September, 2010

Another Blog Award!

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Yay, I won another blog award and I’m thrilled! Kristal Lee at Kristal Lee Romances gave me this award.  Thank you so much Kristal.  I truly appreciate it. 
And now for the rules:
Accept the award, post it on your blog along with the name of the person who has granted the award and a link to his or her blog. Pass the award on to other blogs  you enjoy and  contact the blogger to notify them of your choice.
 
So I’m onto step two: passing it along. These are the blogs I follow and enjoy.
 
The girls from Oasis For YA:

* Jessie  at The Daily Harrell
* Sheri at Writer’s Ally
* Nikki of her self-titled blog
* AE Rought at Love, Light and Shadows

 
Other writer friends
* Liz Czukas at her self-titled blog
* Larissa Hardesty at Larissa’s World
* Jaclyn Dolamore at her self titled blog
* Kristi LaPointe at Mommy Barbie
* Adventure’s In Children’s Publishing
* Leah Crichton at her self titled blog
* MJ Heiser at Dispatches from Jaenrye
* Slushpile hero
* Jody Hedlund at her self-titled blog
* Lynn Rush at Catch the Rush
* Jordan Deen at her self titled blog

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Fun Friday: The Nuclear Battery

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An anecdote of a normal day’s work at my husband’s office.
A young college student runs into my husband’s shop.  “Please.  You’ve got to help me.  My computer won’t turn on and I have class in twenty minutes.”
So, my husband always up to the task of helping a damsel in distress, decides to go and figure out what the problem is.  He takes the computer and presses the power button.  Sure enough it doesn’t turn on. 
Then he flips it over and presses the button on the battery.  It shows no battery power.  Then he flips it back over and plugs it in to a power source.  Miraculoulsy it turns on!
The girl beside herself, says, “Oh my gosh, thank you!  What was it?”

My husband with a straight face says, “Well, see, you didn’t opt for the nuclear battery option.”

Her face lights up and she goes.  “Really?  How do I get one of those?”

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YA publisher looking for Unsolicited Submissions

>If you’re a YA writer with a finished manuscript, you might want to check out this post by new Sourcebooks editor,  Leah Hultenschmidt.  She used to be an editor with Dorchester, but just recently transfered to Sourcebooks Fire, their new YA line.

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Writer’s Wednesday: How to fix a blank page.

>So you’re staring at a blank page and you don’t know what to write, here’s some tips:

1)Stop editing. Just let the words flow.

2) Follow the emotions:  If you feel yourself getting emotional with a scene, let it flow!  That’s great and it means you’re probably headed in the right direction.

3) Type with your eyes closed:  If you find yourself getting caught up in editing, go ahead and close those eyes.  You’ll be able to picture that scene better and you won’t get distracted by errors.

4) Listen to music:  Not only will it inspire the Muse, it’ll distract the part of your brain that wants to edit.

5) Freewrite and brainstorm.  Just start typing something to see where it takes you.  Sometimes the best brainstorming sessions are the ones we freewrite.

6) Do research:  You never know what will strike your fancy and become the catalyst for a novel.

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Tuesday Tunes

>I’m over at the Oasis today.  Come check out our favorite music of all time!

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