Saturday, August 31, 2013

New Favorite Artist!

So, my friend Abby sent me a link to one of her friends named Oriah Pratt.  You have seriously got to check her out!  She is amazing!  She really needs to get her songs on iTunes--if she was, I would totally buy them!

I really love the last two--they mainly inspired me (along with Justin Bieber's Love Me and One Less Lonely Girl) to write Puppy Love, with Carson and Madison!

Not Another Love Song

Favorite Songs to Write With

I don't really write to songs, unless they are classical.  Celtic Woman (The Voice, Caledonia, May It Be, The Sky and the Dawn and the SunSpanish Lady) and Howard Shore are the best!

But, when you are writing cute romance novels (aka, Popstar Love) I learned that pop songs give you lots of great ideas!  Here are my favorites:

I Want It That Way-Backstreet Boys This is the best!

As Long As You Love Me-Backstreet Boys

Stay Stay/Love Story/Red/You Belong With Me/Today Was a Fairytale-Taylor Swift The last one is my favorite for writing!


Beautiful Soul-Jesse McCartney

One Time/Mistletoe/Pray (really sweet video)/One Less Lonely Girl/Love Me-Justin Bieber

Call Me Maybe-Carly Rae Jepsen

Hold Your Light Up-Conlon Bonner

Good Time-Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen

My Heart Will Go On-Celine Dion  For those times when you have to cry...

David Archuleta:
Something 'Bout Love
Don't Run Away

And of course One Direction...hehe!
I Would, Up All Night (# 1 song on my iPod!) One Thing, Irresistible, Loved You FirstThey Don't Know About Us, Stole My Heart, I Wish, Nobody ComparesEverything About You
The last few inspired my Popstar Love novel.  :)

So, do you have any favorite songs you love to write to?  Leave them in the comments!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Publishing with Create Space

Hey guys!
Sorry I haven't posted in a half a million years, but here I am now!
So, I won NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month, happens every November) in 2012.  I won that with my novel--The Pirate Sisters!  I got about halfway with I think about 24,000 words, and then I stopped.  Throughout the year I have been have writing it, so I got up to about 32,000.

Well, when you win NaNo, they give you a free publishing code which you can use to get FIVE FREE PAPERBACK COPIES.  Yeah!!!!!!!!!  So, in June, I went nuts and wrote about 30,000 words more on the  Pirate Sisters.  I finished the entire novel in about two weeks, leaving me with about 64,000 words.  :D  That is a little bigger than Brandon Mull's Fablehaven!
I edited the thing in two days (so it wasn't perfect at all) and on June 30, the deadline, Mom and I got on to publish it with the little deal. see, I stayed up till ten o'clock (super late, I know ;) Eastern time...the thing I learned from this is don't procrastinate and get it published at least two days before the deadline.  I suppose the deadline ended somewhere in Asia instead of my time, which means no free book sadly.

But it was a great experience!  :)  And I learned that you can publish on Createspace, you just have to pay to get your book in print.  So I will edit the Pirate Sisters better and the publish. So I had my little adventure.

July I had no idea what I did, and ditto with August.  We went camping and my grandpa retired, we saw monster trucks, I went to the Lion King on Broadway and went to the Melting Pot!  :D  I was spoiled, but more on that later.