Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Write Stuff!

No...not my ode to New Kids on The Block :) But a small pat on the back to me! I've been writing steadily for four days now and I feel energized and inspired.

Three weeks ago at Moonlight & Magnolias I took a workshop given by the fabulous Stephanie Bond on 'Writing Well & Writing Fast'. Let me tell you, she is one amazing presenter and gave many strategies on how to improve your daily page output.

I've put a few of her tips to work for me in the past few days and am happy to say that I am on my way to not only finishing my new WIP in record time, but I think it is my best work yet!

Here are a few of her suggestions that are working for me:

- Write a synopsis FIRST. (It is much easier to complete a book if you know where you are going.)

- Set daily goals for yourself and stick to them no matter what. (I write between 10-12 pages a day, which for me, is about a chapter a day.)

- Write in spurts. (I now use a cheap kitchen timer set in half-hour increments to keep track of my time. I take a short rest between sets and am done for the day within three-four hours.)

Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Two SNL posts today!

They were on fire last night! Sarah Palin was a really good sport. I was on vacation and I'm pretty sure the entire hotel heard me laughing. Please enjoy!



Thursday, October 16, 2008

throwback thursday

When I hear Chaka Khan's voice I get get chills. No matter where I am, no matter what I'm doing. When I hear this song in particular, I think of DH. You see, we got married at a really young age, and many people thought we wouldn't last as long as we have.
But...love conquers all and thirteen years later, when I look at him, I still feel the same love I did when I walked down the aisle thirteen years ago.

Please enjoy Chaka Khan's Through The Fire

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Your time is up!

I'm actually on time with my SNL posting this week. Please enjoy SNL's take on last Thursday's debate.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Moonlight & Magnolias 2009

I've been back from conference a full five days and I'm still trying to recoup!

This was hands down the most fun I've ever had at a conference.

I arrived at registration on Thursday night tired from my eight hour drive from Orlando, but filled to the brim with nervous energy. My jitters soon left me however, when I was greeted by warm smiles and excited faces.

On Friday morning I volunteered in registration, which was wonderful because I got to hand some of the most prolific authors of our time their conference packets. You should have seen me...I literally went numb when Stephanie Bond walked up to the desk!
That afternoon, myself and all the other conference attendees had the opportunity to spend the most amazing three hours with Margie Lawson as she took us through her deep-editing strategies. Later that evening, GRW treated us to a wonderful cocktail/appetizer hour, where we all mingled and got to know each other better.

Saturday was a whirlwind of activity. I spent time with authors such as Tami Brothers, Nicki Salcedo, Carmen Green, Chudney DeFreitas, J. Perry Stone, Walt Mussel, Cinthia Hamer and Tracy Truman (who placed second in the Maggie Awards for her unpublished paranoral novel. YAY Tracy!)

My sister authors from Parker Publishing, Seressia Glass and Marcia Colette were also in attendance, bringing loads of fabulosity and fun.

Annette Batista from Between Your Sheets was there taking author headshots and with her was Jeptha (Jai) doing makeup. Those two ROCK! Jai made me look great, and Annette is a genius with a camera. I didn't take headshots, but I did get to participate in a 'just for fun' photo shoot with Tami Brothers and few other beautiful ladies.
Before the gala that night I got to spend quality time with my amazing Agent Michelle Grajowski. Then at dinner Trish Milburn, C.L. Wilson, Julie Heaton, Heather Osbourn and Winnie Griggs joined the fun.

The gala was outstanding! Everyone was dressed up, gorgeous and ready to party. And, after watching talented authors receive their Maggie Awards we did just that! I won't say too much more about this...just that we danced the night away until they made us leave.

Check out the photo gallery on my website for pics.

Next year's conference will be October 2nd - October 4th.

I can't wait to do it all again and I hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

And then you know...we'll do that!

I know I've been remiss in my SNL postings...but they did it again!