Are you Ready to Exhale? Blog Tour

exhalebannerCongratulations to Jennifer Snyder on the release of her YA Contemporary Romance Exhale.

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Inhaling in life is easy. It’s the exhaling—the letting go— that’s the hard part.

Katie Elliot has always known the Conner twins. For years she secretly pined after one, while playfully averting the advances of the other. Once upon a time, she was fine with that. Then came the moment when her twin of preference kissed her and changed everything.

As if realizing love can be complex—even when it’s reciprocated—isn’t hard enough, tragedy strikes, tearing Katie and the boy she’s always desired apart. Finding herself torn between love and guilt, Katie must learn when it’s acceptable to let go—when it’s finally okay to exhale.

GENRE: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

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Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing young adult fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is an instant coffee lover with an obsession for spiral bound notebooks and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.

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My Weekly Update – Writing Assignments Accumulate

Writing Assignments

In my quests for finding employment, I applied to a writing network and was accepted.   My first assignment is due on Friday. So, hyped about this. In addition, I have a guest post to complete by Friday and two chapters of edits due on Monday.

And, to top it all off,  I sign up for a Short Story Contest, which is due on Friday. This is where I need your help.  The contest sets heats and everyone in my heat for this first round has to write in the same genre and use the same character.  I thought is would be a great challenge until I saw the genre.  I have to write a fantasy story.  I don’t have anything against fantasy, I just don’t read it and don’t know much about the genre.  It’s not the same as science fiction, right?

Huge favor – share with me your favorite Fantasy writers? I need a point of reference.  

Do you have Ten Minutes? 

Harry Widdifield, formerly know as Sevestian Winters (check out his guest post on my blog a couple of months ago, brilliant) has penned a new blog and a new journey in life as the Teller of Ten Minute Tales.  His goal is to write a short story a day.  He currently has two volumes for sale. I suggest you pick them up.  Great stuff and you can read a story in 10 minutes.  Who doesn’t have 10 minutes.

Have you read Harry’s short stories? What do you think?

Post to Ponder

PBC’s Successful Launch by M.L. Swift – I am so proud of my book club.
How to Push Past the Bullshit and Write that G-ddamn Novel:  A Very Simple No-F–kery Writing Plan to Get Shit Down by Chuck Wendig – Sometimes you just need some one to break it down for you.
You are Uncomaparable by MarcyKate Connolly – This goes along with my favorite quote from Bird by Bird,  “Jealousy is the business of comparing my insides to other people’s outsides.” It’s not worth it, so stop doing it.
What Came First:  The Scene or The Word? by Mike Reverb – I struggle with this as well. I see the scene in my head like a movie, but can’t seem to capture the same visuals and drama when I put it down on paper.
Things Every Writer Should Have by Nicole Pyles – another message about not comparing ourselves to other along with other great tips.
New Followers
Jay Finn
Martha
Jim Allen
Super Dull Boy
Tuan Ho
Tazein Mirza Saad
Elizabeth Hein
 
Next Week’s Schedule
Tuesday – Tattoo Tuesday
Wednesday – His Allue, Her Passion Blog Tour
Thursday – Back to the Future Bloghop
Friday – Stardust Summer Blog Tour
 
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Progressive Book Club – Bird by Bird Top 10 List

Level Up! Blogfest post is below.

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Welcome to the first discussion post of the Progressive Book Club, hosted by M.L. Swift.  This month’s selection, Bird by Bird written by Anne Lamott.I really enjoyed the book. It was funny and entertaining. I forgot it was supposed to be educational.

 What I took away from this book was a deeper understanding of why I love to write.  It reminded me, although being a writer can be frustrating and isolating and at times boring, there is nothing like the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual feeling  you get from writing.

Here are the top 10 lessons I learned from Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott:

  1. Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation.  They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life. – It gave me a life.
  2. Do it every day for a while. – I struggle with this the most.
  3. The actual act of writing turns out to be the best part. – If I could remember how it feels all the time, I would no longer have a problem with #2.
  4. When my writer friends are working, they feel better and more alive than they do at any other time. – Again, that physical, emotional, mental & spiritual things I talked about before. 
  5. You get your confidence and intuition back by trusting yourself, by being militantly on your own side. – Writing taught me who I am and who I am, is ok. 
  6. Write an incredibly shitty, self-indulgent, whinny, mewling first draft.  Then take out as many of the excesses as you can. – Turning off and the edit button is hard and even harder to turn it back on. 
  7. Characters: it takes time for you to know them, you need to find out as much as possible about the interior life of the people you are working with, you are going to hate some of your characters, you are probably going to have to let bad things happen to some of the characters you love, plot grows out of character, the better you know them the more you’ll see things from their point of view, you have to get things quiet in your head so you can hear them and let them guide your story. – My favorite section of the book. I love the purposeful task of creating a good character. 
  8. The development of relationships creates plot. – You create some much for the reader if you focus on the relationships in your WIP. 
  9. Dialogue: listening, observing, storing things away, making your isolation pay off, each one must sound different, gives us the sense that we are eavesdropping, is the way to nail character. – Eavesdropping is the key.
  10. Jealousy is the business of comparing my insides to other people’s outsides. – I put this one on my inspiration board. It is so true.  Not a fair comparison, so stop doing it. 

Which piece of advice do you identify with most?  

SQM – The Hobbit

Hobbit-Movie-Poster-570x842The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was hyped from the moment the last LOTR movie finished filming.  It was inevitable.  Of course, I am happy Peter Jackson committed to this project.  He’s sees Middle Earth like no other.

The movie was beautiful. The scene filmed on New Zealand country side were epic and Jackson utilized the natural beauty so well in the movie.

It was comforting to see some cameo’s from LOTR such as Old Bilbo, Saruman, Galadriel, Elrond and the greatness that is Frodo.

I liked the movie more because of the franchise and some residual good vibes from the LOTR, but it was slow at times.  But, from the moment Gollum makes an appearance, until the end, the movie is amazing.

My favorite scene in the movie was the same as in the book; the riddle scene between Bilbo and Gollum.

A contest alert:  Guess the answers to the riddles? Leave the answers in the comments.  Whoever answers the most correct, wins a $10 Amazon gift card from me. 

1.  What has roots as nobody sees,
Is taller than trees,
Up, up it goes,
And yet never grows?

2.  Thirty white horses on a red hill,
First they champ,
Then they stamp,
Then they stand still.

3.  Voiceless it cries,
Wingless flutters,
toothless bites,
Mouthless mutters.

4.  An eye in a blue face
Saw an eye in a green face.
“That eye is like to this eye”
Said the first eye,
“but in low place
Not in high place.”

5.  It cannot be seen, cannot be felt,
Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt.
It lies behind stars and under hills,
And empty holes it fills.
It comes first and follows after,
Ends life, kills laughter.

6.  A box without hinges, key, or lid,
yet golden treasure inside is hid.

7.  Alive without breath,
As cold as death;
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail never clinking.

8.  No-legs lay on one-leg,
Two-legs sat near on three-legs,
Four-legs got some.

9.  This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down.

Come back on Sunday for the answers.  And, go see the movie and read the book.   

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I leave you with the desperate, sad, and pathetic words from Gollum, “Thief, thief, thief…! Baggins! We hates it, we hates it, we hates it forever!” – Poor Gollum

 

 

Related Post: 

The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey (2012) by My Filmviews
CinematiCaptions: The Hobbit Edition by My Filmviews
What’s it got in its pocketses? by Today I Watched a Movie
The Hobbit Lives Up to the Hype by Love Your Movies
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Review by Tim’s Film Reviews
“The Hobbit”: More Complicated than Some Critics have Acknowledged by The Living Notebook
The Hobbit (12/12/21) by Andy Watches Movies
Characters from ‘LOTR’ who appear in ‘The Hobbit’

My Weekly Update – Touched Me

imagesI watched The Word last night.  The movie was strange, but as  a writer, it was interesting and it touched me. It made me rethink what I was doing and why I was doing it. Some of the lines that made me think:

“I’m not who I thought I was and I’m terrified that I never will be.”
“Words ruin everything.”
“I wanted so badly for it to come from me.”
“I loved words more than the women who inspired me to write.”
“At some point you’ll have to choose between life and fiction.  The two are very close, but they never actually touch.  They’re 2 very, very different things.”

Have you seen it? Have you ever thought what if it doesn’t happen for you? Why do you write? 

Editing

I have on my list to edit my first novel. My issue, I can’t get started. Now I think I know why. I am too focused on what I hope it’s supposed to look like.  Really, I mean what if I waste all this time editing and the book still isn’t good enough.

Reading

As writers, we are supposed to read, and I love to read. Lately, reading has been an emotional freeway for me.  There are times when I read something so amazing, it inspires me. Then other times, I read something and am totally defeated.  No way will I ever be that good. I finished The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien and Gabriel’s Redemption by Steve Umstead.  Highly recommend them both.

You might be surprised about which one made me feel what?  Have a guess? 

Site Changes

I added a few new pages. Check them out and let me know what you think.

    • Sydney Reads – my reading list and reviews of the books I’ve read in 2013.
    • Sydney Watches – my list of movies seen in 2013
    • Sydney Edits – my goal is to record a daily edit journal under this tab.

This change was inspired by Angi Black’s post – The Break-up – Angi writers a letter to herself.  The letter starts – “Dear Old Me, I’m sorry darling. You have to go.” Good stuff, give it a read.

Post to Revisit

Passive vs. Active Voice – The Most Effective Tip I’ve Ever Read – Me, too.  My CP tells me to watch my passive all the time. These tips helped me identify my passive’s better.
New Look and Balancing Life – I am job hunting and have to much time on my hands, but when I do find a job these are good tips to finding the balance.
All Things in Moderation – Even Writing Advice – I am trying to focus the writing advice I am acquiring. If that makes sense.  That is why I am so excited with the Progressive Book Club.  It’s a book club were to discuss writing books.
New Followers
My Side of the Story
The Art of Storytelling by Leslie I. Benson
Debra’s Written Words
Lufira
Amicia Rai
 

Next Week’s Schedule

I’ve got two Blog Tour Post coming up created by The Masquerade Crew.

A Court Room Drama Blog Tour – The Homicide Chronicles by Ralph Shamas
A Post Apocalyptic Blog Tour – Since Tomorrow by Morgan Nyberg

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Here’s another blog challenge I’ve joined for 2013.  I hope it’s ok to join more then one.  Whatever motivates me, right?

How was your week?  Anything you’re looking forward to in the coming weeks?