What To Do When You or Someone You Know is Going Half-Way Around The World.

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What To Do When You or Someone You Know is Going Half-Way Around The World.

Check out my new project here! I’d love for you to join me at my other website! Come over and join the party. :)

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Who Will Be Transferring To a New Website?

April showers bring May flowers… usually, but not here in Minnesota, because it’s still snowing here. Hard to believe, right? haha!I am still currently working away on a few projects. I am editing and revising my book The Mason of Hearts at the momentSome of you are subscribed to my new website: www.devinberglund.com. But, I will be transferring my writing onto that website within the next few months and I would love to have you make the journey with me.

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Queen Anne’s Christmas of Memories A.K.A Cleaning off my old computer….

At the beginning of the week I got a new computer. For old times sake… I am writing this post on my old one: The Dinosaur (I will post a picture of the ole guy, below!), it will be this computer’s last post on my blog ever. Kinda a sad way to think of it, because it’s been through so much with me. When I type on this keypad – my fingers dance across the keys in harmony without stumbling or hitting wrong keys.

It takes a while to leave an old computer behind as it’s always been home. My new computer is a Macbook Pro just like this one, but maybe this guy’s worn in-ness is what makes it so familiar. But, boy am I happy I have a new one, because the back of this one is falling apart and the trackpad works no longer. (If you’re wondering… I am using a mouse.)

Good-bye Dinosaur!

Good-bye Dinosaur!

Just to think of everything I did in my past with this computer…

  • Just to think of all that I had written on this computer. All the years of struggling through literary assignments and staying up late with Critical Analyzing papers for my literature classes.
  • Writing with tears in my eyes during my college years, when I survived a 4-year mentally abusive relationship, and finally ended it to move on to better things.
  • It made a trip with me to England and back again.
  • Dino and I designed and wrote for a literary magazine.
  • I plunked out two full manuscripts on Dino as well. He traveled to Australia with me.
  • Dino was also my life-line to my boyfriend in Australia.

I believe this little bugger, my ole’ dinosaur has served me well. And made me proud to be an Apple user.

I’ve been cleaning off my hard-drive and saving documents and files on my external and I found some old writings of mine. Below, is a poem I wrote in memory of my Grandpa Dennis Otto. I took a poetry writing class back in college and this was one of the poems I did for that class. So I just thought I would share this with you.

Queen Anne’s Christmas of Memories

January 21, 2009

Every Christmas I taste the memories-

memories from years gone by.

The box, red of Queen Anne’s-

imprisons the smooth, round morsels there, until they see light of day.

As you slid your finger under the edge of the box to open it,

your memories come flying back to me,

“Want one?”, you’d ask as you hold them my way.

I took one-

that Christmas.

A smile etched it’s way across your face as you grabbed one too.

The smell was rich-

of milk chocolate.

The taste-

a chocolaty, creamy, sugary, syrupy mixture

with one whole cherry

bursting in my mouth.

Tastes are memories-

they are filling.

Giving a warm feeling of comfort in your stomach,

the safe sensation you get on Christmas that nothing can go wrong.

Back to the present day and there is a box

red of Queen Anne’s-

Imprisoning the smooth, round morsels there, until they see light of day.

I slide my finger under the boxes edge.

Opening it, the smell drifts in a flavorful aroma.

I pop one in my mouth the taste of chocolaty, creamy, sugary, and syrupy mixture

with one whole cherry

bursts.

With that your memories come back-

YOU come back to me with Queen Anne.

As she imprisons the smooth, round morsels there, she sets you free in my memories forever.

A small story goes with these delicious sweet chocolate covered cherries. We would always get my grandpa chocolate covered cherries for Christmas. He would offer one to all of us as soon as he opened the box. It makes me smile thinking about my grandpa. :) We still give each other Queen Anne’s Chocolate Covered Cherries for Christmas.

  

How about you, then? Do you have some object that reminds you of someone you used to know (like the chocolate covered cherries and my grandpa?)

Wednesday Words.

Wednesday Words.

Wednesdays will be known as Wednesday Words.

Every wednesday I will post a word as a prompt (and maybe even a picture).

Wednesday Words will act as a prompt for you.

Write a short story inspired by the word. Write a poem or lyrics? Or anything as long as you write something.

You can write something about the word or the word can inspire something out of the ordinary for you to write about.

Your first Wednesday Words Prompt is :

Hoar-Frost

hoarfrost |ˈhôrˌfrôst

-ˌfräst|nouna grayish-white crystalline deposit of frozen water vapor formed in clear still weather on vegetation, fences, etc.

Photo Credit : Annette Berglund www.annetteberglund.com

Photo Credit : Annette Berglund www.annetteberglund.com

Be sure to share the writing that you came up with in the comments! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Just a few days ago I was totally flattered and encouraged by a fellow blogger when she nominated me for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” by Stacy .

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These were the rules for accepting the award!

• Display the award logo on your blog.
• Link back to the person who nominated you.
• State 7 things about yourself.
• Nominate bloggers for this award.
• Notify those bloggers of the nomination by linking to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by ping back.

7 things about myself:

  1. All of you know I recently got back to the States from Australia. So I decided to put a few places that I haven’t been on this point. A few of the States that I’ve never been to are Hawaii, Alaska, and New York.
  2. If I could have tea and lunch with any writer in the time of writers it would be C.S. Lewis.
  3. I wish I were at a cabin nestled mountains of  Montana right now, near Polebridge listening to wolves howling. I would like to do a writer in residence in Montana some time. I think it would really be an inspiring and revitalizing experience. I’d like to do this. *Hint: my next book that I am planning on writing is set in Montana and involves… duh…duh…duuuuhhh… Grizzly Bears! :)
  4. Most of the time I find myself wishing I were in a good ole’ Disney movie. Like Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.
  5. I just taught my puppy, Cocoa to sit yesterday.
  6. I remember my first memory. It may sound strange, but I remember a very bright light. I think it was the day I was born.
  7. I am planning on applying for an assistantship with a literary agent or assistant. I would be good for working in Chicago, New York, Tennessee, Florida (I recently decided Florida is pretty nice) or California. I think Chicago, Tennessee, or Cali would be my top pics, though.

I am going to Nominate…

1.) D.M. Kilgore – http://www.dmkilgore.com

2.) Blue Monkey Writing – www.bluemonkeywriting.wordpress.com

3.) Stephanie’s – The Glitter Globe  – http://www.theglitterglobe.com

4.) Zen – http://zenscribbles.wordpress.com

5.) Dave – http://davidpagan.wordpress.com

6.) Teryn O’Brien  –http://identityrenewed.wordpress.com/about/

7.) Annette Berglund – www.annetteberglund.com

8.) jjoubertArt – www.jjoubert.wordpress.com

9.) Anushka – http://findingmycreature.wordpress.com

Sorry that the links aren’t working very well in the line up of nominees. Something silly is going on with my WP.

Review: What is Professionalism…

REVIEW: Professionalism Is IMPORTANT!!

As you all know, I am currently revising my manuscript.

I had no idea how to go about this whole process, but I just mucked right on in with my rain boots. haha… I like this mental picture, because I can picture a time in my life when I was probably 8-years-old. I was wearing my rain boots out near the garden. It had rained a lot and it was really muddy. I mucked on in and was having a blast, but then I realized something.

I WAS STUCK… I started breathing in deeply and tried pulling my rain boots out, but at that very moment my foot came flying out of the rain boot. I was a crying little island in the middle of the mud ocean. I braved myself and pulled the other foot out and ran to safety. My feet were all muddy. haha… my boots stayed out there for a few days!

But, with revising I picture it that way. You need to get yourself dirty. You have to roll up your pants and get in there.

I am quite a few chapters in now, and am excited about my progress.

But a few weeks ago I was looking for some books or courses on how to revise.

I heard from a few people that I should look into the course How To Revise Your Novel by Holly Lisle. They also told me it was quite expensive, being $49.95 per month (5 payments) = $249.75. I looked into it and read reviews on it. I couldn’t find anything bad about it. I know sometimes you have to pay a bit to get some education on a topic. So, I decided to try it.

I got the first lesson that night and I was super excited!

I sat down with the print out and ecstatically started reading. But then, I came to run-on-sentences, repeated words, and simple misspellings. (The misspellings could have been found if it had been read over. It was almost like the last edit was done by spell check, because some words were not the correct words.) These mistakes really bugged me.

I couldn’t read any further. And after writing Holly, to tell her about the misspellings. I didn’t hear back from her.

On her site it said that if you weren’t happy with the course you could cancel and get a refund for the segment that you were unhappy with. Since this was only the first lesson, I decided I couldn’t pay for something that was so unprofessionally put together. I can easily ignore a spelling mistake here and there, but when there are multiple and when it’s supposed to be a writing course teaching you to revise your novel into something publishable. I couldn’t trust the voice.

I would be so embarrassed if I had published and sold something that had so many mistakes. That’s why I wrote her, because I would have loved for a person to  alert me to a spelling problem, “Oh, I spotted this…” because any kind of mistake makes you look unprofessional. I would have been like “Oh, my goodness… thank you!!! I didn’t even see that! Thanks again!!!”. I didn’t get a response from her.

So, I wrote her and told her I would like to cancel the course.

Then, she wrote me that night and I was refunded the money. But, it was the unprofessional reply that really bothered me. I am sorry, but a person can boast all they like about their years of experience, but if it doesn’t show in the person’s writing, then that says something especially if that writing is full of mistakes and they expect to get paid for it.

I decided to write about this experience that I had for a few reasons…

Originally, I wasn’t going to write a review on this… but it has been bugging me for the past two days. I want you all to know it isn’t worth the price, for being so poorly edited and put together or for the attitude behind it. I only did one lesson- but why pay for anything less than professional.

I don’t usually like telling people about bad things or giving bad reviews, but I definitely do not recommend that course.

This is a timely article written by the amazing Michael Hyatt, on being professional and on how your brand can be hurt because of unprofessionalism.

Some things that I was reminded of:

  1. Make sure your writing is squeaky clean… without errors. (like so squeaky that a rubber ducky would be jealous.)
  2. Treat people online and offline professionally. (What you say could ruin your brand)

Please know this review was done in the best way possible! 

I want the best for all of you writers and don’t want you to be scammed.

Happy Writing & Editing & Revising! :)