• Anniversary,  Excerpt,  Story Graveyard,  Story Vault

    Blast from the Past

    As part of my celebrations for the 16 year anniversary of my first completed novel attempt, I’ve sifted through the vault and decided to embarrass myself by posting an excerpt for your amusement. Introducing novel number 5 – Played for a Fool. ^_^ (circa May 2001 – Genre: YA Fantasy with a supernatural or paranormal bend, depending on how you view vampires. POV: 3rd omniscient with one MC and a secondary POV.) Novel numbers 1 & 2 were not in the running as they are so bad, they’re not even buried with the rest. I was very tempted to go with the first novel I queried (number 8), but I…

  • Pity Party,  Story Graveyard

    Pity Party

    start pity party This will be the very first time I’ve had to throw a story away I couldn’t find anything wrong with (I don’t see a lack of a full fledged love story as a problem, but maybe it is.) To say this sucks is an understatement. All that work (writing, querying, researching agents) just down the drain…all for nothing. I don’t ever to want to go through with this again. But I guess I have to. If I don’t submit my new story, I won’t be able to live with myself until I do. I have to try. So I might as well get it over with…when it’s…

  • Story Graveyard,  Story Vault,  Writing Journey

    Stories of Writing Past…

    Happy August! Here’s my collection of novels, partial novels, and novel attempts. And for fun, I list some short stories that I’ve written as well, along with some reincarnated bits from previous novel attempts that show up in my series.   Novels (in order of appearance)-written in 3rd person unless otherwise noted –Untitled First Novel (circa 1996/97)(1st person) Starring Tamara Louise Temple about a 14 year old girl who falls in love with a 15 year old “gang” member. He wants to stop running around and do well in school. She tutors him. They fall in love. Shelved for the obvious reasons: it was awful.   –The Tiara (circa 2000)…

  • Editing,  Query Letter,  Story Graveyard,  Writing Journey

    Editing & The Query Process

    Sometimes I feel like I suck. Sometimes I go through, “I’m a genius!” and “Wow, I really stink at this.” in the same day. The query letter is going nowhere. I keep staring at, thinking that maybe it will suck information out of my head and write itself. I’m specifically getting hung up on the ending. It’s not like I’ve never tried to do any of this before. It’s because I have that’s stressing me out. I have 250 words to tell the agent why my story is great and fabulous and while I believe this to be true *insert Cheshire grin here* if I fail at convincing them of…