Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Children's Writers Updates on this Whimsical Wednesday

The Caren Johnson Literary Agency is holding a pitch fest starting tonight at midnight on their forums. Your pitch has to be under 100 words max and they are only running it till 11:59pm on Thursday night, so get to tweaking. They will respond to all entries on Friday. Go to Pitch Fest...for more details.

Script Frenzy is coming in April. If you don't know what Script Frenzy is, it's Nanowrimo for Screenwriters and ran by the creators of I imagine it will be great fun. This will be my first time doing it and I have never, ever attempted screen writing but it is supposed to be full of great tips and resources, so I'm going to go for it and probably fall flat on my face!

Agent Mary Kole is running a Novel Beginnings Contest on her blog at You need to email her the first 500 words of your finished YA or MG novel by Jan. 31st, see the above link for more details. I would love to enter by my current WIP's are no where near ready but if you are getting to polishing and send away.

These are all great opportunities to work on your writing and get noticed.

Sending creativity vibes!
-Topaz Blue

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

What is Romance?

a. A love affair
b. Ardent emotional attachment or involvement between people; love
c. A strong, sometimes short-lived attachment, fascination, or enthusiasm for something
a. A mysterious or fascinating quality or appeal, as of something adventurous, heroic, or
strangely beautiful
a. A long medieval narrative in prose or verse that tells of the adventures and heroic exploits
of chivalric heroes
b. A long fictitious tale of heroes and extraordinary or mysterious events, usually set in a
distant time or place
c. The class of literature constituted by such tales
a. An artistic work, such as a novel, story,or film, that deals with sexual love, especially in an
idealized form

What is romance? Sure, it can be all of those things, but to every person it's different. What is your idea of romance?

Romance to me is that moment when you search across the room and your eyes find his. Your breath catches in your throat. Your heart threatens to beat out of your chest. By a force beyond your control, you move into his waiting arms. He crushes you against his hard, chisled chest. As if in slow motion, his head moves ever so slowly towards yours. Your lips tingle in anticipation, they ache for his touch. Your hand slids into his tousled hair, pulling him closer. A moan chokes its way from your mouth....

Romance is that weak-kneed, heart-stopping, take your breath away moment when you realize you can no longer live without him.

Ruby Belle