ROW80 Sunday Check in

I’m still having issues with, of all things, the first scene of the partial I hoped to have send in before November 1. Because of this, I’m also behind on my NaNo wordcount. I’m going to need to hide in my writer cave with Quill. She is not happy with me. And remember, she’s a dragon.

Hope my ROW80 and NaNo fellows are doing better than me.

And I plan to kick butt this week.

 

Cheryel

National Novel Writing Month

It’s here! November is National Novel Writing Month affectionately known as NaNoWriMo. During this crazy competition, a whole bunch of people try to write 50,000 words in 30 days. It’s crazy, it’s almost impossible, it’s fun. I’m ready to go!

I’ll be keeping you up to date.

Am I crazy? Do you think I can win? Are you playing too? I  dare you!

Boo!

It’s Halloween or Samhain, depending on your tradition. Tradition tells us that tonight the veil between the living and the dead thins and our ancestors can communicate with us. I don’t know if this is true or not, but I can feel a power, a strength growing as the shadows begin to lengthen. Maybe it’s my imagination, but I’ve always sensed something this time of year.

In the spirit of the season, I’m going to tell you a truly spooky story.

I have some difficulty with balance when walking, so I tend to go slow and be careful. A couple of years ago, I was in my writing office (AKA the guest bedroom). I started toward the doorway, tripped, put my arms up in case I fell, and focused on getting back my balance. I thought I had. Crisis averted.

The next thing I remember, I was flying headlong into the wall. Of the hall across from the office doorway. A good 8 feet from where I tripped. My hands were down and to my sides. The spot where my head apparently hit was about two inches higher than the part of my head that hit it. And I hit hard enough to make a huge lump, give myself two black eyes, and a concussion. We have hard heads in our family, so that was a serious hit. Especially since I was barely moving when I started.

Now, I’m not going to say I’m positive something supernatural happened. I’d be more than happy to find a scientific reason for this occurrence. I haven’t yet.

Wanna hear something even scarier? I’ve seen Christmas decorations up already. Honest. Run screaming now.

Above is the cover of my debut novel, a good spooky ghost story with romance. You can get the paperback, or you can download it on your Kindle or Nook or whatever you read ebooks on, and scare yourself to sleep tonight.

Do you have a personal spooky story? Would you like to share?

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

ROW 80 Sunday check in

I attended HallowCon this weekend, and had a blast. Sold one book, and a couple of people walked away with my info saying they wanted would buy one later. But that’s not the point, not really. More than anything, it’s about the fun 🙂

 

ROW 80. I haven’t finished all the polishing and a few other details to get the partial manuscripts out. I am committed to NaNo. Not only committed, but determined. Sooooooo…back to the writers cave until I’m done. Somebody shove a sandwich under the door once in a while, please. Goals here.

The Scary World of Editors and Agents

I am taking part in Row 80, the full name of which is A Round of Words in 80 Days. “The writing challenge that knows you have a life.” You set your own goals, which works for me. My goals for this round are here.

As I said in my last blog, I attended the Moonlight and Magnolias Conference in Decatur, Georgia. The conference was amazing, and I’d like to share some more of the fun—and the information—from that conference.
On Friday, the first official event took place. The Industry, AKA Editor-Agent, Panel is a staple at most writers conferences, and this one was no different. At a long table (in order of seating) were: Nancy Knight (agent with Sullivan Maxx Literary Agency), Michelle Grajikowski (3 Seas Literary Agency), Victoria Curran (editor, Harlequin), Leah Hultenschmidt (senior editor, Sourcebooks), Deidre Knight (agent, The Knight Agency ), Holly Blanck (editor St. Martin’s Press), Charlene Patterson (editor, Bethany House), and Laura Bradford (agent, Bradford Literary Agency). [I will hereafter refer to the panel by last name.]
I’ll try to decipher my notes here and pass on some highlights.
D. Knight said this is an exciting time for writers, with all the different paths to publication and success.
All of the editors seemed to agree that electronic versions of books is the wave of the future.
Blanck stated that St. Martin’s publishes print and electronic editions of books simultaneously.
N. Knight stated that she is a partner with Belle Books, and that she is always looking for new ways to sell books. She says a big part of market is e-books.
As for querying/submitting, Hultenschmidt says, “the query is what will get me.” She wants the query to “make me fall in love with hero.” She prefers a short synopsis.
In a synopsis, Curran wants to know what will keep the hero and heroine apart.
N. Knight Grajikowski, Curran, Hultenschmidt, and D. Knight respond to all queries.
Patterson says she only accepts agent queries unless she’s met the writer at a conference.
All of them are looking for historicals. They do have different needs/desires.
I hope this information is helpful to the writers out there. If you have questions or need more information, please comment.

Happy hump day!
Cheryel

It’s Not The Vampire You Need To Worry About.

 This month my Beyond The Veil co-bloggers will write about many different types of creatures. Most scary. And I have to say, I love me a good ghost, werewolf, vampire, bigfoot, or leprechaun story. Most of these critters are, or can be, evil. There is, however, one creature that pales in comparison to the rest. We see these creatures every day at work, school, shops, and restaurants. We see one every time we look in the mirror. As the Pogo quote goes, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”

Obviously not all humans are evil. Homo sapiens are actually a pretty civilized lot. In spite of how it sometimes seems, most folks go about their business without the need to hurt, maim, or kill. Still, there are plenty of people out there who could give the worst werewolves, vampires, or soul sucking demons a run for their money. These are the two-legged creatures of true evil.

 

Would you like to read more? Go here.

I’ll be back soon with more from Moonlight and Magnolias conference.

A Wild Time Was Had By All

Sorry I haven’t been around. I had some health issues toward the end of last month. Just as I was feeling better, it was time for the Moonlight and Magnolias Conference in Decatur, Georgia. I’d been looking forward to this conference for a year. Georgia Romance Writers (a chapter of Romance Writers of America) put on one seriously awesome conference! When I got back I took my exhausted body and hid in my writer’s den. So shoot me (or leave snarky comments).

Since the conference was so wonderful, the next few blog entries will be about the trip. The plan is to put in some tidbits that will be of interest to writers while giving non-writers a glimpse into the crazy world of writers conferences. And trust me, writers conferences are like nothing else.

The first hurdle was driving from Chattanooga to Decatur. My good friend, and fellow writer, Stephanie Lilley drove down. I printed out the directions, so I have nobody to blame but me for landing us at the wrong hotel. I knew it didn’t look right, but we’d followed the directions. Turns out I’d printed directions to the wrong hotel. Hey, I’m talented, OK? The good part is that we were only two miles from the right hotel.

We finally got to the right place. Decatur is a suburb of Atlanta, and a gorgeous little town in its own right. The Decatur Hotel and Convention Center is downtown near the courthouse. There are all kinds of shops and restaurants within walking distance, but I saw very little, since I wasn’t there to sightsee, I was there to network and learn. I love smaller conferences, as this one is, since there is more of an opportunity to connect with new people and reunite with old friends.

Monday, I’ll tell you more about the conference.
Sundown tonight marks the beginning or Yom Kippur, the most solemn and holy day of the Jewish calendar. May your fast be easy.
Happy Thanksgiving weekend to those in Canada.
Have a great weekend everybody!

Cheryel

Places You’re Gonna Wanna Go!


Some great free places I’ve discovered with sage advice to make life easier, and cool stuff to make it more fun.

Advice:

When housework gets to the CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome) stage:
http://www.flylady.net/index.asp

Change your life in 10 minutes a day:
http://smallstepstobigchange.com/

Quizzes to help you understand yourself better:
http://similarminds.com/

Playtime!

Puzzles, you pick from pages of beautiful pictures, and the cut of the puzzle. Hours of fun:
http://www.jigzone.com/

Expand your vocabulary and help defeat hunger with just a click:
http://www.freerice.com

Furry, funny, two of my favorite sites:

Cats:
http://icanhascheezburger.com/
Dogs:
http://dogs.icanhascheezburger.com/

Maybe these don’t appeal to you. Are there other places you like better? Have you ever put random words in Google just to see where the search leads? Do you think people spend too much time on the internet?