"Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia." ~E.L. Doctorow

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


So its been a while since the last time I blogged. I seem to be going in cycles. I blog for a while, I write for a while, I veg out and watch tv and eat a pint of ice cream...well you get the idea. So today while I was messing around with my blog layout (what do you guys think? I'm not sure I'm sold on it yet) anyway, I decided to blog about some fun stuff I found on the internet lately.

First up:

Tony Eldridge over at MTFA posted an entry by @duolit entitled: 7 Tips for the Introverted Author. Now to be honest with you all I'm not the most outgoing person when I'm thrown into an environment that I'm not familiar with. So the whole idea of having to go out on the road to promote a book and do interviews and all that is - while a thrilling prospect - also an unnerving one. But here are a few tips to help those of you out there who a like me.

Next Up:

I do have to come clean on this next one. So one night while procrastinating on Twitter instead of writing (i know, I know shame on me. :P ), I stumbled across @coffeelvnmom on the #amwriting trend. The next thing I know I have an email in my inbox saying she was following me and I thought "oh that's nice. I love new followers (especially ones that aren't stupid companies trying to get you to buy stuff - LAME) anyway. So today I fired up my blog and found I have a new follower. Guess who? Yup Jessica Brooks aka @coffeelvnmom.

Well it turns out Jessica has a blog of her own entitled - My Thoughts Exactly. And people let me tell you, It's Great!!! If you haven't found it yet, you've got to check it out. She is witty, brilliant, and dude she loves coffee! That's a girl after my own heart. So go check out her blog. :D (And no she isn't paying to say that either. :D )

Book News (Reading Not Writing):

My latest novel love is a book entitled Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken. It is a fabulous read! Just to tell you how good it was I staying up until 4 am reading it in one night, under the penalty of having two kiddos to wake up to first thing the next morning. Yes, my friends, it was that good!

In more Book News (Writing this time):

My current WIP - The Bearers - has officially came in at over 23,000 words. I just started Chapter 14. I'm not sure if this is just me but I always worry that I won't have a long enough manuscript. (Which is usually silly because I have found out that I'm incapable of writing short stories. They always come out a heck of a lot longer than I ever intended. Case in point: my original manuscript was something like 175,000 until I split it in half) Two words: long winded. O_o

Moving on...

Music News:

So I've found a great new song to add to my writing playlist. This is King of Anything by Sara Bareilles.

Hmm...what else?

Oh yeah! I'm not sure if anyone hasn't seen it yet but the new trailer of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows has been released and it looks AMAZING!!! Seriously. Now you may as what does this have to do with writing/publishing/agents/ or the whole online writers community as a whole. Well Harry Potter was actually the book(s) that started me on the road to wanting to become a published author. Goblet of Fire to be more specific. Something about it just sent a thrill thru me. I picked up a pen (or keyboard as it were) and have put it down since. :D

so without any further - yeah okay I'm just going to show it now. :D Enjoy!