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Friday, January 6, 2012

Guest Blogger: Sidney Bristol

Hello! I’m very excited about being here with the Lady Scribes today. It’s a little surreal to be sitting on this side of the fence. I remember subscribing and reading this blog when I first started wearing my Serious Writing Tiara. Yes, there really is a tiara. It’s blue and sparkly, and I really do wear it sometimes when I write. So, roping in my wayward attention span, I have to say it’s very exciting to be here today.

Since this marks the beginning of my career as a Real Author, why don’t I take you back to where it all began?

Like my heroine in Flirting with Rescue, I was a rodeo brat growing up. My parents traveled all over the country going from rodeo to rodeo. My father was a world champion calf roper and team roper. My mom was a trick rider and roman rider. It’s a very different kind of life experience for a kid, one I wouldn’t trade for all the social knowledge I missed out on during those years.

Eventually my family did stop traveling and I entered public school. Besides being a huge culture shock, I had no idea what was cool, what wasn’t and what not to do. I was more than a little awkward, and very out of touch with reality. I made one friend early on; my closest, life-long friend Zibby.  Zibby is the reason I started writing.

You see, Zibby wrote first. While some kids were trying to be king of the mountain, or practicing their cheerleading skills or playing flag football, she told me the really cool kids were writers. Now, if she told me that as a joke, or was being serious, I don’t remember, but I started to write. Writing became part of my daily routine. I even had a parent-teacher conference because I wrote too much in math class.

Fast forward a decade and some change, I’m writing again, and all because of Zibby’s peer pressure. I’d quit playing roller derby, wasn’t doing much with my life and there was Zibby, reminding me of this thing called NaNoWriMo. My first NaNo was a train wreck as far as the novel went, but I had the writing bug – bad. Have you ever picked up a hobby or an activity and wondered how you’ve lived without it? That was me! That’s still me!

I’m a fan of beginnings. The first chapter of a book. The initiation to something new. The start of a new year. And now, my debut book. I wouldn’t be here without the encouragement I’ve received along the way, and a good dose of peer pressure.

2012 stretches out in front of us. If you’re sitting at my desk, it’s even hosted by half-naked firemen, courtesy of the Houston Firefighter calendar. It's inspiration! Honest! This year is new and exciting. It’s a chance to tackle another book, do something new and make more memories.

Today I’m going to be giving away a $10 gift card to the winner’s choice of Ellora’s Cave, Barnes and Noble or Amazon. To enter, tell me a new activity, event or goal you want to tackle in 2012. The winner will be chosen at random.

For me, I want to go on a bike ride with my mom. That doesn’t sound like a big deal, until I tell you my mom’s one of the top ranked Ultimate Cyclists in her age division. She rides well over 15,000 kilometers in a year, several hundred miles in a month with an average of twelve hours a ride. That’s a daunting event! But, if my over 50 mother can do it, so can I.

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It can never be said that Sidney Bristol has had a ‘normal’ life.  She is a recovering roller derby queen, former missionary, and tattoo addict. She grew up in a motor-home on the US highways (with an occasional jaunt into Canada and Mexico), traveling the rodeo circuit with her parents. Sidney has lived abroad in both Russia and Thailand, working with children and teenagers. She now lives in Texas where she splits her time between a job she loves, writing, reading and belly dancing.

Her debut book, Flirting with Rescue, will be out from Ellora’s Cave in January of 2012.



19 comments:

  1. great cover :)

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  2. Welcome to Lady Scribes, Sidney! How exciting to have your first novel come out. And it sounds like you have had such an interesting life so far- I envy you the travelling. I want to travel, I would LOVE to see Russia some day, along with Scotland, France, Thailand and New Zealand. (Sort of wide-spread, lol)
    Sounds like you are going to have a great year. Good luck and thanks for being a guest!

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  3. Welcome to Lady Scribes, Sidney! Many congrats on your debut novel and on your rediscovery of your passion for writing.

    I love the sound of your goal for this year. Your mom sounds amazing!

    I think my goals are ongoing, but a new activity this year--I'll be attending the Romantic Times Convention for the first time this year. I'm looking forward to it!

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  4. Welcome to Lady Scribes, Sidney! Many congrats on your debut novel and on your rediscovery of your passion for writing.

    I love the sound of your goal for this year. Your mom sounds amazing!

    I think my goals are ongoing, but a new activity this year--I'll be attending the Romantic Times Convention for the first time this year. I'm looking forward to it!

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  5. Can I have the blue tiara? It will go nicely with my Sapphire blue shirt.

    My writing goals for this year are to finish my stories no matter the length and self-publish them. I'm even going to try and set my own personal publishing schedule to 'encourage' completion of things.

    We'll see how it goes.

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  6. I would like to complete a half marathon before I leave the state of California and a stress free move.

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  7. Thanks ladies for the warm welcome! Sorry about my tardy appearance, my plane was a lot earlier than we thought.

    @Regina - Thank you so much! I really like it. The team does great work.

    @Olivia - Thanks lady! I do have traveling feet. Someday I want to hit all those places you've said as well. :D

    @Deb - Oh, I'm jealous! I want to go to RT - someday. *sigh*

    @Beth - Hmm, you might not want my tiara. It was involved with an infamous food flinging event. I got mine at Sam Moon, they have a big online store as well. You can get tiaras in several styles and color combinations. The stores leave you wide eyed and shocked the first time you go in!!

    @May - Oh wow, I don't know if I could do a marathon. You have all my respect for that!

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  8. Congrats on your first book, Sidney :) Your Mom must do a lot of cycling. It puts my cycle around the block seem lazy!

    I'd like to try my hand at more crafty stuff this year.

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  9. Sigh - I mean it makes my cycle around the block seem lazy!!!

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  10. Hi Shelley! My mom's cycling is nuts. There's no way around it, but it's great that she's able to do that. She's kinda my hero. I <3 her.

    I love crafting! I need to knit more this coming year.

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  11. What a wonderful life! Such varied rich experiences give you a rich foundation for your writing. This year ... I haven't thought about what I want to do physically. I've managed to do quite a bit. One of these days I'd love to take my horse out on a real trail instead of the safe pastures of our farm.

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  12. Thanks Jeannene! Trail riding can be a lot of fun. I highly suggest it if you get the chance. When I was a teen, there was a group that offered guided trail rides in the Rocky Mountains, and we did one. It was a lot of fun, and exhausting!

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  13. Wow! What a life you've had so far. So happy to have you as our guest today. And it's true that the cool kids write. :D

    Hmm... I've always wanted to kayak. Nothing serious. Just out on the calm lake in our town. I think my son would enjoy it, too. So I'm thinking I'd like to get a kayak this year and go out on the lake this summer.

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  14. Ooooh, kayaking! We used to go white water rafting and I always wanted to be one of the super cool people who buzzed past us in a kayak. I say go for it!

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  15. Congrats on the debut, Sidney. I'm really looking forward to reading it--has horses and romance, so must read!

    One of my 2012 goals is to intensify my yoga practice. I've slacked off on it for the past year, but with my planned writing goals, I'll need all the yoga I can get. :)

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  16. Congrats on the book Sydney! I can't wait to read it. As an Air Force brat we moved around quite a bit and I wouldn't change that for anything. My only goal this year so far is to get in shape and have the kind of body they'd want in a calendar. I should probably put down this pizza and get on with it. I suppose I do have another goal and that's to finish the children's book I've had floating in my head. If I can get both those done 2012 will be a fantastic year.

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  17. What an intresting life you've had. I've already started on two of my goals this year. One is to start paddle boarding. I went for my first class this morning.

    Congratulations on your release.

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  18. Thanks guys! 2012 is going to be an awesome year :D

    And thanks to the Ladies here for having me.

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