Sunday

Happy Sunday!

 

It is sleeting and snowing today, which means it’s a perfect day for a big mug of hot cocoa 🙂 I will be changing tea later but right now I am enjoying the cocoa- dark chocolate, of course ❤

Tuck 4 is closing in on 35k, and if the pace yesterday keeps up today I will be over 40k by the end of the day. This makes me happy…and puts the book ahead of schedule. I am still aiming for a Spring release~ somewhere between the end of April and the middle of May.

Normally on Sundays I write whatever book is talking the loudest, which can change throughout the day, and right now Tuck is loud LOL

Last Sunday I wrote a little over 2k on the first book in a new series. Came out of nowhere and I wrote that first chapter in a little over an hour. That is how insistent the main character is to tell her tale. The book is Urban Fantasy and I’m actually very excited about it. I think you guys will love the main character 🙂

The other UF I’m working on is flowing smoothly as well~ lots of UF stories in my head! Here’s the status of the other books I’m working on:

*Sera’s first book has gone through second revisions, and I’m almost ready to send it to the editor. I want to do one more pass before I do that, though.

*Delilah and Milly’s fourth book is well underway 🙂

*While one anthology short story is with the editor, I am working on another short story to submit to a different anthology.

*I am also working on a novella that will lead to a new trilogy in the Isles and West world. This will take place in Boston, with a different set of characters that I think you’ll love. You also get to see a bit of how those who survived the attacks in Ghoultown are doing.

In non-writing news, my arm is slowly- slowly– healing. It hurts, as expected, and sleep is still a struggle but progress is progress and I am remaining positive. I have another appointment with the doctor at the beginning of March and that will determine if I need surgery for the piece of bone that broke away (holding on my one tiny corner). I do not want surgery (I had it a year ago and don’t wish to go through it again, no matter how simple it may seem).

I’ve watched a lot of movies, since I can’t really go out and do stuff- if it’s not my arm, it’s the weather. Last night I watched Mortal Engines, and I really enjoyed it. I don’t know why it wasn’t more successful because I thought it was absolutely awesome! No, I haven’t read the book 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

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Progress is Progress

Despite being grumpy and irritated due to a combination of things, I have managed to pass the 20k mark on Tuck 4 (which does have a title, I’m just not ready to share it 🙂 ). I am happy with that, though I’m frustrated that I can’t write faster due to my broken arm.

It is my upper arm, so I am able to move my lower arm a bit. I can sometimes move the laptop close enough so that I can use both hands but I can’t do that for too long. Physical Therapy is going well and I have another CT scan next week to determine if I need surgery or not (cross your fingers for not!). My bruises are finally fading and the swelling is finally going down, though I’m still in pain and can’t drive too far from home without my arm screaming in pain.

But, progress is progress and I’m roughly at the halfway point in the healing process as long as I don’t need surgery.

Unfortunately, between the pain and lack of sleep, I’m really not feeling that great. I am also grumpy. There is no way to comfortably sleep, I have to sleep on the recliner but I can’t go back too far because it hurts my arm and is terribly uncomfortable. I wake up about every hour and a half/two hours and have to adjust myself. I tried sleeping on the couch with pillows stack behind me but no, not gonna happen.

I try and keep myself in a positive mood, and I’m generally a happy person, but sometimes…that’s not so easy. However, I have a lot to look forward to this year so that keeps me from wallowing and crawling into a black hole.

I’m happy with the progress of Tuck 4~ it has found its feet! I have also started work on another UF that I’m excited about. Have about 2k on that one. I am doing one last revision on the short novella for the anthology before sending it out to my editor~ I will announce the anthology soon and release a blurb for the story, but right now I just want to focus on getting it ready for the editor.

So, as frustrating as slowing down has been, there have been some good things to come out of the injury.

…but I still hope it heals enough so that I can at least sleep on the couch 🙂 I’m really tired of sleeping in the recliner!

 

Perfect Writing Weather

We are currently having a snowstorm~ 14 to 24 inches depending on where you are. It’s beautiful to watch, and I may be a bit happier about the snow because I don’t have drive in it this time around nor do I have to shovel it 🙂 Having a broken arm has some advantages. My kind neighbor is snowblowing my side of the driveway for me, for which I am incredibly grateful.

Today is a great day to write, and though I can only use the one hand, I’m  making progress on two books: Tuck 4 and a novella for an anthology I’m in. The novella is already written and I’m in the process of revising it before sending it to an editor. Tuck 4 is a little over 12k at the moment and I’m hoping to have it at 15k by end of day today.

We shall see. I can only type so fast at the moment. This is one of those times I wish I had something like  Dragon speech recognition software LOL

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday, and if you are out in this storm please be safe!

I am going to write and drink hot tea~ perfect for a stormy day ❤

 

Sundays Spent With Vampires

 

Happy Sunday!

I haven’t gotten much writing done in the last week or so. But I am happy to report that today the dam has broken and the writing is again flowing 🙂

As the title of this blog states, I am spending my writing time today with vampires. Tuck 4 (I have a title but not ready to share just yet) is well underway. It briefly paused but after going back and fixing a few things,  the story is moving in the right direction now. After the events in The Arena, Tuck doesn’t feel like resting much. She has a vampire to hunt, and he isn’t going to make it easy…as if any of them do 🙂

I have at least four more books (including the one I am writing) before her story is wrapped up. Are there more stories to tell? Yes. But her full story, her path, will end with the last book. Other characters are lining up to have their stories told, including a few vampires.

For right now, though, Tuck’s journey needs to be told, and I will be focusing on her POV until her story is done.

Can I give you hints about book four? Let’s see…

*The story picks up pretty much where The Arena ends.

*The main villain is an ancient one.

*We see some characters from the first book.

That’s all I can really give right now 🙂 My goal is to have book four finished by the end of January and ready to publish no later than March. I am self-publishing the rest of the books in this series, and hope to also have them available in audio. I am aiming to have The Arena on audio before book four releases.

I hope you all have a wonderful day! And spend some time your favorite vampires- be it a book or a movie- as well ❤

A Little Of This, A Little Of That

Happy Sunday! Just a few odds and ends to keep you up to date 🙂

*I am working on getting Over the River back up for sale as well as The Red Barn. I’m hoping by the end of the month/beginning of December to have both up.

I plan on putting The Red Barn up for free since it is a short story 🙂

*I just finished the first round of revisions on Sera’s first book, and will be starting another round today. I really like writing from her POV and am excited to start her second book. I will announce a title soon.

The plan at this point is to self-publish the Isles and West series as well Sera’s books. I will publish the first three books first, then release a box set of them. After that, I will publish Sera’s book so you are not waiting too long for the next book 🙂 I’m hoping to have Sera’s book out by the end of January/beginning of February of 2019.

I am also working on Delilah and Milly’s next book, which will release after Sera’s arc is finished.

*I am taking part in an anthology (will announce when I can) that will release next October. I am excited to share the story with you! I just started writing it and I can already see at least two novels in that world.

*Also in the works is another, lighter series in the I&W world~ I call them my Dark Cozy Mysteries 🙂 The first book is finished and I’m working on the second.

*I have started work on an upper YA/NA urban fantasy book. It’s moving a little slowly, but that’s okay. I really like the main character and the world. I think that series will start as a novella and then have at least two full-length books that follow.

In other news:

Some of you who have been following me for a while will know that I am a tea lover. I just ordered myself a brand new teapot and a bunch of tea (because I am really low at the moment on loose leaf tea). I’ll share a picture when it gets here because I think it’s beautiful ❤

Yesterday I made gingerbread granola for the first time and it came out wicked good! I’ve never made granola that way (only the chewy granola bars) so I’m excited that it came out so well. It’s also baking season for me so I’ve been baking cookies and bread (apple fritter bread!) and pie. I made a pumpkin pie for the second time- and on my own without help- and that came out so well. I was pretty pleased with myself, as it was a custard and I’ve never made custard before.

Snow has arrived in Vermont and, though I am not a fan of driving in snowstorms (as many are not), it is definitely pretty ❤

I’m going to leave you with a book recommendation. Back in October, The Dream Gatherer by Kristen Britain released, and I am so excited that I finally got my copy! I love the Green Rider series (though, certain things in book 6 did not make me happy), and this new release is in that world. I highly recommend this series for fantasy fans. It is one of the few series that I will buy in hardcover and they are worth the read (in my opinion, of course 🙂 ).

click on cover to go to Penguin’s book page for buy links

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Happy Tuesday!

I’ve officially been on vacation since I left work last Friday 🙂 The first three days were spent traveling. I went to a place I’ve never been before but have always wanted to go: Sleepy Hollow, NY and Tarrytown, NY.

I had a great time! I learned so much about the history of the towns and Washington Irving~ I am still in awe of what I learned about Irving and his life and career. The trip was so refreshing for me as a person as well as the geek and horror lover in me.

We visited Irving’s home and grounds. It’s a beautiful home, and one that I wouldn’t mind living in myself. The energy inside was warm and welcoming, so much so that I could just see myself sitting down to dinner with him or sitting in his study writing with him in the room.

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Not the greatest photo, but I loved the architecture, the design, of the home. I could totally live there!

We also visited the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and Old Dutch Church/Burying Ground. We did a small, one hour tour as well walking around on our own the last day we were there for three hours. The time was well spent. The history alone, of how both the Old Dutch Burying Grounds and the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery formed and got their names, and how both tied into the legend as well as the tie to Washington Irving (who he was as a person and as an author).

The Old Dutch Burying Grounds are hallowed ground, which in many legends means that ghosts cannot walk upon said ground. That is why in the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod was trying to get onto the Old Dutch grounds. The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is non-denominational.

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Washing Irving’s headstone. This is not the original headstone that once stood. He is buried with relatives, as he never married.

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This is the Old Dutch Church.

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Andrew Carnegie’s gravesite.

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There were many beautiful mausoleums and headstones. All of them had their own beauty and energy. 

During the tour we got to see the inside of the receiving vault. I only took a few pictures, but I did like this touch 🙂 The show Dark Shadows had scenes in the cemetery~ in the picture is a photo of Barnabas Collins.

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Another highlight was the Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse (also known as the Tarrytown Lighthouse and Kingsland Point Lighthouse). Construction surrounded the lighthouse so we couldn’t get as close as I’d hoped, but it was still beautiful to see. The park was nice and had great views 🙂

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One of the other highlights of the trip happened during the cemetery tour. A mated pair of hawks was perched not too far overhead near Irving’s grave. They were beautiful! And it was such a treat to see 🙂

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How did this all affect me as an author? The energy and experiences of the drive down and back (no stress at all on the driving down and back!) as well as what I saw and learned on the trip was so refreshing that I as a person feel wonderful, and as an author I feel like someone hit the refresh button. I have so many ideas and am so excited to write! The trip also brought clarity to what was wrong with the books that I’d gotten stuck on, that the plot wouldn’t move forward so I set them aside, and now I can go back and finish those books! ❤ ❤ ❤

If you’ve never been to Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown but really want to go, I highly recommend it. I can’t wait to go back and see what we didn’t have time to on this trip!

Slayers, Ghosts, and Updates

Hello, and Happy Sunday!

I apologize for the lack of blogging. As you may have seen on my FB feed and Twitter, I lost my father in April and my focus has been elsewhere. But I do have updates on some things:

1: Tuck 3 is now over 40k and still chugging along at a nice pace. If this keeps up I will be done by the goal date I set 🙂

2: Sera’s first book is still waiting for me to return to it for revisions and rewrites. I plan to get to this soon, especially since her second book is itching to be written.

3: I’m writing on a few other projects as well~ four, to be exact. But my main focus is Tuck and Sera.

Lots of changes for me in my personal life in the last six months, and especially the last month with the loss of my father. Writing is giving me an outlet, allowing me to get lost in other worlds. I love creating these worlds, I love sharing these worlds with you, and I hope to have another book in your hands soon ❤ ❤ ❤

In other news:

I’m really upset that The CW didn’t pick up Wayward Sisters! I’m rather angry about it, actually. At a time when we need this show, they pass on it (despite it having far high ratings than the other shows they green lit). This is a show with strong female leads who are diverse, from different walks of life, who bring those different strengths to the screen. The wide range of ages, life experiences, body types…etc. I’m highly disappointed, and yes, I signed that petition.

On the flip side, the season finale of Supernatural was very well done, and even though I expected for that moment (no spoilers!) to happen with Dean, I was still heartbroken that it did. Season 14 will, at the least, start with a bang 🙂 ❤

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!