SIx Sentence Sunday #sixsentence #luminosity

This is an excerpt from LUMINOSITY. Hope you enjoy it!:

I don’t have anything else to say. But when I leave, I take a new wealth of information with me. One, beware the Dreamcatchers. Two, do not tell The Keeper about the strange Visions. Three, do not let the Institution take away what I love.

It’s the last one that haunts me the most.

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Six Sentence Sunday #sixsentence

From LUMINOSITY:

“Do you know I could be run out of the Institution if anyone found out you were in my dreams? They might even kill me.”
“Then they can’t find out.” Echo plucks a blade of grass out of the dirt and twists it between his fingers.
“But why are you here?”
“ I’m here to save you, and you are here to save me.”

 

Hope you enjoyed a sneak peek of LUMINOSITY !

Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award!

1. Thank and link to the person who nominated you. Thank you, Lea Nolan, for nominating me. You rock!

2. Share 7 random facts about yourself. 

3. Pass the Award on to 10 deserving blog buddies. I’d like to pass this award on to: Laura Kaye, Stephanie Dray, Kerry Adrienne…and if I wasn’t so brain-dead, I’d have more people, but you’ll have to forgive my current, brain-dead state.

4. Contact those buddies and let them know.  Check.

Seven Random Facts About Myself

  1. I am in love with animals. It’s true. If I could own every pet in the whole wide world, I would. In my life, I’ve had the following pets: cats, dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, anoles, mice, frogs, tadpoles, crayfish, fish, lovebirds, and there are probably more that I’m leaving off the list. I’m going to pick up a bunny just after I’m done writing this! I LOVE ANIMALS.
  2. I like all dumb, cute little things. I call these things “My things.” I have a lot of “things.” I make tiny crochet things, I horde dumb things that I find in stores. People get me dumb, little things and I collect them and cherish them and wouldn’t give them up for the world. So, if you find a dumb thing? Send it my way. I’ll give you my address. Really.
  3. I don’t like coffee, but I love lattes. If I drink coffee, half of it has to be milk and splenda, or else it’s just no good.
  4. I write really quickly. It’s almost ridiculous. The best I’ve done is banging out two thousand words in about 45 minutes, maybe a little more than that. When I’m on a roll, I’m unstoppable.
  5. I don’t wear gold jewelry. I hate it. Don’t get it for me or I’ll pawn it.
  6. I sleep with no less than five teddy bears. I have one panda pillowpet, a panda with a baby panda, two build-a-bears (one dressed like a fireman for my husband), a free bear that came with the newspaper, and Casino, the Lucky Bear from Harrah’s. Don’t forget my mini Abominable snowman either. He’s most important. When my husband comes to bed, he has to throw all the bears on the floor to make room for himself.
  7. I am a dork. I play xbox (specifically MW3), I play D&D, I play online RPGs…some people just don’t know this about me, but deep down inside, I’m the dorkiest dork ever. Just don’t tell anyone or I’ll have to kill you.

Can I Write Full Time?

This is the question on any writer’s mind, at least most of the ones that I know. We all want to be able to write full time because, hey, it’s a full time job. Oftentimes, others do not understand how hard it is to be a successful writer while balancing another job…or two jobs. I want to know if it is possible…and if so, how? How do you transition into a job that can be so unsure at first?

I am a teacher. I also work part-time as a bookseller. On top of this, I am a writer. Out of my whole day, I probably spend about 90% of it working in some way or another. I don’t usually think of my writing as “working,” but for all intents and purposes, it is, at the end of the day, applied to my writing career. That leaves me 10% of my waking day to my own personal life. So, of course, I’d love it if I could replace my teaching and part-time job with writing full time.

But how?

I explained to my husband that even if I was to start full-time, I probably wouldn’t see profit for a good year or so. Everything runs so slowly in the publishing world. Nothing is quick. Paychecks won’t be bi-weekly. They’ll be quarterly…if that. It makes it seem so impossible…so far away. A goal that will always be out of reach. Not impossible, but not immediate either.

I am trying to fade out of education. While I love being a teacher, I dislike all the politicking and bureaucracy behind it. I have a hard time envisioning myself doing anything else besides writing. It’s my life goal. It’s my passion. It’s what I am happiest doing.

I would like to hear from other authors who have transitioned from being a part-time writer to a full-time writer. How did you ever do it? When did you take your leap of faith? When did you decide that it was time to hold your breath, close your eyes and jump?

2011 in Review

2011 was good to me, and I’m fortunate to say this. In some ways, it was a rough year, but in most ways, it gave me many things of which to be proud. Here are just a few of these things that I wish to share with you:

My Husband: Technically, I married him December 30th, 2010, but most of our marriage has taken place in 2011, so I’m going to scoot it into that year. We had a great first year of marriage together, and now we are looking forward to starting a family, and hopefully soon. He has stood by my side through my writing, and much more, and for that, I am grateful.

My Novel: I sat down and started to write LUMINOSITY in April of 2011. I had an idea that kept sweeping through my mind, and I also had an urge to see my book in the hands of my students, one in particular — Melinda. She would always read  YA books that seemed so interesting, and every week she’d bring a new one to class to share with me. I made it my goal to write a book that I could share with my students, and I finished writing that manuscript in July. Entangled Publishing picked it up in October. I’m very fortunate for this, and I’m super proud of myself for setting a writing goal and meeting it all on my own. I know some of you have read about my agent saga (and if you didn’t, trust me, it was indeed a saga), so the fact that I did this without one still impresses even myself.

My Crochet: This is silly, but I started to learn how to crochet around September, and I’ve been making stupid, little animals ever since. This is another goal that I set for myself and said, “Self, you are going to learn how to crochet something awesome.” Now…I don’t know if tiny, pink fish count as something awesome to you, but it certainly does for me.

My Tattoo: I got a tattoo on my right arm that reads, “Writing is both mask and unveiling” by E.B. White. It is very inspirational for me, and I love to look at the Jane Austin script/font and remind myself how important writing actually is, both for me and for my readers.

I can’t think of anything more right now that aren’t uber-personal, but just trust me when I say that it’s been a rough year, one that could have squished me, but instead I rose above it and conquered it, and now I’m looking forward to a good 2012 — one that will bring many changes, if I play my cards right.