A Little Inspiration

Kay, so last Friday I got some good news, good news that had me up until 2am writing and revising like crazy to get a query letter and first ten pages as good as I possibly could before my brain turned to complete sleep deprived mush. You see, I’m going to this Conference in a couple weeks…ten days to be exact (not that I’m counting!!!). When I signed up for LDStorymakers, my goal was to register the moment I could in order to be a part of these awesome new Agent Workshops they’re having this year. What’s so cool about an Agent Workshop? you might ask. Of course this is a good question, one I am happy to explain to you. Instead of a 10 minute, nail biting, make-it-or-break-it session with your proposed agent, several agents are...

Author Interview {Peggy Eddleman}

I met this lovely lady while sitting at last year’s Whitney Awards. She showed me a picture of her book cover on her phone and it took my breath away! Since then we’ve become friends, we’ve sprinted together (writing, not running, though she could probably sprint physically too!), and we both share an appreciation for a well baked cookie. Now Peggy has a second book coming out in September and is teaching at the LDStorymakers Conference in a couple weeks. Peggy was nice enough to let me ask her a million questions about books and writing and everything in between. Take a look!  CH:     Sky Jumpers is on my to read list – where did this idea come from?  PE: The idea for the setting (which is usually what I start with when I write a book) came...

A Mysterious Case of Mondays

You might think I’ve been hit with a case of the “Mondays” as I write this post. Symptoms include: Baby waking up early thinking he’s some kind of celebrity who needs a 5am feeding Dead car battery after charging it all weekend (cause someone left the door ajar…) Canceled plans Calling for rescue in the carpool It sounds like Monday struck again – but really, I’m taking it as a nudge. A nudge to write. A reason to stay home and get some much needed work done. So this morning I’ll be breaking out the tunes, getting inspired, and writing every moment I can. Music is such a useful medium for creating. These are a couple of songs that have been inspiring me lately: Dark and dangerous like the story I’m writing...

Author/Editor Interview {Lisa Mangum}

In keeping with my new year resolutions, this week I’ve been studying agents. I’m asking lots of questions. Researching profiles. Following Tweets. And writing queries, all in preparation for finding the PERFECT agent for my books. I’ll keep you all posted. So far Querytracker.net has been an awesome resource. You can search for agents according to genre and make a list. There are links right there to research about specific agents too. It’s kind of fun to get to know these professionals in the industry and what they’re looking for. With this in mind, I wanted to post today’s interview with Author and Editor Lisa Mangum. This lady has so many talents. She is a great teacher, a wonderful writer, a Disney addict, and has helped...

For Moi?

Talking about love brings a myriad of emotions. We think of our sweethearts, our hearts tug when we consider our little munchkins, friends, siblings, parents…they all make the list ahead of one person. YOU! Am I right? Loving ourselves is often unfairly forced to wrestle with the concept of selfishness and narcissism. We avoid taking care of ourselves while “waiting for Superman to lift us up and show us love.” Is it no wonder we end up resentful, depleted and generally disappointed. This leaves our sweeties feeling increasingly confused as to HOW to love us when we refuse to love ourselves and (heaven forbid!) ask for what we need. This is the place I spend a lot of my time, and I’m in rehab. Rehab for forgetting myself. A twelve step program...

Letting Go

Do you ever have a hard time following your bliss? Is it a series of excuses and obligations that you made before you realized what you were truly meant to do with your life, and now…you just don’t know how to let go of what WORKS for what breathes LIFE into your soul? For me, it’s saying NO to the comfortable familiarity of the knowns. With five little people trying to tell me what to do and where to be, my time to work on my craft is extremely limited. Well, if I want to sleep and eat and maybe use the restroom once in a while. And let’s establish that I do. So I’m faced with decision and making changes. We’ve already talked about the fact that I over think (right? You know this about me…), therefore, every decision becomes a back...

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