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August 26, 2012

Line Mine Monday #2

    Time for another Line Mine Monday.  Whether anyone reads this or not!  I promised that this week's post would be much more appealing than last week.  For those of you just joining (which according to my stats would be anyone reading this), I have a few random lines that need a home.  Some are funny, some are philosophical, others are just odd.  I hope they will spark some creativity in your writing.  Here it is:

"I'm going to sleep so long and so hard, people will think Sleeping Beauty had too much espresso."

     Thank you for stopping by and I hope I spark a thought or two.  If you have a random line that needs a home and you would like to contribute, leave a comment or send me an email.  Happy writing!

August 25, 2012

Six Sunday Sunday 8/26/12

      Welcome to another six sentence Sunday!  Since I'm preparing in advance for Sunday, it's actually a very stormy Thursday night which leads me to post this chunk of six sentences from my WIP:

        Ziki watched as the pod drew closer and closer to a large cloud hovering over the middle of the continent.  Something didn’t seem quite right though.  As the pod got closer, it looked as if it were headed straight for a threatening hook poised as one edge of the giant white smear.  The pod kept moving faster and faster to the center of that menacing hook, like a fish about to become lunch.  Ziki didn’t know exactly what to expect but she knew that it wasn’t good.  She tightened her buckle and held her bag firmly, hoping that she was completely misjudging the situation.

        I hope you enjoyed my quick six.  Writing is gradually coming back into my life so maybe I'll get to a few more post these week.  If if I don't, you should check them out by clicking the link above.  

August 20, 2012

Line Mine Monday #1

     Before my LOA from writing I was thinking about doing a once a week post with a theme.  Something like "Words for Wednesday" or "Monday Monologue" but I don't have a whole lot of time.  What I do have a whole lot of is one to two liners that are funny, philosophical, or just plain weird (especially out of context.)  

     My hope is that these lines will build a mine for writers to dig up some idea gold.  My first line for the mine packs a punch in a very tearful way.  I promise that not all of my lines are this depressing.  In fact this will be rare exception.

    So why now?  Why the first one?  Because it's been stuck in my head since the tragedy that started my LOA.  This line is the start of a true story for someone very close to me.  Perhaps you can write a happy ending for it.

"It was a beautiful summer afternoon when I saw my younger brother shoot himself in the head."

     The true story is still a WIP, but it is starting to look like a classic tale of overcoming adversity.  I hope you will come back for a much happier line next Monday to spark some writing thoughts. 

August 18, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday (Starting Small)


     I'm working my way back into writing gradually.  My fiancĂ© still needs a lot of love and support (as do I, though not as much) and that takes time away from my writing, but I don't care.  Some things are more important.  The easiest writing thing for me is Six Sentence Sunday.  I may not be able to read many other sixers, but its an easy way to work my way back into writing.  So here we go!

    Last time I posted for SSS I shared six sentences that left you wondering "What is going on between these girls?"  I hope that today's answers that question.  Here are six more sentences that may or may not make it to the final draft of The Mythical Male (especially since this part is borderline info-dump).  It's part of a blog Ziki is reading, wondering if everything she knows is a lie and learning the awful truth about her home. 

...The tiny test-tube babies are given an extremely high risk for genetic defects when mad scientists force two ova to merge.  As if that was not already an atrocity, it makes the gene pool far too small to be healthy.  This is only the beginning of a dismal life these Eleins are sentenced to live.
            Once the child is picked up from the baby store by a “mother” who has never experienced nature’s bonding mechanisms, the child is fed lies her entire life.  “Normal” is an existence free from interdependency.  The only acceptable relationships are friendships, sisterhood, and of course motherhood.

   I hope this gave you some answers to last week, but wondering more about this world I'm building.  Make sure you check out other great writers by clicking the icon at the top of the post.

August 9, 2012


I will be taking a leave of absence from my writing.  There has been a family tragedy and keeping up with my blog and WIP are at the bottom of my list of priorities.  I hope to be back soon.  Writing is very therapeutic, but not what I need right now.

August 4, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday 8/5/12

     Welcome to another Six Sentence Sunday!  I have officially completed the first and very rough draft of my WIP The Mythical Male.  I now need to go back and figure out which subplots I'm going to expand on, which I'm going to cut and I'll probably need to draw out some action as well.  So what you read here may or may not make it to the final manuscript, but I hope you enjoy it anyway!
     For my six sentences this week, I chose a great moment between two great friends.  I was debating whether or not I should give a little background or just keep you guessing and I decided to let you fill in the blanks.  Enjoy!
              Syky wrapped her arms around Ziki.  “I don’t think you’re strange. I would do that for you if you weren’t already like family to me.  It’d be too weird to have a baby with my sister, you know?”

            She gave Syky a squeeze.  “Thanks Sy, I totally get it. Why don’t you go cancel your appointment, and get ready for some retail therapy with me, Xulula, and Isis?”

     Make sure you check out more great writers by clicking the icon above or to the right.  I'm also using this opportunity for something I think I'm ready to try: author interview!  If you're willing to let me interview you for my blog (and have a chance to advertise your work) send me an email.  :)

P.S.  Please read my post titled "HELP!"  and give your input.  I'm desperate. 


I need your input, badly.  So badly I'm writing this impromptu style and may or may not proofread. (My apologies.)  Here's the dilemma:  I need to know who was in the wrong, if anyone.

I participate in an online critiquing website and am generally happy with it and love everyone there.  I try hard to keep my tit for tat even by returning every crit.  I feel bad when I get feedback and never return the favor.  I recently got the rare chance to take a few minutes and return a crit.  The story was not all that good and I added a few comments that, in retrospect, could have explained my ideas better.  I would have given it a poor grade and send the automatic "Thank you for critiquing my story." message and left it at that.  The message I got back was something along the lines of "Thanks for taking the time, but you shouldn't have bothered."

I'm still building up that thick skin and this hit a thin patch.  Was I wrong?  Was she wrong?  Neither? Both?  Please tell me what you think so I can stop racking my brain and get back to writing.  I would greatly appreciate it.