Monday, November 16, 2009

Dream Big!

Posted by Bethany at November 16, 2009
Morning All,

Well, it's Monday again and I'm reminded of that song by the Bangles: "Just Another Manic Monday". Kinda the story of my mornings LOL.

Let's face it, we all have dreams as writers. And I'm not just talking about having a Best Seller published, or even having the aplomb of fans all over the place, but I'm talking about some of the more personal dreams. Like getting to meet certain authors/people. Or getting to do something you've never done before. Or getting through a chapter that is particularly difficult to write.

Some of my dreams:

Well, aside from finishing a couple more books I'm writing and reading several other books out there...

I'd like to meet Laura Childs. I've communicated with her through emails and never have met her face to face. I'd also get her to sign at least one of her books I have. (Yes, I'd have to restrain myself from gushing about how much I love her characters in the Tea Shop Mysteries).

I wouldn't mind saying hello to author Gail Carson Levine. I loved Fairest and Ella Enchanted. (her retellings of fairy tales are really great, there's several out there--most of them are short stories)

Robin McKinley is pretty, cool, too...wouldn't mind saying hi to her. (My favorite of hers is Beauty: A Retelling Of Beauty & The Beast).

Alex Flinn would be fun...loved Beastly. I'd beg her for more fairy-tale retellings. She's really great at it. Another good one was A Kiss In Time.

Wouldn't mind meeting up with Regina of Shadow Of The Bear, Black As Night and Waking Rose. I'm hoping to read The Midnight Dancers.

Wouldn't mind a chance to tell Stephenie Meyer that her book, Twilight reignited parts of inspiration and passion I had been pining away for (especially since I was so sad over the fact that I had lost over 100 pages of this one manuscript I had written). Her story reminded me how much I love fantasy/paranormal and it helped me figure out that was my niche.

One dream that might come true in December is me meeting Ciara Gold! She told me she's hoping to make the RWA chapter's Christmas Party and I'm planning on being there. :-)

Of course there's some dead authors I wouldn't mind sitting down and having shop talk with:

Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen to name a couple.

This is one of the reasons why I highly recommend finding a writers' group--one like the RWA to join. Doors get open, opportunities come up that might not otherwise. And you meet some of the giants in your genre or at least in the publishing world in general.

I'm hoping to meet Kerrelyn Sparks sometime since she's an RWA member and is member of the chapter I want to join and another local chapter that I've been told is a great one, too.

Oh by the way--recently got my Membership book and letter from RWA! I was excited :-)

So what are you writing dreams? Is it just finishing a difficult chapter/manuscript? Getting through editing? What authors would you just love to meet?

Have A Marvelous Monday!


Regina Quentin on Monday, 16 November, 2009 said...

I agree with you on wanting to meet Jane Austen.

Dreams: finishing my difficult manuscript and getting the umph to finish my screenplay. I need much prayer and help with that though.

Bethany on Monday, 16 November, 2009 said...


Best of luck on both! I'll be sure to send up a prayer about your screenplay :-)

Marsha Sigman on Monday, 16 November, 2009 said...

I am on autopilot today. No sleep and cold meds do not mix.

1)Finish ms this week.
2)Meet Stephen King.

Bethany on Monday, 16 November, 2009 said...


#2 is definitely a way to dream big! I applaud you :-)

I hope you feel better and get your ms done! Happy writing :-)

kanishk on Wednesday, 18 November, 2009 said...

Great post. Thanks for sharing it.

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Bethany on Thursday, 19 November, 2009 said...


Thank you very much and thank you for dropping by. :-)


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