Well, folks. It was fun while it lasted.

As you can see, not much has been happening on this blog lately.

There are several reasons for this, but I will only hit on a couple:

First: It's amazing how much can change in a couple of months--both in our personal lives and on the writing front. A couple of us have signed publishing contracts, and so the need to write, edit, market, promote HAD to take preference over this blog and the services we were providing.

Second: Running this blog, critiquing submissions, providing feedback...well, that's a LOT of dang work. We weren't getting paid for this service. We had a concept and we went with it--for free--not realizing how much time it would involve with very little (nothing) in return for our effort.

Third: Probably the biggest factor that made us come to this decision, was the fact that a good portion of the submissions we received just weren't ready. They needed more revision. We were wanting to give out reviews on AMAZING, fully complete, well edited novels. 90% of what we received didn't come close.

So we've shut it down. We've moved on.

If you liked our comments and our posts, you can check us out on our individual blogs:

Angela Scott: www.whimsywritingandreading.weebly.com or @whimsywriting on twitter or http://www.facebook.com/AngelaScottWriter

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Infusing your sentences with sensory part one: Smell

Posted by Ready, Aim, Hook Me at 6:33 AM
Morning all! Rabbit in a Hat Hook'er here.

I've mentioned my weakness for cupcakes before. A weakness enabled by my Master Cupcake Chief sister. She’s got my number and she knows it too! Anything she wants, she gets, so long as there are those paper-wrapped cakelets of evil in her hand.

I'm sure it must have something to do with their innocent, little portion size and that swirl of confectionery yumminess she calls frosting, but my brain has latched onto them. Now I can detect them from a mile away.
But it seems that I've taken my cupcake weakness to a whole new level...

Now I'm even wearing them.

On days when the sissy's not baking up a storm, I still get my fix with a soothing Cupcake lotion I found at Walmart. Eat your heart out Bath and Body, cause this stuff is awesome Aaaand  I can afford it too!
 I guess I shouldn’t be surprised to hear that food scented products like lotion are contributing to our nation's obesity epidemic. If you're wearing it for eight hours straight, the temptation is constantly under your nose. 

Our sense of smell is pretty darn powerful, and it shapes the way we experience everything. 

Every time we meet someone new, walk into a room, or step outside, our noses are there to investigate. To really pull readers into our writing, the sense of smell is essential. Its a great way to incorporate all the other senses as well.

  • If a scent is so strong, it burns your character's eyes and makes them water.
  • If it makes the character's tummy rumble.
  • Or makes them want to toss their cookies.
 You've just Incorporated multiple senses, leading with the sense of smell, and offered your reader something to associate with. Give it a try!


Diane Darcy on September 12, 2011 at 8:23 AM said...

Curse you Kacey! 9:20 in the morning and my mouth is watering for sweets! ;)

Jewel's Gems on September 12, 2011 at 2:28 PM said...

Great post! And food-scented body lotion is definitely dangerous:-)

Ready, Aim, Hook Me on September 13, 2011 at 6:06 AM said...

Thank you ladies for your comments and support!

Elisabeth Hirsch on September 13, 2011 at 7:27 PM said...

Such a good point. You sure had me incorporating my senses too--cupcakes sound sooo yummy right now :0)

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