Thursday, April 29, 2010

How it's Made: Bowling Balls

Okay, so I'm still busy with LIFE, but thought you might enjoy this video from season 6 of the Science Channel's How It's Made series: Bowling Balls!

Who knew they were so complex?

Well, actually, I did. But maybe you don't, and you're intelligent and like to learn knew things (right?).

So, if unlike me, you have a spare 2 minutes and 26 seconds, check out this video.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Where in the world is...

I'm not as cool as Carmen Sandiego, but I feel just as busy right now.

Where have I been?

Selling my house (crazy, crazy, crazy), attending a communication conference in Cincinnati (I'm smart and sassy), looking for a job/house in Pittsburgh, oh and grading finals (I hate grading). I think all this craziness is payback for the time I spent obsessively writing last week. Apparently I can't ignore reality for ever.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My Precious

I'm like Frodo lately (or would it be Gollum?) obsessed with my own One Ring.

In the words of Gollum:
We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious.

Of course in my case, it's my WIP and it's not turning me into a hobbit, but a hermit, which all my writing tends to do. I'm good with that though.

So if you're wondering what I'm doing, I'm writing. Make that researching and writing--obsessively.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

So True

Everything else seems easy compared to becoming published.

You wanna become a doctor? No problem. Go to school, take your boards, complete a residency, and voilĂ .

An architect? Even easier. Thanks to technology, you don't even have to know how to draw.

For almost every profession, you follow the steps (schooling, internships, training, etc.) and then you become who it is you set out to be.

This isn't a rant about how hard it is to become published, but rather the opposite, how easy everything else seems. After attempting (and hopefully obtaining) publication, I can do anything, become anyone I want to. How awesome is that? Pretty darn awesome if you ask me (and I did).

So, if you weren't trying to become a writer, who would you be trying to become?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Spring Riddle

Okay, this is probably too easy for you smartypants, but I thought I'd try and challenge you anyway.

If spring brings may flowers,what does the may flower bring?

There's actually two correct answers. One is easier than the other (IMO). Can you guess both?

Thursday, April 1, 2010

If patience was a cocktail, it'd be two parts tequila, one part lime.

I don't think anyone is born with it, but some of us are definitely better at being patient than others. Patience is a virtue that extends far beyond the publishing industry, and yet I feel writers are forced to practice patience far more than most.

I'd like to believe that practicing patience gets easier the further down the publishing path you travel, but I'm not sure that's true (I'll have to let you know).

Seeing patience is as integral to writing as editing is, how do you practice it?

Here's a couple tips I've adapted to help me:

1.Don't check your email after 7:30 p.m. You can let an agent, writer, editor, critique partner, ect. wait twelve hours to hear back from you. There's more to life than electronic correspondence. As much as I think living in the nineteenth century would annoy me, the thought of waiting weeks between correspondence excites me. Handwritten letters with wax seals, horse-drawn deliveries, and precious moments of solitude to respond sound perfectly wonderful.

2. Believe in yourself. So you haven't heard a peep from the last batch of query letters you sent out, that's okay. Go back to writing. That's the part you love anyway, right? Remember that you have awesome stories to tell--unique one-of-a-kind tales that have spun your imagination and heart more ways than you really know. While you wait, write. You never know what work of yours will sell.

3. Read. A good book always makes me want to write and reminds me that if this author could did it, so can I. You're anything but alone on your journey to publication. Draw your patience from others.

4. If all else fails, have a cocktail (or two). An inebriated mind doesn't mind waiting as long as the cocktails are cold and the company is good. Oh happy day!