Thursday, December 17, 2009

My Writing Inspiration

In light of the OPWFT blog, I want to share where my writing inspiration came from.

I would love to say it came from Jane Austen since I love her stories, or C. S. Lewis who opened my mind up to different worlds at a young age. But, that is not the case. I have always loved to read but it wasn't until I was in the middle of the Twilight Series that I had the thought to write down one of my own stories.

One of my goals is to write a high fantasy novel like Lord of the Rings. This of course came from the LOTR movies and seeing everything come to life on the screen. How totally dang on awesome would it be to see a world you have created come to life on a big screen? I think it would be totally worth all the effort.

Are you a writer? Check out the OPWFT blog and tell your writing story to get an After Christmas Survival Packet!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Early Resolutions

I already know what I want to do for my New Year's Resolution. It is the same one that about a few million other people will have as well. Loose weight.

I think we all really know how to loose weight. Ya really don't need the latest diet fad or anything. Those are just hopes or dreams we have that we don't have to do what we know to do already: exercise, eat healthy and eat smaller portions.

So, I'm going to start my resolution now, just for kicks.

Here's my plan:

Work out every Monday,Wednesday and Friday by walking 3 miles or having an one hour workout. Eating healthy and limiting myself to one portion.

I know, why would I decided to do this right before Christmas and all the goodies that come with it? Simple-because I need too.

Right now I am the heaviest I have ever been. If I can loose 5 lbs. a month; by this time next year my resolution will be to keep my current weight!

I chose to blog about this because I know its going to be a tough journey and this is something a lot of people need support with-including me!

I will try to make updates when I reach certain goals and things.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Starting anew!

My husband feels called now to expand the ministry we have. Here's his support letter. If you feel called to help just let me know. Your prayers are much appreciated and welcome!

Merry Christmas,

This time of year we all tend to gather as a family and think about the baby in the manger; such an incredible child that lived a perfect life. This year has been hard on many families financially throughout our nation. I myself was laid off and I believe that now is an open opportunity for Joy and I to expand our ministry. Our goal is to expand and possibly look for a facility.
We currently have a ministry called Movie and Game Night, where we invite people over for a movie, games, food, and drinks. This ministry has had over 70 people that have came to it, with as many as 20 people attending in one night. Currently this ministry is done in our home. The ministry has helped us grow closer to teens and young adults in ways where we can be more involved in their life and tell them the gospel personally. We also host a Bible study, and have special event nights that we do for adults. We love being involved in these young peoples lives and expanding this ministry will give us a chance to build stronger connections with them, as well as do more for them.
We ask that you keep us in your prayers as we embark on this journey to spread the gospel and help bring people to Christ and His church.
If you desire to help give to the ministry and help us be able to go out and work this mission, let us know. We'd be grateful for any help we could receive in this! Your prayers in this are always welcome.

Thank you and God bless!

Matt and Joy Wilson

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Well, my husband and I talked to the AF recruiter yesterday and learned a lot of things. The thing that counted the most though was the fact that if my husband was to get the job as an officer, he wouldn't even go into training until 2011. He assumed it would be sooner then this and was dissapointed. I don't think he will currently be pursuing this road any longer. He wants a job now and has decided for now to just keep looking for jobs within our city.

I as a wife am working on being the best wife I can be to my husband. God is helping me keep myself on track and not to let any of the stresses around me get to me. This is probably the hardest time in our marriage but I know God is the one keeping us stuck together and I thank Him and look forward to whatever our future holds-because I can trust the hands its in.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Future changes

So my husband still has not found a job. It's been around two months now and still no real leads. This has caused us to realize we might have to move for him to find a job, since he has applied to most of the jobs in his field in our city, and still has not found one.

This has caused him to look into the Air Force. When he first told me of the idea of joining the AF I will admit that I kind of freaked. I, like most wives, don't want my husband to go off to war. We looked into it though and the benefits seem really nice. We went to our local recruting office and talked to a man there, who should be calling my husband tomorrow with more information and everything.

I can feel myself growing to the idea, and its a little scary. I'm not sure yet if this is what God has for us, and if it is it will be a big adventure. I never really seriously considered I would be a wife to a man in the armed forces. I don't think my husband is to keen on leaving his current friends, but it's our only lead for a job at the moment.

If he does go into the AF, it will only be because God is telling us that is where He wants us right now. So, if your a praying kind of person, please keep us in your prayers. Like I said, I can feel God putting my heart more at ease about it, but my husband is the one who really needs the peace of mind that this is what God wants for us.

Thanks for listening to me rant about this. This whole thing has been on my mind for the past week and I've been praying about it as often as I can. Thanks for your prayers! If you know anything about the AF good or bad, please let me know. :)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Getting some advice!

Hey all!

A while back I sent an e-mail to Jodi Meadow's, a lady who reads slush for a literary agency and she was willing to give her thoughts on your query if you e-mailed it to her. I did, and a few months later she wrote what she thought of it. Now, at the time I sent it to her I sent her my first draft of my query, and I have changed it since then, but it is good to see and hear her thoughts as to what my query could have done better. Here's the link. Check it out and let me know what you think. You might even want to send her yours as well. :)

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Positive Post

Alright. Here is my positive post that I promised!

Work has been going really well. I really like working with the autistic children and I think I have finally found my nitch in that place!

I had a lot of things screw up that were connected to my on-line class I'm taking. I am finally getting them all fixed. The worst of them was that my school e-mail got hacked into! I am married to a tech guy-I thought those things could never happen to me! Big wake up call there. lol

My husband applied to go to seminary yesterday. It will be weird for us to be in school at the same time again, but at least we can do our homework together!

I also got my Halloween costume today! I will be a Greek Goddess! Not to shabby if I say so myself!

Alright, there is my list of positive things. Never hurts to go over them. :)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Tough Times at Work

So this week has been like no other. In case you forgot I work with adults (18 yrs old) with mentally and behavior challenges. This week has been all behaviors. I won't go into what those behaviors were, but needless to say they were big and bad. My bosses boss asked me if I would want to go somewhere else in the company that was less stressful and I told her if she found something then yes, but I didn't want her to think I was giving up. She said she thought I was a good employee and that she knew I wasn't giving up, but just thought a place that was less chaotic would work better for me.

I was glad but sad when she told me this. The last thing anyone wants is their boss to think bad of them. But I really do want out of there if the weeks continue this way. I feel so bad for my boss. She just can't get moved somewhere else like me. Shes stuck there and she is so stressed out.

Needless to say I am GLAD it is Friday!

Thanks for letting me vent and getting this stuff out there. It is hard to hold it all in! My next post I will make sure will be more positive!

Thursday, September 24, 2009


This week has gone fast, but I feel like everything around me is going faster than I can go. I can barely keep up with the paper work and appointments at work(though I am somehow!). And I had a test this week and I though it was next week. I just feel so bad for being behind like that. I just want things to slow down but I'm not sure when they will.

Needless to say all of this is leaving me no time where I feel like sitting down and writing. When I write, I need a few hours blocked out with no distractions to really get some work done. I can't stay up late anymore because I have to wake up early for my job.

Sorry this post is negative. Maybe it has something to do with the constant rain these past few days.

Friday, September 18, 2009


I got caught speeding on Aug. 31 and just now found out how much my ticket was for today. It is to scary to mention here. Needless to say it was a few hundred dollars. I was going 60 in a 45. I have been on my best speeding behavior since then. I just don't know why it took so long for them to tell me how much my ticket was for! Is this just an Indiana problem?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Double the pain

Today when I went to the mail I saw both of my SASEs there. I had two partial requests sent out and was surprised at the responses coming back so soon. It had been less then a month! Both were rejections, both form letters. I hate this feeling of having to start all over, or if I even should. But I think I will. I will probably keep on going till I run out of agents to query. So, all in all I'm a little sad today but I'm determined to not give up-yet anyway. I at least want to finish the sequel to the book I'm out there querying for and than maybe start on a new one all together.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

It's almost time...

I have my study cleaned out and my new desk set up and everything. Also, my husband and I look at our money situation and it wasn't as bad as we had feared. School has started, and I am finally getting the routine at work. I have a feeling sometime this week I will start writing again on the sequel to my finished book. I am so proud of myself! I can feel that book in me just waiting to pour out!

Had a great weekend! My parents and brother came up today to help us move some of the big stuff from the study but also to take me out for my birthday (I'll be 25 on Tuesday!). I got an ice cream cake! I hadn't had one since fifth grade! It was awesome!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Looking up

Things are starting to look somewhat positive for us now. My student loan money went in and we accepted it all since we don't know how long my husband will be without a job. He also got a mail from the unemployment people letting him know when to expect money and how much. It isn't nearly as much as he did make but it is something! He also has a few job leads so we are just praying that one of them will work out.

On another note:

Now, I have one book finished and just one chapter started on the sequel to it. I want to write more of it but things are just so chaotic right now it doesn't feel right. I just started a new job, school is back on, big scary mess with husband loosing his job. It makes me kind of scared because I don't want to be one of those people who writes just one book. I like the outline I have for my second and I have so many other ideas that I don't want to go to waste. I just hate not working on it. At least I go over it in my head (I love playing with the plot lines). Does this ever happen to anyone else? What do you do? Just wait it out I guess is all you can do.

Here's another thing I thought yesterday and it cracked me up. (Yes I laugh at myself) One of the agencies who has one of my partials twittered that they were reading queries. Nothing wrong with that, except the first thought that went through my head was," why in the world are they not reading all the partials they requested!?" Very selfish I know. It makes me think back once to an agents blog where they said sometimes query people get mad at them for not taking every day of the week to read queries. They do have clients, and clients would like and deserve their attention to. I just couldn't believe that I thought I was better then all the query people because I am a potential client! I wasn't aware that my mindset had changed.

No worries, I am well on my way to trying not to think selfish thoughts. It is a live long process. :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Blog Award!

Thank's for the nomination cipherqueen!

Here's the rules.
1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might not know.
5. Nominate other Bloggers.
6. Post links to the blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.

Seven things you may not know:
1. I am married to the most wonderful man ever!
2. I was born in Missouri
3. I am dyslexic but still love to read and write
4. My best friend and my husband's best friend got married after we introduced them.
5. I love all of Jane Austen's novels.
6. I love to play Rock Band and the drums are my favorite.
7. I am addicted to more tv shows than I should be. The Office being number one.

Thank you Cipherqueen for the nomination and reading my little blog! Thanks for all the encouragement!

And now for the Nominations!

Sarah Bromley

Sad times but still looking foward

We found out yesterday that my husband got let go from his job. He worked for a small company and this recession has hit the business hard. We are a little nervous but willing and ready to keep our faith in God that He will see us through this. Please keep us in your prayers. He made most of our money so it will be hard to go without it. He is an IT professional so if you know of anyone in the Indianapolis area who needs an IT guy let me know!

School is starting this week for me and I'm taking 9 credit hours. I hope my finical aid goes through so I can go! I don't know what to do for books since we are short one income. Any ideas?

Friday, August 21, 2009

It has been a GOOD week

So this week was my first week on the job by myself and I think I did alright. :)

Also, I got two partial requests for my novel!!! Thanks to everyone who helped me pump up my query letter! Just got to keep praying that things will go well!

Tomorrow is the first Sat. I don't have to wake up early in a long time! I so can't want to sleep in!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Just Finished: Shadowbridge by Gregory Frost

Here's a little bit about this book:

Orphaned 16-year-old Leodora, a talented puppeteer and storyteller, is forced to hide her identity and gender as she travels the spans and tunnels of the ocean-crossing Shadowbridge in Frost's exciting first of a diptych. Stubborn and god-touched, Leodora feels nearly friendless until she meets a youth with similar gifts. Diverus, an enslaved simpleton, is endowed with intelligence and uncanny musical abilities when an unpredictable deity visits his span. When Diverus plays and Leodora performs, their synergy creates magic and brings them instant fame. Only Leodora's mentor, the perpetually drunken Soter, realizes that their brilliance attracts dangerous chaos energy, and he must protect the young pair while keeping long-held secrets about the deaths of Leodora's parents and the dangers of her talent. Frost (Fitcher's Brides) draws richly detailed human characters and embellishes his multilayered stories with intriguing creatures—benevolent sea dragons, trickster foxes, death-eating snakes and capricious gods—that make this fantasy a sparkling gem of mythic invention and wonder.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Now for my personal opinion. Well, I enjoyed this book a lot really. I decided to read it because I queried the agent he has and wanted to say that I read this book in my query letter. It was kind of slow at first but by the middle of the book I was hooked and will totally read the sequel, Lord Tophet when I get a chance.

The next book by my bed is Dragons perfer Blonds by Candace Havens. The title alone made me want to read it!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Just Watched: World Trade Center

Wow, what a great movie! I don't think I would want to see it again, just because it was so emotional, but it really made me remember that day and all of the pain and sadness we as American's felt that day. 5 stars

I was a sophomore in high school, and had just turned 16 on Sept. 11th. It was early in the morning and my principal told my teacher to turn the tv on. I watched as the second plane hit tower 2 and the buildings and people fell. I'm pretty sure I cried and I felt so proud to be an American. Where were you on Sept. 11th?

Friday, August 14, 2009

Just Watched: Lakeview Terrace

Well, I watch a lot of movies and read books so I thought that I could put my opinion out into the world (when I remember to do so) about the thing I had just seen or read. My husband and I just watched the movie Lakeview Terrace with Samuel L. Jackson.

I would give this movie 3 stars. I liked how it showed that white people can be discriminated against as well. I am white and have felt this in the work place sometimes. ( I had someone come in with a Black Panther's jacket on.) It it hard to know how to respond and I wish it was something no one of any race, sex, etc would have to experience. I also thought that having the raciest character be a cop was a good add to the plot line. It takes the story to a whole new level if you ask me, as far as the plot goes anyway.

Have you seen this movie? What did you think of it?

Monday, August 10, 2009

New Job

Sorry for not posting for a while all!

I am currently in my second week of training at my new spankin' job! Needless to say I have been very busy and distracted!

Here's the site to my new job:

It is a really awesome not-for-profit company and so far I LOVE everything they stand for and are about! Check it out!

I will be working in the CLASS program (adults with disabilities). Tomorrow is my first day on my shift, keep me in your prayers!

Hopefully when I get into this new routine I will be able to get back to my wonderful world of writing!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

New and Redone!

I have been working on my query here and at and appreciate all of the help and advice! Here is what it has all come down to:

Dear (agent),

When Rochelle looks up from her desk she finds him sitting there, her stalker, a man in all black which the same violet eyes as her. She doesn't want him to come nearer, so she runs away as fast as she can, never looking back.

Scared for her life, she is surprised to see the two violet eyed strangers she had met just a week before, here in Tennessee,and on a mission to save her. They bring her to Michael, their leader, and she suddenly realizes that he is the man who has been plaguing all of her dreams. The connection she shares with him is so deep and consuming, it is all Rochelle can do to keep it out of the forefront of her mind.

Twenty year old Rochelle soon learns that Michael and his group of friends are time travelers, otherwise known as tempus viators. They can only travel into the future, never the past, since the past is set but the future is always open for change. Michael swears to help her find this stalker, and when they do no one is more surprised than Rochelle, to find that it was her long lost brother Adam. Adam came to help save her from their father, who is under the control of Smith, an evil tempus viator. No one knows Smith's plan, but the do know if they don't stop him, everything and everyone they hold dear will be in immanent danger.

TEMPUS VIATOR is a young adult paranormal romance complete at 72,000 words. I would be happy to send a partial or a full manuscript upon your request.

Thank you for your time and consideration,


Any more comments or feedback would be awesome and more than welcome! I want this thing to be the best it can be!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Want to play Agent?

Here's my query letter. I'm not sure if it is a good one or still needs work. It is not very long but I don' t know if that is the problem. I haven't been sending out queries for very long so I haven't gotten much feedback yet. I did have one agent who just wanted a query to ask for some of my work, but she said it wasn't the right "voice" for her. So, here it is! Please help a sister out! Tell others to help me out too!

Dear ______,

Rochelle had never dreamed of the past before, nor traveled into the future. Things like that have never entered Rochelle's quiet, lonely life. She had grown up in the foster care system because her mother died giving birth to her, and her father and brother had left before she was even born. Now Rochelle is living on her own and realizes how mundane her life really has become.
Her life gets turned upside down though, when Michael, a handsome British aristocrat, and his four friends come into the picture. She is so intrigued by them, mainly because of the violet eyes they share with her. She also seems to share a strong connection with Michael. As she gets closer to them, she learns about herself, friendship, and love; things she has never really known before. But when Rochelle learns of her past, will she be able to accept who she really is?

Tempus Viator is first in my series and is a 72,000 word novel of young adult fantasy fiction. This is my first novel. I am ready to submit my full or partial manuscript upon your request. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Joy D. Fanning

*Did my best to fix some things. This is the revised version. Still not sure how great it is.

quick question to: Do you think this book is really fantasy? I am having a hard time finding a genre for it. It has time travel, but not in a machine, so it's not sci-fi is it? Is it paranormal? So confused!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Learned something new

Today I have come to a realization. Agents are very busy people. I have hared from a few agents, but most of them I have yet to hear from. This at first was a little disheartening because I wanted to know how they would respond to my query. But after reading several blogs and posts from agents on the topic of queries I realized how backed-up they are. Most seem to have several hundred queries in their in boxes.
So, being the genius I am, I put two and two together. Maybe the reason I haven't heard back from some agents (at least the ones who say they will respond back in two weeks or whatnot) is because they are swimming in queries.

That's all I got for today.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Starting something new

Today has been busy but amongst it all I am starting on the squeal to my current novel I have done already. This is so exciting! I hope I can keep all of the tie-ins in my head!

So far today, nothing new from any agents. So not bad, but not great either. :)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Update on query letters

Here's the update!

In total I have submitted 14 queries to agents and agencies. 4 have come back rejected. 1 has requested some of my work.

I must admit at first I was a little shocked to see my letters come back rejected, but I knew it happens to everyone so it didn't hurt as much as I thought it would. God has really been working on me about not worrying about all of this and just leaving it in His hands. I feel that I am able to do that and I know that my story is good, so Lord willing at some point an agent will want to pick it up.

That's it for today!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Update on query letters

I got my first two rejection letters yesterday. I am not as upset about it as I thought I would be though. I think its just the idea that there is someone out there who is a professional reading it that still boggs my mind so I probably won't feel the hit before I get over that!

I sent out four more in response to getting rejected by two! The game is still on my brothers!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sent my first batch of query letters!

Just sent out my first 5 query letters. Will probably send out some more by the end of the week. Keep me in your prayers!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Busy Week

I have this week off work, which is nice. I plan on using my time off to finish the final edit of my book so that by the end of the week or next Monday I will be able to send out my query letters. I am excited and nervous all at the same time but I know that no matter what happens, this whole experience is wonderful and I wouldn't trade it for anything!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Query Letter

I'm at that stage in my writing where I'm almost ready to start querying agents. Right now though I'm just trying to learn as much as I can so when I do finally press send, I'll get the response I want. Thanks to everyone out there who has websites and blogs to help new writers like me.

I got a book today from the library that I hope will help me on this quest for the perfect query letter as well. It's called Guide to Query Letters. Hopefully, it will help me some.

Thanks also to everyone who is helping me edit my story right now. My goal is to have my query letter ready by the time my book is done being edited.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Do you judge a book by its cover?

For me, the answer is yes. Unfortunately, I like to read a lot of science fiction and fantasy novels, but the problem with that is, they usually have covers that I would rather not be seen with. I know, I'm terrible. But it is just so annoying when someone sees you reading and looks at the cover of your book while you are still holding it. Does anyone else out there have this problem?

I mean, really, who wants to be seen with a book with a dragon and a warrior looking princess on the cover? It's not that I don't like books like that, its just I don't have the courage to face society with those books.

So sad.