Monday, October 18, 2010

Post: Loudest Shout-Out So Far Ever!

Holy good gravity! The Laire has six new followers? This is most unexpected and appreciated! This may take some time, but I think you all deserve a shout-out for being awesome and having equally awesome blogs.

Susan Fields - - is an aspiring author, a lover of books, and a fellow fan of the fantasy genre. Welcome aboard, Susan!

Ellie Great - - is a talented writer and works for a non-profit organization to help children learn and develop their talents. Sweet!

S. Bennett - - Samantha is an aspiring author bent on creative ventures and a wild imagination. Glad to have you here!

Lydia Kang - - is a writer of poetry and YA fiction who has a rather tasteful blog that's easy on the eyes. Thank you for joining us!

WritingNut - - is a real mystery, an aspiring author who is currently working to finish her first novel. Good luck to you!

And Lastly, but not leastly . . .

Suzy Turner - - is an aspiring author who was once a magazine editor who has a natural knack for adventure. Enjoy the journey!

Did I miss anyone? No? Good. Moving on . . .
You guys rock. I look forward to reading your blogs!

Update: Curses! Chapter 14 is not yet done, but I did work on it. Swear I did. We had one of those problems when the character just isn't working. We had to have a serious sit-down and come to terms with where his character (and relationship) is headed. Finally, we came to an understanding and went with some of his ideas. So far it's working, but it would've been helpful if had he told me sooner. That, a wedding, and a sick house also held me back from working on it as much as I would've liked. There is no excuse this week (only three pages left, so really, it should only take a day). Speaking of the wedding, I was privileged to meet Kari Wendt and her daughter (whom my new sister in-law loaned a copy of The Dragon's Heart to). They both read it, loved it, and liked the change I plan to make on it. Thank you two again for your feedback and encouragement, even if I was so nervous that I could hardly speak right.

This week's advice is on Expressing Character Feelings - come back Thursday for a steady lesson and advice on how to use the right words to convey the right feelings for your characters, regardless of their situation.

I'm David, and I haven't been struck by lightning.


  1. Wow! I am so impressed you have 22 followers of your blog. I only have six! I couldn't even tell you were nervous because Kalli and I were nervous to meet you too. I love to read books but I so do not have the gift to write and to meet a real live author is so fun for me. By the way, my 16-year-old son read it too and enjoyed it. Keep up the good work!

  2. Congrats on the new followers!

    And, I gave you an award on my blog. :)

  3. Congratulations on the new followers... you can add another to that list! I hopped over here from Shallee's blog because I hear you talk about fantasy all the time - I ADORE fantasy. Seriously. I'm working on my book and hoping to finish it next month! Can't wait to hear more from you.

  4. Hi, David! Thank you for finding my blog and following it. You're so nice to acclaim your followers. <3

    I can't wait to hear what juicy things you have to say about spicing up MC feelings this coming Thursday!

    ~Elizabeth :)

  5. Kari - Yep. I'm a nervous wreck who finds it easier to communicate through the written word rather than the spoken. Something I've always had an issue with. At least I don't stutter anymore. I'm glad your son enjoyed it! My goal was to create a fresh fairytale that appeals to any gender 8 to 88. Does this mean I succeeded? We'll see. Again, your encouragement is a lifesaver. Thank you!

    Colene, Shallee - Thank you very much, you two, and thanks for the award, Shallee! Now I just need to figure out what to do with it...

    Mellissa - Yay for Fantasy! Thank you for following my tiny chunk of cyberspace, and a hearty good luck to finishing your book! It's one of the best feelings ever, no?

    Elizabeth - we've crossed paths a few times at conventions, so when I saw your blog I was all "hey, I know her!" Your blog is thoroughly neat-o and so is your writing. Looking forward to more from you.

  6. congrats on your many new followers :)
    It's so great getting positive feedback (and scary leading up to it) ;)

  7. nice blog, David, can't wait to see how it will progress and develop in the coming days :)

  8. Hi! I'm a new follower. That's funny how you talk about having a discussion with your characters... mine kind of present themselves to me with their own personalities and everything, so I know what you mean.

  9. Lynda, Dezmond, Alexia - thank you all. I am very impressed by your blogs and I particularly like your blog about movie news, Dezmond. I can keep track of what I have to look forward to at the movies! You'll all have a shout-out in due time. Alexia - I know, right? They truly have a mind of their own. Amazing that we can generate multitudes of personalities without one mind. Sometimes I wonder if that's a good thing or not :)

  10. Thanks for the 'shout out' David!
    I had to just laugh at a comment you made at being better at the written word than speaking. I am exactly the same... I sometimes find myself a blundering mess when I forget the simplest of words! At least I'm not alone. I even wrote a post about it.
    Best wishes

  11. Any time, Suzy. It's a real blast sharing something in common with others :)