Good News!

I would Love to have an apple tree in my future backyard someday!Have you heard the saying the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree?

Well, in this case it’s true! My boy-o was entered in a poetry contest (he claims he didn’t know) and according to the letter we received his poem was selected by The American Library of Poetry to be published in this year’s book of poetry, Eloquence.

Yup, this proud mama is cheesing hard. Of course, the kid doesn’t even remember the poem (I do, he asked me to read it before he turned it in.) It was for extra credit in history class. Amazing, he’ll be published at fourteen and he’s acting as if he doesn’t care. Maybe he’ll feel different when he actually holds the book in his hands and sees his name in print. It’s an awesome feeling. We’re very proud of our boy.

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I also got some good news of my own. My first chapter for Innocent Sacrifice (the latest novel I’m working on) got accepted for the HD California Writers Club Anthology. Plus I’m working with a fellow author on her book launch.

So much stuff in going on…and yet I want more. Does that seem greedy?

I can’t help it. I got a taste of the good stuff and I want to bathe in it, baby!

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Let’s go to the Library

Is my book really going to be in a library? It sure is!

LibrariesApparently, one of the libraries in my area supports local authors and my writing club reached out to everyone to let us know, “Hey, stop by the library and donate your book so it can be placed on the shelf.”

Well, this got me thinking what if the other libraries accepted donated books and it was just a matter of review and approval to be placed on the shelves?

Next week, the plan of action is to hit up another library and my son’s school.

I know as an entrepreneur I want to sell books, but as a writer I just want people to read my story and have it make a difference.

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Published, I will be?

It’s a new week and I hope everyone is just as pumped for summer as I am. Things have been moving along pretty steadily. I heard back from the editor of The Inkslinger (newsletter for www.hdcwc.org ) and she accepted my work! I’m pretty jazzed about it. She said she loved (yup, she really said loved and I am going to carry those words around in my heart for years to come) my poetry and will spread my work out over a few months. I can keep submitting my stuff to her and she will review it for approval.

AHHHHH I’m so excited! It’s really happening. This is my first legitimate step towards my dream. During a phone call with my friend Branli (www.branlicaidryn.com) he says “You know what this means right? You can officially add ‘Published Author’ to your resume.” My knees buckled a little bit and my eyes got a bit teary. “No, that’s not…No, I’m not!”

“Yup, Honey it’s available to the public on their website. You’re going to be published. Let that sink in.”

“No…Oh my God!” Branli just laughed at me. Who knows how long I would have gone without realizing what I did? Lol, I’m such a DA sometimes but it’s okay.  I’m not embarrassed or ashamed. I totally embrace it.

In fact, the very next day I saw the editor at the meeting with High Desert Blogging (www.highdesertblogging.com).   I asked her if it was true. Rusty said yes, the newsletter is a regional publication because it is distributed to all of the California Writers Club in the state plus it’s available on the internet.  (Sweet!)

I had no problem looking like a dork and asking Rusty. Well let’s be honest the truth is Branli is my friend and he loves me. I needed confirmation from a stranger who doesn’t care about my feelings or will sugarcoat stuff. So with that confirmation (pat on the back) I ordered some business cards. I was starting to feel kind of silly going to these meetings and being the only one without anything to hand out. Everyone has postcards, bookmarks, business cards, dancing bears, etc. “Do you have a card?” “Oh no, I’m sorry I’m just starting out [LOSER].”

Can you tell I’m feeling kind of giddy and have a goofy grin? Yea, I’m not going to lie I’m flippen terrified of the whole thing and I want to cry when I think too much about it. So I do what I do best, ignore the big elephant in the room and just keep moving forward. Fake it till you make it and pretend I know what the heck I’m doing. Because for what I don’t know there’s always Google.

Links:

www.branlicaidryn.com

www.highdesertblogging.com

I’m feeling kinda chingona (bad ass)

It’s only been a couple of weeks since I’ve blogged but it seems like so much has changed. Perhaps it’s my perspective rather than my world. I recently went on vacation and came back pumped to jump into the world of writing. Look out world, I’m here and I’m armed with a laptop, social media and registered for writing workshops!!! ( I would lift my laptop as if brandishing a sword but that would be just silly so I digress.)

I think I was allowing things (responsibilities, bleh) to stress me out when the truth is “they” aren’t the most important things in my life. My family, my writing, and I am. So there ::fist pump:: I know I have to be responsible but I don’t have to allow it all to overwhelm me and take over. I’m channeling my inner chingona (bad ass) and I’m going to work with it.

This weekend I attended the monthly meeting for the HD branch California Writers Club. I’ll admit when I got up that morning I really wanted to go back to sleep but I’m so glad I didn’t. It turns out there was a workshop that day. Alan Watt, author (The 90 day novel) and instructor presented a 2 hour workshop Unlock the story within. Oh my goodness, it really was awesome. There were some great writing exercises and ideas that helped get my creative juices going. I’ve had my protagonist sitting on my shoulder, whispering stuff in my ear since Saturday. I don’t know if it’s creepy or a good thing. Whatever it is, I’m going to go with it and just write the story she wants me to tell. If you would like more information about Alan Watt’s classes I’ll include the link at the bottom of the page.

I also volunteered to help out with this year’s writing conference Howling at the Moon 2012 (more details to come) put on by the HDCWC.  Then I agreed to consider blogging for High Desert blogging. I’ve already decided to do it. Ha, it took me about an hour after the meeting to think of some ideas.  On Sunday I sent some poetry to the HDCWC newsletter The Inkslinger for the editor’s review. ::slight cringe:: I hope she likes it.

Holy Moly I’m doing BIG THINGS!! What did I tell you? Creative juices overflow…eww sound like I have a plumbing issue, huh? Well, don’t take it that way silly sally because it’s all good.

Oh! I almost forgot to mention that in addition to all that other stuff I signed up for Angela James Before You Hit Send online workshop last week. I’ve read really good things about her workshop and it looks like it is exactly what I need. I’ll include her link at the bottom of the page as well. It looks like lots of information on tips to help self-edit ::shudders::  and learning about pacing, show not tell, etc. Take a moment to click on the link and check it out.

I’m on a roll folks! Hmmm, I might need a theme song before this month is over.

Links:

Alan Watt  www.lawriterslab.com

Angela James  http://nicemommy-evileditor.com/before-you-hit-send/

High Desert Branch California Writers Club http://www.hdcwc.org/Pages/default.aspx