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Warm Fuzzies!

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Warm Fuzzies Blog Fest

What is the Warm Fuzzies Blogfest? First and foremost, it’s a celebration of who we are as writers! We all have doubts and moments where we struggle with our writing. Come join this blogfest for a pick me up and to connect with other writers who totally get it. Push aside the worries and focus on how awesome we all are. 😀

How will the blogfest work? There are four weeks during the fest. Each week there will be a different theme and prize. I’m still working out the kinks for the weekly contests and prizes but here are a few hints:

  • How are our characters like us? Often, as writers, we get kicked when we’re down. A query will be rejected at the same time as we encounter writers block or we’ll lose a contest at the same time as getting back a negative critique. This week we’ll get a few laughs by how bad our MC’s have it. Because when we really look at it, being a writer really isn’t that bad- at least we’re not them 😉
  • Did you make friends today? Just like in kindergarden, we’ll make new friends! One week will be super interactive. You’ll connect with other writers and write a creative piece of flash fiction together.
  • What have you written that’s given you the warm fuzzies? Everybody has a scene they’ve written that’s given them the happy buzz. What’s yours? We’ll share our favorite moments in writing and celebrate how when it’s good, it’s reeeaaally good.

As for prizes, among others, I have a 30-page edit from an editor, a full blog makeover, and an artist who’s up for creating a personalized illustration for your Warm Fuzzy scene for you. There’s also a super secret prize lined up for each week.

So, how do you sign up? Stick your email in a comment on this post. That way I’ll be able to shoot you an e-mail the week and day before the contest as a reminder.

*Tentative start date is Monday, October 17th.

(P.S. You guys cracked me up on the last post! I’m still keeping my WIP a secret, but I’ll let you know that yes, it does take place in the desert and yes there are dogs. 😉

The Warm Fuzzies Blogfest!

Here it is folks, news about the blogfest that’s in works! I’ll be hosting the Warm Fuzzies Blogfest in the middle of October. I know this is a month away still, but you’ll just have to be patient and wait. 🙂

Warm Fuzzies Blog Fest

This blogfest is a celebration of writers. Being a writer can be exhausting- we put a lot of work into our writing and sometimes, we just need a pick-me-up. The end of October and beginning of November will be a party. We’ll get to know other writers, work on our writing and of course, win some pretty cool prizes.

And isn’t that button above awesome!! Seriously, I love it. The wonderful Janice who also hosts The Blog Bakery made this for me. Janice is offering a complete blog make over as one of the prizes. See, I told you – awesome prizes. 😀

Starting mid-september I’ll start putting up instructions for the blogfest. I hope y’all are as excited as I am!!

* For those of you who have not signed up for Rachael’s Writers Platform Building Campaign you need to do so now! Tomorrow is the last day to join!!!

I Am Not J.K. Rowling

This is a conversation I had with Cale after we saw the last HP movie this afternoon. I hope it makes you guys feel better, like it did me.

Juliana: I feel a bit melancholy now that Harry Potter is over.

Cale: So do I.

Juliana: Is it bad if I’m a little depressed to know that I’ll probably never write a book like Harry Potter.

Cale: No, I knew that I’d never play like Zinadine Zidane but I could play like Roy Keane. I could be a grinder and work my ass off. I could play with passion and get stuck in. You may not be JK Rowling but you can still be a great author who writes great books.

Juliana: 🙂

Zidane is one of the best players to play the beautiful game and J.K. Rowling is one of the best writers to come along, but there have to be other players and writers who make up the rest of the field, and honestly, I’m okay with being one of those other writers. I’m thankful I live in a time when I am able to read Rowling’s genius and even more thankful that I can write the stories that I have in me. I hope you all are too!

* As a note, Cale played soccer in college and the PDL (semi-pro) but was forced out due to injuries, so he does know what he’s talking about. He is a constant source of support as I try to get into the writing business since he can relate with his soccer experiences.

Tears of Writerly Sorrow

I haven’t cried while reading since “Where the Red Fern Grows” in elementary school, but “The Forest of Hands and Teeth” had me all sorts of teary.  I read some reviews of “The Forest of Hands and Teeth” and realize not everyone enjoyed it, but I loved the writing, characters, plot, the whole shebang.

After finishing the book and setting it on my nightstand, I curled up in bed and tried to sleep.  Eyes puffy and headache coming on, all I could think was, I want to write like that.  I want to move someone to tears and outright laughter.  I want to take people away to another world so that they can’t put the book down until they’ve reached the end.  My next thought was, I have so much more work to do! And that’s when the tears started again.

Ugh.

I laid there feeling all sorry for myself and as the first tear dripped down my nose, Pre jumped on my head.

Seriously.

She went to the side of the bed, aimed her little body, and jumped, landing with her sharp claws straight on my closed eye and forhead.

Cale thought it was hilarious.  I didn’t.  But, reality check!  Writing a novel isn’t about writing, it’s about rewriting.  Yes, I have a ridiculous amount of work still to do, but that’s the deal I’ve gotten myself into.

So, thanks Pre for jumping on my head and making me stop feeling all lousy.  Dogs are the best.

(As a side note, I realized today I have the habit of writing dialogue backwards.  Usually I know how the conversation will end, so I write that first and then go from there.  Is that weird? Hmm)

(And as another side note, I’m in the midst of putting together a crit group for YA fantasy – or something along those lines.  I have two wonderful ladies who are interested and there’s room for a couple more.  If you’re interested, let me know. 🙂 )

#YAsaves

I assume all of you have seen the #YAsaves trend on Twitter, but if not, check it out.  I’ve read a few hauntingly powerful posts in reflection of the @wsj article and have been inspired to add my voice to the mix.

The most important thing I’ve noticed from all the tweets are the many people who have written that they wish they would have had access to the YA books that teenagers have today.  I was lucky to have grown up when YA books were becoming popular, though not as they are today.

Depite having a wide group of friends, several best friends, and always having something to do on weekends, I grew up a very lonely girl.  My close family saved me from expressing my sadness and loneliness in negative ways, but it wasn’t until the end of college that I finally understood that lonely was just a part of me.  Once I accepted that, it became okay and it no longer hurts me like it once did.

While I don’t have a story like many of those I have read, I still connect and understand that it was books that saved me.  I spent enormous amounts of time at the library, feeling the bindings of books, wanting to jump between their pages.  Concocting stories of my own is what carried me from day to day.  When I didn’t know how to express what I felt, books did.  This is why I write – I want to give that to another person who needs it.  In books, there is always a safe place to escape to when the real world doesn’t provide that.

YA isn’t too dark, it reflects reality and educates teenagers on aspects of life they need to know about.  More often than not, kids don’t become aware of issues like anorexia, cutting, suicide, and rape until it confronts them in real life.  This should not be the case.  Kids need a safe place they can learn about these things and know how to react when they happen in life.  I say there needs to be more YA and absolutely, never in any way, should there be censorship of the written word.

Thank you to everyone out there for helping put to words why I write and read, and why YAsaves.