Buying presents for me

Really just the one present, but I am really excited. I collect TV and movie…um, toys? knick knacks? Gimcrack? Gewgaws?

Yeah. I actually wanted to post some pictures, but the shelves were dusty, and I was too lazy to dust them. I also didn’t want the whole wide internet to see my dust.

Anyway, I got a new gewgaw. It’s Doctor Finklestein from Nightmare Before Christmas! Here’s a picture.

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The arm in his hand is actually more of a blue color, probably because it’s Sally’s. He also plays the audio of a snippet of a scene from the movie with surprisingly good quality sound.

He won’t be hanging on the tree. He’s on the shelf with the other figurines and my VHS copy of the movie. I didn’t have this guy before. I have a few Jacks, a Sally, Lock, Shock, and Barrel, Oogie Bookie, a stuffed Zero, and a figurine Zero. I think that’s it.

Someday when I dust, I’ll post more of the collection. I own way more toys than any 39-year-old should.

 

 

 

In the Dark

Hey there, kats and kittenz! I thought I’d pop onto the blog and drop some knowledge, seeing as I’m sitting here in the dark with the power out.

Want to see my super creepy selfie? Of course, you do!

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Slightly demonic, no? Loving those black eyes! There can’t possibly be a better use of precious cell phone battery power.

I tried to write again this weekend. It didn’t work. I was mostly okay on time, except for that short cubicle jail stint I picked up on Saturday. This time, I hit a bad patch in my book notes, and by bad patch, I mean that if I could’ve, I would’ve traveled into the past to smack myself with a rolled-up paper and asked – what the heck is this?

The notes went like this.

Back story, random facts, couple of chapters, more back story, random character notes, maybe some more story and some parts that didn’t make enough sense for me to follow, etc. It goes on.

It was like someone with attention deficit disorder wrote them or something.

By the way, I can make that comment, because I have it, so if you were looking to get offended, continue on down the road! Not today, oversensitive babies. Not. Today.

I discovered that I can’t write without having my thoughts organized and in a file or on paper so I can keep myself on track. I did try to write without proper notes and nothing would come. I actually had a weird moment where I was jumping between my manuscript and my notes, trying to find a way to push through and just write something.

I couldn’t do it.

Is that what writer’s block is? Brain-lock due to poor planning?

Anyway, so I had to spend most of my weekend writing hours deciphering my mess and basically plotting out the rest of the book. It’s much better now. I’ve moved all my reference material to the end of the document, and my chapter notes are at the beginning.

That’s all I have for now. I hope the power comes back on soon.

In which pie was used as a metaphor

I didn’t get much writing done this weekend. Due to some barometric pressure insanity, I woke up with a migraine on Saturday. I threw everything I had at it, but the thing insisted on sticking around until about 3pm.

There was also an additional child in my house and I had to go get people food, etc. Needless to say, my mini writing retreat was a bust.

Sigh.

Maybe next time. I did get started. My very sad word count was just over 2000 words.

Allow me to illustrate my disappointment using this dented pie, which was only slightly less of a disappointment.

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Much like my word count, the pie was squished. It still tastes okay, though, and I am around to write another day.

I have a new goal of getting a few hours of writing in every Saturday. That will be a helpful thing. I may have to spend some of those hours at the library if I really don’t want to be interrupted.

I have a Goodreads giveaway for a signed copy of Love and the Dark that should go live tomorrow. I’ll post a link on the blog once I have one.

So much writing

This weekend is going to be crazy. The husband has car business to attend to. The children will likely be busy. I don’t have any visits to relatives planned. The only commitment I have for the whole weekend involves helping the boy set up his fish tank. As long as I can keep myself from falling down the Skyrim rabbit hole for hours on end, I should be able to accomplish a lot!

The writing project is going to be the sequel to the middle-grade book that’s coming out in February of next year. This is actually the perfect time to write it because I’m in the process of reading through the first book one last time. Everything is fresh in my brain.

I’m stocking up on coffee and snacks. It’s going to be awesome, like my own mini writing retreat. I can’t wait to see how much I can get done.

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Word Math

I think about time a lot, probably because I never seem to have enough of it. The other day, while I was trapped in cubicle jail, I was thinking about how long it actually takes me to write a book. Then came the question of how fast could I write a book if I worked consistently and on a computer? I type faster on a computer than I do on my tablet or my phone. I would think most people do.

Let’s say I type 40 words a minute. I actually type faster than that if I’m just transcribing thoughts.

A decent word count for a book is 80,000 words, not too much but still a somewhat substantial length. That’s actually longer than most of my books. Mine usually run somewhere between 60,000 and 80,000 words.

40wpm = 2400 words per hour

80,000 words divided by 2400 = about  33.3 hours

And now I feel like I’m taking way too long to write books. This is less than a 40 hour work week.

Of course, this would be straight word count only, no rewriting, no proofreading, no cover art or interior layout. Still, this gives me some perspective on what I could be doing.

Here’s a picture of Bleu sleeping. He looks so innocent. BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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Ravens & Roses

The eBook version of Ravens & Roses is out today! It’s the last part of the Annabeth trilogy, so no big fanfare, just book.

I also updated the first 2 books with some minor changes and updated cover art.

These should be the final versions. I have a tendency to want to change things, but I’m done with these now. I had fun, but I’m really ready to move on. Here are the new eBook covers. They all match with the last one being a kind of mix between the first 2. The book is a mix of the first 2 in a way, do this makes sense, and it’s right, and it all clicks together nicely.

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Here’s the link to the new book on Amazon.

Print copies of all 3 will be out soon.

Love and the Dark is now available in print on CreateSpace and Amazon. Boo yah!

Here’s the link to CreateSpace.

The to-do list is rapidly shrinking! This pleases me greatly.