Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Disappearing for a while...

I know I haven't been super-present lately, anyway, but I'm going to be unplugging for a while. I've got a million things going on (so much for life slowing down in the summer) and WriteOnCon is coming up next month. Can't wait!

My rewrite is so close, I'm hoping to have it done and polished before then. With my kids home all day, every day, the distractions seem to be never ending. So by eliminating a big one, like the Internet, hopefully I'll be able to get this sucker finished.

When I return, I'll try to get back to a more regular blogging schedule. I already have more Word Tip Wednesdays planned. :)

I hope you're all having a fabulous summer! See you in a few weeks!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Congrats Donna K. Weaver!!!

You're the winner of LEGACY OF THE EMPRESS by Rebecca Knight!

Click on the contact button on the right and shoot me an email and we'll get you your prize! :)

Monday, July 11, 2011

How Did I Get Here?

Seems like it doesn't matter how many people are ahead of me, if I have several books on hold at the library they all become available at the same time. So I've been reading a lot more than usual lately and something has happened in a couple of books that made me step back and wonder if this was something that actually happened to real people.

The basic idea of this "event" is that the main character is so distraught/hurt/grief-stricken/angry/whatever that she goes wandering around the city (guided by her subconscious, of course) and ends up at some random place (usually a good distance from where she started) that is exactly where she needs to be. And then she says or thinks something along the lines of, "How did I wind up here? Oh, yeah. It must be because [insert some story-related reason]." Or worse, she just happens to be wherever she needs to be to witness something important, but that's another issue entirely.

Now, I'm not saying I've never been driving somewhere and unintentionally taken the wrong road out of habit because I wasn't paying attention--like starting to drive to work because I do it every day--but I don't think I've ever gone anywhere unintentionally because my subconscious knew that was where I needed be. Maybe it's just that I'm a very deliberate person (and a control freak) and I tend to think three or four steps ahead so a situation like this would never happen to me? Maybe I'm not that different from anyone else and this kind of situation wouldn't happen in real life?

What do you all think? Has something like this actually happened to anyone? Or do you think this is just another overused literary device to get a character from point A to point B? Do things like this yank you out of the story?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Science and Technology are Cool and Don't Forget to Enter!!

If you use Blogger in Draft, you probably already know Blogger made a few huge changes (the new look is so different, it's kind of stressing me out), making it super easy to publish your post with no effort whatsoever. So, sorry for the weird empty post before this one. :)

Only a few days left to enter to win one of three copies of LEGACY OF THE EMPRESS by Rebecca Knight! Not many have entered so your chances are good. Be sure to check it out!

And, totally unrelated to the giveaway, I came across this technological awesomeness and had to share. You have to watch. It's so amazing!

They talk about how cool it would be for space, but there has to be some great applications for it right here on earth. If it wasn't a bazillion dollars for the machine and the "ink" cartridges and "paper" (which I'm sure it is), how would you use it to make your life easier?

Have a great weekend, everyone! :)

Click here to enter the contest.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Win a SIGNED Copy of CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS by Cassandra Clare!

Tere Kirkland of the The Lesser Key of Tere is giving away a SIGNED copy of CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS, the latest book in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare!

Contest ends July 12th. Hurry over now so you have time to get your extra entries! :)