November 29, 2011

I'm Just Writing and PPWC Anyone?

I haven't disappeared, I'm just writing! Sort of. I think.

What do you call it when you change your entire completed book from third person POV to first person POV? Besides pure craziness, I mean.

Because that's what I've been doing. I changed my book from third person to first person, which was totally crazy, and a lot of freaking work! My MC wasn't in every scene, so I had to write her into the two chapters she didn't appear, which seemed to be the easiest way.

Why did I do this crazy thing?

Because I experimented with taking part of my book and writing a short story in first person point of view and liked it better. And my critique partners agreed.

And because I don't know what the heck I'm doing! I certainly didn't choose the easy path, either. Me, a total newbie, started with a novel as my first project. No short stories, essays or articles for me! Nope! A full-on novel. Pure Craziness!

I never have done things the easy way. *Big Sigh*.

I just hope that all the "How To" books I've read, studied and outlined will be enough. I have also learned a lot from the blogging/writing community, too. Thank you all very much!

So now I keep reminding myself that learning to write well is a process, that I'm learning a craft, and it takes time, just like any other craft.


I'm running out of time! I need to finish my editing/rewriting/fixing/making-sense-of-what-I'm-doing because I've signed up for my first writer's conference! I'm am really excited! I will have the chance to pitch my book to a editor/publisher/agent - I think I will have eight minutes. Yikes!

It's not until April, but I have a lot of work to do and I know how time flies!

Are any of you bloggers going to the Pikes Peak Writer's Conference in Colorado Springs? I'd love to meet you!

So - what I really need is advice. Things like, should I have business cards made up and how many copies of my MS should I take?

Like I said, I'm a total newbie, and I'd love to hear from all of you who are more experienced than I am!

November 5, 2011

I am a Rugged Maniac!

The good news?  I wasn’t dead last.
The bad news?  I was last in my age group.

Sigh. That’s just how it works, I guess.

I finished 2199 out of 2230 people. There were 31 people slower than me! Like I said, I wasn’t dead last! But darn near.

Here is some interesting information. Every year I run I have a better chance of winning or placing in my age category, because the older you get, the smaller the group. There were 9 people in my age category this year; 5 female and 4 male.
If I was just four years older, there would have been only two people in that age group, both males. I would have placed first for the women in the category! Yes! There is still hope for me!

Me, shaking at the top of the Cargo Net Climb

Amber on the Cargo Net climb

Putting results aside, the run was fun, but really hard. Only 5K (3.1 miles), it was way harder than the half marathon (13.2 miles) I ran last June! I couldn’t have done it alone. I lost count of the number of people who helped me over, under and through obstacles.

Amber on a hill

Everywhere I turned, there was always a helping hand reaching back for me, sometimes my daughter Amber, sometimes a stranger. Oh, the kindness of strangers! They tugged and pulled and boosted me over seven foot barricades, 20 ft. cargo net walls, up muddy hills, through worm-hole tubes filled with mud and water and under barb-wire covered mud holes and down a high-speed suicide slide into a muddy water hole where I had to pull myself over big round floating tubes that blocked my way. Did I mention the hills? Lots of hills! Did I mention the water? Cold freaking water!

Yeah. Totally fun, LOL!

I could be in better shape. I’m still working on it. But here’s something I like to keep in mind, and it can be applied to anything and everything in your life:

Dead Last Finish
Beats Did Not Finish
Which Greatly Trumps Did Not Start
Unknown Author

Amber on the Suicide Slide
Did I want to quit? Hell, yes. Especially when I severely bruised my ribs halfway through the course trying to get over a wall. But there was no way I was going to quit unless they carried me off on a stretcher. You just can’t quit in front of your kids, right? So I’m glad I finished!

Even so, it’s more important to start. You will never know what you can accomplish unless you start! Even if you fail, at least you tried.

Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.”

Wow, that is perseverance! What would the world be like if Edison had quit?!