Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Diversity & Dutch Oven Cooking...



I think it’s so neat how much diversity is right here in our own little blogosphere. Surprisingly, it’s something that I haven’t thought much about. For the most part, we’re a community that really does genuinely care about the success of others, which unifies us even though we’re all so different. Right off the top of my head, I started listing names and genres that show how different we all are:


Carrie-Anne and her 20th century historical fiction sagas…  

Michael Offut and his high-concept speculative fiction…  

If it weren’t for Mark Koopmans, I don’t think I’d ever have read a memoir… 

Michael Di Gesu and his elegant noir writing and magical MG… 

Sabrina Fish’s epic fantasy… 

The elusive Kevin Hiatt—who knows what he writes… 

Tiana Smith and her light, but magical writing that takes me back to my childhood… 

And of course there’s Alex and his epic Space Operas… 

And the list goes on.

But to diversify it up a bit more, I wanted to give a special highlight to a book that was recently published, and is in a genre outside of all the ones above. My dear aunt, Michele Pika Nielson, just had a book come out! Take a look:


It’s a step-by-step book about Dutch Oven Cooking. Fun, huh? I’m SO proud of her. She’s absolutely brilliant and is one of those people who know so much about everything.  I can’t wait to see what’s next for her. But for now, you can get her book at:





You can also follow her on Facebook here

Any genres I’ve missed? What do you write? Going to go check out my amazing aunt Michele

Red. Head. Out. :D 





Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Random Thoughts Tuesday



First, I want to say thanks for your help with my insecurity (IWSG post) for June. Already, I’m mapping out a new story that I’m waaaay excited about. I didn’t think I could dive into another world so fast, and yet, I’m already there! Funny how we can be insecure about something one minute and then not have it be an issue the next. But I think I owe a lot of it to YOU, so thank you.


Next, I finished reading Donna K. Weaver’s new book, A Change of Plans… and guys… I LOVED it. Like, loved. It was SO good. You can find my review on Goodreads for it here. Please go buy her book and support her. Not only is she a wonderful person, but she knows how to tell an amazing story.


In other random news, I decapitated a rattlesnake in my yard yesterday with a shovel. So that was fun. I’m still running 30 minutes a day even though I’m not a fan of running. (Ballerinas are awkward runners) And I’m embracing summer even though I’m counting down the days till fall. Oh! And I’m also counting down the days for the SCBWI LA conference this August. Anyone going?


Any random thoughts you’d like to share?

Red. Head. Out. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

My Insecurity For June...



So great to be able to post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group this month. (Thank you, Alex!)


This month, I’m insecure about starting a new project. I’m not ready to leave the world from my last WIP, and I kinda want to stay there for a while. But with it done, it’s time to move on and jump into something new. I do have a fresh idea that I’m excited about, but it takes a conscious effort to get mentally in the right place and create a new world.

Plus, I sort of feel like I’ll be cheating on my other characters. Which is silly, because I’ve written two novels before this last one, but my latest book was special to me, so it’s extra hard to move away from. Have you ever written something that encompasses who you are? A story that’s so you you wonder if you even have something else to offer? (Which I also know is silly, but it’s how I feel).

So it’s hard to move on from that.

But I’m slowly getting there. I’m excited to dive into a new world and see what else I can create. But if any of you have advice with how you *cough Jolene* can flip from one project to the next so quickly, I’d love to hear it. I’m kind of a one project at a time girl—not used to working on many projects at once like some of you brilliant people—so I’d love to know how you’re able to categorize different projects in your brain.

Any thoughts? Do you work on more than one project at once? And have you ever had a hard time leaving a story you’ve written?

Red. Head. Out. 
 

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