Friday, February 22, 2008

Contest Entries

On Feb 19th, I sent an entry in to The Big Finish 2 contest over on the eharlequin wesbsite. It was a story prompt contest which means they start the short story and you finish it. My portion was to be between 2500 and 3000 words. Mine came out to about 2880 so I'm okay with that.

Love Inspired author Cheryl Wyatt also has story starter contests. Hers are every month. If you go to her blog: Squirrel's Treehouse at http://scrollsquirrel.blogspot.com/ go to her Blog Archive on the bottom right and click on: February Prompt Contest. She gives you 10 words that you have to incorporate into your scene as well as 1 scene starter sentence. I entered her January one but didn't win. I guess I'd better get busy on Feb's since we have such a short month this time around, eh?

I've also sent in 2 contest entries this past week. One was for Charley's Saint, a contemporary inspirational romance and the other for An Outlaw for the Lady which is a historical romance. Both required the first 15 pages of the manuscript with an optional synopsis. I didn't send in a synopsis with either one.

Usually at this time I'd be entering the writer's challenge on the eharlequin website as well, but I was lucky enough to win it the last time around (every 2 weeks) so I get to judge this time. Oooh - I'd better head on over to http://community.eharlequin.com/ website and check on the writing challenge board for the entries. I'll have until Sunday to pick a winner so that gives me time to do a good job on judging them. Since I picked the challenge scenario this time around, I'm anxious to see what they came up with.

Okay, so that's 3 contests entered, 1 challenge to judge and 1 prompt contest to write. Better get busy...

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day but especially to my hubby of over 30 yrs who allows me the time and space to write my romantic stories.

This is the guy who put down an inspirational romance one day and looked at me and said, "You could write one of these."

As a critique partner, he doesn't want to read it if it doesn't have an HEA (happily ever after).

He is one of my inspirations for writing.

And even when I don't think he has a romantic bone in his body, he'll do something so sweet that it'll bring tears to my eyes.

So, on this universal day of love, I want to say, I love you, honey.


Saturday, February 9, 2008

BIAW - Book in a Week 2008

January 19-25 was designated ‘Book In a Week’ (BIAW) for the Saskatchewan Romance Writer’s (SRW). I signed up for this event because I was itchin’ to work on a project for Steeple Hill’s new Love Inspired Historical (LIH) line. The last few months, I’d been making notes and plotting for this project but just needed somewhere to start. The BIAW gave me that venue.

So how did I do? Look:

Title: An Outlaw for the Lady
Total Word Count: 23,396
Percentage completed: 31.2%
Total pages completed: 109 dbl spaced

I need a total word count of 75,000 words for LIH, so this is a very respectable start.

The only problem now is that I want to continue writing this novel but I need to work on the final drafts of my Prairie Junction series. Oh no, what do I do? What do I do?