Sunday, October 31, 2010

Live, Love and Dance!

It was Friday evening when I spoke with my good friend, Anastasia, on how to combat stress (from trying to balance editing, critiquing, networking and family responsibilities).

Lately, I've been feeling so burdened with it that it's actually affected the way I speak with others outside cyberland. I forget the simplest of words and feel awkward for it.

She reminded me to become as a little child. To play like one. Dance in the rain and imagine the rain sweep away my stress. To see it wash away into the grass.

To dance to the loud beat of my favorite music.

To play with my kids. Jump on the trampoline with them. Play games with them. Enjoy their antics.

How could I forget the simplest of things could regenerate my soul?

*How do you deal with stress?


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Friday, October 29, 2010

Mr. Beautiful's New Look

aka Tristan Knight, Kristie Cook's main character from her book, Promise!

What it's about:

"Alexis Ames has a life full of promise…but not all promises can be kept.

When Alexis Ames is attacked by creatures that can’t be real, she decides it’s time she learns who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their family’s secrets closely. After meeting the inhumanly attractive, multi-talented Tristan Knight, however, Alexis retreats behind her façade of normalcy…until she discovers he’s not exactly normal either. Then their secrets begin to unravel.

Their union brings hope and promise to her family’s secret society, the Angels’ army, and to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy – Satan’s minions and Tristan’s creators. After all, Alexis and Tristan are a match made in Heaven and in Hell."

Here is my bloghop contest entry for Kristie Cook's contest! I'm to imagine how Tristan looks like with half a photo. If I win, Kristi and her publishing team will choose the most creative entry. The prize: A Kindle!! How flattering is that? To have a publishing company visit my humble blog?

Contest ends Halloween if you're interested in joining. Hurry!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Critique Grouping

I'm having difficulty finding my place in the critique world, though I've been invited to many.

These are my concerns: I am a stay-at-home mother of 4 kidlets. I only have 4 half-day school time when I'm completely alone. I edit then. As soon as I tuck my kids into bed, I try to edit then until 11:30 pm. I've been working on Rockstar since January and am barely on chapter 10. Eeep! I've been doing my best and it's so slow going. Ugh.

Okay, here's my problem: Seeing that every spare moment I have to get my WIP edited, how can I squeeze in 10 pages per 5 people (in a crit group) a total of 50 pages on top of my own a week? every 2 weeks? a month? How?

I have no problem free-lance editing for friends. A chapter here. A book there. But if it's steady and involves a deadline, I am struggling!

How do you do it?

PS--today my son turns 11, yippee!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Last Day

Supposing today were your last day on earth,

The last mile of the journey you've tread;

After all of your struggles, how much are you worth

How much can you take home to God?

Don't count as possessions your silver and gold

Tomorrow you leave these behind

And all that is yours to have and to hold

Is the service you've given to mankind.

~author unknown


I hope your day is happy and bright!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Critique Partners

This is a fun little clip about how taking a critique is for writers. If we are open-minded and willing and ready to learn, we will go far. But if not, we won't grow.

How do you take criticism with your WIP?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Lost and Lonely

This post here is to all writers who feel like they are on the sidelines watching. First off...


So you've discovered that you can't stay away from it. It brings you joy. Peace. Sanity. Then you realize that it's more than that. You've written an entire novel and there are still stories coloring your horizons.

The next thing you do is, what? Share! The burning desire to share your love for writing bursts from the cracks and shines as you speak. So this world has four moons, two suns and green people who fly through the air and--what? An astronaut falls from the heavens and creates a crater so huge that it's hard to miss.

Okay. So the people you tell smile politely and turn away and start an entirely different conversation with some one else.

Does that sound familiar? Maybe in some way?

It happens to me.

What I did next was find others who have the same mad drive of writing. Oh yes, we are out there. If only you can distinguish us writers with the naked eye. We look like everyone else. Our homes may have the telltale clue that we are writers.

Sometimes other writes will nod politely and pat your hand and say, "sounds like a cool story."And you don't hear back from them. I've had that happen, too.

There was a time where I felt so unlike every other writer. I wanted badly to connect with others. How do I know what rules to follow? How to gain a wonderful online presence? How to sound/be confident with my work?

So I've read a thousand how-to books. But I want to talk about them, philosophize. Something. But with whom?

I tried to find other writers interested in forging a group with me, but they were dismissive. I felt hopeless. I was alone for such a loooooooong time.

When I first started out into the 'real writing world' from the privacy of my home, I was intimidated. I wanted to mix and mingle with everyone. That was hard at first because everyone seemed skeptical or passive. Tight-lipped if they were writers.

I wanted a mentor with all of my heart. I wouldn't be alone. I'd have a cheerleader. A motivation. Hope.

Slowly, then so slowly miracles started happening. The library suddenly started a writing group. I was thrilled beyond words. Finally! I get to meet with others who are as passionate as I am with the writing craft. I learned of writers conferences (wow, yes, they are out there!), critique groups, contests... As I got myself out there, I discovered whole new worlds made just for writers!

I also learned that there are degrees of passion within everyone. There are some who are ho-hum while I border obsessive. ;)

I don't feel as lonely as I had only a few years ago. I've found my place and have started the journey to publication. I've found so many people, places and things that have buffered away the awful spikes of drought.

I've collected a lot of information from my travels and I am more than happy to share them with everyone and anyone who wants to learn. I don't know everything, but I know enough.

A friend of mine just e-mailed me. He has so many concerns and questions and doubts. It touches me that he has gathered the courage to seek my help.

I want all of you, my writing friends, to know that it is absolutely no coincidence that you love writing. Not at all. I have every whit of confidence in you guys that you will get your wonderful stories published if you keep on the pathway to it. If you ever feel lost, lonely, afraid, please consider me.

I love to mentor, help, and nurture through anything.


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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

CassaStar by Alex J. Cavanaugh

CassaStar by Alex J. Cavanaugh

October 19, 2010 Science fiction/adventure/space opera

ISBN 9780981621067 Dancing Lemur Press LLC

To pilot the fleet’s finest ship…

Few options remain for Byron. A talented but stubborn young man with a troubled past and rebellious attitude, his cockpit skills are his only hope. Slated to train as a Cosbolt fighter pilot, Byron is determined to prove his worth and begin a new life as he sets off for the moon base of Guaard.

Much to Byron’s chagrin, the toughest instructor in the fleet takes notice of the young pilot. Haunted by a past tragedy, Bassa eventually sees through Byron's tough exterior and insolence. When a secret talent is revealed during training, Bassa feels compelled to help Byron achieve his full potential.

As war brews on the edge of space, time is running short. Byron requires a navigator of exceptional quality to survive, and Bassa must make a decision that could well decide the fate of both men. Will their skills be enough as they embark on a mission that may stretch their abilities to the limit?

About the Author:

Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics.

He's experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Currently he lives in the Carolinas with his wife.

So go visit him and say hello! :)

Enjoy the trailer!

“…calls to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein’s early military sf, as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many Star Wars novels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars.” - Library Journal

Make this a part of your library!


Sunday, October 17, 2010

My New Group Blog!

Hi wonderful friends!

Guess what? I've been a-rescued by Captain Rebecca over at The Scribbler's Cove.

I'm honored to be a part of them. It's where we "explore craft, swap business tips, and share the wonder of the creative experience."

My posts will be as spontaneous as a writer's heart! Drop by and visit. Explore. Follow us.

You'll just love it.

Pssst. Did I mention that it's a hideout for writers?

Oh, one more thing, I've posted today!

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Tamara Hartheiner's Perilous KINDLE and book Giveaway!

1) There will be two signed book giveaways of Perilous. Comment anywhere in the blog tour. The drawing will be completely random. Of course, the more comments you leave, the more chances you have of winning.

2) There will be a Kindle giveaway. This WON'T be random. The giveaway is point based. Whoever has the most points at the end of the blog tour wins the Kindle. The contest will run until Dec. 15. All hopeful winners email Author Tamara at tamarahartheiner dot com with your points and proofs.

Here's how you earn points:

+1 for each comment on the blog tour

+1 be a follower on my blog (old or new)

+1 retweet

+2 blog about the blog tour (You prove all of those by emailing the author the links.)

+5 purchase the book; ebook or paperback, doesn't matter (Email me the confirmation number of your purchase.)

Here is the list of blogs in the Tour:

Oct. 15---------David J. West
Oct. 18---------Nichole Giles
Oct. 19---------Talli Roland
Oct. 20---------Guinevere Rowell
Oct. 21---------Mary Gray
Oct. 22---------Frankie
Oct. 25---------Lluvia (if her computer is working) and Mary Greathouse
Oct. 26---------RaShelle Workman (interview)
Oct. 27---------T. Anne Adams
Oct. 28---------Valerie Ipson
Oct. 29---------Ann Best
Nov. 1----------Christy Dorrity
Nov. 2----------Christine Bryant
Nov. 3----------Rebecca Blevins
Nov. 4----------Kathryn Magendie (guest post)
Nov. 5----------Annett Lyon (interview) and Jaime Theler (review)
Nov. 8----------Jennifer Daiker
Nov. 9----------Carolina Valdez
Nov. 10---------Elizabeth Mueller
Nov. 11---------Christine Danek
Nov. 12---------Elle Strauss
Nov. 15---------Niki
Nov. 16---------Lynn Parsons
Nov. 17---------Danyelle Ferguson
Nov. 18---------Elana Johnson
Nov. 19 & 20----Sarah McClung
Nov. 22---------Suzanne Hartmann
Nov. 23---------Marsha Ward
Nov. 24---------Tara McClendon
Nov. 29---------Diana Miezcan
Nov. 30---------Tristi Pinkston
Dec. 1-----------Cheri Chesley
Dec. 2-----------Karen Gowen
Dec. 3-----------Melanie Jacobson
Dec. 6-----------Kristie Ballard
Dec. 7-----------Melissa Cunningham
Dec. 8-----------Arlee Bird
Dec. 9-----------Debbie Davis
Dec. 10----------Taffy Lovell
Dec. 13----------Sheri Larsen
Dec. 14----------Joyce DiPastena

Good Luck Everyone!

Friday, October 15, 2010


The preliminary winner of the prize package and entrant of Paper

Tower grand prize drawing is . . .


Please contact me (elizabethmueller6ATgmailDOTcom) within the next 24 hours with your full name, mailing address AND phone number. Another drawing will take place if I don't hear back from you then!

Grand prize winner will be drawn Monday, the 18th. Good luck! :)

I thank everyone who participated and made it that much more fun!!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Privacy Policy

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Contest Closed--winner TBA soon!

We're celebrating Back to School with an awesome new product-- The Paper Tower! This is the perfect storage solution for paper lovers and scrapbookers everywhere and The Original Scrapbox is giving one away!

The Paper Tower was designed as a companion to the Workbox and Craftbox line of brilliant storage solutions from The Original Scrapbox.

There are so many possibilities with the Paper Tower. It can be used for any type of crafting storage from quilting to beading to stamping. Store your material, paper, stamps, accessories, anything your heart desires. The see-through totes make organizing a snap and I love the handy velcro storage bags on the inside of the door!

Enter to win a prize package worth $50.00 and one entry into the grand prize drawing for a Paper Tower of your choice of color. You can win:

Kodak fashion neckstraps/bracelets for cameras or cell phones

Deluxe Kodak canvas camera case, lined, with accessory pockets

If you are selected as a preliminary winner of the prize package, you will be entered into the grand prize drawing held on RachelleWrites on October 18, 2010. On that date, Rachelle will select a winner from all of the finalists to receive one Paper Tower (value up to $545.00) in the winner's choice of color/style of wood*.

*The contest is open to addresses in the 48 contiguous United States only. Announcement of winners may be delayed due to health circumstances out of Rachelle's control.

Giveaway open from October 8, 2010 to October 14, 2010 at 11:59pm MST.

Giveaway Rules:

*You can only enter under one name

* It is possible to win more than one preliminary prize, which means it’s possible to be entered into the grand prize drawing more than once.

*All winner’s addresses must be stateside US addresses

*You must complete the required entry to be eligible to win

Here's how to enter:Please leave details in ONE comment of how you entered with required links. will be used to select the winner.

*Required entry: You must visit The Original Scrapbox website and leave a comment on my blog telling your favorite item and what you would use it for.

Extra Entries:

  • Facebook the contest with linkback in your comment
  • Add the contest button(pictured above) to your sidebar with a link to this contest (codes found under my profile picture)

To receive 15 extra entries, you must do the following 2 things together on your blog post and please leave a link back to your blog post with your comment (only one comment required, but you must leave a link so I can check your post.) *Link back to this contest, so that people know where to enter.

  1. Blog about the contest WITH a picture of The Paper Tower in your post and link back to this post, so people will know where to enter.
  2. In your blog post link the phrase "The Paper Tower " to

You can enter the preliminary giveaways with a chance to win an entry into the grand prize drawing at the following blogs:

Pink Cricut

Rashelle Workman

My EyeQ Sue Neal

Elizabeth Mueller (you are here!)

Marvelously Messy

Nap Time Crafting

Priscilla Styles

Brown Paper Packages

Mod Podge Rocks

Rachelle Writes

*Disclosure: I received free product from The Original Scrapbox to host this giveaway. All rules must be followed and correct contiguous U.S. address given for prize to be awarded.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Do you want to learn the secrets to successful networking and writing?

Being a writer not only requires writing, editing and critiquing, but networking. Very important, wouldn't you say?

It can be a huge--HUGE--distraction if we're in the middle of creating or editing for that matter. Right? I am so guilty of that.

I came across this message, by accident, really. I feel it is rather urgent for us writers to check it out and especially apply it. It'll be hard at first, but worth the time in both learning and application!

I understand that your time is precious. That's exactly why I've posted this. Click on the link below. It will take you to MedicineNet's site. On the upper right of black box ("Culprit: Social Media") is where you read and click away.

Pictures Slideshow: Top Concentration Killers on

If you still have time, I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on what you think about the message.

I hope that you feel refreshed and ready to handle an uninterrupted bout of pure writing bliss!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Oh No!

I can't believe I've neglected you guys! It just slipped my mind to post today.


Here is a cool Site for writers: Gotham Writer's Workshop. Go explore and find what other writers are learning!

What are your favorite writerly links?
C'mon, let's share the LUV!

sunset captured by Levi Mueller

Friday, October 1, 2010


Howdy my bloggie friendz!

Today I'm kicking back at Christine's. Come by and see what I've said!
(My editing secrets revealed--I would LOVE to know your thoughts. Even your methods pweeze.)

See ya there!


"People ask for criticism, but the only want praise." William Maugham