The Oscars™ fascinate me. I’ve been watching the telecasts (sometimes, hate-watching it) for many, many years. What can I say? I love seeing millionaires congratulate one another. If you’re a cinephile like me, you’re probably frustrated like me, since The Academy™ seems to get it wrong most of the time. Sometimes it seems it’s a popularity contest, not an artistic achievement accolade.
For a long time I’ve been hiding my writing career from most friends and acquaintances. Well, not exactly “hiding” it. Just… not publicizing it. I’m not sure why. Perhaps I felt I didn’t belong. Maybe I wasn’t so sure whether I wanted to be a professional writer.
A day of sunshine is a gift. Maybe it’s because I live in the Pacific Northwest, but any sunny day will lift my spirits and, well, brighten my day. Sunshine just makes me happy.
Big accomplishments, important anniversaries, and milestones by friends and family also improve our mood, but how often do these things happen? Sometimes I feel fortunate that I am cheered by small stuff.
ROW80, or A Round of Words in 80 Days, is “the writing challenge that knows you have a life.” It allows you to set specific, measurable, and adaptable goals for yourself. What it’s not mentioned enough: you meet amazing people who share your interests, you cheer them on, and you celebrate their accomplishments as if they were yours.
Karen Rought is The Midnight Novelist. She is also a copyeditor for Hypable, a blogging machine, and one of the nicest people you will ever meet. She tagged me with the fun Eleven Questions Game. First, the rules:
You must post the rules.
Answer the questions on your blog. Create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
If you don’t follow sports, you might not know this story.
Derrick Rose is the Chicago Bulls point guard. He was the #1 pick of the draft in 2008, and he won Rookie of the Year that season. Until September 2010, he was really good. However, few people counted him among the top ten players of the league. He certainly wasn’t a superstar. He is reserved. He doesn’t display much emotion. He’s … Continue reading →
Those are some of my favorite Young Adult book covers. Their beauty and creativity sometimes surpass the novel's. Young Adult fiction books, specially the urban fantasy and paranormal romance subgenres, seem to corner the market in cover eye-candy.
Take a look at the covers below.
These are good examples of cover art. Do you have ...
Get ready for a double dose of romance! Today, I’m over at Myndi’s blog talking about my favorite Romantic Comedy movie. I also share a formula for most movies of the genre.
I am a fan of Romantic Comedies, but even I can't deny there's a blueprint for making them.
If you enjoy those movies, here’s ...
As a fan of action movies, fantasy and role-playing games, I pay a lot of attention to adventurers and their weapons. Some prefer the catharsis of bashing a villain with a mace, and others pin for an old-fashioned sword fight. Bows remain my preference.
I've even tried to take archery lessons, but ...
I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. The novel was finished a while ago. It won a prize and complimentary critiques from professionals. It was edited and proofread. I even had drafts printed for beta readers with a temporary cover. But the “real” cover—the perfect cover—was hard to find.