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.
Congrats are in order to the Houston Co 2013 Dixie Youth ALLSTARS 9-10 year old Softball Team, they won first place in Allstars and are now going to State. CONGRATS GIRLS, I hope you win and go to the Dixie Youth World Series for your division.
I am such an action and adventure junky that it is not even funny. Lately I am becoming really annoyed at the lousy movies that are out. I rented a ninja movie last night and was sadly disappointed. My husband rented a WWII movie and we were also disappointed with it. When I read, my mind becomes its own movie theater and I can create the images of the characters in my mind. The author is the director and my mind is the play in motion. I know there are a few good movies out there right now, but to be honest there are not a lot. I guess I will keep reading and letting my imagination run free.
When I was growing up I fell in love with my first vampire movie, The Lost Boys. It scared me to death at the time, but I always wanted to watch it when I would go to a friend's house. Tonight I watched it with my son. It is funny to watch it now. My son is sold that it should become a part of our Halloween traditions. I think he is excited to share it with his friends. The Gremlins, is another movie that used to scare me. My son loves that movie too, however my daughter is not a fan. I have a feeling this year there will be a clear division in my house, the older kids will be inside watching scary movies and the younger kids will be outside playing games, making smores, and enjoying a hay ride.
June 6 & 7th was the annual Clarksville Writers Conference. I am always amazed with all the talented people that attend the conference each year and this year was no different. There were wonderful presenters from all over the southern region. Three presenters really stood out: Beth Ann Fennelly, Tom Franklin, and Adam Ross. Beth Ann has a book of poems recently released title Unmentionables. I could not put down this book. Tom Franklin has several books out, he is the co-editor of the anthology Grit Lit: A Rough South Reader and is joined by several contributing writers. Adam Ross is the author of Mr. Peanut. When these three individuals presented when you walked out of their session you wanted to go find a corner and start writing like crazy. Meeting wonderful like minded people is also a perk to attending the conference. Networking is what always makes a conference great. I recommend this conference to anyone; regardless if you have an idea, a partial manuscript, have a completed manuscript or an avid reader. There is something
Sharon loves to read mysteries, science fiction, and fantasy. She loves the fact that a book can take you anywhere if you let it.