Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A to Z Challenge 2013 - C is for Chill - and IWSG for April 2013

This year I'm posting snippets from a story for the challenge.
You can enjoy them on their own or get the full tale by starting with A.

 C IS FOR CHILL

“Thanks for the lesson, Professor.” Danielle lifted her right arm and gave the charm bracelet on her wrist a little shake. The single charm – a pewter Scotty dog from the board game Monopoly – jiggled, and she grinned. “In case you've forgotten, I know all that.”

Stop that. You should feel lucky I don't have a stomach to empty on you. Fenn huffed. I think you need to talk with Libby again. Find out what's going on. This is too much like what happened last year with the massive increase in monsters.

“I'll have Libby come to my office tomorrow.” Danielle sat on the window sill and swung her legs out. It was only April, but the chill was absent from the night air. Yet she shivered before easing outside, and then sliding shut the window and screen.

The Insecure Writer's Support Group (IWSG) is the brilliant idea of Alex J. Cavanaugh. The purpose of the group is to share doubts and insecurities and to encourage one another. Please visit the other participants and share your support. A kind word goes a long way.
 
Inspirational quotes are always welcome. Here are a few that have struck me recently.
 
“Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young." - W. Somerset Maugham
 
"All writers are crazy. So never mind what the editors and your family and your critique group tells you. Submit your manuscripts and keep submitting until you get an offer. Then you can be crazy, with a paycheck." - MaryJanice Davidson
 
"Believe in yourself and in your own voice, because there will be times in this business when you will be the only one who does. Take heart from the knowledge that an author with a strong voice will often have trouble at the start of his or her career because strong, distinctive voices sometimes make editors nervous. But in the end, only the strong survive." - Jayne Ann Krentz

42 comments:

  1. I agree that all writers are crazy, myself included. To be paid for that craziness would be amazing!

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  2. The scottie dog from Monopoly was always my favorite piece.

    Love the quotes, and I happily agree...all writers are crazy.

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  3. Oh, yes! Writers are crazy! Without a doubt. And proud of it too ;)

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  4. Fantastic quotes.
    I particularly like the crazy one ;)

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  5. I'm sure that last quote was written about me!!

    Annalisa Crawford, One of April's IWSG Co-Hosts

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  6. Oh, so Fenn is the Scotty dog on her charm bracelet? I was wondering what form he'd take.

    Ah, so Fenn thinks the increased monster activity might be similar to what happened to Abby the previous year? That's intriguing.

    Can't wait for more.

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  7. I think we are all a little bit crazy! You have to be in this game.

    Another great excerpt!

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  8. “Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young." - W. Somerset Maugham

    Absolutely. Thanks for sharing the quotes, Christine!


    Damyanti @Daily(w)rite
    Co-host, A to Z Challenge 2013

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    #atozchallenge

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  9. Another great story, thanks! And thanks for the quotes, reading your post reminded me of IWSG. If I didn't see it I would have forgotten about it.

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  10. Great story—as usual! ☺

    I love the quotes. Crazy? Yes, I am. LOL

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  11. Great snippet. I pictured the scene easily.
    ~Summer

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  12. wonderful story and loving some of those great quotes!!!

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  13. Fenn's a Monopoly piece! Love it!

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  14. Hi Christine-- helping out Alex with IWSG this month and realized I hadn't joined your blog! Gasp! I've corrected that. Phew.

    I love inspirational quotes and keep quite a few handy to read. Different ones hit me differently depending on where I'm at in my writing state-of-mind.

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  15. I always love quotes are these are great ones. Also new to me so I am going to add them to my collection. Love the snippet as always!

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  16. I'm a big quotes girl, so these are great!

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  17. Great snippet.

    I'm going to have to put these quotes in my notebook.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  18. ooh! that snippet is intriguing. I love all these quotes. especially the last one!
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  19. I like the second quote and am really enjoying your story.

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  20. The Monopoly charm sounds fascinating - and Fenn sounds a bit exasperated...interesting...

    Thanks for the quotes - love the crazy one ;)

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  21. Wonderful, inspiring quotes today. Thanks.
    Karen

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  22. Love those quotes and they're all so very true!

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  23. Thank you all! I'm happy I hooked you and I'm glad you like the quotes. I'm proud to be a crazy writer. :)

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  24. I love all of those inspirational quotes. Thanks for them!

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  25. This is going to be very fun. I look forward to more of your story. Do you have any of those lighters in this one?

    Donna

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  26. Imagination is more powerful in adults than kids? Not sure if I agree... but interesting to think about.

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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  27. That last one is awesome. As is your snippet today!

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  28. Is this the follow up to Fearless? You did such a great job on that last year!

    *~MAJK~*

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  29. Excellent quotes, Christine! Very inspiring.

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  30. I like that she got the Scottie monopoly piece ;-)

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  31. yay another story!
    off to a great start!
    plus quotes!

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  32. Not much of a dog person over here, but I still love that little Scotty :) and the game too!

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  33. LOL @ the MaryJanice Davidson quote. I heart that gal (and her character Sinclair - W00F!).

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  34. I love each and every one of these quotes. Sometimes I feel like I'm one of the few who believes in my stories. Thanks for sharing these.

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  35. Love these quotes! My IWSG was a collection of author quotes too!

    =D Great minds...

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  36. Love these quotes! My IWSG was a collection of author quotes too!

    =D Great minds...

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  37. Loved the inspirational quotes... :)

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