There's no end
to the things you might know, depending how far beyond Zebra you go! {Dr. Seuss}

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

IWSG: Genre Crossing

Writers can definitely use a designated day once a month to complain, cry, rant AND boost, cheer, support. Thank you, Alex, for creating this awesome group! What is IWSG? Click the following links to learn more: 

I’m a complete and total bookworm. I don’t have a favorite genre. I like them all! I love words, love ideas, and especially love authors who are constantly writing outside the box. I just want to read and learn. 

I really liked this post on genre jumping, and it got me wondering about agents and the genres they accept. Do many agents represent an author who writes multiple genres? Since I read everything it's only natural that I write everything. I'm not even a little bit close to querying for an agent yet, but I wonder how many agents out there are comfortable with representing an author who writes in many genres.

Do you read and write different genres or remain loyal to one?

Keep calm and write on, IWSGers!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Motivational Monday Quotes: Haunted Writers Edition

I write because it’s all I know how to do. Writing is my anchor and my purpose. My life is informed by writing, whether the work is going well or I’m stuck in the hell of writer’s block, which I’m happy to report only occurs about once a day.
{Sue Grafton}

Writing what you wished was the most dangerous form of wishful thinking. 
{Amy Tan}

If the novel is dead, I’m a necrophiliac.
{Tiffany Madison}

Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.

It hurts like hell when the world won’t invest in you. But it’s excruciating, almost more than you can bear, when you don’t believe and invest in yourself.
{Julia Cameron}

Happy reading and writing, Zigzaggers!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Celebrating Banned Books Week and fREADom!

Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.
{Stephen Chbosky}

The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame. 
{Oscar Wilde}

I think literature is best when it's voicing what we would prefer not to talk about.
{Rick Moody}

Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you’re going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don’t be afraid to go in your library and read every book.
{Dwight D. Eisenhower}

Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear.
{Judy Blume}

To choose a good book, look in an inquisitor’s prohibited list.
{John Aikin}

If she could have done one thing to make absolutely sure that every single person in this school will read your interview, it was banning it!
{Hermione Granger ~ J.K. Rowling}

Learn More about Banned Books Week in the United States:

See My Past Posts Celebrating the Freedom to Read:

What is your favorite banned book? 

Happy Banned Books Week, Zigzaggers! I hope you read copious amounts of challenged and banned books all your life.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Motivational Monday Quotes

When a human being can be creative, that is when really anything is possible.
{Nicolas Muller}

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
{James Joyce}

I have work to do, and I am afraid not to do it. 
{John O’Hara}

Invest in your brain, invest in your talents. Those things can appreciate and they get better as you get older. 
{Rashida Jones}

Beginning authors often get in their own way. They forget that they’ve been telling stories since they could talk. The important thing to remember is you know how to do this. You’ve been doing this your whole life.
{Cynthia Leitich Smith}

Happy reading and writing, Zigzaggers!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

What’s Up Wednesday! no longer a thing

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop to keep in touch with other writers on this writing journey. Check it out on Jaime Morrow’s blog here if you’d like to take part, too!

(Note: so apparently What's Up Wednesday is no longer a thing. Too bad because I really liked it. I haven't blogged in eight months, and I'm so out of the loop!)

What I’m reading... Sleeping in Flame by Jonathan Carroll. It’s my first Jonathan Carroll book and I’m really liking the story and his writing style. I have a couple of his novels on my to-read list.

What I’m writing... I have an essay, one short story, and a poem in the works for submitting in the next three weeks. I’m getting ready to plan my novel for NaNoWriMo. (Can you believe we’re six weeks from November already? I’m Sunshine21 so if we’re not buddies yet, please buddy me so we can cheer each other on!) I also started something new. If you’ve followed my blog for a while you know I love writing prompts. I like to do one writing prompt a day, usually in the morning while I’m drinking my NutriBlast. I recently finished one book of prompts, and just started a new one. This time, instead of writing something different each day, I’m writing a novel with the prompts. It's interesting! One of the upcoming prompts is “Write a short piece about the life of a cartoon character.” This novel has nothing to do with cartoon characters. But somehow I have to use that prompt to propel my novel forward. It’s challenging my creativity and I love how it’s going so far.

What works for me right now... Writing at night. Morning has always been my favorite time of day, especially for writing. I used to write well into the night when I was a teenager, so I’ve never been opposed to night writing. I just know I do my best work in the morning. With my and my husband’s work schedules, night seems to be the only time I can get in some significant writing time. It seems to be working out okay for now!

What else I’ve been up to... Last weekend we painted our front and side doors...ORANGE! Even though orange is my favorite color, I didn’t quite know what to expect. It could’ve looked bad (though that’s the great thing about paint: one of the only house projects that’s easy and inexpensive to fix). I’ve never seen an orange door before, which is why I wanted to do it. I wasn’t expecting it to look so pretty! I chose orange spice from Behr. It’s a lovely color if you’re interested in painting with orange. We’re the house with the orange doors and love it!

Next project: on our main floor we’re putting our 32” television into the... fireplace!! Stay tuned. :)

What are you reading and writing? What’s working for you right now? When is your favorite time of day to write and do you get to write at that time? What shenanigans are you up to? I’ve been out of the blogging loop for awhile, so please fill me in with news!!

I hope you’re having a wonderful week, Zigzaggers! Happy writing!!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Motivational Monday Quotes

It’s not my job to please people who can’t tolerate anything but lukewarm baths.
{Ottessa Moshfegh}

The past suggests what can be, not what must be.
{Howard Zinn}

Every grain of experience is food for the greedy growing soul of the artist.
{Anthony Burgess}

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.
{F. Scott Fitzgerald}

Just unclench, live your life and spend less time berating yourself. Anxiety and stress are the enemies of creativity.
{Ransom Riggs} 

Make your mistakes, take your chances, look silly, but keep on going.
{Thomas Wolfe}

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
{Samuel Johnson}

It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.
{J.R.R. Tolkien}

If you're horrible to me, I'm going to write a song about it, and you won't like it. That's how I operate.
{Taylor Swift}

You have typewriters, presses. And a huge audience. How about raising hell?
{Jenkin Lloyd Jones}

Happy reading and writing, Zigzaggers!