Archive for January, 2004

Sunday, January 18th, 2004
contests…to enter or not.

I’ve entered a few writing contests in my short career as an author. I say short because I’ve only been ‘seriously’ writing for a few years. I’m sure some of you out there are thinking it shows. LOL! That’s a blog for another day.;-)

The truth is contests can give you a pretty good idea of how you’re doing with your writing, whether you’re a beginner or an old pro. Some contests are better than others. (Lori Foster’s comes to mind, but then again, I am biased.) I’ve entered six writing contests to date and have been fortunate to final in three of them. If you ask me how, I can honestly say I have no idea. You never know how a judge is going to react to your work. If you’re lucky, you get someone who takes the time to give you tremendous feedback. If you’re not, you receive a score sheet that you need a decoder ring to decifer.

I suppose it comes down to personal choice. You have to trust in yourself enough to put yourself out there for others to do with as they like. In the end no matter what the comments or score say, you win. Why? Because you tried.

Saturday, January 17th, 2004
Organizing Your Life

I know it’s not quite spring. In fact, I’m stating the obvious when I say that for most of the country it’s winter. Nonetheless, it hasn’t stopped dh and I from organizing with a frenzy. We’re cleaning out the cupboards, packing away the clutter, basically streamlining our lives.

Why? Well because it’s time. We weren’t living in one of those houses where people create a trail to walk through the building. Yet, there seemed to be too much stuff.

Stuff is like weight, it creeps up when you’re not paying attention.

So with the zeal of spring cleaning, we’re going for a minimalist existance. Wish us luck.

Wednesday, January 14th, 2004
Newsletter List…

I wanted to take a minute to welcome all the recent additions to my newsletter list. As you might have guessed (since you haven’t received one) I actually have not gotten around to sending out a newsletter yet. I truly am working on putting one together. (Picture me running around my house screaming with my hands up against my cheeks like the Home Alone kid.)

I have no idea what you’d like to see in one. So if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them. I’m going to take a couple of deep breaths and go to that quiet place that exists inside each of us. LOL!

Monday, January 12th, 2004
Werewolves, Werewolves, come out to play…

I was thinking about the paranormal genre. I know that it includes far more than vampires and werewolves, but those are the two I’m discussing today. The thing that I was thinking about is how readers tend to fall into two different camps, that includes publishers, they either like vampires or werewolves. Not many like both. Why?

If I had to guess I’d say not liking werewolves has to do with the hint of taboo surrounding beastiality. (Not that the love stories concocted tend to cross that line.) Well I guess some do, but not the ones I read or write.

I happen to love both creatures in my paranormal stories, but I must say I favor werewolves. I know this is because I love wolves so much. They are loyal, highly intelligent, caring, and beautiful. What’s not to love?

I guess in the end it boils down to what your fantasy is, Stuart Townshend or Hugh Jackman. LOL!

Saturday, January 10th, 2004

One thing I do not have too much of as of late. Growing up I never was a particularly patient person and to be honest, not much has changed. I have an extremely difficult time waiting for things I deem important, whether it’s news from the doctor, notification from a publisher, or hearing about a new job.

The act of waiting feels like a giant raptor has sunk its talons deep within my abdomen and is slowly pulling my entrails out inch by agonizing inch. Like I said, I hate to wait.

Thursday, January 8th, 2004
One of those walking on sunshine days

Have you ever had one of those walking on sunshine days? I’m having one today. The weather is glorious with a big ‘G’. I’m in short sleeves and it’s January. God, I love winter in the West. 😉

I’m currently setting my writing goals for the year. I probably should have done this last month, but I couldn’t fight my way out of the sugar haze that surrounds the holidays. If you have any goals you’d like to share, let them rip.

Monday, January 5th, 2004
Happy Birthday J!

Today is my brother-in-law J’s b-day. He’s finally as old as me. 😉 I hope this year he achieves his goals and gets to direct more movies. Good luck and happy birthday!