Saturday, April 14, 2012

Your opinion please...

Short Story or Novel…which do you prefer?
 I’m doing a little research here this weekend. I was wondering if you would all help me out. I have quite a few ideas for new stories, I know, it happens once you’re bitten by the writing bug J

So I was wondering, do you as a reader prefer to read a short story or a full length novel? Oh, Deer and When It Leaves are short stories, which could be read in a single sitting, depending on the reader’s time constraints. I was told that it is actually harder to write a short story because you have to make sure everything develops (characters & story) in a short amount of time.  A Novel, on the other hand, gives the writer ample time to let the characters and the story grow.

Now, I personally like both, BUT, I have always read print books until lately. Because I spend long hours working on a laptop, doing editing/copy editing, I prefer doing my "enjoyment" reading the good old fashion way, with print books. However, there are a lot of great writers and stories only found as an eBook, so I do read those now as well.
So that started my wondering if maybe other people feel the same way that I do. Does the fact that with eBooks you’re reading it off of a device, effect the amount of time you read in a single sitting, or whether you prefer a shorter story you can read to completion in that sitting, so next time you can start with a new book?

I do know I will be writing more short stories, but I also know a few will be novellas/novels.

I just thought this was a subject worth getting opinions on…

So please leave a comment and help me out!

Thank you so very much and enjoy your weekend!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Measuring Success

Author, Savannah Rayne - Measuring Success

When Dawn asked me to write my success story for her blog, I was like really? I guess I have never thought of things in that way—by measure of success. When I sat down to write this blog, I wasn’t even quite sure where to begin, so ended up putting it off for days.

Then a very good friend and fellow author for Hellfire Publishing and I were talking and bam, there it was! I knew where and how to start. So here it is, my story J

In late 2010, I was offered the chance to work for Hellfire Publishing and in accepting that wonderful offer, I have come to wear quite a few hats. I am the Right Hand Demon (I love the sound of that so much better than being a plain old assistant, lol) to the Executive Editor and owner of HP. I also do some editing, but I am primarily the Senior Copy Editor. All of this keeps me busy and out of trouble!

Unlike most writers, I had never even thought about being a writer. Heck, it wasn’t even on my bucket list! But in January of 2011, an idea came to mind while talking with a friend, and we decided to see if we could turn those thoughts into a story. I co-authored a book and we submitted it for consideration to HP. I knew in my heart it was a really good story. I had never in all of my reading years, read anything like it. Hellfire Publishing agreed and we were offered a contract! I was super excited, and wanted to shout it from the roof tops, only to have that excitement end as quickly as it arrived. There was a conflict with the co-author and to make a devastating story short, the book was scrapped and never published.

Hellfire Publishing told me that if I ever decided to write on my own, they would gladly give my work consideration. Again, my first thought was really? Not wanting to give up and to show that I did have the talent to be an author in my own right, I wrote my first story Oh, Deer. It was accepted and released in June, 2011. In November of 2011, my second eBook was published with Hellfire and is titled, When It Leaves. I guess some would say, I am now a success! I have several manuscripts in the works and all of these will be submitted to the place I will call home for all my writing—Hellfire Publishing.

I’m grateful that Hellfire Publishing encouraged me to write something on my own. I think the fact that they saw something in my writing skills and left the door open for me to walk through again if I so chose to, gave me the confidence, drive and desire to take the steps needed to reach the new personal goal I had set out to achieve. I was given a very, unexpected gift in finding out just how much I love and enjoy writing! I have always been an avid reader, but never did I think I could be a writer and tell stories that other people would enjoy reading. It goes to show life is full of surprises.

Had someone told me a few years ago that I would be a published author, I would have laughed. But having someone tell you that you’re good at something and sincerely mean it, followed with encouragement, can make all the difference in what you choose to do next. Try to remember that when you’re talking with people, friends or family. What you say and how you say it, may make a huge difference in the path of someone’s life.

I guess how one measures themselves as successful depends on the person. Up until now, I had thought I was successful at being a great Mom, raising two children that have grown up to be amazing, responsible adults. I’m also a great day care provider, as well as running a smooth, clean household. Now I’ve been blessed enough to add to that list, editor, copy editor, personal assistant and published author. I assume the list will keep growing…isn’t life wonderful?

Now, if I could only get over my fear of the dark and flying J

Oh, Deer

Jacob Ellis and his wife Donna live in the north woods of Wisconsin. Like most young couples, they have hobbies they enjoy. Jacob likes the outdoors, choosing four-wheeling and hunting as his forms of relaxation. Donna loves cooking, but her true passion is working in her flower garden. That is until her labor of love becomes nothing more than a colorful, tasty treat for the white-tailed deer, who share their surroundings. One night the pair experience more than the typical four legged visitor to their yard. The evening sets the path for Jacob’s decision to go against nature. After hearing a legend passed down through generations of the Chippewa Indian’s, Jacob must now decide if it’s just a myth or a lesson in the balance of law and justice— between people and nature.
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When It Leaves

Playing in the leaves is something all children do; twins Steven and K.C are no different. One autumn evening the five year olds ask to go out and play until dinner is ready. What happens that night will haunt Steven for the next twenty years. Now with a daughter of his own, Steven is left to struggle with the painful, guilt ridden choice of keeping his daughter safe or help the brother he lost, long ago, the one person Steven always thought he would do anything, to have back.
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Thirsty Thursday!

Free drinks for everyone
One night, a drunk comes stumbling into a bar and says to the bartender: "Drinks for all on me including you, bartender." So the bartender follows the man’s orders and says: "That will be $36.50 please." The drunk says he has no money so the bartender slaps him around and throws him out.

The next night the same drunk comes in again and orders a drink for everyone in the bar including the bartender. Again the bartender follows instructions and again the drunk says he has no money. So the bartender slaps him around and throws him out.

On the third night he comes in, the drunk orders drinks for all except the bartender. "What, no drink for me?" replies the bartender. "Oh, no. You get violent when you drink."

Reasons to allow drinking at work
The below are valid reasons as to why drinking should be allowed at work. If you use them wisely, you may even be able to convince your boss into allowing alcohol.

1. It's an incentive to show up.

2. It reduces stress.

3. It leads to more honest communications.

4. It reduces complaints about low pay.

5. It cuts down on time off because you can work with a hangover.

6. Employees tell management what they think, not what management wants to hear.

7. It helps save on heating costs in the winter.

8. It encourages carpooling.

9. Increases job satisfaction because if you have a bad job you don't care.

10. It eliminates vacations because people would rather come to work.

11. It makes fellow employees look better.

12. It makes the cafeteria food taste better.

13. Bosses are more likely to hand out raises when they are wasted.

14. Salary negotiations are a lot more profitable.

15. If someone does something stupid on the job, it will be quickly forgotten.

How drunk are you? Official drinking test
This simple five question test will help determine how drunk you really are. Begin by answering each of the five questions below truthfully. Then determine your score based on question answer values provided. Lastly, compare your score to the results for a final answer.

1. Think about your significant other. In your mind, are they: (a) the most beautiful/handsome person alive; (b) a beautiful/handsome person; (c) attractive; (d) ugly as sin.

2. Think about your job. In your mind, is it: (a) the best job on the planet; (b) a good job; (c) a decent job; (d) the most annoying job ever.

3. Try walking. What happened? Did you: (a) find it impossible to stand up; (b) fall after standing up; (c) walk fifty feet before falling flat on your face; (d) walk one thousand feet without falling.

4. How did you get to the bar? I got here in: (a) my brand new chauffeur-driven limo; (b) a brand new car; (c) a used car; (d) a rented, rusted, and damaged 1950 Japanese import.

5. What do you think of your strength? I am: (a) invincible; (b) stronger than anyone in the bar; (c) as strong as the average man; (d) a weak and pathetic being.

Question answer values

For every question answered with an A, add ten points.
For every question answered with a B, add five points.
For every question answered with a C, do not change the score.
For every question answered with a D, subtract five points.
For every question answered with an E, add one hundred points.


For scores ranging from
50 to 135, congratulations. You're over and above the normal drunk. Generally, at least they are able to select a valid option. An e option does not even exist on this test. You should probably check yourself into a hospital for alcohol poisoning.

For scores ranging from
35 to 50, you had ten too many beers. If you plan on driving home, make out a will first--that is, if you can even remember your own name. Lastly, don't even think about standing up.

For scores ranging from
15 to 35, you have had one too many beers. Don't drive unless you want a higher insurance rate. Standing up will probably result in injury.

For scores ranging from
0 to 15, you may want to stop drinking now. You have probably had enough beers but don't drive unless you want a ticket. If you choose to ignore the tip to stop drinking, it is not a problem; you probably still have the ability to stand up.

For scores ranging from Negative
25 to 0, you must just be getting started! I bet you don't even have one beer in you. In terms of driving, you are probably just getting out of the car and are walking to the bar this very moment.

Some very common traits in two drunks
A man stumbles up to the only other patron in a bar and asks if he could buy him a drink. "Why of course," comes the reply.

The first man then asks: "Where are you from?"

"I'm from Ireland," replies the second man.

The first man responds: "You don't say, I'm from Ireland too! Let's have another round to Ireland."

"Of course," replies the second man.

I'm curious, the first man then asks: "Where in Ireland are you from?"

"Dublin," comes the reply.

"I can't believe it," says the first man. "I'm from Dublin too! Let's have another drink to Dublin."

"Of course," replies the second man.

Curiosity again strikes and the first man asks: "What school did you go to?"

"Saint Mary's," replies the second man, "I graduated in '62."

"This is unbelievable!", the first man says. "I went to Saint Mary's and I graduated in '62, too!"

About that time in comes one of the regulars and sits down at the bar. "What's been going on?" he asks the bartender.

"Nothing much," replies the bartender. "The O'Kinly twins are drunk again."

As you know in past weeks, I have given tips on what you need to set up a bar. Next week I will be discussing the MOST important thing to having a successful bar—the Bartender! To make it even more fun, I will be holding a “Virtual Bartender” contest! There will be several categories on which the participating virtual bartenders will be judged on—by you!

You will definitely want to be a part of this!
And yes, there will be prizes J
I hope you’ll stop by and join in the fun!

Please remember to drink responsibly
And NEVER drink and drive.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Laugh It Up Tuesday!

No matter what our differences are, there is one thing we have in common and all use daily…

Toilet paper!

Last week I was talking to my BFF Dawn, you know, just girl talk, and we were talking about the economy. I made the comment that, no matter how much I need to tighten the household budget, I refuse to give up my coffee and a decent toilet paper! LOL Well, that just prompted a ten minute (or longer) discussion on what the heck is going on with toilet paper these days?!

Seriously, I’ve used the “cheaper” brands in the past, and they had done the job just fine, but recently I’ve noticed that most of them are now just crap—no pun intended. J
Although they say 2 ply, some are so bad they fall apart in use, or you have to use so much you’re not saving a single penny because you’re using twice the amount.

Then there are the “name brands” that although they are “stronger” as Dawn put it, and I quote, “it’s like wiping with a pillow.” Some are so thick that what should seem like a reasonable, flushable amount to use still plugs up the friggin’ toilet! What happened to the happy medium?

As a consumer, all I want is an affordable toilet paper that doesn’t fall apart in my hand! I mean really, if they can make M & M’s that melt in your mouth, not in your hand, is it too much to ask the same from the toilet paper manufactures?
See, BFF’s really do talk about everything and anything! J
For the record my household uses Cottonelle and Dawn uses Scott brand T.P.

What do you use? Inquiring minds want to know! LOL

          Have a wonderful day!