Jennifer Lyon

Monday, March 16th, 2015
Weekend Roundup

First up today:

Fine art sepia toned portrait of beautiful young fit man at the

Anna owns and operates the Herding Cats & Burning Soup review and book website, which by the way is a very cool website to check out. She is starting today as my assistant, helping me with some social media (mostly FB), setting up my street team (unfortunately we have to set up a “new” team as the I didn’t own the site for the old one and couldn’t do much), and several other things. I’m very excited about working with Anna, and wanted to let you all know so you’d have a clue who I’m talking about when I mention Anna :-)

And for the record, I loved working with Carla, my former assistant. Carla is starting a new venture now and I’m wishing her much luck and success!

My weekend was pretty good, I’m getting a ton of little things done but no real writing. Getting started on a new book is slow going as I’m having to reconsider some plot points. What I really need to do is jump in a write a couple scenes to get a better feel for my hero and heroine. As much as I’d love to be a completely organized plotter to make writing easier, in the end, it’s the characters stories that drive the book and ultimately decide the who, what, where & when of the book.

In the meantime, Wizard and I are considering what we want to do to the house vs what we can afford. Why does budget always have to ruin our fun? :-) And frankly I have to wonder just how insane I am to jump into all this house project on top of my writing schedule? But when has that stopped me before???

So how was your weekend? By the way,  I’ll be gone this morning, but will answer comments once I get him in the afternoon.


9 comments to “Weekend Roundup”

  1. Viki S.
    March 16th, 2015 at 2:38 am · Link

    Congratulations on Anna being your new assistant. I’m interested in seeing how the new street team will be different. Exciting times

  2. Viki S.
    March 16th, 2015 at 2:39 am · Link

    We lost 2/3 of post today. I think I’m going to give up and just post in the late afternoon when I get on my computer.

  3. B.E. Sanderson
    March 16th, 2015 at 6:37 am · Link

    Welcome, Anna! Good luck, Carla!

    You can do this, Jenn. Wade in and let those new characters know who’s boss! (Yeah, it’s them, but they need to know you know it. :wink: ) I tried plotting once. Flattest book I ever wrote. But that’s me. It probably would be easier if I learned to plot and be interesting while I do it. :shrug: I guess I’m only interesting on the fly.

    Ah, budget. And time. You’ll get it worked out. And it may be a little crazy for a while, but in the end, you’ll have something pretty.

    I got the manuscript off to my editor Saturday morning, so only a little late. Then I spent the rest of Saturday reading and watching TV. Yesterday, I cleaned out the gardens so my pretty plants could get some sun. Then I worked on the back cover copy for my next book. Mucho exciting stuff here in Sandersonville. LOL

  4. Silver James
    March 16th, 2015 at 10:31 am · Link

    *waves at Anna* Hi, Anna and welcome! *waves at Carla* Bye, Carla! All the very best in your new endeavor.

    Weekend? Hrm…Lawyer Guy and I did some birthday shopping for the Sprout. He’ll be ONE next weekend. *Muppet flail* I formatted the newest MOONSTRUCK book for print. Waiting on the cover. All the rest is done. Getting ready to format THAT OL’ BLACK MAGIC for print. I have two libraries that want to add it to the shelves. :D Other than that, I watched baseball. And read. I really need to get back to writing but…the joys of being self-published. Gotta do the technical stuff first.

    Have a great weekend, witches!

  5. Jenn
    March 16th, 2015 at 12:14 pm · Link

    Viki, dang girl, I’m so sorry you keep dealing with the vanishing post issue. It’s aggravating!

    I’m very exciting to work with Anna!

    Hope you had a good weekend and have a good week.

  6. Jenn
    March 16th, 2015 at 12:20 pm · Link

    B.e., plotting is interesting — I do it for every book and sometimes it works great (Her Temporary Hero was written almost right off the synopsis with just a couple snags). While others just don’t.

    The reality is my brain simply demanded some downtime :-) And since I know I have massive revisions coming I’m not pushing too hard.

    I had to laugh because I read: I cleaned out the GARAGE so my pretty plants could get some sun. And couldn’t figure out why you had plants in the garage. Then I reread the sentences as you ACTUALLY wrote it: I cleaned out the GARDENS so my pretty plants could get some sun. It makes so much more sense that way, LOLOL!!

    You got a lot done this weekend! Just hitting send on your manuscript is a big deal.

  7. Jenn
    March 16th, 2015 at 12:23 pm · Link

    Silver, OMG 1 years old??? It seems impossible! Shopping for the boy sounds like fun though. But I’m still stunned that the year passed so quickly.

    And congrats on getting everything but the cover done. You’ve been waiting on that cover for awhile now.

    Self publishing is such an interesting mix of joy and worry and always have more to do :-)

  8. Silver James
    March 16th, 2015 at 5:32 pm · Link

    I have the digital cover and the Kindle version is live. :) It’s the print version I’m waiting on but Only couldn’t do it until I knew how many pages. I should have it tomorrow. Everything is uploaded for review and I can plug in the cover, hit submit and wait for them to okay it. *whew*

  9. Jennifer Lyon (Apodaca)
    March 17th, 2015 at 6:53 pm · Link

    Silver, okay now I’ve got it :-) Hope everything goes smoothly on print. I may be contacting you if I have questions when I get to that point of uploading my print versions. I’m juggling too many things (something you’re very familiar with yourself, LOL).

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