Pimp My Bio: #Pitchwars Mentee

Hello all you awesome authors, mentors, mentees, agents, writers, lovers, haters, nerds, nerdettes, dudes, ladies, and everyone else in between. This is my official unofficial Pitch Wars Mentee Bio! That’s right, this writer chick is putting it all out there. Gonna submit that novel to #Pitchwars and hopefully get a fantabulous mentor to help me with it.

But a message to all of you! Mentors, Agents, Potential Mentee’s, whether you are picked or not you are:

And I just realized that gif is from the episode where Dean eats the Turducken and gets high from the Leviathans goop.

Which brings me to my next point. I am 100% NERD.

This particular ‘I Am Groot’ translates into ‘Thirty, Nerdy, Fabulous.’

I enjoy all things comics, (Marvel, not a fan of DC), Scyfy network (Defiance, Lost Girl, Bitten, Faceoff), online RP games (Wildstar, and forum RP), and one of my all time favorite shows is Supernatural.

I am married to one hella of a hunka hot husband–and we have two dogs, both of whom like to help me read in one way or another.

Storm, my dachshund, trying to face-meld for optimum closeness while I read. (Yes, that’s a Chilly Willy the Penguin shirt)

And Crowley, King of the Demon Dogs (Supernatural Ref) who was highly sad when I stopped reading aloud to him from Jim Butcher’s Cold Days.

Storm is a ten year old Dachshund with attitude. She’s a little snausage who loves to be in my lap. Her hobbies include, kicking me in bed, compulsive licking, and adorable looks.

Crowley is a rescue a little over two years old. Believe it or not, he’s an American Akita, with the most adorable eyes you’ve ever seen. Hobbies include, running circles on the bed, biting a particularly irritating place on his back, and putting new ‘nose art’ on the sliding glass door as he people watches.

They are the best pups a girl could ask for.

ON WARDS AND UP…DOWNWARDS!

 

 

All right, down to the nitty gritty. What do I read? I love all things Urban Fantasy. From Kelly Armstrong, to Jim Butcher, to Carrie Vaughn. However, UF isn’t the only thing I read. I’m an avid lover of most genres. I love lit fic, classics, short stories, weird, strange, and pretty much just about anything I can get my hands on. However, I don’t like books so engrossed in technical writing I feel like I’m reading a thesis paper. I prefer voice, compelling story, and just pure awesomeness to a book that has every other word being something so intellectual and rare I’m constantly looking it up.

And I probably just made myself sound dumb or lazy, but I’m not, honest. I just wanna enjoy books and not feel like it’s homework.

WHAT DO I WRITE?

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Well, my entry for #Pitchwars is tentatively entitled Blood Moon. An ADULT Urban Fantasy. It makes mentors a bit slim picking, but hey, that doesn’t deter me. It’s dark, gritty, and yeah, there’s some pretty gory scenes. I’m not one of those fade to black kind of chicks when it comes to violence and sex if a book calls for it.

However, crazy jump here, my WIP is tentatively entitled Redemption which is an entirely different genre. The exact genre is unknown. I’ve been told Women’s Fiction, Romantic Thriller, eh, since it’s out of my comfort zone, not really sure.

The bottom line is, as a writer, I want to learn, grow, and the truth is, if I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, I can’t fix it. So, I’m not afraid for someone to rip up a chapter and be all like, “Ha, no. That’s just…seriously..no.”

I have pretty thick skin. I grew up with brothers and my family definitely isn’t politically correct when we sit around the dinner table. It’s always been said how it is. No sugar coating.

It started with Dean Winchester. Let’s end it with Dean Winchester.

Thank you to Brenda Drake, all the mentors, agents, writers, and everyone who is participating and making this a fantastic experience. Whether I’m chosen or not, the things I’m learning from the community on twitter, people I’ve met in the writing world, and the advice that I’m granted through fantastic blogs has helped me to become a better writer. I’m much closer than I was yesterday, and chosen or not, I’ll keep moving forward. So, thank you all for doing this.  It’s going to be one hell of a ride!

PS: Before I go. I just want to share.

Internet Legend: The Liebster Award Nomination

Well isn’t this just a flattering boost of the ego!  There is sarcasm in there.  While I’m very appreciative of this award, truth be told, I’d never heard of it before.  I’m humbled that Chris Votey would nominate me for this.  I met Chris through twitter, and I have to say, not only is he a fantastic writer, but he also helps other writers as well.  He’s definitely got good karma coming his way for all the good juju he’s putting out.  Like Chris, until he had nominated me for the Liebster Award, I’d never heard of it.  After reading about it on Chris’s blog (go check it out!) it seems there is no actual award and no one knows the beginnings of it.  Was there a blogger named Liebster who wanted their name to live on in infamy? Possibly, but probably not. It may have been a meme at first – sort of like Throw Back Thursday and Ten Things Tuesday.   It’s an Internet Legend – one we may never know the beginnings of, but that I will pass on in hopes of linking more blogs for people to discover.

First, I will answer the questions Chris asked on his blog for us nominees.  I will then nominate and ask questions of my own.  For those of you I nominate, link back once you’ve answered – if you so choose, and I’ll scamper off to read your post.

1.) In a bar, what is your drink of choice?

Well that’s an easy one.  Jack Daniels.

Forever and always, I am a whiskey girl.  I’m fairly certain I was born with it infused into my blood.  My dad also has a soft spot for good ol’ JD.  As you can tell from my parents living room, Jack Daniels is a staple in their home. There’s no denying, it is my favorite, my fathers favorite, and it may have been my grand daddies favorite, but I’m not sure.

2.) Out of the 45 Master Character by Victoria Schmidt, which do you enjoy writing?

I’d never heard of this, so I can’t particularly give an informed answer.  (Though now I intend to pick up this book because after doing a bit of research it looks intriguing.) So, I’ll describe the type of character I prefer to write, and maybe Chris can help classify what type it may be and I can add it in later.

My favorite character to write is the woman with flaws.  Her beauty is subjective.  She doesn’t have a face that people find ravishing and can’t get enough off.  In fact, I like to blemish the physical traits somehow, with scars or birthmarks, etc.  She is strong, but not impervious.  The protagonist who makes mistakes, and may or may not learn from them pending on the point of view and what’s going on.  Demons may haunt her from past memories, and she doesn’t always get along easily with people.  Tough, but she doesn’t have to flaunt it.  My favorite character has depth and doesn’t have an ‘automatic’ connection with someone.  It’s organic, ebbing and flowing, just like in real life – whether it be friends or lovers – and sometimes, it just doesn’t work out. She’s also compassionate, even if she doesn’t show it right away, and for the love of god she doesn’t whine about her past or use it an excuse for her behavior.  So…in a nut shell – I like writing well rounded characters with several layers to them that peel away slowly and develop who they are.

3.) What do you do when you’re faced with writers block?

Ha!  It’s a good question.  I don’t have one ritual that will get me past it.  Sometimes I’ll just grab a notebook and write, “I can’t write.  This is stupid.  Why can’t I write.  It’s just a sentence.  God damnit, come on brain!”  I’ll keep going on like that until something coherent comes out that isn’t me bitching at myself for not being able to write.  It works more than some might think. Other times I may read over what I’ve already written to see if there’s some juicy nugget I glanced over that can help inspire me.  I’ve also heard that blood sacrifices to the muses help – but I’ve never had to go quite that far.

4.) How do you generate ideas for your stories?

My problem is I have more ideas than time to write, and sometimes when a new idea jumps in it makes me want to write about that particular topic right then and there!  It doesn’t take much for me to get an idea, though not all of them are story worthy.  Sometimes I see a commercial, or someone says something, a picture may inspire me, or I’ll just go and look over some lore and read classic stories.  I’m a perpetual ‘What If’ thinker.  It contributes highly to my anxiety, but also to my stories, because I’ll look, hear, say, read, something and think ‘well what if this happened’ and then a character comes to mind, and it’s off we go – on the never ending idea train.

5.) Have you ever won Nanowrimo?

Why yes, yes I have.  In 2013 actually.  It’s a strange experience just jumbling 50k words together.  I’m actually on the second draft now.  It’s how ‘Blood Moon‘ (title still tentative) was spawned. However, I skipped over transition scenes, and by the time it was done it was a mess.  So I had to put together what I called Vs. 1.5 which was stringing it together coherently and writing in any bits that were missing.  Now, I’m a bit more than half way through the second draft, and thus it will be ready for Beta Readers soon.

6.) How do you distract yourself from writing when you need a break?

There’s quite a few ways.  Distracting myself from writing is sometimes easier than I’d like it to be, because sometimes I just want to kill my characters off and be done with it.

– Cuddle with the hubby.

– Play with the pups.

– Go for a walk.

– Hit the gym.

– Catch up on shows.

– Read a book.

– Play on twitter and facebook.

7.) What are you currently working on right now?

You mean besides this blog post?  Oh right!  You mean projects!

The second draft of Blood Moon and a short story – which I’m not entirely sure where it’s going at the moment.  I’m also drawing up notes and plot points for the sequel to Blood Moon.

8.) Knowing there is no award to be won, why did you answer these questions?

Because someone was kind and courteous enough to nominate me for the award – even if it just an Internet Legend.  It will also (hopefully) connect other blogs and promote workings and interactions between authors or those who are seeking to be authors.  They say that writing is a solitary journey – and maybe in some aspects that’s true, but it never hurts to meet and promote others as well.

9.) What is your favorite word?

I don’t wanna say.  I was going to do a whole post about words and how the common ones slip up in our language without us really noticing.  At the moment, my favorite word seems to be ‘Fantastic.‘ I say seems to be, because suddenly I am speaking it more than any other word to describe something I like.  “Oh that’s fantastic!”  “Fantastic!”  “Freakin’ fantastic!”  I noticed it a few weeks ago at the Ren Fest.  Before then, I never noticed myself saying it, but now I seem to all the time.

My other favorite word is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – though there aren’t many openings in day to day conversation to use it.

10.) Do you write with your heart or your brain?

I’d like to think both.  I hope my writing is passionate, and that I use my brain enough to make sure it’s coherent, well written, and grammatically correct.  Plus, the brain is good for coming up with nifty plot twists and the like. First draft is definitely more heart than brain.  Second draft, more brain than heart so I know it makes sense.

11.) What’s the funniest joke you can think of?

I don’t really know any jokes, so I’ll just leave you all with one of my favorite comedian, Jeff Dunham and his friend Walter.

I hope I didn’t bore you all to death!  If I did, blame Chris. 😀

Nominees: 

S.A. Hunt

Stephanie McGee

Emmie Mears

Dreamer Lynn

Troy Blackford

Lisa Bouchard

Zach Payne

Congratulations to all you Liebster Award Nominees!  Ya know.  The Internet Legend Award.  That doesn’t exist.  It’s still a lot of fun to participate in and I hope you will!

Questions

1.) Do you remember the first thing you ever wrote? Whether it was a short story, poem, song lyrics, whatever?  How old were you?

2.) What is your guilty pleasure in the writing world?  That thing we know we shouldn’t want, but can’t seem to get enough of.

3.) Star Trek or Star Wars?

4.) If there was one book/article whatever you would suggest an aspiring author read – what would it be?

5.) What show/movie are you a total fangirl/fanguy of?

6.) Are you for self publishing or traditional?

7.) What is your one pet peeve that drives you mad in books?

8.) Do you have any rituals (ie turning around in a circle three times, a specific snack you must have, a blood sacrifice to the muses) that you perform before you sit down to write?

9.) What are the top three songs on your writing playlist at this moment?

10.) Which decade have you been displaced from? In other words, in another life were you possibly in a flapper in the 20’s or a hippy in the 70’s?  Big hair in the 80’s? Rockabilly in the 50’s?

11.) List/show the five favorite things on your desk right now.

Have fun with it and link back when you’ve done it!  I can’t wait to read your stuff!

A Woman’s Choice and a Healthy Life

 

There is a huge issue in the U.S. today, and its the self image of women.  Between digital media, airbrushing, Photoshop, and yes even flawless, gorgeous protagonists that can do no wrong in books.  Women come in different shapes, sizes, heights, skin colors, hair colors, and more.  However, without the help of a computer program practically flawless in every way is not one of them.   Women are beautiful and should feel so.  Culture has an idealized and unrealistic view of what women should be, and from a young age, this is instilled in our minds.  There is a fight going on for robust women trying to make society accept them for who they are and what they look like.  All women are beautiful – society just needs to open their eyes.  The decision to get in better shape is generally a personal one. At the end of the day, there is too big, and there is too small, and both can effect someones health – no matter which end of the spectrum, when a woman hits that point, something should be done for a healthier lifestyle.

Recently I’ve signed up with a personal trainer and will be getting a meal plan to help me lose weight and put healthier food into my body.  I’m overweight, am I happy with myself? Not overly.  Mainly because I’m thirty years old and my blood pressure is just this side of normal at 130/80.  I could very easily slip into a hypertensive state in the next few years, and forgive me, I don’t want to die of a heart attack at the age of forty.   I’ve quit smoking, and as of tomorrow, I start my personal training sessions.

Yeah, this will probably be me tomorrow.

I’ve never been overly skinny.  Even at 5’4 135 lbs left me with – as my husband likes to describe it – “a teeny tiny little waste, and then her hips and ass go bladow!” So, I’ve always had a thickness to me, and that’s fine.  I don’t want to be so tiny I lose my curves.  I want to lose the weight to feel better about myself and to drop my blood pressure so I have a healthier lifestyle and I can do things – like live past 40.  Both grandmothers died in their early 60’s albeit for entirely different reasons.  I, however, prefer to go the way of my grandfather who is still vivacious and as stubborn as The Huntress hell bent on revenge for the death of her fiance by her father.  The man does what he wants – and sometimes he’s got more attitude than we know what to do with it.

Yeah, he seems to think so even though he cut off part of his finger with a circular saw.

So what’s the point?  The point is that women shouldn’t be pressured into being a size zero, with the outline of muscles defining their body, and be forced to be at the gym everyday. The decision to lose weight is a personal decision – and outside health reasons – if you’re happy with yourself, then flaunt it.  Don’t let media, digital programming, Photoshop, or even the unrealistic perfect, gorgeous protagonist of a book make you feel less.   Health should be a determining factor in my opinion.  If you’re like me, and your weight is causing issues with blood pressure and cholesterol – it might be time to hit the treadmill.  If you’re robust, happy, and healthy with who you are, than fuck the rest of the world and what they’ve got to say.  Do you.  Women should be made to feel good about their appearance, and if they’re not happy, they should have the tools to make realistic goals if they want to lose weight.

 

My New Years resolution is to live a healthier lifestyle so I’m not on blood pressure pills by the time I’m thirty-five.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” – Eleanor Roosevelt. 

PS.  On an unrelated note, my other New Years Resolution is to be published in 2014.