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27 September 2010 @ 12:33 pm
Tomorrow, the final installment of THE IMPORTANCE OF A STRAWBERRY TART will be up on the TF blog! Don't miss it!
20 September 2010 @ 03:20 pm
 Don't forget! Tomorrow I add my installment to THE IMPORTANCE OF A STRAWBERRY TART--the first ever collaborative short of Tangled Fiction!
16 September 2010 @ 10:02 am
 I am still a live journal newbie and I plan to mess with my layout again today. Please bear with me. My regular blog can be found at http://ljboldyrev.blogspot.com/
14 September 2010 @ 10:00 am
 It's Tuesday! And you guys know what that means. A new installment to a collaborative short story over at http://tangledfiction.blogspot.com/ or for you lj users, http://community.livejournal.com/tangledfiction/!

Part II of The Importance of a Strawberry Tart is written by my loverly friend and crit partner, Valerie Kemp. Next week, I will be writing part III.
06 September 2010 @ 10:57 am
I wanted to let you all know that three YA writers and myself have started a new free fiction blog called Tangled Fiction!


The blog is also mirrored on Blogger, for those of you who don't like Live Journal (I hate it).

A little bit about TF:

We came together with a four-fold mission:
  • to become better writers
  • to have a good time while we practice our craft
  • to give away free fiction
  • to make that fiction fun for others
Starting in September, one TF writer will begin a new story on the first Tuesday of each month. Her story will be on whatever topic she pleases, such is the prerogative of being first! It will be up to the rest of us to continue telling that same story. We'll post on the remaining Tuesdays for the duration of the month until the story has reached its exciting and breathtaking conclusion!

That’s the structure, but there are a few more things we’d like you to know up front.

Our Recipe for Getting Tangled:
  • No planning! We aren’t collaborating before the writing begins. We see the story as you do.
  • Take Turns! We’ll all rotate through the four pieces of story: firsts, seconds, thirds, fourths.
  • The Sky’s the Limit! The gloves are off and this is meant to be a challenge. Anything and everything goes!
We'd love if you'd join us as a "Watcher." Tell us you loved it. Tell us you were terrified. While this isn't a Watcher-driven community, we certainly do want to hear from you. We hope you enjoy the journey as much as we will!

Valerie, Natalie, Lacey, & Anne
19 August 2010 @ 11:20 am
 Today's post is going to be completely unrelated to writing, just so you know. Randomness will ensue.

I was watching this thing on Planet Green last night, and they were saying that in 2050 the world's population will hit 9 billion people, and there is growing concern over food shortage.

Food shortage!

I grew up around farms. Farmland as far as the eye could see. But now I'm thinking about growing populations, and the human race striving for better technology and higher wages, and blah blah blah ( I'm not the type of person who usually sits around and thinks about this) and it's no wonder food shortage is a possibility! Who wants to be a farmer anymore? Farms are usually family owned, handed down from generation to generation but with the way things are, can a farmer afford to live a comfortable life?

When I was a kid, my family bought milk in glass jugs right from the neighboring dairy farm. Now the FDA is trying to say we can't drink unpasteurized milk (even though more health risks are related to pasteurized than not).

Anyway, I just wanted to give a shout-out to farmers everywhere and say thank you. Without farms, we don't have food. Farmers work from sun-up till sun down, some of them seven days a week. I raise my Elvis coffee mug to you, Mr. Farmer.

Happy Thursday.
18 August 2010 @ 11:36 am
 I did a guest post on writing short stories over at Adventures in Children's Publishing. Hope over and check it out! Yanno, if you want.
17 August 2010 @ 04:18 pm
 I've had this account for a while now, but I never took to using it. I'm a blogger girl. Blogger = user friendly. I'm entering a new writing venture that requires I know the basic structure of LJ, so I figured I'd try it out. And YAY! I figured out how to customize it! Sort of. It's not awesome, but it's a step! 
That is all.
16 August 2010 @ 01:02 pm
 As aspiring writers, a lot of us tend to make mistakes when it comes to submissions. We don't follow guidelines, we make spelling errors in our queries, or we submit before we're really ready. I'm not saying all of us do these things, you may never make one mistake. But a lot of new writers jump the gun be it with agents, editors, or even contest entries.

You're eager. You know you need to revise more. But it's written all the way to the end. Your BFF says it's perfect. Your mom says you're the next J.K Rowling. Your palms sweat. You're finger is on the button ready to click "send".

Don't do it!

Because chances are, it's not ready. You're not ready. And you don't want to make an a$$ out of yourself by submitting something that isn't ready. If you win the contest, or if the agent requests pages, then what? You send something half-assed and then ask to revise and resubmit. You've wasted said agent/editor's time and you are EXTREMELY lucky if she/he doesn't tell you to go to someplace not nice.

Trust me. Don't do it.

Breathe. Revise. Rewrite. Repeat.

You'll know when it's ready.