you want to do most. And don't forget to visit
because they are my partners in crime!


Sunday, April 1, 2012

A is for Affirmation!

Thanks to my recent need to "un-slump" myself, I have been reminded about the importance of positive affirmations!

An Affirmation is: a technique used to program the subconscious mind to effect change by repeating (or meditating) on a key phrase to bring about that desired outcome.

Basically, what we think.... creates our reality.
I honestly used to laugh at people who talked about this stuff. Yes! I laughed. What a bunch of goofs!

Not anymore. This stuff really works if you will do it. Make some positive affirmation cards to align with a goal or goals of yours. Read them day and night. Put them everywhere. Anywhere. Keep them there and make an effort to read them as much as possible each day.

Here are a few tips for making your cards...
  • Write them in first person
  • Present tense
  • Hang them where you'll see them often.
  • Or write them on a paper and read them in the morning and at night.
  • Be specific
 Okay .... now that you all think I'm crazy - give it a try. OR... if you've actually tried this tactic before, let me know how it went.