Remembering a Great Friend – Sunflowers for Tina

I’m still at a loss after losing a great blogging friend, Tina Downey, a couple of weeks ago. Sunflowers for Tina 2She was one of the most positive people I’ve ever ‘met’ on the internet and always had something positive to say about everything. Her motto was #lifeisgood.

A group of her fellow bloggers and fans decided to use today, September 8, 2014 as a day to remember Tina and her loving and positive nature.

Today is:

Sunflowers for Tina Day

because

LIFE IS GOOD!!!

 

Insecure Writer’s Support Group-#IWSG 9/14 – Rejection

Hello fellow writers, blogger, authors, scriptwriters, and all others that create magic with the almighty pen! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means:

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It’s time for another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

My hero, the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this amazing group and it has become THE PLACE to go if you are an insecure writer.

Click the image if you would like to be a part of this phenomenal group. You won’t regret it.

Purpose:To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.

The awesome co-hosts for the September 3 posting of the IWSG will be Laura at My Baffling Brain, Mark Koopmans, Shah Wharton, and Sheena-Kay Graham. 

August was a rough month for me as far as my writing goes. I’d submitted several of my pieces to several contests beginning back in May. For the first time, I threw my hat in the ring for The WRiTE CLUB. I didn’t make the cut. I can’t help it that the disappointment cut me deep, even though I know I’m a new writer still learning the craft. I guess this is where the growing of the thick skin comes in, huh?

A short story and a 10-word memoir I submitted in contests also didn’t win or place. Ouch. I still have two out there that I haven’t heard anything back from yet, but my confidence is pretty shattered right about now.

I’ve heard all kinds of advice over the past year and a half. I think it’s all been good, but I’m not sure what’s best for me. Do I keep practicing and hold off on submissions for a while until I get a better handle on the craft, or do I continue to submit and try reworking the pieces to see where I might’ve lost the judges?

I don’t want to be down on myself anymore; I love this craft too much. Sometimes I want to blame my brain injury, but in my heart, I know that would only be a horrible cop-out. If I try hard, and not take all the rejections to heart, I KNOW I can get this.

Any suggestions?

 

 

Every Ugly Word-Book Review

Hey blogger friends. Here it is, as promised, my review of Aimee L. Salter’s newly released book from Alloy Entertainment, Every Ugly Word.Every Ugly Word

Every Ugly Word follows 17-year-old Ashley who is relentlessly bullied at her high school and by her own mother, and his helplessly in love with her best friend, Matt, who is bullied by his father.

She seeks help by looking to her future self, “Older Me” who supports her through it all and teaches her to love herself. But is she really seeking “Older Me” or is she looking within herself for the answers?

When Ashley looks in the mirror she can see and talk to her future self. “Older Me” has been her support system through her relentless tormentor’s bullying, her unstable mother at home, and her forlorn love for her longtime best friend. But when Ashley discovers “Older Me’s” betrayal, she is targeted in the worst way and impends her last chance with Matt. She’s done with hearing every ugly word.

I give this book FOUR out of FIVE stars **** / *****

This was a very well written novel that addresses the subject of bullying by an author who herself was a victim of bullying herself as a teenager. There were parts in the book where I just wanted to cry for the MC Ashley for the humiliations she endured emotionally, mentally, and psychologically at the hands of her classmates. The worst was the emotional abuse endured from her mother, who felt Ashley didn’t fit in because she didn’t try hard enough…(i.e. maybe if you put on some make-up, wore some nice clothes, looked presentable, etc.) Ashley’s mother seemed to be a very vain and plastic person, more concerned about appearances rather than a person’s  personality or ethics.

Her best friend Matt, who she has secretly been in love with for the longest time, is the only one who ever defends her. They are both gifted art students looking to get scholarships in an Arts college. However, in her eyes, things begin to change when he starts dating one of the girls from the clique that bullies her. He doesn’t seem to notice what goes on right under his nose.

Throughout all the turmoil, her ‘Older Self’ appears often when she is in front of the mirror many times and tries to offer advice to help her make things right. Unfortunately, her ‘Older Self’ also has things going on and has to cut short her visits with Ashley for reasons she can’t explain to her yet.

I don’t want to give away spoilers, so I will leave it at that.

Overall, it was a very good read. The story flowed really well and was nicely edited. I was left with some unanswered questions about ‘Older Self’ at the end. I would read other books by this author and recommend this book to upper middle grade and young adult readers.

***PLEASE NOTE THAT I RECEIVED A COPY OF THIS EBOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.***

Aimee L Salter

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Apparently Beyonce Couldn’t Find Any Words That Rhyme With Elevator

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Hysterical!!!

Originally posted on Half and Half:

In case you missed being alive yesterday, the internet almost broke when Beyonce released a remix to her song ‘Flawless,’ and she finally addressed the infamous fight between Jay-Z and Solange.

The only problem was that apparently, she couldn’t find any words that rhymed with elevator, so she just repeated it.

We escalate, up in this bitch like elevators
Of course sometimes shit go down
When it’s a billion dollars on an elevator

Hey, maybe I’m being a little too harsh on the Beester (is that cool, Beyonce fanatics?).  Maybe the repetitive nature of that word was for emphasis.  But just in the rare event that my assumptions about pop culture billionaires are correct, I want to remind Beyonce that there are, in fact, a bunch of words that do rhyme with elevator.

Here is the list of potentially badass alternative lyrics to her verse using words that rhyme (imaginarily copyrighted by…

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Insecure Writers Support Group – Aug., 2014-Quotes

Hello writers! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means:

Click on the Image to Join!

Click the Image to Join!

Another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG. My hero, Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this amazing group and it’s become THE PLACE to go if you are an insecure writer. Click the image if you would like to be a part of this phenomenal group. You won’t regret it.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

I’m thrilled to be co-hosting this month’s meeting again. Make sure to visit my other co-hosts:

Sarah Foster, Joylene Nowell Butler, and Rhonda Albom!

I’m keeping it short and offering some famous quotes on inspiration and motivation when it comes to writing. I hope it helps!

“The objective of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story …to make him/her forget, whenever possible, that he/she is reading a story at all.” ~ Stephen King

“It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.” ~ William Faulkner

“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“If you want to write, you can. Fear stops most people from writing, not lack of talent. Who am I? What right have I to speak? Who will listen to me? You are a human being with a unique story to tell. You have every right.” ~ Richard Rhodes

“It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.” ~ Robert Benchley

What’s inspired or motivated you this past month?