Thursday, June 6, 2013

The perfect song...

I am in cahoots with my long time (30 years!) friend Cindy. We've come up with an outstanding idea for a new story. Well, she came up with it and after numerous phone conversations--where that idea came up again and again--we decided that we'd put it down on paper.

However, after 18 pages into it I hit that dreaded writer's block. The characters were just beginning to blossom, the story was on it's way to one of the first pivotal events and then I got stuck. Cindy and I have so many ideas on who, what, where for this story that I had too many avenues to follow so I stopped and gave myself two weeks off. Then, the other afternoon, we were talking and yet another fantastic idea came out of our conversation. It was the bridge I needed from Point A to Point B, so I sat down today to at least write a scene with her idea in it.

Rewind: 30 minutes earlier I had finally updated my iPod to include some new music like the goup "Imagine Dragons." I put it in my iHome and was updating my computer when their song "Demons" came on and from the first two lines I knew this was the story's theme song. I mean, this story doesn't even have a title yet beyond "Cindy's Story" but the theme song hit me. When that happens--at least over the last four fan-fiction stories,  three unpublished novels and one short story--it means that the writer's block is over. The perfect song! Here it is if you'd like to listen to it. The video doesn't really represent that idea, but the words do. Now, off to try and crank out another page or two before the kids get home from school!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Long Time, No Write!

It's been awhile since I've posted and, to be honest, I felt I didn't have much that was of interest. I hurt my ankle on December 21st and didn't find out until three months later that I actually broke it. Of course, I broke it right after I began a new job at Target and ended up having to quit in March because it was hindering the healing of my ankle.

We had friends from Rome come visit over Christmas so they got to see the American-materialistic Christmas we've become, but it was so awesome to have them here. Her two children got to play in the snow for the first time in years and had the chance to put their English lessons to work.

Transcendent is doing pretty well, thanks to Rita Webb's hard work! I had my first, "If I send you two copies of your book, can you sign it and send it back?" And, of course, I did! Rita Webb has released her own book, Tears, which you can find on Amazon.com. (You will also find some other stories by her on Amazon.) I had the privilege of reading Tears prior to being published and if you like dystopian fiction, then this one should be on your list!

Onto the present... I recently talked to my friend, Lani Woodland, author of the Intrinsical series. We have the kind of friendship where you don't need to talk for a few months and when you do, you pick up where you left off. With both of us being busy, we kept playing phone and text-tag. However, once we connected it was wonderful to hear her voice; it makes me want to go back out to California and visit her! She had so much news that it spurred me to write on my blog and share in some of my author friends good news.

First: Erica Cameron, Author. A fun-loving person I met years ago, has landed a four-book deal for her story Sing, Sweet Nightingale. I knew the moment I read the very early copy of this story she would get an agent. Her writing is vivid, her story line is unique and I am so happy to see her hard work get the attention it deserves. You can see a summary of it, and mark it to read here: Goodreads . On top of that, she and Lani have co-written a book that is currently being marketed by an agent. For more information on them: Erica Cameron's Blog and Lani Woodland's Blog.

So, with all this writing going on, I am spurred back into action to continue writing on my own. Rita graciously edited a work of fiction I completed and I am in the process of applying her suggestions to it and will then look at sending out queries. I also talked to a childhood friend about a dream she had and it was so unique, and so interesting we decided to put it down on paper. So, we are in the VERY early stages of working that dream onto paper.

Stay tuned, pass this blog onto your friends and have a great week!