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Feelin' good!

Yesterday was one of the best days I've ever had since I started this crazy journey as a soon-to-be debut author. (That's why I'm typing in purple--it's a pretty celebration color!)

No, it wasn't a day I inked a new deal--it was actually more than that. It was a fantastic day of chats with Editor K and Agent A and I'm finally starting to feel that I can do this! I've always been reeeaaally insecure about the author gig. You know, we all have those thoughts of I'm not good enough! Eeek, my writing is horrible! Will anyone buy my book?

I know those insecurities will come and go (and will probably be amped up as my pub date approaches) but yesterday, for a full day, I felt great about how far I've come since I started writing and am looking forward to where I'm going. :) It's all a giant learning process and though I've learned a lot, there's still sooo much more!


Lamar Write Site: Meet Jessica Burkhart

Special thanks to Jessica Ferguson for posting this and this!

Just a reminder--I'll be teaching an online course through Lamar University called "Writing for Teen Magazines." You do NOT have to live in Texas to take the course and it starts August 11 and runs until September 22.

For details, visit the above link! :)

And...check out this week's Entertainment Weekly (the one with Batman on the cover) because inside is writer/friend Kaleb Nation! Yay, Kaleb! :) As if you already didn't know, Kaleb is the Twilight Guy.

Missouri Writers Guild Flash Fiction Contest

Contest alert! Emily Hendricks told me about this:

The Hottest Flash Fiction Contest$100 1st PrizeDeadline - September 15, 2008
Entry fee: $10

Word Limit 1,000 words.First Place: $100.Second Place Winner: $50.Third Place $25. For more details, visit the Missouri Writers Guild here. If you enter, good luck! :)

Fun book meme

I’m stealing this from Sara Hantz.
The Big Read, an initiative by the National Endowment for the Arts, has estimated that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed. How do you do?
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.I cheated because I’m lazy and just bolded the books I’ve read and skipped the other steps. (If you see italics, they're Sara's.) Fun!1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Bi…

New TWILIGHT trailer and storm pics

The reason I missed Gossip Girl....

Did you guys see the new TWILIGHT trailer from July 17?? OMG. So. Freaking. Excited. :) It's helping to ease my insane want for BREAKING DAWN.

And those pics were from the out of nowhere storm we had yesterday. We were without power from 7:15pm to 9pm and it was kinda scary. There were insane winds and lots of rain. This tree fell on the powerline right across the street.

Gators and Emmy nominations

Last week, I blogged that there's an alligator in my tiny neighborhood lake. Well, on Friday evening, I saw him/her!! That's not my pic, but I am planning to go back to the lake this week and try to snap a pic of the gator. She (it just looks like a girl...I don't know why) is less than four feet long and has the coolest way of hovering in the water. A little girl and her dad were feeding bread to the non-existent geese and the gator appeared in the water and eyed us. I kept having Lake Placid flashbacks. Yet, I'll be going back to the lake to capture gator pics. Hopefully. And now...onto other things.

Primetime Emmy nominations!

Yay for Tina Fey's 30 Rock. Seriously. We need to reward more women in comedy. I started watching the show after it had been on air for a while and I love it. Go, Tina!

Ryan Seacrest also got a nod for best reality TV host. I <3 style="font-style: italic;">Idol takes 3 hours to tell us who won. He fills the time well, I th…

Take the Reins cover proof! =)

Guess what I have in my possession? A cover proof of Take the Reins!Yep, front and back with gloss and everything. Oooh la la. Veeerrry, veeerry gorgeous. (*Waves at Jessica Sonkin*) I'm framing it.

I took a pic of myself holding the cover proof and when I'm allowed to share it, I will!

The Website design for is in full swing (woo hoo!) and the new site is coming this September. It's going to be great.

Take the Reins cover is now on Amazon--yay!

The lovely cover is now on Amazon! Woo hoo! :) Another step toward January 27!

Got a gator

I live in a suburban neighborhood. My city has 100,000+ people and it's not exactly a place to find wildlife. But there are alligator sightings at my neighborhood lake. We have beavers (I've seen 'em), snakes (obviously), fish, turtles and other usual lake-like creatures. Now, people are claiming they've seen a three foot gator in the lake.

I, of course, now have to camp out at the lake to spot said alligator. I've only seen one in the wild once when I was down in South Florida at least ten years ago. I'm considering dragging a lawn chair down there and staying until I spot it. :) So much better than Animal Planet!

Have you seen a gator or other interesting/unusual wildlife before? Share!

Reading binge

I've been reading like crazy this past weekend and now beginning of this week. When I get so wrapped up in writing, my reading time gets restricted a bit. But I've been on a little writing break, so I've been attacking the books in my gotta read pile.

First, Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Don't know WHY I didn't read this book before now. OMG, it's one of those books where I sit up and say, "Damn! I wish I'd written that!" If you haven't read it, it's fun, fantastic and one of the best boy narrated books I've ever read. I've got the second one on order now.

I've also gotten addicted to the Beacon Street Girls series by Annie Bryant. They're adorable tween books and they have this timeless feel because they aren't overly peppered with fast changing pop culture references. Love them.

Then, I read Off Season. It's even better than Dairy Queen. So. Good.

My list is still long with several Class of 2k8 books and various others. I'…

Pics of my writing space

First, thank you all for your kind comments about the Take the Reins cover! If you haven't seen it yet, check yesterday's blog post. :)

Today, I wanted to share pics of my summer workspace...

Note the essentials: Pens that write pink, purple and green, pencils, flash drives, 3 lip-glosses, raspberry tea and the latest issue of Creative Screenwriting.

During the fall, I do lots of writing on the back porch or in my recliner, but during the summer I like to be sandwiched between these two windows so I get lots of sun.

I don't use the keyboard on my computer because of my carpal, so I have to always have my external keyboard and mouse.

My hardy Gateway is almost on its last noisy breath. It has gotten me through three books, a zillion articles, four years of college and other random activities.

Where do you do your best work? Share a pic of your workspace on your blog! :)

Take the Reins COVER!!!

First of all, I am SO sorry for posting three times today! cover is up on S&S's Website, so I think I can share!!!

That's my girl Sasha and her horse Charm.

ISN'T IT BEYOND FANTASTIC?! OMG! :) I'm soooo happy to share with you guys!!

Thank you, thank you to Agent A and everyone at S&S, especially Editor K, Jessica, Russell, Karin, Monica and the rest of the crew at the shoot.I heart you guys!

View the cover at S&S here.

Burkhart's Beach Reads...coming soon!

Coming soon to a screen near you. :) (Yeah, I spent waaaaaay too long making that thing, but it was fun.)

Do y'all like the new blog header, btw? I got hooked on Fireworks.