Thursday, February 28, 2013

March Madness Challenge

March Madness!Readers, Writers, Bloggers, & Illustrators...Need a boost of motivation?

Author Denise Jaden is hosting March Madness, a unique challenge not only for writing, but reading, blogging, illustrating or anything else to do with books! 

You set your own goals and check in daily either on Twitter (with the hashtag #WIPMadness) and / or the designated blog check-in points. And, there are prizes, too! I had a blast doing this last year and got tons accomplished! You can find out more information by clicking on Denise's name above.

Personally, I like to set daily time goals for my writing. This way I don't get discouraged with word count. Also, my daily time goals can be used researching, planning, or writing, just as long as I'm working on my project. Each day of the week is different for me and my time goals reflect my other daily obligations. Here's an example of my daily goals for this year's March Madness.

Mondays: 1-2 hours
Tuesdays: 1-2 hours
Wednesdays: 5 hours
Thursdays: 3-4 hours
Fridays: 2 hours
Saturdays: 3-4 hours
Sundays: 2 hours

This year, I will work solely on one work in progress. It's a new wip, and I've spent the better part of the last two weeks planning, so I'm psyched about drafting.

Here are a few good reasons to participate in the challenge: 
Motivation (yay!)

Please forgive me if I'm not around as much in the blogosphere during the challenge. Don't worry, I won't forget y'all! Tomorrow is March 1st and our initial check-in. Everyone is welcome to join us!! Check by Denise Jaden's blog to find out more.

FYI, I randomly break out in rap during my moments of support and motivation. What can I say, I'm a product of the 80's.

Here's one to start us off:

Do you need a little kick in the rear?
Sign up for #wipmadness and get yourself in gear!
Come on everybody, there are prizes to win. 
Ready. Set. Go! Let the challenge begin!

Friday, February 22, 2013

CASSASTORM Cover Reveal you ready? Wait for it...Bam!

I'm thrilled to participate in the cover reveal for CassaStorm, by none other than our fearless Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh! Check it out!

CassaStorm by Alex J. Cavanaugh

A storm gathers across the galaxy…

Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, his only struggles are occasional rogue pirate raids and endless government bureaucracies. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.

After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, shaking Bassan to the core and threatening to destroy the boy’s mind.

Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could be on its way back. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…

Release date: September 17, 2013
Science Fiction - Space Opera/Adventure
Print ISBN 9781939844002
E-book ISBN 9781939844019

Alex is one of the most fabulous bloggers in the world. Seriously. He's always right there when we need him most, revealing covers for others, supporting writers, passing on our good news, and cheering on our published works. Today is all about him. It's our turn to celebrate Alex! Way to go, Alex! CASSASTORM'S cover is out of this world!!! (and yes, a super reason to use multiple exclamation marks!)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Harriet Plotter & Writer's Inspiration

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I'm thrilled to spotlight Harriet Plotter, handcrafted by the talented Pixie Patrol creator, PK Hrezo! You may also know her from her writer's blog PK Hrezo Fearless Fiction. Check out her website Down the Rabbit Hole, where she features all of her delightful pixies and much more. Pixie Patrol is also available on Etsty, HERE

I just ordered a Harriet Plotter pixie for my office! I heard from a busy, white rabbit, she not only helps with plots & fleshing out characters, but she can ward off writer's block, too! I think I'll hang her next to my writerly inspiration corner, including the latest SCBWI Bulletin, my copy of Sucker Literary Magazine, IN THE KEEP OF TIME (the 1st book that inspired me as a child), a copy of ON WRITING, my handy-dandy Thesaurus, and my adorable bookish owl.

What are your visuals for inspiration? Have any mojo-creating trinkets? I'd love to hear about them! Need one? Order one of PK's pixies today. :)))

And for a bit of fun, here's a video with Neil Gaiman and his hilarious answers to "Where do you get your ideas from?"

~Have a writerly week, y'all!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Something Wacky This Way Waddles!

It's release day for Miranda Hardy and her picture book WACKY WADDLES, and I'm thrilled to share it with you! A HUGE congrats to Miranda and Rimi!!

What's it about?
Please join Wacky Waddles on his journey through his new home. 

What kind of book is it?
Wacky Waddles is a rhyming picture book for young readers written by Miranda Hardy and illustrated by Rimi Rasheed.

Oooh! Where can we all find it?
Read Miranda's and her illustrator's bio here.
Kindle version here
Amazon paperback version here
Barnes & Noble ebook version here

Who published WACKY WADDLES?
Publisher: Quixotic Publishing
Pages: 26
Date of Publication: 02/05/13
Miranda, please tell us more about you and Rimi!
Miranda Hardy writes children's literature to keep the voices in her head appeased. When she's not in her fantasy world, she's canoeing in alligator infested waters or rescuing homeless animals. She resides in south Florida with her two wonderful children, and too many animals to mention.
Rimi Rasheed is a professional in primary education yet follows a passion in digital illustrating, and much of her work is focused on children. She is well known for her colourful creations of lovable characters, most of which can be found on her blog. She lives in Maldives with her husband and two children.
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Well, there you have it folks! I'm sure the young ones in your lives would love a copy!

Waddle on, Wacky!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Do You Need a Ride? IWSG Post

Lengthy post, I know. But it's a really good story...

This morning, on my way home from dropping my daughter off at school, I observed an elderly lady pushing a buggy across the busy intersection in front of me. When my light turned green, I noticed she was really elderly, and my heart gushed with sympathy. It was also raining. Each block I drove further away, my brain battled my heart. Brain: Hey, mushy-heart, what if she hits you over the head with her cane and steals your car? Huh, then what will you do? Heart: Get serious, over-active brain!

Four blocks and four stoplights away, my heart conquered my brain, and I turned my car around, heading back to find her. I searched the sidewalks, and found she'd walked onto a side street. When I approached her, I rolled my window down. She looked.

 "Do you need a ride somewhere?" 
"Are you sure?"
She glanced down at her cart, a flimsy wire basket with a cloth bag suspended with clothespins. "No, I have too much stuff in here."
"Oh, that's okay. It'll fit in my backseat."
She shook her head. "No, thank you."
"Where are you headed?"
"The park."

(There is a park right around the corner from where we were.)

"But it's raining."
"I like the rain. Besides, I need my exercise."
"Are you sure? It's no problem."
"Yes, but thank you for asking. Be safe."

She tells me, in the warm, dry car, to be safe. I glance in the mirror to make sure I'm not blocking traffic and catch a glimpse of myself. Morning messy bun and no make-up. Frightening. Maybe her brain was screaming, stranger danger!

"Well, okay then. Be safe, too." And I drove away, wondering if I should go back and insist. But at that point, I had to trust I'd done my best. I certainly didn't want The Cane protruding from her cart!

Now, you may be asking yourself, what in the world does this have to do with writing? Well, in light of it being my monthly post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group, hosted by author Alex Cavanaugh, I found this situation fitting.

Fear. Fear of trusting others. Fear that if we reach out, we'll be turned down or worse, wounded. And in the writerly world, fear of putting ourselves out there. Letting others read our work. Submitting our treasured, polished gems. Sometimes, we just have to take the chance. We'll never know if we don't try.

In my case, letting go of my fear and turning my car around to assist someone. And in her case, letting go of her fear, and trusting that there is still good in this world. 

Sometimes, you have to take a leap of faith, hop in the car, and enjoy the ride.

~Have a lovely, writerly week, y'all.

*Note: My apologies go out to Nick Wilford. I was so wrapped up in my own stuff I forgot to participate in your blogfest. *hangs head* Just saw another blogger's post about it :(