Monday, March 26, 2012

Hubz


The Hubz
Have I told you about my Hubz? Probably not. I don’t write much about him on my blog because I don’t want to embarrass him, but I should. I should embarrass the hell out of him. Not because I want him to suffer, but because I want everyone to know just how freakin awesome he is! So I think I will. Today I want to gush about my wonderful, handsome, loving hubby, who lets me be me, even when I’ve lost sight of who I am.

Until this weekend, I don’t think I ever truly understood what drew my hubby to me. I didn’t understand that he loved my creativity. I had always seen it as a burden to him, a waste of time. I felt a failure. My kids were always screaming, the house was always a mess, I had let my art slide, and my book was never ending. Then the Hubz stepped in. You have not failed, he told me. We have two incredibly smart children because of you, we have a beautiful house because of you!

Yeah, ok, but I still suck as an artist.

That’s when he told me. It was the artist he fell in love with. Not the housewife/mother, though he loved those too. It was the day dreamer. He said it amazed him how I could turn a blank page into a picture, or pull a story from a dream.

He has faith in me, and wants me to be me. He allows me to be me by letting me stay at home with the kids so that I can paint, so that I can write.

I started sketching this weekend while I was thinking about him. I started to draw two tribal wolves, tail to tail. I explained it to my Hubz that though he and I go round and round, one thing is always for certain, He has my tail and I have his. He loved the idea so much that he said when I finished it he wanted to get it as a tattoo.

In case you don’t know Hubz, I love you. More than I can put in words, more than I can put into a picture.

Thank you for loving me for me, and for giving me the gift to dream everyday!
For you, I will continue my art, and for you, I will finish this book! Because you have so much faith in me, I can have faith in myself.

Ta!
A.McBay

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I've missed that Itch


I’ve been working hard on learning M-R units, and Scene and Sequel the last couple of months and trying to figure out how to apply it to my revisions. It’s been a long road, with many brick walls, but I finally sat down today and rewrote chapter one in S&S form. And ya know what? I like it. It’s not grade A, but it’s better than before. I have my character and I have her goal and she is started on a path of destruction.

What helped me the most wasn’t all the studying or the massive amounts of head banging, but going back to books that give me the itch to write. You know the ones. We all have our favorites. Mine are the James Scott Bell books. He always gives me that boost of confidence I need to hop back in that chair, and start pounding keys.
Writing Fiction for All You're Worth: Strategies and Techniques for Taking Your Fiction to the Next Level
http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Fiction-Youre-Worth-ebook/dp/B004URTI52/ref=pd_rhf_ee_p_t_4 
 
So I’ve ignored the laundry today, and the dishes have yet to be done, I have my passion back. I’m moving forward in my story! It’s changing and shifting and doing such marvelous things. I can’t wait to share it with my CPs to see if I’m on the right track and if all our hard work is paying off. It’s exciting and scary all at the same time!

What books give you the itch to write and inspire you to keep moving forward?

Ta!
A.McBay

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Banshee Wail

I know I'm double posting today, but I promised to share why I call my children my little banshees.

Here is but a minute of my day. WARNING! You may want to turn your sound down :)




Ta!

2 Years as a Writer

Many of you may know by now that it was not my life ambition when I was young to write. I wrote short stories once or twice, but my passion was drawing and going on to work at the family graphics business. I aced art through school, and taught myself photoshop while I was serving in the military. I loved it! I still get a little geeked out when working graphics, but I'm leaning more to the writer's side these days. Things have happened in my life that I no longer have the hope and desire to work the graphics biz, and needing a new hope I heavily leaned on my writing.

I started as a closet writer, not even my hubby knew I was staying up late to write fiction. About halfway through the first draft he found out, and was so excited for me, he wanted to read what I wrote. He loved it, which fueled the fire for my new obsession. I began buying whatever books I could find on writing, read every blog that google search engine could find for me.

It's been a little over two years now since I started writing, and I am still working on that same novel. Am I ashamed?

NO!

I'm still learning. Everyday, I learn something new. I'm still buying up every book I can find on the craft (there are 65 on my kindle), I still blog hop in hopes of finding a new nugget to add to my toolbox, and I even have a fabulous Crit Group to learn with.

Kim Harrisson, an author I adore, spent six years with her first novel. The way I see it, I have plenty of time to learn with my novel before sending it out into the world, because I love it enough to want it to be the absolute best it can be.

Until then, I will keep studying the craft! I will keep reading, I will keep practicing, and I will keep smiling. This is my new dream, and I want it to be beautiful!

Ta!


Friday, March 2, 2012

Friday Fun

I'm not gonna lie, it's been a very rough week, but it's Friday! Meaning this week is officially over! *happy dances*


Ok! Now on to the fun. First off, Congratulations to Kathleen Doyle who won the giveaway this week! I loved the opportunity to share a beautiful book with someone else. I hope you enjoy it Kathleen.


As for the Cover Art Votes, it was a tie between Cover 2 and Cover 3! I suppose I could send it to the Sign Man, and see which he likes best for the tie breaker.


Lastly, Ali Cross is spreading the sunshine today! Sunshine awards! That were given to her by Kathleen. Yep ^(^.^) That Kathleen that just won the giveaway. Just another example of good Karma! Good Happens! I'm going to make that my motto, or chant I think.


Now, bring on the personal questions!


Favorite Color: Red! The deeper the red the better ;)

Favorite Animal: Dragons! Ask my daughter, they are real and considered an animal.

Favorite Number: 13...I just like it k... it's not that weird...

Favorite Non-Alcoholic Drink: I love Coke! Hopelessly addicted. Hubby told me I should quit... I told him to quit smoking first... I win!

Facebook or Twitter: I'm on both, but lately I have been on Twitter more. That's where my book peeps hang!

My Passions: My family! They are my world. After them it would be writing, reading, and graphic arts. I used to be a big gamer but there's just not enough time in the day anymore to waste it on game >.< (never thought I would ever say that!)

Getting or Giving Presents: Giving :P Makes me all happy inside! ^(^.^) thus the giveaway this week, cause I needed me some happy.

Favorite Pattern: Wow, um, lets see. *looks around* Lined paper! I love the look of blank lined paper :P a fresh canvas ready and waiting.


Favorite Day of the Week: Saturdays. I sometimes get to sleep in and I usually skimp a bit on the chores. Sunday is a close second, because I often just lay around in my jammies and read :D

Favorite Flower: The Rose. It's so elegant and romantic! But I don't like getting flowers unless its the whole bush. They will just die and I hate seeing something beautiful waste away in front of me...



Like Ali, I'm gonna just spread the sunshine! Grab an award and let me know in the comments so I can pop over to your blog and check it out!


Happy Friday, Ya'll!



Ta!


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