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Open Letter To My Son–Part 3

27 Apr

Dear Pat,

This is part three to my open letter and last one. The first letter was an overview of your sixteen years as a student, the second one a ride down memory lane starting with elementary school and ending with college, and now this one is about how it all started… the first seed that was planted and how it grew over the years into this steady and strong foundation you begin your next chapter with, your career.

Every parent wants the best for their child/ren. Every parent dreams their kid/s will become incredibly successful, tackle hurdles and reach peaks, do better than they ever did. Have a better life than they ever had.

My dream for you was to finish college. Find a field that would excite you, something to be passionate about, and love getting up every morning for it. Something that would put money in your pocket to live a comfortable life and fulfill whatever dreams you have. Provide you with means to support a family when time comes. For as long as I remember I thought you’d become a … doctor or architect (I know, completely different fields but, that’s how I saw you). Your caring nature, your love of people and the attention to detail in everything you built with lego made me believe that’s where you’ll end up, in the medical field or constructions. How wrong I was!

Sometime in middle school your essay on “Why is putting all your eggs in one basket a bad idea” won an award and there would be some sort of ceremony at school. It was also about the same time you began playing Gaia, the only online game we allowed you to be on (30 minutes a day if you did your chores, remember?). You were making millions and enjoyed buying/selling your goods. Later on, in high school, you took a business class, ending up qualifying for state in D.E.C.A. competition. When time came for you to decide which college to apply for, you wanted W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

So, here we are years later with you about to hear the bell ring for the last time. Next week you’ll have final exams. May 11th is the ceremony for your graduation, closing the student chapter of your life. Starting in June you begin working as area manager at Amazon. To map it all out it looks like this:

I don’t think there are enough words to tell you how proud I am of you. How my heart just melts at the sight of you and bursts open looking at who you became. I always knew you have potential and I never doubted you. I have no regrets about what we did while you were in school. How we pushed you to study and to get better grades. How we checked your homework, and how we kept a vigilant eye over your education, your friends and your behavior. Because the results are shown here and now, with you finding your calling.

I have no idea what the future holds or where life will take you. How many roadblocks will be thrown your way. How many struggles you’ll fight. But what I do know is that I have no worries that you will thrive and you will be just fine. Your tool box is filled with everything Dad and I tried to instill in you, morals and values, every tool you’ll need to succeed.

Have a smooth sailing, Patrick!

With never ending love,

Mom

P.S: A memento from our last lunch at Memorial Union, eating taco salad from Qdoba and talking about everything and anything, as we did for the last four years…

 

 

 

 

VBT-Shadow Fire by Kimber Leigh Wheaton. Guest Post

6 May


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Ashlyn – a free-spirited teenager whose peaceful life is shattered when the village elders honor her with a perilous quest to recover a stolen relic.

Zane – a jaded mercenary, torn by his undeniable desire for Ashlyn and the dark secret that could make her hate him forever.

Delistaire – a malevolent sorcerer driven by an insatiable lust for power.

All three are bound together by an ancient relic supposedly infused with the power of a Goddess.

Shadow Fire – adventure, passion, secrets, and betrayal

As Ashlyn and Zane race to stay one step ahead of the evil lurking in the shadows, their passions are ignited and their bond strengthens. But will they find the relic before Delistaire? Or has their entire quest been orchestrated from the very beginning by a madman in pursuit of ultimate power?

Each installment of The Light Chronicles is a standalone story.

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Praise for Shadow Fire

“This book contains monsters, magic, majestic creatures, and a evil guy that wants to destroy the world. If you love hot guys…..Zane is all that plus a few tricks up his sleeve. Just read it!” Venture ~Amazon Reviewer

“Adventure, magical creatures, fun characters, and romance make this book a perfect read for all ages.” James ~Amazon Reviewer

“I thought the writing was strong; it had me turning the pages quickly to see what would happen next. The characters were engaging and the dialogue well-written.” Lisa Temple ~ Goodreads

“Oh, I truly loved this one! Shadow Fire, by Kimber Leigh Wheaton, is a snappy, sassy, sweet, all-that-kind-of-awesome-and-then-some YA read. I couldn’t put it down.” ~Sasha Hibbs ~ Amazon Reviewer

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The Inspiration for Shadow Fire

They say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. Well, I am a video game addict. More specifically, I’m addicted to RPGs. I spend an inordinate amount of time immersed in one fantasy world or another. My characters would be right at home alongside the characters from Fire Emblem, Final Fantasy, or The Legend of Zelda. I label Shadow Fire as a fantasy romance, but it is also an adventure.

Music is a huge force in my inspiration for characters and plots. Certain songs just have an overall feel that transports me to the world I’m creating. The Wall by Kansas was a driving force behind the beginning chapters of Shadow Fire. Celtic music helped me picture the fantasy world I was going for—my favorite was The Mummers’ Dance by Loreena McKennitt. During revisions I stumbled upon Aliveby Adelitas Way, which I consider Ashlyn and Zane’s unofficial theme song.

When the idea for Shadow Fire hit, it hit hard. One day I hadn’t written anything for several years and the next I cranked out the first chapter in a couple of hours. I was obsessed. There was no plot mapping, no outline. Zane, Ashlyn, and Taranis were in my mind, and I needed to free them as quickly as possible or risk insanity. The first draft was written in four weeks. That was two years ago. While the plot and characters remain the same, the manuscript has undergone numerous revisions to reach the place it is today. I changed the beginning twice, then finally found what I liked on the third try.

Shadow Fire is my debut novel. I learned so much about writing during this journey. You can clearly see it if you compare the first manuscript with the published novel. It’s an amazing difference. Fortunately, I love editing and revising. It’s hard to say goodbye to your characters when that final revision is complete. Ashlyn, Zane, and Taranis have a cameo in Stolen Moon the second book in the Light Chronicles due out in August.

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Author Kimber Leigh Wheaton

Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance and is a member of Romance Writers of America.

She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs and four cats. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Her house is filled with dragons, though she does lament that they are the porcelain, non-flying variety.

Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!)

Her debut novel, Shadow Fire, is the first book in The Light Chronicles series. Watch for book two, Stolen Moon, a standalone sequel, coming soon.

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Save the Best for Last–5 Star Review

31 Mar

For the last day of my virtual book tour on 03/29 there was a review  from Calum scheduled @ The Secret Writer. Unfortunately Calum’s computer decided that was the perfect time to crash (I’m telling you, these machines have a mind of their own).

Between that and the time zone difference (Calum in the UK, me here in the States) I had to come up with a quick solution … but not quick enough. I already had the draft ready to come up, then when I saw the time ticking I moved it to later on, then again, and again but forgot sometime in the afternoon to re-schedule it. So it did come up looking like this: “Calum loved the book, calling it, “….”

I didn’t realize until late at night the post was up in the air and wasn’t finished. Needless to say I frantically removed it from the blog, praying no one saw it. As it turned out, my prayers went answered. Calum wrote yesterday and teased me: “How did you know I loved the book?” I wrote back: “It was wishful thinking.”

It is my pleasure to give you (for real this time) excerpts from his review: “This though, is not your usual type of romance novel. Richly written, cultural and historical issues are interwoven throughout the story. There are also military action scenes that take place during a period of active service in Iraq. These scenes are written so vividly, that the reader will not find it very difficult to imagine themselves standing beside the main characters within this story as the military action scenes are played out.more

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7 Jan

Last night I got the following message and, after asking Tina for permission to post it here on my blog, here it is:

Cami,
  I have to tell you I loved A World Apart. I’m thinking about how I want to write my review, because I don’t put in spoilers.  I’m telling you personally that I  laughed and I cried.  When I got to where Laura told them about her pregnancy and was sent home, I started crying and didn’t stop til about the time they were ending David’s deployment. Then when the mother brought the piece of  Robert’s uniform, I started crying all over again til the end. Mind you it was 3:30 this morning and I was lying in bed reading with my little flashlight when I got to the part with Laura, I had to get up so I didn’t wake my husband. Well, after that there was no way I was going to stop reading then! I was up til 0830 EST (like that? John & I were with our township volunteer ambulance squad for a few years) until I came to the end. 
 I would also like to thank you for doing the 3-day 60-mile Susan G Komen Walk.  My mother was only 49 years old when she lost her battle with breast cancer back in 1993 Shortly after her passing I was pregnant with my son, then 1 1/2 yrs later I wound up with “Failed Back Syndrome” with nerve damage down both legs. I can’t walk more than 30 mins at a time (some days I can barely move the pain gets so bad) so can not do that walk, I THANK YOU for my mother. 
  I am so glad that I somehow stumbled upon Goodreads in September, that “Hidden Heart” sounded so interesting to me, that I entered & won to be one of the people to read your book.  It has been a blessing to get to know you. Though I don’t know you well, I think you are a wonderful woman and it is “my honor” to know you and consider you my friend, not just someone I know. You are one of the reasons I had my daughter set me up & show me some basics of Facebook, so that I can help spread the word of wonderful authors and the books they write.  I can’t wait for your next book, I hope you continue to  write & wish you the best with all of them.                 
 Thanks for taking the time to read what’s in my thoughts when I think of you.
With love to you & your family,
Tina

Why Do You Write? Guest Dana Sitar

22 Nov

My next guest in the series “Why Do You Write?” is author Dana Sitar.

    

Dana is a freelance writer and editor, and author of the ongoing short story series This Artists’ Life. Her work-in-progress, The Mailee Stories (a novel), is scheduled to publish in 2012. Although she’s busy at work during the NaNoWriMo contest this year, Dana agreed to share with us her story. Enjoy!

Why do I write?

My favorite answer to this that I’ve been hearing from fellow artists is, “I can’t do anything else.”

It’s not because we’re incapable – many of us are really skilled at a lot of things. But, why did we choose to pursue this art – the hardest, most uncertain, and least lucrative of our choices? Because, nothing else fits. Nothing else works for us. That has become my answer, the best way to explain an inexplicable obsession.

I write, because nothing else fits. No subject in school, no job I’ve held, no hobby I’ve attempted rings the bell like writing. No person in my life trumps my writing. No drug soothes my soul like writing does – they usually just inspire me to write.

Writing fits me. I started to do it without thinking about doing it – I just bought a journal from the impulse rack at Maurice’s when I was eleven because I liked the cover art – and it became my hobby. I never considered myself a writer, because anyone can keep a journal and write papers for school. I just happened to enjoy it, and I was (am) a huge geek for language.

I began to write more and more deliberately, and finally, I began to write for an audience when I started my first blog back in 2008 (RIP). My prospects for success in any other life have slowly dwindled since then. Each mini-success in writing is a drug that I need more and more of as I go, and I finally developed a tolerance for life in the Real World and decided to leave it behind.

Now, I write for money, and sometimes, that is the only reason behind the things that I am writing. Most of the time I’m lucky enough to do writing that I enjoy and get paid for it, but, nonetheless, writing has become a job now, that scary fact that so many jaded artists who have gone before me are quick to recall.

But, we keep doing it. I keep writing, because it still gets me more high every time I do it. And, frankly, I can’t not do it. The novel I’m working on now exists because of the character whose introduction wrote itself in my head while I was in the shower one day. I only wrote it down because it needed a place to go, and I became obsessed with what would happen to her next.

We can’t afford that kind of distraction on the production line. So, I write.

Links in text:

http://danasitar.com/2011/07/18/free-fiction-the-colors-in-their-feathers/

Blog: http://www.danasitar.com

Books page: http://www.danasitar.com/book

Why Do You Write? Guest blog with Author Jeffery Moore

5 Nov

I think it’s time for me to introduce my fellow critique partners or peeps as I like to call them.

With two of them I’ve been for almost two years, Cindy C Bennett and Jeffery Moore. We met during an online class and stayed in contact even after. We began exchanging chapters for reviews and eight books later (between the three of us) we are still together. A few months ago we added a third member, Sherry Gammon, who has one book published and a second one soon to be released.

I decided to interview Jeff first since he’s the only man in our group (not sure how he manages to handle three chicks J) and today’s prompt is “Why do you write?”

Why do I write?

This is a core question for all writers and each writer will have a different response. The more you try to answer this question the deeper into your psyche you may go…maybe even places you don’t want to visit. For instance, what does it say about a person who is writing for money? Who is writing for fame? Is writing to fill a void in their life?

Following is a quick write-up about me. Obviously, I didn’t explore that deeply, fearing release of a horror show that is best kept locked up.

I consider myself a calm, easygoing person by nature. I’m not outgoing and have only a few friends outside of our little writing group. I keep to myself and pay my bills. I know this sounds like a profile for a serial killer. I am unemotional to the point of wondering if I am a borderline sociopath, but I’m not cold or distant. I am affectionate to my family members. I take pleasure in helping others and being generous…sometime I even hold a door open for other people…only sometimes.

Many times I wonder what makes me this way. Nurture versus nature? My brother is the opposite from me. He surrounds himself with many friends and is very outgoing. He has a jovial nature about him I envy.

I doubt my personality is what makes me want to write. I seriously doubt this a template for a writer.

So why do I write? And given today’s environment, why would anyone want to write? I guess that’s why they call it zeal.

One thing that may help me answer this question is that I am passionate to a fault. When there is something I want to do or want to achieve, it becomes an obsession. I don’t know where this comes from. I don’t recall my mother or father having such a strong compulsion toward something that everything around them—people and environment—became a cardboard backdrop to life. This is what happens to me when I’m “in the zone”. God bless Cathy for loving me for only love can tolerate my selfishness when I’m in the zone. I’m certain I appear as a manikin to her, and I may as well be for all the attention I give her.

I think writing exaggerates that zeal…that drive and desire in me, but this is only one element of the formula. The second part is my near rabid imagination. Hell, I’ll see a perfume add in one of Cathy’s magazines and begin to formulate a story around it. Who knew the thing that hampered my education would become so rewarding later in life. Third is motivation, which is probably the most difficult part of the formula to define. The motivation has to come from somewhere. Motivation is not finding, but making the time to put pen to paper…to edit and try to better learn the craft…to scrap, rewrite, scrap, rewrite until I feel it’s the best I can create. I only wish I had combined my predisposition to zeal, imagination, and motivation earlier in life.

Yet, this does not explain why I write. This may give insight to what makes me write, but not why.

It wasn’t until I was on a long deployment when in the military that I actually began writing. I wrote hundreds of little snippets of stories in verse. Being separated from my family for eighteen months was a trial for both me and my family. It was and has been the hardest thing I’ve ever endured. The loneliness crushed me so much so that I resigned my commission and began a new career. That’s how my zeal began…borne from deprivation of those I love. From there, it just seemed to evolve into wanting to become a better writer. I attribute the full manifestation of my zeal and passion for writing to the first story I formulated as a result of those verse snippets—an epic adventure—and thought it was good.

For a list, link, and description of Jeffery’s titles, visit: http://www.jefferyemoore.com