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Packing My Bags Once Again ;o)

I’m heading out again!

This time my hubs and I are both visiting my wonderful Crit Partner Jamie’s blog The Variety Pages! Wanna know a little more about my hubs and I? There’s even a pic of us! If so, head on over to Jamie’s fantabulous blog! While you’re there, check out her serial novel Indelibly Inked! Good stuff folks ;o)

I know I’ve been a bit of an absent blogger lately. I’m truly sorry. It’s been a little wackadoodle around these parts. I’m working on getting back to blogging regularly.

I did receive an awesome award while on hiatus. The super-sweet Ashelynn over at World of My Own bestowed upon me the Life is Good Award! It is isn’t it? *grin* Thanks so much, Ashelynn. Check out her blog for a glimpse into her wonderful little world! Welp. In order to accept this blog award, I must answer some questions she asked… so here it goes!

1. What’s your favorite genre to read? Why? Definitely YA Paranormal, really anything YA. I like Mysteries too, like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series.

2. If you couldn’t write in the genre you do, what genre would you write in? I’d love to write a coherent Mystery Novel. (my attempt was futile)

3. Pepsi or Cola? Caffeine Free Coke

4. How do you like to spend your Sundays? Lounging around with hubs and doggies, reading.

5. Penguin or Giraffe? Penguin

6. What type of vehicle do you drive? ’05 Ford Escape

7. Would you lick a battery if your life depended on it? Sure.

8. When do you like to write – in the morning, in the afternoon, evening? Definitely late at night, my best thoughts crawl outta my crazy brain after midnight.

9. Which do you like more – Facebook or Twitter? Twitter! I’ve met so many great people through it. Love facebook too, but for connecting with people I already know ;o)

10. If you get hurt (like a scrape on the knee or break your arm), do you ask for a band aid? Yes, I don’t want it gushing onto my clothes. Ew.

This is a bit overdue but I was one of the winners in Shannon’s 500 followers contest! Woo hoo! Thank you Shannon! If you haven’t already (and I doubt that) check out her super entertaining blog Shannon Whitney Messenger, Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe.

Life is good with all of you in it, so feel free to take the “Life is Good” award ;o) Have a great rest of the week!

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Sick & Tired of Being Sick & Tired…

Hi Guys,

I’m so sorry.

There won’t be a featured blog tomorrow. I’m still under the weather.

I know. I have surgery then I get sick… welp, what can ya do, right?

In fact, I can’t seem to shake this stuff. I also haven’t been to hardly any blogs, and I’m very sorry for that as well.

I’ve been trying to rest and stuff, hoping this will go. I’m hoping by the weekend I should be back to normal strength and blogging regularly next week (well regular for me) LOL ;o)

I hope you’re having a great time and writing lots of awesome words!! I will work on getting to your blogs this weekend. In the meantime, I’d like to pose this question to you.

To Freelance or not to Freelance? Any of you do this?

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Here a Quirk, there a Quirk everywhere a Quirk, Quirk…

Hello there!
Look! Look! It’s Maya and her favorite stick! Uh yeah. She likes ’em big! Oh jeez, that sounded um… anyhoo… You guys are so sweet to compliment my mediocre photography skillz in the last post ;o)

So… I thought I’d share another photo I took the other day with my new camera… which brings me to the point of this post… did ya like that transition there… LOL


What information you give about your characters shapes what the reader thinks about them…. duh Erica… I know. I know. But… and stay with me here, what if what we are putting out there is giving out the wrong message?

Oh. *light bulb* you mean not all readers will think the same thing? Uh. No.

So…. how do we as writers make sure that the mother who forgets the MC’s friends’ names isn’t labeled a deranged amnesiac, or the MC who drops a couple things isn’t labeled a shallow klutz?

Simple. We can’t. Readers will think what they want, however, we can shape what they think by making the character as real as possible and true to what he/she is there to accomplish. In other words – make the quirks work for you ;o)

For example… Someone read the first chapter of my now defunct Mystery novel, and they said, your MC comes off as a klutz. Uh what? That’s not how I intended her to be at all. Not that that’s a bad thing (yes I used to that’s’ together, so sue me) *drops cup* So, I had to think… was that what I wanted her to be like? In the end, I didn’t really care, cause Klutz worked for her. Or didn’t, since it’s now defunct.


This can work for you too, maybe something you didn’t intend for someone to read into the character, they did. Such as the MC who has a way to calm everyone down, and you didn’t know it. Or the one that breeds conflict (gotta love her/him). So it can work both ways.

Question O the day – what have you found out about your characters? What do others think? Was it what you expected?

I’m sorry to say there won’t be another Friday Featured Blog this Friday either… I know. I know. Bad Blogger. Truth is. I’m having surgery tomorrow to remove my gall bladder, so I’m thinking I won’t feel up to writing one. Don’t ya worry about me, ole Erica will be just fine, besides I’ve already been through a worse one, so this… is doable ;o)

Have a wonderful rest of the week.

See ya back here next week! *hugs*

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So Sorry! No Friday Featured Blog

Hi Everyone,
I hope you are having a good Friday ;o) I feel so guilty for not posting a featured blog, but unfortunately my eyesight is more blurry than it has been. I just don’t think I could sustain a long, detailed blog post.

The Dr. says my eye is getting better, but I have an astigmatism that’s making it really hard to see, and until it’s fully healed, it’s blurry city for me.

If you missed it, I did post something yesterday from my WIP, just in case you’re hankerin’ for a real blog post ;o) You can find it Here.

I took the above pic tonight. Yes, it snowed here today. It’s supposed to be nice this weekend, which is good, cause it’s my birthday on Saturday and I’m going golfing. Hope I can see the ball… (like that would help…LOL)

So have a wonderful weekend. I’m going to try and visit everyone’s blogs, but I may be slower than normal. *hugs* to all of you!

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