Wednesday, April 23, 2014

T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z The ABC's of a child's smile.

When I think of the ABC's, I think about children. The many hours spent playing games and singing songs so they could learn these amazing letters. It was so much fun, but for some it's  source of pain.                        
                 April is national Child Abuse Month.

That is why I combined the remaining letters so my post can stay up for a week. Child Abuse comes in many forms. Physical, verbal, emotional, neglect of basic needs including love. Can you imagine living without the security of knowing someone is there to love and protect you? 
Feeling that you need to try and be perfect? Afraid to make mistakes? Abuse does not always leave physical scars. I know, that's why I became a child advocate, and a foster parent. I wanted to make sure children knew that learning their ABC's can be fun, without the fear of making mistakes. 

If you tell a child they're dumb, slow and not trying hard enough, they believe it.

So take a moment and hug your children. Let them know it's okay to make a mistake, we learn from them. Encourage them to grow, not force them. 

So my view on the rest of the Alphabet is
T is for teaching- teach them to love unconditionally.
U is for Understanding. Understand that kids need to make mistakes to learn
V is for Victory. Celebrate everything.
W is for Willing to except that every child is different
X is for eXtra (I know, I had to cheat to make that work) spend some eXtra time with a child, show them someone cares.
Y is for Youth. Don't rob our children of their Youth by making them grow up to fast. Let them be a kid. Don't force them to be adults before they have to.
Z is for Zero tolerance for any type of abuse.

Children are our future, and a gift from God. We need to protect them. Show them that life can be filled with hope and love, and not pain and loneliness.

I used the pain from my past as a learning tool and was able to put my journey into a story.
One that I hope will help others.

If I Knew Then,  is  a Young Adult story about a young girl who is determined to keep her sisters from going through the abuse she has had to endure, and hide from everyone to protect her mothers secret.

This book will focus on avenues for children to reach out to for help if they find themselves in a situation that is to big for them to solve on their own. 
I just signed a contract with Black Opal Books so check back for more excerpts, and a future release date.
If my story reaches out and saves just one life, then it was worth writing.

Here's a small excerpt.

   Icy cold fingers tightened around Angel’s wrist, jerking her hand back towards her arm. She gasped, and her eyes widened, as her wrist cracked against the pressure. Her knees grew weak and she fell forward, grabbing the crush velvet theater seat in front of her. Her fingernail's bit into the fabric as her mother’s eyes blazed down at her. A high pitch screech filtered in from the hall, and Angel’s heart pounded in her chest.
“That would be your sister unlocking the back door.”
Her Mother’s voice was hard, but not an unfamiliar tone to Angel. Her fingers opened and Angel’s hand dropped like a rock, and she grabbed it, clutching it to her chest. Her wrist throbbed and her fingers were numb, but she knew it wouldn't last. It never did. Her mother always knew when to stop.
“I want everything brought in, and the boxes emptied on stage before everyone arrives. You only have an hour, now get moving.”
Her mother rolled her eyes as Angel dropped her arm, and shook her hand to relieve the pain. The tingling in her fingertips disappeared, and Angel opened her mouth, but her mother waved her hand to dismiss her as she checked her watch.
“One hour, Angel. Not a minute more.”
Her mother turned on her heels, then rushed out the side door.
Angel’s fear subsided, but anger took over as she stomped up the aisle. Her footsteps echoed through the musty dark theater, blocking all other sounds around her. One more year, just one more year. She yanked open the front door. Wincing as the pain shot across her ribs. Angel sucked in a breath, and the cold metal handle slipped from her fingers as she grabbed her side.  They said time healed all wounds. Well, they really got that one wrong. The slamming door vibrated across the floor, and she cringed.  
“How many times have I told you not to slam that door?” Alice said, mocking their mother’s voice.
She stifled back a moan and gritted her teeth. She loved her sister, and the throbbing pain she tried to rub away, was a harsh reminder of how much. Her dad told her to take care of her sisters when his unit deployed last year. He just never knew who she needed to protect them from every time he left. She straightened up and bit back the pain of her “latest accident".

I have truly enjoyed being part of this years A-Z Challenge and will definitely do it again next year. Thank you for stopping by and visiting and I hope to see you back again soon.
And don't forget...Life is short. Live like your on vacation everyday and you will wake up with a smile and fall asleep with amazing memories of the fun you had that day. 






Sunday, April 20, 2014

R is for Release

                
                                       R is for Release.

An amazing word to any writer. Your release of the story you have worked so hard to bring to life. Some say they write to see their work become a book, others say they do it because its a release, I do it because I love it.

I love watching the characters come to life on the pages as I write, and I love the big day that I get to see what others think of my story.
The release day of a book is a celebration of an accomplishment. Your accomplishment. 
So enjoy your moment, relish in the excitement, then sit back down and begin again.

So you can dream about your next big Release.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

N is for New


N is for New.
I love starting a new project. Whether it be the beginning of my next story, or household project. Beginnings are exciting.

The Birth of an idea that keeps you  running for scraps of paper, napkins, anything to right on when an idea hits you is better than ice cream in my book. Or getting that last stitch in that new shirt is an amazing feeling of accomplishment. 



When you start something new your focused on the story that is unfolding in front of you, or the accent wall that's going to make all your colors come alive in your room. No matter what it is, it energizes you until you paint the last corner, or write those two amazing words...The End.


So dream big, and never stop beginning New projects in your life. 
Thanks for stopping by and come back to see what I think of the letter O




Sunday, April 13, 2014

L is for Literature



What is Literature?


Literature is a term that does not have a universally accepted definition, but which has variably included all written work; writing that possesses literary merit; and language that foregrounds literariness, as opposed to ordinary language.

Well that's what Wikipedia says.

Many stories and poems deal with love, war, truth, psychology and human emotion, but literary texts will make us feel like we see something about these things that we didn't see before or didn't see as clearly or didn't feel as intensely.

So my definition of Literature is any written word that pulls you in, draws you near and makes you want more whether it be from something as simple as a ...


To a complex novel


So develop your next best seller and when we look up the great literature of this time we just might find your story.




Friday, April 11, 2014

K is for Keeping Up





Today we are going to talk about the letter K. I feel that with my daily grind, and my love for writing I find myself having trouble Keeping Up.
I find myself running faster than I did when my parents were my age. Life just seems to swallow you up with day jobs, household chores, children's activities and of course squeezing in some family time.
When did it become necessary to check our calenders to make sure we got everything finished for that day.

We have calenders, smart phones and audio reminders to help us to keep up with today hectic lives.
I am trying to find the perfect key to blending it all together, like I said, trying. I love my job, hectic life and writing so I'll blend it, one way or another.



But when you find yourself spinning out of control, and trying to catch your breath, do what I do.
                                     Try some quiet time.

Turn everything off and go outside. It's amazing how the sound of crickets can calm a person down.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend, and don't forget to relax.



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I is for Illustration


I is for Illustration.
As authors we write stories that come to life on the pages before us. We draw pictures so our readers can visualize our characters and their surroundings.

They can see the story come to life, before they read the words.
But we also illustrate with our words. We write with such emotion, and description that as our readers turn our pages the book comes to life before them.
We bring the setting to life, the action and of course we bring a visual to our characters.

Nice!

So as you write make sure you play close attention to the detail in the description.
You want a reader to crawl into your book, step into your story and fall in love with you as an author so they keep coming back for more.

Thanks for coming by and don't forget to stop by tomorrow to find out what I think of the letter J.


Monday, April 7, 2014

G is for Gray




As in Gray Hair, and not from long, sleepless night.
I'm talking about characters that are older.  Celebrating the second part of their life.
My story, Last Chance to Run's main characters are in their fifties. Older with gray hair and wiser than their younger partners. Most of the stories I have read are all based on the young, beautiful, well built men and woman. I wanted to show that being over fifty, and enjoying life after the children have left, can be just as exciting, and as sexy.
Not that I'm saying a sexy young, hard bodied man doesn't make a good story, but a strong, older, well maintained man can be just as nice.
Nice, right?  I would let him invade my dreams.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come back to see what I think about the letter H.


Sunday, April 6, 2014

F is for Fantabulous



I'm sure you're all shaking your head wondering where I got                                           this ridiculous word.

                           Fantabulous 



I feel fantastic, and fabulous right now so to me that feeling is Fantabulous.
               I'm sure you would challenge me on this word, or at                                               least the spelling.


But just go with it. It's a fun word, and as writers we do like to fun words. Have you ever had a character that needed a quirk? I did so I gave mine the ability to make up her own words, and sound pretty smart doing it. She even convinces her professor that her final paper is correct, even if it is filled with mixed up words because she makes them fit. 
Having a character with a unique personality will pull a reader in, let them connect with your story and make them want more from us as writers. We make up new worlds, paranormal shifters and make believe demons. We give them names that we made up as we wrote. We let our imagination go wild and have some amazing stories out there because of it. 
Think about what Superman would have like if they made his world Michigan, instead of Krypton, because we knew that word.
So think about that as you make up your next story. Give it's characters unique names. Homes cool names and give them quirks that will make us fall in love with them. 

Enjoyed visiting with you and stop by tomorrow to see what I think of the letter G.




Friday, April 4, 2014

E is for Edit


A four letter word that makes every writer cringe.


You work on a story for months and know you have the next best seller. You read, then read again. Then review every word for proper grammar and check all your punctuation. Your smile widens and you know your ready for the editor. You send your baby off and wait for her words of praise on how she can really see the hours you put into making this the most amazing story. Then the e-mail arrives and you open your story to find...


Pages and pages of errors and needed corrections. You fall back into your chair and sigh. All that hard work and you see nothing but red marks in front of you. 
But your determination sets in and you know that you cannot get your story ready to be published without going through the editing process.

So you  put on the coffee, dig in and start making the changes that are needed to make your story the next best seller.

Edit might be a four letter word, but you don't want to publish without it. 

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to stop by on Monday to see what word I come up with for the letter F.


 



Thursday, April 3, 2014

D is for Determination.



Today is day four and the day for the letter D. I chose it to stand for Determination because I am sick and just want to go to bed, but I'm determined to follow through and not miss a posting during this challenge. 


We all know that no matter how we feel  we still have obligations that won't wait like feeding the family, making sure all the homework is finished and doing laundry so the kids don't go to school in their pajama's.
As writers we also find ourselves feeling run down, at cross roads where we doubt ourselves, our stories or our ability to write another word. 
When I find myself at moments like that I step back, take a mental break and remember why I started writing in the first place...The thrill and excitement at seeing my stories come to life.


So I'm off to get some soup, curl up on the couch and read through what I wrote yesterday. 
Next time you feel run down, burnt out or just mentally exhausted grab a book and sit back for a mental vacation to far away places. It's just what the Doctor ordered and he is Determined to make you feel better. 
Stop by tomorrow to find out what the letter E means to me.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

C is for Cookies, or Cake. Can you see a pattern?





My family would tell you that this is my motto, and I totally agree. I truly believe cookies have special powers, and absolutely no calories. 

When I was younger my favorite memory was helping my Grandmother bake cookies. I always got to lick the beaters, and eat the first cookie.

When my children were little cookies healed everything from a skin scrape to even a broken arm.  No kidding, My son fell out of the tree and said his arm hurt, it looked fine and he was moving it so I asked him if a cookie would make it feel better and he said yes. Well the next day he said his arm hurt and asked if he could have another cookie. His arm wasn't swollen, but he wouldn't move it so I gave him a cookie and took him to the doctor. To make a long, embarrassing story short. His arm was broken and my guilt gave him all the cookies he wanted.

So for my mental health at the end of each day I have a hot cup of tea, and a plate of cookies. When I receive bad news, like a rejection letter or a bad critique, I have a plate of cookies. Can you see a pattern. 
Cookies heal everything from broken arms to broken hearts. So if you feel down, and life gets in the way of you having a great day, have a plate of cookies, and smile.



The magical powers will relax you, and the world will be a great place once again.

Tomorrow will be another day so stop by and see what I think D should be.

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

B is for Bouncing Back.


Day two is for the alphabet B and in my life that stands for 
Bouncing Back.


As a writer you pour your soul into a story only to find out that others don't find it as exciting as you do.  Rejection letters, and harsh Critiques are all part of a writers world. So the first thing you have to learn is how to....Bounce Back, and that goes for what happens in your life.



This says it all. No matter what life throws at you take it with a positive attitude, and bounce back. 





Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again tomorrow when I introduce you to what I think the letter C stand for.