Sunday, June 1, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Hop

for some reason, my laptop no longer seems to want to talk to my blog.  It takes incredibly long to load and it is virtually impossible to post photos.  So that's my excuse for the long absence.  I do have an iPad though, to do this entry.  And I'll be getting a new laptop soon.

The reason I'm doing a post is I've been tagged by critique partner and published author Pernille Hughes in a "writing process" blog hop.   You can catch her lovely blog at

Writing From The Edge Of Distraction

We met because we're both fans of Maggie Stiefvater and Maggie was holding a critique partner matchup.  Pernille lives in the U.K. and we've never met face-to-face, but when you share your writing with someone, you can't help but get to know them, extremely well. We've been doing the critique thing for quite some time now so she pretty much knows and anticipates both my comments and my writing.

So, on to the questions!

What am I working on?
What am I NOT working on should be the question.  I get distracted easily.

1. I've got a little novella I'm working on based on an A to Z challenge from a while ago.  I think it would make a great little webisode series but I don't know the first thing about webisodes so I'm researching how to make it a reality without spending a gazillion dollars.

2. Still working on Mel and Spence book:  I sometimes think, Eh! It's good enough, just self- publish the thing already.  But, right now, I'm in the 'I can make it better' mode.  Friends accuse me of hiding away my book, but I don't quite feel it's ready for publication.

3. Jane and Alex book:  It is a third written and I know exactly how the story is ending.  But I haven't worked on it for about six months now.

4. A bunch of short stories: been doing a monthly prompt with my afore mentioned critique partner and these have been alot of fun.  This is where I've focused my energy because, well, it's fun.  One of these I entered in a contest and I won some cash!   And CP is published authoress because of two of her short stories.

How does my work differ from others in the genre?

Hmm, I'm all over the place in terms of genre.  I'm trying all kinds of genres.  I'd like to say that through all the genre hopping, I'm developing a unique and distinctive voice, so that, no matter what I write, you'll be able to tell it is me.  But that remains to be seen...

Why do I write what I do?

I mainly write YA because it's such a pivotal period in our lives, so full of promise and hopefulness.  At least that's my take on why I do it.

How does my writing process work?

Huh? process? lol!  You name it, I've tried it.  My problems are 1) no self-discipline and 2) easily distracted.  There is always a book, or TV show or movie, or restaurant, or shop that seems to require my attention. The only thing that works for me is a looming deadline.  Like this post is due in an hour.  I knew about it for two weeks but didn't start it until a half hour ago.

So, I've started going back to critique group.  I'm in two groups with a weekly deadline of ten pages.   The good is that I'm getting weekly feedback on what works and what doesn't.  The bad is that I'm spending an inordinate amount of time critiquing and editing other people's work.  And the submission length is perfect for short stories as opposed to working on novels.

And so here is where I almost said no to the blog hopping - tagging others to join.  I hate the chain letter aspect of  "hopping" so, please, if anybody reading feels like answering the above four questions, please, feel free, and leave me a link so I can read your answers!



Monday, November 11, 2013

Wow... apologies for the four month gap!

I can't believe it has been four months since my last posting.  I tried thinking back to July and August to figure out what I was so busy with and I came up with nada.  My excuse is laziness and that I had nothing new to say.

I worked on this:

And I wrote some short stories and I worked on revising my manuscript (again).
















And then I worked on this:


And I wrote some short stories and revised my manuscript some more.














Today we were driving along and I took this photo of downtown LA





Friday, July 5, 2013

Did you have a good 4th of July?

Fireworks at the bowl 

Fruit Bowl


Patriotic Fruit Tart


I spent today recovering from watermelon margaritas...


Saturday, June 29, 2013

Sunlounger anthology on Amazon

Sunlounger ebook on Amazon

The above links to the Sunlounger e-book on Amazon.  My lovely crtique partner, Pernille Hughes, is one of the features authors!

I don't see a printed version for sale yet.  Will let you know if one comes available.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Can't Believe Someone Would Do This!

Have you read about the person who plagiarized Tammara Webber and Jamie McGuire?  This person, Jordin B Williams used passages from both Easy by Tammara Webber and Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire in 'her' manuscript and the book was ranked at #58 on Amazon's kindle list!

Easy is one of my favorite books and I've read it 3 or 4 times so I recognized the passage immediately. I'm sure there are plenty of people who feel the same about Beautiful Disaster.  How could this person think she was going to get away with it?

Here is a link to the DearAuthor blog - the person who initially called it out.  She's got the passages highlighted and then the text from the true authors' books.

Dear Author Blog Post

So I guess Amazon pulled it off their site and is refunding money to people who bought it.  Good for you, Dear Author, and good for you, Amazon!