Thursday, July 26, 2007

Being your own Head Cheerleader

I've been thinking about our dear Rachels—yes, plural, we've got at least two of them. See, there was a post on Rachel O's blog about how we writers have to be our own cheerleaders, and after considering what has happened with Rachel V, I'd like to expand on this cheerleader notion.

We are our own head cheerleader, if you follow. Yes, our success and careers are in our hands. We are writing the words. We are querying the agents, editors, etc. How far we travel on our writing path is up to us, because we decide when we are finished.

However, every headcheerleader has a squad—it is with their help that she does the routines. Think about it. You have a squad, too. There are people who want you to succeed. You make the routine, and they will follow your lead.

Who knows the power of words better than us? Talk about your writing with enthusiasm and confidence—choose your words as carefully as you would construct a character's line of dialogue or a beautiful line of description.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Congratulations Rachel!

If you haven't heard the news, Rachel Vincent has signed for an additional three books in her werecat series that is being published by Mira.

Stop by her blog and wish her well!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Wow, so this is a little late, but let's think of it as just extending the celebration. If you see my Visit/ors sidebar... you'll notice Mr. Jamie Ford's Bittersweet Blog. Well, I recently sent an email off to him to see how he was doing--check up, you know the drill--and I have exciting news to share:

Jamie signed with Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency about a month ago. He's one step closer to seeing THE PANAMA HOTEL on the shelves. Congratulations!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Summer in Kamloops really is one of the best things in the world. There's an energy and a movement downtown that's revitalizes and inspires. You're breathing in new ideas, and exhaling the doubts and anger.

Where do you want to be today?

Thursday, July 05, 2007


I have realized something important. Transformers are were-mechs. Think about it. There are lots of cool mechs—gundams, xenogears, EVAs... but Transformers are a step above all those other mechs... because transformers CHANGE SHAPE. Weres change shape. Therefore Transformers are were-mechs!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

My bracelet broke

There's an interesting belief about jade jewelry. A necklace or bracelet of just jade beads is believed in Asia (primarily China) to protect its wearer from harm. If the necklace/bracelet breaks, it's said that it has just saved the life of its wearer.

Now the bracelet I made wasn't just jade, and it didn't break so much as the weight of the beads finally slipped the knot that had been securing them to one piece of the nickel fastener. But it happened suddenly, and while I managed to catch most of the beads... I lost three: one pink quartz and two jade.

The bracelet was made to help me heal, to inspire, and to protect. The beads that remain can be re-fashioned, made into something stronger and with a structure that improves on the first attempt. The 3 beads—two jade and one pink quartz—that I lost somewhere in the Border's Seattle Best Cafe had done all they could for me.

So I hope they're found, small treasures, by someone else. Someone who needs them.

There are many stories in this.