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I Have a Secret…

I should say, I have a BIG secret and it has to do with the Warm Fuzzies Blogfest. It’s the reason I haven’t been able to announce the start date for the fest until today.

The reason? I have a website! and I’m incredibly excited about this. 🙂

The site will launch Oct. 24th which will coinside with the beginning of the fest. Mark your calendars because that there is your official start date!

If you haven’t signed up yet, go here. For those of you who are signed up, feel free to help spread the word. Keep track of any tweets (one point) or mentions on your blog (five points). I’m leaving this to the honesty policy because I know it’s a pain to keep track of those links. In the first week of the fest, write how many points you have and I’ll add that into the drawing to win one of my neat handmade journals. If you’re not sure about these journals, go ask Misty. She just got one this week.

So, spread the word, keep track of your points and I can’t wait to get the blogfest started!

p.s. I promise I’ll get all caught up on blogs etc. this week I really am sorry I’ve been out of the loop :-/

p.p.s. Go vote for my ponies on Rebecca Enzor’s blog – they need some more votes!

The Door Swung Open…

It’s time for Rachael Harrie’s first campaigner challenge! The challenge is to write a piece of flash fiction in 200 words or less. The first words need to be, “The door swung open.” For an additional challenge, include the words, “The door swung shut,” at the end. AND for an even greater challenge, make your story exactly 200 words (yes, yes I did this). 😉

If you like my piece, head on over to Rach’s site and ‘Like’ my entry, #39!

Monster

The door swung open and Magnolia-Rose stared into her dark closet where a purple fuzzy animal sat.

“Aren’t you supposed to be under my bed?” Maggie asked.

“I…uh…”

“You’re supposed to be under my bed.” Maggie stomped her feet. “You’re the monster, I’m the little girl and you’re supposed to scare me.”

Grrump whimpered.

“I know you like the closet. I know it’s roomy and you like sleeping on my dirty clothes, but my closet is not where you’re supposed to spend the night.”

Grrump unrolled. His body lengthened until he stood twice as high as Maggie. A white horn protruded from between two red and black eyes.

“Go,” Maggie poked Grrump in the belly and pointed toward the bed. “Go do your job.”

Grrump moo-ed and wobbled toward the bed. His flat feet crunched over blocks scattered across the ground. Bending down, he began to slide under the bed until his horn stuck against the bed-frame. “Too big,” he said.

“But you have to fit.” Maggie gripped the closet door.

The spikes on Grrump’s back swung as he made his way across the room to huddle on top of Maggie’s dirty clothes.

Maggie screamed and the door swung shut.

Pitch Contest with Natalie Fischer

I’ve entered the pitch contest with Natalie Fischer on YAtopia and thought you all might be interested in my two sentence pitch.  I highly suggest for every one of you to join the contest!

Story Name: RUPERT REGINALD ROBINSON, THE NINTH & THE MYSTERIOUS HOUSE NEXT DOOR

Genre: Middle-Grade Fiction

2-Sentence Pitch:  Rupert lives in his imagination to escape his stern Aunt Miriam and the bully who tortures him at school.  A simple errand to his neighbor’s house reveals the very thing he hasn’t dreamed up is exactly what is true: make-believe creatures come to life in his next door neighbor’s house.  

Opening Sentence:  

Rupert Reginald Robinson clutched a thick book to his chest; his forehead rested against the glass of the backseat car window.  

I’m going to post my query here in the next couple days.  I would love it if you all would come back and tear it to pieces…by that, I mean give me amazing constructive critiques that will make it amazing!

Lesson From My Dogs

First, I won! Pia Bernardino hosted a contest on her blog (http://solittletimeheresmine.blogspot.com) and I won a $10 gift card to Amazon. How amazing is that.  I’m going to have to put some good thought into what books to get…hmm…

Sometimes, in my writing, I have a hard time with silence and have to put a lot of work into sections where I do not have dialogue.  I try to put time and thought into what a characters mannerisms are that will make them unique, so if a reader only reads their movements or thoughts they will immediately know which character it is.  This is a lesson I have learned from my dogs (and have to continue working at!!).

Prefontaine is my Boston mix (both dogs are rescue mutts) she has a firecracker personality.  I don’t mean she’s loud and rambunctious, but she is intense.  She always lets you know what she is thinking and feeling.  She’s the dominant female of the family and often butts Piglet out of the way so she can get attention.  This includes crawling on top of Pig if she’s cuddling with me.  When she’s happy she squiggles; she’ll roll onto her back and twist back and forth, grunting.  She’ll belly crawl across the carpet with a huge smile on her face in the morning.  I’ve never seen a dog so happy to wake up for the day.  Along with her happiness, comes an opposite pouty nature.  She lets you know when she’s mad.  If I go out on a run and don’t take her I come back to her sitting on her dog bed.  Her head will be down and she won’t come see me for an hour, at least not until I am fully punished.  Pre also does not like carrots.  She’ll sniff and push her head away to tell you so.

Piglet (German Shepherd/Pitt Bull mix), on the other hand, is not an attention seeker.  She often lays at the opposite end of the couch and does not like cuddling all that much.  She’ll give kisses, but they’re tentatively given- you can tell she thinks hard about who and when she’ll give them out.  She snorts when she’s happy, when she’s sleeping, and when she’s getting her belly scratched.  She loves nothing better than swimming and running off leash when we’re at the trails.  Often, she’ll disappear in the house and we’ll find her asleep on our bed.  It seems to be her ‘safe’ place.  Not much bothers or upsets her, she seems to be even keel in emotion.  She also has refused to learn how to walk on a leash so we have to walk her on a harness, which she absolutely hates and backs away from when we start putting it on.

How much do you learn from someone from their body language, without talking to them?  Quite a lot.

The happiness tip for today isn’t really a happiness tip, but a piece of advice for writing.  I have real life inspiration for my character, Rupert.  To get to know Rupert better, I sat and watched my inspiration and wrote pages purely on his mannerisms and things that made him unique.  After that, I picked out the ones that were Rupert.  My advice, is to take time getting to know your characters actions, the parts that make them interesting and be sure that is put into your writing.  This will develop those characters in your readers’ imaginations and will stick much better than any dialogue!