2012 In Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 11 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

One Lovely Blog Award

Thanks Paige Addams for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. I appreciate that you enjoy my blog so much to give me two awards simultaneously.

RULES:

1.  Include blog award logo in your post

2.  Thank person who nominated you and link back to them in your post

3.  Share 7 things about yourself (keep in mind that children may read this)

4.  Nominate 7 bloggers you absolutely relish

5.  Leave a comment on each of these blogs letting them know they’ve been nominated

7 THINGS ABOUT MYSELF

  1. I’m a thinker, not a feeler. Sometimes I over-compensate with emotions through my characters, wishing I was that expressive. Instead, I’m very rational. Sometimes my critique partners in the past have asked me “Where’s the emotion?” so I’ve had to go back and tweak certain scenes. Things that wouldn’t be a deal breaker for me would certainly bother some people.
  2. I’m an observer. I tend to look people up and down to get a clear picture of their appearance and body movements. Most of the time it’s for jotting down potential characters in my book of observations. It’s pretty funny because sometimes this has landed me in hot water with the opposite sex. If a guy thinks I was checking him out, he could get upset if I don’t respond in the way he likes. That’s happened at least twice.
  3. I’m a huge procrastinator. I hate when people try and rush me; I like to work on my own time, preferably when it’s close to the deadline. I work best under pressure. My freshmen year in college I took Native American Literature. A 10 page paper was due; we knew about the assignment mid semester. It was supposed to analyze 3 short stories we read during class. I didn’t start the paper until the night before it was due. Talk about a panic attack if something happened to the computer or printer! Anyway, I received an “A” on it. My senior year in college for my accounting class, in a group we had to do an extensive project, regarding financial records as though we were a business. Our company name was Last Minute, and my partner and I didn’t begin the project until 3 days before it was due (had the majority of the semester to work on it). We received an “A” on it.
  4. I googled ‘how to detect flirty body language’ as research for my latest 90 day novel challenge. For the women side, I don’t do half of what they say constitutes flirting. No wonder a guy can never tell LOL. However, some of the things pointed out, I tend to do that to everyone, whether female or male, so if a guy ever went by that list, they’d probably get the wrong impression. For example, I’m always smiling and engaging in prolonged eye contact with anyone who’s speaking with me. And I always remember little details of someone because I’m a good listener.
  5. Even though I’m a loner, I love meeting new people and hearing their personal stories. I’ve noticed though that I tend to have seasonal relationships (anyone who’s familiar with the Reason, Season, Lifetime poem will know what I’m talking about). Once I make a friendship, it’s great at the beginning. But it only lasts for a while then it’s a mutual split. I hardly ever make any deep connections with anyone, so when we grow apart, it doesn’t hurt my feelings. I don’t dwell on it; I just move on to the next person when he or she comes along.
  6. I’m always giving myself social experiments or projects to work on. I love collecting data and analyzing things. I’m an INTJ personality type, so I’m always finding ways to improve myself. For the next 2 weeks, my social experiment is to say hello to strangers and engage in a conversation with them, something more than small talk (oh how I hate small talk). Instead of staying quiet observing everyone, I’ll actually participate in the conversation.
  7. I’m always thinking ‘what if this happened’ or ‘what if that happened.’ I’ve noticed in my writing, my characters tend to be skeptical of their surroundings as well. Going through some of my old stories, I’ve noticed a lot of questions in the narration. I guess that’s a part of my personality that gets intertwined into my writing style.

MY NOMINATIONS (SORRY IF YOU ALREADY WON; I DIDN’T KNOW)

  1. Kellie Larsen Murphy
  2. Sharon C. Cooper
  3. Shannon A. Thompson
  4. Samuel Snoek-Brown
  5. Poppy Writes A Book
  6. Isabella Louise Anderson
  7. Nerd Redefined

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

The “Look” Challenge Award

I’d like to thank Paige Addams for nominating me for the “Look” Challenge. It’s an awesome award that allows writers to showcase their work.

RULES:

1.  Search your manuscript for the word “look” and then copy the surrounding paragraphs into a post. Either the writer posts a couple of paragraphs from a couple different parts of their manuscript, or the writer posts one larger section of their story that contained the word.

2.  Give a little background on the scene if you’d like.

3.  Tag 5 other writers who are working on, or who have completed a manuscript.

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Part of this scene focuses on a group of friends who take a road trip to visit a cabin for the weekend. Along the way, Marissa picks up a stranger. The group is hanging out in the parking lot of a convenience store before reaching their destination. The girls don’t have a problem with the stranger, but the guys are skeptical. This story went through 2 beta-readers–the third one never responded back with his suggestions.

EXCERPT FROM “ONE BY ONE”

Girls were gullible, so Adam thought it’d be a good idea to scare them. With a serious facial expression, he said, “Marissa should have done a background check on me before inviting me with you guys.”

“Why?” Naomi asked, wide-eyed.

He gave a sinister smile. “Because I’m crazy.”

The girls shared a look of oh-no-he-didn’t. Marissa chuckled, hitting Adam on the arm. “Stop playing like that. Don’t be a douche.”

“I’m not being a douche. I’m being myself.”

“No you aren’t.”

Adam smirked. “How would you know, Marissa? You’ve known me for less than three hours.” He wagged his finger in front of her face, causing her to slap it away. “Didn’t your mom ever teach you not to talk–let alone pick up–strangers?”

Marissa rolled her eyes and folded her arms across her chest. Oh yeah, she was into him. She was turned on right now. Adam never understood women. Why did they want jerks when they could have  a nice guy?

Before he could tell them he was joking, Brady walked over. He looked skeptical. The guys must have sent him over to be their spokesperson. Like clockwork, Brady went into third degree questioning. “Where you from, Adam?”

“Florida,” he lied, quickly thinking on his feet. He could handle this putz.

“Last I checked, people are from cities within a state. Like, I’m from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. So…you…are…from?”

“The…Ever…glades…Florida.” Maybe if these hillbillies thought Adam was a country fellow, then they’d cut him some slack.

“Ever been to a swamp tour?” Rae asked.

“A couple of times. My uncle actually organizes tours down on the swamp.” Might as well go all out with the lie.

Brady cracked his knuckles. “How old are you?”

“Thirty,” he fibbed again.

“Congratulations Marissa, you snagged an older man.” Naomi grabbed her friend’s hand, raising it in mock triumph. She gave Rae a spiteful look then left.

THE END

MY NOMINATIONS (SORRY IF YOU ALREADY WON; I DIDN’T KNOW)

  1. Simone Young
  2. Poppy Writes A Book
  3. No Wasted Ink
  4. Ryan Murphy
  5. Tracking the Words: A Yearly Cycle

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Google, Google, Google…

For the past month, my blog has gotten the majority of hits from search engines. Cool beans! It’s always fun to see what topic people searched for, then compare that to posts read that day to see if they would have been disappointed with the results they found.

Here’s a few interesting topics I’ve seen recently:

  • other peoples experiences of airports are they intimidating to sensitive people
  • what is an annulment yeah
  • he’s still not over me and we never dated–Interesting. Wish this person would’ve left a comment. I love gossip!
  • head-hopping nora roberts
  • fish kill research paper–This will never get old to see. Poor students…
  • yvonne hooters
  • learn to hooters imitators floot–Too funny
  • carton codependents don’t fall in love they take hostages
  • chicken wings date rape–What the…? That’s creepy on so many levels!

The majority of searches are always for a certain novel or book reviews, so I’m happy I included a book reviews section. Recently, it seems like someone typed “yawatta hosby book reviews” and my contact page was glanced over. I wonder if someone wants to ask me for a book review. If they do, I’ll make time. Anything to help out fellow writers.

It’s a good feeling to know people are finding my blog slowly, but surely…

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Creative Writing Prompts Are Here To Stay

School is back in session! I remember my first writer’s group meeting where I introduced myself as a creative writing instructor. At the end of it, they never really described what they do or what they’re about (red flag–they were a critique group disguised as a writing group), so I asked them if they assign exercises or anything. One of the ladies exclaimed, “We don’t have homework!”

A total dig. I could have been catty and said, “Apparently you need some, since you can’t grasp the constructive criticism people were telling you.” Instead I chose to laugh it off. No need to make waves on my first day. Who am I kidding? I’m nonconfrontational.

Anyway, this post has a point. I took a hiatus on writing creative prompts (or exercises)–so sorry–but I’m back now. Today, the one I left off on (celebrity nagged by fan) will be due on Tuesday.

Prompts help. I promise if you’re stuck with writer’s block or bored with your writing routine, try writing prompts. Go crazy. Be silly. Experiment. They can be useful later to create novel or short story ideas. For example, ‘the Vegas marriage’ prompt interests me enough to base a short story off of it. From ‘someone says no’, I can see a novel coming from it. It was going to be my NaNo inspiration in November; however, I think it’d be wise to turn Trapped into a novel.

When I submitted that short story to my writer’s group (well, my old writer’s group because I quit due to all the tension. They had a clique already formed and weren’t welcoming to newcomers), most of the feedback I received was expanding on it, revealing the beginning of Finia and Miki’s relationship. Especially the act of him sabotaging her birth control to trick her into getting pregnant. I might as well try it with NaNo while it’s fresh in my mind.

Who knows how many story ideas will evolve from these creative writing prompts. I’m excited to see!

For all the writers out there, do you give yourself writing exercises? Or do you feel like they’re a waste of time?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

I’ve Been A Busy-Bee

Sorry, I haven’t posted in a while. This is the first week where I haven’t touched my blog. What the–? In February, I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed (the bottom two pulled and the top two cut). Sore mouth, puffy face, itchy stitches and I still managed to write at least twice that week.

All I can say is that I’ve been a busy-bee. I’ve been focusing on editing, editing, revising, and revising some more on One By One. Only 4 chapters and an epilogue for Melissa to review–so excited!!! I want to have a decent final draft before letting beta-readers take a looksie at it. It’s been a challenge because usually I wait until I receive all the feedback before I start making changes.

I’ve also been creating character sketches for my comic strip. For my art blog (probably won’t come out until next year), I want to feature comics on there. A take on reality shows I’d like to see on the air. When drawing or sketching, it’s very time consuming, which I don’t mind because it’s another of my passions. It takes even longer if you outline with a black felt pen and color afterward. Let’s just say, my hands cramped up on a constant basis all this week.

Last but not least, my sensitive nature had me researching up a storm. Since I’m almost close to needing an editor then publishing, I’ve been looking up how to market and promote your work, how to write the back cover blurb, how to write press releases, structures of screenplays, etc. I want to learn all I can before publishing.

I feel bad neglecting my blog–especially since I’m about 30 hits away from 3,000–but I focused on other things. It’s just the way the cookie crumbled hee hee. Next week, I promise to post seven blog posts.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

My Second Nomination for the Sunshine Award!!!! Woo Hoo!!!

Due to me having a brain fart (writers get that from time to time hee hee), I didn’t notice that I was nominated for the Sunshine Award months ago! My mistake! I’d like to thank Miss Alexandrina Brant for nominating me. Since I won this recently, I won’t pass it along to other bloggers.

However, I’ll answer the questions; they’re original and cool. Besides, this is me trying to get out of my shell, trying to knock my wall down 🙂

TEN QUESTIONS

1.  Do you prefer ebooks, paperbooks, or hardback?

I’ve always preferred the soft cover books. Hardbacks cost way too much money and is too heavy. I like my books light so it’s easy to carry. Since I brought a kindle, last Christmas, ebooks have won my heart. There’s something satisfying about being able to buy a book within seconds and hold them all in one place.

2.  Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4.

“As a matter of fact I’m frightfully thrilled at the prospect of seeing Soldier Island. There’s been such a lot about it in the papers. Is it really very fascinating?”–Agatha Christie And Then There Were None

3.  What is the last film you saw?

I had the pleasure of watching MAGIC MIKE last weekend. It was great! Matt Bomer, Matthew McCaughney, Channing Tatum all in one movie, a movie about male strippers no less! Every other scene they were dancing on stage. I also enjoyed the drama and comedy. I never really cared for the actor who was in I Am Number Four, but he was mighty cute in this one (at least the character he portrayed–I rooted for him).

4.  Have you ever written (or started) to write a book?

I’ve been creating stories since the age of 11.

5.  What are your three favorite songs?

  • Broken by Seether and Amy Lee
  • Bring Me To Life by Evanescence (I’m sure I spelled that wrong LOL)
  • I’m Just Mary by Mary J. Blige

6.  Do you like to dance?

I know Zumba is considered exercise, but I love it!!!! I can do it nonstop for 2 hours. When I listen to my IPOD, I love to dance even though I don’t have any rhythm hee hee. Alone, I really feel the music. In front of others, I don’t dare shake what my momma gave me. I get really nervous.

7.  What do most people not know about you?

I know I’m a loner, but sometimes it hurts my feelings when no one asks me to hang out with them. They’ll go on their adventure or shopping spree, etc. then later tell me about it. When I say, “Oh that sounds cool. I would’ve went.” They shake their head, smirking. “I just assumed you’d say no because you always do.”

That’s not true. I say no when people ask me to party or drink because I don’t do those things. And it’s not really fun being the only sober one around drunks. However, of course, I’d like to hang out doing other activities. I hate when people try to put me in a box, thinking they know me when they really don’t.

8.  What kind of books do you like to read?

I love reading mystery, thrillers, horror (a new genre I tried and fell in love with), women’s fiction, romance. The more drama, the better for me.

9.  Where do you see yourself in five years?

Books published under my belt. I did a research of the best cities/towns where writers can make an affordable living. Asheville, North Carolina was my top pick. I’d love to be living there by age 33 or 34, whether I’m still single or in a loving relationship. Hopefully, by then, I’ll be making a comfortable living of selling my novels, so I won’t need a stupid job that I don’t care about. I’ll be able to focus on just my passion. Wow, in 5 years, I’ll be 35 years old. That’s crazy!

10.  Is the glass half empty of half full?

The glass is definitely half empty. I’m a pessimistic (even though I try to be as positive as I can on my blog; I’m sure you guys wouldn’t want to hear me vent all the time hee hee) at heart and will always be. I’m a realist, if you will.

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These questions were fun. They gave me practice of mock interviews 🙂

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Reader Appreciation Award

I want to thank PaigeAddams for nominating me for the Reader Appreciation Award. Can I just say winning blogging awards is way better than school superlatives hee hee.

The Rules:

1.  Include the award logo somewhere in your blog

2.  Answer these 10 questions, below, for fun if you want to

3.  Nominate 10 to 12 blogs you enjoy, or pick the number

4.  Pay the love forward: Provide your nominee’s link in your post and comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been included and invited to participate

5.  Pay the love back with gratitude and link to the blogger(s) who nominated you

The Questions for Reader Appreciation Award

1.  What is your favorite color? 

  • Blue.

2.  What is your favorite animal?

  • I’m not an animal lover at all, but if I have to choose something, I guess a bird

3.  What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?

  • Sweet or Lemon Tea

4.  Facebook or Twitter?

  • BOTH!!! I guess I enjoy Facebook more because I’ve been on it the longest, and it lets me keep in touch with old friends. The only thing I don’t like about Twitter is the whole 140 characters thing.

5.  Favorite pattern?

  • Stars. When I was younger, I used to research every thing I could on astronomy.

6.  Do you prefer getting or giving presents?

  • Getting. I’m definitely a taker hee hee

7.  Favorite number?

  • 7

8.  Favorite day of the week?

  • Thursday

9.  Favorite flower?

  • I don’t care for flowers, but if I have to choose something, I guess daisies

10.  What is  your passion?

  • I love writing fiction and drawing comics/graphic novels. In fact, I’m outlining something now to keep me motivated to start up an art blog.

My Nominations–This was hard; the people

I wanted to nominate, already won recently hee hee.

So I have to keep this list short unfortunately. The ones

here–I love visiting their blog almost everyday.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Guest Spot on Jay Leno–Blog Style

Recently, I wrote a post giving writers tips  on how to craft a lovemaking scene. I thought it would be fun to walk in readers’ shoes and analyze  sex scenes through their eyes. If anyone would like to check out my post, please visit Sharon C. Cooper’s Blog: Special Guest: Yawatta Hosby–Is T.M.I. A Turn-off For You?

My very first guest spot on someone else’s blog! Thank you Sharon!!! Making a guest appearance feels like being a celebrity nervous to be interviewed on Jay Leno. The celebrity tries her best to engage the audience, bringing out her personality, hoping not to disappoint Jay and make him lose ratings.

Bloggers aren’t celebrities (lord knows I’m not hee hee), but it still feels good to reach an online audience.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Kreativ Blogger Award

Yea, my 3rd blogger award!!! Thanks to Kellie Larsen Murphy for nominating me. The steps I have to complete are:

1.  Thank my nominator and provide a link to their blog

2.  List seven things that readers might find interesting about me

3.  Nominate seven other bloggers

7 THINGS ABOUT ME

  • I hate surprises and mystery. I have to know right away the outcome. When I read a book, I cheat and look over the last 3 pages first. I look for TV spoilers before a new season airs (especially the MTV Challenges), and I like to hear about a movie before watching it.
  • I went to West Virginia University (Let’s Go Mountaineers!!!)–a huge party school–and I don’t drink. You can imagine how that was a conversation starter.
  • I absolutely, positively hate being labeled or having to fit inside a box. I’ll rebel against it in my own way. My motto in school was “Express Your Individuality.”
  • In my own life, I’m not competitive at all. If you want to win, don’t have me on your team. However, I’m a fan of the best sport teams. I can’t cheer for the underdogs unless it’s a movie.
  • When I write, I like to picture my stories as movies. I envision it on the big screen with my music soundtrack and cast of actors to play my characters. For book covers, I think of it as my movie poster.
  • I’m an introvert who’s perfectly fine with my little corner in a room being invisible
  • Drawing is a huge passion of mine–probably more than writing. I’ve been drawing since the age of 8, and creating stories since the age of 11.

MY NOMINATIONS (Sorry if you already won. I didn’t know)

  1. Laura
  2. Jade Alyse
  3. MyPenAndMe
  4. Armand Rosamilia
  5. RickySchaedeWrites
  6. Ioannis Batsios 
  7. Dennis Langley

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby