Thursday, February 25, 2010


Posted by Bethany at February 25, 2010 2 comments Links to this post
Happy Friday Everyone,

Ever seen the musical (or watched the movie version) The Music Man? In it the mayor says "Watch your phraseology!" when his daughter uses slang.

While thinking about this blog post the words "I devour books" came to mind, then of course, that quote popped into my head.

Have you noticed that if you translated certain phrases literally they wouldn't be quite as fun as they are?

Like devouring books. Who really wants to eat books? (Other than Kim Lenox's character in her Shadow Guards series)

I mean I read books at a pretty fast rate, so figuratively I devour them, but literally? Nah, I don't think I'd want to eat them.

What about the figure of speech, "I could eat a horse"?

Obviously we all know it means the person's very hungry, but what if someone (like say, the character, Amelia Bedelia--books by Peggy Parish) took the speaker seriously and served them up a horse and handed them a fork and knife?

Speaking of Amelia Bedelia, I think she's a great example of what would happen if we took those phrases literally. Oh the trouble we could get into (that she manages to get into often).

Have A Fun Friday!

The Quotables

Posted by Bethany at February 25, 2010 0 comments Links to this post
Hello Thursday-ers,

Recently I've been on this The Princess Bride movie quoting kick. (Could you tell since one of the posts this week was a quote from that movie?) That movie just was great. I've seen it so many times and I'd watch it again.

But, there's also other movies out there that are fun to quote. For instance: 1776. It actually quotes from some of the diaries and letters of the members of the Continental Congress of the time (such as John Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock). (Where do you think we get the phrase: "Put your John Hancock on that?" think the story behind John Hancock's signature on the Declaration Of Independence)

Aside from the obvious historical relevance of the quotes from actual documents, there's some really awesome quotes whether they came from those documents are not within the movie:

Howard Da Silva as Ben Franklin: "If we don't hang together we'll most assuredly hang separately."

There's also other movies out The Father Of The Bride (the remake done in the 1990's with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton):

Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Annie Banks: "He's just like you, Dad, except he's brilliant."

(Great line, made my father laugh, by the way).

Or Disney's Finding Nemo

Ellen DeGeneres as Dorrie: "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."

So, what are some of your favorite quotable movies and their quotes?

Have A Totally Tublar Thursday!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

News Alert!

Posted by Bethany at February 23, 2010 2 comments Links to this post
Happy Wednesday Everybody,

So, Tuesday I went for my yearly check up with the doc and she said I'm looking good. When the results come in I'll know more. I have to get blood taken, but she said just do it within the next couple of weeks. Definitely not my favorite way to spend part of my morning (getting poked) but, all part and parcel of trying to take care of oneself. (Now if I was more disciplined about getting enough sleep).

The Northwest Houston Chapter of The RWA (NWHRWA) is hosting their annual contest. For further information, click here. Best wishes to all who enter :-)

Editing Surreal has slowed down...not because I'm done, but because I'm currently needing to recharge my editing batteries. But I'm still working on it (just about every day).

I've started reading a paranormal series by Alyssa Day. It starts with Atlantis Rising. So far it's very good. Her website is awesome, by the way.

I'm gonna be reading another paranormal book called Real Vampires Have Curves by Gerry Bartlett. (The title just is clever and the synopsis sounded funny).

What's going on with all of you?

Have A Wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Oh The Indignity!

Posted by Bethany at February 22, 2010 4 comments Links to this post
Happy Tuesday Folks,

If you were to hunt through my pack-rat storage areas eventually you'd come across my high school's literary magazine (that during my four years of high school was only published once, well, as far as I know). In there, if you know my maiden name, you'd find a poem written by me. If you read the lines carefully you'd find out there's a mistake. I forgot a word. I believe it was that little tiny word, "and".

For a writer, that's excessively embarrassing to forget a word, misspell a word, typos or putting in the wrong word. We're supposed to know words. They're our life.

Yet, even us writers, with some sort of insight into the world of words, are, in fact, human.

Yes...*GASP* we make mistakes.

Despite how much on a pedestal you put a writer you particularly like, that writer has, at least once in his or her lifetime, made a mistake...somewhere, somehow in some century.

The other night, in an online conversation with a friend I was typing out the word "idea". On accident I typed "deai" or something like that. I deleted it and typed the word properly before I hit the send button. I informed my friend of the mistake and laughing at myself said, "I don't know what I was doing, maybe I was trying to type in Pig Latin."

If a writer can laugh at his or herself that helps. Oh, sure, we might not be able to at first, especially when the embarrassment of a faux pas is fresh, but in time, we might, hopefully, be able to look back and chuckle.

In any case, learning from our mistakes, correcting our mistakes, proof reading in hopes of finding as many mistakes as possible before sending out our dear manuscripts into the world helps a writer with polishing up his or her work.

If not, we can always claim we were trying to write in Pig Latin.

Just a thought.

(or maybe not).

Have A Triumphant Tuesday!

"True Love, he said true love!" --Valerie, "The Princess Bride"

Posted by Bethany at February 22, 2010 2 comments Links to this post
Hello Everyone,

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a good weekend. Mine was all right. Sunday night me, my husband and my son went to Chili's for dinner, that was fun (I'm not being sarcastic, I promise). Saturday was fairly low key, but nice.

Recently a fellow writer friend of mine and I were talking about the movie The Princess Bride. I'm reminded how well rounded that story is. It has pretty much everything. Romance, action, comedy, suspense.

However, there's one theme that resonates...true love.

True love...the reason many of us write romance...or even the reason some of us write what we write...

The love of words upon the page, the love of another. The love of storytelling. It's in us, a part of us and influences us.

We all have our definitions of true love. For some, it's the ultimate sacrifices a person can make for another. For others, it's about self improvement. Still, for others, it's about doing what you most enjoy or being with the person you most want to be with.

For me, it's a combination of all that. And sometimes it's that undefinable thing that you see, but don't know how to describe.

So what's your definition of true love? How does true love drive you?

Have A Miraculous Monday!

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Writer's Survival Kit

Posted by Bethany at February 19, 2010 4 comments Links to this post
Happy Friday One And All,

Today's post is dedicated to the awesome folks in the NWHRWA. They're great people, lots of fun and really talented writers (I've read several of the members work including: Christie Craig, Kim Lenox, Ciara Gold, and Cheri Jetton).

Please note: Today's post is to be FUN. We're all working hard on writing, editing, querying, furthering our careers and everything in our lives, we need a chance to cut loose every now and again. This is also an opportunity for you to put in your own ideas of what works for a survival kit. on...

First of all...for a lot of people you need chocolate. One of the things about chocolate is that there's actually some kind of study that says chocolate is good for you (in moderation) especially dark chocolate. One such article talks about dark chocolate lowering the possibility of cardiovascular problems in men. Although, the article warns that white chocolate doesn't contain the things that is supposed to help health that dark chocolate does, and milk chocolate not very dark chocolate. But regardless of what your chocolate taste is, there's also the emotional response...generally in the positive. There's articles about studies regarding the effects of chocolate on people. So, we'll put chocolate into the survival kit.

Next, tissues...for those days where it seems like things are going wrong. Crying induces a chemical change (something I've experienced) and sometimes we just need a good cry.

Third...happy thoughts, music, posters. Anything encouraging to hang on walls, remember or listen to. Positive thoughts mean positive feelings, which can give you that "I can do this!" attitude.

So, that's the start....what would you add and why?

Have A Fabulous Friday!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Road Map

Posted by Bethany at February 18, 2010 0 comments Links to this post
Hi Everybody,

At the Conference I attended October 2009 (The Novelist Boot Camp one) Todd Stone remarked that the writing world was one of the only professions where people competed against each other, but also were willing to help each other. (You can get some of the information/materials about the workshop from my previous posts. Click here, here, here and here).

So, in the spirit of helping each other, I thought I'd outline some of the materials and sites that have helped me thus far:

When I was in my early twenties I found out about The Writers Digest School. I took a course on Short Story & Novel Writing, working closely with a published writer. I would read the material, do the assignments and mail the assignments to my instructor. I learned a lot and it helped me begin to understand how to shape my writing better.

To check out Writer's Digest Magazine click here.

Another magazine that I read was highly recommended is Publisher's Weekly Magazine.

After that, I did a lot of reading and worked on finding my "niche". I figured out what my niche was, and then it was time to write from that niche...hence, Surreal was born.

Well...I still needed I did more searching...

I found The Complete Idiot's Guide To Getting Published The Fourth Edition by Sheree Bykofsky and Jennifer Basye Sander, not that they think the people reading the book are really idiots, it's just the series. Very helpful with lists of lots of books and websites in the indexes, terms step by step and broken down so people can understand them.

I did a lot of web browsing, too. I came across 2 sites that have proven very informative:

Writer Beware (Victoria Strauss's site in guiding writers around scams and such).

Preditors & Editors (just what it says...agents, editors, attorneys, and publishers...which ones are most recommended and least recommended).

But that's not all. There's agent blogs out there, too:

Nathan Bransford (published author who worked as a literary agent for Curtis Brown, LTD).
Bookends, LLC--A Literary Agency

Query Shark (you can send your queries in to Janet Reid for help and see if they're good or need improving, plus get feedback from other followers of the blog).

Just to name a few.

Also, you want to keep up with writers and find out what they know? Look up and see if they have blogs. I have a few listed on the margin of this blog.

The other thing I keep emphasizing is writers' groups. The one I joined is Romance Writers of America (RWA) and one of their local chapters. The RWA is highly respected and has several chapters available for a writer. There's ones online and all over the place. It's worth the money, believe me. I've already learned a lot.

There's also writers' conferences. The RWA has their National Conference coming up. Often times, local chapters will have conferences available, too.

RWA chapters often run contests for those seeking experience and want critical critique. I'm going to be helping out with a chapter's contest that starts taking entries March 1, 2010. This year's information isn't up, yet, but it should be, soon. The one who chairs the contest sent an email out saying she was working on the information and should have the updated info on the site, soon. Until then, here's the link for anyone who wants to take a peek.

Contests give you experience and sometimes and editor or an agent will request more from the winners. Who knows, your manuscript could be chosen.

I've heard Donald Maas's book, The Fire Within is pretty good. I also recommend the most updated version of Jeff Herman's Guide To Book Publishers, Editors, & Literary Agents (I have the 2009 version, it's got a lot of information in it).

In any case, this isn't the only information out there for you. Browse your bookstores, look at magazines, go to your local library. There's a wealth of information available.

Best wishes and don't be afraid to stop for directions.

Have A Terrific Thursday!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Roll On The Floor Laughing

Posted by Bethany at February 16, 2010 4 comments Links to this post
Howdy All,

People who know me well know I'm a generally happy person. I love to laugh, I love to make others laugh and I especially love to laugh while reading books. If there's something in there that's funny and makes me laugh out loud, then that just makes the book even more awesome in my estimation.

I have characters in my story that lend support to my main characters, but also, in a sense provide the comic portion of my story. Because laughter is good for people. Ever heard the old adage "laughter is good for the soul"? Well, I believe that.

Now, I don't laugh all the time. But, I do laugh often. In fact, it's odd if I go a week without laughing at least once.

Authors like Kerrelyn Sparks, MaryJanice Davidson have made me laugh, to name just a couple.

Dave Barry's another good one for a laugh.

What are some authors that have made you LOL? Do you intergrate humor into your books?

Laugh long and laugh often. I wish you much giggling :-)

Have A Wacky Wednesday!

Who Am I Behind The Pen?

Posted by Bethany at February 16, 2010 0 comments Links to this post
Hello Everyone,

The question "Who Am I?" is one that fascinates me, not just about myself, but other writers.

I read mysteries and I see aspects of interesting thought processes, ideas, beliefs. In romance you get a sense of "awww...they live happily ever after" and in other works you meet all kinds of characters. But does this glimspe into how an author pens their work, who they are in real life?

I've wondered, who's John Girsham behind stories like A Walk To Remember and The Notebook? Based on his biography on his page, I'd say a devoted husband and father. But, who is he? Someone with a strong sense of humor? Quiet? Extroverted?

Some authors have blogs and you get to know them through what they say or things they like to listen to (example, Robin McKinley...she seems to have a fondness for flowers)

Some writers, like Stephen King, have colorful pasts that have affected their writing, and their lives.

Others are quieter, and you don't know a lot about them.

But behind the pen who are you? Are you a relatively happy person? Serious? Aloof? Easy going? Rough around the edges or have a goofy sense of humor?

Are you relative to what you write or a complete opposite?

The point is, no matter what you write, don't forget who you are. Because who you are is important.

Have A Terrific Tuesday!

Monday, February 15, 2010

I Participated In A Write-A-Thon

Posted by Bethany at February 15, 2010 4 comments Links to this post
Happy Monday Everyone,

Sunday afternoon I went over to one of the members of the RWA chapter I'm a member of held a Write-A-Thon at her house. It was a ton of fun.

I arrived there later than I meant (didn't get ready as fast as I thought I was going to), but I was told it was no big deal. For awhile everyone just kind of mingled and got set up. Some people had already started working. Then, right around 3 PM things got started and I sat down to work on some edits on Surreal.

There was quite a bit of food available (including chocolate and coffee), so people could take snack breaks. (there went my diet LOL).

There was also a published author holding brain storming in one of the rooms. I sat in because I heard a lively discussion going on and got curious. She said some really good things about character arcs and making sure there's growth and everything (particularly in Romance and Women's Fiction). I didn't ask any questions, but I took in what she was saying because I knew it could help me.

We had "white elephant" door prizes and I got this cleaning kit (very nice, by the way) with lotion, hand soap and counter spray. Looks very nice. Everybody brought something for the drawings so everyone got a prize. Someone won a tiara LOL.

I got to talk books with some people and talk about our own writing, so I was basically in writer paradise--like I am at the chapter meetings.

If you don't belong to a writers' group, find one you feel comfortable with. Number 1, invaluable advice/techniques available, Number 2, camaraderie and Number 3, you might find someone to bounce ideas off of and get some help if you're stuck (writers' block). And of course, there's perks like finding out about conferences and some of them do things like this Write-A-Thon.

In any case, I got some edits done, got to see people I really enjoy talking to and just had a good day.

I hope y'all's weekend was as nice as mine :-)

Have A Merry Monday!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Hopeless Romantic

Posted by Bethany at February 12, 2010 0 comments Links to this post
Good Evening Everyone,

Yes, it's unusual that I post more than once in a day, but I figured considering I'm a hopeless romantic and since I write paranormal romance, it would be odd if I didn't say something in honor of February 14th--Valentine's Day.

Also known as St. Valentine's Day. There's a lot of interesting stories surrounding Feb. 14th, but if you look up St. Valentine and check out this article you'll get a clue as to who the person (or persons, since there's probably more than one St. Valentine) were. There's a lot of stories about him.

In any case, I'm very blessed to have my Valentine and husband, who is a wonderful, wonderful man. Our Valentine's is going to be rather quiet, which is okay. I truly don't mind.

But, in honor of the day, I wanted to share something with you:

As you all read in a previous post I listened to several different songs (and artists) while writing Surreal. Now, normally my stories don't have "theme songs", but Surreal is the exception. Especially if you want to know how my main male character feels about the female main character.

To find this out, just listen to Chris De Burgh's Missing You. Pretty much everything in that song is how the man feels about the woman in Surreal.

And for those of you who aren't into mush...check out the Ramones' Rock N' Roll Radio.

Have a truly Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Go To Your Musical Happy Place

Posted by Bethany at February 11, 2010 2 comments Links to this post
Happy Friday One And All,

No, I'm not talking about musicals, as in the plays with songs, I'm talking about actual music.

While writing Surreal I listened to Chris De Burgh, Ramones, Paul Anka, Buddy Holly, REM, Henry Purcell Clark (Trumpet Voluntary), The Righteous Brothers, They Might Be Giants, Optional 2, Roxette (It Must've Been Love), Bonnie Taylor, Neil Diamond, The Everly Brothers, Lowen & Navarro, Eric Genius, Kci & Jo Jo, and Savage Garden. Quite a motley crew, especially considering that the They Might Be Giants songs I listened to were from one of their kids' albums (they have 2 out that I know about), Optional 2 a mish-mash of musical stylings and hip hop, and Ramones...well, Ramones is punk rock.

Considering that I was writing a paranormal romance, some of this might seem a bit out of place. In all honesty, sometimes it was just something was playing while I was writing and other times, the mood just hit me to go ahead and put it on.

But my musical happy place goes beyond listening to music while writing. It's about finding some music that just makes you happy, relieves stress and puts you in a good mood.

So, what's my musical happy place? UB40's version of Red, Red Wine; REM Stand; CCR's Have You Ever Seen The Rain and The Archies' Sugar, Sugar. Although, UB40 always comes first.

I get dizzy swinging my head from side to side while listening to Red, Red Wine...the stress just seems to drip out of me. I don't know why. I don't even drink wine (red wine actually gives me a headache, and my stomach doesn't react well to white wine).

But there's something about the way music makes you feel that matters. It creates a mood. Depending on what your tastes are, the mood can be happy, sad, anger, romance.

The list of songs and groups of my musical happy place do just that. They make me happy. They make me feel good. It's a great stress reliever.

So...what's your musical happy place?

Have A Fun Friday!

A Bit Of This And That

Posted by Bethany at February 11, 2010 2 comments Links to this post
Happy Thursday Everyone,

The edits to Surreal are coming along, although, now I almost feel like I'm performing surgery. I had to change some things and I ended up cutting several pages to accommodate the changes. I think I'm able to use most of the original work now (with whatever edits it needs to clean it up).

It amazes me how much time this takes and how hours just fly back as I'm working on it. If you need time to move along quickly, I recommend you get into serious editing with your manuscripts and watch time "fly".

Yesterday I finished up a Debbie Macomber book that contained 2 novellas. The book was called The Man You'll Marry and it was fun all about an "enchanted" wedding dress. I enjoyed it. She has some really good stories out. I especially recommend her Between Friends and The Perfect Christmas.

Another author I really enjoy is Regina Doman. Her work has suspense and romance. She's given permission to some film students to do a movie of her book, Shadow Of The Bear. I'm very curious to see how that will turn out since I love that book. So far, from what I've seen on the blog (I went to it through Regina's website) it looks really good. There's no set release date, yet. I definitely recommend the book, though. It's quite good.

This weekend I'm attending a Write-A-Thon at a fellow writer's house with several others from the chapter of the RWA that I'm a member of. I think it's going to be a lot of fun. We're having a pot luck and writing and brainstorming and door prizes. I'm hoping to get a chunk of editing done there. Plus, if something pops into my head maybe I could bounce ideas off people. The person who's hosting it does this from time to time, but this is the first time I'm attending it.

Anyway, what's going on with everyone else? Anybody else editing their manuscripts?

Have A Tubular Thursday! (Bet you never thought you'd see that word after the 1980's!)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Construction Ahead: Interal Editors At Work

Posted by Bethany at February 09, 2010 2 comments Links to this post
Hello Everyone,

Well, it appears that currently my job is editing. I had to take out some things I had on the blog margins (Encouragement of the Day, Movie Recommendations and a few other things) in an effort to fix the spacing problems I was having (don't know if you all saw the problem, but it kept showing up on my screen, so I finally got sick of it and decided to do something about it). I'm not sure how that all happened, but I've fixed it. If you really miss the things I took out, I'll see about putting them in at another time.

I'm also deep in edits on Surreal. I know, I've talked about being disciplined about working on it for awhile, now, and I've finally gotten into it where I'm focused on it. The other manuscripts in the process of writing are on hold while I work solely on editing Surreal.

So far it's going smoothly. I'm getting the word count down (a must) and fixing other things (also important). I'm reminding myself how much I love this story in the process. There's things I forgot about it when I was working on other parts and it's nice to reacquaint myself with the story and characters.

Working on edits isn't as bad as I feared. Yes, it takes a lot of time and yes, you have to keep going back over things you went over 5 times before, but it also helps you get to know your story even better than you knew it before. It helps you understand more what works and what doesn't. It also gives you a chance to review possibilities and things you might not have considered when you first wrote the piece.

It's more exciting than I thought, because it's made everything so much more real for me. No longer is this whole "tighten up the story and get it ready" some vague's happening. I'm doing it. It's not a dream anymore, I'm going for it. Sure, there's always that sense of "I hope things go well." And I'll be nervous when I send Surreal off, but there's a real sense of accomplishment involved.

This is something I've dreamt about for several years. Now, the dream is steadily becoming more and more of a reality. There's something really special about that.

I hope any of you out there going through this get that same sense of how thrilling it all is. I want to hold onto this feeling and share it with you.

Enjoy your journey :-)

Have A Wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Sprinkle In The Fairy Dust

Posted by Bethany at February 08, 2010 2 comments Links to this post
Howdy Folks,

Do you know how much I love fairy tales? Have I forgotten to mention that lately? Okay, if I have, let me reiterate: I LOVE FAIRY TALES! I even love retellings of fairy tales / mythology (as many you already know).

Here's some of my favorites:

Beastly by Alex Flinn (re-telling of Beauty & The Beast)

Belle by Cameron Dokey (again, Beauty & The Beast)

A Kiss In Time by Alex Flinn (The Sleeping Beauty)

Midnight Pearls by Debbie ViguiƩ (The Little Mermaid)

Scarlet Moon by Debbie ViguiƩ (Little Red Riding Hood)

Wild Orchid by Cameron Dokey (The Ballad Of Mulan)

Anyway, those are just a few, but you get the idea. Another series I like a lot are these:

Shadow Of The Bear, Black As Night, Waking Rose all by Regina Doman (Can you guess which fairy tales influenced these books? In Order: Snow White & Rose Red, Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, The Sleeping Beauty).

Fairy Tale Weddings by Debbie Macomber contains 2 novellas by Macomber that are fairy tale retellings... one: Cindy And The Prince (Cinderella) and the other is Some Kind Of Wonderful (Beauty & The Beast).

There's something about fairy tales that make us all believe in magic again. Sometimes I feel like as adults we lose a little of that as we grow up. As writers, we're able to recapture some of that fairy dust and sprinkle it on our stories, and as readers we still seek it out.

We like that happily-ever-after and the magic involved. A little magic in our lives is a good thing. It helps us believe in hope and recognize that wonder still exists in the world.

So go ahead, indulge in a bit of your own fairy tale. Find that happily ever after. Savor the joy.

What's your favorite fairy tale (or retelling)?

Have A Twinkling Tuesday!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

"Shiver Me Timbers!"

Posted by Bethany at February 07, 2010 2 comments Links to this post
Ahoy, Mateys And Welcome To Another Week,

Okay...I've talked about dragons, heroes, villains, the window characters, vampires and the like, now how about something else fun?


I have no problems with people writing about pirates. In fact, one of my favorite Georgette Heyer books deals with a privateer. The book is called Beauvallet and it's awesome.

Not sure what it is that makes pirates so fascinating...especially in romance novels. I guess it's the whole sexy pirate appeal for some. For me, I guess it's just seeing how love affects people--especially a character that's supposed to be intimdating, like a pirate.

Another thing is pirates are utterly adventures. Take Pirates Of The Caribbean movies for instance. Lots of people were very fond of Johnny Depp's performance as Jack Sparrow and all the mystery, intrigue and adventure fond in those stories.

In writing this blog, I did some searches and found a Pirate Code Of Honor also there's some other Pirate Code of Honor information here (this last link is connected to a Pirate Cruise company).

While doing a second search about pirates (for this blog post) I came across some interesting links:

Avast! Welcome To A Pirate's Life Site!

Welcome Aboard! (this link seems to have a TON of information, I've read some of it. Very interesting).

So, what about pirates fascinates you (if you're fascinated by them)?

Have A Merry Monday!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Here They Come: Writers In Public

Posted by Bethany at February 04, 2010 4 comments Links to this post
Howdy Folks,

Welcome to Friday! The weekend is on its way, hurray, hurray!

Oh that totally puts me in mind of the movie The Princess Bride where Fezzik keeps making up all those rhymes and annoys Vizini. If you haven't seen the film, rent it, buy it, but see it! It's hysterical. I haven't read the book, but I've heard it's good.

Ever wondered what would happen if writers looked like their profession? Like if you could pick them out in a crowd. You know, maybe a pen behind the ear, with a notebook in hand. Printer ink all over the fingers, looking a bit red-eyed from staying up all night working on their manuscript.

Maybe a writer would be dressed in pajamas, with fuzzy bunny slippers, carrying around an agent or publishing contract.

The thing about it I've said before, writers are just ordinary folks. There's nothing (unless you're at a convention or at a writers' meeting) that would tell you that someone is a writer. Not on the outside.

They are your friend's brother's little boy's best friend's mother. They're the neighbor down the street with the twenty-nine cats. Could even be your friendly neighborhood accountant.

Maybe it's the man with four tattoos sitting on his back porch smoking a cigarette.

Could be the person who's house you pass every single day, not even realizing that when your back is turned that person is tapping away at their keyboard arranging the next amazing novel that you'll grab from the book shelf and buy hardcover because you simply can't wait for the paperback to come out because you want to know right now what's going to happen with your favorite character.

We all know this because this is who we are. We're those people...okay, I don't own 29 cats (in fact, I don't have any pets), but it wouldn't surprise me if a writer did. Some writers in history have been rather eccentric.

But what would you envision a writer look like if it was obvious someone was a writer? What would they wear? How would they act if their clothing and actions were going to give away that they were a writer?

Many of you are writers, so go ahead, let's get creative would we show the world (or how would any other writer show the world) that you are/they are a writer?

(I'd probably wear comfy clothes and carry around a notebook and busily scribble on it LOL).

Have A Fabulous Friday!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Affirming One Another

Posted by Bethany at February 03, 2010 2 comments Links to this post
Howdy Folks,

Yep, I'm going Southern'll have to pardon me, every now and again it comes out. You can take the girl outta Texas, but you can't take the Texas out of the girl (to go cliche on everyone).

Welcome to Thursday's post...the wonderful anticipation of Friday and the chance to remind oneself every day is a gift.

Today is say something positive about another blogger day. Pick one person, any person you know who blogs and say something cool about them.

We're gonna focus on building each other up, because that's part of being fellow writers...helping each other. And sometimes a person just needs a pick-me-up.

Now, I'm not saying this to try and get someone to write anything about me, I just feel in the world where there's a lot going on (some good and some not good) we all need that spark of "life is good" every now and again.

Picking one person is very hard for me. There's several bloggers out there that I enjoy and so it was no easy task to come down to just one, but since it's just one person, this is who I'm gonna go with:

Regina of Regina Rhythm.

Here's why: She's very good at giving out extremely good tips for fellow writers and artists. She's professional and extremely smart. She can give constructive criticism that's helpful and she's nice to boot.

Now you can take a turn...pick a blogger whether a published author, or not...there's a catch though:

1. It can't be yourself. Yes, loving yourself is definitely important, but we're cultivating positive words of reinforcement for others for today.

2. Can't be the same person you saw on this blog (or someone else's blog).

3. Pick only one person (remember Highlander?).

Oh and nobody has to do this on their blog. I just like posting upbeat and positive things.

Like I said, choosing just one person was really hard! There's some really great blogs out there! Keep up the good work everybody :-)

Have A Terrific Thursday!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

It's A Tense Situation

Posted by Bethany at February 02, 2010 4 comments Links to this post
Hello Everyone,

Interesting thing to note...

Most books are written in past tense, 3rd person. I have come across some stories that are written in present tense, but still keep the 3rd person.

There are stories written first person and present tense...even one of mine has that (it just really worked for that story...I've had people read and say "It works." I don't really know how to explain why).

Third person past tense works a lot for most stories...I use it for most of mine, as well...why that is, I suppose, is because there isn't as much "I" so it doesn't sound so self-centered.

But my question is...does anyone know where they usage of third person past tense really started (at least for fiction novels)?

What keeps us using a certain POV and tense?

What tense do you generally use?

Have A Wondrous Wednesday!

Head Spinning

Posted by Bethany at February 02, 2010 4 comments Links to this post
Hello Everyone,

No, this isn't some take-off on The Exorcist, rather, this is me going "Yikes! I can't even be away from email for ONE day?"

I had 28 emails in one email account. This includes junk mail. After I deleted the stuff I didn't need, it took time to answer a family email, then email back and forth with a friend about her Baby Shower this Saturday (that I was going to email the hostess about today), then I had to email the hostess of the shower to RSVP.

Then I went to my writing email account. 12 emails, most of it spam, so I deleted the spam took a look at the ones that WEREN'T spam and then came here.

You can't take a day off from email people, it doesn't work LOL. But it's okay. I don't mind really, I just was a bit surprised (even if most of it was junk).

Today is my son's birthday, so I sang Happy Birthday to him and hoping his present is here (gotta check the mailbox). He took it with good humor, but acted a bit embarrassed. It was funny.

Yesterday I was reading the 4th Jennifer Scales Novel called Seraph Of Sorrow. It was interesting and definitely has a good lead in for another book (not yet out) so I'm curious to see what's going to happen next. Just when I think I have a handle on what's going on with all the arachnids, dragons and beaststalkers something else happens and I have to rethink what I thought. But that's a mark of a good series...when it catches you off guard.

This Saturday is a chapter meeting of RWA. Because of all the things I have going on, I have to leave early, but I'm glad I'll get to get out and see everyone and hear the updates on the business side of the meeting, but I have to leave before the guest speaker because I have 2 other things that day, so it's a crazy day. But I'm thinking it will be a good day.

Anyway, what's going on in your world? Is it as crazy as my world?

Have A Thrilling Tuesday!

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