Tuesday, May 21, 2013
This time it was the scene where Kathleen Kelley goes into Fox Bookstore to see what it is that has put her out of business. She climbs the stairs to the Children's section. She sees the rows of books, pillows on the floor, toys kids can play with, and room to spread out. She looks around and is amazed and overwhelmed.
For the first time, I think I felt what she must've felt. The "there's no way I can complete with this" feeling. I think we've all been there.
I know I shouldn't compare myself to others. All of us have such differing circumstances that there's no level ground or even playing field with which to compare. Perhaps the fact that we all have things that pull us from our writing time evens the field.
I think what threw me was going back to work. It's only part time, pays really well and I now have benefits, but I have to sacrifice some of the freedom I had, and I stressed over all of things I thought I had to do to build my writing business.
So... I took some time off from my blog, from my self-imposed deadlines and assignments and started a new journal. It was a way of taking a step back and remind myself of the joy of writing.
Maybe I will never get to the publishable stage in my writing. It's a certainty I will never get there if I quit, but I think I put the cart before the horse. I spent too much time on social networks, giveaways, and reviewing other authors' works, and not enough time practicing the craft.
Seneca, a first century Roman philosopher once said, "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." (Undoubtedly, that has been changed and retranslated through the centuries) For now, I will be happy in the preparation and someday I will be ready when the opportunity (i.e., stellar novel idea) arises.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
You know when you read a good book, and you totally get sucked into the characters? That happened when I read Intangible. Jonas was more of an enigma. I sensed more depth in that character than Intangible could give, so I'm glad to see he got his own story.
There is even more depth of character in Indomitable than I suspected. I don't usually go for the paranormal, but J. Meyers books are so well written, and the characters feel so real, they gently pull you in and before you know it, you're in the middle of another realm, and enjoying it.
|The story of Luke and Sera|
If you want to know about these books here is my review of Intangible:
Friday, December 28, 2012
Drum Roll please..................................
The Lucky Winner for the Zip Organizer is
I'm sending you an email for your physical address.
Thanks to everyone who entered. It's nice to meet you all and a I hope you have a Prosperous New Year!
Thanks also to I am a Reader, not a Writer and Oasis for YA for sponsoring this Blog Hop.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
All you have to do to enter my drawing is to become a new follower. Leave me a comment with your email address and you are entered. Sorry--U.S. entrants only.
You may consider this either a late Christmas present or an early New Year's present. Here's what you could win:
This Lovely ultra organizer, a $30 value, comes complete with a 1-inch three-ring binder. It is made from very durable nylon, has a handle on the binder side. Inside (it's hard to see black on black) there is a zipper pocket, several pockets for extra papers, pens, pencils, what-nots (which are not included). This would make a most excellent home for any planner (also not included). Start the New Year off organized!
Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. Be sure to check out the rest of the hop:
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Second Book in the Curse of the Beast Series
By Ashley Lavering
Chel finished tying me to the chair and stood. “This is crazy.”
I ignored her comment. “Go down to the basement.”
“Now, I know you’ve lost it.” She folded her arms. “How will this prove that your giant dog is the hot guy that got in your van?”
“I’ll explain later. Just trust me.”
One of her eyebrows rose.
“Please?” I waited for her to nod. “Once you’re down there, I want you to whisper something. Then come back up.”
“Whatever.” With an eye roll, she left the room.
I focused on her feet thumping against the wood stairs and heard the change when they slapped across the tiled kitchen floor. Once the basement door closed, I strained to hear her, but all I caught was a beetle scuttling across the kitchen. Nerves tangled in my gut. Had I missed it?
“If this doesn’t work, I’m calling the loony bin, Tay.” Chel’s voice rang so loud that I jerked back, toppling the chair. I hit the floor with a thud.
Beast’s airy chortle resonated from outside the window.
“Shut up. This isn’t funny,” I told him.
Chel walked through the door. “Geeze, what happened?” She hurried to me. “Are you okay?” She righted my chair with a grunt.
“On?” She cocked an eyebrow at me.
“On whether or not you’re going to untie me.”
“Oh my gosh. I’m so sorry.” She scrambled to untie the knots.
My hands slipped free and I rubbed my bruised arm. “What kind of friend are you?”
“What?” She startled.
I shook my head at her. “I can’t believe you’d commit me.”
“Wait, you heard that?” Her eyes widened.
I repeated it word for word.
“Whoa, that’s, like, creepy and awesome at the same time. But I still don’t understand how this proves your dog is a werewolf.”
The dreaded moment had arrived and nerves attacked my stomach. “Because, Chel—he bit me.”
Seventeen-year-old Tayla will never forget Beast’s fiery-venom spreading through her body like an infection. Now, with her best friend Chel’s help, she must find a human true love before the last petal falls from her enchanted rose or the full moon will transform her into a wolf forever.
But Tayla never expected that her biggest obstacle would come from inside—a wolf presence threatening to take her very soul. At every turn, the she-wolf exploits Tayla’s weaknesses and gains enough control to sabotage her dates. Tayla struggles to control her unruly wolf and her forbidden attraction to Beast. But can she resist his southern charm, the she-wolf’s attraction to his alluring scent, and still fall in love with a human?
Tangled in a web of wills, Tayla must risk everything to break the Curse of the Beast. With failure and possible death looming overhead, Tayla will do anything to find true love. But will one moon cycle be long enough to conquer her wolf and remain human? Or will she become a permanent member of Beast’s pack? Find out in the second installment in the Curse of the Beast series.
Star Cursed coming February 8th, 2013! Add it to your To-Be-Read List.
Help Ashley celebrate her release that same day on Facebook with the fabulous Release Day Diva. There will be lots of fun games, prizes and other fun stuff you don’t want to miss! Blog Tour details coming soon on her blog and on Amber’s Supernatural & YA Reviews.
You can connect with Ashley here:
Her Blog: Creative Thoughts
Curse of the Beast Facebook Page
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
As much as I enjoyed reading Paige, I think I enjoyed Athena more. Not only do we get to know each of the book club members intimately with all of their idiosyncrasies and heartbreaks, we also get to see how they are viewed by each other. How often do you get a glimpse of yourself through someone else's eyes?
With each book, it seems like the problems escalate, when in reality, each character had the most devestating problems for their personality types--problems designed for their own individual growth. Each of us comes with our own package of problems to work through.
The ladies of the Newport Book Club work through their problems by supporting each other.
Athena is a bright, work-aholic, who falls in love, in spite of herself. She uses self-imposed work expectations to avoid family and relationships.
Follow Athena as she discovers what makes her tick. You'll enjoy her journey.
Visit their Blog: The Newport Ladies Book Club
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
I hope you all got a chance to read the comments. There were a lot of really great notes of gratitude. And they were all different.
My lucky winner is...
I will be contacting you via email for your address! Congratulations.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Why are you thankful for GOOD books? This quote by Walt Disney pretty much sums it up for me:
"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island and at the bottom of the Spanish Main . . . and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life."
People who don't enjoy reading will never understand the power that lies inside a good book. Reading books spreads new ideas and sparks even more imagination. It is my opinion that reading sparked the Reformation of 15th century Europe and continued to fuel the flame. Reading became associated with education and prosperity. I think good books have a lot to do with our quality of life.
So, to enter my contest, all you need to do is:
1) Be a follower of The Stubby Pencil and leave me your email address in a comment with your choice of prizes.
2) Tell me why you're thankful for books in the comments. This will give you a second entry.
This is what you could win:
Don't forget to check out these other blogs for more chances to win:
Friday, October 26, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
To enter my giveaway:
1) Be a follower.
2) Leave me a comment about your favorite Jane Austen book or favorite Jane Austen inspired book along with your email address.
Here's what you could win:
I love this cover. Elinor and Marianne posed for this painting their very selves.
When you're done entering my giveaway, keep going! There's plenty more chances to win!