Thursday, November 29, 2012

Computer Issues

I finally can sit down and write out my new blog post. Of course, I had another subject in mind, but not until my computer had problems this morning.

This is not the first time. This has been going on the last few months and I have some good ideas as to what is causing it, now that my son cleaned it out and explained what happens.

First, when you down load, files can secretly join to whatever it is you put on your computer. Bad files, ones you don't want. One good thing, I didn't have a virus this time. Several downloads came to mind. Pinterest pictures might be part of it. Also, my almost new son-in-law downloaded a game for my grand daughter, and a friend of mine checked her email and downloaded a senior singles site...that one led to porn attached files! 

What a pain in the arse! After my son cleaned out all the bad files, he used mal-ware and another cleaner, then deleted all bad files that even attach to my Google Chrome. Then, the de-frag. Now, I've been going through my documents and downloads and cleaning it all out. It's taken most of my day!

Lesson learned, that's for sure. I guess the next step is saving everything I want on my computer to my external hard drive and wiping it all out, then reloading a clean slate, so to speak.

I hope it all works and I don't have to invest any time soon on a new computer. I have to have my computer to write.

Has this happened to you? What steps did you have to do to fix it? Did you get a new system? 

I am blessed that my son does this for a living, or I would have been screwed!

All's well that ends well! Have a great weekend everyone and don't forget to drop me a line and let me know your computer (nightmare) story!

Love, Lisa

Monday, November 26, 2012

Movies

I am a typical movie lover and prefer to see the good ones on the big screen. We went to the movies yesterday and I saw Lincoln. I think I had something more in mind and was a little let down, but it still was good. The acting was wonderful, and the writing excellent, but I am an action junkie.

Yes, you heard that right, I don't like chick flicks. I have watched chick flicks, but usually at home. To me, if I am going to spend that much money, I want to see action and special effects, not heartwarming. 

It drives my friend nuts. She always suggests going to the movies, and I always remind her that our tastes are different. I like movies with really good stories, and I am a tough critique, but give me something I can sink my teeth into. Such as, Starwars, Underworld, and Lord of the Rings. 

I have enjoyed the stories they came up with for the hero's when we were kids, like the Green Lantern, Thor, and Captain America. The story of Snow White and the Huntsman was good, but one of the actors kinda ruined it and some of the writing was dull. I did like Prometheus because they mixed the Ancient Alien theory with the story, and the action was cool. But again, some of the writing was not so good.

Sometimes, I feel at though the directors take shortcuts, and I will pick up on it quick. They shorten scenes that should be more intense. Not only with action, but also with the characters. I need to know the characters in the movies, just as if I were reading a book. And, I absolutely hate it when they set up a movie for a second one, and never come out with the second one. 

Are you a movie junkie? Do you ever feel like you were cheated after seeing a movie? 

Here lately, I have felt that way several times. Yes, Lincoln was good, but there were parts that I was bored. And, It's not because it was politics, because I do understand it, it was because it did not put you there. 

I do recommend the movie and give it 4 stars. If you respected Lincoln and what he did for our country, then it is a must see.

Until Thursday, have a great week and don't forget to drop me a line. If you have seen Lincoln, let me know what you thought.

Love, Lisa

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Yes, this is my favorite holiday. We get together with our families, eat really good homemade food, and you don't have to exchange gifts...What more could you ask for?!

I am very thankful this year, for so many things! First and foremost, my husband. What a wonderful and supportive man! He is absolutely the best!

Next, my novel. Wow, has it come along way, and I am so proud of the work my sister and I have done! I cannot wait to get it launched in the next few months and I really think you guys are going to love it, at least I hope and pray you will.

Then, of course, my beautiful children and grandchildren! I am so blessed to have them in my life. I have learned so much from them and appreciate the love and caring they give me.

Also, my wonderful mother, Carol, and sister, Tanya! I have been blessed with the best in that category too! Also, my brother-in-law, Scotte, my niece, Sonia, and her significant other, Paul. And I cannot forget my nephew, Jim, who is always teaching me that it is okay to be yourself. 

I love them all and hope that life is good to each and every one of them.  

But, I do have some great friends too! Linda, Jola, Robin, Janet, Jodi, Lizzie, and my friends I haven't seen in a long time, but I get to talk to on Facebook or emails. And, my family all across the country who mean the world to me and I pray they have a wonderful Thanksgiving and miss them all!

My prayers go out to our soldiers and their families who won't be together this year and that they are safe this holiday season. Also, to all the people out there who don't have family to spend this day with. My heart is with you and I pray to find joy on this day.


And, last, but not least, I am grateful for the early Christmas gift I received yesterday from my husband, a 50 inch flat screen TV! That was our combined present to each other and it has a kick ass picture! 

Life is good!


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone! Don't forget to leave me a comment and tell me what you are thankful for.

Love, Lisa

Monday, November 19, 2012

Obstacles of a Writer

We all have our own way of setting up our space and our minds for writing. Whether it's listening to music as we write, or silence. Taking a walk, or running to clear our head. Or just putting words to paper and seeing what comes of it. The problem for me is, there have been too many obstacles that have changed my writing habits.

When I first began writing, I would start first thing in the morning. Usually I would end up writing at least 1000 words or more. Even after my first rough draft was finished, I would write in my second book to the series in between working on edits. I even devised an outline chart to keep track of the basic scenes to fall back on when needed. I preferred writing in silence, still do, and I would read out loud when no one was around. If I needed to clear my head, I would take walks, or read chapters to give me ideas for the next scene. 

Now. that's all changed. I am trying to find that place again, but there are too many distractions. My first obstacle was signing up to Facebook. Then my habit went from writing first thing in the morning to social media. As I began to get involved in it, I started my blog and joined Twitter and other sites and found I was spending way too much time in the morning traveling from one site to the other, completely distracted from writing. By the time I realized I hadn't written at all, it was time to get to other responsibilities, such as cleaning, shopping, spending time with the family, anything but writing.

The next thing was joining writing groups and critiques. Although we would talk about the writing, not much writing, (for me anyway) was getting done. I did, however, manage to write 10 chapters that originally was meant to add to my original book, but now has ended up becoming my novella about my main character's family. Not her family in this world, her family in Djenrye. So, that's a good thing.

And, the last distraction, my Graves disease, and what a distraction! I have a hard time remembering what I need to do through out the day, let alone write. 

Time for a change, or at least, go back to my writing habits. My graves symptoms are letting up some, and I do say some. I still have a hard time concentrating to a small degree, but I plan to get back to my love, writing in the morning! 

I am looking forward to spending time with my character Stevie and her friends. I miss coming up with new and fresh ideas for them and new conflicts. The novel is coming along so well. I am excited about how it has turned out. I am going back to finishing the novella and the second book, and can't wait to spend time alone writing the morning away!


What obstacles have you come across that prevent you from writing, or if your passion is something else, what has stopped you? I would love to hear your thoughts so drop me a line in the comment box and let me know. Until next time, I hope everyone has a great week!

Love, Lisa





Thursday, November 15, 2012

Do You Outline?

When I first began writing my book, my friend and fellow author, Lizzie, kept telling me to outline. I did try to do an outline, but my story was rather complicated and basically I was making it up as I went along. I would try to outline a chapter and by the time I finished writing one, it did not look like my outline at all, so I decided to go without. Now that we have rewritten the book, but it is still based on the same words from my rough draft, we have implemented an outline. Or, at least we are implementing one now.

As we moved along in the edits, we found that there were some inconsistencies along the way. I had recently read an article in my RWA magazine about a woman who wrote a series and the reader who caught her mistakes. I didn't want to be like her. Writing a series you can forget even the smallest details, and later be called on them. So, my sister and I devised a plan, one that seems to be working, and one that is giving me a chance to read the book along the way. I have to say, I am so proud of how the book is turning out!

Yes, this has been a long adventure, but one that is coming to fruition. My goal is, and has always been, to launch a series that when you read it, you cannot tell it was self-published. I want the writing tight and concise. I want the details to take you there, and I want to make sure that when I say a 'black car' that two books later the car is still black, not another color by accident. 

I don't know if this would help an author writing a series, but I would like to share with you our outline in the hope that it will give you ideas when you set up yours.

  • Set up a graph with the characters names, attributes  and personality traits along the top.
  • The side bar will be the chapter numbers. Under the numbers put things like the timeline, such as what day it is, and things like full moon ect...
  • Under each name write what is happening to them in that chapter. 
  • Split the chapter with each scene change and write again under the characters involved in that scene.
  • Make sure to have all characters involved, including a dog for instance.

That is pretty much it. As you create more characters, especially when you move to the next book, you can add them to the graph. When we are finished we will print it out and put it on the wall in front of us so we can see any issue we come up with.

This series has become a large undertaking, but well worth it. I have been reading the book as we implement the information onto the graph, and I have to say, the book sounds awesome! I think you will enjoy it too!

Until next week, I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend. We do have a few guest lined up and I will be working on one of them this weekend. She is a wonderful writer and lives in the UK. I hope you welcome her as you have with my other guests. I have to say, my blog followers are the best!

Don't forget to drop me a comment or question, I love to hear from you!

Love, Lisa

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Get Together

An issue came up yesterday that has changed the way my family gets together on the holiday's. The one where your kid is married and has babies and you want them at your house, but they have another family now to share Thanksgiving with. Have you ran into this problem?

It's not fun to go through and I have had to learn to let go. Yes, I would love to have the Thanksgiving's I used to have, especially since it is my favorite holiday, but I do understand being pulled in different directions and not being able to please everyone. 

I do miss the days when we had a big house and everyone came for the holiday dinner. My husband and I love to get in the kitchen and cook together all day, and then the best part, everyone loves the delicious food! Then you laze around for a while and watch football until the homemade pie is served.

Those were the days! 

It is hard for both sides to get together too. I am a very picky eater, I don't mean to be, but I am. I don't think I could go to eat someone else's dinner. I have tried that in the past, but I miss my way of cooking. I know, I'm a pain, but it's true about me.

Let me know if you run into the problem and what you have had to do to fix it.  Maybe in a few years we will have a bigger house and can have everyone over like we used too. Until then, I am having a small dinner I guess.

Drop me a comment if you want, I would love to hear from you! See all of you Thursday!

Love, Lisa

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Working The Election

For the first time in my adult life, I worked the election this year. My mother has been an election judge for years. What a process! I learned so much and although it was hard work, I had fun!

I didn't work in the poll places, instead I worked in the warehouse excepting the ballets as they came in. We scanned them and straightened them out for the counters. And to tell you the truth, I was amazed that people still waited until election day to vote, there was thousands of them!

But, I was glad to see that people voted and it seemed to me, a lot more voted this year than in the past. That's a good thing! 

For the life of me I cannot understand why someone wouldn't want to exercise their right to vote. People have died for that right! 

Anyway, back to the fun. I met some great people while hanging out in that warehouse. Ann, Marsha, Jimmy, David, Scott, and Mike. There were Republicans and Democrats working together and we were a great team! Altogether we had about 30 people working. I felt bad when I had to leave by 5:00 and couldn't continue to help, (I was told 5:00 and made plans) but we still worked 9 hrs, so it wasn't a total loss.

I also talked about my book and the two ladies want me to let them know when my book is launched! I'm always workin' it! 

I hope I get the chance to work the next election. I look forward to it. It's always great to meet new friends and work across the aisle! 

Until next week, I hope all of you have a great weekend! Drop me a comment if you get a chance.

Love, Lisa

Monday, November 5, 2012

Harder Than You Think

Writing a novel is much harder than expected, and I am sure most people don't realize the time and effort that goes into writing the best book you can, before putting it out to the public. Those of us who begin this endeavor for the first time think that we will be able to accomplish this within a year...right!

A recent conversation I had with my brother-in-law and sister was about this very subject and how deciding to write a fantasy series takes more time than you can possibly imagine. Our topic was the new book in the George R R Martin series, (The Game of Thrones) and how his last book took 5 years to come out and we hope that his next book doesn't take as long. Scotte (my sister's husband) made a very good point, George Martin wants the book to be consistent with the rest of his story and ring true with the world he has created, so therefore it takes extra time.

So true, especially since my sister and I have run into a few places where we weren't consistent and needed to go back over the 200 pages we just went over. Whew! It is a lot of work! 

Now, after half way through the edits, we are going back to square one. I know, I know, when will this book get published. But it shouldn't take to much extra time and I am sure the book will be out by springtime. It's a matter of making an outline and keeping track of the story. 

I tried to do an outline when I first wrote the book, but I was making it up as I went along and the outline never matched up to where the story was going. Now that the story has been re-written, the outline will come in handy. Not only with consistency,  but also staying within the character's personalities and descriptions, and all the new character's that will come into play in the rest of the series.

My sister is such a doll and volunteered to type up the 'chart' we are going to use for our outline. And, my husband is going to make us a huge board to tack it up in front of us so this never happens again.

It shouldn't take us but a week or so to be back to where we were in the edits, and I am sure it will make the book even better for our readers. So, therefore we all have to be patient, but I think in the end, this book is going to be very well put together. I believe you will enjoy it and want to continue reading the series.

Again, thanks to all my friends and family out there that have been supportive of me and my novels. I do think you'll find that it was worth the wait!


Until Thursday, have a great week and don't forget to vote! This is a very important election!

Love, Lisa

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Long Few Weeks

The last few weeks have been tough. My graves disease has been over the top with symptoms this time and It's been hard to concentrate, even with writing. I miss feeling up to getting on the computer in the morning and visiting with friends and working on my book. I probably wouldn't be on here this morning, but I wanted to write my new blog post.

I don't know if any of you have experienced this kind of disease. Either, thyroid, fibromyalgia, lupus, you know the auto-immune types. It is not a fun thing to go through, but at least my symptoms are slowing down a bit and hopefully soon I will feel normal. 

I meet with the thyroid doctor next week and I have a ton of questions for him. I hope he's not in a hurry. I am really anxious at the thought of killing my thyroid with iodine. I don't like the thought of being on meds. for the rest of my life. Anyway, enough whining on my part. I look at the pictures of the east coast, namely Jersey and New York, and my problems don't seem that bad. 

I hope and pray that their lives get back to normal soon. What a nightmare for them! I am happy to see that Chris Christi and our President are working together to help everyone. It's nice to see that. It's been 4 yrs since republicans and democrats have worked together to take care of things. I hope it continues no matter who our next president is.

Well, enough rambling. I do have some guests coming on my blog soon and I look forward to getting to know them. Also, my book is coming along, even with shortening our work sessions because my concentration (or lack there of) or because of problems with my eyes. We are on chapter 16, moving right along.

I don't know if we will be finished before the end of the year, but it will be close. I am looking forward to the day I can announce it's launch! It has been almost 4 yrs since I began this project, but my writing coach said that's about normal. So, I am not going to worry about it.

I hope when it is launched that you all read it. And, I pray you like it! Well, time to close for now, hopefully next week my post will be a better one, but until then, have a great rest of the week and drop me a comment and let me know your muse for the day!


Love, Lisa