Alright, so there are four major things to cover today, but one one is lengthy:
1) It finally happened. For the first time since this blog was created, I missed a blog post! Yesterday, day 49, I simply could not get an interview quick enough. However, the ever awesome an wonderful Tristi Pinkston, author of 6 books and the Secret Sisters mystery series agreed to do an interview. As I knew the interview was in progress, I made the decision to post it today. So yes, I missed a day... but I was working on it, so I count it as a tardy!
2) Interview with Tristi will be below. She has some really great answers and in the midst of my hard day today, she made me laugh. So thanks a million Tristi!
3) Blog Bash Winner! I am two days late, and I apologize. I think me saying it's been crazy busy is probably redundant now, as it should be apparent that my life is... interesting. To top it off, I drowned my work phone in water yesterday. No joke. Was submerged for a good 20 minutes before I realized what was happening.
Anyway... drumroll.... the winner is...:
Renae W. Mackley!
Congratulations Renae! You have won two all natural bath bombs/fizzies from Serendipity Gourmet Bath! Contact me at writeMattTandy@gmail.com to arrange for your prize!
4) Another "it finally happened" moment. I lost my first follower. No idea who it was, other than I believe it was one my the new people from the blog bash. I am totally comfortable with this, though there is still a very tiny twinge of sadness. However, the Blog Bash brought people from multiple interests in the blogosphere, and I certainly understand that perhaps a dedicated writing blog isn't everyone's cup of tea.
As an FYI, the writing wisdom for today is short and sweet due to the interview and other items:
One of my favorite quotes growing up was from Mark Twain. He once said:
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.I think it would be hard to argue this point, and he said it so beautifully too. Sometimes lightning bugs are beautiful. They are beautiful if you don't look too closely, and there are tons of them. Lightning on the other hand is not just a pretty glow, it's an illuminating blast that can light our path and shake our world. We don't always need to have lightning, but sometimes we know there is "the right word" for a certain segment in our writing. Don't get lazy or frustrated. Mark it in red to come back to later if you must, but don't let it go.
Tristi Pinkston is the author of six novels. Originally beginning in historical fiction, she has since expanded to mysteries and romantic suspense. Additionally, she has taken the experience she has had with publishing and editing and turned it into a side business as an editor, virtual book tour coordinator, and online writing instructor. Further, she sends out a weekly email to those who have signed up for weekly writing tips. You can visit her main website at http://www.tristipinkston.com/, where you will find links to her books, services, blog, and more!
After twenty agonizing minutes, all twelve roses were in the vase, and Molly was in tears. No matter what she did, the arrangement looked terrible. She wasn’t cut out for this. She had tried to tell Agent Blevins, but he seemed to think it was the easiest thing in the world.
She grabbed one of the bows Esther had left behind and jammed it into the vase. It was like putting a silk negligee on a Jersey cow—didn’t matter how you dressed it up, it was still ugly. She pulled her gun out of its holster, took a stance, and leveled the barrel.
“So, you’re gonna be a wise guy, are you? You’re gonna mess with my head, are you? Well, go ahead. Make my day.”
She heard the back door to the shop open behind her. Jack came to her side. “Honey, we can’t shoot the flowers.”
“Why not? They’re behaving illegally all over the place.”
“I’m sure they are, but I don’t think shooting them is the answer.”