Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Where I've been...

Hey everyone!

I'm sorry things have been quiet on the blog here the last couple of weeks. My family and I have been in the process of moving across state (a process that I don't care to repeat anytime soon, thank you very much).

Instead of launching into a long description that would probably bore you to death, I'll give a quick (somewhat) pictorial representation of what I've been up to.

It all started with this:

Who knew those packing peanut things could create their own static electricity.
Also, since when did I walk on all fours and have so much fur?
After the packing was done, it was time to manhandle the boxes into submission:

Yep. This box nearly killed me.
Next came the long drive:

Don't even ask how I managed to hit the gas and brake pedals.
Needless to say, it took some creative thinking.
Thankfully, the drive went really well. There were even areas of sunshine over the mountain passes (despite making this trip in mid-February), and I got to see sights like these:

Upon arriving at New House, the unpacking frenzy began:

"Please, don't speak to me.
I'm bemoaning the fact that I did not, in fact, pack my socks in this box."
When it was finally over - when everything had a place in New House - this was me:

So what was the most difficult thing about this whole moving process for me?

Poor bubbles. I do so adore popping them...
Seriously though, the move went really well, and I'm very happy to be in my new home. *smiles*

New adventures on the horizon!

Now that things are calming down, the blog will be back up and running. Thanks so much for your patience during this time, my brilliant followers!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Helpful Writing and Publishing Posts

As usual, there have been some phenomenal writing/publishing posts this week. Here are links to just a few of them. Have fun checking them out!

Eliminating the Frame

"There’s a little thing that writers do that bugs me: It’s called a frame. Basically, it’s everything around the necessary information that doesn’t really help your reader understand anything, it’s just superfluous...." (continue reading the post here) 

Why Your Novel Characters Need Real Flaws

“Wouldn’t it be great if all my flaws were minor? But they’re not. And neither are anyone else’s.
As C.S. Lewis writes in The Screwtape Letters, even our greatest strengths are likely to become weaknesses under some circumstances….” (continue reading the post here)

Updated Publishing Directory

This dictionary is a goldmine of publishing terms that every writer should know. Click here to have a look.


Finally, please do take the time check out Meredith Barnes’s ongoing #AskAgent feature on her blog. Meredith is a literary agent with Lowenstein Associates and she does a fantastic job answering the many questions posed to her. Go forth and read. You’ll learn a lot.

Here is the link to her blog: 

And here are the links to the #AskAgent posts she has done so far:

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Forever Faves #3 - The Lord of the Rings

Today, I would like to share another book with you from my Forever Faves bookshelf. This book (commonly separated into three parts*) has led to the production of some of my all-time favorite movies and music. The author, J.R.R. Tolkien, truly had a brilliant mind to bring such an amazing world to life. I, for one, wouldn’t mind living in Middle Earth. *smile*

Book Description:

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

From Sauron's fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings to him, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.

When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.

The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.

*The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King