Archive for February, 2006

Couch Potato Time

Do you ever just run out of gas? I guess that’s what’s happened to me. I have been either working on my blog, my query letter or editng my novel day and night since Feb. 13th, and yesterday I crashed. I laid on the couch and watched TV, which is something I haven’t done in a very long time. But my eyes were too tired to even read a book. Do you know they have a Spanish version of Jerry Springer?? I didn’t watch, just saw it while I was channel surfing. But I did watch a Lifetime movie–well, I had it on, anyway. Why do they have so many movies with devilish, psycho men and distraught women? I thought we’d evolved more than that.  

No matter, the rest was very healing. By evening I felt almost human again. My husband is a gamer and doesn’t watch much TV either, but last night we piled up in bed and watched the beginning episode of this season’s The Apprentice. We really like that show. I didn’t care much for Donald Trump until I started watching it, but I actually like him now. He’s a smooth operator, weird hair and all.
I have decided to do the couch thing again today. When our bodies talk, we should listen. (‘specially when they get as old as this one!)

I have also decided that today would be the perfect day to follow Follow That Star’s example and begin spotlighting a blog from my blogroll once a week. And I think it’s only fair that Follow That Star should be the first. You just gotta check out this blog! There’s SO much stuff there, it’s one of the neatest blogs I’ve ever seen. When you go there, please leave a comment and say that Denise Kincy sent you.

Ok. Off to make breakfast and soak up some TV Land. I really love old shows like Andy Griffith and Leave it to Beaver, don’t you?


My editing function

is a little buggy. I had posted one market twice, and when I went to delete it, is did some wacky stuff. The markets are still all viewable, but some of my older posts are cut off at the edge of the page, and things are in a big blue box.

Bear with me while I wait to hear back from the Word Press support team. I’ve sent them a message.

Have a great day!


Come to find out, I am the one who sent my page wacky. The Word Press team got back to me and they said that pasting from a Word document had corrupted my page. The next time I want to do that, I need to paste the information from my files into Notepad first. I am very happy that they got back to me so quickly and I’ll remember from now on to use Notepad.

Word Press rocks! I got another email from Andy in Support and he walked my dumb butt through the steps to correct my page. Aaaahh, that feels better.

Thanks, Andy!~

Monday Markets

* 50Plus
PAY: $.50/word
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Small non-profit that focuses on ending
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Here’s a contest for women

 I have found over the last few months that I really enjoy entering contests. I like the thrill of hope, even though I don’t go in thinking I would win, just the chance and the deadline makes the writing more intense and exciting. But since I’m a broke writer, I never enter any that require a fee. When I run across a contest that I feel would interest my readers, I’ll post it. I’m gonna try my hand at this one. Susan B and Me

Postmark Deadline: March 15
Girls and women are invited to submit poetry, other brief writings and photos for inclusion in Susan B and Me, a proposed anthology in coffee-table book format dedicated to the spirit of women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony. Send your reflections on the female experience—lives, loves, relationships, families, personal struggles and triumphs, self and society. Email Patti Ronsvalle for guidelines. No fee to enter. 

If you decide to enter, good luck!  Ya’ll have a great weekend. I’m taking off tomorrow. I’ll see you Monday when I post a whole bunch of markets and update the Helpful Links for Writers section.

Edit: The listing I found for this called it a contest, but I sent off an email asking for the guidelines and it turns out that this is a call for submissions to an anthology. Just thought I’d let you know. Sounds intriquing, though, so check it out.  I’m sending them three poems. Did I say I was taking the rest of the weekend off? Ok, you caught me. I LOVE my blog! But I promise I won’t be back until Monday. (Jeez, I’m addicted)



colors.jpgHis skin is like chocolate, her’s peaches.

A woman browned by the sun, a man by heritage.

His skin is pale beige, her’s black as night.

If only we were transparent, see through,

peacefully living in a world where we knew

who we are has nothing to do with color.

~Denise Kincy

I have the computer to thank….

for my decision to start writing. (real romantic, huh?)

I had always dabbled in poetry, had my first poem published in my high school paper. But it had never crossed my mind to write anything else. For one I was busy living life, then raising kids, working, and for another, my handwriting sucks! I didn’t get bitten by the writing bug until my husband and I got together–he’s a geek–and a computer became a necessary part of my household for the first time. I thought, what the heck? I can type, why not tell the story of that crazy dream I couldn’t get out of my head? The one about the talking Iguana who ate the family Daschund.

Before I started, I went to the library and got two or three of the books on writing I listed in a previous post. And I was hooked. I had found my calling, and I still wonder what took me so long. The passion those authors felt for their craft was palpable, and infectious, the guidance they offered priceless. I knew in my bones that I could write, I had a poet’s heart, after all.

I read every book I listed for you in another post. It’s my opinion that no one should even attempt to be a writer  until they have read most of those books. And no, they can’t give you talent if you don’t already possess it, but there are so MANY things a writer needs to know, I can’t imagine a person sitting down without some kind of training and writing a great story. I’m sure there are exceptions, there are to everything, but writing takes discipline, and that’s the most important thing I feel books like this offer. Next to inspiration. Then there is the fact that if you have read the history of someone like Stephen King and how many times he was rejected when he first started, you will not become nearly as discouraged when you must deal with your own.

Some people take classes, and I suppose being in the company of other writers would be inspiring, but I don’t really feel taking a creative writing class is necessary, maybe enjoyable, and educational, but from what I’ve heard, taking a class often stifles a writer’s individuality. Bottom line, I think it’s a choice and not a requirement.

Three years after reading those books, I would consider these things the most important aspects of writing:

1. A writer is like a movie camera.

2. Use all five senses-taste, touch, smell, hearing, sight-to place the reader totally in the scene.

3. Good writing lets the reader forget they are reading.

Losing yourself in a world you create is heady stuff. And the sense of accomplishment and pride you feel when you get that first piece published is addictive, intoxicating. 

I have said many times since I began that I will write until they pry my bony fingers from this keyboard.

Like a typical female….

I am prone to changing my mind. I hope feminists who might be reading this won’t take offense, but I think most women will agree that this is a predominantely female characteristic.

Anyway, I have been working on revising the query for my novel. And I am determined to get it right, TODAY! So even though I said that the rest of the week I would be taking you on a journey through my writing life so far, heck, the week is almost over! And, I realized last night that I have so many things to tell you, it will take me months to get it all down. I want to be free to offer up pieces of my life when the mood strikes, not feel that it’s an assignment, one for me to write and you to read. That would take all of the spontaneity and enjoyment out of it.

So there.

Now here’s a quote that is fitting for what I have in store today, and maybe you too.


“Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.”~Gene Fowler