Sunday, March 24, 2013

Villains to Love

I write a lot for kids, and let's face it, in many kid's stories the villains aren't that "villainous". My most favorite villain is Dr. Doofenshmirtz from the kid's TV show Phineas and Ferb. I love this show, and I love Dr. D. He may want to take over the Tri-State area, but he's a hoot! His wacky inventions are always thwarted, and you can't help but feel sorry for the poor evil scientist. Here are some of my favorite quotes of his.

"Curse you Perry the Platypus!"

"Lies are the glue that holds society together."

"If I had a nickel for every time I've been doomed by a puppet, I would have two nickels. That's not a lot, but it's funny that it happened twice."

"When I was a young boy in Gimmelshtump..."

"Perry the Platypus, I'm so sorry I hurt you when I wasn't actually trying to hurt you. If you give me another chance, I promise to hurt you in the right way with cartoonish physical violence and elaborate traps constructed out of strange things I purchased over the Internet. What do you say?"

Now it's your turn. Who's your favorite villain, and why? Everyone who comments will be entered for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card! EDITED TO ADD: Entry will run through midnight, Saturday night. The winner will be announced on Monday!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Writer's Conferences Part 3

You can see posts 1 &2 here...

No one can deny the perks of attending a writer's conference in person. The encouragement you get is just what you need to keep going, the uplifting atmosphere is fantasatic, and let's face it--nothing can beat an in-person connection. However, if you're still waiting for the wish of a writer's conference to come true, here are a few last tips to keep writing until then!

*Conference CD's: Many big conferences offer their sessions on CD. It's not quite the same as being there live, but you can learn a lot from the CD's.

*Critique Groups: The benefits of getting feedback on your work or priceless. Finding the right group can be hard, but when you find it, don't let it go! I am infinitely grateful for my crit partners.

*Local Writer's Groups: If you can find a group of local writers to meet with then you won't be sorry. Check with your library if you're not sure where to start. They can often point you in the right direction. I found my local group just by browsing the shelves at Barnes and Noble. I found a book by an author in my area, looked up her website, sent her a message through the site, and the rest is history!

I hope some of my tips will help someone get an idea they hadn't had before. I don't think there are very many writers who never want to attend a conference, but until that can become your reality, don't give up! Keep writing, and happy contracts for all.

How about you? Share your favorite conference experiences with us!