Monday, June 25, 2012

Excuses Excuses

We all have 'em. We all use 'em. They range from wildly absurd to totally legitimate. I have to admit mine is most definitely on the wildly absurd side:

I should be writing more, revising more, editing more, reading more, blogging more, etc. But I'd rather be watching VD!

What's your current excuse?

Friday, June 15, 2012

Never Surrender Blogfest

Oh heck yes! I'm totally a never surrender kind of girl for sure. You tell me I can't do something...just makes me want to do it more. That's why I know I am screwed with my daughters...Karma is a B-Word!

Anyway, in honor of Elana Johnson's release of her new book Surrender, (sequel novel to Posession), I am participating in the Never Surrender Blogfest. It is going to be epic.

All I have to do is blog about a time in my life when I didn't surrender. Easy peasy right?

Somewhere along the way in my youth, I developed a fascination with France. I took French in high school, I put a French flag sticker on my snowboard, I watched French movies, ate French get the gist.

In college my obsession didn't falter. In fact, it got worse when my best friend was also equally determined to go there one day. We planned and we schemed, we saved money and looked at flights. We were both on the tennis team at our University, and so we decided we would go play some professional tennis tournaments in France. Not only would it help fund the trip, but it would take us all around the country. It was the best idea ever!

Then I told my dad about my plan. And guess what his response was?

"Over my dead body."

Needless to say, I didn't get to go. My best friend sent me postcards from every little town in France along the way. Instead I spent the summer teaching tennis to kids in 100 degree Las Vegas weather. I was pissed. But I never let go of my desire to go. It was still burning inside me (or melting from the Vegas heat).

Fast forward a few years later, I was still working on my dad to let me go. It was my biggest dream--and you don't let go of your biggest dreams.

Then I decided to go on a mission for my church. They could send me anywhere in the world, and I would blindly go. Siberia, South America, who knew?

Imagine the smug look on my face when I opened my mission call in front of my dad and it read France! He had to let me go now :)

I never surrendered! Vive La France! It was one of the best 18 months of my life!

Monday, June 11, 2012

I Have Been Exposed

No, I don't mean a flasher kind of way. No nudity here. I have been interviewed by Emily R. King. Go on. Go check it out. You know that you want to! ;)

Friday, June 8, 2012

What Color of Blogger Are You?

Years ago I read this book called THE COLOR CODE by Taylor Hartman Ph.D.

It's a non-fiction classic. And I am not much of a non-fiction kind of girl. I love talking about this book. Many of you have probably read about it, or at least heard about it. I'll try to bullet point out the gist of this book:
  • If you are a RED personality: you primarily value POWER
  • If you are a WHITE personality: you primarily value PEACE
  • If you are BLUE personality: you primarily value RELATIONSHIPS
  • If you are YELLOW personality: you primarily value FUN
Guess which one I am? I am a total YELLOW!

The fact that I value fun above all else is an attribute that spills over into every aspect of my life. What kind of wife, mother, friend, lawyer, writer, and blogger that I am. But specifically in terms of blogging, I think my yellow personality displays itself in the following ways:
  • I have this little irresponsible streak where I sometimes fail to post every day of my Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule. (An organized RED personality is less likely to miss schedule)
  • I write impulsive, snarky, irreverent  things which might offend from time to time. (A sweet WHITE personality would think twice about saying provocative things that could cause conflict).
  • I don't often participate in blog hops, memes or awards like a good blogger should. (A loyal BLUE loves the interaction provided by these kinds of sharing devices).
  • I post pictures of men with shirts off on a regular basis, because it entertains me. ( A true YELLOW).
So what color of blogger are you? (If you comment, I might just reply with my perspective is on what color you are...just for FUN :).

Happy Friday!!!

Monday, June 4, 2012

What Does Your Blog Design Say About You?

There are certain bloggers out there who happen to be a whiz at the tech aspect of blogging. They have a background in web design, computer programming, marketing, visual arts, or whatever. These skills give them a leg-up on building a successful blog.

What do I have? What does my blog design say about me? Well, I am a work in progress. For example, it was only two weeks ago that my fabulous blogging friend Carrie Butler (who happens to be one of those aforementioned whizzes) bestowed upon me a new blog header.

Don't you love it?

I do. It fits me perfectly because:

  • I love Huntington Beach and spend a lot of time there.
  • It is where my current manuscript is set.
  • The restaurant out on the Pier is named Ruby's--which is the name of the main character in my book.
  • I love the idea that those surfers in the water are paddling out and waiting their turn for the next big wave. I feel like I am out there as a writer. I'm still paddling, and I'm still waiting for my perfect wave.
  • It's beautiful...and I love beautiful.
But it's taken me a while to figure out how to build a visually dynamic and professional blog...and I'm still working on it. The two main ways I've learned is by 1) attending blog classes at writing conferences over the last several years; and 2) studying what other successful bloggers do. I'm coming up on one year of committed blogging, and if I had to bullet point the most important aspects of blog design knowledge I've attained, it'd be this:
  • Make your design YOU. We all have a style, a personality, a voice. Let your design reflect that. 
  • Make your design easy on the eyes. One of my biggest pet peeves is when blogs have backgrounds and font colors that are similar. I can't read white off-white words on a white page! And speaking of backgrounds, I tend to like the ones best that don't distract from the words on the page or sting my eyes. 
  • Make your design simple. When there is too much business and buttons and awards and gadgets strewn across the top and sides of the page, I don't even know where to start reading. I greatly appreciate when bloggers put the followers button near the top so I don't have to go searching for it. 
  • Make it easy for people to comment. Word verification and putting the comment button somewhere other than the end of the post, makes it difficult for me to do so. 
  • Make it professional. Always keep in mind that agents, editors, potential readers of your book are gaining an opinion of you through your blog. If you come across as organized, committed, and capable in design, you might just be the same kind of writer. 
So many of you have such fabulous blogs! Thanks for teaching me along the way. 

So what does your blog design say about you?