I’m back for more Six Sentence Sunday! Go the the main site linked in the logo title for more great sixes.
I skipped more of the flowery perfume lines from last week but this takes up right where we left off with Poppy and Sam. You can catch that post here before we move on. G’head. I’ll wait.
Back so soon? Great. Here’s the new six from HOME from The Wild Rose Press. I hope you like it. Personally, I love her attitude. 🙂
Now she stood, hands propped on skinny hips, tapping one black-and-white saddle shoe-clad foot impatiently. “Well?”
Before Sam could think what to say, she shook her head full of springy black curls and knelt to gather vegetables, toothpaste, and toothbrush, along with several other items, in her small hands. “Get me a fresh bag, would ya, honey?”
Finally coming to the realization Poppy wasn’t going away, Sam accepted the new brown paper bag the cashier mutely offered. His eyes avoided the people watching him—the man from the local newspaper office, and Mrs. Deever with her two youngsters.
There you have it. It just gets better from here but I’ll have to let you read the story since it’s a novella and too much… You get the idea. 😉 Thanks for coming by the ranch today!
Wow this last week was a blast! I want to thank all of my hostesses who helped make my HOME For Love blog tour a wonderful success! I still have a few more sites I’ll be on over the next month, but the tour is over and I had my little helper draw the winner for me. I’m so excited to announce the winner!
JEANNENE WALKER– (day three/Vintage Vonnie blog) come on down!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations my dear. You won a PDF of HOME!!!!
I had such a waterfall of support and company that I decided to give out an extra copy of HOME to a second winner. Helper, if you please… and THE WINNER IS…
VAMPEDCHIK– come on down, Amber!!!!!!! You have also won a copy of HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you all for joining me on this thrilling and crazy week of mad-blogging to celebrate the release of my debut book, HOME!
I hope all who have a copy enjoy it and I hope you’ll leave a review on Amazon, TWRP or Goodrads! Thank you all!!!
I got a strange email last night asking me if I had a release date yet for HOME. Of course, as usual, I responded “no”. Then I got an email from Nan Swanson my lovely editor at The Wild Rose Press asking me if everything “looks okay” because she hadn’t heard from me about HOME. OK, at this point I’m more than a little anxious and confused. I tell her I didn’t get an email. She quickly forwards “the” email to me which said-
And- it’s my birthday! December 28, 2011!!! I’m very excited to have a birthday this year. Not because I’m getting another year older- if I could have a birthday without aging that would be wonderful. But-
I GET MY OWN BOOK FOR THE BESTEST GIFT EVER!!!!
I’m doing a bit of rambling today because I can.
I’ve nearly always ‘lived inside my head.’ When I was around fifteen I sat one day and started writing my daydreams down on paper. Yep, good ol’ paper and pen. No typewriter, definitely no computer. Pen in hand I’d stay up most of the night writing knowing I wouldn’t want to wake for school in the morning. Thank goodness I enjoyed school. When I got out of school, aged, my writing grew, the subjects changed but I couldn’t-for the life of me- create my own real characters, modeling each hero after a famous person (even in everyday settings- ugh!). Everything I wrote was in first person introspection and second person for the protaginist. Yeah– really bad writing!
It wasn’t until I’d accumulated a large boxful of this, as we in the writing world know it, “crap” that I decided to get serious. I wanted the world to read my “crap”. By that time I had been married for… a long time. I had three beautiful daughters and the first of four darling granddaughters by this time. And I’d finally discovered I can make up men! I love creating my heroes and using heroines who aren’t modeled after me. Who knew? Apparently the world of writing did, but I didn’t actively focus on that either. So how did I get from knowing nothing about writing to selling a book? You got me! Lol
Actually it took writing a lot more “crap”. And I thought I was the only person in the world who wrote in the special brand of putting words together. Then I discovered a secret world I didn’t know existed. A world just for people with voices living in their heads. I began to learn “stuff”. For instance, “crap” is a favored style for all writers! Well, maybe not ‘favored’, but well documented and verbally accepted. I can’t tell you how many authors have told me to write it. Really! When you get stuck, can’t seem to wake up the muse, stare at blank pages/screens- write. No matter how bad it is in the end it can usually be fixed. But the most important lesson in this is as long as you have something, anything written- it can be fixed. A blank page…not so much fixing going on there.
And another thing I learned; if you can’t seem to write anything- not even crap- IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT! (K, this was a hard one for me because I feel responsible about any of my actions) It’s true. There’s this little invisible gnome, fairie, devil- whatever yous is- that is in charge of your writing. It’s called a muse. I should have acknowledged mine in HOME but didn’t. Nobody hardly ever gives the muse credit for good work done, other than “My muse cooperated today, loves me, is in a good mood”…etc. I haven’t figured that one out yet, but if it goes awry-blame it on the muse.
But all in all, in the end- it’s up to you. If you want to write, write.
I used to think I was strange that voices lived in my head 24/7. I talked to them, directed them. Then I found out I’m not alone. This is the brain of a writer! Me! We live with our characters constantly chit-chatting away day and night. I have long lost track of missed sleep, driving somewhere and suddenly I’m there and don’t remember how I got there, conversations (in the real world) where I apparently agreed to or said something I don’t recall agreeing to or saying. I’ve also learned such is also a “normal” part of a writer’s life. Hey look at me Ma! I AM NORMAL! I listen with one ear inside and one ear outside at all times and I never know when or how a new story idea may strike. It’s kinda like lightening, it strikes where it feels the most energetic pull, and rarely hits in the same spot twice. But it almost always leaves an impression on me.
So what about you? Are you still holed up inside you head, convinced the little men in white jackets will pop up if you open your mouth? Do you wear a sign that proclaims you one of the insane who live inside your head? Speak out! After all, as a writer in these days it’s important to be able to say “I’m a writer.” If you can’t now how do you expect to market yourself and sell those little gems once they are out of your head for all the world to gawk at?
It won’t go away, might as well embrace it while you’re wrapped tighter than a burrito in that white coat. BE PROUD!
Join me here on the ranch Monday when I have the funny and talented Storm’s Interlude author, the lovely TWRP Rose, Vonnie Davis. You won’t want to miss that one!
I had planned (will I never learn not to?) to let the last post run for a few days because Connor is SUCH a total hottie and deserves his 15 minutes of fame, his name in lights and all that. Maybe he’ll get his chance again in real lights and not dim fluorescent ones soon. For now, I have a couple of announcements I can’t hold in any more!
First (and I really don’t know which is more exciting for me) my husband and I found a house deal we couldn’t pass up. Because of my FIL we weren’t sure if we could take the deal, however. To our surprised delight he’s fully onboard though! We are buying a house!!!!!!
It’s so lovely. Three bedrooms (or two and an office for mwah!) Two full baths, one attached to the master which we are letting FIL have since it’s the only bedroom that is down stairs. The kitchen is gorgeous with twenty feet of counter and cupboards. Incredible! We’ll do a little fixing up (ie. new carpet upstairs, new flooring in the kitchen and maybe one bath, new back deck, etc), minor stuff of preference. Best of all it sits on three and a half acres and is much closer to our daughters and granddaughters! Actually between the two who live the farthest away right now. So, though we just moved to Fil’s two weeks ago for what we thought was an indeterminate time span- we will be moving again. This past week and all weekend we’ve been extremely busy cleaning it and getting it ready to move into in a month or less.
Second (and this has me squeezing all day!) I got my cover, the official artist generated cover by the talented Tina Lynn Stout, for my soon to publish historical novella, under The Wild Rose Press Vintage line, HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
With the striped awning at the top is says small town Oklahoma. The car is perfect for the 1960’s which HOME is set in. Just pet look at this.
Have you ever seen a more beautiful book cover? Well, maybe you have- I don’t want to know. Lol Don’t you love the muted, dreamy quality Tina gave my story? With so many new and very blank walls in the new house I need decorations. I need to print this and frame it! Would 24×36 be too big? Yes, I do have a frame that large! Lol Maybe a more modest 16×20?
Nah. I’ll go with a nice 8×10 I think. After all, I have to have room on my new walls for many more book covers in the future. Remember, this story is just one of a multi-author series to be released by The Wild Rose Press in future months! And, of course, I will have Connor and Viv up one day in a glowing frame as well, if all revisions go well.
So sit back and drool with me for a while as I celebrate.