Thursday, August 23, 2012

I may not be brilliant today, but I'm writing anyway

I'm in a haze of good vibes. Today I visited Rose State College in Midwest City. I spoke with the Learning Center coordinator there and with the head of testing. I'd sent in an application to work in that department less than a week ago, and--I Got the Job!

Since I moved to OKC, I've been sending out job applications. And finally I hooked one, or rather, they hooked me. The position, at this point, is for part time. But with the work I do online and with my own writing, that's perfectly fine with me. Besides, it should make juggling graduate school and work easier next fall.

I also woke up to two wonderful nominations from fellow bloggers. Dianna Graveman and Camille Subramanium--both excellent writers and friends--gave me the Reader Appreciation Award. This award is cycling around the blog community right now. I'm proud to be a part of it.

I'm not as into the blogging community as I WANT to be, but this award gives me the opportunity to give back to those friends that I am lucky enough to have. The following is a list of ten blogs that I think are more than worth reading, that are worth the Reader Appreciation Award.

1) Camille Subramanium--A Day in My Life
2) Dianna Graveman--Write in the Midwest
3) Sabrina A Fish--Sabrina's Writing Reflections
4) Angela Archer--Author Angela Christina Archer
5) Amanda Doty--Pens Like Fire, Needles Like Wind
6) Steve Murphy--Murphy's Pondering Tree
7) Lela Davidson--After the Bubbly
8) Jere Ellison--Jere Ellison (I'm actually linking you to his Facebook, where he uses Notes like a blog)
9) Linda Apple--Linda C. Apple (Note: She's moving this blog to WordPress very soon.)
10) Patty Stith--Claire Croxton Romance Author

These ten people have stuck by me as I've moved through my own writing career. And they've inspired and enthralled me with their own achievements and writing.

Please, please, please spread the good karma around and take a look at these fantastic blogs. And buy all their books. And tell all your friends about them.

Can you tell I'm in a lovey-dovey mood today?

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Checking Off the To-Do List

I've had on my to-do list "revamp blog" for about forever and a day. But I always seemed to have better, more important things on the list as well. Today it's been rainy and cold (for an Oklahoma summer anyway), so I sat my butt in my chair, took a deep breath, and dove in.

ERIN YORK: Author and Editor may not be perfect. May never reach a state of perfection. But it's better than it was yesterday when weird flames were eating my profile picture's face. Don't ask me how THAT happened.

I got my freaky background image from a free blogger template provider called Jelly Pages. They are absolutely amazing, so be sure to click on the link. They provide all kinds of templates, so even if you aren't a wannabe evil genius like me, you're still sure to find something.

In other news, the illustrious Carolyn Wall spoke to my writing group, OCWI, today about forming critique groups. Her talk made me anxious for my own critique group's meeting, which will be coming up on August 28th. I've already sent out my twenty pages like a good girl. But have I started reading everyone else's work? Nooo...

While I've been working on the blog today, I've been listening to The Album Leaf, one of my favorite music groups. Check them out when you're bored of Coldplay. I've also had the company of green tea and a buzzing cell phone (one of my bud's got a new number), so whoever says writing and all the things that go with it makes for lonesome work--well, they lied.

I'm reading Kristin Cashore's second novel, FIRE, and I'm loving it. It's provided worlds of inspiration for my own book, which is going amazingly well (now that it has a sense of direction--thank you, Inciting Incident revision). If I keep zooming through, twenty-five pages a day, I'll be done by the end of the month.

But my goal for being done with my YA horror novel, DEAD DOLL, (the first in a morbid series) is September 15, two days before my birthday. And, yes, it will be done by then. No ifs, ands, or buts. I'll take your well-wishes though because I'll be pitching it to an agent at Trident Media.

More news to come. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to say hi.