THE KEY TO A WRITERS MIND

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It’s just a key you say?  I guess it is in a way.  There isn’t anything spectacular about it. Small, silver, and ordinary, it’s the kind you’ll find in almost every hardware store, and the possibilities of what it could open are endless.  A secret door.  A locked cabinet.  Desk drawer that’s hiding top secret paperwork.  A treasure chest full of goods.  I suppose it could even be the key to someone’s heart.  Or an invitation for a little … ah hem…. fun!  I could go on and on.  Unfortunately, the only thing I can tell you, is what it doesn’t open.

You see, I found this key on my key ring a week or so ago.  Similar to both my house and office key, I was trying to open the door at work and couldn’t get in.  I looked and saw that it was bright and shiny, unlike the one for home, so I knew it had to be the one I use for the office, but after plugging it back in to the lock, it still didn’t work.  So, I took another look at all the keys on my ring.  I don’t have many- home, car, office, bosses office, and work post office key.  And now, I have this extra key.  Hmm …

I have no idea how it ended up on my ring, or what it goes to, but instead of being concerned with those things, my imagination immediately took off and I began thinking about all sorts of scenarios and storylines that I could possibly use it in.  I’m stealing this line, “Hey, I could use that!” from my friend, Bill, whom it has become a running joke of sorts with, because in the mind of a writer, everything is a potential story.

My husband thinks my mother in-law may have given me a key to their house that I don’t seem to remember.  Maybe or maybe it’s a special key that unlocks the closet to my superwoman suit.  I prefer to think the later.  I suppose I should probably ask, but why … when the possibilities are much more fun to think about.

See I do have a woman women suit!

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So, anyone want to get creative?  Let me know the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a secret key.

7 Facts- One Lovely Blog Award

There seems to be a trend of these going around.  So far I’ve been nominated to  participate in four different kinds of blog tags/tours and while some may find them bothersome or annoying, I quite love reading everyone’s answers and finding out a little more about my writer friends. This nomination came from my friend Bill.  When Bill started following me on twitter, I saw one thing on his profile that caught my attention.  Whataburger.  Now if you’ve never had this southern delicacy, I’m sorry.  You are truly missing out on one of the best fast food hamburger joints around.  However, Bill and I have more in common other than our taste in food.  Both from the south, we migrated north and live in small-town communities where we share in our loathing of satellite internet.  Bill is currently working on his first thriller and if you’re not following his blog, you should be, because he’s an all around great guy to know.  W.C.Cunningham

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The rules of this blog hop type award are that I share 7 facts about myself, and links to 15 blogs that I enjoy reading. I’ll be honest, I’m terrible at nominating other blogs, because I never want anyone to feel pressured to participate.  However that doesn’t mean I don’t want to continue the trend.  So please, anyone that would like to join in the fun, do so.  I’d love to see your answers and would gladly link your post back to this blog.  I’d also appreciate a link back to mine.  Now what to do?  Share 7 facts about you that we don’t know, and nominate 15 blogs you like (we’ve already discussed this, you choose how you want to handle it.)

Here we go with 7 lovely facts about me:

1. I’ll probably have a few gasp here, but I don’t like chocolate.  Nope, not a fan.  Unless we are talking about Whoppers, which I can eat my own weight in.  No chocolate cake, pie, or ice cream for me.  It’s just never something that I acquired a taste for.  I’m a plain ol’ vanilla kind of girl.

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2. I find some of the most inappropriate things funny sometimes.  I should be ashamed, but I’m not.  I think it comes from the built up tension and stress from my day job.  I see, hear and deal with things and people that never seem to amaze me.  Just when I think I’ve heard every story imaginable, somehow someone still surprises me.  So no, nothing I come across ever really sends me into to shock and I’ve learned to take all the ill-humored things in life and laugh at them.  I don’t however embarrass my family and friends by sharing them all on Facebook.  I do put the claim on Pinterest though, so if you follow me there, it’s fair game and I can’t promise that it’s always going to be PG rated.

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3. I decorate cakes.  I’m no cake boss, but it’s something that I like to do.  During college, I worked nights in a bakery.  My duties were to get the production ready for the next day, however I was usually there by myself and had to learn to write on cakes for those that came in last minute and purchased one out of the ready made case.  Eventually the decorators began showing me other things and I found it was something that I enjoyed.

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4. I love traveling and taking road trips with my family. As I mentioned earlier, we live in a very small community.  At times the greater population can be a little judgmental and narrow minded (two traits I have little tolerance for). So, it’s important to me that my children know there is a whole big world full of different cultures, religions, thoughts and beliefs.  Don’t get me wrong, I love where I live.  Small-town life definitely has it’s perks and our area is absolutely beautiful.  I’d love nothing more for my boys to take root and raise their own families here, but I also want them to experience the bigger picture.

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   5. My husband and my paths weirdly crossed before we ever met.  Once upon a time in a small town in Kentucky, there was a brother and a sister who became doctors.  One went on to practice locally and delivered my husbands two brothers.  While the other somehow ended up in Texas and delivered me 🙂  Yep, before we ever knew each other, we had a connection.  We came about this bit of information after we were married and moved back to Kentucky, when the doctor in Texas passed away and my mom noticed that his obituary named a sister living in a neighboring Kentucky town of ours.  I asked my mother in law and she confirmed that the sister had delivered her two eldest sons.  I think it’s pretty neat.

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6. I always cry at weddings, funerals and any time I hear The Star Spangled Banner.  I can’t help it, trust me, I try not to tear up and it never works.  It doesn’t matter who the people are or what type of event I’m at, a few tears will fall.  It’s kind of funny and amusing because I’m normally quite the opposite, especially at work, but those three things get me every time.

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7.  I have a wide variety of taste in books and music.  I’ll read just about anything.  I love any variation of romance from the clean and sweet to the more dark and erotic tales.  I easily get lost in a good thriller and true crime stories and I very much enjoy memoirs.  My taste in music is the same.  My phone is cluttered with an array of styles and genres. One moment I may be listening to Hank Jr. or Keith Whitley and the next Eminem.  I was introduced to Olivia Newton John, The Oak Ridge Boys, Donna Fargo, and Elvis at an early age.  I listened to a lot of Alabama while in grade school until the big hair bands took off and then I went on a binge of Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, White Snake, and Poison.  Around middle school I was introduced to R&B and I am still a huge fan of Jodeci.  These days I listen to a lot of the newer country. Thomas Rhett, Tyler Farr, Brantley Gilbert, Colt Ford and Cole Swindell are all on my playlist.  Some of my other loves, Bruno Mars, Jeremih, Nickelback, Pink, Phil Collins, Rihanna, and Staind.  I’ll even venture off to southern rock, classical, and even some Celtic stuff on occasion.

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That concludes my contribution to The One Lovely Blog Award. Below you’ll find some great folks that have contributed as well.  I hope you’ll take a look because they are some amazing and talented people.

W.C. Cunningham, Writes

E.L. Wicker, A Writers Journey

Aether House, Writing and Life By Michelle Iannantuono

What do I do now?

I can officially say Drive Me Sane is a finished novel. Yep, it’s a completed project. No more editing, no more pondering whether everything runs smoothly or if my editor is going to like my changes. I received an ARC copy last night and got the high resolution copy of the cover today. It’s even listed as an upcoming release on Crimson Romance’s website (July 28th).  All I’m left with, is one final chance to look at it in egalley form before it’s sent off.  And so, the hard part now starts. Getting it out there for people to see and hopefully read (and enjoy!).

I keep saying that I’m going to write a post on things I’ve learned (because I’ve learned a lot), and I will. At some point when all the hoopla wears off. But I will go ahead and throw this out there. I’m a loner. When I say that, I mean, no one other than my husband and one close friend knew I was writing a book. I think my mom and sister knew I was playing around with it, but really didn’t grasp that I was taking it serious until I got the request to send in my manuscript (that’s a whole other story that I’d like to tell). Co-workers were shocked and I think I really threw my boss for a loop when I took my contract in for him to review.  So essentially, no one has read my novel, except the editors I’ve worked with and that is one of my biggest regrets. I do wish I had shared it with at least one person. Because there is a lot of personal information you need to give about yourself through this process and also points you need to make about your book and it would have greatly helped if I’d had another set of eyes that could have given me some input. Now I’m on the brink of it being released and I’m a nervous wreck about how it’s going to be perceived. So I broke down and sent my ARC copy to my mom. She’s not a reader and she loves me, so I’m not all that hopeful that I’ll get an honest review. And to be honest, I ‘m a little nervous about her reading it (not sure how she’s going to like some of the language and sexy scenes).  So learning to share and making some contacts that are willing to give me early reviews are two of the things I’ve learned that I need to do differently next time.  Again, it’s been an experience and I know a little about what to expect.

But what do I do now? Now, I finish up one of my other WIP and hope I get lucky enough again to have someone interested in it.

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