What Immune System?

I don’t know what is with my body this winter. I’ve managed to catch just about every sickness that has gone around. Well, with the exception of the flu (*knock on wood* I guess there’s still time for that!).

In exasperation, I texted my friend Dawn last night and told her I should just live in a bubble; that will be the only way for me to stay healthy. Being the awesome friend she is, she offered that I could do that if she could roll me around!

Then, my friend Julie had to get in on the bubble action. Here’s her refrain to my new situation…

Roll me around, I just wanna get better.

Roll me around, til I find a better day.

Roll me around, find some method to my madness, there’s gotta be something else coming my way…

So that’s what my life has come to?? It sounds like the start to either a depressing short story or a bad country song…at this point, I’m not sure which. After Julie’s refrain, I’m thinking song is the way to go!

As I type this, I have a box of Kleenex and a trash can within arm’s reach (see what I mean??). I hope and pray that spring is close by—as in right around the immediate, very next corner. Somehow, after checking the extended forecast, I don’t think that’s the case.  Continue reading “What Immune System?”

Writing, The Glamorous Life & Finding Balance in the Madness of Branding

Great article with good perspective. I encourage all writers to check it out!

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This GORGEOUS image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Aimannesse Photography This GORGEOUS image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Aimannesse Photography

I will confess, being a writer is THE best job in the world. But, I’d be lying if I didn’t ALSO admit it can feel like we’ve been strapped to Hell’s Tilt-A-Whirl.  As writers of the Digital Age we have a much higher chance at success than any writer in history, but we also have more work than any writer in history.

And, to make matters worse, spouses, bills, kiddos with snotty noses, dust bunnies and car troubles don’t go away the day we decide to become professional writers.

In fact, Spawn used more toilet paper than a crew of high school football players rolling the house of a rival team’s quarterback. And he flooded the bathroom. And I still have to clean the mess, but the liquor stores aren’t open yet.

So yeah, that is the glamourous job 

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Showing vs. Telling

Excellent article with lots of examples! I know that this is a concept I still struggle with. Thanks to A Writer’s Path for posting it!

Happy writing, everyone!

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If there was one piece of writing advice I disliked most as a new writer, it certainly was “Show, don’t tell.” Initially, I had no idea what it meant. Self-help writing blogs often toss this phrase around without examples. I even had a critique done on my writing once, and the person critiquing said this phrase several times but offered no help on what showing actually meant.

Finally, I stumbled upon a quote that changed my outlook on writing forever.

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Perennial Favorites: Seasoned Authors Share Their NaNoWriMo Secrets

I’m behind on my NaNoMoWri piece (and it’s not even a novel!)–ugh! I’m hoping their advice will help me out as well as give me a kick in the butt!!

For everyone who’s participating, I hope your stories are coming along smoothly 🙂

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Last year, we asked five veteran NaNo authors for their advice on how to approach this event: they had each leveraged their NaNoWriMo project into a published novel (some more than once!), and they all also happen to be active WordPress.com bloggers. For those of you participating this year, we’re republishing this roundtable again.

November 1st marked the start of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The annual fiction extravaganza brings together tens of thousands of writers every year, first-timers and pros alike, each committed to hammer out 50,000 words of sparkling fiction over the course of the month.

Here with tricks of the trade, advice, and words of encouragement are five novelists who’ve successfully participated in NaNoWriMo before. Let’s meet our panel of seasoned storytellers:

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The Devil is in the Details: On Descriptive Writing

Great examples and advice! Showing versus telling is something a lot of writers – myself included – struggle with at some point or another. Take the time to check out this post!

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We often hear that we should “show, not tell” — that we should paint a detailed picture for our reader that lets them see what’s happening, rather than simply narrating.

Easier said than done! All details are not created equal: some detail throws a barrier between the reader and your story, and some detail is (ironically) not detailed enough. How do you tell whether a detail helps or hurts? Here are four things to keep in mind when you’re writing descriptively, and some writers who illustrate them perfectly.

Good detail is relevant.

Including every detail is the written equivalent of your friend who can never get to the point of a story because he can’t remember if it happened on Tuesday or Wednesday, or if it was 1 PM or 2 PM, or if the car was red or blue. Good detail is relevant to the point of your post.

Writer beware! Not…

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Ready for a Rant?

For those of you who regularly follow my blog, you know that a vast majority of my posts revolve around books and writing. Every now and again, I’ll post about my travels or adventures. Once in a blue moon, I post a rant that is strictly my opinion based on what I’ve seen or heard.

Today, I have to say that I’m flat out disgusted with the NFL. I follow very few sports (they take up too much time and limit my reading time), but every fall I’m ready for some football. This year, though, with all the stories that have come to light about NFL players, I’m going to quit watching.

Let me say that yes, I realize that not all NFL players are thugs, not all beat their wives/ girl friends or children, but the number who do and the slow, turtle-like response from the NFL makes me sick.

I don’t know if these sorts of things have been ongoing and buried or if this is a new trend. What I don’t understand is why these players are making millions, appear to be breaking the law (I know most haven’t been adjudicated in a court and that in America a suspect is innocent until proven guilty), and are still allowed to play the game? Is it too much to ask that they are suspended pending the outcome of an investigation, especially given the video and photographic evidence that exists? Do we really want these men as role models for our children? I would hope the answer to that would be obvious.

Tons and tons of coverage can be found on the web. Even so, I’m going to share two links. First is to a video that I liked and that you might want to check out. It’s titled, Ray Rice and Friends: Why Are We Surprised? Here’s the URL: http://youtu.be/ugPJluhpi4c

One last link before I conclude my rant. This story comes from the Chicago Tribune and is titled After Ray Rice, Will Women Forgive the NFL? It can be found here.

While I know abusers come in all shapes and sizes, I would hate to think that because these men are athletes who figure prominently on TV on Sunday afternoons that they are held to a lesser standard. We aren’t doing the victims any justice if that happens. While I can’t tell you – the viewer – what to do, I would at least ask that you take time to ponder all the disturbing news in regard to NFL players. Make a thoughtful decision and see if watching football and buying team merchandise is really worth it.

The Story of Harold and Michael

Before we get into Harold & Michael’s story, I wanted to give a bit of background. As some of you know, I do get a good idea every now and again. Unfortunately, my timing isn’t always the best. I reached out to my friend Michael and asked if and he and his partner would be willing to be interviewed by me for Gay Pride Month. They agreed – yay! Well, this all hit me the very end of June. So, I’m a little late for June, but I’m unofficially extending Gay Pride Month through the first week of July *wink*

Here’s to Harold and Michael and the hope that they can “officially” marry in their home state of Indiana – sooner rather than later!

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How long have you been together?

We were best friends for 4 years – dated for 4 years – then had a ceremony and considered ourselves married for 10 years.  Wow!  That seems like a long time! Continue reading “The Story of Harold and Michael”