Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Writers Realtiy

I sat at the table hunched over my laptop and sipped on my pumpkin spice latte, when suddenly; a face appeared at my shoulder.

"What are you working on,?" he asked....

Want to read more of this post? I'm guest blogging for Alexis today! Check it out:


Monday, November 28, 2011

Emotobooks- Guest Blogger

A perk of NaNoWriMo is that you can make some new writing friends! This is Alexis and we decided to guest blog for each other. I'll let you all know when my post is up on her site.

Also- December is almost here and that means I'm looking for a new Sponsor Swap friend! If you are interested or have questions please email me at lovewokemeupthismorning@gmail.com.
Thank you, Emmy, for letting me hang out for a little while at Love Woke Me Up This Morning. I'm taking this opportunity to reach out to writers---and readers---and let you all know about something very new and very cool called the emotobook revolution.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

There's A Place For us

I know this is a week or two behind but...

Did anyone else LOVE Glee's episode "First Time"?

When I first saw West Side Story in high school I didn't like it at all.

Then I watched it again a few years later and now I LOVE IT.

So you can imagine how happy I was when Glee did West Side Story...

Friday, November 18, 2011

Go Write Your Novel!

It's week 3 of NaNoWriMo!

As I go through the month of November I realize more and more that the struggle of writing 50,000 words isn't much of an issue for me. If you frequent my blog you know that I can write some really long posts. I've been telling stories ever since I was a kid and I hated it when my teachers would tell us we needed to write a short one page story. My stories always ended up being about 20 pages.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


When I get honest, I admit I am a bundle of paradoxes.

I believe and I doubt, 
I hope and get discouraged, 
I love and I hate, 
I feel bad about feeling good, 
and feel guilty about not feeling guilty. 

I am trusting and suspicious. 
I am honest and I still play games.

 Aristotle said I am a rationale animal; 
I say I am an angel with an incredible capacity for beer. 

To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story, 
the light side and the dark. 

In admitting my shadow side I learn who I am and what God's grace means. 

As Thomas Merton put it, "A saint is not someone who is good but who experiences the goodness of God." 

- Brennan Manning

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Please Don't "Redeem" My Novels

It's not a secret that in recent years that my fandom for "Christian" music and books has died down.

When I was in high school - I was all about these scenes. Our youth group was always going to Christian rock concerts and I loved every moment. I would make my mom listen to the Christian radio station, even though it wasn't her favorite. (Although I'm pretty sure she was a bit relieved when I wasn't listening to the popular rap and hip-hop at the time.) I also dove into Christian fiction books and ate them up.

Now... I haven't enjoyed doing this as much. One of the teenagers I work with once told me how he found it hilarious that his youth minister would rather listen to Lady Gaga (paws up little monsters!) than the local Christian radio station. There are some Christian artists that I enjoy and I play their music frequently on my ipod, but more often than not they are overruled by the Gaga.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Life Post-Potter

First - I'm guest blogging over at my friend Leslie's today. You should check it out!

And onto other news....

In case you live in a hole and/or have not been following my Twitter conversations this morning...


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

New York, New York - It's a Wonderful Town!

Love Drop is at it again! They just came back from the Indianapolis area where they dropped $2,500 worth of baby gifts on newborn triplets (they're so cute!!), and THIS month they're trying to round up the love for another mother who needs our help -- this time fighting against cancer for the 3rd time in 10 years.
Any of us in the same situation would probably use any extra money toward medical bills, so that's why this month we want to instead focus on giving Marci and family the gift of quality time together. Let's send them somewhere amazing and help them form memories that will last forever! We're looking for creative ideas this month... financial gifts too, but also anything that will help them escape together for a while.
Want to help Marci and her family from Fort Collins, Colorado out? Here are 3 ways:

Friday, November 4, 2011

I'm Gonna Write A Freaking Novel - I'm Gonna Write A Book!

One of my blogging friends, Becca, shared this video with me on Twitter today. It made my afternoon - and it was perfect timing since I just sat down at Starbucks to get some writing done. I thought I would share it with you all. Maybe it will help you understand the craziness that is me during November.

I think my favorites parts are the dancing with laptops, cursing in the cemetery, and her Harry Potter poster (of course!) What's your favorite? And how is your word count? I am at 9,271 and I'm starting chapter 3 today!

Excerpt of the day:

“Something special will happen with this branch,” Lily told Myla. “And someday, things will be better. You will see.”

“Do you promise?” Myla asked as she sniffed away more tears.

“I promise. Now chin up and no more tears. People do not want a teary eyed baroness do they?”

Myla shook her head and wiped her eyes. She was tired of crying and she felt as though all she did was cry. Lily was right, no one wanted a teary eyed baroness. She needed to be brave. Her mother was brave, so she could be as well.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November Sponsor Swap and NaNoWriMo Update

Happy November everyone!!!!!

I would like to introduce you all to this month's sponsor - Jessica!

Hello to Emmy's wonderful readers! I'm excited to be sponsoring Love Woke Me Up This Morning. My name is Jessica, and I live in Chicago with my wonderful husband, Mike, and our pet rats, Bert and Ernie. My blog, Faith Permeating Life, shares reflections on finding God and happiness in everyday life. I talk about the ups and downs of marriage, wrestle with being both very Catholic and very liberal, and mix in other random reflections about life. I also host a monthly linkup of book recommendations called Three Books on Thursday. Please stop by and share your thoughts!