Jun 30, 2011

Roaring 20s

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, June 30, 2011 4 comments
This year the theme for the RWAus conference cocktail party is the Roaring 20s. I'm very excited as I love the fashions of the twenties - although I don't actually own any and am still yet to organise a costume for myself. I love the idea of going as a flapper, although I think there will be quite a few there!

But I'd happily go with a dress of the times, the funky hats they wore with them and a few sets of beads.

Don't know what they wore back then? Here is a still from a great movie set in the early 1920's "Thoroughly Modern Millie", and a sketch of one of the dresses worn by Julie Andrews during the film.

Jun 27, 2011

Motivational Monday

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, June 27, 2011 0 comments

When I let go of what I am I become what I might be.
~ Lao tzu ~

Jun 23, 2011

Tick Tock

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, June 23, 2011 0 comments
Time just slips through my fingers. I'm not sure where it goes - I wonder if I have goblins lurking in the shadows stealing a second here, a minute there.

At the start of this month I joined in RWA's 50k in 30 Days. Like I do every time, I set the goal posts high (50k) and like every other year it seems I'm not quite going to make it. There's still one week to go, so I need to make every second count... and to keep out of the way of the goblins. Tick tock.

Jun 20, 2011

Motivational Monday

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, June 20, 2011 0 comments

“Don't get it right, just get it written”

James Thurber

Jun 16, 2011

Sweet Blog Award

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, June 16, 2011 2 comments

This award was given to me by one of Carina Press' latest and greatest finds, the gorgeous Rachael Johns.

Now I'm sure I only got it because I've promised her an irresistibly sweet chocolate cake recipe *wink*, but I'll gladly accept in full oscar style *grin*.

All I have to do is share seven random facts about myself and nominate other wonderfully sweet blog friends...
  1. I don't do cold weather.
  2. My 'to be read' pile is now so big it has its own bookshelf.
  3. I love lists.
  4. I'm a combination of a plotter and scener.
  5. My favourite colour is green.
  6. The first book I ever subbed was a children's book.
  7. I love eurovision and watch it every year.
Now to the fun part, nominating some fab blog friends for the award (to participate if they so desire):

Jun 13, 2011

Motivational Monday

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, June 13, 2011 0 comments

Jun 9, 2011

Novel in a Month

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, June 09, 2011 2 comments
Once again I am participating in Romance Writers of Australia's 50k in 30 Days. Like Nanowrimo, the object is to write 50,000 words in 30 days, except during the month of June.

I've got off to a dismal beginning. The starting gun went bang and I'm still lingering near the start line. It's not that I haven't tried writing, it's that my characters were hiding in the back room with the light turned off. I just couldn't see them. I knew a bit about my story and had worked out the conflicts, had an idea for the black moment... even so, I couldn't get a word down. Talk about pulling teeth!

Then, in one of those 3am epiphanies that have you reaching for pen and paper in the dark, it came to me. I needed to shift one little thing in my story and suddenly my characters were happy. It was like in the movie Labyrinth and I could suddenly move past the brick wall that was in my way.

The reason I hadn't been able to write was because subconsciously I knew what I was writing wasn't what my story needed. It really did feel like a wall inside me came crashing down. I feel calmer, enthused and excited - even though the daily word count I need is now a little scary.

Now my characters are happy to play and the words are flowing. I might be starting behind the eight ball with my word count, but my characters are as eager as me to get the words down. Who knows, I may make the 50k after all.

Jun 6, 2011

Motivational Monday

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, June 06, 2011 2 comments

The reason 99% of all stories written are not bought by editors is very simple. Editors never buy manuscripts that are left on the closet shelf at home.

- John Campbell -

Jun 2, 2011

Trust yourself

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, June 02, 2011 0 comments
One of the hardest things I find with writing is trusting myself. I have learnt so much about the craft of writing, but often I find myself worrying when I write because I know I'm telling not showing, or using too many adverbs, or not keeping the conflict strong.

To be successful you need to trust yourself. Trust that what you can do will get you there. This was brought home to me this week when I was sent a link to a you tube clip from Australia's Got Talent 2011. The bloke in this clip trusted himself utterly - and while not a conventional approach, he won the day.

I need to remember this.


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