Friday, November 11th, 2016
**Sorry for the late past, apparently my internet was down when this was scheduled to post.
So it’s been a week, huh? But we made it, and I wish you all a Happy Friday, my friends!
Yesterday I had the chance to see an old high school friend whom I hadn’t seen in decades. And I wondered–will I recognize her when she walks through the door?
The answer? INSTANTLY. For some reason, that made me feel good. The connections that we form in life matter. We were both so young then and in very different place. My years before Wizard came into my life were hard, and this friend was a tremendous solace as only a true friend can be. I’m glad that my heart remembered her. We spent hours catching up and I’m sure we’ll see each other again.
Saturday I’m going to my local RWA chapter meeting. Bestselling author Lisa Kessler is speaking, I’m looking forward to that and seeing friends.
I’m working hard plotting out the rest of the Savaged Series (the first book is in copy editing). Writing his trilogy is exhilarating and scary. But that’s exactly how it should be! To writers, fear means two things, we are challenging ourselves to grow and stretch in our craft, and we are telling a story we are passionate about. Hopefully readers will feel that passion too.
What are your plans this weekend? Whatever they are, I hope you have a great weekend!
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
Because we can all use a break from Real Life this, we have two candidates to choose from today.
Candidate number 1 apparently really likes to pose. I think he’s going for sensual and smoldering rock star. (Should I admit he’d be my pick?)
Candidate #2 is all about brute strength, although that biceps challenges my perception of reality. I’ve seen some intensely ripped guys from my more hardcore gym days and growing up around a karate studio, but I’ve never seen this outside of bodybuilding competitions on TV. (This guy had me at his forearm and lost me at his biceps. However I’d totally buy this in a paranormal romance.)
Which one do YOU think is more worthy?
Monday, November 7th, 2016
So how did you do with the time change? A few of you are in states that have the good sense to NOT MESS WITH TIME (I’m looking you, Arizona). So Saturday afternoon, I reset all my clocks, and dang, I was proud. I was ahead of schedule!
Then Wizard ruined it. “Witch,” he called out from upstairs, “Did you reset your clocks?”
Ha! Usually Wizard is the one who does all this, so I happily shouted out, “Yes I did! Even my watches!”
He came down the stairs and says, “You set them all ahead an hour. It’s Fall Back, not Spring Ahead.”
And sure enough, he was right. I’m rolling my eyes so hard as I type this, I’m giving myself a headache. How is it I can keep an entire Wing Slayer Hunter world in my brain, but I can’t figure out how to set the clocks back an hour for the time change???
I’m writing this before we go to dinner for our anniversary, but I’m assuming it’ll be really good and we’ll have a great time.
How was your weekend?
P.S. I may not be able to answer comments until later in the day.
Friday, November 4th, 2016
Ugh, the heat! Here in Southern CA it’s hot and dry, and both Wizard and I are cranky. Plus, I hate writing a synopsis, and I’m trying to write two of them for the next two books in the Savaged Series; Savaged Vows and Savaged Devotion. You all know how I love these books, but getting all the story beats and emotion into a synopsis for my editor is a massive challenge. I’ll get there–I always do, but I seem to like to take the long way I think a lot of it is just the weather, sinuses and Wizard’s back issues getting to me. Today will be better!
I have something to look forward to this weekend–it’s our anniversary and we’re going to one of our favorite restaurants on the beach. Being married to the love of my life for a few decades is something to celebrate and I’m really looking forward to it!
Do you realize the holidays are here? My calendar is already filling up with Thanksgiving and Christmas plans! Wasn’t it just summer? And how can it be the holidays when it was over 90 here yesterday? I’m confused, LOL!
What are your plans this weekend? Whatever it is, let’s all have a great weekend!
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
I can’t say I’m in love with this candidate although I like the idea of the leather jacket. But that’s just me.
What do you think? Is he worthy?
Monday, October 31st, 2016
Beware of the monsters!
Yeah, I’m not scared either, LOL! These are CPA Boy and Special K’s pups. From left to right is Cookie, Max and Corky. All three of them pretty much have the same expression of WHY MOM? WHY???
This weekend had a surprise–my final edits came back from my editor earlier than I expected, and my editor’s comments filled me with wild joy. The ending made her cry, and she expressed how much she really, REALLY loves and believes in this story more than any we’ve worked on together. Since Sasha is my toughest critic (as she should be!), her words make the months of writing and rewriting, the two rounds of grueling edits and lying awake nights wondering if I’d totally lost my mind trying to tell this story, all worth it. Her email was true validation. The final edits are easy, and I did the 95% of them all yesterday. Of course, after I get this copy edited, I have to sit on this book while I write the next two because I’m determined to release these close together
Sunday I met Biker Witch for lunch and had fun! This morning I’m headed to the gym. I’ve only been once it two weeks due to my work schedule, and man, I FEEL it when I don’t work out. I need to do cardio to stay loose and feeling my best. Then tonight Wizard and I will hand out candy to trick or treaters.
How was your weekend and do you have any Halloween plans?
Friday, October 28th, 2016
I sent off Savaged Dreams to the editor for her final round of editing. So for me, it’s a definite…
My editor and I were discussing the Savaged Trilogy series, and what is the best way to release these books. We believe we should hold off until next year, and then release these books back-to-back about a month apart. We strongly believe that will make readers the happiest, especially since the books are about the same couple, Justice and Liza. Justice is a rising rock star seeking fame, and Liza is a woman with an explosive past who’s been living in obscurity. Their love is a collision of their hearts and worlds. The first book is 80K words–that’s a full length novel. The second and third books will be roughly the same size. This is a big story that I really believe in and I want to do it right. So my team and I are going to be working on a plan and keep you all up to date. I’m going to be writing, writing and writing!
And on top of that, the Wing Slayer Hunters, Eli and Ram in particular, are really nagging me. I swear, I’m going to figure out how to write their stories and release those back to back, although it won’t be until after the Savaged Trilogy is finished. I hate that I’ve left it this long, and I miss that world so much.
My next week is going to be seriously organizing, planning books and handling all the details to set this up. Then I’m going for it, full-bore. I’m so committed, I actually contacted some house cleaners to get estimates, and one is coming by in the morning I hate doing it, but it’ll take some pressure off while Wizard’s so seriously limited with his back, and give me more time to write (and go to the gym!).
I’m excited guys! It’s nice to feel energized again. Nearly a year ago, things came to a screeching halt due to Real Life, and it’s just been a battle since then. But this last month to six weeks have been better (except for Wizard’s back!), and I’m hopeful things will stay on this path for a while.
As for this weekend, I’m hoping to have lunch with Biker Witch, do some reading and work.
What are you doing this weekend?