Last Week of School

This is the last summer of my son’s childhood. Next summer he will be *gasp* A TEENAGER!!!! (OMG, I’m scared!) So, I need to think of some cool things to do with him.

We could go to the beach. Due to the oil spill, that might not be as fun this year. Last year wasn’t that fun either, come to think of it. There were jellyfish everywhere. My son was running ahead of me, looking for shells, when he noticed something blue. I got to him just in time. He was about to touch the pretty blue jellyfish. I jerked him back, but as I explained what it was, a dog wandered up. Curiosity doesn’t only affect cats. The poor dog started yelping in pain, his owner started yelling for him, and my son starting sobbing.

Okay, so maybe no beach.

Board games, reading, and nature hikes sound pretty good, but will he agree? His temperament is more like a teenager’s every day. Heaven help me! Is there any way to skip the teenage years?

Sorry for the “Mommy mopes.” What are your plans for the summer? (And advice on teenager prevention will be appreciated)

Published in: on May 24, 2010 at 7:00 AM  Comments (7)  
Tags: , , , ,

Silken Sands Conference

The Silken Sands Conference was wonderful! I spent time with agents, editors, and authors. The list of things that I learned could go on forever, but I know that you don’t want to hear about that. The beach was very inspirational and we even had our pitch sessions outside. It was hard to be nervous with the sound of the waves in the background.

Thank you to everyone who has prayed, sent good vibes, or any other positive energy my way. IT WORKED! We were only alloted two pitch sessions but thanks to the sun and a fair complexioned editor, I was able to pitch to three wonderful ladies. I received two requests for the first three chapter and a request for the full manuscript. For those of you who haven’t been through this, that means they are wanting to know more about my story. Please keep the prayers heading my way as these ladies hold my baby in their hands.

Now I knew that I was going to meet a lot of new people, and I knew that I would make new friends, but this one lady stands out from the rest. Jamie Farrell (click her name for her blog) and I met when I handed her a frog that was in the “goodie room.” This is a story for another day but suffice it to say that it was an ice breaker. She has the most cheerful personality and makes everything more fun. I really look forward to seeing her again.

I want to thank the ladies at the GCC for making my first conference so fun and memorable. I had a great time and can’t wait for our next one in 2012!

***

Now it’s your turn. How did you like the conference? What was your favorite part? And for those of you who didn’t attend, tell us about a meeting on the beach. Whether it was a stranger or a group of your friends, tell us about your fun.

Published in: on March 22, 2010 at 1:29 AM  Comments (10)  
Tags: , , , , , ,

My baby(WIP) is growing up!

Writing is like giving birth. Yes, you’ve probably heard that before. It takes a lot of pain to make something beautiful, but it is worth all the pain. This post is not about the writing process, though. What happens when your baby is all grown up and ready to head out into the world?

As you may know, I am leaving today for the Silken Sands Writers Conference at Pensacola Beach, Florida. I will be presenting my baby to an agent and an editor. These wonderful ladies have done this many times, but not with my baby.

My heart is pounding just thinking of what’s coming. I know my baby is ready for this, but that doesn’t make a mom any less anxious. What if they don’t like him/her? What if they try to change my baby into someone that I don’t recognize? Or the biggest anxiety, what if my baby does fine all on its own?

Okay, that last one might have some of you scratching your head. That is my biggest anxiety because then it will be out of my hands. I will get to give advice but the mothering is over.

Alright enough of this, here it is in plain English. Anxiety and excitement go hand in hand. I am afraid of the unknown, but it also gives me what can only be described as a rush of excitement. At this point, I’m not sure if I am shaking like a leaf from nerves or from the thrill. I want this so bad that I can’t stand it. I am ready!

Whoa, I am ready? Wow, just saying that made it clear. The excitement is definitely overwhelming the nerves. I will let you all know how it goes. Please keep me in mind.

Published in: on March 18, 2010 at 3:33 AM  Comments (7)  
Tags: , , , , , ,

Karaoke anyone?

I’ve mentioned before that I’m going to my first writer’s conference soon (one more week, YAY!!). The Silken Sands Conference is being held at the beach. Which means that I will be seen, in public, in a bathing suit. As if this is not enough to have a woman panicking, I will also be pitching to an editor and an agent. But this morning I received an email that makes all the other stuff seem like child’s play. There will be KARAOKE!!!

I have more than one reason to fear the stage:

  1. I can’t carry a tune in a bucket with a lid on it.
  2. This will be taking place in front of agents, editors, and authors.
  3. The ladies in the GCC are a little nutty (okay, they’re fun-loving, crazy chicas, which is why I love them), and I’m certain that if I do get the courage to get on that stage, there will be a video.

The list goes on, but you get the point. I will probably have an ulser by the time that I get home.

Then again, these are authors we are talking about, not professional singers. Maybe it will be fun. I know that I’ll enjoy watching the others getting up there and blowing off some steam (especially a certain one, I wonder if her cast will be off by then?).

Okay, it won’t be that bad (hopefully). I’ll watch them and by the end of the evening, I’ll be up there having a blast. If I make a fool out of myself, I’ll even post the video here.

Any suggestions on what song I should try to sing?

Published in: on March 11, 2010 at 3:20 AM  Comments (7)  
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Warning for all computer addicts!

This is a warning for anyone who spends their time in front of the computer, like writers.

I spend most days (from 1 AM til about 8 PM) in front of the computer. I don’t even get up to eat; my hubby brings my food and puts it on the desk next to me for me to eat between paragraphs. This being said, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I am not in very good shape.

Yesterday, I went shopping for new outfits to take to Pensacola Beach for the Silken Sands conference. I walked the mall for six hours. Can you guess what I feel like today? My entire body aches, from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. I think that even my hair hurts … yep, had to check, my hair hurts too.

Now, all of you computer addicts out there heed my warning. GET UP AND MOVE!!!!  I know it’s hard, especially if a story is flowing smoothly from you, but you must not forget that your muscles need to move or they will not work for you.

I am making a commitment right now, with all of you as my witnesses, to exercise at least ten minutes every day. I might need some of you to kick my rump into gear if I don’t stick with it, so be prepared. Who will join me in project: get off your rump?

Published in: on February 25, 2010 at 11:11 AM  Comments (2)  
Tags: , , , , ,

Gray hair, really?!?

Preparing for the Silken Sands Writer’s Conference next month means that I have a lot of getting ready to do. I have to get my pitch perfected, read over my manuscript yet again, and decide what clothes I am taking with me (including a swimsuit *EEEK* due to the fact that it will be held at Pensacola Beach).

I was discussing going shopping for a new wardrobe with a friend of mine when she asks, “Are you going to get your hair dyed before then? I see a few grays.”

“What?!?” I exclaimed, rushing to the mirror. Sure enough, several strands of gray were poking through my brown locks. To those of you who are proud of your gray, I commend you. I, however, think that I am too young to show these signs of wisdom. If they had been the beautiful highlights of white that I see on some lovely women of age, I would not have been so concerned. These were sticking out, mockingly, from various places throughout my hair.

As if I didn’t have enough on my mind to make me nervous! This is my first conference and being a novice is a nerve wracking experience. I have battled with myself over whether or not to even go to this event. Finally, I paid the fees and due to the economy was determined not to let the money go to waste. Now, that being said, I rushed to my phone and made an appointment with my favorite stylist. Whew, no gray will be seen after today.

Now I only have the minor worries of my pitch being perfected, my manuscript edited, and my wardrobe professional yet still show my individual style. No worries, right? *tear*

Any suggestions to calm my nerves would be greatly appreciated.

Published in: on February 22, 2010 at 8:24 AM  Comments (3)  
Tags: , , , , , , , ,