Whacking Moles

Hey! Just thought I’d pop on for a moment and offer up an update. I do have a new book out, the eBook version anyway. Link! I’m still engaged in battle with a few last-minute details on the print versions, which is killing me inside. I wanted to be done with this thing, but stuff keeps popping up like some hellish whack-a-mole game. Whack one mole, oh look! Yet another mole. Apparently, I have an overabundance of moles.

I have never had the problems I’m having with this book. It’s really weird and distressing, and if every book fought me this hard, I would probably never publish any of my work.

Official foofaraw shall commence once the paperback version is out. I didn’t want to dive too far into promotion without that at least being available.

I’m going to go work now. I hope to one day be free of this thing. Until then, please enjoy this photo of sleepy Sneaker.

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Maybe the Grossest Story You Read All Day

I was an odd child. As with many children, I had more energy than good intentions.

In the third grade, I had some wax lips. I might’ve gotten them for Halloween. I might’ve bought them at the candy store down the street from my house.

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Being the creative soul I am, I discovered that I could chew them up and then form the wax into shapes. I began to sculpt. I made small snowmen and other simple things, probably a cat or two.

I made a bunch of them and hid them in my desk. It was one of those models where the top flips up, and you stash books and whatever inside.

Then I came up with the bright idea that I would sell them. My classmates really seemed to like them, and they never questioned my materials. I sold several of these saliva and wax masterpieces.

Unfortunately, my gig didn’t last very long. I don’t remember why I quit. I think my teacher must’ve told me that I should not do such things. Of course, teachers did that a lot.

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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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.

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.

 

 

 

Show on the Road

Autumn must officially be upon us. I was sitting in my car and a dead leaf blew in and smacked me directly in the face. Thank you, Fall. Nice to see you again.

I can’t seem to get the word party started lately. I keep trying to write but I pull up the word document, and I get all like ugh, no! And then I find something else to work on.

I could try and force the words, but when I do that, I get impatient. An impatient writer usually isn’t a good writer.

I probably shouldn’t be writing at the moment anyway. I have a hundred other things going on. One of those things is an author fair I plan to attend next weekend. It’s my first one. 

I’ll post pictures once I have them. Below is the info if you’d like to come and see me sit shyly at a table, trying to sell copies of Love and the Dark. I will have some books with small font and off-center text on the binding. Only ten of those will ever exist because I’m already in the process of fixing it. Limited edition!

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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!