I got an email today about a new writing contest through Writer’s Digest that I want to share! Here’s the link. Check it out! Contests are always a great way for new writers to get recognized. I’m hoping to get something together to submit. What about you??

Now back to the Colts/Broncos game!! Have a great evening. 🙂

Freshman or freshmen?

So I want to talk about this today because it is driving me crazy. I work on a college campus, and I can’t count the number of times these words are misused! I see them in emails, PowerPoints, announcements, fliers, etc. You name it, I’ve seen a problem. So let’s review. ‘Freshman’ is singular, meaning one (1) person. ‘Freshmen’ is plural, meaning multiple people. It’s pretty simple!

Examples– Freshman (singular): Are you going to be a freshman next year? Freshmen (plural): Where are the freshmen lockers located?

I just do not understand why this is so difficult! (Breathe…) Okay, I feel better now that I got this off my chest. So let’s talk about writing! I’m so excited because I finally got myself in gear this weekend. I spent five hours at Barnes and Noble on Saturday night finalizing a few entries for a writing contest. As I was deciding what to enter, I was able to read through a lot of my previous work. When I see all the things I’ve written, I feel good about my work. I’m proud of myself. At the same time, I’m motivated to create something new. It’s time for a new story. A new idea to cultivate. So I’m pulling out my idea book, and I’m hoping to begin a framework soon. The hard part–which idea should I work on first? I’m thinking I need to continue working on the sequel to Crystal Clear, but at the same time I want a new picture book.

I’ll figure it out. In the meantime, I need some advice. How do you work full time, continue producing new stuff, and try to sell what you already have?? Can anyone help me out with this one?

Until next time…

Steampunk, anyone?

My mentor from my Masters program, Shelley Adina, is always coming out with new and creative stuff. I’m so excited for her that she has finished the third book in her steampunk series, Magnificent Devices. She is a fabulous author, and if you haven’t had a chance to read any of her stuff now is the time! If you’re interested in steampunk, here’s an overview of her new book. Congratulations, Shelley!

A Thought on Self-Publishing

While reading the Publisher’s Weekly website today, I came across a link to this interesting website on self-publishing. I’ve never been one to advocate for self-publishing, but recently I’ve been rethinking my opinions. With the right training in marketing oneself, it might not necessarily be a bad thing. I’m not quite ready to jump on the bandwagon yet, but it is certainly an idea to keep in mind!