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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

NaNo-Excerpt-Palooza, Part 3

Today's Excerpt: "The Huntress" NaNo WriMo 2010

This is a scene from the opening chapter of my monster hunting NaNo Novel. And you must know this, the fireman in the scene, pulling out his hose and ready to help fight the dragon is my dad. He gets that cameo purely because when I texted him one day asking, "If the Lovell Firefighters had to fight a dragon, what would they do?" he fired back a very logical answer without even blinking an eye. He's the coolest dad ever.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

NaNo-Excerpt-Palooza, Part 2

Today's Excerpt: From "High School Revolution," NaNo WriMo 2011

Candice the Secretary met me at the door of the student council room after school the next day. She checked a name off the list in front of her. “Meeting’s cancelled for today,” she reported. “Mr. Leopold got called into some meetings with the superintendant.

Monday, November 28, 2011


Well, NaNo WriMo is winding down. All over the world, I'm sure, people are feverishly trying to get the last four thousand, six thousand, or in my desperate case, twenty-five thousand words before November 30th. Since it's seemingly impossible for me to accomplish 50k, I think I'll post excerpts every day until the end.
Today's excerpt: From "Lodore" NaNo WriMo 2011

I started this draft a while ago, but just never got to finishing the last few scenes. So, when I ran out of ideas for "High School Revolution" this year, I went back to get some of my words finishing "Lodore." This is one of the final scenes where the MC Rane and her sister vanquish the evil witch Storma.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

I Quit

Doesn't that sound awful? It feels a little bit awful. For the first time in a couple years, I'm not going to finish NaNo WriMo. You've all known that I've struggled with my novel this year, which honestly took me by surprise. I had an excellent outline. I was excited about the story. I have great characters, a fun plot line. But I finished at 15k. I was able to go back and develop some relationships more and add a few more scenes. I got about seven thousand more words than I imagined a week ago.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It's Time for NaNo Excerpt

Here I am, updating my blog posts when I should be trying to fit new words into my novel. I do happen to need over thirty thousand in the next couple weeks. Ahhh, well. :D

From this year's NaNo novel, I present: High School Revolution
The Counter-Revolutionary Football Scene. Posting it serves a double purpose. One, obviously to share part of my novel with you. Two, to find out if you understand the scene. I get football because I watch it with my dad and brothers, and my awesome bro DJ talked out this scene with me to make it awesome. The question is, does the average reader who may not understand foobtball get it?
So without further adieu:

Monday, November 14, 2011

Review: "The Maze Runner" by James Dashner

Well, if you like "The Hunger Games" (movie coming out next March, squee!!), then "The Maze Runner" is something you'll like. It has the same types of themes, excitement, and action throughout. So, there's my endorsement, now on to the review:

Saturday, November 12, 2011


The November Blog Hop has rolled to a close! Thanks "I Am a Reader, Not a Writer" and Tristi Pinkston for hosting. Since everything was so successful over here, we have two winners to announce. The blog hop contest winner and the followers winner.

November Blog Hop contest winner:

Jesica H.

And the followers winner:

Liz @ Fictional Candy

Congratulations guys! I'll be contacting you via email with your prizes. Thanks so much for participating and hanging out with me here. Stay in touch! I'll have reviews, interviews, more contests, writing excerpts and more all around fun coming.


A Georgette Heyer Moment

Georgette Heyer books are like my sherbet. When I've read something heavy, or that requires me to think, or something out of my usual likes, I turn to Georgette to cleanse my reading palate. And her books are just so sweet!
The final pages are usually my favorite, when the roguish but still honorable and totally charming hero convinces the flighty, frivolous, but deeply witty and wise heroine that he is actually in love with her. They always contain the sweetest lines, like these from "These Old Shades":
Hero: "Leonie, you will do well to consider. You are not the first woman in my life."
Heroine: {She smiled through her tears.} Monseigneur, I would so much rather be the last woman than the first."

Me: *long, contented sigh* Awwww ...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Woo-Hoo! 100+ Followers!

Well, what do you know. I tuck myself away in the mountains for a week with my husband and sporadic service and my following explodes!! This calls for a celebration right? So here it is. All the followers will be automatically entered in a $10 Amazon gift card tonight at midnight. (So if you're not already a follower, better get on that!)
So a big {Thank You} to all my fans (yes, I'm going to call you that.) I hope you all stick around!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

November Blog Hop!

Time to win prizes again!
And it's ridiculously easy to do it. On this blog you only have to do 2 things. 
1) Become a follower. (If you already are one, you're halfway done already!)
2) Post a link somewhere like Facebook, Twitter, or just your blog. 

To insure that you get an entry, leave a comment below stating you're a follower and a link to your link. :D

So what are the prizes, you ask? Well, until I manage to get a book published, it is a $20 gift card to Amazon so you can buy whatever books you want! ;)
Make sure you have your comment in by midnight on November 11th. 

And check out the rest of the blog hops, where you can get a chance to win TONS of other prizes.
Hosted by: I am A Reader, Not a Writer and Tristi Pinkston

Other blogs participating:

Thursday, November 3, 2011

In Celebration of NaNo: From my 2009 NaNo Novel

As I began editing and rewriting "Bloom" and its sequels -- The original version of "Bloom" was my first NaNo Novel, although I didn't complete it during November -- I knew I needed some background for my characters. Since I had so much story in my head, I thought, Why not kill two birds with one stone? I'd flesh out my back story and write my NaNo novel all in one, and maybe someday I'd release it as a prequel if "Bloom" ever gets published. Without further adieu, and excerpt from the still untitled 2009 NaNo Novel: (remember, it's still rough)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NaNo Excerpt Blog Hop

Who's brave enough to showcase excerpts of their NaNo Novels this month? I'm hosting a blog hop throughout the month. Sign up with the linky below and post excerpts throughout the month. I can't wait to see all your mad-month of work! (If you sign up, please post a link back to this post in your excerpt posts email me for the linky code.)

About Me!

I've been writing since I was old enough to grasp a crayon--my grandma even has an early copy of a "book" I made her. I have a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wyoming and will (hopefully) soon be starting a graduate program in English. When I'm not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in the living room or losing miserably to my boys at Uno, I'm ... well, writing or editing, of course! I'm married to my best friend, and we have three rambunctious but simply amazing little boys.


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