So I’ve been reading craft of writing books lately and I’ve been editing. Mainly, I’ve been reading books on structure and scenes. Reread a couple of my craft books I had on my Nook as well as in print. A few things caught me this time which I hadn’t noticed before. This is what happens when you review regularly– new things catch your eyes and mind, which help your growth as a writer. The thing that stood out is that in real life– random things DO happen. However, in fiction– that’s just not allowed but very rarely. Everything is noted and plotted out beforehand. *puts up hand* Now, before you pansters out there have a hissy fit, even you, who don’t plot, know there must be conflict for your characters to learn, grow, and eventually achieve their goals. Otherwise, it would be the most boring tale known to mankind. Yet, it’s true- we can’t just have them catch a cold because it just happens. It happens because Martha, their cubicle mate was sick with pneumonia, which she caught because her abusive ex-husband was stalking her and chased her outside last week, when our hero helped her out and chased the ex away with a baseball bat, etc. See what I mean? Planned. Not random– it happened just because it did. Blew my mind away– Poof! I had a late night “Come to the Writing Gods” moment with that revelation. Wasn’t pretty. More »
What is happiness? For many people it means many different things. For me, it means giving to those who have supported me. In this case, it means readers. I’m thrilled to join up with some great authors this month to do a fantastic giveaway. How fantastic? Let’s take a look! More »
What are my hopes for the new year? What do I want to accomplish? A lot really and what’s wild, though I’m terrified of some things, overall, I’m excited about this year. So the question now is — what are my plans for this year? Let’s take a look together– this should be interesting.
Right now, I’ve gone through my first week in transition at my day job and learned I will never learn it all. More importantly, I learned being sick my last week of training is not recommended. My male got sick after– not good. Then having the holiday ruined more writing time because the male was sick, his mom was here and just things got away because my sickness wasn’t completely gone. More »
It’s out! It’s out! I’m so excited! I cannot stand it! I’ve gone and giggled, pointed, and jumped up and down! Pirate Queen’s Rebellion is out! I couldn’t be more thrilled right now. It means the world to me to have this book out. I’ve worked so hard for so long and finally it’s here. More importantly, this book is part of my heart, part of my soul. It’s also part of my thank you for my male– to thank him for standing by me while I relearned how to write again. To thank him for sharing his secret fantasies and listening to mine. For letting me take one of his and making it my own. Because the heart of this story is actually his.
Today is about refocusing and how I’m trying hard not to feel like I suck right now. I know in my head that I don’t. But in my heart and the part of me that writes– I feel completely yucky. I’ve been doing Nano and slowly losing ground. My focus is shot because my day job got hard. Really hard. As in a college semester worth of work and mindfulness hard in one month– and OMG, what the hell am I thinking on taking this on while doing the other- hard. I know, I should be slowly working for my daily counts, just pushing through it all. But it’s not that easy for me. Not this month. Let me explain. More »
Taking Savvy Author Classes. This week I finish up Nano Prep class and my Scrivener course. OMG, I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Scrivener course. Why? Because for the first time ever– I can use it! Do you know how awesome that is? A huge thanks to Patrick Haggerty for teaching us and for just really going that extra mile for using videos and text. It so made the difference to me. More »
I know, you’re laughing at me. It’s the old adage, ”The grass is always greener on the other side.” For me, it’s true but not. For me, the grass is greener and it’s cleaner than it has at all over the past few months. But that’s more my personal thing than my writing thing. We’ll cover that too. Writing is also greener too. It’s getting cleaner as well. That’s what happens when you’ve got good people you can work with and bounce ideas when you need it. Which is why I can say– I like my green grass! It reminds me of growing up in Illinois and in North Carolina. The grass was always great to lay down on, allowing you to gaze into the sky while not worrying about killer fire ants like here in Florida. It’s also a sign to me that I’m happy. Things are growing, organizing themselves, and finally, things are simplifying even while complicated. I know that sounds crazy but work with me here– it works. More »
I’m prepping for the last quarter of Row80. I’m also prepping for NaNoWriMo. Notice the panic. Lol. On the plus side, I’m taking two classes to help with Nano. One is a Nano prep class. The second is a class about Scrivener. I’m learning tons in both. These two classes will benefit me in my writing as well.
I got my cover! *grins* It’s beautiful. It’s gorgeous. GD Leigh rocks. I think I love GD. *nods* I do. The wonderful thing about all this is that I can share with you some more info on Pirate Queen’s Rebellion now. Aren’t you excited? I am! I’m counting down the weeks and I’m putting together a lovely giveaway to celebrate. More »