Monthly Archives: June 2012

Putting on my big girl panties!

When I was a young girl, I had a lot of dreams. I wanted to be a gymnast and it was heartbreaking when I realized my legs were too long and I had about as much flexibility as piece of wood. No matter how long I practiced and stretched, my legs just wouldn’t split. In my teenage years, I decided I wanted to be a model. Not because I thought I was pretty, but the life seemed so glamorous. It wasn’t until I got my first camera (a C-110 film camera) that I decided I liked taking pictures better and wanted to be a photographer. I drove my sisters crazy with my constant clicking. I put them in trees and bushes, made my own backdrops with sheets, and surrounded them with props. I’d like to blame my lack of success on the crappy camera but truth is, I sucked.

Dreams are different from goals. I have a ton of goals. I want to organize all my closets, pay my bills on time, finish my second novel, learn to speak Chinese before our foreign exchange student arrives from China…  But I have just one dream; to see my books in the hands of my readers. Writing is my goal and becoming a successful (okay, famous) author is my dream.

Having a dream and striving to make it come true is scary, I won’t lie. As children, we proudly announce to everyone that we want to be a doctor, a pilot, a super ninja, or a princess. But as adults, no one is going to ask us what we want to be when we grow up. We should already know, right? Wrong. I didn’t know I wanted to become an author until a few years ago. Sure, I wrote poems when I was a teenager, and I read a lot of books but it took me some time to realize I liked writing stories better.

Now, here is the scary part. To make our dreams come true, or at least get a fighting chance, we have to put ourselves out there for the whole world to see. It doesn’t matter if we want to be a successful dancer, musician, writer, actress or business owner, unless we claim it as our own, it will never become more than just a dream. Karen Householder, NY Times Bestselling Author has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

But what if people laugh at me or hate my writing? What if they think I suck?

It’s time to put on our big girl panties. You know the ones with the pretty lace and cute little flowers. The ones we have tucked way back in our dresser drawer because they ride up our butts and give us a wedgy. You guys are not off the hook, either.  It’s time to take off those tighty-whiteys and step out of your comfort zone. Hey, no one said this would be easy.

Not everyone is going to agree with or even like what we do. There are people out there more than willing to tell us how bad we suck. These aren’t the people that are going to help us achieve success. These are the people that will bring us down and make us doubt ourselves.

But have no fear because we don’t have to do this alone. We can help each other, support each other, we can be friends. Re-tweet, re-post, make a comment, and hit the “Like” button every now and then, (it’s really easy to do) and together we can make things happen.

Now, if you’re wondering how I got to be so smart, I didn’t figure this out on my own. I had a little help from Kristen Lamb, author of We Are Not Alone (WANA) and Are You There Blog, It’s Me Writer. She “held my hand” through the blog construction phase and gave me the courage to stand up and shout out to the world, “I am a damn good writer and a bestselling author!”

So, if you see me around town digging at my crack, don’t be offended. I’m just reaching for a dream–one wedgy at a time.

Do You have a dream you’d like me to share? I’d love to here about it!!

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CAUTION: Hungry Book Addict!

I am excited to announce a new segment on my blog starting next Thursday. My daughter, Savannah, and I have reached an agreement. I will continue to feed and clothe her…uh, I mean I will continue to buy her books to feed her insatiable appetite for reading and she has agreed to write a review once a week.  Fair warning, she doesn’t always read mainstream fiction and rarely spends more than 2.99 on a kindle book. (Though I have a feeling the price may have gone up with this agreement.) Don’t get me wrong, she doesn’t like to read “junk” but once she begins a book, she is committed to finish. So, fair warning #2, we will get a little bit of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

With that being said, I think this would be a good time to tell you a few things about her. Savannah is 15 years old and will be starting her junior year of high school in the fall. She is in no hurry to drive but she loves classic muscle cars like Mustangs and GTO’s. She spends a lot of time trying to convince Mom and Dad that she would look really good in a Hundai Veloster but has resided herself to the fact that the 1997 Rav 4 her brother has been driving will be her first car. She is Team Edward but thinks Jacob is hot. And though she still likes the Twilight Saga, the posters in her bedroom have been replaced by Justin Bieber.

She loves chocolate covered strawberries, dark chocolate, and her new fave is chocolate covered raisins. (Chocolate being the key ingredient.) Soccer has been her chosen sport and she has been playing since the age of 5 but never had the desire to join a competitive team. Savannah is an incredible sketch artist and a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to drawing eyes. Her new-found hobby is creating life-like baby dolls that when done by a professional, sells for $350 or more. She likes hanging out with her friends, listening to music, watching movies, and reading books.

So, how does this make Savannah a good book reviewer? I write YA fiction, she reads YA fiction, and she is well…a young adult.  She has more than 200 books on her kindle and yes, she has read every one of them. She discovered Twilight, Hunger Games, and Vampire Diaries (just to name a few) before they were BIG and she is not afraid to take a chance on a new author. Her usual genre is Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Dystopian, Paranormal, and Romance novels and the longer, the better. She doesn’t like to read books with excessive cursing, teen sex (though some romance or love interest is a must), or clique books. Happy endings are okay but the protagonist (main character) needs to be in peril for more than a page or two.

If these are the kinds of books you or your teen likes to read, please join us on Thursday’s for CAUTION: Hungry Book Addict!

Happy Reading!

Fun Photo shoot pictures!

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