Splash Into Summer

Well, it just wouldn’t be my blog without long absences, would it? After thirty years of being on Earth, I’m attempting to finally kick my procrastination habit in the butt and get myself in gear. I’ve pondered my work ethic pretty extensively, and I’ve come to realize that I’m not a lazy person. I get a LOT done. But I tend to let things pile up until the mere thought of doing them makes me want to hide under the covers. They’ll eventually get done, but I’m pretty sure I’ve already aged myself an extra ten years by doing it. In any case, this summer, I’ll be planning out some blog topics and trying to get in the habit of writing regularly. 🙂 For now, I wanted to share a couple of updates. I’ve been blogging with some very talented ladies and gentlemen over at  a blog called Darkly Delicious YA. Currently, we’re hosting a giveaway! It’s easy to enter, which means it’s even easier to win. Check it out! The other updates I wanted to share are about my own book, Phantom Touch. It’s been out for about eight months now, and in that time has won several honors! I was a finalist in the 2014 Yerby Award here in my hometown, and was the finalist (essentially 2nd place) in the Georgia Author of the Year contest for YA. Both of them were extremely exciting for me! Now I’m just writing and trying to make a go of this “being an author” thing! Stay tuned for what I hope will be more-frequent-than-every-four-months posts! 🙂...

Quickie at the Airport

(Not that kind!) I’m on my way home from Vegas now. It was an awesome trip – lots of good times and memories, and got some much needed relaxation time. I read two new books – Veronica Roth’s Divergent and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. Loved the writing style in Divergent, and TFiOS…wow. I cried for half of my first flight because I was so into the book. So beautifully written and haunting. Read it, but make sure you have tissues. Lots of them. Also started reading Stephen King’s 11/22/63, and am enjoying that so far. One of the coolest parts of Vegas from the writing perspective was seeing some of the locations I used in THE IMMORTAL CODEX. Part of the book takes place in various locations on the Strip, between the Treasure Island hotel, Fashion Show mall, and a fictional club. While I was able to look up information on the Internet, it was SO cool to actually see it in person and picture the story playing out there. I was quite pleased to find out that something I claimed was in walking distance WAS in fact a reasonable walk. (I also discovered my description of driving through desert to get to McCarran Airport is NOT accurate.  It’s  practically on the Strip itself.) I also got the unparalleled experience of getting to see the Bellagio fountains at night. As with most of my perceptions of Vegas, I had only seen the fountains in the movies, particularly at the end of Ocean’s Eleven when the guys finish the heist and watched before walking away one at...

New Project Time

Well, with both books revised and ready to query, I’m at a bit of a standstill. As of last night around 9:00, I have submitted my first small round of query letters for The Open Door…..now what? I previously wrote a sequel to The Immortal Codex, but considering the massive rewrite I did to the first book, the second will now need to be entirely rewritten most likely. And I think I’m going to put that on hold in favor of writing something new! New project time is exciting! I have idea files full of random concepts and story threads, although there’s a few where I obviously knew exactly what I meant…eight months ago. “Escaping the camp!” Um, what, In-A-Hurry-Self? In any case, I’ve got some ideas to work with. Even though I know agents don’t want to see vampire books, I have wanted to write a vampire book for as long as I’ve been writing. Because I. Friggin. Love. Vampires. And I’m not sorry! So it might finally be time to write it, if for no other reason than to get it out of my system! 🙂 That said, I’m also going to take a week or two to regroup and refresh. Last night, I laid on the couch and watched movies with my laptop turned off. This is A Big Deal, because in the last few months, I have spent virtually every spare minute working on revisions or my website or the promo videos or something concerning writing. (And don’t get me wrong, I love it!) But I also share the belief that writers need time to...

Catching Up

The non-writing life has been busy this week; lots of after-school obligations and a side gig playing in the orchestra for a community theater production meant virtually no downtime, so it was slow on the noveling front. I did manage to finish typing in my handwritten revisions for the One Pass Revision. Having finished, I’m now reading through one more time, effectively making it a three pass revision. I’m not sure this is a failing of Holly’s method so much as it was that I was excited and moved quickly through the manuscript. She did say that if you felt that way, you weren’t hard enough on it before. I’m glad I did go back through, however, because I’ve found some very minor continuity errors I still didn’t catch on the One Pass. In any case, I’m now beginning the query process all over again. While I had previously queried THE IMMORTAL CODEX, and of course am still hopeful for some good news on that front, I’m going to set it aside while I try my luck with THE OPEN DOOR. It’s a little more accessible, and honestly, a better book in my opinion. And once I begin that…it’s on to a new...