Thursday, April 28, 2011

My Elephant Got Eaten by a Lion

The last couple of weeks have been mind-numbing to say the least. Here I am, an aspiring writer, in a contest to write a 60k novel in 60 days (one huge elephant) and I got devoured by a lion (life, job, life).

That's right, a taunt, thick-maned, full-grown adult male! This lion includes hospital trips for my co-worker (the only other person who knows how to do my job), my car getting caught in a giant rain puddle, entire family sick and ill, Easter holiday and guests, and 60 hours work weeks.

Now I have to regroup! How do other writer's do it? I can't run away to a secret island or hidaway. The hubby and kids refuse to be left to their own devices. Locking myself in a room for an hour is practically impossible.

Do you ever feel like when you finally have a handle on your dream that fate tends to shove it's way in to de-rail you?

That's how it feels right now! Crappy Fates! Solutions and tips are welcome!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Triple A

It's Sunday!!!!!
Less than 12 hours of freedom before I disappear into the work week, which is going to be a nightmare. *strangling self*

Until then I pause to bring a shameless plug *coughs* I mean post to someone who inspires me. This particular person inspires me so much that I am procastinating and not working on my 60n60 project to write this monologue. So here it goes:

The Triple A stands for Absolutely Awesome Amazing. Corny, I know, but true.
When speaking of the Triple A, I speak of a person I honestly have never met. Have I known this individual for years? No, but I have seen the amazing things that she does. This is a organized, intelligent individual that works from sunup til sundown and beyond. She takes care of a farm, blogs each and every single day, and is diligently focused on getting a writing career started for her and half a dozen individuals that she assists.
This is a woman who is admired from near and afar. She has many friends who would gladly offer to do just about anything for her, with the exception of kidnapping a particular evil entity and delivering him to her doorstep (he would probably go on his own free will though).
This is someone who willingly signed herself up for an extremely difficult task. She started a contest for an anthology, reviewed, provided feedback, and judged the entries (I was one of those crazies to enter). The idea of taking on such a project is daunting. This crazy, wonderful person took it one step further with editing, cover art, and publishing said anthology. She also has willingly offered support and motivation to me without bribes or blackmail, which I usually have to do to get others to submit.
Without further ado I give you The Triple A *drumroll, pause, breathe*

Phoenix Sullivan

Woot! Woot!

Check out Phoenix's blog Dare to Dream. In fact you better go there tomorrow, as Phoenix is having a blog anniversary. Contests, get in touch with the archives, or submit a query for some amazing feedback and insight!

-Once there you can also visit that great link to purchase that anthology I was talking about, Extinct Doesn't Mean Forever. If you are lazy you can click on this link.

-Then great intoxicated with Phoenix's self-published novel Spoils of War: An Arthurian Saga. Again a link for you lazy ones (don't worry I'm lazy too). 

Hope to see you all at the blog anniversary tomorrow.
Farewell from a purple sheep.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Costume Characters and 60k n 60 update!

I am posting this evening because I have a little angel turning 8 tomorrow.

Now the BIG news! *drumroll*

I get to dress up as E.B. from the movie HOP tomorrow. Yippee! I love costume characters, especially getting to BE them. Some people freak at the sight of these monstrous cartoon characters in the flesh, others run up and maul them, and then you have the sweet little girls and boys who just want to dance or talk to their cartoon hero.

Now you may say I'm insane, but I always wondered about the person in the mascot costume at my high school or college football games. I thought... it must be awesome to be locked away, completely hidden, and the entire student body, the majority of them, idolizing this fictional creation.
I figured it must be difficult to get a gig like that or you had to know the right people; which I didn't know. Then I saw a post for someone to dress up as Spammy 'The Can of Spam'.
And the rest was history. From then on if I saw a job post for a costume character, and met the height requirements (which I usually did because most costume characters need short people) I applied. Additionally you get paid extremely well to lose a few pounds to sweat and make people happy.
Since then I have had the pleasure of being many beloved cartoon characters and cartoon icons.

Mo the Moose
The Energizer Bunny
Leonardo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Dora the Explorer
Spongebob Square Pants
The Red M&M
The Easter Bunny
Kung Fu Panda

The random things that you do in life make memories. I am happy to say that I love the memories I am able to make when I get in a costume, for myself and those who interact with me.

Next: 60k n 60 days update!

So far I am 5k into writing. Definitely not where I want to be coming up on the end of Week 1. Unfortunately my fingers and brain keep fighting with each other as the brain wants a perfect first draft and my fingers just want to get the story out. The plan is shut the brain down and let the fingers do all the talking during Week 2. For more updates on how the other writers are faring in this dangerous, thrilling ride check out

Sayonara my friends, as I go to gather my energy from E.B.'s big debut on the morrow!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

60k n 60 days

The contest has started. It's going to be a long battle uphill, but me and 16 others are determined to win!
We shall develop, write, edit, and publish a novel in 60 days. What can you do? Follow us on Twitter, offer your support/praise/uplifting words. Hells bells we're gonna need it. 

To find us just search #60n60 on the Twitter.

Check out for updates as we courageously navigate the sludge filled waters of fast-paced, self imposed deadline stress.

For those out there thinking about embarking on similar quests following us may give you some ideas of your own. Who knows if this one is successful we may go for a round 2. I think everyone will want a reprieve at the end of at least a month. Who knows for sure though?

If I'm a little late with my posts or if I miss them altogether please forgive me. I am probably buried in my notebooks of dialogue and empty Dr. Pepper cans, suffering from some sort of finger disease.