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Mar. 28th, 2015

Been A Long Time

I haven't posted on here since 2011. I can't believe it has been that long. Despite not blogging on here all the time, I did come on LiveJournal fairly often.

Xanga was my main blogging site and I blogged there for years. They went to pay to blog back in late summer 2013, and completely changed everything. Xanga, somehow, is managing to hang on, but it is definitely not the same. I've went to Wordpress now.

A lot has happened over the past few years. I've moved my blog to Wordpress, I've met different authors, started an online business, have continued writing and so much more.

I don't know how often I'll visit here, but I'll still keep my blog and visit sometimes.

But I can be found on Wordpress at: CherokeeWriter on Wordpress

If you're curious about what I sell, this is my store: Tsalagi Dreams

Sep. 23rd, 2011

Native American Day

I realize it has been two months since I last blogged and a lot of things have happened since then. I've changed in the past few months (in a good way) and I've just been very happy. Before I get into the all the things that have been going on, I'm going to talk about something else first.

Today is Native American Day. It's probably a holiday not many people have heard of it. And I chose to celebrate this day by thinking about my ancestors, hoping I will learn more about them. And thinking of other Native Americans in the US, our history and our culture.

Now what has been going on with me? Writing. The usual, but still I'm writing and that's good. I've been writing poems, short stories and the second book in my trilogy. Over the Summer I've submitted to a few more magazines and have gotten rejections. I've been looking for other magazines to submit to now and hope to find some good ones soon.
Over the Summer I've been traveling a lot, taking day trips to places that aren't too far away. It's really been fun and I have tons of pictures from over the Summer. It's kind of sad to think Summer is over already. It went too fast, but it's Fall now and soon it'll be October, which means Halloween will be coming up soon! I'm excited about that.

Over the past few months I've started researching my family history. I've found out some interesting things and I've been trying to find out more about my Native American ancestors, which has been hard. Well, on my dad's side anyway. His family, even if they know any family history, they NEVER want to share and will take anything they know to the grave. I'm not sure why that is, though. I've found out that my grandmother lived on the reservation in North Carolina with her parents when she was a kid and when she was 5 they moved to Pennsylvania. There are at least two people in her family that I know of that were full blood Native American. But I'd like to be able to trace that more and know more about them, plus others that were Native American. I've found little hints here and there, but what I definitely know is that my family has a lot of Native American blood. I'd actually like to enroll in one of the Cherokee tribes if possible, but I don't know if any of my ancestors were on the rolls. Anyway, it's been interesting and I've learned quite a bit. Researching family history is really exciting.

Things have been good and I'll be going away this weekend, if the weather is nice. It is supposed to rain all weekend, but I'll just think positive and believe we will have a nice and sunny weekend with no rain.
A lot more has happened, which I'll probably talk about in a few other posts. Like the Pow Wow I went to last weekend.

Anyway, Happy Native American day to all :)

Jul. 20th, 2011

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I'm finally updating this. I've been online, but haven't had time to update this. I'm usually on Xanga, or looking for more places to submit to.
I've had two rejections; one from The Threepenny Review and the other from Poetry Magazine. Eh, it's their loss.
Now I'm working on a short story that I think I'll submit to a childrens magazine. I'm thinking of going for highlights.
For awhile I wasn't writing much because I had other things to do, but I've been writing again. Writing poems and short stories. I need to get back to writing my second book. I think I'll write some tonight and try to finish the short story I'm writing.

The weekend was busy. I went to a midnight showing of the new Harry Potter movie on Friday, then later in the day went to Baltimore to see Richard Bartlett and Saturday I went to Centralia and Bloomsburg, which are both in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Centralia is a ghost town. Its mines caught on fire over 50 years ago and they've never been able to put them out. The town was interesting to see. And Bloomsburg is a beautiful town. I went there for Life Spectrums. It was a lovely weekend.

In June I signed up for the summer reading program at Hershey library. I'm currently reading a book I borrowed from there called Kids Letters To Harry Potter From Around The World and it is good, but can get repetitive.

I've really been doing a lot; writing, reading and learning new things. I want to learn to speak, read and write cherokee. I just need to find audio cds so I can read to speak and a book that'll teach me to read and write it. I've also been doing other things that I don't feel like typing right now lol
Anyway, I hope to blog soon on here again.

May. 28th, 2011

DWJ Zine And Other Things

Well, what I wrote was chosen for a Diana Wynne Jones zine that I submitted to. I found out a few days ago and a copy of the zine is being sent to me.
I'm not sure if being in a zine is consisdered as being published, but I'm still pretty excited. I'm looking forward to getting the copy of the zine in the mail.

Besides that I have submitted to The Gettysburg Review. It'll be a few months before I hear back from them, though. I'm also working on a poetry manuscript to send to The ThreePenny Review. I'm hoping to submit it in a few days.
After that, I'm not sure what magazine I'll submit to. I think I'll finish a short story I was writing. It's more of a paranormal type story and I did find a few magazines that take horror take stories so maybe that story will be good to submit to a magazine like that.

So right now I'm just writing and trying to figure out which places to submit to. I'm keeping positive about The Gettysburg Review and hoping they will accept one of my poems. Or, hopefully The ThreePenny Review will.

I'm just really excited about submitting to places and just keeping a positive mind about it all - I know in my heart that some places will accept my writing.

And besides writing, I've been reading - Of course, no surprise there - and last weekend I went to Gettysburg. I had so much fun - I love going to Gettysburg. I went with my boyfriend and parents. We went to some stores - And Gettysburg really does have some nice stores. Then we went out onto the battlefield for a while. We went ghost hunting that night as well. I'm in a paranormal group for those of you who don't know that already.
It was pretty hot last Saturday, but night was cooler and it felt nice. Especially being out on Sachs Bridge. It wasn't cold out, but cool and you didn't need a jacket. It was so nice - And the stars were out. It was definitely a beautiful sight standing out on the other side of the bridge and viewing the night sky filled with stars.

On Thursday night I dyed my hair black. It's the first time I've ever dyed my hair black and I really like it. I think I'll keep dying my hair black.

Soon - June 1st to be exact, is when Hershey's library starts the summer reading program. I can't wait. I enjoy doing the summer reading program. This'll be the third year in a row I've signed up for it. I also have to renew my library card so that ruined my plans of putting a bunch of books on hold. I'll just have to write them down and find them myself when I go to the library.

That is pretty much all that is happening with me lately. Maybe next time I update, I'll have news of being published in a magazine! - I hope so anyway :)

May. 3rd, 2011

One Month Ago

Its been exactly a month since I last blogged on here. Whew! How fast that month went! I honestly can't believe it's May already. Where is this year going? I wished it'd slow down a bit.

Anyway, like I've said before I spend most of my time blogging on Xanga and I used to have more time to blog on here, but with all the writing I've been doing, getting poems ready to submit and such, I just find I don't have time to blog on here or even check out what's going on all that much. I apologize for lack of updates.

I'm getting ready to submit a poetry manuscript to The Gettysburg Review. I've chosen three poems to send and I hope one of them will be chosen. My poetry writing has greatly improved in such a short period of time. I think it's because I've been reading poetry books more and reading How To Write Poetry also greatly helped. I've started keeping a Writer's Journal because of that book and I really love having a writer's journal - that is helping my writing quite a bit too.

Well, I'll try to update soon. I need to finish reading this thing for a Diana Wynne Jones zine.

Apr. 3rd, 2011

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I finished writing one of my short stories and looked over it last night, fixed whatever needed to be fixed. I also have some poems finished and working on another short story. I want to submit these stories to a few magazines, but there is one problem; I need someone to check them over and make sure I got all of the punctuation right. I know I don't always get the punctuation marks right and so that is why I wish I had someone to check it over. But I don't know anyone who can. I might ask my mom if she has anyone who is good with punctuation and can help me out.
I have to get this stuff submitted before May. I'm submitting to The Gettysburg Review and The Three Penny Review. I already submitted to the Chicken Soup for the Soul web site for one of the books.

I just really hope I can find someone to help me out. But the good thing is I've been writing a lot. Still writing my book and of course short stories and poems.
This newest story I'm working on is quite interesting. It popped into my head while reading Nightmare Hour by R.L. Stine. I had to put the book so I could start writing it. Or it could write itself, I suppose.
A long time ago I read on an author's website (forget which one) that they find the stories sometimes write themselves. That it is as if the characters come alive and are writing the story through them. I understand that now.
I really do.
'Life and Death' is the short story I finished and I thought I knew how it ended. I thought I knew my characters and how the story was going to be. But it turned out nothing like I thought. How I originally planned the characters to be, turned out to be completely different. I felt as if the characters themselves took over and wrote the story. It ended completely different than my original ending.
And with my new, yet untitled, short story, the same is happening. How I had planned it to be and how it is turning out are both completely different.
It makes me wonder, do all writers experience this?

It's sort of neat, not exactly knowing the ending to your own story and then being surprised it turned out so good. Well, I best get back to writing my story.

Mar. 28th, 2011

The World Lost One Of Its Brightest Stars

Yesterday I came online and found e-mails from the Diana Wynne Jones club I joined. I wondered why there were so many. There were at least five or more. I thought, perhaps another new book was announced. But no . . . . It was not a new book.

I opened the first e-mail, scrolled down and laid my eyes on the first message. Maybe it shouldn't have come as a shock. Maybe I should have expected it. But, from the day she was diagnosed with lung cancer I prayed for her and only thought positive things, like that she would get better. I even sent her a letter, letting her know that I'm sending her positive thoughts and well wishes. Telling her also how much she has inspired me.
But it did come as a shock to me. Diana passed away. She was 76 and yet, I believe she was still too young to die. I know she had probably lived a life of adventure, did many things and lived life the way she wanted to. Diana had a wonderful imagination, even after being diagnosed her imagination was still wonderful.
Diana was diagnosed in 2009 with lung cancer and in 2010 Enchanted Glass was released. The book was wonderful, the story, the characters and everything was what I had come to know and love about her writing. Even with lung cancer, Diana still had her imagination and gift for words.

Some might find it silly, but I felt her death on a personal level. It felt as if I had lost a best friend, someone who knew me inside and out. Of course, I never met her and didn't know her personally. It felt as if I did, though and I suppose in a way I did know Diana. It was through her writing I and many others knew her.
She is like a close friend that I never met, never even talked to, but I knew her and she knew me and it was all through her writing. That is what I also said on my Xanga blog, but I have been reading other fans blogs that are mourning Diana as well and I have found a better way to explain it. This blogger got it right with this quote:
“The best moments in reading are when you come across something, a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things, which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.”

The blogger had said that hand for her was Diana Wynne Jones and I feel exactly the same. However, I didn't grow up reading her books, which makes me sad now because I wish I did. I've been a fan for two years and in that two years Diana has taught and inspired me more than anyone else.

Diana was a beautiful person, inside and out. She loved her fans, even helped other writers and her books were one-of-a-kind.
I'm grateful to Diana because after reading her books I began to write again and now I'm very happy because again I am doing what I love. I thank her for that and I will continue to write and make it my career like I've always wanted. I will become an author.

Diana's passing was a great loss to her family, friends, fans and to writing. There will never be another writer like her. And I mourn her passing with great sadness.

Diana, may you rest in peace and thank you for inspiring me to write again. Thank you for writing, for sharing your words and stories with the world to read. I will miss you.

Mar. 20th, 2011

Talk And Book Signing

March 8th at my local library bestselling author Maria V. Snyder had a talk and book signing. I've never read any of her books, but it was free and I figured since I'm a writer it'd be a good idea to go and listen to her talk. She talked about her books, especially her newest book and how she writes. She also talked about going over to places like the UK and doing book signings over there. It was very interesting and I enjoyed listening to her talk.

And I came to find out that she lives in my town! I've always thought this town is very boring, but here all this time a bestselling author lives here! How cool is that?

Anyway, she answered questions people had and afterwards she signed books. She had all of her books there and I bought her first book Poison Study and got it signed. Marc bought a book and got it signed as well. Marc and I also got pictures with her.

She is very, very nice and smiles a lot. At first I didn't realize she was the author because she was so down to earth and talking to everyone. I'd love to listen to her talk again so when she does another talk at the library I will definitely be going.

Mar. 8th, 2011

Book Signing

Today I will be going to my local library for a book signing.

Maria V. Snyder will be there. She is the author of Poison Study and many other books.
I've never read any of her books and don't have any, but I've been looking at her books for awhile and thinking about reading one of them. All her books will be for sale at the library so I'm going to buy Poison Study to get signed.

She will also be doing a talk before the book signing. I think it will be interesting to hear what she talks about. And I'm sure I will enjoy her book.

I'm excited about going. I've never been to a book signing before. I wanted to go to a book fest last year and get a book signed by Jeff Markowitz - I read his first book and it was so good - but that didn't work out because we had car problems. However, I do have books that are signed by the author, but some of them I've won from Goodreads and others are ghost books that I bought in Gettysburg that were already signed. One book I bought from a library book sale and came home and saw it was signed. I was excited about that and I'm excited to have other books that are signed by the author.
But, I think that actually going to a book signing and being there when the book you bought is being signed is probably an exciting experience. Being able to talk to the author and everything. So, I am very excited for this.

If I have time later, I will write a post about the book signing.

Well, better get to bed.

Mar. 7th, 2011

Submitting And Writing

A few days ago I submitted a story to the Chicken Soup for the Soul website. They are accepting stories for a book about finding happiness and purpose. I wrote the story awhile ago, but didn't get around to submitting it until a few days ago because I had gotten sick and was working on getting better. I got sick again after almost being fully over the cold and was sick for over a week. It was miserable and it turns out everyone in my house got sick from my brother.
He, apparently, was coming to my dad's work while he was sick and in turn my dad would get sick, come home and we all get sick. I could smack my brother for that, seriously.

But, anyway, I submitted the story and anyone can submit stories for the book up until May 15th. So, I have awhile but it would be awesome if my story was chosen for the book. I don't know what I would do if it happens. Maybe faint? haha :)

And now that I'm better I've been writing the second book in my trilogy. I stopped for quite awhile because I've been sick and trying to get well. I didn't even read for a week because I felt terrible. I actually didn't do anything, but lay around. I was too weak to do anything.
As soon as I started feeling a lot better I started writing again though and I really missed writing. I can tell you that I am enjoying writing the second book in the trilogy and think it is turning out good so far.

On Tuesday Maria V. Snyder is going to be at my local library and I'd love to go. But, I don't have any books of hers to sign. I do buy books, but usually from my library's book store, because they look new and are sold cheap, or I buy books offline when I have the money to. I've always been interested in reading one of her books, but just haven't gotten the chance to buy one and now she will be signing books and I have none for her to sign.
Well, I suppose if I am meant to go, everything will work out.

It honestly feels good not to be sick anymore. I didn't like not being able to do anything because of being weak.
And I've started reading again too. Right now I am reading The Legends of Surprisers, Books II and III by Christine E. Schulze. And Today I started playing Lego Batman. It's a fun game.

Nothing much else has happened. I've stayed home because of being sick, which sucks. But, it has started to get warmer here and that has been nice. Can't wait for Spring though. I think this Spring and Summer will be great. I'm hoping to travel more and move. I think it'll be exciting to move and I'm ready for it to happen.

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