The Glamorous Life of a Writer – part 2

Welcome back to my sarcastic series – “The Glamorous Life of a Writer”

Most of the time in the past few months any writing I’ve done has been on my laptop, typically strategically placed on the kitchen counter so I can cook, watch my kids play and try to type a couple words at the same time. But every once in a while I get to visit this magical place called my office.

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Now let me tell you, I did have a nice grown-up office once upon a time. Then move after move and the sudden need to switch rooms with my oldest son due to breathing issues and the humidity in the room (long story) and I now have a bright green and blue office covered with cars, planes and trains. Oh yay!

It’s really quite humorous to look at. I certainly can’t be depressed or down sitting in this room – it’s far too fun. There are planes on the ceiling and tracks across all the walls. It was adorable when it was his room (he has a Lego room now) but doesn’t work as well as an office. While I could repaint it and make it more of an office I simply don’t want to. We’ll likely be moving again in a year or two and so what’s the point.

Oh such a glamorous life as a writer! I crack myself up…

What does your work space look like?

 

Blogger Love-A-Thon: Mini Challenge #6 – Love-A-Thon Awards

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The last challenge for the 3rd Annual Book Blogging Love-A-Thon is a fun one, the Love-A-Thon awards!

I came up with a few categories of my own and here are the blogs I’ve chosen….I’d love to hear what your favorites are as well.

Cute Name

Kaitlyn in Bookland (love her Rory Gilmore Challenge)

Bookish

The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shhh!

One to Watch

The Book Vortex

Ali’s Bookshelf

Read Now Sleep Later

Hope you enjoyed this book blogging weekend!

Blogger Love-A-Thon: Mini Challenge #5 – Letter to Your Younger Self

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The fun of the 3rd Annual Book Blogging Love-A-Thon continues with “A Letter to Your Younger Self.”

This one struck a cord with me and I probably could have written a novel on the topic but instead made it short and sweet. Hope you enjoy reading my letter to a much younger me.

Dear Younger Jennifer,

You’re doing great, much better than you think or give yourself credit for in handling life and dealing with every situation that comes your way. But here is my biggest piece of advice; don’t give up and don’t be afraid. Not everyone will like you. That’s their problem, not yours. You don’t need to worry about pleasing everyone. Make yourself happy and pursue things which bring you joy. Keep writing. You have a knack for it, but it will take years to develop more. Don’t stop.

There are dark days ahead which you can’t possibly prepare for so don’t waste time with worry over what might happen, instead know you are strong enough to make it through and the sunny days will help make the storm cloud-filled weeks seem less dreary. Enjoy those sunny days.

Enjoy every moment with those you love, it will serve as inspiration for your work and give you the motivation you need to stay up longer to get things done and begin your career.

But above all, don’t be afraid to put your work out there. You’ll be judged either way and that’s okay. Just write your heart out and know there’s so much more to life than the success some define for you – you determine your own success.

Love,

One of your biggest fans – Me

Blogger Love-A-Thon: Mini Challenge #4 – Mash-Up

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Today as we continue the second day of the 3rd Annual Book Blogger Love-A-Thon we’re starting off with a Mash-Up. For this mini challenge we’ll be discussing a non-bookish hobby/passion/talent in connection to books.

While the biggest passion of my life is my children (I love my hubby too), my other passions include dance, entertainment and movies. Storytelling, really. I also enjoy crafting and decorating kids’ rooms, but those aren’t on the table for book connections today.

Noel Streatfield’s Ballet Shoes, Dancing Shoes and Theater Shoes will always have a special place in my heart. I remember reading these as a kid and they’re still on my bookshelf. While it’s been quite some time since I last opened one and read about the adventures of three incredible little girls, I can still feel the magic of the series. There are lots of books I’ve read involving dance but those are my favorite. However be on the lookout for the first in a series I’ll be writing this year entitled Dance Studio Dramas revolving around the girls at a competitive dance studio and their dictator-like studio owner (ala The Devil Wears Prada type of evil) of whom they secretly call “El Diablo.” I’m very excited about this series and hope you’ll enjoy it as well.

There are lots of books about entertainment and movies that I’ve read but honestly off the top of my head none are standing out at this moment.

I’d love to hear any recommendations you have for fiction entertainment and dance books.

Blogger Love-A-Thon: Mini Challenge #3 – Mad Lib

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The fun continues for the 3rd Annual Book Blogger Love-A-Thon with a Mad Lib!

I haven’t done one of these since junior high so this was really fun.

One day, I was bartering with Travis. Out of the blue, a trapeze artist came out of nowhere! It was so franticconfused and wide-eyed. At first, we were afraid, we were petrified, but we acquiesced. We hopped on handicap tricycle to make our getaway.

As we escaped, we turned up the radio because “Royals” came on and made me decelerate. Everything was extremely smooth sailing until an aardvark appeared in the middle of the road. We swerved to avoid it, but while Travis stayed on the handicap tricycle, I got thrown onto my side in the woods.

I couldn’t get up, and felt ADJECTIVE as I lay there staring up at the trees. What was I going to do? I heard a hiss among the leaves, and felt uncertain. Surely, this was going to be my end. As my eyes fluttered shut, the last thing I saw was a head of auburn hair and charcoal eyes.

When I woke up again, I was on a futon. My body hurt a whole lot less, and I could sit up. There was a chest and towel in the room, along with bean burritos and pineapple juice. The door suddenly opened to reveal Christian, a concerned look on his face. I blushed and averted my gaze, but he smirked and said, “Don’t be shy. It’s okay.”

He came over to sit by me, and we started talking after I told him my name. We chatted about parasailing, gymnastics and undergarment sewing and realized we had a ton in common! I thought he was robust and couldn’t help feeling a little swoony.

Just as he reached out for my hand, the door crashed open and in came Brock. “Don’t let him charm you away, my love!” He yelled, running at Christian. They each had melon ballers in their hands and began to fight. “Stop!”, I yelled, feeling so helpless. They didn’t listen to me. Before I could intervene, Christian fell to the floor and disappeared in a cloud of smoke.

“What was that?” I asked, staring at the empty space. Blake dropped his weapon, and came over to me. “Magic, but you are safe now, Poopsie.” He hugged me close, and I suddenly knew that this was the real deal and not just a dream.

Just as “Say Something” started playing in my head, I woke up. I cursed my tart luck. Why had it only been just a dream?

Want to play along? Here’s the Mad Lib for you to fill in…

One day, I was VERB ENDING IN -ING with BOOK BOYFRIEND #1. Out of the blue, a NOUN came out of nowhere! It was so ADJECTIVEADJECTIVE and ADJECTIVE. At first, we were afraid, we were petrified, but we PAST TENSE VERB. We hopped on RANDOM MODE OF TRANSPORTATION to make our getaway.

As we escaped, we turned up the radio because A CATCHY TUNE came on and made me VERB. Everything was extremely smooth sailing until an ANIMAL appeared in the middle of the road. We swerved to avoid it, but while BOOK BOYFRIEND #1 stayed on SAME RANDOM MODE OF TRANSPORTATION, I got thrown onto my side in the woods.

I couldn’t get up, and felt ADJECTIVE as I lay there staring up at the trees. What was I going to do? I heard a WORD DESCRIBING A SOUND among the leaves, and felt EMOTION. Surely, this was going to be my end. As my eyes fluttered shut, the last thing I saw was a head of COLOR hair and COLOR eyes.

When I woke up again, I was on a PIECE OF FURNITURE. My body hurt a whole lot less, and I could sit up. There was a NOUN and NOUN in the room, along with FOOD and DRINK. The door suddenly opened to reveal BOOK BOYFRIEND #2, a concerned look on his face. I blushed and averted my gaze, but he VERB and said, “Don’t be shy. It’s okay.”

He came over to sit by me, and we started talking after I told him my name. We chatted about HOBBY 1,HOBBY 2 and HOBBY 3 and realized we had a ton in common! I thought he was ADJECTIVE and couldn’t help feeling a little swoony.

Just as he reached out for my hand, the door crashed open and in came BOOK BOYFRIEND #3. “Don’t let him charm you away, my love!” He yelled, running at BOOK BOYFRIEND #2. They each had KITCHENWARE in their hands and began to fight. “Stop!”, I yelled, feeling so EMOTION. They didn’t listen to me. Before I could intervene, BOOK BOYFRIEND #2 fell to the floor and disappeared in a cloud of smoke.

“What was that?” I asked, staring at the empty space. BOOK BOYFRIEND #3 dropped his weapon, and came over to me. “Magic, but you are safe now, PET NAME.” He hugged me close, and I suddenly knew that this was the real deal and not just a dream.

Just as LOVE SONG started playing in my head, I woke up. I cursed my ADJECTIVE luck. Why had it only been just a dream?

Blogger Love-A-Thon: Mini Challenge #2 – Book Valentine

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The 3rd Annual Book Blogger Love-A-Thon continues with another challenge – Book Valentine. You are to write a Valentine’s love letter to your book boyfriend. Join in with me and write a book boyfriend a Valentine’s love letter then post it in the comments below!

Here’s mine:

Dear Christian,

Or shall I call you Master? I don’t know what sort of game you have up your sleeve for tonight’s celebration but I do know that you’ll always keep me on my toes you beautiful disaster. That’s one of the things I love most about you – the unexpected. But what really draws me in, what’s kept me going all this time is the way you talk to me. You speak as if there’s no one else in the world who could ever command your attention. Your lips read desire and power and control – over me. But there’s the need, the urgency, the lust. Most would be scared; I crave your words. I want to hear your voice. My heart beats faster at the sound of a beep from my phone knowing it might be a message from my love. Cryptic diction cannot hide the yearning. You are mine and I am yours, forever my darling. Silver balls are hiding, awaiting your retrieval. Come home, my dear. I’m hot for you.

Yours truly,

A Wicked Wordsmith

Blogger Love-A-Thon: Mini Challenge #1 – Book Spine Poetry

Welcome back to the 3rd Annual Book Blogger Love-A-Thon!

The first challenge of the day involves creating a poem using only the spines of books.

Flush, goes the laguna heat

A boulevard of punishment

She says you can’t read this

Save my sister from the witches

A spoonful of love is murder.

Here are the titles I used:

Laguna Heat

A Spoonful of Murder

Boulevard

Save the Cat: Goes to the movies

Rhymes with Witches

Flush

My big sister is so bossy she says you can’t read this

Crime and punishment

The first phone call from heaven

The five languages of love

I’d love to see what you come up with! Post your poems and titles and leave the link in the comments below or paste it your entire poem below!

Book Blogger Love-A-Thon: Welcome and Interview

Welcome to the start of the 3rd Annual Book Blogger Love-A-Thon!

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All weekend I’ll be posting blog and writing related challenges with “love” and “Valentines” themes. For those of you on Twitter there will also be Twitter chat parties Saturday and Sunday night as well as giveaways. Thank you to Alexa @alexalovesbooks (alexalovesbooks.com) and Katelyn @katelyntorrey (talesofbooksandbands.com) for putting this event together!

This is my first blogger weekend adventure so I’m really excited and hope you’ll comment and check in throughout the weekend.

First up…the interview!

The following are questions I was sent and asked to answer.

1. What genre/subject matter do you tend to write about the most? What first interested you in this genre/subject?

I love writing a mixture of things for the YA audience. My last book was a creepy dark comedy. What I’m currently writing is a dramatic coming-of-age piece. In the pipeline for the rest of 2014-2015 I have a mystery, the beginning of a dance series, a thriller, a couple fun college themed novels and more monologue workbooks for actors. I like to mix things up. What draws me in is the story – not a specific audience to write for or genre. I like a little bit of everything and I think lots of other people do too. I will say though, most of books do feature a young female protagonist. I’ve toyed with the idea of writing a male protagonist but am not sure if I’m there yet – writing men is very different!

2. Writing wise, what is the thing you are most excited for in 2014?

Actually getting a chance to write…ha, ha. Hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze more in this year. My two little boys tend to keep me pretty busy these days!

3. Where in the world are you writing from?

Southern California. Although right at this moment I’m not there….it’s bright and shiny where I am. And known for “sin.”

4. Tell us – what first interested you in writing?

I remember writing a ton as a child. I still have stories I wrote in elementary school. They’re horribly depressing but very insightful. Why at seven and eight years old I thought it was cool (or even appropriate) to write about turning to cannibalism in the event of an emergency or people being killed via a guillotine in an eerie castle – I’m not quite sure. My parents must have been a bit concerned.

However it wasn’t until college when I began writing screenplays for a course I was taking that the love of writing returned….and never left.

5. When you aren’t writing, what is your favorite thing to do?

Play with my kids, read to my kids, watch my kids chase each other around….basically anything with my kiddos. Oh and dance. I love to dance. Dancing with my kids? Even better.

I also love to craft. Designing kids’ bedrooms and play spaces would probably be my dream job besides writing. I think I have an obsession with kids. Notice a theme?

6. If you were stuck on a deserted island, what books would you bring with you?

Good question. Not sure. I’ll have to get back to you on that one. I love so many different books.

7. You’re attending a party with your friends. Suddenly, the DJ changes the song and it’s “your song” – what song would that be?

Tricky question. “My song” changes all the time based on my mood, what I’m going through in my life and who I am around. Honestly, corny as it may sound I’m a teeny bopper inside so Britney Spears will always be one of my favorites – and I’m so excited that I’m seeing her tonight! So, that said, “Oops I…Did It Again.” Also anything by N’Sync or Backstreet Boys – I warned you, I still think I’m 13 years old deep down. I also love “Don’t Cha” by the Pussycat Dolls and lots of current “deep, moody” songs such as “Say Something” by A Great Big World.

8. What 3 movies would you love to have your favorite author write into books or books you’d love to see as movies?

I Was A Non-Blonde Cheerleader by Kieran Scott. I remember trying to option the book back in college because I wanted to adapt it into a screenplay but Disney was bidding on it at the same time and well…yeah, it was Disney come on. I didn’t stand a chance at that point!

Rhymes with Witches by Lauren Myracle. A laugh out loud funny book along the lines of Mean Girls.

The Star Sisterz series. It’s a darling pre-teen series of books that I was actually working on with some consulting work many moons ago. It’s really cute and I could picture it as a kids television series.

Check back later today for more fun posts as the Blogger Love-A-Thon continues!

Guest Blog Post – Adapting a Screenplay into a Novel

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Check out my guest blog post on Wordtrance about adapting a screenplay into a novel.

#screenplay #novel #writing @wordtrance @JenniferTressen

Special Days: Time to Celebrate

Today my youngest is two years old. Happy birthday sweetheart!

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Last night I stayed up writing his birthday letter crying. It’s a tradition for me. Each year I write my kids a letter the night before their birthday reminiscing on the year and pouring out my heart for them so they’ll always know how much I love them and how proud I am of them. Someday when they’re much older I will give them each their collection of letters. Or if something were to ever happen to me they would at least have those to read and know what they meant to me and thus always be able to feel my love.

It has been a long two years with this boy. He is one of the biggest blessings in my life but in more ways than the usual “he’s my baby” concept. The challenges my husband and I have faced with him have given us far more appreciation for simple things in life than we might have ever realized otherwise. It is because of the hard times that we appreciate the good ones and use the memories of those hard times to inspire us to work smarter, enjoy more and live life to the fullest.

For me, his birthdays are a celebration of survival. We made it through another year. Happy birthday sweetheart, I love you.