Monday, November 22, 2010
I got an awesome award 5x in 1 week! How flipping kick-ass is that?!
Thank you Quinn, Jessica Hill, Lisa Galek, Jennie Bailey and Lettuce Head !!!
Five very awesome, very friendly, very entertaining blogger/writers whose places I NEED to haunt every day, they are so great. Don't know em? You need to. Them's good people.
I would like to pass this on to:
Matthew Rush @ The Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiment
Kristal Shaff: Fantasy Author
The rules say I have to share 10 things about myself. Aren't you guys sick of me talking about me yet?
1.I got up to do some work and forgot my first fact I was going to share with you.
2.When I graduated high school my friends and I went to the grocery store, picked out a cake and had the nice bakery woman write "Get Naked" on it. To her credit, she didn't bat an eye. Which was sort of disappointing to a group of giggly girls
3.In my younger days I used to be able to hop a fence one handed without having to stop running.
4.I grew up in a small town . ("the hell" you say.) It was and is a retirement town. Very beautiful but very...old.
5.No matter where I move, I seriously always work out an escape plan for zombie attacks. Judge me not. Always better to be prepared than caught off guard and get eaten.
6.Cold feet are the worst thing about winter.
7.No matter how hard I try, I kill all household plants. I'm terrible with greenery.
8.I always wanted to learn to play an instrument. I have a harp I have had for many years and can't play more than a part of the super mario theme on it. This fact makes me terribly sad.
9.I am terrified, paranoid, and stressed out when it comes to boogies and being in public.
10.My eyes are terribibble. So bad. Awful, no good, and rotten. Can't see anything without my contacts.
11. (This makes up for the forgotten fact) I value manners above most other personality traits in people.
Second Award is from Samantha @ Life, Love, and Living in France! I loved this award when I first saw it. It's ridiculously adorbs.
I want to pass this one on to
Lisa Galek @ Read. Write. Repeat.
Jennie Bailey @ Garden Full of Lily (this is just too appropriate for her too!)
Abby Minard @ Abover Water
Sara B. Larson
THIRD AWARD(That's right. You love it...why..? ..what is wrong with you people??) is from an incredible new blogger, Alexia Chamberlynn! She is some good bloggin' stuff wrapped up in a...umm this got weird. But she is totally amazingly awesome!!
Melissa @ Through the Looking Glass
Lydia Kang @ The Word is My Oyster
So there you have it, all. Some of my favorite haunts, writers, and internetty people, all right there for you. You guys all rock my world every day. Lurv!
Abby Minard for the first time in person. We communicate all the time through emails and I knew early on that I liked her. She's funny and sympathetic, kind and a good ear. Think she's pretty in pictures? Prettier in person. Makes me sick...
But she really is a fun person to meet! It was like I had already met her before. You know? Not nearly as awkward as meeting people for the first time can be which can be terrifying.
Dudes, I am always lost and running late so if we ever meet in person, lets "plan on" one time and then you guys show up 30 min. later cause it is really embarrassing for me...
I'm super excited to announce that I have INTO in my possession again! Okay...I never didn't have it but I have the copy Abby worked on for me in my hands! Couldn't be any more excited to dig in again.
When I started out writing I hated critiques. I hated that people thought they could tell me how to make my story better because, what the crap did they know?! I took it too personal. I was too attached and too cocky. My first adventure into the critique group world I was awakened pretty harshly to the fact that I knew nothing. And I have been grateful of that ever since. It was hard. I didn't take it well at the time but it did make me realize what I was writing was crap. Big bunch of blabby crap and I needed to work hard to not be crap.
That isn't to say I'm still not crappy writer but I have worked to improve over the past year and I am confident, if nothing else, I have improved. And now, when I see a page full of marks and notes my world isn't destroyed. I don't tense up and immediately get defensive.
All those notes and marks are there to make it better. Make the story stronger. Make my writing flow more easily. And make my world more clear to see.
So, as you can tell, I can't wait to make my love, my story, my book better.
And thanks to amazing people like Abby, I have the ability to. It isn't always easy to admit you have room to improve. But you always do. So get over yourself and make sure you get some amazing people to have your back and show you how to do it.
HERE is an amazing article about JK Rowling and writing advice.
HERE is a crazy amazing/sad post about human's, beauty, and missing out on a great experience in life by Laini Taylor.
And to finish out my obsessive Harry Potter fanatical posts until next year: