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Leap of Faith

  Posted by Jemi , 06 December 2011 · 199 views

It doesn't take much. A look. A word. A non-response.

All your carefully built confidence comes crumbling down. That risk you took - that teeny tiny step towards the next level - suddenly seems like a ridiculous stretch. And the chasm is widening while you're in mid-leap.

You can't sprout wings to reach the other side. You can't go back.

So, you fall.

A long way.

The crash hurts. A lot.

You get up, pout about those bruises for a minute. Maybe two. Then you face a choice. Go backwards to safety. Or forwards to the unknown.

Not much of a choice really. You take a deep breath, put away the pout, and take that first step. Forward. Up the next ridge. Up into the future. To the next risk.

A little warily, but a little wiser too.

Building the strength to make the next leap of faith.

[url="http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/"]Alex J Cavanaugh[/url] hosts the [url="http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/p/insecure-writers-support-group.html"]Insecure Writer's Support Group[/url] the first Wednesday of the month. Check out his blog for a list of all the participants.

[b][i]How do you recover from those falls?[/i][/b]




  Posted by Jemi , 30 November 2011 · 222 views

Wow! Just finished [url="http://faeriality.blogspot.com/2011/11/untraceable-cover-reveal-finally.html"]Shelli Johannes'[/url] [url="http://faeriality.blogspot.com/p/books.html"]Untraceable[/url] and had to write this post. Right now.

It's that good. As good as the cover - which I love! :)

Grace is a fabulous character. She's tough. She's smart. And she'll break your heart. She doesn't sit back and let life happen. She grabs it by the ears and tries to shake it into making sense.

All of the characters in the book are so real - even the secondary characters are flesh and blood. Shelli makes them really come to life.

Grace lives in the Smoky Mountains and she loves them. She and her dad spent many happy hours in them, but now he's gone missing and after several months, most people believe that he's gone. Grace wants to prove them wrong.

Grace is so real - touched by grief, pain, hope, love, loss, lust and terror. You'll love the rollercoaster ride of emotions she takes you on.

The action is awesome. At about the 70% mark, the world stopped mattering so much to me. Supper? Fend for yourselves. NaNo? Not tonight. Sleep? I don't think so!

So, do yourself a favour, go grab yourself a copy. And clear out a little time. You won't want to be disturbed!

Shelli will be back here in a couple of weeks for an interview - can't wait to learn more about her!

Here's where you can find the book...
[url="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1036994736?ean=2940013548435&itm=5&usri=untraceable"]Barnes & Noble[/url]

[b][i]In the story, Grace has to survive in the bush and hide from ... well, you'll have to read the book it to find out. :) How would you do on your own in the bush?[/i][/b]



Querying that NaNo

  Posted by Jemi , 28 November 2011 · 249 views

I'm over at [url="http://www.fromthewriteangle.com/2011/11/give-those-agents-break.html"]From the Write Angle[/url] today talking about querying that NaNo novel. I hope you'll pop on over and join the discussion.

I finished up the 50k on Saturday - but I'm nowhere near the end of the story. I do believe some major editing will be happening in the new year! :)

[b][i](I turned off comments here hoping you'll pop on over to say hi at [url="http://www.fromthewriteangle.com/2011/11/give-those-agents-break.html"]FTWA[/url]!)[/i][/b]



Voice Choice

  Posted by Jemi , 21 November 2011 · 250 views

Do we have a choice with our voice? Not the one we speak with, but the one we write with. Are our voices an integral part of us - like our vocal voice?

My main characters vary depending on my story and the age level I'm aiming at. A 10 year girl testing out a new planet for the first time has a very different voice from a 30 year old man working on a cattle ranch. If not, I'm doing something wrong! :)

But [b][i]my[/i][/b] voice stays kind of the same throughout. I use the same mix of long and short sentences. I adore sentence fragments and they show up everywhere. I have a lot of short paragraphs - often one liners - no matter what genre I'm writing. None of my paragraphs go on for very long.

My sense of humour stays the same and probably shows up in the same way. I'm not a huge fan of reading or writing description, so that's going to be consistent as well.

There are changes with each story of course, because the main characters have a lot to say in the story, but I think my voice remains more or less the same.

And I'm okay with that. Will I ever get to this point?

Probably not, but I'd like to!

[b][i]What about you, does your voice change with your stories, or does it remain the same no matter what you're writing?[/i][/b]


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