Tonight in the Sea of Words That is my Life

The obsession is real and true, my friends. One of the most difficult parts of this whole book writing thing is letting go.

I’m currently driving the CreateSpace people crazy. I’m also driving myself a little crazy with the upcoming book release. Tweaking it has become a kind of habit. I try to let it go, and then I find something to adjust and again, I tumble down the spiral of obsessive compulsive checking and rechecking and scrolling through 300 pages of words, and I can’t trust myself because nothing is ever perfect.

But the book will be out on time, the ebook, at the absolute very least.

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Rapid-Fire Randomness

Hey, what’s up! I’ve been sick for about the last week because my husband decided to bring home the plague. I haven’t had much energy for blogging, but apparently, that won’t stop me from posting words on the internet.Today, I have some random bits and bobs about what’s been going on.

Current writing project: Desmond Winters and the Ghosts of Arbolettis (middle-grade book), word count – 24231, a little over a third of the way complete if I hit my 60,000-word goal.

Most recent books read:
Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger – meh
The Bell Jar by Syvlia Plath – slightly better
Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet – pretty good

Currently reading:
Shadows of the Dark Crystal #1 by JM Lee and Brian Froud

Also about to start:
Splintered by AG Howard

Most recent movies watched:
The Magnificent Seven (2016) – very good
Don’t Breathe – not bad
Star Trek Beyond – decent

And here’s a picture of my son’s new snail. Its name is Larry and it is slightly larger than a quarter. Every time someone sees this picture, they ask me how big it is.

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A Special Delivery and Some Random Updates

A few minutes ago, I was getting my favorite evening beverage, a glass of water, from my refrigerator. I pushed the button and received part of a smarties wrapper with my ice. I thought that was weird, but I was like okay, whatever, maybe it flew in. I picked it out of my glass and with the next round of ice, part of a sucker came out. The children are not currently home, but once they are, inquiries will be made.

 

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Exhibits A & B

 

Last night was the first Halloween in over a decade and a half that I didn’t have to take a child trick-or-treating. The boy is 13 this year, so he pretty much aged out. We handed out 5 pounds of candy in less than an hour, and then we watched a creepy movie called “Jessabelle”. I didn’t really miss walking around the neighborhood. I don’t think the boy did, either. It was a good time.

The updated print edition of Love and the Dark should be available in the next few days. I have one last tweak (I totally just typed that as “twerk”), and it should be all good in the hood. Woo! One down.

The digital version of the last AnnaBeth book should be out next week. The print copy is a week or two out, but that’s in the final stages. Between that and the matching editions of the first two books, I’m a tad tired of dealing with formatting.

And on top of that, I have 2 print editions to put together for the middle-grade book that’s coming out at the beginning of 2017.

I’ll feel a lot better about my to-do list once all the print business is done. These are not my favorite stages of the publishing process. I love the end result, of course, but this part, formatting and making it all somewhat pretty, is drudgery. The software often betrays me.

I’ll post announcements when the various things are up and running.

Smell ya later.

 

 

 

Day of Many Words

I hope everyone in the US had a lovely holiday weekend. I did! There was a lot of socializing, which wore me out (#introvert), but it was a good time. After parties on 2 out of 3 days and a 1-day writing retreat, I had no energy left.

The writing retreat (hosted by The Geeky Press in Indy) was really good, long, but good. I was proofreading and I got through about a third of the book (20,000 words). I was pleased with my productivity and pleased with the state of the book. It’s in weirdly good shape for a first draft.

I was also pleased with the fanciness of the place. I took a few pictures. If you click on a picture, I think it should pull up a slideshow.

 

Most of the attendees were female, like all but 2. I then wondered if most authors in general were women and then I thought about the books I read. They’re almost all written by male authors.

I wonder why this is. It isn’t a conscious decision. When I decide whether a book is worth my time, gender is not a factor. I have never put down a book because it was written by a lady.

I will say that I don’t read overly girly books. I prefer fantasy, thriller, horror, that kind of deal. So, that genre preference might be a bit of a factor.

I decided I need to read more books written by women, and I would like to encourage other people to do the same. Ladies can write, too. I’m going to find 3 new lady authors who write the kind of books I want to read, because I should really be more supportive of my own gender and because I need to broaden my horizons.

Recommendations are welcome!

Friday Bloggin

The weather this week has been SO much better, not as much heat, not as much humidity. As much as I like summer, I don’t do very well in the heat.

I had run-ins with wildlife this week. I was bitten on the face by a flying ant (an unprovoked attack, I assure you.) and a pair of baby bunnies fell into the basement window well. Here’s a picture for you to awwww…

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Those 2 characters in the background are part of our zombie gnome collection.

I got the bunnies out using a bucket and I was careful not to touch them but one did jump over me and into my basement. It dashed around and then under a couch. The other one did not escape into the house but he did panic and then bonk his head on the window as he tried to run away. Poor babies! I was glad they weren’t dead this time. We find dead bunnies in there sometimes and that is both sad and disgusting.

We really need to cover that window well with a screen or something.

I finished the read-through of the 2nd AnnaBeth book today. I made some much needed adjustments and changes and hopefully did not screw anything new up in the process. It will get a run through spellcheck and maybe another read-through before I release the 2nd edition of the print book.

Now, the next project is the first read-through of the third and last AnnaBeth book. I hope it’s in good shape. I feel like it might be.

I plan to make a deliciously large dent in that task this weekend while I’m on my one-day writing retreat. That’s right! I am attending a writing function during which other writers will be present. I have never done this before. I’m kind of excited about it.

This is where I’m going –

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It’s called the Columbia Club and it looks super fancy. I’m actually not sure if I’m fancy enough to be there. I guess we’ll find out! I’ll try to snap a couple of better pictures when I’m there if I can do it without looking overly touristy or like I don’t get out much. I actually don’t get out much, incidentally, but that’s beside the point.

If this goes well, if I get make great leaps and bounds of productivity, I might try to do something similar on my own. I could always hide in the basement for a weekend day and demand that the children and the husband leave me be. Would they actually do it? I do not know.

That’s it for now. Catch ya later.

Trials and Trilogies

Hi! How are my favorite internet people? Not too much is going on over here, except for work. There’s always work, which is fine and dandy by me.

Writing the last part of a trilogy is a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. I’ve written sequels before and that wasn’t a huge deal , but a three-fer is apparently an entirely different animal. This one is the third AnnaBeth book.

As I’ve moved along her story line, things have gotten more complex. Book 1 was an introduction to her world. Book 2 built on that. Book 3 builds on everything.

I’m trying to keep it as simple as possible but fresh at the same time, which means new characters. I’ve got 7 new ones in this installment. That seems like a lot.

They’re kind of grouped together, though. Like a pair of them are demons, and there’s a witch and warlock couple. I have a 2-in-1 ghost. So, if you can remember who one is, you can probably remember the other one.

I did cut some characters, at least 4 that I can think of off the top of my head. They didn’t die or anything; they just aren’t in this book. So maybe it will balance out in the end.

One main character might die. I don’t know for sure yet. I have to see where the story wants to go.

I have a goal to finish the rough draft by 2/28. I think that’s about 2 months from when I started. It’s a nice time frame, efficient but not nanowrimo-level crazy. I’m at about 50,000 words at the moment. I can make it if I get my butt moving.

That’s the project for this weekend – typing many words. I don’t think my social butterfly husband planned anything, which means extended quiet time may be in my near future.

Oh, I should mention that Love and the Dark is now free on Amazon. Woo! So if you haven’t grabbed a copy yet, here is the link.

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Book Workin

I thought I would pop in and offer up some writing updates! I haven’t been blogging much lately, so I’m probably overdue.

I recently finished the first round of rewrite on the sequel to What the Dead Fear. That was a giant pain in my rear that went on far longer than it should have. The rough draft was about 26000 words, while the rewrite version was about 36000.

It was very intensive with changes to almost every paragraph. So, what went wrong in the first round? I was off my game; that much is clear. The story wasn’t as developed as it should have been. I also had some realizations about the story toward the end, which resulted in many changes throughout. The whole rewrite was very tedious, but worth the trouble, I think.

The current project is my first read of the middle grade novel. I was worried that this would be in bad shape like the novella. Thank God it’s okay because it’s about 95,000 words right now. It’s the longest book I’ve written, and if I had to spend the next year rewriting it, I might have cried. I actually took a 4-day weekend to get a jump on it, during which time, I got through about half of the book.

I’m very pleased with it, not only because of the whole ease of edit thing. I think if I can get someone to really look at it and give it a chance, they might want to publish it. I’m going to give that road a go. Someone will want this book.

I plan to get through as much of the read as I can this weekend, so I can send it off to lady editor. I’ve got about 1/6 of it left. I anticipate smooth sailing. *knock on wood*

And that’s all I have to say about that…for now.