Friday, February 27, 2015

Writing Tip #1

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Hey, hey all! What's good? Any of you find a good fictional boyfriend for you Valentine's two weeks back? I hope some of you had a good time with Gregory or Cole! Maybe Damon or Mike too. So many to choose from and not enough time to read all the books that need to be read!

Meanwhile, the first few chapters hit the editors desk. First draft edits are always the hardest but I'm looking forward to getting started on the second draft. Here's a piece of writing advice: a first draft of anything you write is never perfect. Sometimes it takes 10 drafts or 25 until you can work it into the best work it can be. Sometimes even taking a break from what you're writing, or any other project, and coming back to it later can be really beneficial. You might even see things in a new light or get new ideas! Like the saying goes, practice makes perfect!

Speaking of writing, I thought of a new story idea. At this rate I think I have about a million ideas to write about. First things first though, Timeless Sky and CHANCES. Eeeekk!! It's so much fun to write these and I can't wait to keep writing my new ideas. It's too bad I can't sit for 24 hours straight and write non-stop! Things like eating, sleeping, and making more tea sort of get in the way.

On a side note, thanks for all the 'likes' for the last post! Aren't the little hearts drifting everywhere neat? It's fun to watch!  Anyway, I've got lots of reading and writing to catch up on, back to the writing cave!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Fictional Characters and Hot Dates!

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VERY BELATED Valentine's Day!!!

Ooh it's Valentine's Day this weekend and you know what that means? 

Nothing. It's an over-romanticized holiday but hey, if you want to get romantic with your significant other, go forth!  If you want to spread the love for your favorite author (aka me...?) give this post a like at the bottom and watch little hearts appear. I didn't make that but it's a pretty nifty thing, isn't it? 

On the brightside, if you don't have a date, you could make one with Gregory (gentleman, time-traveler, generally awesome...) and pick up Flightless Bird or Cole, if you prefer crazy-winged, book nerds who make you part of the team, maybe CHOSEN is the book for you. We can't forget everyone's favorites: bad boy Damon (Broken Wings) and funny guy Mike (CHOSEN)!  Those boys always bring the laughs. ;-)

Speaking of said fictional characters, I will be a busy bee writing away! I've got some new character's up my sleeve that I'm ready to write about! Not to mention some scenes with Livy and Gregory that are nothing short of crazy. Writing this last book has been an adventure in itself. Timeless Sky is well underway and full of surprises!

If you've seen it on social media, I've been hinting at some BIG surprises I have in store. I will announce them soon...very soon! It's just waiting for the right time. So stay tuned! :)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hunger Games Fangirling

The bestie and I watched Hunger Games and Catching Fire back to back and now, once again, I'm having Peeta withdraws. Real? Or not real? More like, ALL THE FEELS!!!! Mockingjay Part 1 needs to come out soon so I can watch all 3 back to back in preparation for the last part....which I will then dramatically cry because then the Hunger Games will have no more movies. The struggle of being a fangirl, am I right? #TeamKatniss #RealornotReal #PeetaForever....okay, I'm done with my ridiculous hashtags.

So while I patiently wait for Mockingjay to come out, I will be doing my own writing. As per usual. I've been writing a lot of flash fiction lately and some short stories. These are mostly side projects I do as exercises when I need to write something other than Kaddy or Livy. I know, I know, when are their books going to be coming out? Once I can get absolute confirmation, I will post that date all over in big letters announcing the final release day!

Meanwhile, I've baked lots more cookies for no particular reason. I need to either control the cookie baking or start giving them away. Too many cookies for my own good! Hence why I give them  by the container load to the bestie. Best friends could always use more cookies. 

Anyway, not much else to report. I brewed some more iced tea the other day so I should be good for the next few days. Jokes, let's be real. I will run out of that stuff in 2 days before I have to make more. So much writing to do and not enough iced tea to keep me motivated.

Onward with writing!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Dance Party with Books!

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Woot woot! It's no secret I'm a Seahawks fan (not a crazy one, I swear), and it's epic that the Hawks are going back for another Superbowl! Crazy! Everyone was out celebrating and it was totally insane but in the most team spirited way it could be. Go Hawks! Hence why the title of this post is titled Dance Party!

In other news, I've got three books I'm recommending if you're down about reading lately. I certainly can't imagine that anyone's TBR (to be read) is getting low but by chance it is, I highly recommend these three unique reads!

1. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (she also wrote the story about Seabiscuit). The movie came out on Christmas day and I read this entire one in ONE sitting. This is a 400 page non-fiction story about Louie Zamperini who survived incredible things. It was masterfully written and I couldn't put it down, hence why I was reading it in one sitting. Yes, I also went and saw the movie and surprisingly, the movie was pretty good!

2. Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link. If you're in short story fictional pieces, she's got some wit and unique magical realism stories. So far, The Faery Handbag is my favorite. Totally had me hooked into the story about a village that lives inside a handbag. It sounds weird but it's totally brilliant.

3. ISLANDS by Sara Stamey. If you haven't read this mystery/suspense/romance, then get to it! It was Foreward Book of the Year and let me tell you, the story that is told is incredible. Especially the details. I felt like I was on the adventure! It's about an anthropologist who travels to the Caribbean to uncover the mysterious death of her brother and encounters romance, danger, and many secrets. That's all I'm going to say. It's just too good to give anything away.

What are you waiting for? Get to reading!