I'm posting another double duty post today. This one is in celebration of the letter "S" for the A - Z Challenge and for a hop called Sweet Saturday Samples.
Click on either link above to hop over and read more blog posts about the letter "S" and Sweet Saturday Samples of work. Have a terrific weekend!
Excerpt from Whisper of Memory:
The conversation occurs between Mia and Regulus during a weapons training session. Mia begins...
“This is too sweet. It’s superhero stuff, in case you didn’t know. No Slip will ever mess with me again.”
“This weapon is mine. I’m only showing you how to use it. It’s too dangerous for you to have one in your possession.” Regulus almost sounded sorry.
“That’s not fair. Why tease me with it?” My shoulders slumped as I looked around for a target.
Regulus took the stunner from my hand. “You may get your own some day. For now, you can use mine in case of emergency.”
“Great. I’m feeling as though I’m five years old. Want to just hand me a pointy stick and hope I can defend myself?” I glanced down. “I do get the knife, right?”
If you are here looking for the A-Z Challenge, this post serves double duty. I am participating in the Showers of Books Giveaway Hop for readers. Please enter to win the prize package below! R Is for Readers has been a post in the A-Z Challenge.
4/26/12 UPDATE: Rafflecopter chose Shayna G as the winner of the prize package. The winning entry was adding Slipstream to her Goodreads TBR list!
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I love movies. My husband camped with friends last weekend, and they all had to tell their top three movies. They debated the merit of each person's choice. He asked me if I could name his. I immediately said, #1 The Outlaw Josey Wales #2 Lonesome Dove. He was stunned. Hey...we've been married a long time. #3 was Cool Hand Luke.
He asked for my three: #1 Dances with Wolves, #2 The Matrix, #3 The Wizard of Oz. Okay...Those were just the top three "off-the-cuff" answers. He was very disappointed with the #2 and #3 answers. It's difficult to choose because I have so many favorites.
Here are some of my favorite movies with quotes:
We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.
I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.
Son, you got a panty on your head.
I'll be back.
That really was a Hattori Hanzo sword.
Mathilda: [about Russian roulette] If I win, you keep me with you for life.
Léon: And if you lose?
Mathilda: Go shopping alone, like before.
The Fifth Element
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm all for conversation, but maybe you could just shut up for a moment?
I'd rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special...
These walls are funny. First you hate 'em, then you get used to 'em. Enough time passes, you get so you depend on them. That's institutionalized
Wizard of Oz
Scarecrow: I haven't got a brain... only straw.
Dorothy: How can you talk if you haven't got a brain?
Scarecrow: I don't know... But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking... don't they?
Dorothy: Yes, I guess you're right.
What are your favorites?
Q Is for Quotes has been a post in the A-Z Challenge. Click here to read posts written by other participants.
I use Pandora radio. I listen on my desktop, laptop, iPhone, and iPad. Pandora is internet radio that intuitively chooses music that you will probably like. To understand the science of Pandora radio, click here to read about the Music Genome Project. Creating an account for Pandora is free. You can upgrade, but I still use the free version. You can follow other's stations and allow them to follow yours. These are all options in your privacy setting.
In the screenshots below, I made a new station by typing in the name of a band I like, Cake. The station then begins adding other bands to the queue that I might like: The Black Keys, Weezer, Foster the People and Sublime. The station will also play a lot of Cake since they were my initial "seed" for the station. If I don't like a song, I can click on the "thumbs down" button to help train the station.
I'm a guest at Gloria Richard's blog today with a post called Graphics 102 or Are You Kidding Me? I’m Not a Photographer or Graphic Artist .
I'm also at Seeing Night Reviews with a guest post about my writing called Who Are You Calling Quirky? Click here to go and comment at Seeing Night Reviews. Enter it in the Rafflecopter for the Kindle Touch or Nook Simple Touch Giveaway!
P Is for Pandora has been a post in the A-Z Challenge. Click here to read posts written by other participants.
I've always loved libraries. The opportunity to have so many books at your disposal is simply amazing. There is no buyer's remorse because you've tried one you didn't like. It's like having a good friend who trusts you with their prized possession.
If you have followed my blog, you know that I embrace technology. This post doesn't mean I have abandoned the brick and mortar libraries. I am cheering for them because they are moving with the times. I don't want libraries to disappear. I need them.
Overdrive is a software/app that allows you to borrow digital and audio library books. I use it mostly for borrowing audiobooks. Due to my long daily commute, I consume several audiobooks a month. Overdrive helps me to supplement my purchased audiobooks that I get from Audible.com. I honestly don't check out many ebooks. The selection at the library is limited to your popular authors, and I read so many ebooks that are NOT from well-known authors. Overdrive is hooked up to many library systems, and you can choose between the audio, Kindle, and Nook formats. I have the iPad app, iPhone app, or I can access it from my laptop.
I took some screenshots to illustrate the simplicity of checking out an ebook or audiobook. Notice in the last screenshots that the book loan is for 14 days. The book will automatically leave your device at expiration.
O Is for Overdrive has been a post in the A-Z Challenge. Click here to read posts written by other participants.
I'm at The Book Galaxy today with an interview. Drop in if you get the chance! Leave a comment at The Book Galaxy on the interview post and enter to win the Kindle Touch or Nook Simple Touch.
I'm still on my blog tour for my new release, Whisper of Memory. Today's stop is at Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer with a review of the first book in my YA fantasy series and an excerpt from Book 2, Whisper of Memory. Drop by and enter the contest to to win a Kindle Touch or Nook Simple Touch.
First, I'd like to thank everyone who stops by and comments throughout the A-Z Challenge. There is nothing more thrilling than having comments. My posts this month are all about things that make me happy in life. Technology is one of those subjects.
Earlier I told you that I kept all my research in Evernote. Research begins while I am dreaming up the story as well as during the writing stages. For writing my rough draft, I use an app called Manuscript on my iPad. This is where I create chapter outlines, make character cards on virtual index cards, and write rough drafts. I don't mind having these items in separate places, but some will protest that it is inefficient. When I am ready to create a final manuscript of my work and move on to editing, I export from Manuscript. I prefer using Word on my laptop with the markup functionality you have there. I also print out a novel for editing with margin space for written notes.
My three writing tools are Evernote, Manuscript, and Word.
M Is for Manuscript has been a post in the A-Z Challenge. Click here to read posts written by other participants.
I know writers use Scrivener and other novel writing software. What do you use?
I love watching movies almost as much as reading books. Some movies made a great impact on me as a child. This is one of those. It's a movie about race relations and it struck a chord. As a mixed-race child of a Caucasian father (American) and an Asian mother (Korean), I watched the movie and wept for the characters. I wondered if I would experience things that would be difficult and unjust.
I know that my life experiences with racial discrimination pale beside those of different generations and different races. I grew up in a small Southern town. I never felt even one-half Asian until someone snickered and said, "Ching ching chow" or some other ridiculous taunt only meant to point out I was different.
Yes, the movie Imitation of Life has stereotypes and it's sappy, but as a kid it told me to be proud of who I am. I've seen it at least twenty times.
A struggling young actress with a six-year-old daughter sets up housekeeping with a homeless black widow and her light-skinned eight-year-old daughter who rejects her mother by trying to pass for white.
This 1959 version with Lana Turner and Sandra Dee was the remake of an earlier film. The Fannie Hurst novel of the story was published in 1933.
The clip below is 10 minutes and I realize most people won't watch that. If you watch a minute or two, you'll get a taste of it.
Is there a movie from your childhood that made a great impact on you?
L Is for Imitation of Life has been a post in the A-Z Challenge. Click here to read posts written by other participants.
I'm at Beautifully Dreaming with a guest post about the Myths of Publishing.
I'm also at RomConInc.com with an excerpt from The Waiting Booth and a $5 Amazon gift certificate to one commenter at RomCon. Make sure to leave your comment there as they conduct the drawing.
Here's a tip specifically for the writer. Does your critique partner or beta reader have a Kindle? You can format your manuscript (MS) for the Kindle and send it for review. In the Kindle, you can highlight and note things.
My sister is my first reader. Originally, she read my MS on her iPhone from email. I sent her a chapter at a time and she would read on her phone while on the treadmill. I don't know how she did it. I would go blind or kill myself by tripping on the treadmill. Now she has a Kindle. I send her a PRC file (the extension for a Kindle file). She reads my manuscript and it displays like any other Kindle book. You can also send PDF files to the Kindle, but they are difficult to read. This will give you just the right amount of text on the screen per page.
This is a short post, so I did skim over the details. I might do a longer post after April if anyone seems interested.
I have an excerpt post from The Waiting Booth at the RomCon Blog. Leave a comment at the RomCon blog post to enter the drawing for the $5 Amazon gift certificate.
I'm also on my Whisper of Memory blog tour and there's an excerpt from it at The Book Galaxy. Leave a comment there or at RomCon and then enter the Kindle Touch Giveaway HERE. The first entry choice on the Rafflecopter widget will ask you where you left your comment.
K Is for Kindle and the Beta Reader has been a post in the A-Z Challenge. Click here to read posts written by other participants.
You don't need an iPod, iPad, or iPhone to enjoy iTunes. You only need a computer and an internet connection — which you must have because you are reading this post. Get it. I enjoy the music, iTunes university, movies, and the podcasts.
In this post, I'd like to focus on iTunes podcasts. Look at the choices on the screen capture below. NPR Programs and Stuff You Should Know are two of my favorite podcasts. These podcasts downloads are FREE. Did you hear that? FREE. You can set up subscriptions or choose one at a time.
I Is for iTunes Podcasts has been a post in the A-Z Challenge. Click here to read posts written by other participants.