Archive for January, 2010

Friday, January 29th, 2010
Rolling With The Punches

Man, has this been a rough up and down month both personally and professionally. I will be glad to see the back of January. I know I’ve been rather absent on the blog as of late. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what I want to do. And how I’d like to proceed.

Anyone who’s been involved in the publishing industry for any length of time knows it’s like riding a bull. It’s hard to remain in your seat long enough to get to that eight second whistle.

Well, I may be covered in dust and cow shit, but that never stopped me from getting back up. (And yes, I do speak from experience. *ggg*) I will continue to write. I’m actually looking forward to it. The class I’m currently taken has really opened my eyes and shown me many ways to improve my craft. Can’t wait to dig in and apply what I’ve learned.

Unless a surprise sale comes through in the next few months, I will be retiring Jordan. It’s impossible to get a fresh start without doing so. I’m not taking down the site because I still have releases coming out this year. I won’t leave you hanging.

Part of me is sad about retiring the name, but part of me really looks forward to starting anew without any preconceived ideas about what type of writer I am.

Julie Leto said something recently that really stuck with me. She said, “I decided as tough as this business is, I’m going to be tougher.”

Never give up. Never surrender.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
I’m in Love

It was bound to happen. I’ve been searching for a long time and was tempted on occasion to settle for less, but I persevered. I just never thought it could occur so suddenly. Meet my new love HERE.

Monday, January 25th, 2010
Bit of News

I received an email over the weekend from editor, Kevin J. Anderson to let me know that my short story, ‘Tastes Like Chicken’ has been accepted into the Blood Lite 2 anthology. The anthology is a collection of humorous dark fantasy/horror stories. I am beyond thrilled to be a part of this anthology. For an idea of what the anthology will be like, pick up Blood Lite 1.

Thursday, January 21st, 2010
Ten Places I Want To Visit Within The Next Five Years

There are a lot of places in this world (and outside of this world) that I’d love to visit, but there are ten places I’d like to see within the next five yearsโ€”or sooner.

1. Egypt
2. Jordan (How can I resist?)
3. Thailand
4. China
5. Switzerland
6. New Zealand
7. Cambodia
8. Australia
9. Vietnam
10. Antarctic

And I’d LOVE to go into space. What can I say? I’m really into the whole ‘Boldly go where no man has gone before’ thing.

Where would your top ten be?

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Went to see Daybreakers over the weekend. If you haven’t seen it, you may want to skip this entry. I am going to include SPOILERS.

First I’ll start with what I liked. I liked the fact that the movie played with vampire lore, while still keeping vamps tied to the night. I liked how they incorporated technology into making the vamps able to get around during the day. The cars they drove were really pretty cool– camera operated and shielded. I liked how the world’s work force had to change hours to exist normally. I liked how everyone smoked because it could no longer kill them. (Nice convincing touch.) I loved how blood deprivation mutated vampires into monsterous creatures. Would’ve liked to see a whole lot more of them. I also loved the fact that there were people who ‘liked’ being vampires.

Now for the dislikes. The story itself could’ve used some punching up. They had some fun ideas, but chose to go a safe/cliched (sorry about the lack of accent) route. I so wanted this to be a fun movie, but it fell short. There were a lot of characters who were put on screen, not because they actually had a part to play, but because they were needed to manipulate the viewer. They had no depth–most had no depth. Okay, only two had any depth whatsoever. That said, I still think it’s worth going to see the film, if you dig vampires and like a lot of blood splatter. Just don’t look to closely at the storyline. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Friday, January 8th, 2010
I Haven’t Forgotten You

I’m truly sorry that I’ve been so silent as of late. I’d planned to do a recap of 2009, but you all went through it just like I did, so there are no big surprises there. *g* Publishing has started to level off. Note: I didn’t say recover. It’s still a bronco attempting to buck everyone off. As part of my nefarious plan to better my writing skills, I’ve auditioned and been accepted into an online class. So far, it’s great. The homework is kicking my butt more than I thought it would, but ultimately that’s a good thing. I’ve already learned a lot and we’ve only done one lesson. Can’t wait to see what the next four weeks hold. ๐Ÿ™‚

With that in mind, I probably won’t be blogging a lot until I get a few things off my plate. My intention for the New Year was to blog a couple of times of week, but make the entries meaty. No more fillers. I guess I’m already breaking that resolution. (Okay, it wasn’t exactly a resolution, since I don’t make those, but it was my intention.)

Along with my writing class, I’ve been working on my young adult urban fantasy. Figured out the problem that was plaguing the fifth chapter, which is a BIG relief. Now I’m just trying to juggle my schedule enough to get my daily word count in. That’s right, I’m back to writing six days a week. I blew it yesterday, but made up for it today. I’m also getting a lot of use out of my birthday present, Rosetta Stone French 1. I’m doing a lesson every day. The lessons move fast, but I definitely see what makes them effective. The picture match to the words and phrases really works. The writing section is still stomping me, but it’ll come eventually.

Every year I keep track of how many books I read. This year I think I read a little less than last year 08. I finished 77 books. Someday I’m going to hit a hundred. That’s my aim anyway. How did you all do with your reading this year? Read more? Less? What books stood out to you?
For me, it was the Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, One Night of Scandal by Teresa Medeiros, The Absolute True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Darkfever and Bloodfever by Karen Moning, and Magic Burns and Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews. I read a lot of other books, but those are the ones that stood out for me.

I’ve started off the New Year right by reading Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod. I can’t emphasis enough how terrific this book turned out to be. If you do anything creative or think about doing anything creative, you MUST pick it up.

I’m now reading The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. It’s the second book in the Percy Jackson series. Really great stuff.

The one thing I realized about last year was that I spent way too much time editing and not enough time writing. I cannot express enough the disparity between those two actions. :-O Hence the resolve to write six days a week. I’ve purposely kept the word count low to make it easy for me. Have to work back up to productivity. So far it is working.

I’m working out five days a week. The plan is to work up to six days and make it for at least forty five minutes. I’m at thirty minutes now. I was fortunate enough to receive the Wii game Just Dance for Christmas. I’m having ridiculous amounts of fun trying to match the dancers on screen, which is a trick given that I’m convinced I have two left feet. *ggg* I also got the add on pack for the Wii Active. I believe it’s called Wii Active More. Let me tell you, it is a LOT more. I thought the other one was tough. This one is really hard (if you’re as out of shape as I am). At the same time, I think it’s more fun. They’ve changed it to be more interactive. My favorite activity thus far is the sparring section. Lots of fun. Lots of sweat. Have you all picked up any new exercise toys? Don’t tell me I’m sweating alone. *wg*

Tomorrow dh and I are off to a farmer’s market. (It’s this time of year that I’m truly grateful to be in the Southwest.) We’re also hitting Daybreakers. Like I’m going to pass up a vampire flick. Is anyone else going to see it? I’m counting down the days until Legion releases. Angels, machine guns, it doesn’t get any better than that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010
Red’s Dead World Reality

I saw this link to Witty Comics on PBW’s site and thought it looked like fun. I decided to check in on Red and the gang to see what they were up to now. I call it, “Red’s Dead World Reality”. Spoilers exist in the comic, so if you haven’t read CRIMSON you may want to skip it. Click on the image to make it larger.