Project Plans for 2014

I hate long goodbyes, so that’s all I’m going to say about 2013. It wasn’t a bad year. In fact, it was pretty awesome. Of course, if you follow my blog regularly, you probably won’t believe me and I wouldn’t blame you. I’ve done a horrible job at keeping people posted on my happenings. But in case you’re wondering, I’ve been writing like a crazy woman. You’ll understand come June/July 2014. So stay tuned. 😀

One VERY cool thing I have to show for this year is selling my short story The House on the Corner of Brim and Stone to Mocha Memoirs Press for their In the Bloodstream anthology. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am about that. It was originally a story meant to be about 80K words, but I could never find the words to finish it. So, I turned it into a short story that left me riveted and excited about continuing my Touched By an Angel meets The Ghost Whisperer series with The Light at the End of Judgement and Day. That’s one project I’ll be working on in 2014.

Also, I sold a second story to Mocha Memoirs Press called Sixth Night: A Fringe Line Novel. It’s a fantasy romance that will be released in 2014. The plan was to turn it into a series, but I wasn’t feeling the “romance” part with the so-called second book. So even though the next book will take place in the Earth world after having passed through the Fringe Line portal, it’ll be more like an urban fantasy with romantic elements. So for now, let’s just call it Fringe Line #2. I’ll come up with a better title later.

I’ll be getting my rights back to Half Breed, my very first book in my Alexa York world. Woohoooooo! I have nothing but great things to say about Double Dragon eBooks, not only because they gave me my first shot, but they were very real from the beginning in terms of setting expectations, being warriors for their writers, and keeping their finger on the pulse of the publishing world. They taught me about the ups and downs of this world and, in a sense, made me want to learn as much as I could about the business of writing. I’ll forever appreciate that. Now what will I do with Half Breed once I get my rights back? We’ll see. 😉 As for Alexa York, I still want to write a third book in her world that will take place after Half Breed and hopefully give readers a two-fer in terms of the release.

Silent Scream (Bittersweet #2) is still on my mind. The difference is that this book will most likely be a Young Adult where Phaedra will be attending college for the first time. It’ll be an interesting world she’ll live in, especially since she’ll need to stay in the Hub-sponsored apartments, if she expects to have her tuition paid for by the unknown.

Keep in mind that none of this is guaranteed because whenever I tell someone about what I’m working on or doing, I tend to lose interest in it. Well, screw that. This is the plan and I’ll muscle through even if it kills me. Although, I reserve the right to always start something totally new. 🙂

Some changes in my writing. One thing I’ll be doing this year is sticking to shorter stories so that I can get through my 2014 Project Plan. That means I’ll be writing anything from 3000 to 60,000-ish words. No more 80,000+ words because it’s too demanding. I find I can get the words out better and faster with less. It also forces me to kick up the pace and keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Will I continue to self-publish or try to sell to publishers? I don’t really know right now. I’ve always liked the idea of being a hybrid author. It’s the best of both worlds in terms of widening my readership. That’s what I want more than anything else right now.

Have a happy and safe 2014, everyone!

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Happy Turkey Day

Yeah, I know. I don’t post as much as I should and I have a good reason for that. I’m usually busy working on a project. Now, I know my progress might seem a little sad this year, but I’m hoping to pick it up for next year.

In the mean time, I hope you all have a happy and safe Thanksgiving. We’re keeping it very low key by staying home and enjoying each others company. The only “festive” thing we’ve done so far is take holiday portraits as Belks. Oh, and no Black Friday shopping for us. We’re planning to put Little Bit in daycare and then return home to go through her old toys so we can give them away to Goodwill. Now, while that might seem mean, it’s not. Those toys will get replaced with whatever Santa brings her. Plus, she won’t know those toys are missing anyway.

Okay, so enough about my boring life. You just make sure you enjoy every ounce of yours. 🙂

It’s Been a Long Time

Wow.  I can’t believe it’s been more than a month since my last post.  I guess I can say I’ve been up to a lot of things, though writing is only recently one of them.  Actually, writing took a back seat for a while, but I’m back in the saddle again.  It’s really hard to write when you have a two-year old underneath you all of the time.  🙂

Anyway, we finally got a new–used–van for traveling in comfort, though it’s not much comfort for me, since I’m the primary driver.  Baby girl can say a bunch of words now, one of them being the word “Damn”.  Honestly, I have no idea where she got it.  But what bugs me the most is that she might be saying the F-word, though I can’t quite make it out yet.  Oh, and we had a blast at the beach this past weekend, too.  Little Bit is still afraid of the waves that come crashing against the shore, but the sand?  Good lord.  That kid loves playing the sand and tracking it all back to our room.  Even today, she brings her beach toys to the car, thinking that we’re going to beach when we’re only going to the store.

As for my reading pleasure, I’m still trying to catch up on Lydia Dare books, though I have no idea which book I’m on right now, except for the one with the blue cover.  😆  Also, I broke down and finally got around to reading The Hunger Games and all I can say is Holy S*** that’s a good book!  Ten times better than Twilight.  Ten times more sensible than Twilight, too.  All I can say is I’m going to get my hands on a copy of Catching Fire.  Of course, the cheapskate that I am, I’ll either wait until paperback or do ebook.  I don’t buy hard-copies of anything.  So now that I want to let The Hunger Games simmer for a while before I move on to the next book, I’m going to start a new one called Blood Red Road.  Thanks to Simon and Schuster for sending it to me, though I had a feeling the only reason why they sent it (with the Shapeshifter Romance blog reference) was because they thought I was the blog secretary or something.  Then again, they probably thought that my writing career wasn’t as import as the other bestselling bloggers, so therefore, I might have time to actually review a book.  Not!  Anyway, of all the books they had sent over the past year, this was the only one that somewhat intrigued me.  But before I forget, there is one book that I’ve been interested in getting called Starters by Lissa Price.  Unfortunately, it’ll be awhile because of that no-buy-hardcovers thing I have going on right now.  😉

So other than that and trying to carve out time for more writing, that’s what I’ve been up to.

Chow for now!