Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Phoenix Comicon 2012

I'm so sorry, dear bloggers, for disappearing the last few weeks. But I have a great excuse. Last weekend, Memorial Day weekend, was the 2012 Phoenix Comicon. And this year, I was on staff. I even have the badge to prove it:

Safe to say, there was a ton of preparation before hand. Setting up signs:

Placing the Tardis:

And the best of all, being assigned to my actor:

You know, that guy from Reading Rainbow? There was that other show, too. What was it again? Oh, yeah, that science fiction show with all these other guys:

Yes, that's me with most of the cast of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. And that's Levar's thank you for being his handler all weekend. 

Best. Weekend. Ever. 

Again :)

Now that Comicon is over, summer has officially begun here in Phoenix. The kids are out school and we've already hit 107 degrees a few times. Which means it's time for my blogging sabbatical. I  don't have what it takes to be a good blogger and a good mommy when the kids are home full-time, so mommy-ing wins. 

I'll pop in from time to time and see what everyone is up to. Keep on writing, revising, and working out. Rest assured, I'll be right there with you. See you in August!

Until next time...

Happy Summer and ¡Buen Provecho! 

Monday, May 14, 2012

First Love's Blogfest - My Fabulous Four

Today is the First Loves Blogfest! Your first movie, first music (song/band,) first book, and first person. Four loves, one blogfest! Thanks to Alex J Cavanaugh for hosting :) 

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First Movie: Godzilla's Revenge. Ah, I might aswell put Godzilla as my first love, too. But I won't. This one had so many Toho monsters in it - I was in heaven! Anyone else remember World Beyond on Saturday mornings?

First Music: So many! I think I have to go with Sugar, Sugar by the Archies. Bubble Gum music and preschool. A match made in sugar heaven.

First book: The Monster at the End of this Book. No question. 

monkees main 3Finally, First Person: Did I mention Godzilla already? Well, if I must go with in my own species, I'll have to go with Peter Tork of the Monkees. I took turns falling in love with each one of them, but Peter was the first.

Yeah. I'm old :) 
Click here for the complete blogfest list.

Happy hopping and ¡Buen Provecho! 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Oh, Those High School Dances!

Allow me to take you back to a simpler time. A time of big hair and bigger shoulder pads. Come with me to the Oh, Those High School Dances bloghop hosted by the radical Kelley Lynn and totally tubular Emily R. King. The rules are simple: post pictures of your high school dances; share your funniest high school dance story; and that's it! Prizes will be given so join in now. It's not too late. To whip it. Whip it good.

In case you missed the references, my prom took place in that pit-of-fashion era, the 80s. 1987 to be exact. Witness the horror:

My funny story? The picture is worth a thousand better words than I could write.

Happy dancing queens and ¡Buen Provecho!

Monday, May 7, 2012

A Winner and a (Dust It Off) Lesson

Good Monday morning! Ohhh, that is too much of an oxymoron. Kids are off to school, but I still don't feel awake. Maybe in another hour. Maybe not :)

Today is day 3 of the Dust It Off bloghop. First let us give thanks to Theresa and Courtney. This has been a wonderful experience and lots of fun. Thanks, ladies!

Quick recap - 
Day 1: Our Pitch (1-2 sentences)
Day 2: Our Excerpt (300 words) 

So today we post what we learned my our shelved MS. I've learned so much from writing HOW SNOW CAME TO THE DESERT, most of it what NOT to do. 

Do NOT query a 167,000 word manuscript.
Do NOT try to write a perfect first draft. Does NOT happen.
Do NOT fill the first 50 pages with back info. 
Do NOT over use any words ending in -ly.
Do NOT think modifiers help explain a scene or a sentence.
Do NOT tell your readers what is happening - show it.
Do NOT make your antagonist evil just for the sake of evil. He/she needs an agenda like everyone else.
Do NOT think your best friends or family members make good critique partners.
Do NOT let your MC be swept away by the story. Give them the broom and let them do the sweeping. Otherwise, you end up with MaryJane - the perfect person who never does anything wrong but must overcome  putting your readers to sleep.
Finally, The End is NOT the end. It's only the beginning.

And now... drum roll please... the winner of my first blog birthday giveaway... the number drawn by my 12-year-old... Commenter #7 on my day one blog birthday post... 


Congrats, Courtney! The blogshpere must be thanking you for a job well done on Dust If Off :) I will contact you about the details.

Thank you, dear bloggers, for all your support and kind words during this blog hop. Love was spread far and wide. Writers are the best at supporting each other, aren't we?

Keep spreading the love and ¡Buen Provecho!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Dust It Off Bloghop Day 2

 Bienvenidos to Day 2 of the DUST IT OFF blog hop! Thanks to Theresa and Courtney for hosting such a wonderful hop! Today we post some of our fav words from our older MS. Here's 275 that I'm particularly fond of  :)

       (Set up: Brisana, 16, has been captured by were-jaguars. She has shared her meal with one of them while the others sleep in the hopes of gaining an ally and discovering exactly what they want with her.)

“Not bad at all,” she said smiling. “Would you like some more?”
Garfa smiled, too, and nodded. Between the two of them, they finished off all of the soup, more ending up in Garfa’s belly than in Brisana’s, but both equally satisfied. As he laid back against the rock behind them, she decided now was the best time to strike up a friendly conversation. “My name’s Brisana. What’s yours?”
“Garfa,” he replied, the words rolling from his contented mouth.
“And the others?”
“There’s Dura and Zope, big imbeciles, and the other is Garra. He’s the biggest and best of all of us besides General Matanza, And he’s my brother,” he said proudly.
His pride fell on deaf ears as Brisana wondered about the one he named that wasn’t there. “Who’s General Matanza?”
“He’s the one in charge since Don Frío was taken from us. He didn’t come because he doesn’t like work is my opinion, but he says he has much to prepare for your coming.”
This friendly conversation had taken a darker turn than Brisana would have liked. “What does he want me for?” she asked, knowing she most likely wasn’t going to like the answer.
She didn’t. “The only thing I can think of is to eat,” Garfa answered honestly. Then seeing the horrified expression on Brisana’s face, he added in his most sincere voice, “Don’t worry. I’m sure you’ll be dead before then.”

Thanks for taking a peek! 
More happy hopping and ¡Buen Provecho!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Happy Blog Birthday and the Dust It Off bloghop!

One year ago today I published my first post, Bienvenidos. Here we are, 2500 views, 64 posts, 57 followers and 12 months later. I've learned so much:

1. Bloghops/fests are fun and great way to meet others
2. Don't wait to get comments; give comments early and often
3. Blogging not only helps your discipline, writing, and networking, but is also the best tool to find the one thing that every writer needs to identify: your voice.

Thank you, dear bloggers, for hanging in there with me. Your views and comments mean the world!

And what birthday would be complete without a present? As my birthday gift to you, I will randomly select one lucky commenter to win a $10 e-certificate to your choice of either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. To enter, simply follow me and leave a comment below by midnight Sun 5/6. I will announce the winner Monday 5/7 on the last day of a very cool bloghop.

The DUST IT OFF Bloghop starts today. From Theresa Paolo:
We've all had those manuscripts that we poured our heart into, fell in love with the characters and still think of them at random, but unfortunately had to shelf. Now it's time for a little spring cleaning. Take out those manuscripts and Dust It Off!

The first day, May 3rd: We want you to post a 1-2 sentence pitch (Great way to practice pitches) about the shelved WIP.

The second day, May 5th: Post your favorite excerpt (300-350 words)

The third day, May 7th: Post what you learned from this WIP. You become a stronger, more rounded writer which each manuscript and we want to know what this particular work taught you.

She and co-host Cortney Pearson will be giving away great prizes, too! For all the info, check out DUST IT OFF. Go ahead and start today.

Now, for my logline.
Dusting off trunked manuscript. Cyber coughs ensue :)

From my first novel, HOW SNOW CAME TO THE DESERT:

Deep in the misty mountains of Oldest Mexico, sixteen-year-old Brisana's rare half-human blood awakens a thought-to-be extinct race of monstrous jaguar warriors. In order to protect the home she loves, she must figure out how her mythical Latino ancestors once defeated these monsters and whether or not a half-blood chica can, too.

Happy hopping and ¡Buen Provecho!