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  Posted by Jemi , 29 December 2011 · 185 views

The wrapping paper's been recycled. The turkey's long gone (although lots of soup is waiting in the freezer!). The baking's been gobbled up and the ornaments will soon be packed away.

So what's left?

Laughter, love, memories... and a few goofy gifts that make me laugh every time I see them. As well as a recharged battery.

I pulled up my pre-nano story and decided to read through it up until the revising point I was at before my nano story absorbed me. Of course, I can't just read through - I have to tweak and edit and rearrange bits and pieces. It's slow going, but I'm loving the story. It still needs some work (and that last chapter...), but it's not bad at all.

Nice feeling!

[b][i]How's your writing going in these last days of 2011? Any other recharged batteries out there?[/i][/b]




  Posted by Jemi , 23 December 2011 · 205 views

A bunch of us over at [url="http://www.fromthewriteangle.com/2011/12/write-angle-holiday-wishes.html"]From the Write Angle[/url] are sharing our thoughts on what Christmas means to us. Pop on over and share some of your best memories - mine involves a favourite family recipe!

I'll be taking the next few days or more off to enjoy some time with my family and friends. I hope you're able to do the same! May your days be filled with joy, wonder, love and laughter!




Getting to Know You...

  Posted by Jemi , 19 December 2011 · 198 views

I'm over at [url="http://www.fromthewriteangle.com/2011/12/getting-to-know-you.html"]From the Write Angle[/url] today talking about how writers get to know their characters. I hope you'll pop on over and share your secrets!




Deja Vu

  Posted by Jemi , 16 December 2011 · 238 views

The Deja-vu blogfest is here! Our lovely hosts are [url="http://dlcruisingaltitude.blogspot.com/"]DL Hammons[/url], [url="http://creepyquerygirl.blogspot.com/"]Katie Mills[/url], [url="http://lydiakang.blogspot.com/"]Lydia Kang[/url], and [url="http://nicoleducleroir.blogspot.com/"]Nicole Ducleroir[/url]. The idea is to search and find a blogpost you think deserves a second look. I like this one because, even though I wrote it about 2 years ago, I feel the same.

[b][i]"The idea is to write so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight into the heart."[/i][/b]

[b][i]-- Maya Angelou[/i][/b]

My thoughts turned to Maya Angelou after hearing of her health scare. From what I can gather, she is still in hospital, but doing well. Hopefully that continues.

Maya has written so many wonderful things, and she is very quotable. I love the quote at the top of the post. To me, good story telling does just that. It touches the heart. I hope one day to be a strong enough writer to touch the heart of my readers. What an accomplishment that would be!

Many authors over the years have touched my heart. I vividly remember reading the Anne of Green Gables series when I was a child. Anne Shirley is a character who has stayed with me for years. I've reread her stories, and passed those books on to my daughter and my students. Anne's gutsy, optimistic, fun-loving, dramatic attitude has had so many readers fall in love with her over the years. Lucy Maud Montgomery is definitely one of those authors whose writing has arrowed straight to my heart.

[b][i]How about you? Who was the first author or character who really touched your heart?[/i][/b]



Untraceable & SR Johannes

  Posted by Jemi , 12 December 2011 · 233 views

I'm thrilled to be hosting [url="http://faeriality.blogspot.com/"]SR Johannes[/url], talented author of [url="http://faeriality.blogspot.com/p/books.html"]Untraceable[/url], here today. Shelli's agreed to answer some questions and give us some insights into the way things work for her!

[b][i]What’s your favorite part of the writing process?[/i][/b]
That moment when everything clicks and you can't type fast enough and the story is falling into place and you don’t want to stop because it feels so good that you had a breakthrough after months of writing crap. I love that.

[b][i]Do you have your own writing spot in the house? What’s it like?[/i][/b]
It’s my office. Jealous? Don’t be…

Because it also acts as a storage area for unread ARCS, a place for unfiled bills to stack, a place where kids want to play on the computer. The recycling room for all things paper. It’s also a place where Hubby can’t keep his side of the partner desk clean! Arg.

[i][b]How do you feel about writing in public (coffee shop or library)?[/b][/i]
I’m not good at it. I have ADHD so I get easily distracted.

In coffee shops - I have this bad habit of drinking coffee. Go figure. Then I get all wired up and can’t focus because heaven forbid if I ate because coffee is so much better for me than muffins. So I start listening to other people’s conversations and getting involved in their lives in my head.

In libraries, I can’t talk out loud to myself, which is what I do when I write. So librarians would hate me because I am “crazy lady who talks to herself” writer.

At least if I get distracted at home – it can be productive like laundry or cleaning or eating or Googling. :)

[b][i]And a couple of quick questions just for fun:[/i][/b]

[i][b]Favourite beverage?[/b][/i]
Morning - coffee with flavored cream
Mid-day - Sweet tea (I force myself to drink some water just to feel healthy)
Night (well not EVERY night) – wine or very dirty martini

[b][i]Favourite season?[/i][/b]
Fall. I love to be cozy in sweaters and jeans and UGGs. Then again, I wear jeans and UGGs all year long. And I wonder why Top Model hasn’t called. Hm.

[b][i]Favourite animated character?[/i][/b]
Oh gosh. I’m a mom so this is hard b/c THERE. ARE. SO. MANY. I think the characters in Despicable Me and Ice Age movies are hilarious. But overall, I always loved the Pink Panther. [i](Great choice!)[/i]

[b][i]Favourite TV show?[/i][/b]
Right now? Iron Chef and Chopped. I love reality shows that are competitions. I love Modern Family and Terra Nova. Overall I loved Ally McBeal and Friends (Am I showing my age yet?)

Great answers! :)
Thanks so much for visiting, [url="http://faeriality.blogspot.com/"]Shelli[/url]! If you haven't picked up [url="http://faeriality.blogspot.com/p/books.html"]Untraceable[/url] yet, you should ([url="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0984799125/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=marmywor-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0984799125"]paperback[/url], [url="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0069Z9A74/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=marmywor-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0069Z9A74"]Kindle[/url], [url="http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/103665"]Smashwords[/url])! It's a fabulous YA adventure story with all kinds of twists and turns. Check out my review [url="http://jemifraser.blogspot.com/2011/11/untraceable.html"]here[/url].

[b][i]So, what's your answer to one of those quick questions?[/i][/b]



Leap of Faith

  Posted by Jemi , 06 December 2011 · 210 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 · 233 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 · 260 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 · 261 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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