Monthly Archives:: October 2011

Model Monday #08: Halloween

Happy Halloween!   Why is it that scary things, dark things, intrigues us, enthralls us? My opinion is problem the same of why all fantasy intrigues us: because it isn’t real and we are attracted to the unknown … we want to know more, and sometimes we even wish it was true. Not ghost-true, but magic-true ;) I confess … I’m super chicken for horror movies. I am. And for books too. I read only a handful of horror books in all my life. And as far as movies goes, I watched The Shining, The Exorcist, The Prophecy series and that’s it lol It all happened a long time ago, when I had no sense and thought I wouldn’t be… Read more »

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Finalist

Finalist

  Back in the first week of September, I came to know the Show Me The Spark contest promoted by the Heartland Romance Authors. The deadline to enter the contest was that day. I hurried up and sent my finished MS, Destiny Gift, to them. I had no hopes of making the cut. I was entered because it was easy to send an email over … But I did make the cut. I’m one of the 5 finalists in the YA category. I shouldn’t be too excited though. First, because I don’t think I’ll win. Second, because, as super Literary Agent Laura Bradford said on twitter a few days ago, contests don’t matter much “Unless it is a contest with… Read more »

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RTW: Best book of October

RTW: Best book of October

“Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.” This week’s topic is: What was the best book you read in October?   I read only four fiction books this month (I’m reading a fifth) and other two on craft. Next week I’ll have a post up with all my October readings (as I do every end of month). There was one book I had high hopes and, in the end, I was disappointed. It didn’t live to my expectations. And there were two GREAT ones:   The first one… Read more »

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ROW80 Check-in Wed 10/26

ROW80 Check-in Wed 10/26

  I have news … My manuscript, Destiny Gift, the one which has 2 fulls out, was selected as one of the 5 finalists in the Show Me The Spark contest organized by the Heartland Romance Authors! Woot! A feature of the contest is that they send you the MS back after they’ve chosen the finalists with many comments done by the judges … they give you a week to go through it and revise your work. At the end of the week (this upcoming Sunday) I have to send my MS back to them or they will use the un-revised version for the finals. And, on December 23rd, they will announce the winner ;) So, this week, I’ll pause my writing… Read more »

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Model Monday #07: Sports

Model Monday #07: Sports

I have a few ideas for books where sports are important for the plot and setting. So, sports inspire me, right? Right. Even though I was a ballerina all my life, my parents and my brother have been tennis players all their lives (I played for a few years, but soon realized I liked dancing much more). Tennis was such a big thing in our daily basis that we used to have a tennis court in our house and my father hired the best trainers to come to live with us for a year or so, to train my brother. Unfortunately, for a sudden twist of life, my brother didn’t become a professional tennis player, but now, at 32, he… Read more »

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No ROW80 check-in today!

Exactly what the tittle says. I don’t have much to report, cause Thursday was my only “writing” day after the Wed check-in. Friday I went out and about (exams and doctor) and weekend is for family. But I’m doing well with my goals … I blogged, I twitteted, I commented on other blogs, I read, I worked on the plot for my new MS … Also, as I don’t work on writing during weekends, I’m debating about skipping Sundays check-ins … perhaps only do Sunday check-in when, for some odd reason, I end up writing during the weekend (which happened about 2 weeks ago). Well, let’s see. Have a good one guys =)    

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ROW80 Check-in Wed 10/19

ROW80 Check-in Wed 10/19

  So, I’ve changed my goals for round 4 of ROW80 a little. My goals (updated 10/18): Write at least 2k words from Mon to Fri, when I’m not editing/revising (Sat and Sun are reserved for family!) Finish the MS I’m writing (for now, I call it Attitude) Edit Attitude Outline a novel for NaNoWriMo Participate on NaNoWriMo Read 2 books every 3 weeks Blog at least once per week (besides the #ROW80 check-ins) Comment on #ROW80 friends’ blogs Not necessarily in that order =P   As you guys may have noticed, I took exercising out of the list. Well, since I may have to go through surgery soon, and then I’ll need to recover from it (which means no walking… Read more »

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RTW: What’s your numero-uno reason for writing?

RTW: What’s your numero-uno reason for writing?

This is the first time I’m participating on the YA Highway‘s Road Trip Wednesday.     From their blog: Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.   Today’s prompt is:   What’s your numero-uno reason for writing?      Well, I could give many, many answers to this question. I could use quotes …   “I write to empty my mind and to fill my heart” ― Paulo Coelho   “That’s why I write, because life never works except in retrospect. You can’t control life, at least you… Read more »

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