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Liebster Blog Award

Thanks to Dawn Allen for Nominating My Blog

First a little information about Dawn I pulled from her blog site

She is a professor and workshop presenter, the founding member of critique group, Novel Clique, and an active member of Midwest Pen and Ink. Her stories have appeared in Soft Whispers; A Fly in Amber; and articles with First Opinions, Second Reactions. Her short story, Taking Out the Trash, is in an anthology of revenge stories, Don’t Tread on Me. This says a lot about her and her writing. She holds an MFA in Writing from the University of Nebraska.

She can’t cook, but had the good sense to marry a man who can.Their two boys live in Oklahoma, and she’s proud of them every day. They are good human beings and gainfully employed. She has horses named Blaze and Storm. Life is never dull. Her parents live close and have been among her biggest writing supporters. Unfortunately (for them), they also provided her with a lot of fodder for her stories.

Liebster Rules are:

1. Answer the questions posed

2. Think of 11 questions of your own.

3. Choose 11 worthy bloggers(who have fewer than 200 followers) to interrogate and pay it forward.

4. Link back to the person who nominated you.

5. Post a comment on your nominees site to let them know they were nominated.

The Questions I need to answer:

1. In the future, resources are limited. You must choose between chocolate or wine. Which do you choose? Definitely chocolate.

2. Favorite genre to read besides the one you write? Women’s fiction.

3. That infernal deserted island everyone asks about…do you want the male model with you to pack boxers or briefs? Neither.

4. Favorite form of exercise? Walking or stationary bike so I can read while riding it.

5. Does your main character listen to hard rock, symphony, country or some other form of music? Oldies rock and roll.

6. How bad ass is your hero/heroine? What comic hero could yours best? (Spiderman, Wonder Woman, etc.) She is pretty bad ass since she is a witch and can use magic. She could handle Superman because he would be so charmed.

7. You’ve won the Pulitzer Prize. What’s the first line of your speech? Well, it’s about time.

8. Your antagonist is on death row. What does he request as his last meal? Lobster, baked potato with butter and sour cream, chocolate and lots of hard liquor.

9. Your favorite pet? (cat, dog, bird, etc.) Dog

10. Cold weather or hot? Hot

11. Favorite food group? Chocolate.

Blogs I’ve Chosen to Nominate:










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Questions for my nominees to answer.

1. If you write novels, are you a plotter or a pantzer?

2. Do you start with character or plot?

3. Do you outline?

4. What is your writing day like?

5. What is your favorite writer’s conference?

6. What writer’s organizations do you belong to?

7. How long have you been writing?

8. What was the last book that you read?

9. What is your favorite genre?

10. How many rejections have you collected so far?

11. Who is your favorite author?


Posted by on October 13, 2012 in What's Happening


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Wednesday WIP

Writers are people who desperately need habits to fill up their days.” Ann Patchett

What can I say, I have messed around with this story idea so long. Trying to get a solid outline so that I will have my road map to finish but I wasn’t getting anywhere. I felt edgy wanting to write but thinking I needed to figure out just a little bit more of the story.

So I started blogging more. Blogging for me is like priming the pump. The more words I release, the more I want to write – especially on the novel.

I can’t say I finished the outline, at least not like I wanted it but I feel like I know enough of the story to start writing. Over the past few weeks I have written a few scenes. Some feel disjointed, not sure if I will keep all of them but I guess that is what a first draft is for.

Because my urge to write was so strong, I put all the scenes I’ve written so far together and added another this week. So far my word count is 2619 words. Not a lot when I am aiming for around 80,000 words. That means for me to get the first draft done by the end of September, I need to write 1289 words a day. A little over 5 pages a day. I have written 50,000 in 30 days during NaNoWriMo a couple of times so I know I can do it.

I am going to set my goal at 1289 words a day for the next 60 days. I will not expect perfection. I will push forward and make this happen.

That is just the first of many goals before I will be ready to send anything out.  I will blog weekly about my progress and maybe some of the struggles.  I hope you will follow along on my journey. This is the year I will make the dream of completing a novel come true. No matter how bad I think it is, I will continue until the end. I will lock my editor up until needed. The next 60 days are just for writing.

How do you push through that first draft? What are your secrets? Advice welcome.

Happy Writing!


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Posted by on August 1, 2012 in Writing a Novel


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Welcome Back to My Original Site

For those of you who have been following me, I apologize for this move.  I decided to start fresh for 2011 with a better focus on my blog. Close friends know of the struggles I’ve had this past year with things mostly out of my control.  By coming back to where I started the first time, I hope to move my focus back to my writing. I do also need to apologize to those authors I have asked for interviews and hope they will hang in with me until I can contact them and get their information posted. I will be emailing them soon to schedule their blog interviews. Yes, I do want to include more new interviews this year. I do want to blog more often, at least once a week and hopefully twice.  I want to share my journey to becoming a novelist and I do plan to do more book reviews. I plan to share interesting information for both readers and writers. I will also start adding content from my recently discontinued blog site so that all the interviews will be in one location. I hope to share interesting posts and look forward to reader participation and comments.

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Posted by on December 11, 2010 in Uncategorized


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