Blogging, Tags, Writing

Tag – You’re It

Photo from Flickr
Photo from Flickr

I haven’t done one of these for well over a year, so I don’t mind these tags. They’re kind of fun, and I hope you learn something more about me than you did before.

The Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog and Twitter in your post.

2. Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.

3. Nominate up to 10 other bloggers or Twitter followers

4. Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nomination.

So, thank you, Kelly Barr for your tag.

Kelly Barr’s Questions:

1.  Who are your top three favorite authors?

Mary Connealy, DiAnn Mills, and a tie between Sandra Byrd and Lynette Eason for 3rd.

2.  Are you a plotter, pantser or something in between?

Something in between. I always have a general short plot outline, kind of following Randy Ingermanson’s “three disasters and an ending.” I know how my story starts, I know where it goes, and how it gets to the end, and yet, when I write it, a lot of wonderful surprises come out. I don’t plot out every little scene in advance, just the main points. Half the fun is letting the story go where it wants to. Hopefully it will be better than my feeble attempts to make it go where maybe it shouldn’t.

3.  Where do you do most of your writing?  At a cafe, a room in your house, etc.?

In my office, at my desktop computer. I have been known to write on my back porch on my laptop if it’s a beautiful day outside, but generally speaking, it’s my home office.

4.  What’s the biggest writing challenge you are currently facing?

Discipline to do it. Even though I’ve mapped out a “routine” for myself, depending on what’s going on with my ACFW work, (which can get in the way at times), and whether or not I’m in “the mood” to write, I deviate from my “plans.” But I’m OK with it. Unless I’m under a deadline, there’s no rush. I’m at a point where I’m going to enjoy my life, not feel like I “must” do something.

5.  Do you listen to music while you write?  If so, what kind?

I love a deathly quiet room, hearing only the sounds of the keys clicking as I type. It helps me to concentrate. However, I also talk to myself a lot. Saying what I’m going to be typing out loud. It’s only me in the house during the day, except when my hubby is home for lunch. Then, I take a break with him.

6.  Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?

Hot chocolate – on a cold day is just the most wonderfully comforting thing I can think of. I don’t like coffee, and it’s a rare day if I drink tea. I’m an ice water guzzler. Although in the summertime, I’ll occasionally drink lemonade, not too sweet, not too sour.

7.  If you could ask any writer, past or present, one question, who would the writer be and what would you ask?

Oh my goodness, I have no idea. Well, maybe Taylor Caldwell. How did she get the idea for her two books The Listener and No One Hears But Him. I first read those while in high school or college. Even though they’re somewhat dated, the issue each story deals with is still pertinent today.

8.  How do you get past being stuck in your writing?

I rarely get “stuck” for any amount of time, but when I do, I usually put the writing away for a short time, and go do something else, read a book, play the piano, watch an old movie or classic TV show.

9.  What do you do to relax?

Read a book, fiction or non-fiction, watch TV, play the piano. I’m out of practice on my other instruments.

10. What is your favorite movie that’s based on a book?

I have several, can’t pick just one. I’ve talked about the first two on my blog. Ivanhoe, the 1982 version. Ben-Hur, either the silent or the Charlton Heston version. There’s actually one movie made I prefer over the book, and that’s Robert Whitlow’s The Trial, because the movie puts the protagonist in danger, which I thoroughly love, rather than a secondary character from the book. Whitlow’s The List is also very excellent, both book and movie.

I now tag: (and you can answer these questions, if you’d like, and add anything

Justina Luther

Lisa Betz

Soapbox, Tags, Writing

Writing Emotional Pain – without bleeding too much on your readers

“Please reject.” The email was from a complete stranger. I almost didn’t open it because I thought it was junk mail.

Then I thought, oh. Oh. A reject letter. I might as well see who this is really from.

Sad girl
Sad girl

I was once told that writing one’s pain makes a compelling read. It’s deep and people can identify. My pain is rejection. I don’t do well with it. I never have. I think I was born with it. It’s called Avoidant Personality Disorder (APD). In other circles, it’s called Root of Rejection. Healing comes in stages with me.

I promise not to bleed all over you, but show you a bit about how my thinking is skewed. Ridiculous thoughts of self-condemnation and diminished self-worth keep running through my mind.

Continue reading “Writing Emotional Pain – without bleeding too much on your readers”

Awards, Blogging, Encouragement, Tags, Writing

My Writing Process Blog Tour

Writing Process Blog TourI want to thank the talented Justina Luther for inviting me on this lovely blog tour. Check out her blog! She loves to write fiction, and she’s prolific. Visit her blog by clicking here.

I also want to thank everyone who has read, commented on, liked, and followed my blog! I love writing and sharing my thoughts with you. I hope you are uplifted and encouraged as you read, and maybe sometimes – challenged and inspired.

Without further ado, let the tour commence!

1) What am I working on?

I just completed my novel, Meghan’s Choice. I entered it into Operation First Novel, a contest from Christian Writer’s Guild. I’m also thinking about entering it into a contest sponsored by Westbow Press. I’m going to wait a bit to see if I make the cut on Op. 1st Novel before entering the Westbow contest.

Next week, I’ll be attending a large writer’s conference, where I will pitch the novel to editors and agents. We’ll see what happens. If necessary, I would say, towards the beginning of next year, I’ll know whether I have to self-publish it. If I do, I’ll probably do it POD. Remember that from about 3-4 posts ago?

I’m trying to blog more regularly and expand what is called my platform, and in so doing, expand myself to be a better person.

I also contribute once a month to When Readers Write, a group blog of some of us from a Christian Writer’s Guild Craftsman class. Continue reading “My Writing Process Blog Tour”

Awards, Blogging, Encouragement, Tags

My Lovely Blog Award

lovely-blogWhat would I do without Justina Luther? She is one heck of a lady!

Thank you so much, Justina Luther, visit her blog here, for nominating me for this award! It means a lot. Justina is a very generous person. She passes along her good fortune to me!

Here’s the rules for this award:

  1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.You must list the rules and display the award.
  2. You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  3. You must nominate 15 (or more) other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  4. You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Continue reading “My Lovely Blog Award”

Blogging, Tags

The Liebster Award

Thank you to Justina Luther for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I definitely need to read more blogs myself if I expect my blog to be read by others. So – thanks again Justina, for stretching me. Here’s a link to her blog:

The rules are as follows:

  1. Link and thank the person who nominated you
  2. Answer the questions they asked you
  3. Pick eleven bloggers or writers (I’m changing the rules) to nominate them. I pick my friends and acquaintances no matter what their numbers. Some don’t even have blogs yet. Hopefully this will encourage them to start one.  🙂
  4. Ask them eleven questions
  5. Let them know by commenting on one of their posts
Discover new blogs!
Discover new blogs!

Here are the 11 questions I had to answer.

Why do you blog or write?

I have no idea. No – ha ha. I love to write, and my writing journey has been a long one and on and off, depending on what season I was in life. Started blogging in 2009 with a soapbox blog, a chocolate business blog, and a book review blog.

  1. What writing projects are you working on?

I’ve drafted my historical romance novel, Meghan’s Choice, recently entered into Christian Writer’s Guild’s Operation First Novel contest. I’m also ACFW Area Coordinator for Pennsylvania, where I live.

What is your #1 dream in life?

To serve the Lord wherever He puts me. Always has been. 🙂 I would like to my dying day (someday far in the future, I hope) and be able to say “I did what I was put here to do. I finally found it and was able to enjoy doing it.” Continue reading “The Liebster Award”

Encouragement, Tags

The Bookshelf Tag

bookshelf tagFirst of all, shout out to Justina Luther for this tag. And I appreciate everyone who reads or looks at this blog. It’s a work in progress and I’m still feeling my way through it, trying to discover what people want to read. Be on the lookout for Justina, she’s hot on the bloggers scale right now! Check her out to see all the awards she’s gotten so far! Way to go girl!

Note: Even if the links don’t work, please copy and paste in your browser. Thanks.

I’m changing the rules a bit. I’m tagging seven people, my fellow craftsman:

Amy Nowak

Guy Gourley

Christina Banks

Jen Sloniger

Natalie Walters

Simni Ogunyinka

and last but not least – Meagan Briggs

THE RULES For ‘The Bookshelf Tag’: Answer the following questions about books, and then tag five other bloggers. You can answer the questions any way you want, whether it’s on your blog, in a video, or a combination of the two. Then remember to let whoever tagged you know when your post is up so they can read it.

1) Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know that it’ll make you cry?

I’m never afraid of a good cry. The only fiction books I stay away from are those that are horror (I hate horror), and more X-rated or R-rated romance or detective stories. Those are just lewd and disgusting. Continue reading “The Bookshelf Tag”