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So Last Night

Ann Dee and I went to dinner with a bunch of amazing women and while we were there I said, “I think our book is almost done.”

And Ann Dee said, “No it isn’t.”

And I said, “You don’t think so?”

And she said, “No, I don’t.”

And I said, “Yes it is.”

And she shook her head and the people who were listening to us looked at us like, “Are they gonna fight?”
We weren’t. ‘Cause Ann Dee would win.


This conversation shows you how you can work on the same project, for the same amount of time, reading the same words, and see something differently.

“It’s about family,” I said.

“It’s a mystery,” Ann Dee said.

“There’s a sorta mystery in it.”

“You keep saying it’s about fathers.”

“It is.”



In a little bit, I’ll write the next section of our book about families. Before the book comes out, Ann Dee and I will come up with a less-than-25-word explanation of the novel. It may or may not include fathers and a mystery.


As you work with your partner–don’t worry.

Write with faith.

Push yourself.

Do things you would never do on your own.

Love it.

Hate it.

Just do it.


If anyone has written with someone this week, please feel free to talk about it here.

We wanna know if YOU know what you’re writing.


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Kyra Leigh, Queen Bee

Hey Guys,

It’s Wednesday again!

I figured since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I would recommend some great romance *novels and movies.
These are flicks and books that maybe aren’t on all the “Best Romances of All Time” Lists. But they are different.
Try something new. {Or old, since some of these are oldies}


How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff.

I didn’t see the movie. So I have no idea if it did the book justice or not. Ā I will say this is a strange, but really great book. There’s some romance, as well as some other funky interesting stuff.
It’s an older book, and still a great read.

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison.

This series is a CLASSIC. I read them when I was Ā young, and then re-read them when I was a little older.
Funny. As. Heck.
It’s exactly how a romance for a 13-year-old should be. {Awkward, silly, funny, and light}

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Beautiful written, great romance, with sad but real undertones. I loved this book. It’s a few years old {and I heard it was going to be made into a movie?} but still one of my favorites.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
Need I say more? Romance at it’s classiest.


The Proposal
Funny, awkward, and SEXY. Can we just say Ryan Reynolds?!

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
This movie is different, to say the least. Ā It’s amazing. Sad, but also great.

The Princess Bride {book and movie}
Total classic. If you haven’t seen {or read} this, I highly recommend it.

Django Unchained
Despite all the violence, this IS a romance. And one of my favorites! If you’ve not seen this movie, you’re missing out.

Silver Linings Playbook
Romance at it’s weirdest. And I Ā got a little misty eyed.



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Kyra Leigh, Queen Bee

Cormac McCarthy. How you amaze my brain.
I finally finished The Road at work yesterday.
Holy Crapolla.
What a fantastic novel.
The writing….just…amazing.
How can you have such littleĀ dialogue, yet still know your characters so well?
How did he do that?
People are magic with their words. It’s amazing.
I suggest everyone read it. DON’T watch the Ā movie. It was a waste of time and very dull. {And not just becauseĀ nasal guy Vejo Morgenstein is in it(That is an Always Sunny inĀ PhiladelphiaĀ joke..)}
There was something about the little boy in the story that I just loved. He sounded so sweet and so…broken? But yet not? I don’t know.
This is the only book I’ve read written by McCarthy. But I have seen No Country for Old Men. {That is a movie you DO want to watch. Freaking amazing!}
Has anyone read the book? Is it as good as The Road?
What about his other novels?
I need to order more books.
Amazon gave me the 100 free downloads for the kindle. Or whatever it is.
Holy crap. I can’t believe how hilarious some of the books were on that. {hilariously awful.}
Okay that’s enough.
Let’s all be happy.


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Kyra Leigh, Queen Bee

Book Review: My Book of Life by Angel
When sixteen-year-old Angel meets Call at the mall, he buys her meals and says he loves her, and he gives her some candy that makes her feel like she can fly. Pretty soon she’s addicted to his candy, and she moves in with him.Ā As a favor, he asks her to hook up with a couple of friends of his, and then a couple more. Now AngelĀ is stuck working theĀ streets at Hastings and Main, a notoriousĀ spot in Vancouver, Canada, where the girls turn tricksĀ until they disappear without a trace, and the authorities don’t care. ButĀ afterĀ her friend SerenaĀ disappears, and when Call brings home a girl who is even younger and more vulnerable than her to learn the trade, Angel knows that she and the new girl have got to find a way out
I havenā€™t read a book thatā€™s been recently published for a long time. Iā€™m glad that the first one that I read was Angel.
Itā€™s a really tough subject matter, but the way that itā€™s written makes it a lot easier to get through.
Everything Martine writes is full of beauty, even when itā€™s dark. She has a way with words. Poetry, except better.
I loved the format of the novel, and even though it is dark, I loved the whole feel of the writing.
The book Ā is very short, and in that short amount of time, you really got to know the characters. Ā You can feel their emotion.
How did she do that? I donā€™t know. But itā€™s great.
The fact that this novel is loosely based on truth is really sad, but sometimes books like that are the best. {Some as in mostā€¦. Ha ha} I suggest that everyone who is coming to the conference (www.wifyr) this year, BUY this book. Youā€™re going to want it signed.
My Book of Life by Angel was gorgeous, sad, different, and Iā€™m glad I read it. Ā I highly recommend it.
Books that are similar to this that are also fantastic:
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
Glimpse by my really pretty mother, Carol Lynch Williams

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Three Things Wednesday

1. First of all, CAROL’S NEW BOOK!!! Have you picked up Miles From Ordinary yet? It officially came out yesterday and we all need to party! Here’s some things people are saying about it:

“Absorbing….[Williams] has crafted both a riveting, unusual suspense tale and an absolutely convincing character in Lacey. The book truly is miles from ordinary, in the very best way. Outstanding.ā€ —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“In a novel spanning a mere 24 hours, Williams takes readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride….Poignant.” —Publishers Weekly

You can buy your very own signed copy this weekend at Barnes and Noble at 7157 Plaza Center Center Drive, West Jordan, UT on Saturday from 2-4:00.
2. One way to break into children’s publishing is to write short stories, articles, poems, activities, etc. for kids magazines. Along with your novel goals, what about taking a break and trying your hand at one of these? Here are the guidelines for Highlights magazine. Should we all try to get something sent in the next month or so?
3. For your entertainment, they had a picture book writing contest on Celebrity Apprentice on Sunday. Watch to see how they think writing a picture book is done. It was pretty hilarious. See if you can see all the rules they break as they go through the process (see highlights tips for fiction).
I think that’s all for today. Hope you have a fabulous Wednesday and eat lots of cookies.


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Books on my Lawn

I am tired.

I did not write one thing today.

I also roasted a chicken.

Do not roast a chicken in a hot house. It makes the house hotter. Who knew?

On Saturday we cleaned out our basement. I mean we moved out all the boxes and boxes of books onto the back lawn. We moved here last September and we are finally getting to that one room where I shoved everything that had no place. Including my boxes and boxes of books. This house, our old new house, has no built in shelves. Our last house had shelves. And shelves and shelves and shelves. Heaven.

Here? None.

We started to unpack the books and there was no where to put them.

So I hauled them out so I could think better.

Right now, three days later, those boxes are still out there. Waiting. In the dark. With the deer.Ā  Waiting for me to put them away. Waiting for me to bring them in from the cold. The hot. The hose. The boys. All my books (almost all) are in peril and here I am in my bed complaining about being tired.

Do you throw away books? Donate them? keep them and keep them and keep them because they are books and you don’t throw away books or donate them or sell them or do anything but keep them?

I was trying to figure out what to do with them.

My brain does not organize. I can lift stuff, move stuff, vacuum stuff. I cannot figure out where things should go. What’s the most practical place to put boxes and boxes of books until I get some shelves?

The garage? Move them back into the spare room? The shed? I asked my husband.

Just tell me where to put things and I will, he said.

That’s the problem, i have no idea where to put them. Should we get new carpet? Why are the baby toys in the Christmas box? What were we just talking about?

Sometimes I think I would be the cleanest house person in the world if my brain worked right. If I put things away and was all organized and everything had a place and things had labels and I folded my underwear. I would be so clean because I am always cleaning. Cleaning cleaning cleaning. But I never get anywhere.

I am too distracted. Too impulsive. Too scattered.

I think about my writing. Is this how I am? I think yes. Is this bad? I think yes. And no. What if I had a different brain. What if I could write with an outline? What if I knew where things were going and why they were going to go there? Would it be easier? Do most writers have scattered lives with tricycles tied up with climbing rope all over their yard and boxes and boxes of books in their garden? Will I one day have cabbage patch kids riding big wheels in my flower beds?

I know we all have our own process but sometimes I wonder if it’s worth it to try to train your way to a different process. I mean wouldn’t it be nice to clean something and have it stay cleaned? To know exactly where the scissors are when you need them? To start a novel knowing the end before you know the beginning? I wonder.

Please don’t take my books. They are helpless.


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Writing Challenge: Religion in Writing PLUS Book and Critique Giveaway!!!!

Angela Morrison writes about a girl who is religious and falls into temptation
but her novel, Taken by Storm, doesn’t feel preachy.

Other examples of books that deal with religion but don’t feel heavy handed are Sara Zarr’s Once Was Lost and Louise Plummer’s A Dance for Three.

How do you think an author achieves this balance? What are other examples of books that handle issues of faith well? How does your worldview infuse your writing?

You have until midnight on Sunday to post a comment. Two lucky people will win a copy of one of Angela Morrison’s books.

Mary Kole, Associate Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc. is also having a contest. Look here for information. It’s almost over but she is hoping for great entries so write then email away, everyone!



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