Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Writer's Prayer

I was browsing the web yesterday and came across this wonderful little prayer that I wanted to share with you all. So I got permission from the author and here it is:

The Writer's Prayer
Open my mind, Lord. Grant me the talent to
write with clarity and style, so my words go
down rich and smooth, like fine wine, and
leave my reader thirsty for more.

Open my heart, Lord. Grant me the
sensitivity to understand my characters--their
hopes, their wants, their dreams--and help
me to confer that empathy to my reader.

Open my soul, Lord, so I may be a channel
to wisdom and creativity from beyond my
Self. Stoke my imagination with vivid
imagery and vibrant perception.

But most of all, Lord, help me to know the
Truth, so my fiction is more honest than
actuality and reaches the depths of my
reader's soul.

Wrap these gifts with opportunity,
perseverance, and the strength to resist those
who insist it can't be done.

-- Sandy Tritt
(c) copyright 1999, Sandy Tritt. All rights reserved.

The site has a lot of great info for writers. I was really impressed. Here's the address:

Friday, April 06, 2007

Book Review

I read a steamy short story today that I thought was worth noting here on my blog. It's written by Sela Carsen- you can find her blog link listed in the side margin of my blog- and the story was entitled: The Virgin Courtesan.

This line:
He headed into his room to see if the water in his basin was cold enough to convince his brain to travel north again.
Made me laugh. I thought it was pefrectly stated. The tension was good and both characters were likable and well thought out. The villian made me cringe and I even felt a little bit nauseated by him so I'd have to say he was quite successfully written :o)
As much as I enjoyed it, I think that if the story had been longer, more drawn out, that would have definitely kept people reading. When they were talking about setting the villian up, making him jealous because she was taken by another man, I thought for sure there would be more to that. I was hoping for some sort of public display that would have Terullio scheming for revenge. It all ended sort of abruptly.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the story without a doubt and don't regret taking the time to read it and I would definitely recommend it to others.

If you're looking for a nice steamy read with a sweetly happy ending, this one is sure to be a pleaser. I only wish there had been more of it to read :o)

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

I've been tagged!

Thanks Elle!

5 things you don't know about me:

1. I got married one month after I graduated from High School.
2. I love to burn candles, anytime of any day.
3. I've been to the airport 9 times in three months and haven't been on a plane in 12 years.
4. My least favorite chore is laundry
5. My favorite comfort food is homemade chicken & dumplings.

If you're reading this, consider yourself tagged..that is, of course, unless you've already been tagged.