Friday, September 12, 2014

Tweets of the Week: The Giggle-licious Edition

If laughter is the best medicine, Twitter definitely took its vitamins this week. Below are some of the most giggle inducing tweets of the week. 

On the announcement of the new royal baby: 

@HonestToddler First Daniel Tiger, now the Royal Infant? If these things really do happen in threes I wonder who's next.

@HonestToddler: Don't cry Georgia. If royal siblings are anything like Frozen it means you get to break the law & it's their job to get the charges dropped.

@HonestToddler George, should that infant come to you talking about do you want to build a snowman, just say no. I've seen this before

@honestToddler: I would keep an eye on that shifty uncle though. With another stumbling block between him and the throne he's more dangerous now than ever.

@HonestToddler George, at the end of the day, you're going to be king. If that new infant doesn't obey you it's treason.

@honestToddler Maybe you'll have to share some toys <whisper> *pulls you close* But the kingdom is yours* </whisper>

And since we're talking of things that are English:

@PearlRMeaker The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

And it case you missed it, Apple announced a new watch device. 

@TheEllenShow So excited for the Apple Watch. For centuries, we've checked the time by looking at our phones. Having it on your wrist? Genius.

And sometimes things are just funny. 

@StephenAtHome If i become Dalai Lama, expect lots of changes to Buddhism. First and foremost, more Jesus.

@shutupmikeginn We get it poets: things are like other things.

@MrGeorgeWallace Why do football players only dance when good *stuff* happens? Just once I wanna see a QB throw an interception & do a sad interpretive dance.

 And after all the giggling, I have to get back to writing.

@noveldoctor I hide myself in the stories I write and find myself in other people's stories. I think this proves the existance of wormholes

@advicetowriters A line of dialogue is not clear enough if you need to explain hows it's said.  Elmore Leonard

What's the best joke you've heard this week? 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Measuring Success: How to know you've "made it" as a writer.

When you're an unpublished writer, you're ultimate goal is easy to define. Either A) you are aiming for the elusive traditional publishing contract or B) you're waiting for your skills and stories to be strong enough to confidently publish yourself.

But what about once you've made your goal? What are the new goals you make to help yourself see the progress your making on this crazy, ambiguous path called publishing?

I took some time to make a few goals/mile-markers. And since every article I've ever seen says goals are more likely to be achieved if you share them, here they are.

1. Hold my book in my hand. Sign a copy. Do the happy dance. 

2. Have a twitter "followers" number that is higher than my "following" number. 

3. Make a social media connection with someone who has no association with me other than the fact that they read my book. 

4. Win a Rita, a Carol, and a Christy. I think they'd look right cute sitting on a shelf next to each other. And people always say to dream big. ;) 

5. Have a book signing that people I don't know attend. 

6. Get asked to speak at a writer's group. 

7. Get asked to speak to a church group. 

8. Get asked to speak to a school group. 

9. Go on a talk show. (I'm not being picky about which one or which medium because that's something that changes a lot and this one could take a while.) 

10. Donate swag and/or a basket to the M&M Conference. (Yes, I know I don't have to be published to do this, but I wanted to be.) 

11. Have fan art. 

12. Be on a panel/event with mixed-genre authors (not just inspirational romance). 

So, there you go. Twelve of the things I hope to accomplish as I continue my writing career. What do you think? What are some goals you have? What would you suggest I add to my list?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Tweets of the Week: Oh The Places I Didn't Go Edition

One of the beautiful things about twitter is getting to experience places and things you don't use or don't get to go to.

For instance, the double fun weekend whammy that was Decatur Book Festival and DragonCon.
@NancyNorthcott Overheard in elevator as people rearranged to make room: "Hey! It's elevator Tetris!" #DragonCon2014

@SuperWriterMom What I hear in my head isn't crazy; it's a gift. @maxwellcathy told me so. #dbf2014

Something else I don't experience anymore? The wonder that is singledom. And by wonder I mean the wondering things like this:

@sarahsibsayy I just made bacon stuffed pancakes... How am I single??

(For the record, Sarah, I have no idea because you are awesome.)

Also "the cloud". To which no one has ever been. Or even knows where it is. 

@Jonnie_W You guys. New pic! Just leaked from the Cloud! (picture of rain puddle)

@StephenAtHome I keep hearing there are nude pictures in the cloud, but which one? I could only see one that kind of looked like an elephant

And though I haven't been here yet:

@kierstenwhite "Sum up your book in one sentence." Solidly rectangular, made of wood pulp, ink, and glue.

I will be soon. And that is exciting for any writer. 

@novelDoctor writing is a thing writers do between long stretches of convincing themselves they can't write

@Tiffanyreisz You might be writing my next favorite book. If you stop writing it, then I'll never get to read my next favorite book.

Is there somewhere your friends have gone recently that you'd like to have been to? 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

ACFW Mix and Mingle

I'm heading to the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) conference at the end of this month. Are you? If so, check out Laurie Tomlinson's pre-conference mix and mingle to get to know people before you get to St. Louis. 
My answers to the mix and mingle questions are below. You can see the other people at Laurie's website as well as put up a link to your own answers. Looking forward to seeing you in St. Louis! 
Name: Kristi Ann Hunter
Location: Atlanta, GA
What you write/tagline/trademark: Historical Romance / “Let me tell you a story...”
Place in the book world: Recently contracted to Bethany House Publishers. First two books will release Fall 2015.
On a scale of hugger to 10-foot-pole, please rate your personal space: I'm a side-hugger. Or maybe that weird angled hug where you hug necks but the bodies are side by side. Yea. That one. 
The unique talking point that will get you going for hours: Almost anything. I love to talk.
- TV Shows (Doctor Who and Sherlock are my most recent obsessions)
- good books (though I'm terribly behind on my reading. Almost embarrassingly so)
- Music
- why llama is an awesomely fun word to say
- the possible reasons for the choice of decor in whatever room we happen to be in
Seriously, I'll talk about anything. 
Loved ones at home you’ll be missing: The Hubs and my three cutie-pie kiddos. 
Conference goals we can pray for? I want to meet people, build my network, and but some faces to the names I see in my inbox. 
Anything we can celebrate with you? I'm having a crazy good, exciting year. I won RWA's Golden Heart a couple of months ago and I'm a finalist in the Historical Romance category for the Genesis. I also just scored my first book contract. So pick your favorite thing and I'll scream and dance with you over it. ;) 
One or two ways we can help you build your platform? You can check out my blog (guess what, you're already here... have a look around). You can sign up for my brand spanking new email list to which I promise not to send anything spammy. I haven't even sent a newsletter yet.
You can also check me out on twitter. If you're not a twitter person, you can check out one of my other social media hangouts

This was fun! Can't wait to go see some other people's profiles and meet you in St. Louis. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Football and Focus

This weekend I had the opportunity to watch my nephew play football and my niece lead cheers. They both did a fabulous job. I couldn't be prouder of either of them.

If you've ever been to a kids' sporting event, you know that all of the action doesn't take place on the field. The stands can be just as interesting.

First let me say that, by and large the parents were pretty well behaved. I've heard horror stories from kids sporting events. The stands at this game wouldn't even merit a comment if I hadn't noticed what I'm about to share.

Second I will admit that I don't know a whole lot about football. I know just enough to watch a game and not have to constantly ask, "What's going on?" I never played, my brother never played, and other than a guy I had a crush on for a couple months in eighth grade, I didn't really know anyone who played. So this may be standard coaching procedure and I'm just clueless.

As often happens at sporting events, the people in the stands were yelling encouragement to the players on the field. In this case, their kids. A frequent mantra among those attempting to motivate was, "Get mad! Get mean!"

After thirty minutes of yelling "Get mad!" an amazing thing happened. The people yelling it started to get mad. Granted, our team was losing and, if those in the stands were to be believed, the boys weren't playing up to their usual abilities.

But they weren't just upset. They were mad. And then some of them started to get mean. Yelling things at the refs (yes, I know this is also a common sporting event occurrence) at occasionally at their own children.

I'm not trying to make a point about youth sports or even sporting parents. Because before any of us can point a finger at them, we need to realize that we do the same thing.

What we focus on impacts our feelings, attitudes, thoughts, and actions.

Have you ever noticed that commercials for depression medications are depressing? Or that ads for sports drinks and equipment can be almost hyperactive?

What we focus on spreads itself through our brains until it infiltrates what we are and what we do.

I cannot watch cop shows of nearly any kind. They creep me out until I can't sleep at night and I jump at every little creak the house makes. It's why I gravitate to sci-fi and fantasy. When the bad guy is a fifty foot worm with green tentacles and a suction cup face, I don't have to worry about him showing up on my doorstep.

Runners know the music they play could be the difference between a mediocre run and a stellar one.

Stores know that if they emphasize how much you're saving, you won't think about how much your spending even though you never planned to buy that item in the first place.

So when I find myself acting, talking, or even thinking in a way contrary to what I'd like, I consider where my focus is. I try reading a Bible passage, spending some time in prayer, playing some uplifting music, or doing something nice for someone else. Change your focus, change your feelings.

What's the best way you've found to get your head right when it goes somewhere you'd rather it didn't?