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Month: July 2012

Muse Mondays Starts this Monday!

Starting this Monday, August 6th, I will begin hosting “Muse Mondays”!

Every Monday, I’ll write a post about writing, or the muse, or frustrations with the muse, or excitement about the muse, or whatever strikes my fancy to write regarding the craft of writing. I’ll also include a Linky. Link up YOUR post about writing, or the muse, or frustrations with the muse, or excitement about the muse — ANYTHING to do with writing and the craft of writing.

Rules:

  1. No promotion. Don’t announce your book being sold, or going on sale, or now available in paperback, or anything considered promotion. This is a craft Linky – sharing with other writers about the craft of writing.
  2. You must link back to the Muse Monday linky post to which you are linking. Help us draw other writers to this series. You are even welcome to grab the image in this post and use it.
  3. I reserve the right to remove any link that breaks any of these rules.

The linky will go live at 6AM EST and will stay live until Tuesday morning at 6AM EST.

I’m really looking forward to sharing the craft with other writers! Write about anything you want (within the boundaries of no promotion), tell your writer friends, and meet me back here every Monday morning!

Here’s the button if you want to grab it and add it to your post or post it on your own blog:

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Six Sentence Sunday: The Prize Bass

This is from a collaborative work in progress on which my husband and I are working.  We haven’t titled it, and for now just call it Boy-Girl.

Sally narrowed her eyes and stared at him, then pursed her lips and said, “Well, gosh.  You know, David, I never had a brother but I imagine that’s just exactly how he would have kissed me if I ever did.”

He felt blood rushing into his cheeks and against his will his jaw tightened. He really didn’t want to say anything but caught himself muttering, “Sorry.”

“Sorry for what?  Sorry for kissing me like I was a prize bass you just yanked out of the pond or sorry you’re still  — and believe me when I tell you, I can’t even believe I’m saying it — still in love with Julianne McNeill?”

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My Office

I think all of my years in corporate America has my mind conditioned to where I’m more productive and where I’m not. I’ve tried writing at the dining room table, and I’ve tried sitting on my couch and working, but I have always worked best at my desk. That’s one of the reasons that makes it hard to work when it’s just me and the boys. My office is removed from the rooms where they’re more likely to play, and I’m not very comfortable with that.

Here is my desk.

I have a series of resources right at my fingertips. Either for homemaking:

or writing:

I have fun little toys, encouragement, and things to fiddle with when I’m trying to figure out what to write next:

This is not just an office. It’s a room in my basement. Behind me is this:

And I’m right next to the laundry room:

Our dream home will have an office that Gregg and I share on the main floor of our home. But for now, this works for me.  I love the big white board next  to the desk — you can probably see how I was working out some plotting elements for my current work in progress, Song of Retribution.

I’ve contemplated moving my kitchen table out of the kitchen and putting a work space in there, but, honestly, I like this space. I like that I can personalize it with masks from a trip to New Orleans or Corporal Hicks from the movie Aliens. I like that it’s MY space, where I write and blog, and not where I spend a good portion of the rest of my day. I also like that I can hand the boys off to Gregg or Kaylee, shut the basement door, and not be bothered.

Even when all of the kids are in school this year, I will be working down in my office rather than the unoccupied main part of the house. It’s fascinating how my mind clicks into work mode as soon as I sit down in that chair. My dog Nina crawls into the crawl space under the desk and the two of us work quietly together. Sometimes I blog, sometimes I write, but I almost always am working and not playing.

Almost. Heh.
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Interview: Donna Dawson

I am excited to introduce to you Donna Dawson for this week’s Readers Write to Know Wednesdays!  Donna was a freelance magazine writer and has written five novels.  The one she is premiering here today is called Rescued.  It is a suspense novel with a FASCINATING plot.  You have to read on to see how she came up with the idea.  This is definitely a book I look forward to reading!

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I have been telling stories since I was old enough to read.  I am married with three children, two children-in-law and seven grandchildren.  I have written freelance magazine for fifteen years and have five novels published.  Two of my novels won Best Contemporary Novel in the Canadian Christian Writing Awards and I still marvel at that.  I am a conference speaker, a singer/songwriter and I have taught creative writing at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario until this past winter when I retired so I could spend more time writing.  I also teach an online course off my website at http://www.donnafawcett.com 

    2. Tell us about your current release.
Rescued began 20 years ago with a magazine article that I read.  The article talked about transferring the embryos of expensive racehorses into the wombs of retired brood mares.  The brood mares carried, delivered and raised the foals of the race horses while the racers kept on running.  I got thinking ‘why can’t that be done in people?’.  It started a journey of discovery.  I began asking medical professionals how it could be done and, bit by bit, they piece together a method that would take the rejected embryo from the woman who wished to abort and transplant it into a woman who couldn’t conceive but was otherwise healthy.  I knew that I couldn’t do it as a non-fiction piece because I’m not a doctor or nurse.  I gathered as much information as I could find and wove it into a contemporary suspense novel.  I tried to throw in every possible problem I could think of and a possible solution to the problem.  While I did want it to be a captivating read, I also wanted to inspire readers to find a way to stop the abortion war and the death of so many embryos.  The cool thing about this book is: every person who has read it, with the exception of two that I know of, has said that it is a great compromise.  I figured we’d never get people to stop aborting babies because we can’t make everyone believe the same way so the next best thing was to simply rescue the embryos that were being aborted.  What better way than to adopt them out to women who want more children? 

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Interview: Matthew R. Horn

In my world of romance writers, it’s so refreshing to have a guest on my blog who is a man and who writes a different kind of story.  The one he talks about in this interview is about a masked vigilante, a hero, the war internally and externally between good and bad.  I am excited to introduce to you author Matthew R. Horn.

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I live in a small town in north central Indiana with my wife and our newborn Ella (10 weeks old).  I am the Chief Financial Officer for our small family company Modern Materials, Inc.  I am an active guy, I love to play basketball and tennis.  I love water activites like skiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, and swimming.  My wife and I both love to run or go for walks.  I am a deacon at Macy Christian Church and I often counsel people on personal finances.

Tell us about your current release. 

The Good Fight was released by Brighton Publishing in September ’11.  It is my first published work and is 200 pages long.  It is about a young boy named Jeff who is bounced around from family members to orphanages before finally ending up on the street.  After getting into some trouble, his life is saved by a dark-suited vigilante.  The instance is life-changing for Jeff who goes back to the orphanage and goes back to school.  16 years later, Jeff has the opportunity to save the life of the vigilante.  In doing so he learns the man’s identity, only he is not quite the hero Jeff thought he would be.  Jeff becomes the hero’s reluctant protege, and eventually is forced to decide to either wear the suit himself to stop his former mentor, or let things be and try to continue on with his life.  The decision will affect everything that Jeff has worked so hard to become.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block?

Writer’s block is a real doozy.  I have tried a lot of things.  My most prolific failure was to start 8 different book ideas at the same time.  At the time I figured my problem was my interest level and that if I had a lot of books going all together that surely at least one of them would interest me.  That really didn’t work.  What I’ve come to find is that sometimes I’m blocked and there just isn’t anything I can do about it.  I wait patiently until my next idea comes and then get back to it with a passion.  Patience really is the most effective way for me.

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Announcing Muse Mondays!

Starting on August 6th, I will begin hosting “Muse Mondays”!

Every Monday, I’ll write a post about writing, or the muse, or frustrations with the muse, or excitement about the muse, or whatever strikes my fancy to write regarding the craft of writing.  I’ll also include a Linky.  Link up YOUR post about writing, or the muse, or frustrations with the muse, or excitement about the muse — ANYTHING to do with writing and the craft of writing.

Rules:

  1. No promotion.  Don’t announce your book being sold, or going on sale, or now available in paperback, or anything considered promotion.  This is a craft Linky – sharing with  other writers about the craft of writing.
  2. You must link back to the Muse Monday linky post to which you are linking.  Help us draw other writers to this series.  You are even welcome to grab the image in this post and use it.
  3. I reserve the right to remove any link that breaks any of these rules.

The linky will go live at 6AM EST and will stay live until Tuesday morning at 6AM EST.

I’m really looking forward to sharing the craft with other writers!  Write about anything you want (within the boundaries of no promotion), tell your writer friends, and meet me back here every Monday morning!

Here’s the button if you want to grab it:

~*~
~*~

Hallee Bridgeman Precious Signature


I’m so grateful for your visit, today.
You would bless me if you added me to your Subscribe via any Reader feed reader or subscribed Subscribe via Email via email.
You can also become a fan on Become a Facebook Fan Facebook or follow me on Follow me on Twitter Twitter. I would love to see more of you!


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