Saturday, April 20, 2019

April Writing Update


It wasn't until Friday that I remembered I was supposed to post Wednesday. *facepalm* This will be a short one.

So, also on Friday, I got to see a draft of my BOOK COVER! I'm so excited. That means it's really happening. I can't wait to show everyone. I plan on a cover reveal in May and publication in June, so hopefully that stays on track.

I'm working on a newsletter and trying to build something a little closer to a website via Wordpress. I'm not the biggest fan of Wordpress, though, so if I have to make a home page-type page for here, as I've already bought this domain and know Blogger fairly well now, then that is what I'll do, and just change the domain in 2020.

I've been writing in my next fantasy project, and I'm finally pulling pieces from my document of scenes for later. I can't wait to get to the end of this one and then develop the sequel. I feel that's gonna be a journey. This story is already pretty adult and darker than I've done in a while (kind of what happens when your first words came from an angry place, but c'est la vie). I can't wait to see where this one is taking me.

If you celebrate, I hope you enjoy the Easter weekend. I will see you all (on time) next week!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Wednesday Words: How Long 'Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin


It is the 2nd Wednesday of what feels like a really long month already. But at least I'm starting a new book today!!



As you all might know by now, I'm a huge fan of N.K. Jemisin, so I can't wait to crack this book open some time today. How Long 'Til Black Future Month? is a collection of short stories based on modern times. I love the title, a very poignant question for today, and the cover is amazing!

How do I randomly choose a page from a short story collection? The same as I always do. There are 397 pages in this collection, and random.org chose page 245, a page in the story "Cuisine des Mémoires." That page is a little racy, so I'm gonna go ahead and hit the generate button again. 229, "Walking Awake."

And there was something about this chaos, something so subtly counter to everything she knew about the Masters, that she understood at once these were people without Masters. They had built the vehicles and they had built the roads. They had built the whole city.

They were free.

A new word came into her head, in whispers. (Revolution.)

Yeeees. And that makes me understand the title of that story as well. I can't wait!


What are you reading this week?

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Insecure Writer's Support Group



It's Springtime! Happy April. It is the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for another meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, where we throw our cares to the blogosphere and share with other writers. Please visit Alex J. Cavanaugh, our great founder, and the website to join in.

I don't have a lot to say, but I am currently working with the cover artist for my novel, Fractured Princess, which I plan to publish this June. I'm so excited. I had a lot of help from people I didn't even expect to fund the Kickstarter. I officially received 10% above my goal, so I was able to cover the Kickstarter fees without cutting into what I requested. God is good.

The IWSG question this month is: If you could use a wish to help you write just one scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be?

This is a weird question. haha There are scenes I do struggle with writing; sometimes because it's not the next scene that needs to be written, and sometimes because it's emotionally/mentally hard to put down. I've always written on the darker side, even when I was a kid, so I don't have a problem with those, but "raw" scenes hold me up, the ones where my characters are most vulnerable, probably because I don't like being vulnerable myself. So, I would wish for those scenes to be written out of the air when I need them to be.

Have a great April! See you around.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Monthly Review: March 2019

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It is already the end of March. I can't believe it.

This month has been exhausting, to be honest. My mom's been sick, so I've spent most of March visiting her in the hospital and haven't gotten much time to do anything else. She's much better now, so we're continuing to pray for the best. I got sick last week (this season has just been germy for just about everyone I know), so I'm still getting over that. Of course, we're leaving cold/flu season and sliding straight into allergy season, so send help.

Of course, I also completed my Kickstarter this month, so now I'm just waiting for the funds to come in. I can't wait to get the ball rolling with making rewards for my backers and getting the cover art done, and then getting Fractured Princess published. This has been a long journey, and I know it's only the beginning.

I started working on a website. I'll see how that turns out. Of course, this will remain my primary source of contact for most. I love this blog. It'd just be nice to have something with my pen name in big letters on the header, and my book cover sitting there (*squeal*).

See you all in April!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

March Writing Update and Wednesday Words: A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

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I was doing a sensitivity read last week, and this week I'm sick, so you're getting a delayed 2 for 2 blog post today!

So big news: my Kickstarter reached its goal and even overshot it! I'm currently receiving surveys for the rewards, so I now have to work on those. I'm also talking with the cover artist I'm commissioning, and she is really nice! This is going to be an exciting year for Fractured Princess.

I haven't done too much writing otherwise, just some last touches on FP, so I'll be pushing myself to work in my other projects now.



This week I started reading L.L. McKinney's A Blade So Black.


This book is a spin on Alice in Wonderland. I was a big fan of the cartoon, the first live-action movie (with the dragon!? I need to find that movie), the Disney series, but honestly, I couldn't get into the book. Alice was too precocious for my liking, so I never finished it. I was hoping A Blade So Black would help me enjoy another Wonderland take, and I can say so far that it does. Here is the blurb:

The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she's trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.

Life in real-world Atlanta isn't always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice's handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she'll need to use everything she's learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally.

The first scene was emotional and intense, and I don't mind a book that throws us immediately into the action, which this one does. I can't wait to see what else happens. Also, the Mad Hatter as a cutie? I'll take it.

Let me share a line I've read already, don't want to spoil anything for myself:

A dog stepped out of the black. Huge paws ended with long, wicked claws that clacked against the ground. Inky skin, no fur, rippled as it moved. Illuminated eyes blinked at her; one pair, then two, and three.

Yeah, multiple eyes are a good place to stop.

What are you reading this week?

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Insecure Writer's Support Group


Happy Wednesday!

Can you believe Spring is TWO weeks away? This has been a brutal winter, so I'm ready for it. My allergies won't be, but that's what tissues are for.

It's also the first Wednesday in March. You can join in on the support group fun at www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com, and be sure to thank Alex J. Cavanaugh and the co-hosts for their work.

This month's question is: Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?

I haven't written a villain in a while, probably not since high school, but I tend to lean towards writing the good guy's point of view. I don't like going down the rabbit hole too far. My writing's dark enough already.

I have 10 days before my Kickstarter closes, and I'm so excited that it's funded! Here's to self-publishing in 2019!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Monthly Review: February 2019

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February remains the shortest month of the year, so it feels like it's flown by! We're already at my monthly review, which occurs on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Looking back at my January post, I feel extremely accomplished and excited.

My Kickstarter campaign is currently 108% funded! When I announced on Facebook that I only had $88 left to go, while I was texting with one of my friends, she sent me a screenshot from one of our other friends because he put in that $88. I teared up a little, can't lie. That means I'm going to get the cover for my book! I contacted the artist, and she let me know that she will still be available when the campaign closes, so now I'm just enjoying the moment. Two others pledged after I reached 100%! That's just as special, because that means they saw it was fully funded and still wanted to contribute. My heart is filled.

Work is a little slow, so I did finish reading Tash Hearts Tolstoy at work. It wasn't as good as I expected it to be, but that's the way the cookie crumbles sometimes. I might pick up L.L. McKinney's A Blade So Black next. I'm not a big Alice in Wonderland fan, but I've been anticipating this book for a couple of years now, and L.L. might make me a convert.

On a serious note, I have some family matters that will be at the forefront for at least a few months. If you can or do, please say a prayer for me; it will really help.

Thanks a bunch! See you in March!