Wednesday, February 27, 2013

consider me quenched

Quench is such a silly word. But that is our prompt for Sensational Haiku Wednesday this week...

My throat's a desert                                My heart is thirsty
I need water to survive                           Drying up, yearning for love
I'm not a camel                                       Quench my fiery soul

I also wanted to pass on the Inspirational Blogger award I received from Elizabeth Zguta. Thanks, Elizabeth!
Here are the Rules of the Award Blog:
  • Display the award logo on your blog post. 
  • Link back to the person who nominated you. 
  • State 7 things about yourself. 
  • Nominate 15 bloggers to the award. 
  • Notify those bloggers of the nomination by linking to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by ping back.
Being a veteran of this award, I bent the rules a little. This time I want to be inspiring. I give you
7 encouraging tips I have learned while writing...
  1. The only way to have a beautiful garden is to keep tending it. Keep writing!
  2. If you get stuck on one thing, work on something else. It's like crop rotation for your brain - sometimes the soil needs a break from all that work to rebuild the nurturing nutrients and be fertile again!
  3. Read books on the craft.
  4. Read books in your genre.
  5. Write your query like you are writing the back of your book blurb - you want to grab attention and sell your book! The tastiest pie at the fair wins the prize, but a sweet aroma will bring the judges to your table!
  6. Submit! Submit! Submit!
  7. Don't let rejection get you down. Curse at it, settle down, and move on. It's fertilizer - it will make you grow!
Pardon my farming references, feeling down homey today, I guess!

I'm passing this award on to bloggers with less than 250 followers - up and coming friends who inspire me to keep going by sticking with writing and blogging and to give them a boost of inspiration too! Visit them!


And I saved the best for last. Many of you already saw or promoted Mr. Captain Ninja Rockstar Alex's cover for the final book in his Cassa Trilogy, CassaStorm... This is how it will look on my desk...

And this is how it will look when someone reads it...






Have an inspirational Wednesday!

38 comments:

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Great tips, Tara! Especially the one about rejection, since I just got another one. Sigh.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I like how you've handled the "quench" prompt!

Quenching

Matthew MacNish said...

Awesome Haiku!

And quench is such a great word. Almost as good as quaff.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I've been weeding my garden. :D

Yes yes yes about the writing craft books. I adore those.

M. J. Joachim said...

Congratulations on your award!

Those things you learned and continue to practice - great writing tips!

Thanks for sharing your award with me! It's a perfect way to start my Wednesday and I appreciate it very much:)

Alex's book looks so good like that too!

Best of Wednesday to you, Tara!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I loved the farm spin!! Those were great. I'm really good at fertilizing and crop rotation.

Romance Book Haven said...

You have me all intrigued here.

I'll quench and quench and quench and quench some more - sometimes my thirst is quenchless.

Now I'm wondering if it really is a haiku.

Maria

Tracey Joseph said...

Thanks for the award, Tara! I love your Haiku. Quench my fiery soul is my favorite line.

I'll post about the award later this week. For now, I'll try to memorize your 7 encouraging tips.

anthonynorth said...

Enjoyed the haiku, and great writers' advice there.

Christina Lee said...

I love what you said about rejections being a fertilizer!!!

(and BWAHAHA Matt, OMG!!)

Julie Luek said...

Great encouragement and great recipients. Congratulations.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I love #1 in your 7 tips.

Elise Fallson said...

Great advice and love the haiku!
Congrats on the award!
:D

Mark Means said...

Congrats on the award and loved the writing advice. Good stuff!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I'm not a camel.

Loved that line! Congrats again the Alex and to you on your blog award.

M.J. Fifield said...

Congrats on the award. I like the seven things about writing approach. The farming references were great. =)

Cassie Mae said...

Awesome advice :) Especially since I'm so stuck right now!

joanne said...

quench is one of those words that if you say it enough, it sounds alien to the ear....cheerful post today.,

Shallee said...

LOVE those haikus! And great writing advice. I do a bit of all those things!

M.L. Swift said...

Wonderful haiku and thanks for the award! What a great day to swing by.

Rena said...

Oh, great advice, and so true about the gardening thing (my poor garden, living int he desert has been bad to my gardening attempts).

As for quench being a hard term, try quagmire, or quotidian.

Driving me insane
day in, day out forever
is quotidian


or something like that.

Dana said...

Congrats on your award!

I am not a camel either. ;)

nutschell said...

haha. love those haikus! Especially the first one. congrats on the award :)
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Annalisa Crawford said...

Great tips, especially #6. And I love what you've done with Alex's book cover :-)

VikLit said...

crop rotation is a great way of putting it!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Great way to be inspiring Tara! Love the tips, and I love how Alex's book looks on your desk!

Quenched is an interesting word - makes me think of renaissance fairs and the word Wench . . .don't ask me why, maybe it's a bad rhyming moment.

Have a good week Tara!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tara, what a wonderful surprise!! Thank you. Sorry it took me so long to get here today. Clones all called in sick.
Thank you!!!

Laura Marcella said...

Awesome tips, Tara! #2 and #7 are especially helpful for me!

Yolanda Renee said...

Lovely!

Like you, I can't wait for spring and the flowers and gardening -- oh, and the SUN!

Samantha May said...

Great advice!!

Alex's book looks great :D

Kimberly Gabriel said...

I love the "My throat's a desert" Haiku. Yay! An award! It's so pretty too!! Thank you so much Tara!

Shell Flower said...

Nice haiku! I love how they go together:) Thank you for the award. Your writing tips are awesome. "Crop rotation for the brain" hehehe. Love it.

DL Hammons said...

Congrats on your award...and such a beautiful one at that! :)

Christine Rains said...

Fabulous advice! A truly inspirational post. :)

Jackie said...

Thank you for the award, Tara! What a nice surprise!!!

Tara Tyler said...

Happy to pass on this award!
And the advice - we all learn from each other!

Thanks, you guys!

Russo said...

I just wanted to thank you for the award, that was so kind and thoughtful of you.

I always love coming back to your blog each week, your post are creative and different. I love it. Thank you so much! You made my day.

Emily L. Moir-Genther said...

Thanks for the award!