Chill-axing Song of the Day: “The End” by Kings of Leon
Chill-axing Song of the Day: “The End” by Kings of Leon
Okay, we’re pretty sure you’re all doing the same thing we’re doing right now–stuffing your face with turkey and listening to the same story of that one cute thing you did when you were a kid (if you’re like me, you’ve heard this story about a ZILLION times). However, I don’t want us to lose sight of the purpose of Thanksgiving. That’s right, break the word down and it basically means “to give thanks.”
So, without further ado, we would like to share our lists of things that we’ve been very thankful for over the years:
1. Family: Well duh. They’re the only ones that will tolerate my epic mood swings.
2. Leo DiCaprio: From Romeo to Jack Dawson to Dom Cobb, my heart will always go on for this man. Yes, I had to go there.
3. Crumbs Cupcakes: Umm, because they’re CRUMBS CUPCAKES!!
4. Risk-Taking Authors: Ellen Hopkins, Elizabeth Scott, Courtney Summers–you are why I write. And you make reading worthwhile again.
5. The Writing Community: I have met so many wonderful writers through blogs, Twitter, forums, and beyond. No matter if we’re published or still struggling toward that goal, we’re all amazing cheerleaders for each other. Nothing makes me happier than reading that someone has gotten an agent or a terrific book deal–well, besides those things happening to me, but that’s besides the point… 🙂
1.) The Health of my Family: Both my sister and cuz (yes, Pam) got in car accidents this month. I’m thankful that they both came out pretty much unscathed. WHEW! Also, after losing one parent two years ago, I’m glad that the rest of my immediate family is still here for me.
2.) Good Music: I don’t know what I would do without it. Any chance I get, I’m rocking to my music- while writing, while grading papers, and while eating lunch at my desk all by my lonesome 😦
3.) Food: Because me loves to eat- hence the fluctuating waistline. And I truly don’t discriminate- cupcakes? YES! Pizza? YES! General Tso Chicken? YESSS!
4.) YA Books: I’m soooo thankful my cuz turned me on to YA books. They are some of the best I have read in my entire life.
5.) Colored Pens and Post-Its: Because I would be LOST without them.
6.) The parents of the following men for creating such GORGEOUS offspring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ashton Kutcher, Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Robert Pattinson
7.) Ditto to Pam’s # 5: we heart the writing community :)))
Obviously, we have TONS more that we’re grateful for, but we figure you’re all in turkey-induced comas by now. Tell us, what are some things you’re grateful for??
Reading Song of the Day: “Secret Crowds” by Angels and Airwaves
Delirium by Lauren Oliver (will be published February 2nd, 2011)
Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard (will be published May 5th, 2011)
Goodreads Summary: When Eddie Reeves’s father commits suicide her life is consumed by the nagging question of why? Why when he was a legendary photographer and a brilliant teacher? Why when he had a daughter who loved him more than anyone else in the world? Click here to read more about this book.
There is one book Quita is looking forward to (will be published February 15th, 2010) and that is…
Don’t even try & lie…you know these books look good!!!
Please, do share…what books (not yet published) are you looking forward to reading?
Reading Song of the Day: “Shake” by Jesse McCartney” (check it out on our Rock With Us tab)
Once upon a time two girls tried to run a contest for their NaNoWriMo novels. Now, these girls are writers…but they suck royally at picking out titles. They sent out a notice for their writing buddies to lend a hand. While some of them tried and came up with some really GREAT titles (thanks ladies!) none of them seemed to be the right fit for the two girls and their nameless WIPs.
Thanks again for entering ladies and we hope the gift card helps you buy a book you’ve been looking forward to reading!
***BTW- this means we still have TWO novels to give away at some point in the future…stay tuned!***
Writing Song of the Day: “Confessions, Part II” by Usher
Writing Song of the Day: “Remember the Time” by Michael Jackson (check it out on the Rock With Us tab)
In the spirit of NaNoWriMo (which Pam and I are KILLING right now–both of our word count stands at a little over 31K) we wanted to share some tips from the most recent Writer magazine. You know how you always have so much stuff to do? Like, I don’t know… live a life and work a 9-5.
It’s one of the age old questions that you see on a lot of writing blogs, we hope to offer something that you will make you go, “Aha! That’s the advice I’ve been looking for!” From the article written by Cheryl Bolen (author of 9 historical novels) here are few tips on how to make time to write:
Write every day: Easier said than done…I know. But since we started doing NaNo we realized that it’s not that hard to write a few words each day. If you can’t get to a laptop, then carry around a journal or a small pad and jot down your thoughts.
Set daily and weekly goals: Write down a word count goal or even a page count goal for each day or each week. This way you give yourself something to work toward.
Decide how badly you want it, and lose the time wasters: If you WANT to write or if your goal is to be a writer then you NEED to set aside the time to successfuly do so.
Declutter your life: Eliminate things that compete with your writing (this inclues watching TV- CURSES!!)
Use writing time wisely: Don’t use writing time as editing or revision time. If you are the type of writer that needs/uses outlines– try to finish the entire outline before writing the novel. Even if it changes as you go, at least you have a blueprint.
And finally, if you are writing any kind of research heavy project- don’t waste writing time on the research: Just go with the flow and research when it’s time for revisions.
Now you have our two cents on the topic. Besides what’s mentioned here– what else do you do to make time for writing?
**BTW- don’t forget about our NaNo titling contest. You have until Wednesday at midnight to enter!**