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

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Inspiration for your Day

Now this is a fun new Inspiration. Its called "My Body" by Young The Giant. It had me grooving in my swivel chair this morning (which is not easy to do while staying under your boss' radar!) ;) Anyway, I hope it gives you guys a funny little jolt to your morning too!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Post

Today is my best friend Nicole's birthday, and I thought I would celebrate by posting a few of her favorite songs.

But just so you know, this feet is a whole lot more difficult then it sounds. If you look at my music files on my computer the one marked "Nicole's Music" is about three times the size of the rest of my files. She sends me so many great songs and I wouldn't have half of the Inspirations if it weren't for her.

Now some of these are old ones that I have posted in the past, but they are so good they are worth repeating. So I hope you guys enjoy them and help me wish her a

By the way...is this not the cutest video ever?!

Sorry...I forgot one. Its her all time favorite. :D

Friday, April 15, 2011

Weekend Inspirations

Eric Hutchinson is one of those artists who's voice doesn't match their appearence. Talk about not judging a book by its cover! (although that's a conversation for another time) he is a really entertaining singer. Hope you guys like him too.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Since today is a rainy sort of day out, I thought this song would accompany it perfectly.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Carpe Diem

So I've got a couple of bloggy type items to cover today. :) First off is the IFYD. I broke open the playlist for my first manuscript yesterday, and found this one. I haven't heard it in a long time but I love it. For me, it’s all about seizing your day while you can because life moves fast my friends!

Secondly, I received the lovely - Versatile Blogger Award - from the fabulously ostentatious Stacey! I will have to completely the rest of the award requirements this weekend unfortunately. But Thanks Stacey! Tis much appreciated.

And finally here's a discussion starter that just hit me this morning. How many of you writers out there have genre that really unnerves you?

The reason I ask is because I came up with a story idea for a political drama but it is freaking me out thinking about writing it. I guess I feel like the expectations that are associated with a political drama are completely different then those of a paranormal romance. Although in the same respect, it feels really exciting to have a completely unfamiliar territory to dive into. Know what I mean?

So what do you guys think?

Monday, April 11, 2011

We interrupt this IFYD for another IFYD

:D Yeah you read that right...I just heard this one and had to post it.

I heart it and it very well could be the first song to make it on my playlist for book number two in my current series. I haven't made it to that point yet though. :/

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Without you - IFYD

So usually you can tell what type of mood I'm in by the songs I choose for IFYD. Can you tell what kind of a mood I'm in today? :D

Friday, April 8, 2011

Inspiration for your day

Because I heart Blue October Thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis much. Hope you guys have a FANTASTICAL Friday, Everyone! And an even more fabulous weekend :D


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Inspiration for your day

This morning, I actually had all intentions to post up a completely different today. It was actually going to be a new song by 3 Doors Down but this morning as I booted up Pandora like I do most mornings, this song came on and I knew I had to change.

It had been a while since I heard this last, but it always gave me goosebumps when I heard it and this morning was no exception. So this is for you guys. I hope you find at least one thing in your day that gives you goosebumps and makes you smile!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Inspiration for your Day

Here is the one originally intended for yesterday. Enjoy!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Networking Follow up

So I thought it might be nice to collect the links to a bunch of the networking site you all mentioned in the comments of last tuesday's post, incase any of you wanted to expand your networking horizons. Because in all honesty, I haven't heard of a few of them (*coughkellycough*) and I figured I wasn't the only one. :D So here we go... I will appologize not if I got any of these wrong as I said a few were unfamiliar but I'm really glad I got all these additions to check out!

JacketFlap is a networking site for any of you working in the YA and Children's book genre. It boasts over 200,000 members - including authors, illustrators, publishers and other creators of books for Children and Young Adults.

A Writer's community established by HarperCollins.

Another Children's Book/ Young Adult Writers site (curtousy of Kelly)

This one I have heard of before. :D YALITCHAT has a strong twitter following as well. A great community for the YA writers out there.

This one I'm not all that familiar with but from what I know LinkedIn is another Networking site much like Facebook but for Professionals in your industry. :) Seems like a good way to keep up-to-date with the publishing industry.

The CBI Clubhouse is a third Children's writer site (this one was mentioned by both Kelly and Dawn) Personally I heart their little bookworm mascott. He's so stinkin' cute! :D

The Socitey of Children's book writers and illustrators is a great site with news on conferences, book awards, and plenty of publishing industry news.

Social Moms is a online community for the Moms out there. This was one of the unfamiliars to me but just quickly searching around it - it seemed chalk full of great stuff. I'm going to have to go back and become more familiar with it.

I figured I didn't really need to put this one up but I did it anyway, just in case. FACEBOOK

Twitter - 140 characters to express yourself. :) Its a fun way to get inventive.

I know many of you may already be familiar with these, but Goodreads, Shelfari, and Library thing are great sites for avid readers to keep track of books they've read, books that are coming out, and sharing their thoughts on each. I heard that it is addictive for authors to sneek around this site seeing what readers think about their novels but I also heard that is a masochistic endevor. Just so you're warned. :


The Institution for Children's Literature website
Curiousy of you know who. (Her name begins with K.) I'll give you three guesses and the first two don't count. ;)

This one is one I forgot to add myself. Miss Snark's First Victim is a really great site for manuscript testing. For we unpublished, MSFV holds a lot of writing submission contests that are incredibly useful for testing your current manuscripts. People are not afraid to tell you what they think over there! There are also Secret Agent contests every month where a annonymous agent reads all 50 submission and give constructive feedback. Its a great site.

P.S. If anyone has any more they'd like to share please let me know! I'll be happy to add to the list.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Inspiration for your day

I have a confession to make. I'm a big Disney Fan....as in HUGE. Ever since I can remember I loved going to the theaters to see the latest Disney animated movies (High School Musical need not apply. :P) when they first come out. Even when I was too old for my mom to take me and too young to have a kiddo in tow. I love them. So last night hubby and I were watching Tangled with the kiddos and as the ending credits rolled this song came on. I thought it was a prefect way to start everyone's Monday. Rock out people!


Oh Gosh! I completely forgot to give out some credit the other day. Thanks to Fi for turning me onto The Lady Bloggers Society!!! Fi posted about her guest post over on the LBS blog. Check it out! 7 ways to avoid online overload.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Inspiration for your day

In honor of my aunt who passed away last week (at the tender age of 45) here is today's inspiration - Ben Harper's Waiting on an Angel.