Thursday, January 03, 2008

I Am So There!

I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt

I already have a seat right in the front row for this... wanna join me? Check it out:

The Wet Noodle Posse had such a great time with their month of Golden Heart prep that they're giving away writing tips … one month at a time.

In addition to book and critique giveaways, join Q&A sessions and read guest blogs from bestselling writers like Sherrilyn Kenyon and Gena Showalter.

Check out the topics!:

>> January-Getting Started (goals, choosing story idea, focus, etc.)
>> February-Character Development (names, physical descriptions, backstory, etc.)
>> March-Plotting
>> April - Conflict
>> May-Research
>> June-Business side of Writing (market, marketing, promotion, etiquette)
>> July-Prepping for Conference (both for national and smaller conferences)
>> August-Inspiration (for stories and for keeping yourself going)
>> September-Writer Health (physical and mental)
>> October-GH Preparation
>> November-Writing Challenges (NaNo, BIAW, etc.)
>> December-Editing/Revisions

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I had another person--Hi, Chris! ((waves))--tell me I made her cry, in a good way, with my story (released yesterday), "Don't Fence Me In". Soon the world will be awash with tears...LOL... have you read it yet? Feel free to post a review of it on your blog and/or over at The Wild Rose Press!


Your Daily Dakota:

A little doggy/daughter bonding by the wood stove. I have a picture, somewhere, of the DD at about 3 y.o. sitting up against Bailey in front of the stove, reading a book to her. History is repeating itself.


You Are Very Honest

You tell it like it is, no matter what.
Even if the truth hurts, you'll dish it out.
And while some may get hurt by your honesty...
At least everyone knows where you stand!

LOL... This is a very real problem for me. Don't ever, EVER, ask me if "that" makes you look fat. *G*.


anno said...

Awww... that is a sweet picture!

I'm looking forward to "Don't Fence Me In" -- even if it makes me cry. Like all your stories have.

Ceri said...

Wet Noodle Posse has some great writing tip topics. I think I may have to participate.

I'm so looking forward to reading your latest! *bouncing in my seat*

And I'm determined to getting back to writing. After I tackle a cleaning project (cutting toys from the herd and sending them off to the yard sale collection).

Marianne Arkins said...

Aww... Anno... I don't mean to make you cry. But, this one will, I think.

Ceri... maybe all that bouncing will help your cold go away. Good luck culling toys. We're doing the same in my neck of the woods!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I loved your quote today. But then, again, I also love Eartha Kitt! I'm also psyched by the Wet Noodle Posse's new plans. I'm having a bad flare-up with my fibromyalgia, so I didn't get to read last night, but I'm hoping for "Don't Fence Me In" time later this morning. Adorable DD and Dakota, too!

Dru said...

Don't Fence Me In is next on my reading list.

Love the photo of Dakoata and DD.

re: quiz - I'm Very Honest.

Mel said...

Wet Noodle Posse blog plans are worth looking at. I guess I'm already starting to miss He wrote/She wrote workshop.

Sarita Leone said...

Love the quote. And I do agree with her, wholeheartedly.

OMG, the dog is already growing. Too cute, your daughter reading to the dog. So sweet!

Tori Lennox said...

Much to my surprise, I'm Very Honest, too. *g*

Brandy said...

Aww, love the picture! And the puppy sure is growing! *G*
You're stories are very emotional, BUT GOOD! *g*

And as for the quiz: I am very honest.

Have a wonderful day!

EJ McKenna said...

That's the thing with writing, I don't ever feel like I will 'know' everything. It's a constant learning process. I also love that established writers share their knowledge so that we can all benefit.

Great blog Marianne

Marianne Arkins said...

Jen, I hope you're feeling better today!

Dru, thanks so much for the lovely review you sent! I'm glad you enjoyed the story.

Mel, I'm a writing class whore... I love them. You should see my bookshelves full of "how-to" books! LOL...

Sarita, Dakota is getting HUGE! I can't believe how fast she's growing.

Tori, oh twin of mine, that's "brutally honest"!

Aw... thanks, Brandy. blushes

EJ, thanks for visiting! Hope to see you over at WNP this year. It'll be fun.

Melissa said...

That picture is so cute. I love it!