Monday, November 19, 2012

Speaking In Riddles - Spinning Your Wheels

Merriam Webster’s Definition of CLICHÉ
1: a trite phrase or expression; also : the idea expressed by it
2: a hackneyed theme, characterization, or situation
3: something (as a menu item) that has become overly familiar or commonplace


A cliché or cliche (UK /ˈkliːʃeɪ/ or US /klɪˈʃeɪ/) is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has been overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel. In phraseology, the term has taken on a more technical meaning, referring to any expression imposed by conventionalized linguistic usage. The term is frequently used in modern culture for an action or idea which is expected or predictable, based on a prior event. Typically a pejorative, "clichés" are not always false or inaccurate; a cliché may or may not be true.[1] Some are stereotypes, but some are simply truisms and facts.[2] Clichés are often employed for comic effect, typically in fiction.
Most phrases now considered clichéd were originally regarded as striking, but lost their force through overuse.[3] In this connection, David Mason and John Frederick Nims cite a particularly harsh judgement by Salvador Dalí: "The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot."[4] Ironically, in making this statement, Dalí was appropriating the words of French poet Gérard de Nerval: "The first man who compared woman to a rose was a poet, the second, an imbecile."[5]
A cliché is often a vivid depiction of an abstraction that relies upon analogy or exaggeration for effect, often drawn from everyday experience. Used sparingly, they may succeed. However, cliché in writing or speech is generally considered a mark of inexperience or unoriginality.


I thought this was quite interesting:


In writing we are told to 

In order to do this you must:

Perhaps you think this is difficult, but

And before you know it, it will be

Speaking of pie, are you all ready for Thanksgiving?  Me neither...

So, go bake some pies and have a great holiday! 

PS. Here are the top 12 clichés that need to be permanently retired (according to the Writer's Digest team of editors) 

1. Avoid it like the plague
2. Dead as a doornail
3. Take the tiger by the tail
4. Low hanging fruit
5. If only walls could talk
6. The pot calling the kettle black
7. Think outside the box
8. Thick as thieves
9. But at the end of the day
10. Plenty of fish in the sea
11. Every dog has its day
12. Like a kid in a candy store

(Great blog for writers, by the way...check them out!)

PPS. I found a few (odd) clichés I've never seen before! (Does this mean we can use them?)

1. Well, pinch my toes and call me a jelly doughnut

2. Feel like I've been to two county fairs and a goat whoopin

3. He's so bucktoothed he could bite a pumpkin through a picket fence

4. If dumb were dirt, he would be about an acre

5. Two hairs past the freckle, eastern elbow time

Please feel free to post any odd/strange/unheard of cliches you've seen or heard!

Happy Writing,

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Still not giving up...and an Award!

I've been tagged with an award!  First I must link back to Kathleen, then answer some questions, and tag more people/blogs.  Here we go!

Thank you, Kathleen Doyle ) for thinking of me! 

I think I will answer her questions with photos! (pretty funny, huh - seeing as I love to write so much?!)  

1. What is your favorite Christmas/festive movie?  

I Love both of these movies.

2. What is your favorite flower?

3. What is your favorite non-alcoholic beverage? 

Hazelnut-Cream Coffee

4. What is your passion?

       5. What is your favorite time of year?   

Autumn is gorgeous!

6. What is your favorite time of day?

7. What is your favorite physical activity?
       Does typing count?
If I lived near the ocean, I'd do this every day!

8. What is your favorite vacation?
      It's a toss up between my Arizona trips (the Grand Canyon is awesome) & San Diego

The Pacific Ocean in San Diego, CA

9. And now I am supposed to nominate Ten other people (blogs) for this award:

     Stephanie Poscente

     Vampire Maman

     Gina McKnight

     Dixon Rice

     Rachael Soderstrom

     Dean Pace Frech

     Jamie Raintree

     Birds Eye View

     Brenda Giguere

     Roz and Patty Write


On another note:  I'm still waiting for Avon Publishing to get back to me...and if they send me a rejection letter, I'm still not giving up!

 Have a great week.

   Check out my Writer's page.  Here's the link:

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Never Give Up

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the enormity of things around you?

Millions of stars...

The Earth and Moon from Mercury

            Millions of books...

I still get that sinking feeling every time I walk into a big bookstore...
It's a tad overwhelming to think that out of all the millions of books, anyone would want to read mine.  And as I continue to send out query letters to agents, and get nothing back but form rejection letters, it only gets worse. 


You have to try to overcome the giant obstacles...



Madeline L’Engle’s book, A Wrinkle in Time, was turned down 29 times before she found a publisher.
C.S. Lewis received over 800 rejections before he sold a single piece of writing.
Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind was rejected by 25 publishers.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was rejected 121 times.
Johathan Livingston Seagull was rejected 40 times.
Louis L’Amour was rejected over 200 times before he sold any of his writing.
The San Francisco Examiner turned down Rudyard Kipling’s submission in 1889 with the note, “I am sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just do not know how to use the English language.”
An editor once told F. Scott Fitzgerald, “You’d have a decent book if you’d get rid of that Gatsby Character.”
The Dr. Seuss book, And to Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street, was rejected for being “too different from other juveniles on the market to warrant selling.”
George Orwell’s Animal Farm was rejected with the comment, “It’s impossible to sell animal stories in the USA.
The manuscript for The Diary of Anne Frank received the editorial comment, “This girl doesn’t, it seems to me, have a special perception or feeling which would lift that book above the curiosity level.”




Have a great week,

Saturday, June 23, 2012

An Award! ♥

I am honored to have been given this award by Dean Pace-Frech of:

As the recipient of this award I have three responsibilities:

1. Share the link of the person who gave me this award...Thanks Dean!  (link above)

2. Nominate 15 more lovely blogs for the same honor...(see below)

3. Share 7 things about myself (see below the list of blogs)

* * * * * * *

My award nominees (in no particular order) are:

Stephanie Poscente 

Dixon Rice

Ellis Vidler

Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

Elizabeth Spann Craig

Lisa McFerren (my super-awesome-beta reader!)

Brenda Giguere

Gina McKnight

Jessica Knauss

Jen Wylie

Tymothy Longoria

Sean Hayden

Jessica McHugh

Pamela Mason

Marla Todd

* * * * * * *

And finally, seven things about myself:

1. I am currently sending out query letters for my novel, Ravenswynd - Legends, which is book  one in a series of four.  I am nearly finished with book four.  

2. I am also writing a time-travel book.

3. I just joined Romance Writer's of America.

4. I live in the town of Waupun, which is in Wisconsin. 

5. Some of my favorite tv shows include: The Good Wife, Awake, Missing, Fringe, Ringer, Once Upon a Time, Smash, The Walking Dead, and Doctor Who (Thank God for DVR and Netflix)

6. I am not a vegetarian. :P

7. I would Love to live somewhere with an ocean view and no more winters.

Thanks again for this award, Dean.  And congrats to my nominees!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

♫ It's My Blog and I'll Rant if I Want To ♪

The Title to the Blog must be sung to the tune of "It's my party and I'll Cry if I Want To" by Leslie Gore.

If you're not familiar with it, here it is:

Is it okay to rant on your own blog?  Well, I am anyway.  I'm usually not one to complain...(at least not online) but I can't take it any more.  Even though I hate moving...(and yes, I've got tons of experience packing and unpacking since I've moved more times than I can count since DH went back to school in 95)  I am SO ready to start packing again...

I miss my house in Eagle more than any of the other places we ever lived.
These views are from my living room favorite view.





I never had that closed-in feeling while living there...our house sat about 3 blocks off the road. 

 It was always quiet unless DH was cutting the grass or plowing a field.  Cows mooing...leaves rustling, kids giggling, birds tweeting...

I think we had thirteen windows on the main floor - here I have three.
No one lived above us - here we have loud people.

I hear doors slamming, toilets flushing (more than is necessary - ocd?)
Footsteps stomping up and down the stairs.
Video games with guns and bombs going off (base up loud) as late as 11pm.
Did I mention toilets flushing (sometimes up to 5 time in a row) oy

I miss having my own house...just sayin.

Have a great (quiet) week!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cutting and Pasting

Yes, I'm still here...did ya

My last post was way back in March, around the 15th I think.  And the one prior to that was the one about cutting my book down.  Thanks for your comments, by the way.  I've taken everyone's feedback into consideration, (including loads of writing blogs with advice on this subject), and I found that more people advised that less is more for a first novel.  And...wait for it....wait for it...
I have finally finished "cutting...and pasting"!!  No easy task, I might add...

I just hope I've done the right thing here.  After moving chapters around, tons of editing and re-editing, I've taken what was over 215,000 words and I now have three much shorter books.  (Yes, I am still working on what used to be the sequel, and I guess it is now the 4th and last book)  In this 4th book, I already have over 43,000 words...

I'm still hoping this isn't going to be the final outcome:

I know, I've used this picture before, but every time I see it I die laughing... :)

So, after all this intensive labor, Book One now stands at 84,069 words,
Book Two is 64,823, and Book Three is 66,221.

Another thing I'm working on:  The Title (s).  I'm thinking, perhaps Ravenswynd plus another word or two.  I just don't want it to sound too corny or cliché.

I would  ♥ love ♥ some input here...(pretty please)

1. Ravenswynd - Legends Realized
2. Ravenswynd - Dreams Remembered
3. Ravenswynd - Prophesies Rendered
4. Ravenswynd - Secrets Revealed

One of these days I must write my dreaded

And my query letters!!

Am I the only writer who shivers at that thought?  Wish me luck...

Have a great week!

Thursday, March 15, 2012


I miss Doctor Who!  I can't wait for the next season to start.  For those of you who are clueless, Doctor Who is a BBC television show that's been around (on and off) since 1963.  The Doctor is from the planet of Gallifrey.  He's a Time Lord who travels throughout the universe anywhere and any time.  He is sort of immortal: instead of staying dead, he regenerates into another body. There have been 11 doctors so far, and I started seriously watching the show a few years ago with the 9th Doctor. (Christopher Eccleston)

It's one of those shows that keep me wanting more, even though many of the episodes are sort of corny. (Some of the creatures from other planets are any way.)  But I love the background stories; how the Doctor gets along with his companion(s), how he loves the human race -even though we are bent on destruction, and I love the crazy way he works through problems.  I also love how I can get so lost in each episode, thinking all the problems are solved, only to find out in another episode months later, there was/is a connection, and something that happened back then, now means far more than we all thought it meant! (You'd have to see a whole season to understand)  I am very impressed with the writers of Doctor Who.  Their imaginations are wild, sometimes serious, sometimes funny, and sometimes downright heart-breaking.  

One of my favorites (and possibly the scariest)  Doctor Who episode is Blink. I've seen it several times, and keep it recorded on my DVR, in case I need a quick dose of the Doctor. (My favorite Doctor is/was David Tennant: the 10th Doctor) 


This clip has David Tennant as the Doctor:

Watch the video to the end if you'd like a good dose of goosebumps! 

 The small writing in the picture says:
 He's ancient and forever. He burns at the center of time...
 And he's  wonderful!

And for you wimps out there who refused to watch the video... this is what Sally Sparrow sees:

There's nothing worse than a bunch of statues that come alive and suck the life right out of you!

Even though I loved David Tennant, I'm quickly growing fond of Matt Smith, (the 11th Doctor) and I absolutely loved the episode called The Big Bang.  But all of his time travel escapades were so much fun!  This clip is with Matt Smith and is the Top 11 Cool things about time travel. 

I certainly wouldn't mind owning a Tardis of my own... 

For those of you who are not Whovians at heart, a Tardis is the blue police box that the Doctor uses for time travel.  It stands for: Time And Relative Dimensions In Space.  Oh, and it's HUGE on the inside...seriously huge. 

Any other Whovians out there?  Which Doctor is your favorite?  Which episode scared you the most?  Which episode/season is your favorite? 

Have a great week!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

More is More

ME: Huh? Are you saying that my book is too big?

You know what they say about "the light at the end of the tunnel"?  Well, this is how my tunnel looks:  

It's there - almost within reach, but a bit blurry yet.  I'm still undecided about cutting my book down into two...(I've already started the sequel, so then it would be a trilogy)...or if I should try to get the whole monster published as it is...  Decisions, decisions.
The book is a tad long...(213,932 at last word count) 

I am currently editing the second to the last chapter (page 646 out of 679) and hope to be finished soon. Then there will be the final read-through.

 There may be cutting/pasting/deleting involved...
 I sure hope THIS doesn't happen!

In the meantime, I've added another excerpt.  Check out the "Excerpt Page" above.  Comments? Feel free to add them.  Ideas about how long or short a book should be?  Any advice or input will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks for reading, and
have a great week!

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