New Look!

Happy Monday!

Do you like the new look? I, for one, am OBSESSED with my new blog header!

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This is from the oh-so-talented mind of Amy Pennington, artist and owner of the Amy Rose Studios Etsy shop! She’s incredible! This is her:

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Don’t you just love her hair?! Kinda want to be her best friend. I’m not gonna lie. And Amy has talent that we mere mortals dream of! I mean, just look at some of her stuff:

 

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AND she’s a fangirl! Fifty extra points to Ravenclaw!

She does custom orders/portraits so go to her shop NOW and order yours! She will NOT let you down!

 

Mommy Monday

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Hello, all! I can’t believe I haven’t blogged in a week! Actually, I can. Y’all, the plague hit the Huffman Homestead last week.

Mommy Monday the Plague

 

Okay, not really. But I seriously thought I may die. It started last Monday evening. I was super nauseous and couldn’t eat anything. I went to bed at 8:00 that night and when I woke up, I felt even worse. I usually keep Huff the Babe with me on Tuesdays, but I could barely take care of myself. It took every ounce of energy I had to get her dressed and into her car seat.

When I got home, the spewing started. I won’t regale you with the gory details, but picture the scene from Bridesmaids with the pie-eating story from Stand By Me and you’ll get the picture.

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It was the worst I had ever felt in my entire life. I was so weak, couldn’t keep anything down, and what was worst, I couldn’t spend time with Huff the Babe. I was so nervous that I’d give her the bug, that Huff the Hubs ran interference between me and her. It was heart-wrenching to hear her call out for me and I couldn’t go to her.

(I think she finally started to understand because she kept saying, “Mommy sick? Momma tummy hurt?” every time she saw me.)

 

After a trip to the ER Thursday night, I finally started to feel better. They gave me two bags of fluids and some medicine that made me feel super loopy; Huff the Hubs even told me I started laughing for no reason. I have no memory of this.

But, after many, many days of basically staying in bed all day long and the countless servings of mashed potatoes and chicken noodle soup, I am back to 100%!

Fair warning, though: if you get whatever super stomach bug this is, its terrible. Wash your hands, don’t drink after people, and stay away from sickies. Basically, live the way Sheldon does and you should be fine.

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Stay healthy, friends!

I Can’t Even…

…think of something to blog about!

I started this blog thinking that I would never run out of things to say. I mean, I talk so much anyway, that blogging couldn’t really be much different, right?

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I mean, my week is pretty much planned for me. I’ve got: Mommy Mondays, Try It Tuesdays, Writer Wednesdays, and Fan Girl Fridays. But Thursday gets NOTHING. Even though its one of my favorite days of the week (two words: Vampire Diaries) I often sit at my computer and have NO idea what I am going to blog about!

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So, I’m looking to YOU for help, Oh Wise Reader. What would YOU like to see more of? What would YOU like to read? If you had a blog, what would YOU write about? Help me, Reader. You’re my only hope.

Writer Wednesday

Happy Hump Day!

Today, I’m not going to write a story (I know, I can hear your disappointment) instead, I thought I would give some tips to my fellow writers out there!

Because, being a writer is tough. Sometimes, those creative juices flow like the Nile River and others, its like the freaking Serengeti. Plus, being a writer can lead to a lonely life. We have so many character’s voices in our heads, people think we’re a little nutzo.

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So here are a few tips to help you deal with the common problems that all writers face.

 

1. There is no such thing as “writer’s block”. 

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When I was in school and tried to write, there would be so many times I would spend hours staring at an empty piece of paper or an empty Word doc. I would think, “Ugh! This writer’s block is going to be the end of me!” It wasn’t until college that I realized something: writer’s block doesn’t exist. One of my professors put it this way: “There’s no such thing as writer’s block. There is such a thing as an apathetic person, a procrastinator, and ‘chair-butt syndrome’.” Basically, if you’re feeling stuck, push through, get rid of distractions, or do something active to get your blood flowing.

 

2. Get plugged in with a writer’s group. 

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If you want to get fit, you go to the gym or go to a yoga class. If you want to lose weight, you join Jenny Craig. If you want to learn to swim, you take swimming lessons. The same goes for writing. You’ve got to meet with people that have the same passions as you in order to learn. Plus, these groups have all of the “insider information” to various workshops, seminars, and contests going on for writers and poets. I’m a member of OCWI (Oklahoma City Writers, Inc.) and they are amazing! They meet monthly and give excellent tips for aspiring authors. Seriously, its worth looking into.

 

3. Use social media. 

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Follow literary agents on Twitter. Find authors or writer’s associations on Facebook. Check out blogs by publishing companies. Subscribe to a writer’s magazine. These people are in the biz and know what publisher’s are looking for! Plus, just about every publisher, literary agent, and author has at least one way to follow them on the internet.

 

4. Read. 

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If you want to be a writer, you absolutely MUST read. If you want to write thriller novels, read them! See what makes a great thriller! If you want to write young adult, then go to your library and ask the librarian for the most popular books. You have to do your market research and see what the public wants. You don’t have to write a story about a human falling in love with a vampire; look at the characters and the story line. What makes people like these stories? Do some digging!

 

5. Don’t let anyone stop you from pursuing your dream. 

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Being a writer has something I have always wanted to be. As a kid, I’d write books and take them to school and have my teacher read them to my class. I was constantly putting on skits, dressing up as different characters, and making up stories (my parents can testify to that; ha!). I know, believe me I know, how difficult it is to write something, think its awful, and swear off writing. But if it is truly your passion, never give up! Sure, rejection letters may pile up and you may think, “Am I really a horrible writer?” But all you need is one “Yes” and THAT’S what I’m counting on. THAT’S what keeps me going. We can do this, buddy.