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Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday Morning Flash Fiction Challenge, Week 69

Good Monday... *yawn* Morning....

By now I'm exhausted, probably 20,000 words short of my goal with two days time left to write for NaNoWriMo, I hope not, but... well... lets just say it wouldn't be the first time, and caffeine is my friend, close and personal, lol.

Since it's Monday...

I hope everyone is rested and ready for the week! This week's image is, well, it's different....

It looks like fun... like maybe I wanna join here... or again, maybe not...I don't see any survivors with her....

The rules remain the same... 350 words more or less, but most important.. Have fun! Let your whimsy flow!!


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

To all my friends, far and wide!
Have a piece of pumpkin pie!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday Morning Flash Fiction Challenge, Week 68

Good Monday Morning!

This month is flying by!! Here it is, three weeks into the month of November, and by this time, I'm panicking, probably only half done with my MS.... Gawd, I'm scaring myself, lol!!

Since it's Monday....

This week's image is a Louis Royo one, hope everyone enjoys the change up!!

It definitely tells a story....

The rules remain the same 350 or there about, and come back Friday to post your response.

Try to reach outside your comfort zone, make this one an epic battle, or maybe it's Knight Arthur, or Charlemagne, or maybe it's a mage, discovery her kingdom for the first time... Whatever you come up with, but have fun!!!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Posting From The Land of NaNoWriMo

Good Tuesday Morning Blog Buds!!

I'm deep into the heart of my NaNo MS, but I'm feeling kind of buzzed, that fried feeling you get from not enough sleep and your brain going a mile a minute, which leads to the dreaded brain fraggle. Too wound up and tired to sleep, lol. Can't hardly keep your eyes open, but you must. You know what I mean?

Today I should easily surpass the mid point of my NaNo MS...'s the hard part of writing... that part of the MS where, without continuing action or a new scene the middle drag occurs. Your characters should be well acquainted by now, not that they know all the other's secrets, because it's hard to keep the characters fresh if there's nothing left to discover.

How I avoided the dreaded middle drag... I introduced a new character, someone the main character needs to understand. Someone she hopes holds some of her answers. I guess I could have added a love scene to keep the excitement going, but it didn't feel right.

So, how's everyone else doing?? I haven't been posting a lot, lol, but I hope to have a flash ready for Friday. Keeping my fingers crossed. (I know a lot of our flash writers are NaNo-ing this year, yay!! Go! Go! Go!) Don't feel bad if you decided to sit this one out. Only two weeks left of NaNo... I hope everyone is having fun!!

Well that's it for me. Time to jump back into the Life After Death.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday Morning Flash Fiction Challenge, Week 67

Good Morning to the Blogosphere!!

As you know, I'm still NaNo-ing, lol! So this is going to be short and sweet (well, sort of), for this week's edition of.....

I really love this image, hope I find time for it!!

I really love this image! It's by Betty Jo Curry. Hope everyone else likes it, a little of the three bears for me....

The rules remain the same 350 words (somewhere around there) and come back Friday to post your post.

Have fun and remember to let those creative juices flow!!


Friday, November 11, 2011

The Friday Post Minus The Flash Fiction

Good Friday Night Blog Buddies!

Sorry to say, I've had no time to write the flash for this week. I was sick Tuesday and Wednesday, and when I woke up Wednesday morning, half dead myself and unable to breathe, half of our house didn't have power...  When I passed out Wednesday night, I'd written only a few paragraphs. It's been a really long week!! Repairmen, rewiring, $$$$
But, I've finally caught up the word count of my NaNo MS...and I'm at a fork in the road.

Trying to decide if, after a few kisses, and after the conflict has been established between heroine and hero, is it time for my characters to become...more involved. It feels like the right time to me, but did I wait too long?

You know, it is too soon to do the dirty dance, the horizontal mambo... sex. It's always a quandary for me... when is too soon, and when have you waited too long?? Should they have already progressed to this point. My head says no, it feels right in the storyline.

I'm at about 18,000 words (that would about 72 printed book pages), almost halfway through my MS (before edits), probably will hit 25,000 words this weekend, if I don't get distracted by the YA MS I'm working on, it's about 17,000 words... and it's bugging me, lol.

So, there you have it! I'm asking your opinion! How soon is too soon for the bedroom scene?? When as the conflict continued too long??? What do you think?

Have a great weekend!!!! (I'll be writing... between bouts of doubt and contemplating the entire destruction of my MS...LOL)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

So You Think You Can Write?

Hello to everyone in the blogosphere... (echoes back... crickets fill the backgroud). I'm emerging from the forest long enough to gasp for non-writing filled air.

My NaNoWriMo attempt is... progressing, if not a bit slowly. And I was right, right now, I'm considering deleting the whole thing, it happens every time. But, I'm already committed, so it's onward for the timid soldier. Right now, I'm sitting at a weak 10,000 words. Should be somewhere around 14,000 words. Can I do a 4000 word day? I don't think so... but maybe a couple of 2500-3000 words days, and I'll be mostly caught up!!

I fell on the writing wagon, missed most of the weekend, but I had a great one! Son number 2, some of you may know him as 'the drummer' entered his first contest this weekend at the Battle of the Bands. He's been trying to start a band, it's just him and his bud so far. But, they figured they'd give BoB a shot, it's their Junior year, and they had nothing better to do anyway, just the two of them jamming, hoping someone hearing them will want to join their mini-band, lol. And guess what, THEY WON SECOND PLACE! He couldn't believe it, I couldn't believe it. They had to beat a bunch of bands to grab second place.... and there's only the two of them... no singer, no bassist, just a guitar and a drum set..... Still getting over the shock, LOL!

But, this wasn't even the point of my blog today... I'm getting lost in the details, much like my MS.

Harlequin is holding a "So You Think You Can Write" contest to go along with NaNoWriMo. There are editors on site, assignments everyday to get editor feedback. Information about synopsis, what editors are looking, and at the end, the possibility of having your manuscript published if you're the BIG winner. Not saying I'm entering the contest, but I'm all for the writing tips! My NaNoWriMo attempt will never be ready by their deadline in December, but some of my writing buddies might... Why not give it a try? So You Think You Can Write started yesterday, but you can read the blogs from yesterday, and still participate in today. Go have a peek!

Well, the forest is calling me, the leaves... brown, orange, and red... are wrestling in the breeze. Drifting slowly to the ground, my MS along with them. Chat you up later!!

Battle of the Bands... for your listening enjoyment...LOL Awesomeness!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday Morning Flash Fiction Challenge, Week 66

Good Monday Morning From NaNoWriMo Land!!

Since it's Monday, it must be time for another edition of MMFFC!!

At this moment, I'm deep in NaNoWriMo land. Peering through the overhanging brush, trying to find my way through the forest. I know I'm struggling, my inner editor wants to fix, correct, change. I know, from past experience, that I thinking about deleting the whole damn thing at this point to start over. But, I know I can't, this is just the beginning, and I have almost three long weeks to go. If you hear intense screaming from somewhere from Blogville, you'll know it's me.

This week's image is one I hope I find time to write for, though it is mostly an impossibility. Busy, busy, busy.... (I hope a few of the new writers have decided to NaNo a try and if you do, buddy me!!)

I've decided since I'm knee deep in the forest, maybe our flash should be too, lol.

The rules remain the same, 350 words or somewhere around there, and come back Friday to post your response, and as always.... Have Fun!! Be Creative!!


Friday, November 4, 2011

Monday Morning Flash Fiction Challenge, Week 65... The Friday Post

Good Friday Morning to my Flash Fiction Buddies!!

As you know, I'm NaNo-ing this November. I'm up to my elbows in Life After Death (my working title of my NaNoWriMo attempt). I'm closing in on 6000 words, and still feel the story coming on strong. I'm a pantser if you didn't know, I've tried, and I simply get lost in the plot if I try to uncover the story. So, I'm letting it lead me, and so far, I think it's pretty interesting. More to come about the story after I get further in, waiting to see where the story goes.... I've also found myself with extra energy and creativity... at least for now, excitement over NaNo starting is the probable culprit, lol. By the end of the month, my fingers won't even want to get close to my laptop. I've been delving back into my YA MS, and I'm loving it all over again, yay! (More to come as I get closer to the finish!) But, back to the flash fiction....

After staring at the image for this week's flash, I felt compelled to write for it, and it's different for me. What I thought was a fluffy picture, turned dark, and I wrote a continuation of Rapunzel's story....twisted with the moral of the story. Here's my attempt to respond to the prompt.

(Beth Fullaway's gorgeous image)

Rapunzel: A Fairy Tale Gone Wrong
By: Dottie Taylor
word count: 460

Rapunzel stood in the growing darkness, her long tresses floated about her, caught in a breeze like gossamer butterfly wings. Since she escaped her tower, she found herself at a loss. Her prince turned out to be a dude. What was true love anyway? A few kisses, a squeeze, two people caught in the dark with heat between them. Certainly not the great love of her life that she'd thought it would be.

The growing gloom surrounded her, physically and mentally, she needed a distraction. She needed to get out of her increasing funk.

She came to a small pool of water, and sank to the forest floor, her tresses puddled around her, and she gazed into her reflection.

“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your long hair.” She repeated the fabled lines to herself. “So I may climb your golden stair.” She glanced down at her golden locks, made silvery by the moonlight. “I should just cut it off, causes more trouble than it's worth.” She tried to push the heavy hair over her shoulders. She sighed, she missed the safety and comfort of her tower.

Since leaving her prince is his cold castle, she'd made her home here in the forest, as it should be. She found a comfortable place beneath the trees, making a bed of pine needles and fallen leafs. She closed her eyes and fell deep into a dream filled sleep.

In her dream, she found herself running, her long hair flowed out behind her, catching on branches and brambles. She could her the cries of her pursuers.

“Rapunzel, Rapunzel!” Their wicked cries came, “let us climb your golden hair!” Magic flowed over  and around her, goose pimples broke through her pale flesh. Their cries coalesced into one hoarse voice, the witch who'd imprisoned her to the gilded tower from which she came.

For all of her angst over leaving her prince, there wasn't any way she really wanted to return to the dark tower. She ran faster, harder, her breathing became harsher. Suddenly she stumbled, feet twisted in her golden tresses. The witch was upon her, trapped within her own desires.

When Rapunzel awoke, it was to find the dream turned nightmare a reality. The witch dragged her back to her dark prison, lost, and not even her prince to save her.

“I'll show you.” The witch muttered, the snippers gleamed in her hand.

With Rapunzel's golden locks shorn, her fate became sealed. Only the witch would be able to climb the enchanted tower, sentenced to do her jailor's bidding for now and forever.

Moral of the Story:

Be careful what you wish for, it may come true.

Be thankful for what you have, it could always be worse.

See, dark, disturbing... lol... glad my NaNo story isn't being effected so far!!

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Macmillian (Feiwel and Friends)
Pages: 400

(Release Date: January 3, 2012)

From the Cover:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Guess what book just made my wishlist?? Gorgeous Cover!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Promo ~ Sherrilyn Kenyon's The Guardian ~ The Dark Hunter Series

Hello to everyone in Blogland! (If you haven't noticed, I'm already procrastinating NaNo, lol.)

Today is the release day for Sherrilyn Kenyon's new addition to her Dark Hunter series, The Guardian.

publisher: St. Martin's Press (Paperback)
pages: 345

From the Cover:

Dream-Hunter Lydia has been charged with the most sacred and dangerous of missions: To descend into the Nether Realm and find the missing god of dreams before he betrays the secrets that could kill her and her kind. What she never expects is to be taken prisoner by the Realm’s most vicious guardian…

Seth’s time is running out. If he can’t hand over the entrance to Olympus, his own life and those of his people will be forfeit. No matter the torture, Seth hasn’t been able to break the god in his custody. Then there’s the beautiful Dream-Hunter Lydia: She isn’t just guarding the gates of Olympus—she’s holding back one of the world’s darkest powers. If she fails, an ancient curse will haunt the earth once more and no one will be safe. But evil is always seductive...

Book Trailer....Hot!

Looks great to me!!

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