Six Sentence Sunday – 3/11/12

Today is #sixsunday where writers share six sentences from their work. I’ll share a snippet from my time-travel romance WIP tentatively titled MUST LOVE BREECHES.

Here’s my new pitch/logline: When a thoroughly modern girl finds herself stranded in 1834 London, she must find a way home while navigating the pitfalls of London society, resisting her attraction to a hunky lord, and ultimately having to decide when her true home lies.  (You can see the other entries here.)

This is from Isabelle’s POV, and she and Lord Montagu are in a curricle (a type of carriage) heading to Hyde Park. She’s only been back in time for two days and he’s just called on her to ask her to go on this ride with him. This picks up one sentence after last week’s:

Isabelle’s exposed position in the high seat of Lord Montagu’s curricle caused her to inwardly squirm. Surely one of them would point and whisper—interloper, faker. She was probably even sitting wrong. Though it was cool to find out what it was like to ride in one of these, the equivalent of a modern-day sports car… Kind of thrilling, too, but, Lordy Pete, she was glad when he slowed down from the fast clip he’d been maintaining.

She could no longer deny her physical reaction to him, not when sitting this close.

As always I welcome constructive feedback. Thank you!

To see snippets from others who are participating or to sign up yourself, visit here. Other participants writing time travel: Sharon Cullen and Ginger Simpson

Thank you to everyone who comes by and comments each week! Have a great Sunday!

Weekend Grab Bag – From Writing Tips to Jedi Squirrels

Since I missed last week, these linkies go back 2 weeks. Enjoy!

Song playing right now on my playlist: “A Postcard to Henry Purcell,” from the Pride & Prejudice (2005) soundtrack.

Writing and the Writing Life:

Jane Austen:

  • Jane Austen Fight Club. Okay, this had me giggling:

Browncoats:

Randomness and Geekdom:

Exciting News! I finaled in the Marlene Contest! (and a conference update)

I’ve been aggressively entering RWA Chapter contests since December, and so far I’ve gotten results back from two. The first one I got pretty dang close (by a few points), but just this Friday, as I’m checking into my hotel in New Orleans and calming myself to pitch to my first agent in a little over an hour, I checked my phone. There, to my surprise, I saw an email that gave me the confidence boost I needed to go into the pitches (of course I forgot in my nervous state to MENTION this to the agents, but it’s all good).

The email was from the Washington, D.C. Romance Writers chapter of RWA to tell me I’d finaled (meaning one of the top 3) in the paranormal category for MUST LOVE BREECHES!! I’m so excited about this (can you tell?) It’s also a validation for me on my new opening– I’d completely scrapped it and been reworking it and so the Marlene contest is the first contest result with the new opening. The previous contest had the old opening, and I think there’s still one contest out there with the old one…

What happens next? My submission goes on to a judge in the publishing industry, who will then rank the submissions. The first place winner will get a free critique from author Kristen Painter!

FF&P Conference Update

This past weekend I attended my first writer’s conference and had a blast. Fellow conference goers told me, though, that the bar has been set high for me now, as others are generally not as good. It was a small conference, but I really liked that aspect, and others did too, It had a very intimate feel since you started recognizing faces pretty quickly and I met some really cool fellow writers. The panels were also very informative.

I ended up pitching to four agents, not three, and I’m happy to say that all four requested pages! Thank you guys for your help last week in getting that nailed down! I’m trying, though, to keep my expectations realistic — I’ve jumped another hurdle, but I still have many more in front of me. I plan to get those submitted by this weekend, and then I’m going to fry my brain playing an RPG computer game for about a week as a way to celebrate and detox (it’s been over a year!!) and then I’m going to start on a new WIP!

Thank you!

I’ve been very fortunate to have friends, family, critique partners and blog visitors who’ve helped me so much and I want to thank you for your support and constructive feedback, which has helped me grow tremendously as a writer! Thank you!

Six Sentence Sunday – 3/4/12

Today is #sixsunday where writers share six sentences from their work. I’ll share a snippet from my time-travel romance WIP tentatively titled MUST LOVE BREECHES. I will be returning from the FF&P Fantasy on the Bayou Conference on Sunday, so will be a little later in the day visiting everyone. UPDATE: Just found out I finaled in the WRWDC Chapter’s Marlene Contest in the paranormal category!

Here’s my new pitch/logline: When a thoroughly modern girl finds herself stranded in 1834 London, she must find a way home while navigating the pitfalls of London society, resisting her attraction to a hunky lord, and ultimately having to decide when her true home lies.  (You can see the other entries here.)

This is from Isabelle’s POV, and she and Lord Montagu are in a curricle (a type of carriage) heading to Hyde Park. She’s only been back in time for two days and he’s just called on her to ask her to go on this ride with him:

Twenty minutes later, Isabelle clutched the edge of her seat as Lord Montagu’s curricle rattled alongside all the other stylish carriages that crammed Rotten Row in Hyde Park. Elegantly dressed women mingled along the lane strolling, or talking in small groups; men and women trotted on horses; and, to Isabelle’s astonishment, tradespeople and servants lined the edges here and there, staring and pointing. It was as if the promenaders formed a parade for the less fortunate to gawk at. And the way the promenaders behaved—strutting, gossiping with others they met on their amble—it reminded Isabelle of the practice of cruising with cars that used to be popular. She stifled a giggle when they passed a group of garishly dressed men in their early twenties—real live fops! They looked pleased with themselves.

As always I welcome constructive feedback. Thank you!

To see snippets from others who are participating or to sign up yourself, visit here. Other participants writing time travel: Gayle Ramage, Sandra Jones and Maria-Claire Payne

Thank you to everyone who comes by and comments each week! Have a great Sunday!