One Lovely Blog Award!




I was nominated by the wonderful Chrys Fey and Gina Stoneheart for the One Lovely Blog award/Very Inspiring Blog Award! I’ve seen this done a few different ways so I thought I’d put my own spin on and combine them a bit! Here are some random facts about me and also some things that inspire me:

1. I can’t ride a bike! I simply never learned how 🙁  maybe one day!

2. Donald Trump once walked past me after a Mariah Carey concert in New York City! Actually, it was more like his guards shoved everyone aside to make room for him to walk by… but still, it was cool! For those wondering, he’s very tall, extremely arrogant, and looks like he’s made of wax.

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^ ^ ^ I couldn’t think what to write for this one and then Penny jumped in my lap and typed that.. I think this means that she wants me to give a fact about her, so here’s one: Penny has a heart-shaped nose! it’s hard to see in pics, but I’ll post some where you can see the general outline.




Bonus fact: she’s also a very cute sleeper!

4. Reading books by my fav authors inspires me! I tend to get in a rut with reading and there’s many great books I’ve never read. For example, I just started my first John Green book the other night, Paper Towns.

5. TV sitcoms inspire me. The characters, the dialogue, the plots. I usually keep TBS or Nick at Nite on while I’m writing. But I hate reality TV with a passion and refuse to watch it. (though I do love competition shows like American Idol and The Voice)

I tag anyone who’d like to do this 🙂

Do you have a random cool fact about yourself??

Deleted Scenes: The Real Dirty Dancing Ending

Confession: I have about three different DVD editions of Dirty Dancing. It’s my favorite movie! I also believe it’s the best YA love story of all time. It has all the components. A heartthrob boy, a girl who needs to come out of her shell, a quirky family, and conflicts and misunderstandings up the wazoo.

Oh, and a perfectly developed romance!

I’ve seen it hundreds of times. But I was thinking about something kind of interesting the other day. On the last edition I purchased (I think it was the Keepsake Edition) there are a bunch of deleted scenes.

Deleted scenes are always fascinating to me. I’m not 100% sold on watching/reading them. Sometimes I just like to live with what I was meant to be given. Extra ideas and choices make me squirmy and cause me to overanalyze. But we all have stuff that doesn’t make the cut in our writing. I personally keep a folder titled “scraps” for deleted things I really liked but didn’t need for the novel. Would I want people to read them someday? Maybe!

Anyway, there was one deleted scene from Dirty Dancing that always left me a little

If you’ve never seen the movie, let me just tell you there is a pretty big open ending. The ultimate question is: will they keep in touch? or was this just a summer romance?? The general consensus among fans is that yes, it was just a summer romance.

Well, guys, if you have an embarrassing amount of editions of this movie like me, then you know the truth as well as I do. It wasn’t written to be just a summer romance.

Don’t believe me??

I mean…seriously?? When I first saw this scene years ago I nearly fell down.

From an artistic standpoint…I GET IT. I really, truly get why this was cut.

For starters, the dialogue breaks up the flow of the simplistic, romantic ending of music and dancing and swaying and lifts. Plus, we all know as writers that sometimes it’s fun to let your audience use their imaginations.


For like ten years I was under the assumption that they go their separate ways after their final dance. Johnny takes off into the night and Baby goes to the Peace Corps. End of story. But that’s not the case, obviously. They stay together, guys! They probably get married and have kids and go back to Kellerman’s every year for their anniversary!

Or at the very least, they try to stay together.

So what do you think?? If you’re a fellow Dirty Dancing fan, do you think this scene was better left on the cutting room floor?? Or would it have been a wise choice to give us closure and include it??

Where do you stand on deleted scenes in general??

A Guest Post from Loni Townsend!

I am so excited to welcome Loni Townsend to my little corner of the web today!

I am also equally excited for THIS WORLD BITES (how great is that name??) and you should be too! Now, here’s Loni! 🙂

Show Me You Care
by Loni Townsend

I want to thank Beth first and foremost for letting me on her blog today. Beth is the sweetest person I know on the internet. Her smiling profile picture lights up every comment and blog post I see. I think, if I knew her offline, I’d like to be her friend.

Cera, the main character in This World Bites, has a close group of friends. The most explored of these relationships is with Michael, the lecherous old genius trapped within a 9-year-old body. Among the early revisions, my critique group pointed out something that horrified me.

To the reader, it didn’t seem like Cera cared that Michael had been bitten by a zombie.

Since most of you don’t know me in person, you probably don’t see how my personality translates face-to-face. I make a good person if you want to vent, or if you want someone to laugh at a ridiculous pun, or if you want to dance outrageously with someone. If you want to cry or are suffering terribly in some fashion… well… I tend to freeze with a nervous smile plastered to my face.

Yes, I smile as you tell me about your tragedy. I don’t handle “serious” well.

Truly, I do listen, and I do care. But you might not be able to tell from my behavior.

So how does a person who sucks at real-life emotion-showing make it work for a character who apparently has the same problem?

I had to examine each interaction to see if I could inject more concern. (At least that’s possible in written word, not so much in real life.) I pulled up my copy of the Emotion Thesaurus and referenced it several times. The situations got better, but I don’t know if I quite pulled off the teary terror I’d intended. But then, how much terror can I convey when I wrote This World Bites to make people laugh?

Do you have any suggestions on injecting emotion? What tricks do you use to show your character cares?


Blurb: It’s her first day on a new world and Cera’s already found trouble. Michael, her guardian, has been bitten by a zombie and will soon join the undead ranks.

Everyone tells her there’s no cure, but Cera isn’t one to be deterred. She’s willing to face off with zombie hordes, demon slavers, and black market informants if it means she’ll find a cure for Michael. But she’s not the only one hunting for something.

Something is hunting her.


Bio: Loni Townsend
Wife. Mother. Writer. Ninja. Squirrel.

By day, she writes code. By predawn darkness, she writes fantasies. All other times, she writes in her head. People call her peculiar with a twisted sense of fashion, but don’t let those understatements fool you. Her behavior is perfectly normal for a squirrel disguised as a human. That’s part of being a ninja—blending in. She makes her home in Idaho with her sadistically clever—yet often thwarted—husband, two frighteningly brilliant children, and three sneaky little shibas.

Find her on her blog or social media.

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thank you so much for stopping by, Loni!! xoxo

Pushing Through

I’ve been going through a bit of a rough patch these past few weeks–nothing health related, thank God, but just the (hopefully!) final straw in a string of pretty bad luck. There’s always worse though and it’s definitely not the end of the world, but things have been a bit up in the air!

Once things start to (hopefully!!!!!!!) fall into place I’ll share what’s been up but for now I’m a little all over the place.

Needless to say, writing has been a bit tricky BUT I’m proud to say I still haven’t missed a single writing day!!! Not sure how I pulled this off. I’ve been a bit manic with it. Last week I wrote 10,000 in one day, and the next I just tweaked a sentence or two, and the next I worked on a whole other MS. But hey, it’s writing, right? (I’m assuming at some point it will come together and make sense?!)

Do you write better in times of stress, since you can get lost in another world? Or does a rough patch make it too hard to write?