Monthly Archives: March 2014

Writing is a Dream

This post is the last of a series of six blogs that I’ll write as a participant in the Blog Hop for Writers started by Ruth Snyder. Once you read my post you should “HOP” on over to see what the other writers have to say.

The sixth and final topic on the Blog Hop is “My Current Work-in-Progress”

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One of my waking dreams is to become a full published author.

Like everyone else, I have the traditional form of dreams too. The kind that happen when I’m not awake.

Most of the stuff that comes out of my sleep addled head is pure drivel. I always seem to be looking for a bathroom (big repeat dream theme) or doing something inane like complimenting a stranger on their red house door because it means breakfast (don’t ask me from where that one came). The other morning I woke up mad at my husband because I thought he was stealing pillows from some man’s hatchback.

See? Utter nonsense.

But that doesn’t keep me from having a notebook stored right beside my bed. Every now and then a good one will come along. If I don’t write it down immediately, it’s lost to the minutia of my waking life.

To be honest, the good ones seem to come around when I am in between writing projects.

My current work in progress is one of these good ones, or at least I think so.

It’s a Young Adult Fantasy Adventure story set in a different era. There are imaginary beasts and good witches, but the story really follows an eighteen year old girl as she’s forced to leave her home to she prove she’s worthy of living there. Instead of doing what is expected of her and what she really wishes, the girl goes off on a quest to find her missing sister.

There is danger and romance and surprises and magic but above all, because it is a Young Adult book, there is growth. This story is about the character doing what she didn’t know she could or wanted to do because it’s what’s right.

I’m so enjoying writing it and I’m thankful for my dreams that come to me awake and asleep. Even the nonsense ones.

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I want to say a big THANK YOU to Ruth L. Snyder for hosting this fun Blog Hop all these weeks. It was a real pleasure getting to know you and the other participants. Best of luck to you all in your writing endeavors!

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A to Z Blog Challenge Theme Reveal

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In celebration of the A to Z Blogging Challenge in April, I’m participating in the March 21 A to Z Theme Reveal Blogfest.
This is a chance for us brave souls who are taking on the task of blogging every day, except Sundays, in the Month of April to pre-stretch our minds around a theme.

Today, hundreds of other bloggers are also announcing what they plan to share with the world for the whole upcoming month. You can find out more and see a list of the other blogs in the fest by clicking here or on the lovely red, curtained badge above.

And now, I proudly and without prejudice (hint) present my Theme for April…..

A2Z-Pride-and-PrejudiceI hope you like this banner because you are going to be seeing a LOT of it (+ it took me forever to make).

For a while after I committed to the A to Z Challenge, I had no idea what I was going to write about for 26 days.

Then it struck me.

We writers are always told to write what we love. There is hardly a story I love more than Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. So here I am proclaiming that I will give you the A to Z on what there is to love about Pride & Prejudice.

I hope you enjoy!

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Tweaking the Ambiance

I was never one of those people who need to move their furniture around to see how it looks in a different place. My couch is exactly where I put it, give or take a few inches, when we bought our house 15 years ago.

In that time I HAVE added to the ambiance of our home with my artwork, McCoy pottery, an “L” stick collection or two, and even a tumbleweed.

When I figured out that I wasn’t happy with the way my website felt, it wasn’t really a question of moving stuff around or getting rid of anything. I just wanted to add to what I already loved.

That’s what I think I’ve done. It’s still me…but even MORE SO.

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The new website design is one of the free themes from WordPress. I have tweaked it a bit by adding my own background and page headers. It’s supposed to be based on my writer’s desk, though no where near as messy.

I wanted to make the big REVEAL before the A to Z Blog Challenge Theme Reveal Blog Hop on Friday (Please come back for that). So, I guess it’s kind of like getting new carpeting before the relatives come over for Thanksgiving dinner. HA!

Please feel free to take a look around. Maybe you can even hangout a while and put your feet up, but not on the furniture, please…some of it’s new *WINK*.

If you usually only read my posts via email, I hope you’ll make an exception and come by for a real visit.

I’m so excited by all the work I’ve done. Photoshop has been my obsession for the past few weeks. Now every page on the menu above has its own header.

I hope you like it!

Leanne

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Everybody Say YA YA Young Adult Fiction

This post is the fifth of a series of six blogs that I’ll write as a participant in the Blog Hop for Writers started by Ruth Snyder. Once you read my post you should “HOP” on over to see what the other writers have to say.

The fifth topic of the six on the Blog Hop is “My Favorite Genre”

Some people wouldn’t classify Young Adult as a genre, per se. It is a target audience. For my post today though I’m going on the premise that the whole realm of YA is a genre with sub-genres.

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What I love to read, and therefore write, is Young Adult Fiction. I personally don’t care if the sub-genre is Dystopia, Paranormal, Fantasy, Adventure, Contemporary or what have you. I read, and am willing to write, it all.

If the story follows a few of the following guidelines it can be classified as Young Adult.

YA Fiction has to have a teenage protagonist. A story written from an adult point of view just can’t be Young Adult. Any adult is a secondary character who will never take the spotlight off the teen’s storyline.

Male or female, the main character is going to grow up some during the course of the story. Most YA fiction deals with a coming of age issue. It can be abuse, drugs, alcohol, ancient curses or even dragons. Whatever it is, the protagonists will be tested in a way that they will have to rise to the occasion and be wise beyond their teen years.

Young Adult Fiction is usually fast paced. If you look at any Young Adult section in a bookstore or library, the majority of the titles are going to be hovering around the 70K word count. Of course there are exceptions (The Twilight books are so big you could trip over them), but as a rule the plots in these books move quickly.

In YA books there tend to be a lot of dialogue. The characters have plenty to say to each other and even to themselves. Again, not always. During much of the Hunger Games Katniss is making her way through the woods alone. There is no one to talk with, but she carries on the inner-dialogue quite a bit.

There are of course trends in the Young Adult Genre that seem currently prevalent, but will likely change with time and inclination. One is that most Young Adult stories are being written in first person. The character’s story is being told by the character and we see how she deals with the circumstances in her own voice.

Another trend is a prominence of present tense used. This adds a bit of suspense to action stories. We have no idea how the story is going to end up for our protagonist since the action is being described as it happens. When a story is told in past tense, you know that the teller lived to tell their tale.

Paranormal and Dystopian sub-genres have now started to lose their hold on the Young Adult audience and the big name publishers. Contemporary stories have made a come-back and who knows, Action-Adventure and Fantasy may take the reins. We’ll just have to wait and see.

I’ve taken you through my opinions about what it means for a story to be considered Young Adult Fiction. Few rules are set in stone. Beyond having a teen hero and growing throughout the process, anything goes. One thing’s for sure, Young Adult Fiction changes rapidly. That’s the beauty of the genre. It’s just as exciting to write as it is to read.

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IWSG – Curse Of Being An Over Achiever

This month’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group is being hosted as always by Alex J. Cavanaugh. His co-hosts this month are Tina Downey, Elsie, Elizabeth Seckman,  and Julie Flanders!   Thanks!

Once you’ve read my post, please Click here  to “hop” to another blog on the list to support and share with others.

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I’m not perfect. Far from it. I know this, but still…I set these expectations for myself that tend to get me in deeper than I planned to go. I’m not saying I am drowning here, but the water is too cold to let it be edging up here around my neck.

Here’s what I mean. I’m doing the A-Z Challenge Blog Hop this year. I’ve only been blogging since September, so this will be a new experience. Blogging daily isn’t such an unknown concept for me. I posted something every single day in November to go along with NaNoWriMo, but this will be different. The theme isn’t going to be sharing my word count and how I rallied myself to wake up by 4:30 each morning. I have come up with an actual topic that will take me through all 26 letters of the alphabet. I’m excited about my theme, but it is going to take a bit of research.

You would think that would be enough for me.

Well, it isn’t.

I then joined the A-Z Challenge Theme Reveal. It’s a great idea to get us A-Z bloggers started down the road to preparedness. If we have a theme squared away by March 21 that’ll just make the blog hop in April that much easier (and more social).

Then, to go along with the A-Z Challenge Theme Reveal I’ve been working on a new theme reveal for this blog. That has included countless hours on Photoshop making the perfect backgrounds and headers to express exactly who I am and what I want my blog to say about me (without having to say anything – you know the whole “a picture is worth a thousand words” shtick).

Plus, I have a full-time job and a full-time family.

And I’m writing the rough draft of my fourth novel.

And I’m late getting my IWSG post posted.

And my head is starting to spin.

What all of this information I’m laying out for you means is that I’m not really getting anything done. My boat is taking on water faster than I can bail.

The worst part is that I know I should be telling you that I have to give up something. If I want to get my A-Z post finished before April, I need to stop making new headers on Photoshop. My family and job come first, so I may not get ahead on those A-Z blogs. I have to focus on my book because that is really why I’m writing in the first place.

The over achiever part of me doesn’t want to eliminate anything. That is why it is a curse.

I can just say that March is going to be a very long month, but not long enough (Okay. Fine. I’ll quit playing on Photoshop).

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