I am not ashamed to confess that I like online games. Way before I turned to blogging and Twitter for online fun, I loved playing online games. I know, I know as a writer my ideal goal to reach would be to lock myself in a windowless room with no electronics hammering out my weekly bestseller via the typewriter while someone feeds be through a tube, but we all know that that isn't possible.
30 June 2012
29 June 2012
How the Trouble Started by Robert Williams takes us on the journey of Donald Bailey, first, as an eight year old little boy who caught wind of some trouble. The first person narrative draws us close to Donald as he recounts fading memories of an incident involving a two year old little boy from down the street. Police question him and his mother questions him - all wanting to know the truth of what happened. But being the little boy that he is, Donald doesn't have the answers. All he can do is explain that "I didn't mean to do anything at all - that I was just playing outside and it went wrong" (pg 40 on iPhone Kindle app)
28 June 2012
This is one of those blog posts that I have been wanting to write for a very long time.
So, I'm a huge, HUGE fan of StumbleUpon because you never know the type of amazing things you will come across. I came across a site called, "The Listserve" and immediately got interested. I signed up and since then I'm one of their biggest fans.
27 June 2012
So, we had an amazing turn out last week! Here are the stories we received:
Clothespin Commitment by Jack Carlson
A Child's Path and Escape by Scott Taylor
Murder at the Amusement Park (the ongoing story that inspired my own) by Tena Car
Lost by Landa
Summer of 1962 by Anne
I Love a Good Curse by Me
Perfect Not Day by Carrie K. Sorensen
It's my turn this week! And it's my favorite part of the whole week because I get to choose the photo! Yay!
26 June 2012
This is an ongoing story, so if you want to read what happened last time, click this link.
Twenty minutes later, Becky's grandmother calmed down and was convinced that Brenda's appearance was only a fluke. That the girl on her trip was someone entirely different. Brenda's stomach still tied into knots, though, everyone time Becky's grandmother eyed her.
Brenda busy with the task of pulling the torn thread off her nightgown while watching the wind dry their laundry outside. But a snippet of conversation between Becky's grandmother and Becky's parents caught her attention.
"...and legend has it that these two people were sent back in time together because of a curse one of them came upon."
Becky's mother laughed in excitement. "How creepy! Where did you hear about this story? And why were two people sent back?"
Becky's grandmother shrugged. "Something I overheard on the plane. And you know how I love a good curse."
When I received this book to review, I was immediately drawn towards this wonderful story about Darby, an adopted dog who finds his home with Martha Steward and her family. I was especially interested because my mom's boss trains guide dog puppies and brings them into work. So, often times when my mom comes home she will bring home wonderful and adorable stories of the dog at work (the latest one is named Ruffle, by the way!)
And so being able to read a close account of the life of this particular dog was a joy to me. And I must tell you...
Anytime a book makes me cry, it's a good sign. As another reviewer put it on Amazon.com, I felt like I was part of the family. I felt like I knew Darby and could reach inside the pages and pet him myself. And this definitely makes me want to go out and adopt a dog.
25 June 2012
Although I wouldn't consider myself a traditional artist (although some writers might dispute that), I love anything creative and I especially love showcasing something like this that is new and out to help out artists. One of the first things that captivated me in this magazine is their portrayal of all types of art. In their latest issue, they interview Nathan Sawaya, an artist who makes life form shapes out of legos. In the magazine, he describes his life before devoting it to art, as working as an attorney in New York City.
24 June 2012
Yes I hand wrote a novel. Don't judge.
So, I was tagged for the Lucky 7 Challenge by blogger and writer Tom Quigley and I'm so excited to share page 7 of my manuscript with you!
23 June 2012
22 June 2012
21 June 2012
Today's guest post is brought to you by Michelle Grogan, author of the book Forbidden Love.
In the short time I have considered myself an Indie Author, I have learned some very valuable things in that time.
This is a lesson I learned the hard way. I guess I originally thought that going it on my own, self-publishing my first novel, that I wasn’t going to have the same kind of backing and support that someone connected to a publishing house would have – i.e. a marketing team, design team, and editors. Being that I had worked with my debut novel, Forbidden Love, for so many years I thought I would be able to edit and catch all the
typos myself…that was not the case and I learned it the hard way.
20 June 2012
It really is incredible how one prompt can inspire so many different views. I'm so excited to be a part of a blog hop that generates these different stories. This week, I got another chance to put together our photo and words. So let's get to it.
19 June 2012
"Becky! Time for dinner! And your grandmother is here! Come say hi!"
The young girl jumped off the chair. "Wait here..."
Brenda watched as the young girl left the attic. She sat down at the chair by the desk and rubbed her arms.
"How the hell did this happen?" Brenda muttered.
16 June 2012
15 June 2012
I was recently interviewed by the amazing blog The Writer's Block, so I invite you to come on by and check it out.
Click this link to read the review!
I was also interviewed by Angelica Dawson who interviews blogger. I was really excited about this interview, because this is the first time anyone has asked me anything about blogging and my experiences with it.
14 June 2012
For a long time, way before I had this blog, I loved making collages. I am a subscriber to Glamour and cut out various photos and words from the magazine to keep and use for collages. I've got quite a collection and I am working on something a bit larger scale (at least for me).
There is also a larger point to this that I want to add once I show off, so stay with me...
13 June 2012
This time I am proud to say that Jane Bussey from Writer's Muses one of the blog hop co-hosts is taking over this week and I just love the picture she chose. But before we get to all of that, time to feature the amazing creativity from last week.
Age is Just a Number by Chessny Smith
Birthday Wishes by Kimberly Gould
A Morning Conversation and Late for Work by Scott Taylor
Charmed by Carrie K. Sorensen
The Magic Pen by Landa
Let The Games Begin by Me
I Hope It's Worth The Wait
And the rules are:
12 June 2012
Brenda ascended the staircase and followed the voice calling out to her. There gripped the smooth wooden hand railing and followed it up until the staircase wrapped around to the second floor. The second floor of the attic or the third floor of their house, Brenda wasn't sure.
She stepped out and found herself in another room. The walls were painted yellow like the staircase and she noticed someone took great care with the layout and the design. Brenda approached a desk in the corner and looked out the open window that faced an open field. A little boy in a large tree out back looked out from his tree house with a makeshift telescope - two taped together empty toilet paper rolls. He snarled and threw a stuffed chameleon up in the air as a younger girl crossed the yard and headed towards the house. She seemed disoriented as she looked around.
10 June 2012
09 June 2012
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The winner will be chosen by June 15th (just in time for Father's Day!).
The winner has been chosen! I am proud to announce that Farrah Shumway is the winner! Farrah you will be receiving an email from me with further details.
Please note I have turned off the comments now because the giveaway is over. But do check out this amazing company for some pretty awesome gift ideas.
I am taking part in a mass blogging tour where I respond to the question - what is it that makes your life poetic? How do you find beauty in every day?
Let's be honest. It's tough these days to think of life as poetry. Unless that poetry is miserable. I am unemployed. My computer is on the fritz and even as I type out this post I know that I have a little under a few hours to get as much as I can done before it crashes. I have been so close to adding a donation button to my blog to encourage people to donate to the "get me a new laptop" fund. I won't though. That would be wrong...right?
08 June 2012
Here are the details of the giveaway -
The winner will receive 100 5X7 Postcards
Update! I used random.org to select a number between 1 and 9 and the chosen winner was #1. So that means Lena is the winner! Woohoo!
Ah the virtual rubber band on the wrist. The thread tied around the pinky. The crumbled up piece of paper somewhere in your purse about that thing you keep meaning to do.
I received an offer to review the virtual reminding system called, "Remindeo" and I really enjoyed it. As I've done before, here is the pros and cons of the software as I used it, and I followed up the review with the overall feeling on whether you should give it a try.
Photo Copyright Belongs to Dark Horse Comics
Yet, that's the thing about secrets - they never go unnoticed.
For Trevor, there is a secret hiding in his backyard, inside of the barn. It's his brother - Will. Will, only six years old, stands several feet above his brother. And it wasn't until Trevor decides to take a stand against the hiding of his brother, that he realizes how much this small town would be willing to fight for the silence of the children.
07 June 2012
I have to say I have read several of his books and enjoyed them thoroughly (a few I will mention in a minute). So I wanted to honor his work and his impact on the reading and writing world. Funny thing is I learned after reading an article that he never embraced technology despite his futuristic worlds. He even considered the "internet a scam." (Can't agree with him there, but we all have our vices, right?) (And considering this is the author of Fahrenheit 451, are we really that surprised about that?)
Anyways...here's a few of my favorite books by this amazing writer -
And I am SO glad they let me write the ending. Writing the ending is like having the last piece of chocolate cake.
Before you read the ending, make sure to read the story in full, by clicking the links below:
All caught up?
Okay, here it is. I'm so excited.
06 June 2012
Here are the details:
This is a one day only BOOK PUSH for June 6th 2012. Yup, four authors DETERMINED to bring their books to the world AND to see them climb high in Amazon’s Ranks. We have a Zombie-ish apocalypse with a splash of romance, a romantic suspense with a dash of humour, a Thriller with a huge helping of action and a YA Paranormal with a mystery blended in.
Carrie did a great job of choosing just the right photo to inspire people!
Here are the contributions to last week's blog hop:
Window View by Randy Lindsay
Moor Conversation in Fog by Scott Watty Doodle All the Day
Amusement Park Murder by Jottings and Writings
At the Golf Course by Sydney Aaliyah
Lost on the Golf Course by Chasing Revery (Co-Host)
Don't Open the Door by Me
That was an awesome turn out and such amazing creativity in the bunch!
05 June 2012
Click here to read the previous entries.
"Becky, we shouldn't be doing this." Brittney whispered.
We were hiding in the hallway closet of our rented cabin and operation payback was about to commence. I almost felt bad for the three buffoons who were about to get a taste of their own medicine. I wanted Tori to take part, but she never would do that to her boyfriend. Not to mention she can't keep secrets.
"Okay, go." I whispered to Brittney.
Earlier in the week, we found a hidden door at the side of the hallway closet door that went behind the walls of the cabin. I followed Becky who had pressed open the secret passageway and heard it close behind me. This was where revenge would take place.
Anyone else really hate how tough editing is?
I finished the first draft of my book in the first part of this year and I am continuing to edit it. And you know what? It's taking me really long. Granted I did hand write the novel, but even if I hadn't, I'm not even looking at the first few chapters yet. I would be surprised as all get out if I end up finishing this rewrite before the year ends.
02 June 2012
It's a "John Carter" Blue Ray Giveaway! Pretty cool huh?
Disney brings to life an iconic hero, John Carter, in a visually stunning new world with heart-pounding action. The heroic epic adventure “John Carter” arrives on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D, HD Digital, DVD and On-Demand June 5, 2012, just in time for Father’s Day!