Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Phantom Cursor, A Blogfest, and Some Great Posts

A phantom curser! Whoa! That was weird. As I was typing, my cursor started floating to the top of the box by itself. Has that happened to anyone else before? My mug is filled with straight coffee, I swear. I'm not sure if I'm up to writing a ghost story. Anyway, back to the post at hand...

Today I want to direct you away from my blog for a couple of excellent and interesting blog posts. Do come back though because I'm going to break my "No Blogfests" rule next week and I'll tell you why below.


1. Kiersten White, author of Paranormalcy, Supernaturally (which I'm in the middle of reading), and to be released later this year, Endlessly, displayed her critique process with the first chapter of Paranormlcy. In this post she displays the first draft of a section of Paranormalcy and what she cut or changed to tighten her writing. I'm always fascinated with this process.

2. Kidlit agent, Mary Kole, wrote a wonderful craft post titled, The Promise of the Novel. THIS is the post that I've been waiting for. A flood of realization soaked through me as I realized that I can't move forward with this novel because I started it in the wrong place.

Origins Blogfest - February 13, 2012

I've decided to break my, "I don't participate in blogfests" rule. I'm not against them or anything. On the contrary, I love to read the responses when my blogging friends participate in them. For me it's all about time and committment. I don't have a regular blogging schedule and don't like to commit to too much on the web because it takes me from my own writing. I blog when I can and usually don't know ahead of time when that will be.

So why did I decided to break my no blogfests rule? Because I love the Origins topic: Tell us where your writing dreams began. I've always wanted to share where it all began for me and I love reading about other writers' journeys, whether they're published or unpublished. When did that urge to write begin and why? For many it was during childhood and for some it was a hidden desire just waiting for the right time to sprout.

The Origins Blogfest, the brainchild of DL Hammons from Cruising Altitude, takes place on February 13, 2012. If you'd like to participate, click the image on the right which will take you to DL's blog.

Have a great day, everyone!


14 comments:

  1. I'm taking part in the Origins blogfest too. Like you, I love reading how other writers became writers, because it's so different for everyone. I look forward to reading yours!

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    1. I'm looking forward to reading yours too!

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  2. Origins is going to rule, and thanks for the links!

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  3. I'm participating in the Origins blogfest, too. :D

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    1. Awesome, Laura! I look forward to reading your Origins post.

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  4. Too fun! If I wasn't going so crazy right now I want to rip my hair out by the roots I'd so think about it. I knew February was going to be busy, but it's turned into a "what was I thinking?" kind of busy. I've started having dreams about my commitments--and I don't usually do that. lol

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    1. Hair ripping never ends well, Donna. And February has the nerve of adding an extra day this year too! I know all too well about commitment overload. Good luck!

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  5. I've signed up as well - and I NEVER blogfest!

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  6. Thanks for pointing out those posts! I'll have to go check them out. :)

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  7. It's so good to see you blogging again, Bethany! I hope you like the links :)

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  8. I read the article about the Promise of the Novel - that was great, thanks for sharing!

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  9. You're very welcome, Jason! (huge congrats, btw!!)

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