Archive for January, 2011

Thursday, January 13th, 2011
Still Hard At Work

It’s been pretty quiet around here. I’m still hard at work on the short story. I wrote at the coffee shop yesterday. Got a decent word count, but the story didn’t seem to be coming together. Today, I decided to lift some weights, vacuum, do laundry, and think about what was wrong. Once I’d finished those tasks, an idea came to me. I know it’ll need quite a bit of editing, but it seems to be on the right track now. I’m less than a thousand words from hitting my goal amount. Should finish tomorrow. Could’ve finished today, but dinner isn’t going to fix itself. *ggg  I just hope that in the end the story is as funny as sections of it seems to be to me. (Say that five times fast.)

Been reading Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter and Undertow by Cherry Adair. Really enjoying them both. It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down to read a straight contemporary. I’m embarrassed to admit that I am not normally a fan of that genre, so I buy very few books. (Yes, I know I’ve written it. No comments from the peanut gallery.)  Cherry Adair falls into the category of one of those few. I really enjoy how she tells a story. No matter how ‘out there’ the elements get, the characters still come off as believable. I’m not a particularly visual person. Just ask dh. (wg) It’s why I have so much trouble writing description. But for some reason, I can ‘see’ everything Cherry describes. It makes reading her work a joy. Mercy Blade is the third book in the Jane Yellowrock series. I wasn’t sure what I thought about this series when I read the first book, but I decided I liked it enough to give the second book a try. Book two drew me in and now I’m hooked on the series. I like how the character development is unfolding and how the characters around the heroine are changing. It makes for a very fun and exciting read. It makes me wonder where the author is taking us. Can’t wait to find out.

In another week, Karen Moning will release her final Fever book and I can finally read the two I have sitting on my shelf. I’ve been patiently  waiting for the last book to come out so that I won’t be stuck with a bunch of cliffhangers. I did buy each book as it was released, but I stopped reading them after book number two because I heard book three and four had MAJOR cliffhanger endings. I’m pretty excited that I finally get to dig in. I won’t do that though until I finish Mercy Blade and Undertow. Are you reading anything you’re excited about? Any recommendations? (Not that I need any with my giant digital TBR pile, but you know I’m always up for a good read. :D)

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
So It’s A New Year

Like most people, I’ve been looking back on 2010. It was definitely a year of ups and downs both personally and professionally. In January, I parted ways with my agent. It’s only now that I’m thinking about querying again. I had to get over my disappointment first. Had a few health hiccups, but made it through with flying colors (Thank goodness.). Didn’t manage to get near as much writing in as I would’ve liked. That absolutely MUST change this year. More so now that manuscripts no longer have to be filed in a drawer if they don’t sell. It’s weird (but nice) to have a backup. On the upside, I did manage to get out of the heat last year and spend a decent amount of time in Europe and the UK. It’s now my mission to figure out how to do that every year. I’m serious. I hate summer in the desert. It SUCKS! In 2010, I read 55 books give or take. (I feel like I’m missing a few, but I can’t figure out the titles.) I’d hoped to top my previous year’s reading list, but I didn’t make it. This year I’d LOVE to reach 70 titles. We’re also slowly fixing up the house, while at the same time paring down. We just have way too much crap. We’ve donated a ton of stuff to the local library and over a truck load to the Salvation Army. They’ll both be receiving more from us this year. All and all 2010 was a good year for us. I know how fortunate that makes us because it was a rough one. That’s why I’ve decided to hit the ebooks hard this year. It’s imperative to have multiple streams of income these days. I want to get all ten of my ebooks up within the first six months of this year–this includes one new project. I may even add another title that’s finished. I’m still debating that one since it’s a single title manuscript. Now that the YA is off my plate for a little while, I’m going to work on multiple projects. I need to have a bit of a build up before I send out those first queries. Of course, this is all after I finish my Blood Lite 3 story.

I don’t tend to make New Year’s resolutions. I’m not particularly good at goal-setting. I am however working on the latter. I do think it’s important to set goals. They keep you on track and moving forward. My goals this year won’t just include writing projects. I also have language learning goals–bring on the Rosetta Stone German and Pimsler. And I have behavior changing goals. I’m calling it that because frankly I think the word ‘diet’ sets people up to fail. It sounds like it has a specific beginning and ending date, when in fact what you’re trying to do is change your behavior. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law recently lost quite a bit of weight (50/60lbs for him and 20 something for her). (She didn’t need to lose a lot.) We asked them what they did. I expected to hear that they did something extreme in the eating department and worked out like fiends. Well they have been working out and have cut back on eating out, but apparently the biggest thing they did was switch to eating on salad plates. You know those little plates that come with a set that are for salads? Yeah, those are the ones. They didn’t change what they were cooking. They kept everything else the same. They simply moved to a smaller plate. I’m talking portion control here people. Dh and I have decided to try it. What have we got to lose? (pun intended)

I’ve mentioned my reading goals and the fact that I want to lose weight (no, I’m not going to tell you how much it’s too depressing), so I suppose I need to give at least an indication of my writing goals. Like I said above, I’m still trying to figure out the whole goal thing. If I had to pin down specific goals it would be to finish my UF Romance, write a Middle Grade book that’s been tugging at me, and write a novel with my ghoul character from Tastes Like Chicken (Blood Lite 2). If I get those things written, then I intend to finish a Phantom Warrior story that I started a long time ago. I figure that’s pretty good for the year, two single titles, a 30K middle grade book, and a long novella. If I manage that or better, I’ll be a VERY happy writer indeed.

How about you all? Any goals, reading or otherwise?

Saturday, January 1st, 2011
Happy New Year–Bring On 2011

Happy New Year everyone!!! May this year lessen your troubles, improve your health, and add to your happiness.