Monday, August 27, 2012

Inspiration Monday: Writing Friends

I'm not much of an "internet-oversharer" when it comes to my writing successes or failures. I like to keep the details close the vest.

But this past week has been especially grueling in terms of my writing.  I have received some "Revise & Resend" requests from different agents with very specific advice. I have been seriously agonizing over the different suggestions. Oh yeah, I've gone through the cycle:

  1. denial- "pfshhh...I don't need to do that!"
  2. anger- "what can I punch without breaking it or my hand?"
  3. bargaining- "what if I just do this?"
  4. depression- "I can't do this anymore..."
  5. acceptance- "Okay, I need to get started...again." 

Actually, I've gone through that cycle more than once. Maybe even once a day, I don't know. Now I'm oversharing! Great.

Okay, what I am trying to say is that just when I was writing my "I QUIT" emails to my writing partners, things really took a turn for the best. They were there to pick me up, give me solutions to my plot problems, and give me the kick in the pants I needed. 

So thank you Emily King, you are a freakin' genius!

And thank you Peggy Eddleman, you are always there! 

And thank you Erin Summerill for saying you'd quit with me! Haha, we could become professional paparazzi together and make way more money! :)

Have you ever wanted to quit this writing game only to have your friends come to your rescue? 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Is It Wrong?

Quick question:

Is it wrong to watch The Hunger Games movie back to back? To back?

If I make the poster image this small, and use it as an advertising tool--I won't get sued right? :).

See, I have this "friend" who can't stop watching it. Uh-hum, yeah, my "friend"...she uses excuses like its great to study the beat/plot structure, the character development, the world building, etc. (She's a writer too:)

"Get a life!" I told her.

So, what do you think?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Inspiration Monday: Colbie Caillat

This past weekend, Mr. Humphries and I went to the Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw concert at the Mandalay Bay Beach in Las Vegas.

Not only was it an awesome night away from the kids, but the music was amazing, the sand felt good on the toes, and the refreshing waves washed all my stresses away. Just what I needed.

After the concert, I started researching Colbie Caillat a little more. Turns out that the girl auditioned for American Idol twice and didn't even make it to the judge part of the process. Hello! This is the amazingly talented, completely gorgeous Colbie Caillat! How did the preliminary judges overlook her talent?

To her credit, she is grateful for being rejected from American Idol. She admitted she wasn't ready for it. That she needed more time to develop her voice, her look, her stage presence, and her confidence in who she wanted to be. Not long after, she found herself on tour with John Mayer, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Lifehouse. She won a Grammy for her duet "Lucky" with Jason Mraz. Then she was also part of the Taylor Swift team who won another Grammy for her song writing and back up vocals for the "Fearless" record.

As a writer, this story got me all sorts of inspired. It's okay to not be ready. It's okay to keep developing our voice, our knowledge, our confidence. Good things come to those who work hard and don't give up.

Just sayin'.