Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Long Live Imagination

Don't you love the art of using your imagination? If you don't then you probably shouldn't be a writer. I couldn't help but smile as I watched this commercial; 1- because I love photography and often find myself doing this same sort of thing to get a good picture, and 2- because it reminds me so much about WRITING! Don't we have to twist and turn and put ourselves in unimaginable places to try and figure out exactly how we're going to show the reader the things that are going through our head, or the way our character is feeling, or what they're experiencing?  These kinds of things are not easy. 
They take practice...
          and effort.
It is our job to relish the challenge (sometimes easier than others), but part of the excitement is when you succeed at getting that beautiful shot - creating that beautiful scene - sharing an emotion that the reader responds to.

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
― Albert Einstein

So, if today finds you frustrated as you try to capture something beautiful in your writing, don't let it get to you. Keep working. Keep writing. And eventually you'll get what you've been waiting for.

And congrats to 
Rachel Schieffelbein
on the release of her book


You can find her book
and here
Barnes and Noble
and on Goodreads.

And last, but certainly not least - a bunch of us are trying to spread the word for a Donation Bomb to help Ben Wolverton, son of author, David Farland. If you could help spread the word it would be greatly appreciated, and there are prizes for those who help! GO HERE for more information!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Donation BOMB for Ben Wolverton!

One of the first things I fell in love with in the writing community was our ability to support one another! Well, here is an opportunity to support one of our own, David Farland (Wolverton) - after his son, Ben, was in a horrible long boarding accident. 

Ben Wolverton, age 16, was in a tragic longboarding accident on April 3rd, 2013. He suffers from severe brain trauma, a cracked skull, broken pelvis and tail bone, burnt knees, bruised lungs, broken ear drums, road rash, and pneumonia. He was in a coma, but has recently awakened. His family has no insurance.

Ben's treatments are already over $1,000,0000.
Ben will need extensive therapy as he relearns how to walk.

Ben's estimated hospital bills are looking to be somewhere around $1.2 MILLION! So what can we do? We can help! Even the smallest donations can go a long way when everybody gives a little bit.

  • THE DATE: Friday, June 7th!

To find out more about Ben and other ways you can help, CLICK HERE.

Also - on JUNE 4th there is a TWITTER BOMB! Spread the word and use hashtags #davidfarland or #helpwolverton! You can use these posts to get points in the Rafflecopter giveaway below!

Please help spread the word by sharing on your blog, tweeting, posting on Facebook, or any other way you know how. For those who help spread the word, one lucky person will receive an Ebook through Kindle or Nook of David Farland's book, Million Dollar Outlines! Just enter below...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Secondary Characters Bloghop!

Today is the Secondary Characters Bloghop that
Rachel Schieffelbein is hosting along with the help of
The point is to share about some of your favorite secondary characters, whether it be book or movie or whatever! So - lets talk about one of my favorite shows: SERENDIPITY.

This is an absolutely darling romance that I can watch over and over again, but it wouldn't be half as fun and interesting if it wasn't for the secondary characters. The first are the two best friends who are completely odd in their own way - yet lovable and somehow manage to be there for their friend no matter what craziness they are doing.
 Caught in the man hug! Okay - not really, he's trying to keep him from seeing the woman he loves having sex with another man. Too bad they don't know it's not actually HER!
Eve works at a holistic Kama Sutra store or something - which she doesn't even believe in and she makes fun of all the crazy people buying the Casanova candle to help them find love!
And lets not forget the sneaky crazy salesman who adds just the right bit of humor with his not-so-personal skills.

And these, my friends, are 3 of my favorite secondary characters! What's better is that they're all found in the same show, making the show impossible to get sick of. Can't ask for better than that! 

Also - make sure you watch for Rachel's book, Secondary Characters, set to release on the 28th!

Now check out the rest of the bloghoppers:
1.Queendsheena2.Donna K. Weaver
3.Trisha @ WORDSTUFF4.Entertaining Interests
5.melanie schulz6.Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
7.Bird's Nest8.Julie Daines
9.And Then She Was Like Blah Blah Blah10.Elizabeth Seckman
11.Kimberly Gabriel12.My Baffling Brain
13.J. A. Bennett, A Writer's Journey14.prerna pickett
15.Spunk on a Stick's Tips16.Ashley Nixon
17.Livia Peterson - Leave it to Livia18.Swagger Writers
19.Sydney Aaliyah Michelle20.Father Dragon Writes
21.tangent shell22.Tyrean's Writing Spot
23.Jaycee DeLorenzo24.Cortney Pearson
25.Carrie-Anne's Magick Theatre26.Going off Dreams: the journey
27.Writer's Block28.Emily R. King
29.Kelley Lynn30.Emily Unraveled
31.My Inner Fairy32.Suzi @ Literary Engineer
33.For Science!34.Jenny S. Morris
35.The Flyleaf Review36.Jessica Salyer
37.The Desk of Laura Stephenson38.Julie Sondra Decker
39.PepperWords (M Pepper Langlinais)40.Thardrandian Thoughts
41.Leigh Covington42.Tobi Summers - Chock Full of Words

Thursday, May 16, 2013

When All Else Fails... Post Pictures!

I keep thinking about my goal to do better at blogging, and I won't lie... I've got nothing. I think my brain is too frazzled with the chaos of starting a new course at school. First week in my EDU 210 course, and I love it! But... it always takes a bit of time to adjust to a new professor and all the fun things that entails. I think I'm really going to like this professor though. She seems great! Second bit of good news. I got an A in my last class! WHOO-HOO! I only missed having 100% in the course by 1 STINKING POINT! It's almost unfair, isn't it? O-well.

I did spend a fantastic weekend at the LDS Storymakers Conference in Provo this past weekend. It was awesome! I even got to meet a lot of my amazing CP's in person for the first time, as well as getting to see lots of other amazing friends that I love. Here are a few pictures of the highlights:
Good thing I forgot some of my clothes in the hotel room. Gave me a good reason to meet these ladies for dinner the next day!

My amazing CP's and friends!

It can't get any better than this!

Epic photo bomb by J.A. Bennett! I love it!

Breakfast with Friends! Best way to start the day!

AMAZING, right? Writing conferences are so great for comraderie, friendships and learning! I'm already missing all these wonderful people!

Now what's new with you? Any good news?

Monday, May 6, 2013


Before I reveal this amazing cover, let me apologize for being MIA lately. I decided to take a mighty leap and GO BACK TO SCHOOL! There are times that I question my judgement because, once again, I am trying to find balance in my schedule. *sigh* The work is pretty intensive, but I know it will be worth it in the end. AND... only a couple more weeks until I'm off work for the summer so hopefully that will free up some much needed time.  I'll do my best until then!

NOW... for something that is completely "AWESOME SAUCE!"

Hopefully you all had the opportunity to read Cassie Mae's post about her book deals... and yes that is plural! Well she hooked up with Random House for some awesome NA books and she is A-MAZ-ING! So here is the low-down...

I'm proudly introduce Cassie Mae's New Adult debut novel, FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI, published by Random House Flirt. This baby comes out on July 29th, but you can buy it now! And it'll just zap onto your ereader the day it's released. 
Can you say, "WAHOO!"

Wanna know what it's about? Well, it's about this pig who learns how to fly, but only on friday nights and he grants wishes to people who are not where they're supposed to be, to get them out of a bind. You know I'm totally joking. I just wanted to see how many people just skipped over all these words to get to the pretty cover, lol. You mention the pig in the comments and you get cyber gold stars.

Here's the blurb :D
Rising star Cassie Mae introduces New Adult readers to a practical soon-to-be college freshman who seems to have everything—until a special guy shows her what she’s been missing.

In the wealthy town of Sundale, Kelli Pinkins has hatched the perfect plan to capitalize on her sweet reputation. For a generous fee, she will be every trust-fund baby’s dream: a Friday-night alibi, the “girlfriend” or “BFF” that parents dream about. With college approaching in the fall, Kelli’s services are in demand more than ever, which means that her social life is nonexistent. But Kelli is A-okay with that. She’s raking in cash for school. Besides, relationships are tricky, and sometimes very messy. She’d rather be at home on Xbox LIVE, anyway. Then the unexpected happens: She meets college stud Chase Maroney.

Chase isn’t like the preppy, privileged guys Kelli usually meets in Sundale. For starters, he’s twentysomething, always wears black, and he shoots back one-liners as fast as she can dish them out. But Kelli’s attempts to drive Chase away falter when she realizes that he treats her like he really knows her, like he cares about knowing her. When Kelli finally gives in to the delicious kiss she’s been fighting for so long, she faces a tough decision: make Chase a real-life boyfriend and risk her heart . . . or keep her clients and lose her first true love.

Advance praise for Friday Night Alibi

“Totally entertaining with as many swoon-worthy moments as hilarious ones, Friday Night Alibi is a must-read.”—Jolene Perry, co-author of Out of Play

“A fun, funny, and fantastic story, this is one you will read in a day, and pick up to re-read again the next.”—Kelley Lynn, author of Fraction of Stone

Oh, and stuff about the fabulous Cassie Mae...

Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. Her angel children and perfect husband fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.

And now the pretty!

You can buy this book HERE, and it takes you to all the places it's available.

And let me make sure that I tell you that I've already had the opportunity to read this beautiful piece of work and it is SPECTACULAR! It will have you laughing, crying, and completely unable to pry it from your own fingers. You'll never want to put it down!

Congratulations Cassie Mae!