September 2012 Archive


The lovely Rebecca Enzor is having her Pony Fest celebration again this year, so of course, I had to jump in!

The idea is to create a My Little Pony that represents your MS in some way, either using a character or going by theme. Last year, I made three pony’s based on the two books I was working on at the time (weird, but you actually have to visit my old blog to check them out 🙂 This year, since the MS I’m querying is Cadaver Dog, the same book I was working on last year, I was stumped on which character to make into a pony. Instead, I’m using the theme idea.

Here is my pony, Desert!

My MS takes place after a drought wipes out earth. It hasn’t truly rained in hundreds of years, so I think my desert pony is a wonderful portrayal of my MS 🙂 I mean, look at his flowing deserty hair and hooves the color of sunshine.

I can’t wait to check out everyone else’s ponies!

p.s. Desert wanted a cutie mark of desert dunes, but my technical computer skills are limited. Feel free to imagine one there yourselves 😉

Sometimes You Forget Your Laundry At The Laundromat

Yesterday, I forgot all of my towels at the laundromat. No lies. At 10 when I was getting ready for bed, I walked out of the bathroom and said, “Uhh, Cale…?”

But guess what? Five hours later, all of my towels were still there. Horray!

True story: Sometimes you forget your laundry at the laundromat.

This weekend, I learned something important about myself. I tweeted this out after getting no where in the #PitMad contest: “You know, I’ve realized nothing may ever come of #querying BUT I am hella proud of myself for working my ass off for the dream.”

It isn’t easy putting yourself out there, entering contests, working working working with not much to show for it, but dammit, I’m proud of myself, and you should be too.

No seriously. Be proud of yourself. Celebrate making new writer friends through contests. Celebrate learning how to get your pitch down to 140 characters or writing a killer query. Celebrate taking the leap into query-land, agent-land, working-your-ass-off-land. Take yourself out to dinner. Take yourself out for ice cream, or bowling. I’m 100% serious. Celebrate it all because you absolutely deserve to be proud of how hard you work. That’s what being a Dirty Writer is all about.

I’m not saying you aren’t allowed to get down. Heck, I cried in the shower two days ago because I was so bummed. But it’s true, sometimes you forget your laundry at the laundromat. Sometimes you have to cry because you feel like crap. Sometimes your dreams crash around your feet.

But always, always! climb back to your feet, go get your laundry, cry and then keep working, and build your dreams back up to the sky.

Be unapologetic in your dreams. They deserve that.

Plus, the really awesome thing is, we’re all here for you, and as this past week has proven, you all are here for me, too. I love it and simply couldn’t do this with out your support. Support is exactly why Happy Snail Mail was created, (speaking of, I have got to get to the post office this week!)

Don’t hesitate looking around you for a pick me up, but in the end, it’s up to you to go back and get your laundry- I promise, it will still be there waiting for you 🙂

Funny How Things Work (Illustrated with Dog Pictures)

Today was a roller coaster day. It’s funny how things work out sometimes, unexpectedly. Here’s my roller coaster, illustrated by Pig and Pre.

This was me this morning. Ready to go to work!

But only a couple of hours into work and my stomach started cramping up. Apparently, my grocery store splurge on breakfast pastries was not a good idea. This is what I felt like doing- laying down and definitely not getting back up for at least three hours.

And then I found out I didn’t make it into the second round of #pitchmadness. To say I was sad is an understatement (but I am SO happy for those of you who are in :)). Usually I can pick myself up after a few minutes of being bummed, but today wasn’t one of those days. I’m blaming it on the stomach cramps.


But wait!

That isn’t the end to my day. The stomach cramps settled down after a while. I headed home from work (I mean, it’s Friday so it can’t be all bad, right?) and waiting for me in my mailbox was not one, or even two exciting things but THREE exciting things!

1. My amazing aunt sent me a cute sweatshirt in the mail along with a card that about made my heart swell up.

2. I ordered some vintage postcards off ebay last week and they came in the mail. I’m all set to send out my Happy Snail Mail now!

3. I had a card from the Happy Snail Mail campaign! AND it basically said, sit your butt in the chair and just write, don’t worry about the rest of it. Exactly what I needed. I came quite close to crying from happiness and relief as I walked inside my house.

So, at the end of the day I felt like this. Like playing. Happy. And so very grateful.

(Pig and Pre say, “We’re happy! And so darn cute!”)


 Deana Barnhart

It’s finally here, GUTGAA! Gearing Up To Get An Agent is organized by the ever lovely Deana Barnhart. If you haven’t heard or aren’t signed up yet, head on over to her blog. We have an amazing month ahead of us!

Here are my answers for the meet and greet. I can’t wait to blog hop and meet all of you GUTGAA-ers 🙂

-Where do you write?
I write in the recliner with my laptop. Usually I have at least one dog squeezed into the recliner with me and the bf has some sort of sport playing on the tv (I love that as I’m not tempted to watch and can concentrate on my work ;))
-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
Ha! My kindle is sitting directly to my left. I’m sure that says something.
-Favorite time to write?
I am most prolific (err…efficient…hah) at night. This is awful since I’m a morning person and love getting in bed around ten, but when I’m on a writing kick, I’ll frequently have to push my bed time back by a couple of hours #ohwell
-Drink of choice while writing?
If wine didn’t make the editing phase more difficult, I’m sure I would chose that, but as is, I’ll answer with plain old delicious water.
-When writing, do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
I like having background noise, hence why having football or baseball playing in the background is nice. Music tends to distract me as I’ll focus on the melody or words. I adore classical music, but even that will take me out of the writing mindset.
-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
My inspiration was found on a news report that referred to cadaver dogs. I’d never heard of them and immediately dove into research. The idea of the cadaver dog was combined with a sci fi-ish idea I had stored away and voila, my MS was born.
-What’s your most valuable writing tip?
Don’t be lazy. Simple and sweet, but very true.