Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Party with Tristi

The awesome and extremely talented Tristi Pinkston is having another book launch party. This is her 9th book and her 4th in the Secret Sisters Mysteries. If you live anywhere near Orem, UT--trust me--you want to take the time to attend. If not, she's having an incredibly cool online launch party for us who have to admire from afar.

Check out her WEBSITE for details. You don't want to miss it!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I Dream in Steampunk

Or at least, alternate-reality, sci-fi, ninja Steampunk.

In the dream, the main characters are a pack of young teens. I say pack because initially there were 2 and that grew to 6 once we got on the roller coaster (which was way cool futuristic type). The roller coaster was the only way into the amusement park and the hotel we were going to stay at. But, before we could go anywhere we spotted a very rich man shopping with a scantily clad, buxom woman. We knew the man, or at least of him, and he had a young daughter who was missing. But he didn't seem to concerned about that, and one of us girls couldn't keep it to herself. She called him despicable.

Well, his bodyguard took exception. Suddenly he had a pack of friends. The rich guy left, so he wouldn't be part of the situation. The ninja group was defeated, but they killed one of our own.

The next day we had to return to the scene in order to get our money back for the roller coaster ride we never took. The group was there, too, and the air was thick with tension--like a fight would break out if anyone stepped wrong or said just the wrong thing. As it turned out, we let it slip that our dead friend has a girlfriend, Camille, and suddenly she became a target.

The story could really happen in any background. I'm going to have to look into this further. You know, when I have the time. (lol)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Oh, hi.

I haven't meant to not be here lately. In addition to my wildly exciting desire and drive to write, I've been hit with a couple of fastballs. First my back decided to freak out and stop working properly, and then, before my back got better, my immune system crashed--and let bronchitis and a sinus infection in. Rude.

I'm still working on getting better, and I haven't let it derail my writing plans so soon after committing to them, but it did slow me down. Hey, I'm as human as the next girl.

I'm really just checking in--to let you know I'm still here and going strong for 2012. But the kids are going to be home any minute so I gotta fly. :)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Resolutions are for Suckers

I've said it before, but I'll say it again. I don't do New Years' Resolutions. There's a quote going around Facebook that Resolutions are a to-do list for the first week of January.

I set goals instead. Here, on my writing blog, we're not going to mess with my personal goals. We'll explore my writing goals for 2012.

I decided I'm going to publish, or contract to publish, *5* books this year.

Whoa. I know, right? Then I got to thinking.

I'm submitting The Tyrant King at the end of the week. Cleaning up The Wild Queen to prepare for print versions (by Mother's Day per a personal request). Submitting Lizzie Lilac and the Left Socks, my children's book, (though there's no guarantee it will be published). These 3 books are almost done, and only require a few touch ups.

But, The Wild Queen shouldn't really count since I published the ebook last year. Right?

I have lined up a fabulous editor for Consequences in March, so my edits need to be done by then. That's okay, since my plan is to have it done by February. That gives me time to get it out to readers, get their feedback on it, and then make a few tweaks before my dear editor gets her hands on it.

After that, I think I'm going to work on a few rough drafts. It will be great to flex that creative muscle again. Exciting.

Five books will be great. What a fun way to spice up 2012.

Since I will be self publishing a few, I have some control over meeting this goal. The fun part will be learning how to do my own typesetting and cover art. Scary. I'm excited and motivated to get this done.

Let's go 2012!