Feature Writer….Jase Rosenburg!!

Hello Readers!

Today, I would like to introduce Jase Rosenburg! **applauds**  Jase is a resurrected writer with a HUGE passion for words!  When I read his blog, I am filled with so much emotion and inspiration.  He is genuine, has a great personality, and is a joy to talk to.  I am honored to have him featured on my blog !

Ok, here is my interview with the fabulous Jase Rosenburg!! **CHEERS**

1.  If you don’t mind, tell us a little bit about yourself?  Interests?

I’ve been married 15 years and I just adopted 3 kids ages Tanner age 13, Hannah age 11 and Lela age 10. My interests are writing of course, researching family history and reading!

2.  When did you discover that you wanted to be a writer?

Apparently I had it in mind from a young age. My mother tells me I used to walk around with pen and paper as a young kid. I always loved writing in school. When we would walk into the classroom and the teacher had a “Theme” we had to write about I LOVED it! When I was in middle school I tried to write plays that my sister and I would act out.  In high school I really began to take interest in it even more. I had made plans to go into journalism in college. I stuck with those plans and started out majoring in journalism and working at a local newspaper. I dropped out of college, got a job at a factory and got married. I let the dream die.

3.  What type of books do you read? Who is your favorite author?

I like many types of books. I’m really into reading some crime drama right now. I LOVE Ted Dekker and most of his books. They keep me turning the page. I also have to throw a mention in here to a fellow indie writer, Kirkus Macgowan and his book, “The Fall of Billy Hitchings”. It was an amazing read and I’m looking forward to more of his books! My all time favorite author is C.S. Lewis! The Chronicles of Narnia are my absolute favorite!

4.  You are a “resurrected” writer.  How did you find your way back into the world of writing?

This is really kind of cheesy.As I mentioned earlier I let my dream die, well I was laid off from work in 2008. I’ve had one temp job since then, but it only lasted about a year. I was feeling old and starting to have a mini meltdown. I had a friend who told me I should start writing again to get my feelings out. I went back into it hesitantly. I didn’t want anyone to see what I wrote. I was afraid it wasn’t any good. I still struggle with that! To get myself past that, I’ve started blogging three times per week. I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time last year and I LOVED it! I never thought I would be able to write 50,000 words, but I surprised myself and did it in 26 days!

5.  What do you like to write?

Well, this is a tough question. Right now I’ve been writing a lot of flash fiction and short stories. As far as genre goes, I’m still searching for my niche. I love to write sad things that pull at your heart-strings. I also enjoy writing inspirational stuff. I would call it general fiction. My NaNo novel was about a mentally challenged man and his life struggles, it’s really pretty sad! I’m editing it now. After I finish this up I’m going to start planning my first “real” novel.

6.  Tell us a little about your blog and what you hope to achieve with it.

My blog is an extension of me. If people want to know about me all they have to do is read my blog. It’s a hodge podge of stuff for sure. I get on my soap box at times! I have also shared some things I have written, and I plan on doing more of that in the future. I share a little about my life, memories and general “stuff”. As far as what do I hope to achieve? I want people to get to know me. I figure there’s no better way than to put who I am out there for everyone to see, warts and all!

7.  What advice do you have for other aspiring writers?

Oh wow, hard question!  I would say build a base of supporters around you. Twitter is excellent for that! I have met so many amazing writers on there. I was really surprised at how helpful and supportive everyone is. The more you put yourself out there, the more people will get to know you, and hopefully as you grow and begin to publish, you’ll have people who help you put the word out! Networking at it’s finest! More importantly the friends you make are invaluable!

8.  Do you need anything special before you sit down to write?

I don’t do anything special that I can think of, but most of the time I don’t think about what I’m doing. I’ll have to be more observant of myself!

9.  How do you keep your focus?

I like to write early in the morning, before everyone gets up. That helps with the focus! But the main thing I do is go to the bedroom at night, turn out the light and sit there with my laptop and write. With the light out and the screen glowing in my face I can’t focus on anything else. Nothing distracts me, and I can zone in.

10.  If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be and why?

Hmmmmm…I’m never good at these questions. I would say “different”, maybe? I’ve always been different. I’ve never fit into anyone’s mold. That left me out of a lot of circles, but I’m proud of the fact that I’m “different”!

Isn’t he great?  You can find my good friend (and his wonderful blog) at www.jaser75.blogspot.com!!

I would like to personally thank Jase for working with me on this interview!  I’m thankful to have connected with him.   Sooooo….THANK YOU JASE!!!

**Happy Writing**

Six Sentence Sunday #12

Happy Sunday to my readers!!

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful week!  It is hard to believe that we are already in the month of February!  Hmm, I feel sorry for all of the men who have to step up and make the 14th worthwhile for all of us ladies!!  Or, maybe I don’t! *LOL*

Ok, it is time to get on with this week’s six! *Woo Hoo*  As always, I hope you enjoy!🙂

“Oh my goodness, this is absolutely amazing!  I haven’t seen anything more beautiful.”

“Oh, why thank you my dear.”  The sparkle of the lights glimmered against her eyes as she gazed towards the massive collage of memories .  “It doesn’t seem like forty years of memorabilia have been placed on this tree.  Lord, there are ornaments from when I was a little girl. 

Thank you for stopping by! I am always grateful to those of you who visit weekly and for my first time readers!! Have a wonderful Sunday.  See you next week!!

For other great snippets, please check out www.sixsunday.com!

ROW80 Check-In for 01/29/2012

Hey there!!

I am a little late with today’s check-in!!  My hubby and I have found a house, signed the purchase agreement, and are hopefully on our way to more space!! *WOO HOO*  Anyways, the new goals are actually working much better! *YAY*  However, I didn’t get anything done today. 😦

I have managed to get in 100+ words everyday except today!🙂

The blog hopping has been going pretty good, except that I haven’t commented on as many. 😦

I am getting closer to finishing my short story!

Okay, so I didn’t have very much input for this check-in, but I am still making progress!  I will be checking out my fellow ROW80ers posts tomorrow and making some comments!🙂 I apologize for running behind on everything.  I hope everyone has a successful upcoming week! Good luck!!

Six Sentence Sunday #11

Hello readers and happy Sunday!!!

Did everyone have a good week? I am hoping so. :)  After rearranging my ROW80 goals,  I am seeing better progress!  I don’t feel as overwhelmed.  Ooh ooh, the house hunt has come to an end (I hope).  We actually found one that we both LOVE and will be signing a purchase agreement on Monday (fingers crossed).  *grin*  I’m the type of person who doesn’t like to say too much about things, only because I always manage to jinx it!🙂

Okay, I should quit rambling and get on with my six for this week!!  Last week’s post pulled at the heartstrings just a bit.  :) Enjoy!!

“Well, you have done an extraordinary job with everything.  I can also see that you have started decorating for Christmas.”

With a soft giggle, she motioned for me to follow her.  “This is the common room and in the corner to your left is my pride and joy…”

In an instant, I noticed a twelve-foot Christmas tree decorated to the hilt with everything imaginable.  It appeared to have many years of memories hanging delicately from each branch, leaving me with the wonder of what stories have been told in this very room.

As always, thank you for stopping by!!  It is always a pleasure to read your comments.  Don’t forget to check out www.sixsunday.com for other AMAZING writers!!

Have a great week!!


Feature Friday!! Author, Michael K. Rose

Happy Friday readers!!

Today I will be featuring Michael K. Rose, author of the Sullivan’s War series!  I would like to thank Michael for taking the time to interview with me!!  I have enjoyed interacting with him via Twitter and Facebook.  He is a very talented writer who is also a joy to talk to!  Enjoy!🙂

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

There’s not much to tell! I’m a writer, mainly science fiction, but I do dabble in other genres as well. I live in the American Southwest and absolutely love to travel! I’ve been to around thirty countries and my ultimate goal is fifty, plus all seven continents.

What inspires you?

Well, I wouldn’t really say I have a “muse,” as such. I get inspired by things I read, of course. Not in the sense that reading gives me story ideas but when I read something that moves me it makes me want to try and do that for my readers. I am a very deliberate reader, I try to visualize what I read, so I tend to easily get caught up in a good story.

How do you maintain your focus?  Are you ever hit with writer’s block?

I suffer from “writer’s distraction” more than “writer’s block.” There have been times when I have sat staring at a blank screen but it is rare. I have so many story ideas lined up that I can always find something to write about. I will occasionally take a break from a lengthy project and whip out a short story, just for a change of pace. I often find that I go back to my main project refreshed after that.

What does a typical day of writing consist of?

If I’m going to have a day dedicated to writing I like to be at my computer by nine o’clock. I’ll write until about noon, have a lunch break, then write another three hours or so. After that I’m pretty well spent, creatively. I’m a tea drinker, mainly, and will usually go through a cup an hour while I’m writing.

Who is your favorite author?

I don’t actually have one! I can list several authors that are among my favorites, however. In 19th century literature, I like Henry James, Sir Author Conan Doyle, Jerome K. Jerome. I like the weird fiction of Lovecraft, a lot of the pulp writers from the 30s-50s, like Robert E. Howard. In science fiction I’m a big fan of Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. I enjoy Stephen King, especially his short stories. Some more current writers I enjoy include Eugie Foster, Benjamin X. Wretlind, David Bain, Jason G. Anderson and Michael J. Foy.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers (such as myself)?

Well, it’s the same advice you’ll hear from everyone: a writer writes! If that’s what you want to do, you’ll make time for it, no matter what else is going on in your life. I find it helpful to set not daily goals but weekly goals, say 10,000 words. This gives you the flexibility to skip a day if you have to but also know that you might be spending your entire Sunday writing if you slack off! Another piece of advice that I read really struck a chord with me: keep the reader asking questions. If they want to know what happens next, they’ll keep turning the pages.

Can you give us some details on your latest publication, Sullivan’s War: Book 1?

Sure! Sullivan’s War will be a trilogy of novellas. I’m not the type of writer who likes to pad and I wanted this series to have an immediate, fast-paced feel. I thought that the novella was the perfect form to accomplish this: long enough to be satisfying, short enough to keep it from dragging on. Briefly, Rick Sullivan in an ex-soldier from the planet Edaline. He has come to Earth to stop a vote that would have Edaline incorporated into the Stellar Assembly, a UN-type body that governs many of the inhabited planets. It soon becomes clear that his reasons are honorable enough but that doesn’t change that fact that he is willing to do terrible things to accomplish his goals. Special Agent Frank Allen is soon on his trail and ends up chasing him from Earth to the planet Abilene where life is cheap and law and order is non-existent. Book I ends on quite a cliff-hanger and I hope it ends enticingly enough that readers will want to find out what happens!

What will your next release be? 

I hope to have Book II of Sullivan’s War released at the end of March or early April. Once Book III is out, the novella will all be put together for a print release around the end of July. My next project after that is called Chrysopteron. This story covers several hundred years and is, briefly, the story of a generation ship that is sent to another planet. Something happens on the ship that starts a new religion and the book is about how that affects the ship’s inhabitants and, later, their descendants. This all sets the stage for another mission from Earth to see what became of the Chrysopteron and her crew.

Out of your characters, which is your favorite?

In Sullivan’s War, I like Agent Frank Allen. Sullivan is kind of the classic anti-hero but I have a hard time relating to that. Allen is the more likable of the two and the character I feel is most like myself.

Where can we purchase your books?  How can the readers locate you?

Right now, all my books are available in the Amazon Kindle stores. Sullivan’s War: Book I – All Good Men Serve the Devil, is also available at the Barnes & Noble Nook store. All the links to the stores can be found at my blog. Down the right of the page are my book covers. Just click the one you’re interested in for more information.

You can find me all over the place. Here are some useful links:

My Blog: http://myriadspheres.blogspot.com/

My Twitter Profile: https://twitter.com/#!/MichaelKRose

My Facebook Account: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000670152582

My Amazon US Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Michael-K.-Rose/e/B0062EIPN2

My Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5323090.Michael_K_Rose

As always…Happpy Writing!!

Kristin’s ROW80 Check-In for 01/25/12

Happy Wednesday fellow writers!

Whew, it has been another chaotic week for this girl!  I have been on the house hunt for almost a week now, rushing around after working hours to find the perfect home.  It has been hectic!  I haven’t been getting in until after nine in the evenings, so you can imagine how I have been scurrying around trying to keep to my normal, daily routine. 🙂

Here is the breakdown for the first part of the week!

Monday-  I managed to get out 129 words toward my short story. **WOO HOO**  I also wrote out some more ‘future’ ideas, hoping to eventually get around to them.🙂

Tuesday-  Yesterday wasn’t very promising.  Due to my exhaustion and inability to focus, I wrote for 20 minutes and crashed!  (I did manage to get en entire 8 hours of sleep last night)

Wednesday-  Today has been a little better.  I get an hour for lunch and wrote for 45 minutes of it!  After work, I plan on writing up this week’s blog and hope to work on my story a little more.  This has been the longest short story to write!!🙂

After a lot of consideration, I have decided to tweak my goals just a little!  Reality is a little crazy for me right now, but I am determined to find a good routine.


1.  Instead of forcing an hour of writing every evening, I am going to shoot for 100 words per day!  I’ve discovered that is an easier feat!  Slowly yet surely…

2.  I will keep my blog posting to twice a week; however, they may not fall on Mondays and Fridays. Plus, I’ve decided to do an author feature (either weekly or bi-weekly).  **This excludes my ROW80 updates and Six Sentence Sunday posts**

3.  I’m still shooting for the completion of my story!  (I know, pathetic!)  The timing is still uncertain.🙂

4.  I plan on writing 2 more flash fictions.  One is already in the works!

5.  I’m going to be commenting more on other blog sites and doing more with RTs on Twitter!  I love to interact with other writers, so please feel free to follow me on Twitter ( I FOLLOW BACK) or look me up on Facebook.

As for my fellow ROW80ers, I do read your check-ins and try to keep up with other posts.  I apologize if I haven’t commented very much!  I try to catch up throughout the week via Android, so commenting can get a little tedious!!

I am so proud of everyone who is maintaining their goals!  Mixing writing into reality can become a challenge!!  Kudos to all!

~Happy Writing~

If I Knew Then…What I Know Now!

Hello to you!!

When we were younger, our ‘minds’ were made up for us.  Thanks to our wonderful parents, the decision-making process was rather simple.  However, there were times when I really wanted to make certain decisions for myself, but I always ran into the you’re too young roadblock.  It was quite aggravating! :)  At that young age, it was impossible to understand that our parents were really doing us a huge favor.  They were saving us from the stress that comes with making a decision.

If I knew then, what I know now…

My husband and I decided that it is time to pound the pavement and search for a more spacious house that is closer to both of our jobs!  Of course, my eyes lit up like a kid in a candy store when he told me that it was time for us to make the ‘big’ move! Five years ago, we purchased the ideal starter home (or so I thought).  It needed quite a bit of work and a lot of patience, but I was ready for the challenge.  Besides, we were young and doing the work ourselves was rewarding!  Over the five years, our little fixer-upper has become quite the comfy little abode; that is, if you are on the outside looking in.  After getting into the house we realized that it would end up being a complete overhaul.  For a 23-year-old, anything beyond painting was a nightmare!  We have worked and worked, eventually allowing ourselves to reach full on burnout mode.  In our time here we have replaced several floors, painted every room, installed new windows, added a laundry room, and remodeled the bathroom.  Now, it may not sound too bad, but we saved up the money to pay for everything and also did the work ourselves.  It was not only exhausting, but it was also hard on our marriage.  Plus, I did without a washer and dryer for four years!  It was so inconvenient to load up my laundry once a week and take it to my parents house so I could get it done.  (Thank goodness for my parents being gracious enough to put up with that for as long as they did, because the laundromat scared me!)

I’m looking forward to a new chapter!  It will be nice to have that much-needed second bathroom, larger closets, and my very own ‘writing’ room.  However, I know that leaving the place we have called home for the last few years will be bittersweet.

The stress of finding a new place is so overwhelming!  I forgot how difficult the whole process would be.  Not to mention, the DECISION plays such a huge role in everything.  Are we able to afford the move? Will it be the right house?  Is the neighborhood good enough for the prospective family? Will we be happy?  There is so much to consider and not enough sanity to keep it all under control!🙂

Hmm, I think I would rather have the decision made for me.  You know, like the good ol’ days!