A Writer's Journey

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Maya Angelou

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

Victor Hugo

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Artist's Way - Purging

So, first off, one of the gems that I met whilst attempting to be a blogger/writer/twitterer (-er? LOL) was none other than the awesomesauce unicorn extraordinaire aka Lori M. Lee. To prove her awesomesauceness (Yes, that is now a word. I am willing it directly into Merriam Webster's next edition. Ha!), she has given me this rockin' award (for reasons that continue to elude me):



Um, I do believe that it's impossible to measure just how much she rocks. I tried to, but failed. Thanks for the love Lori! #hearts

The rules for accepting this award:
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave the award
2. State seven things about yourself
3. Pass the award on to any recently discovered great bloggers

So here goes:
Seven Things About Moi

1) Numbers are my job, but words are my life.
2) I am obsessed with the Naruto anime series (Datebayo!!! LOL).
3) I was born on Christmas Eve.
4) Linkin Park makes me an uber happy gal.
5) Celine Dion also makes me an uber happy gal. (of *course* Celine vibes with Linkin Park... #confidentnod)
6) I was born in the Philippines.
7) When I was younger, I wanted to be Ariel from The Little Mermaid. (and may or may not have been in love with Prince Eric... ::shifty eyes::)

So, now it is my turn to pass the torch of awesomesauceness to Corinne O'Flynn! Also, she has this on her blog:

'Nuff said.

Okay, moving on...

Last night, I attended the first ever SCBWI Hollywood Schmooze just to see what all the schmoozing was about. Met an awesome group of people, ironed out deets about meeting times, topics to be discussed, intro rounds, etc. One thing that stayed with me was when the topic of conversation turned to this little ol' book called The Artist's Way. In this little ol' book, techniques are discussed on how to help someone become a better writer. There are tips, exercises, and advice and the one discussed last night was something that everyone called "purging" (I say "something" because I have yet to read the book, so I don't know if that's the official title of the exercise. LOL).

With purging, the mind releases all of its negative and errant thoughts, helping the writer to focus on what they need to in order to write. The idea behind it is to write 3 longhand pages of stuff. Any and all kinds of stuff. If you have nothing to write, write "I have nothing to write." and eventually, your mind will work into this automatic stream of consciousness and purge out things that can potentially block you from finishing a writing goal.

Needless to say, with my insomnia and occasional writer's block, I hopped right on that train and tried it before I went to bed last night. The WIP ideas have been coming at me all morning. I shit you not.

Long story short, I totally recommend this. Also, I'm uber excited about the SCBWI now having a Hollywood/West Hollywood sector! Excitement all around people! ::squeeee::

Until next blogging time... #peaceout

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

ANGELFIRE Hardcover Giveaway!! ::squeeeee::



Another ANGELFIRE giveaway is here from the ever fab @CAMoulton! To enter for a SIGNED HARDCOVER, mosey on down to the epic awesomeness HERE and follow the entry guidelines.

P.S. You won't want to miss this! ANGELFIRE is epically intense! ::shoos you away::

#FearTheReaper

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Playthings of the Gods CONTEST!!!!



So here I am again...third time this week. I know, weird. LOL But bear with me. I post for good reasons and here's the fantabulous reason for THIS post:

AWESOMESAUCE contest from the awesomeness that is @lisagailgreen !!! Win your very own copy of Playthings of the Gods ebook anthology! Click on this link of awesomesauce for a chance to snag the swag! What are ya waiting for?! GO GO GO!!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

ANGELFIRE ARC Giveaway!!! ::squeeeeee::



ANGELFIRE is the highly anticipated debut of YA author @CAMoulton and to celebrate her February 15th release date, she is giving away some swag! All you have to do is go to the awesomesauce that is her blog HERE and comment. You can also gain up to TWO additional entries by following the guidelines on the post in the link above. So what are ya waiting for?!?!?! Go! Now!

P.S. There's also a little slice of Will's POV in her Tuesday post with a link to the full unpublished chapter if you wanna navigate around! YAY!

ENTER! SPREAD THE WORD! #FearTheReaper

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Blog Contest Full of Awesomeness



So, apparently it takes a mountain of an idea or a pile full of awesomesauce to get me to blog on this thing. YAY for you that it's the latter because my awesome pal Corinne O'Flynn is about to reach her 100 follower mark and she's itching to give oodles of fabulous stuff away! To enter, all you gotta do is hit this link of awesomesauce and follow the guidelines on her blog! Easy peasy? You bet your awesome ass it is!

So what are you waiting for?! Go! Win stuff! ::shoos you away frantically::

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Personal Demons



Image above from Lisa Desrochers' blog.

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OR

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I seriously can't decide. And after reading the conflict and resolution, I'll bet money that you won't be able to decide either. LOL

I just finished reading an incredible book entitled Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers and it's still buzzing around in my brain so I thought what better way to get it out of my system than by blogging about it? I mean, truthfully, my blog was starting to collect cobwebs and I figured that it was time to do a little cleaning and fill it with something that might be worth reading.

First of all, I was completely blown away by the characters. I haven't been so engrossed in a book like this in months, maybe longer. Sure, I've read some of the books that are mainstream popular right now (I'll leave titles out just for the sake of my not wanting to start arguments), but it usually takes me a while because of my busy schedule. But not this book.

Personal Demons went everywhere with me. In my purse. To work. To my parents' house. To the children's birthday party that I went to for my niece. I couldn't put it down and when I did put it down, I couldn't stop thinking about it. It was constantly on the brain, my heart breaking for both Luc and Gabe the entire book. And totally getting where Frannie is coming from.

I loved the little references that the author used with the different smells and of course, the music references were golden.

And Lucifer Cain? Coolest fucking name evar. Nuff said. Everyone should go read this book. Like. Right. Now. It needs more buzz so that more people will read it and maybe, just maybe I'll get to see Luc and Gabe on the big screen someday, breaking hearts everywhere as they so rightly do in the book.

Go check out the book and go check out the author's blog here for more info on the books in the series (the sequel is coming out Summer 2011) plus links to "interviews" with the characters (which are hilarious, by the way).