• Books,  Inspiration,  Writing World

    Utopia Con 2017: Book Haul & Panels ^_^

    GUYS! I got shiny pictures! ^_^ First we have a gorgeous couple of pictures from my hotel window. This is outside the Airport Marriott in Nashville. Pretty Tennessee trees. 😀 Next up is a shiny UTOPIA Con bag. Came with a free novella and a fan that plugs into smart phones. ^_^ I somehow miraculously made it in time for the keynote, but it was super short, so sad to say, I barely remember anything. Plus I missed a bit of it because I had to pee and they started a little early. This next picture is some greenery I ran into across from the hotel entrance. I took notes…

  • Agent Hunt,  Query Letter,  Tips

    Query Mania!

    To recap: this post is going to cover both the Quantum Query panel at UtopYA Con 2014 and also C.J. Redwine’s Query book. Once again, you can find the book HERE, and info on her Query Workshop by following the link. ^_^ ANYWHO! Onto the panel: Panelists include: C.J. Redwine, J.A. Souders, Trisha Wolfe, and Rachel Harris. One of the tips we were given on how to write a good query is to watch movie trailers and see if we can gather what the story is about from the trailer. I thought that was a really interesting idea! About Queries: The query should cover the first 20 to 30% of the book, be NO LONGER…

  • Inspiration,  Writing World

    The Panels of UtopYA Con 2014

    The first one I went to was Expand Your Universe: A How-to Workshop for Newbies & Introverts #ExpandYourClump. Out of everyone in the room, guess who gets singled out? Yeah. Me. I’m terrified of people, y’all, but it’s cool. Lol! They offered some helpful tips on things to say when you meet an author you like besides the typical: smile, nod, and tell them you like their book. Which is exactly what I did with the first author of a book I’d already read. Lol! They offered things like: What are you working on now? Where are you from? Is this your first time here? Things like that. I really, really…

  • Books

    UtopYA Con 2014 & Book Haul!

    Before I left for the weekend, I had a mini field day and pick up some $3 books at the local Hastings! Dark Vengeance Vols 1 & 2 by Jeff Mariotte, Mystic by Alyson Noel, and The Vampire Academy Trilogy by Richelle Mead. I’ve been meaning to get Dark Vengeance for a while and I’ve been meaning to watch Vampire Academy for awhile. Mystic was an impulse buy, but it sounds really interesting. ^_^ Next stop, UtopYA Con where I picked up even more BOOKS! From Left to Right: Shayne Leighton: Of Light and Darkness & The Vampire’s Reflection (also happens to be one of my most favorite people that…