Archive for August, 2011

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
New Re-release

It’s been a busy couple of days. I finished edits on Atlantean’s Quest 3: Redemption last night and formatted it today. It’s now in the queue to be released on Kindle and Nook. It’s already available at Smashwords. 🙂 Here’s a reminder of what you have to look forward to:

I have two more Atlantean books to edit and two Phantom Warriors. The latter will have to wait until I receive my new book covers from Frauke. I’m also having the cover for Solomon’s Seals: Ghost Hunter Chronicles re-designed. It’s not reaching its target audience, so a change up is in order.

I’m still working on my YA edits. Right now I have a decision to make. I need to decide if I’m going to have the book in first person present tense or first person past tense. Unfortunately, I currently have both in the novel and that really won’t do. I know that first person past tense is more common to readers, but that’s not a reason to pick it. The decision needs to be based on what’s best for the story. I’m honestly torn because I think they both work. :-/ Thoughts? Comments? Opinions?

Saturday, August 6th, 2011
Life in a Day

Today we went to see the documentary Life in a Day. Basically it was filmed by people from around the world showing how they spend a day. It wasn’t a random day. It was July 24, 2010. As a movie it was pretty good, though there were some REALLY tough bits to watch. A few scenes had me seriously considering becoming a vegetarian. Those were followed by some truly heartbreaking stuff. (ie people dying, people battling cancer, poverty, etc.) Yet, despite the serious life issues, there was a feeling of hopefulness that pervades the movie. The one thing that seems to be a commonality across the board no matter the religion, the language, the culture, is everyone wants to be heard. They just want to know that before they leave this life, this planet that they’ve been truly heard. That their words, their existence has been noted and they’ve not passed from this realm in unrecognized silence.

Tomorrow we’re going to see Harry Potter again. Want to catch it before it leaves. We’ll probably catch Planet of the Apes sometime this week and hopefully Captain America again. Right now I’m counting down the days to Fright Night. Colin Farrell as a vampire. Need I say more? *ggg

Thursday, August 4th, 2011
The Greatest

My Aunt passed away this morning. She came from what was known as the ‘Greatest Generation’. I don’t know if they were the greatest generation. They certainly had their share of major problems outside of the war, but they were resilient and hardworking. Much harder working than the generations that have followed, including my own.

I’d been expecting this phone call for the past couple of weeks. Of course expecting it and getting it or two very different things. Neither makes it any easier. My Aunt was the last of my grand-parents’ generation still living in on a farm. She was also the last connection I had to the past. A past filled with great memories, childhood innocence and big family gathers. All things that have died along with her.

Even though I know and like her children, our age gap prevented us from becoming close as kids. My Aunt was the glue that bound us. The one person who kept track of all the family and knew what was happening. Although I will do my best to stay in touch, I know that with her gone the connection has been forever damaged. Something important has been lost. Something that I know I’ll never get back.

May she rest in peace.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
Back Again…

Thus far it’s been a hell of a week. I had my site switched to another server, which is why I haven’t put up a new post until now. I’ve been working steadily on my YA edits and I’m really happy with how things are going. I’ve received some fabulous feedback from a few folks that will definitely make my story stronger. It will of course require going back over the first fifty-five pages of my manuscript, but it can’t be helped. That’s what it takes to make the book the best it can be.

I’ve also started on my new YA project. I wanted to work on something completely different, so I’ve been brainstorming ideas with a couple of writer friends. They’ve helped me a LOT! I’m looking forward to uncovering the rest of the story. 🙂

I received some upsetting family news over the weekend, which was truly brought home this morning when I signed onto Twitter and saw that Leslie Banks (ie L.A. Banks) had died. Sigh. I had the pleasure of meeting Leslie years ago at a Kensington dinner. At the time, I was feeling very uncomfortable because my agent was telling me one thing and the editor was saying another. We sat next to each other and spent the next two hours visiting. She made me laugh the whole time. When the dinner ended, she gave me her business card and told me to contact her agent. She also said if I ever needed anything to let her know. She meant every word. She was the kindest, most beautiful lady, both inside and out. The world has lost a shining light. May she rest in peace.