31 December 2012

What Is Your Biggest Tearjerker - Movie or Book?





So last night my mom and I watched the movie Bridges of Madison County. And boy oh boy did we cry! And ironically enough, this was right after I had asked on my blog's Facebook page what everyone's cry baby movie was. Which was also after my mom and I watched clips from Brian's Song...as well as that St. Jude's Children's Hospital Commercial.

It's been one hell of a day...

So, I thought I would throw the question out to you guys...what is your biggest cry baby movie or book?

Book? I would say as of late is the Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I read this in one day and cried very very hard at the end.

Movie-wise? Steel Magnolias will always win. Also, Neverwas makes me cry every time (I think every writer should watch this movie).

What are your cry baby movie or books?

Saying Goodbye to 2012 - A Look Back






Let's be honest, I'm happy to see 2012 end. This hasn't been an easy year, to say the least. Between losing my job in February, my laptop crashing in August, and lots of family issues, this has been an extremely challenging year.

Anyways...I'm going to let my cynical self die down for a few minutes and focus on the positives.

1) I finished my fantasy novel!!!

My biggest accomplishment this year I must say! I am so proud. No, I didn't get the chance to edit like I wanted (see note above about losing my laptop), but with my latest equipment intact, I am hoping I can change that next year.

2) Got a new job in August!

I started working again in August and I am really learning a lot in a field I enjoy. It isn't an easy economy out there and I know I am very lucky.

3) New laptop for my birthday in December!

Downside is that I lost my free wifi. So this means I have to cough up the cash to actually buy a plan somewhere. We'll see how that goes. But other than that, I am very happy with my Windows 8 laptop.

4) Finding new companies and tasty foods!

So far I have learned about so many new companies, tasty foods and drinks. I really enjoy this and I hope you guys do to. This has also been a wonderful way to share some goodies with my family and get their feedback, too.

5) New projects to explore for next year.

I have new writing goals for myself next year. From finishing my fantasy novel rewrite to putting on my big girl writing pants and submitting freelance articles to magazines (even guest blogging more!), not to mention a new novel idea that I am exploring. So I plan on being very busy next year (what else is new?).

I hope 2013 brings you wonderful good luck, new experiences, and if you cry any tears next year, let them be tears of joy. I wish all of my blog readers (both new, old, and gone away) a fabulous new year.

26 December 2012

Writing Prompt (Deadline Extension)

I don't know about you, but I am immersed in the hullabaloo of the holidays, which makes it hard to squeeze in the writing time! It looks like we could all use some extra time to get our submissions in, so we are extending last week's photo reveal a for another week. I've reposted the entry below and reopened the submission link. Have fun and Happy New Year!!

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Hello, friends! It's time for another dose of weekly inspiration with our Writer Wednesday Blog Hop photo reveal! My co-hostesses Nicole Pyles, Carrie Sorensen, and Tena Carr have done the most wonderful job in giving us some great prompts over the last several months! This week, they are handing me the reins for hosting! Thanks, ladies!

Here are the creations from last week's prompt. Be sure to check them out and give some love to the authors through comments!

The Photo Finals Project, by Scott Taylor

I Have A Bad Feeling About This, by Nicole Pyles

The Only Way Out, by Leanne Sype (hey, that's me!)

Now, drumroll please: badabadabadabada..........

This week's photo

BlogHopInspiration

Mandatory words:


lobster


remote control


luggage


ears


exam


Here is how this all works:


1) There will be one photo, and five words - both of those elements must be a feature in the brief story you create.
2) There is also a 500 word maximum.
3) You have until the next Wednesday to create your post.
4) When you have finished your post, come back here and link up below and let me (Or whoever your blog host is) know in the comments that you have done so!
5) We were going to tell you to not take this too seriously, but reconsidered it because we know full well that asking writers to write something means that they will take it seriously. So, take it seriously, but don't fret/panic/pass out/hyperventilate/lose sleep/run in fear over it.



Have fun!!

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22 December 2012

If You Can Read This, It Means the Mayans Were Wrong




I'm actually posting this in advance (pre-apocalypse). I figure now is a good of time as any, right?

Well if you can read this...it means we survived!!!

In that case, in honor of the world not coming to an end, I thought I would share my resolutions for 2013.

1) Finish "A Light Burns at Midnight."

I haven't yet finished the typed version yet and I anticipate that I will be complete by June of 2013 (a typed version at least).

2) Get rough draft of new novel halfway done.

I have a brand new novel idea that I am pursuing and I would love a rough draft (or half of one) by the end of 2013.

...okay, I won't add lose weight to the list. That is an obvious one and mostly I just want to eat healthy.

I managed to get my resolution for 2012 (finish my first draft of my fantasy novel) and I think that I can repeat my success.

Remember, if you are making resolutions, here's a few tips to keep in mind -

1) Start small.

The smaller the goal, the more likely you'll achieve it.

2) Share it with family, friends, and blog readers.

The more people who know your goal, the most likely you are to not want to fail their expectations.

3) Be specific and devise a plan.

Don't just say you want to lose weight. What work out plan do you have in place? What specifically do you want to publish and how will you get ready?

What are your resolutions? What are your tips for New Years Resolutions? Did the world end in your area and what was it like?

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21 December 2012

How Did The World End For You?

It's almost 11 o'clock at night and I thought I would follow this prompt I found about how I think the world will end!

Well, I have an hour before it's officially not ending and I thought I would share my insight on how it would end...

Oh, and in case you are still up to...here's the button for the fun blog hop!



I thought about the various ways the world might come to an end. Zombies, a religious themed ending, Aliens, Robots...I even made sure to slap a note on my untyped fantasy novel that said, "IF WORLD ENDS AND ALIENS ARE READING THIS, PLEASE PUBLISH THIS NOVEL."

Heh heh, you never know, right?

And then I couldn't help but wonder why the Mayan's stopped at December 21, 2012.

Seriously, why was that an end? Why did we think that the world would end?

Obviously, the wine is seeping in, because none of this makes sense to me.

Instead of taking this doomsday approach, I decided to choose a different "world ending" plot (which may or may not be a cop out...which also may or may not be inspired by someone else's post about this that I read, I can't really remember).

But I think the Mayan's were telling us this - that today is the day to change things. Today is not the day to remain status quo. To sit back and watch time go by. Nor is this the time to bemoan what we've lost, missed out on, or forgotten about.

Let this day be a day of change. To embrace our new selves. Maybe the Mayan's saw us gaining a new enlightenment.

Dust off that novel and start typing away. Take out that lengthy classic you've been meaning to finish. Tighten up your laces and start walking and get healthy. Get out the trash bags and get organized. Toss your cigarettes and slap on a patch, it's time to quit smoking. Start calling long lost friends and family members.

Don't let another year go by where you regret what you haven't done.

Maybe the Mayan's knew of our tendency for people to not really listen until it's an exaggeration. Maybe they chuckled to themselves as they put that final date, or maybe they thought, "See? at some point, we will ignite change into our future."

Or hell, maybe aliens will land after all.



20 December 2012

The Funniest Reaction To A Speeding Ticket. Ever.


Rainy Mid-Night Snack

 I don't really drive. I'm usually the passenger in the car, but I don't care if you are the passenger or the driver, it's intimidating as all get out to get pulled over. And every time it happens, you have to resist the whole "fight speeding ticket" reaction you get when you do get one.

Recently, when I was with this friend of mine, we were driving down hill on this long slope-y, no lights, little traffic road and she happened to be going over the speed limit that day. Oblivious, at first, especially considering the guy behind us was going just as fast.

Aaand of course there was a police officer waiting in the wings watching for this very behavior (conveniently, the car behind us slowed down really quick once he spotted the apparent cop car...why we didn't notice this too, I'll never know).

While this wasn't a big huge deal type of moment, she charmed the heck out of this police officer. I was so proud of her. It happened pretty easily too, because when she rolled down the window, and he came to the window, she confessed that she knew the very reason she was being pulled over and even admitted this was a fun road to speed on. 

If I remember correctly her words were, "Alright, I know. I'm speeding. But you have to admit, this road is really fun to speed on!"

If you can believe it, the police officer laughed. Now, how many people can say that? Well, okay, he laughed about as much as you would expect a police officer to laugh in a situation like this (he mostly smiled. He was also cute.). Unfortunately, my friend got a speeding ticket anyway, it wasn't nearly as high as it might have been. Apparently he lowered the speeding ticket to as low as it could be for a speeding ticket. 

But still, it was the first time I had seen anything like it (and yes, I took notes for my own "next time").

Tell me - what was the funniest/weirdest/most memorable reaction you've seen recently to a ticket? 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for which I will receive compensation. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

19 December 2012

Writer Wednesday Writing Prompt

Leanne's hosting today! Let's see what we got!

Hello, friends! It's time for another dose of weekly inspiration with our Writer Wednesday Blog Hop photo reveal! My co-hostesses Nicole Pyles, Carrie Sorensen, and Tena Carr have done the most wonderful job in giving us some great prompts over the last several months! This week, they are handing me the reins for hosting! Thanks, ladies!

Here are the creations from last week's prompt. Be sure to check them out and give some love to the authors through comments!

The Photo Finals Project, by Scott Taylor

I Have A Bad Feeling About This, by Nicole Pyles

The Only Way Out, by Leanne Sype (hey, that's me!)

Now, drumroll please: badabadabadabada..........

This week's photo

BlogHopInspiration

Mandatory words:


lobster


remote control


luggage


ears


exam


Here is how this all works:


1) There will be one photo, and five words - both of those elements must be a feature in the brief story you create.
2) There is also a 500 word maximum.
3) You have until the next Wednesday to create your post.
4) When you have finished your post, come back here and link up below and let me (Or whoever your blog host is) know in the comments that you have done so!
5) We were going to tell you to not take this too seriously, but reconsidered it because we know full well that asking writers to write something means that they will take it seriously. So, take it seriously, but don't fret/panic/pass out/hyperventilate/lose sleep/run in fear over it.



Have fun!!

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17 December 2012

I Have a Bad Feeling About This - A Bit of Short Fiction

In case you haven't met my newest character's Marco and Figaro, read my previous ongoing blog story entitled, "The Curse."


"I have a bad feeling about this," Marco knew these were famous last words. His goofy, and seriously off the chart, magician friend Figaro brought them to the college campus and Marco stood behind a large oak tree, waiting for the next disaster his friend would think up next.




Figaro set up the door prop on the grass and opened it up.

"Oh ye of little faith..." Figaro said, leaving the door slightly ajar.

Marco suppressed a heavy sigh. "How about the time we ended up taking two strangers back in time?"

"Ssh," Figaro join Marco behind the tree and giggled to himself. "Wait, how much did you fill the parking meter?"

Marco rolled his eyes at the question, until he realized its implication. "Why? How long are we gonna be here?"

"Ssh, ssh, look."

Marco followed Figaro's eyes to a cluster of students on what seemed like a campus tour. The crowd of parents and hopeful teenagers watched the oblivious tour guide at the front of the crowd.

"Here we have our campus park, where you can hang out with friends, try our tasty olive pizza at the food truck or...or...see a piece of..." The tour guide's right arm remained frozen in the air and directed at the mysteriously placed doorway in the middle of the open space.

Figaro snickered. "Here it comes."

Marco felt his stomach twist at Figaro's comment. He watched as the tour guide stepped closer and closer to the curious object.

"Wait! Wait!" Marco shouted. He ignored the harsh whispers from the oak tree that called out his name and smiled at the crowd. "Ha ha, sorry. I left my...my...latest project here." He took the arm of the tour guide and awkwardly shook it. "Thank you sir for monitoring my latest piece. It's about to be featured in...in...You Design Magazine, you know!"

He shut the open door and lifted the doorway off the grass as the tour guide began to explain the school's elaborate modern art program.

"Darn you, Marco!" Figaro shouted. One thing that Figaro hated the most was having his schemes interrupted. He burst out behind the tree and ran for the doorway in Marco's arms. Figaro jumped on top. Marco collapsed to the ground with the extra weight. Enraged, he shoved off the door and pushed Figaro who returned the favor.

"We can't have this type of activity happening in front of prospective students and their families!" The tour guide shouted. He joined in the scuffle and attempted to pull the two apart.

Without either of them paying attention, the doorway collapsed to the ground with the door wide open. As Marco pulled Figaro away from the tour guide who pulled at Marco, Figaro tripped - either accidental or on purpose - in the direction of the open door.

"Bibbity - bobbity- boo!" Figaro shouted. Like a flash of a camera, all three of them disappeared into the doorway, leaving a lone door prop lying flat in the middle of the park.

....to be continued with next week's writing prompt!

Want to join in? Find out about our weekly writing prompt and how you can win a month of ad's space if you join us!

15 December 2012

Do You Lose Stuff All The Time? Well, Try FoundIt!

There is a place for people like me. The type of person who loses their stuff all the time. In fact, I'm on my third (and maybe fourth) cell phone charger. I have probably lost almost all of my gloves and hats for the winter and I have stopped by buying watches because of how often they come off of my wrist (and never come back).

If you are like me, you will want to know about FoundIt!


I learned about FoundIt! and at first, I just didn't get it. And that is the main reason I wanted to review it.

And then I received the info on how exactly to sign up and what to do, and boy oh boy was this ever a service meant for people like me.

Basically how this works, is that you sign up at FoundIt.com and you purchase a $19.99 or a $24.99 membership (the main difference is how many stickers you get). After you sign up, you get stickers and tags in the mail, that you stick on various items.

Like this -




This is just the beginning by the way (and yes, I placed a sticker on my hair brush; although that sticker didn't last long, ha ha). I have it now on my laptop, cell phone, the little wallet thing that has my credit cards, my make up bag, my sunglasses and glasses case. I am terrible at losing things and this is a service I need (like how two weeks ago I lost another cell phone charger...my third one (and I NEVER got back...see? This service would have helped me if I had placed my FoundIt sticker on that charger!)).

What you see on the sticker is a little code that you activate once you get your membership activated.

So, what happens is if someone finds your stuff, they text that number, or they go online to FoundIt and report that they found your item.

The only hiccup here is that it requires the honesty out of our fellow man (and you cynics in the back can just quiet down). So, I like to think that if someone found one of these items I've slapped these stickers on, will report in and find a way to contact me.

I love the idea behind this service, I really do. And this is a service perfect me, because I lose stuff constantly.

What I plan to do, is if I do lose something, and someone reaches out to me via FoundIt, I will post and let you guys know...immediately. For now, I wait and cross my fingers that this service brings out the good in all of us.

Try this out - and in fact, if you have someone in your life that loses stuff like me, you can even gift this service. 

And I'm so proud to announce that I will be giving away a "Bomb Diggity Membership" which values at $19.99 and includes the following -

- Your own unique FoundIt! ID

- 38 FoundIt! Stickers, including 4 glasses stickers
- 4 durable plastic tags (keychain, bag tags and luggage tag)
- Machine washable and dishwasher safe
- One year Membership to FoundIt! Network
Great for active individuals and couples!

Enter using the following activities below, and make sure to leave a comment for each entry method you do and do NOT just leave one comment saying you've done them all (otherwise you only get credit for one entry!) -

REQUIRED: 

1) Leave a comment by telling me about an item you've recently lost and whether or not you found it!

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES:

1) Like FoundIt! on Facebook

2) Follow FoundIt! on Twitter 

3) Follow FoundIt! on Pinterest

4) Like World of My Imagination on Facebook

5) Subscribe to my blog via email

6) Subscribe to my blog via GFC.

And at the end of the contest, I will have the chance to give a 15% discount to all of my readers. So stay tuned! If you enter, whether or not you win, I will be sure to email you directly about that discount code. 

Contest ends 12/26.

****CONTEST ENDED - VALID ENTRANT #4 -  COURTNEY PIES IS THE WINNER***

Disclaimer: I received a free membership to FoundIt! in exchange for my honest review.

12 December 2012

Weekly Writing Photo Prompt - Will You Join In?

This time I get to post the weekly prompt (and soon, I will get used to having a laptop enough to join in...I promise).  A special thank you for my co-hosts, Carrie K Sorensen, Tena Carr and Leanne Sype for having so much patience during my time of laptop-lessness.

And here's the awesome writers from last week's writing prompt! Make sure to go by and read their amazing pieces!

Snow by Randy Lindsay
The Call by Stella
John Buck Thompson by Scott Taylor

Even though rules were meant to be broken, you must follow ours (especially to be considered for our monthly contest) -


1) There will be one photo, and five words - both of those elements must be a feature in the brief story you create.
2) There is also a 500 word maximum.
3) You have until the next Wednesday to create your post.
4) When you have finished your post, come back here and link up below and let me (Or whoever your blog host is) know in the comments that you have done so!
5) We were going to tell you to not take this too seriously, but reconsidered it because we know full well that asking writers to write something means that they will take it seriously. So, take it seriously, but don't fret/panic/pass out/hyperventilate/lose sleep/run in fear over it.

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Now, for this week's photo:


Ajar by Gavin Turk


The Five Words:

Parking Meter

Stomach

Magazine

Chart

Olive

Oh boy, I have a good feeling about this one. 

When you have you're post ready, get yourself linked up below! Get those creative engines going!

Woooo!


11 December 2012

A Scene That Won't Leave You Alone - The Birth of a Novel

Have you ever wondered how a novel came to be?

Well...

It starts with a writer and an idea that love each other very much.

Ha ha...alright, I'm kidding. And you should be glad I ended there, I almost wrote the whole post based on that little metaphor.

Anyways. For me to continue with a story idea, especially anything of a novel length, I have to feel connected to the story and idea. But more than just creating an outline, character history, and setting layout, I need to really see the story.

I need the first scene to come to me first. Is that strange?

I had that happen with my current fantasy story. I suddenly got this scene of a character running into a thick forest and that is the scene that begins Chapter Two. When I got the scene, I had something to work with.Why was she in the forest? What was she running from? Who is she? Where is everyone else? All of this came to me and eventually connected to other scenes that eventually created this novel.

And I've been toying with a novel for the last several months (and longer, in fact; this is just the first time I've started paying attention) and today I got that moment. I got the scene. It's a small scene, too. Very small in fact. But it's enough and it's real enough for me to continue from there. I have something to work with and a story I've connected to.

When do you finally embrace your next novel or writing piece? Do you plunge right in with the start of an idea? Or is there a certain thing you wait on, like I do? 


05 December 2012

Writer Wednesday Writing Prompt

Ladies and Gentleman, this is my first post using my new laptop! Yay!!!! I'm so excited! Finally, I don't have to type on my cell phone...which is really good because I severely damaged the screen. Ha....anyways. Today, Carrie has the posting reigns!


Who won this week?

I'm going to save that for later this time. ;)

First, let's take a look at last week's story submissions.

Hard to Let Go by Heather
Home-made Business by Tena Carr
Lady by Scott Taylor
Mama's Songs by Leanne Sype

I have to say, the thought of my son and dog inspiring those stories .... haha. :) It was lovely. And I have more for you this week.

Keep an eye on the rules:

1) There will be one photo, and five words - both of those elements must be a feature in the brief story you create.
2) There is also a 500 word maximum.
3) You have until the next Wednesday to create your post.
4) When you have finished your post, come back here and link up below and let me (Or whoever your blog host is) know in the comments that you have done so!
5) We were going to tell you to not take this too seriously, but reconsidered it because we know full well that asking writers to write something means that they will take it seriously. So, take it seriously, but don't fret/panic/pass out/hyperventilate/lose sleep/run in fear over it.

The photo for this week.


animals,business,hats,cowboys,fashions,horses,men,occupations,people,ranchers,ropes,seasons,snows,western wear,winter
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The words for this week.

Needle
Wisdom
Planet
Beach
Scandal


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And, finally, the answer you've scrolled all the way down to see. This month's ad winner is:


Congratulations! We will display your button for the next month. If you have a button already, please send it my way. If you have a photo you would like me to use to make your button, let me know that by Friday. Otherwise I can work from scratch.

Everyone else (not to exclude Heather) get to writing. It may be your blog up to win next month's prize.

04 December 2012

Happy Birthday to Me!

I am proud to announce that today is my birthday! I am 26 years old today! I didn't announce my birthday on my blog last year, but I decided to this time around, because...well, why not?

So, first, let's all have some virtual cake -

Cup Cake Stand

Aaaand a virtual martini -
Refreshing Sugar Sweet Red Strawberry Martini Drink And the virtual gift I'm sure you all chipped in to buy me -
American Muscle car

(Hey, a girl can dream can't she?)

I'm also proud to announce that I have a new laptop!! That means much more activity from me in the blogging world (I know you are all so happy about that!) This also means I can continue my rewrite of my fantasy novel. Yay! I'm not writing this post with that computer, so I'll make sure to announce when I'm actually using it.

Anyways, I hope you all have a great day, too!


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