Welcome to another Frabjous Friday, where we gather to celebrate our successes and have fun!
You’re in for a treat today. I’ve invited D. D. Scott, who was my guest back in December 2008. She’s here today to talk about dancing with our muses, a subject near to her fun-loving heart. She’s also celebrating the release of her debut novel, Bootscootin’ Blahniks. ~ Keli
by D. D. Scott
Hello, Romance Writers on the Journey!
I’m romantic comedy debut author D. D. Scott, your Frabjous Friday guest blogger!
First a shout-out to the fabulous Keli Gwyn for asking me to come back to Romance Writers on the Journey to host such a super-fun event! I luuuvvv her Frabjous Friday concept, and “lightening things up a bit”…well…that’s my specialty. So here we go…
Besides celebrating my debut release, Bootscootin’ Blahniks, I’m also a Writer’s Go-to-Gal for Muse Therapy where it’s all about giving writers fun and fabulous tools to analyze their muses’ funks, rein in their creative divas and up their page counts.
Together, we discover what makes your muses tick. What ticks ’em off. And what makes them dance like nobody’s watching.
Here’s the scoop…the secret to upping your page count isn’t done by hurling nasty insults at your muses. Oh no. You’ve got to wine and dine those divas. Whether it’s with coffee, chocolate, fabulous finds in some chic boutique, or with what I call Muse Therapy Trips, it’s all about pampering those chicks and chucks ’til you get out of them exactly what you want…and then some.
As a writer’s Go-to-Gal for Muse Therapy, I know it ain’t easy being the Queen or King of your Creative Kingdom. It’s tough. Darn tough. There are sooo many Doubt Demons, Wicked Witches, Flying Monkeys, and Apple-Hurling Trees driving us to lie down in our poppy fields of rejection and slumber away our dreams.
But dangit! We’re writers! And like the forever gutsy-girl, tell-it-like-it-is Queen Nora (as in Nora Roberts) said at RWA10, “Publication is wild wicked with huge nosedives and near miss rejections. Suck it up…or stay outta the pool!”
I find it wonderfully inspiring that RWA10 was relocated to Disney World, a magical place, a place proof-positive that ‘Dreams really do come true’. A place that became a glorious, fun-filled reality even after countless people stomped on Mr. Disney’s dreams. Did you know that Walt Disney himself was once fired from a newspaper because “He never had any good ideas”?!
So how do I know, like Walt did, that it ain’t an easy trip along the Yellow Brick Road to Publishing Oz or, in Mr. Disney’s case, no walk-in-the-park down Main Street to build a beyond fabulous castle?
I know because it’s taken me almost nine years — you heard me — Nine Years – to get to Publishing Oz! And as you may know from my blogs, and if you’re a writer writing-for-publication, you know from your own personal often horrifying experiences, there’s a bunch of poison apples littering the path to the castle or apple-hurling trees if you’re on the Yellow Brick Road instead of Main Street.
I survived the nine, tougher-than-tough, heartbreak-after-heartbreak years it took me, the ten complete-manuscripts-written it took me, and the larger-than-life failures that took me and shook me by believing in myself (and my muses too!) even when, and especially when, no one else did!
For me and my muses, The Carrie Squad, we stayed-on the dance floor, even when the crowd surrounding it’s edges closed-in like vultures circling prey, snickering and sneering about my audacity to keep bootscootin’ to my out-of-the-norm manuscripts, characters and narrative voice.
Bootscootin’ Blahniks, like all the stories and most of the blog posts I write, is about Gutsy Girls. A romantic comedy, my book is chick lit, gone-country. Think Sex and The City meets Urban Cowboy!
I’ve always danced — bootscootin’ style for me — to my own beat. And so do my characters. We’re sexy, sassy, smart, career-driven women finding the men who complete us. I’m lucky I finally found my real-life hero. And boy do I have some fun and hotter-than-hot ones to introduce to my gutsy-gal heroines. (Do you recognize international cover model Jimmy Thomas on my debut cover?! Talk about a every Gutsy Girl’s dream hero!) Here’s a sneak peak:
I think I write such gutsy-gal heroines because I live every day of my life — as both a writer and as a woman in today’s chaotic Wonder Woman-required World — trying to be gutsy. Lucky for me — and my heroines too — I discovered Kate White’s beyond fabulous book Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead … But Gutsy Girls Do: Nine Secrets Every Working Woman Must Know. Yes, Kate White as in Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief. If you haven’t read Kate’s book…do it! It will change your life. (Sidenote: I met Kate at this year’s RT10 in Ohio. I was a gutsy-girl, went up and introduced myself to her. Now…we’re considering partnering for my Muse Therapy Adventures! Gutsy, right?!)
Where am I going with all this gutsy-girl talk?
I’ve only made it to my very own debut-release day because I’ve had the audacity to bootscoot onto my pages with my chick lit, gone-country characters even though chick lit is supposedly dead. When everyone else on the dance floor was waltzing along with their fabulous historicals, doing whatever they do in their paranormal-style Star Wars cantinas, or hitting some fabulous, tough-girl techno club like an Angelina Jolie kick-butt action chick, etc. You get the idea. I had the guts to not just bootscoot, but to also do so on the E-Book Country dance floor. Retail space most of the traditional pub world is still watching from the sidelines — too afraid to dance on with gusto like nobody’s watching.
To go another gutsy-girl step forward, and to give myself a platform on which to build a fan base for my romantic comedy books, I also decided to finally use the psychology degree my parents paid for and, thus, Muse Therapy has hit couches the world over.
For Frabjous Fridays, Keli gives you a day of uplifting and encouraging celebrations of successes and perseverance plus a whole bunch of fun too! Well…in my D. D. Scott, Bootscootin’ Blahniks and Muse Therapy Kingdoms, we do that kind of celebrating every day, all year long, all life long, with every step on our Yellow Brick Roads to Publishing Oz and down every Main Street to Cinderella’s Castle.
Because let’s face it, if you can’t laugh along with and thru the huge tears this biz brings, your journey is going to be filled with nothing but big ol’ buckets of water — which we know takes care of the witches but didn’t get Dorothy home. Only Dorothy could get herself to Kansas by continuing to dance in her ruby red slippers just like Cinderella had to step-up and own-up to the fact that the fabulous glass slipper was hers and hers alone.
So how bad do you want your Publishing Prince or Oz?
Put-on your own style of slippers — or whatever you, your feet and your muses love to dance in — then bootscoot, waltz, Star Wars Cantina Groove, or kick some serious booty and dance your way to your dreams!
Because I kept on dancin’ with my muses, you can now check out our Bootscootin’ Blahniks by going to Amazon’s Kindle Store here!!!
Oh, and no worries if (a) you don’t have an E-reader like Kindle or (b) you have another E-reader like a Sony E-Reader, Barnes & Noble nook, iPad or Kobo. Once you buy a Kindle E-Book from the Kindle Store, you can download right from the store free apps to read any of their E-Books on your PC, laptop or smart phone! And if you have the other readers (Sony E-reader, nook, iPad, or Kobo), you can buy my book on Smashwords.
How cool and easy is that?!
The best part yet…it’s cheap! I’m sharing my dreams-come-true with you for the E-Book price of $2.99! Another Gutsy Girl move!!!
In the mean time, I’m looking forward to your comments here at Romance Writers on the Journey and hope to see y’all “in therapy” either during my online class sessions or live workshops. Check my website www.DDScott.com for dates and locations.
Ohhh…and how’s this for a bit of added fun? Anyone who comments will be eligible to win a free Muse Therapy Online Class of her or his choice between now & the end of the year. So start commenting…
Congratulations to LoRee Peery, winnner of the Muse Therapy class.
’Til then…keep your muses happy. Pamper ‘em silly. They’ll be glad you did and so will you.
Sexy, Sassy, Smart BOOTSCOOTIN’ Wishes — D. D. Scott
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I hope you enjoyed hanging with D. D. With her fun take on life, that’s easy to do.
I invite you to leave a comment for D. D. And if you have frabjous news to share, bring it on. I’d love to share in your celebration. I don’t bootscoot like D. D., but I do an energetic happy dance that sends my cats running for cover. ~ Keli