Yesterday was the judging for the youth writing contest. I want to applaud everyone that entered. I know that takes courage to submit your work and wait to see what the judges think. There were so many talented entries. The judges were very impressed. There were over 60 entries and 7 judges, it still took use about 5 hours to read, judge, and tally all the votes. Every entry was read. I want to encourage everyone to enter again next year. Please come out to support all the winners at the reception on Oct 28th, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Houston County Library.
It seems over the last month that any time I sit down to write something else pops up and I have to take care of that first. I am not complaining about life's little and big adventures because it means that it is time with my family, but it also helps me see the potential for new writing material.
My children have showed me to live life and everything will come together in time. My son is interested in all the typical high school stuff, which as a Mom who hasn't been in high school for a long time now forgot how important the Friday night football games were. My daughter is the one always on the go for softball, basketball, and 4-H, that there are times that I just want to sit on the couch and veg out, but to see her face light up because she placed first in a heifer showing makes it all worth it.
With all the adventures in life I have been writing early in the morning, at lunch, or late at night, but it was only for a couple of minutes at a time. Little did I realize that I had written over 30 poems in those short snip its of time and they were actually quite complete. I had thought that I wasn't writing very much and was kind of hard on myself when in actuality I had accomplished more than if I had forced myself to write for an hour straight. I am so thankful to my children for showing me to enjoy every minute of everyday and to enjoy life to it's fullest. They are my inspiration!
I recently read an article by author J. T. Ellison on her website where she was commenting on her earlier work and how she hasn't given that work much credit even though that is where she got her start. I met an amazing Poet from Mississippi at the Clarksville Writer's Conference this past June and two years ago I met another amazing Poet from Franklin, TN. I remember sitting in both of their workshops thinking about my own poems and how I wished they flowed like that, however when anyone every ask about my writing I always talk about Shanghai Sunset manuscript, Kidd's Story manuscript, and/or The Beginning manuscript. I love writing poetry and have always wrote poetry so why when I am asked about my work, why don't I mention it?
To be honest, I am not really sure. I do know that starting today when asked about my work I am going to proudly say that I write poetry, YA fiction, and Romance. As a writer, I need to be my biggest cheerleader and not my biggest critic and that starts with me being proud of all of my work.
Yesterday I attended the Hopkinsville, KY Trail of Tears Pow Wow. It was a beautiful day and an amazing event. It was extremely hot, but the drummers and dancers never complained. Thankfully extra breaks were given so all the dancers and drummers could get plenty of water. The competition for the men's fancy dancers was absolutely incredible. The drumming competition between More Medicine and Rattle Snake Mountain was absolutely amazing. The pow wow is still going on today so if you are in the Hopkinsville area today, stop by and support all wonderful talent. I also recommend the Indian Fried Bread or the Indian Tacos they are both delicious.
I once read on a Cafe Press mug "Writer's block is when the voice's in my head stop talking to me." I was laughing so hard that my husband thought I had lost my mind. As an author, I totally got it. Now I understand more than ever. The voices haven't stopped talking but the opposite there are too many talking at once and I can't make sense out of anything. Nothing is flowing and it is very frustrating. "Plant butt in chair and write/type" is not working, neither is outlining or free write. This is craziness. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Houston County Library is hosting a Youth Writer's Contest. The contest is open to any student in Houston county that is in 2nd-12th grades that attend private, public, or home school. The contest is open to poetry, prose, and short flash fiction. The deadline for the entry is September 27, 2013. The judging will occur on October 5, 2013. There will be a reception for the winners on Monday October 28, 2013 from 5:30-7:30p.m. at the Houston County Public Library. Please spread the word. I hope this contest encourages students to be creative and expressive in their writing. Who knows...maybe one of these students will be the next Janet Evonvich, Stephanie Meyer, Rick Riordan, or R. L. Stine.
I feel so blessed. I recently found out that my poem, The Buffalo, won first place in a regional writing contest. I wrote this poem after I sat down and drew an abstract painting of a grass dancer at a pow wow. When my daughter saw the painting she commented on the dancer's beautiful regalia. I feel so honored and blessed with this poem.
Friends are family that we choose to have in our lives. I am thank for all the friends that I have in my life. I don't know what I would do with out all of you.
Today I picked up one of my Breeze manuscripts and I immediately fell back into a world of characters that I know and love. Breeze, Jazz, Rain and Memphis all yanked at my heart all over again. Breeze was the first character that came to me to tell her story, but was not the last by any means. I am excited that I am starting a new manuscript, Breeze is the inspiration, but not the character of this new manuscript.
I fell in love with Dragons and folklore years ago. I was searching online for some dragon artwork and came across a dragon drawn by Anne Stokes. She is an amazing artist of fantasy creatures. Please check out her website www.annestokes.com Every time I see amazing talent like this it makes me wish I could draw.
Sharon loves to read mysteries, romances, and fantasy. She loves the fact that a book can take you anywhere if you let it.