Monday, June 30, 2014

Frustration SUCKS!

I don't even want to post today because I feel too frustrated with my writing. Ugh. Do you ever feel like you just... suck? That's kind of where I'm at for the moment, and I don't really love it. I swear, I have writers ADD! However, as time has passed I've learned a couple things, and one of those things is that these frustrating days will pass. DON'T GIVE UP! Right?

So here are this weeks stats:
2- days I found time to write this week!
2180 - words written. (Not huge, but not too bad.)
1 - moment of euphoria.
too many- moments of frustration (which I explained above).
6 - days reading a good book, AND critiquing a good book! 
I have come to realize that being accountable keeps me going. My numbers and progress may not be huge, but it keeps me from not getting anything done, and I like that. It's always good to move forward, right?
 Also, if you noticed I am suddenly "following" your blog... AGAIN, blame it on the new email. I switched my blogger info to a new email and now I have to re-follow all of you! I'm trying to get caught up, but it takes time. Just don't want you thinking I "un-followed" you at some point. That wouldn't be cool and I love you too much to do that!

And, I am currently reading Moonless, by Crystal Collier, which is a very creeptastically, cool book that makes me sleep with a nightlight on. Yes, I am rockin' the nightlight these days and it's totally worth it!

What are you reading? How do you overcome frustration?

Monday, June 23, 2014

WINNER, Milestones, & Other Stuff

I've had a pretty decent week for myself as far as milestones go. At least, it's been much more productive than my last few weeks have been, which makes me happy.
4 - days I found time to write this week! (small miracle for me!)
2600 - words written. (Not huge, but not too bad.)
1 - moment of euphoria. (I'm excited about this book & the characters.)
1 - moment of frustration. (Sometimes I still feel so far behind.)
6 - days reading good books! (Yes, that's plural! I love finally finding time to read, and good books inspire me to write!)

Also, the WINNER of a paperback copy of Michelle Merrill's book, Changing Fate, goes to Rachel Schieffelbein!!!
Congrats Rachel!
I will be emailing you soon so I can put your book in the mail! You'll love it!

Now let's play catch up:
  1. I have been trying desperately to get my house put back together after trying to put my daughters in separate rooms. It's much more peaceful, but a freaking mess! We should get the last bed on Tuesday, so I'm looking forward to that. Now I just need to find a desk so I can get the new "office area" organized. One of the girls moved into my office.
  2. I spent more days writing than I did on homework. I'm just not motivated with homework right now. I'm still doing good and getting things done, but I'd like to be a little more on the ball. However, I'm excited about my writing progress.
  3. I learned that when visiting someone in prison you should NOT wear an under wire bra. It will set off the metal detector and you'll have to go find a pocket knife in your car to cut out the under wire before you can be allowed to enter (assuming you get through the metal detector without any other issues - be sure to keep the mini pocket knife in the car. That wouldn't go over well). That or find a store in a timely manner and buy a new bra. 
  4. Something FUNNY - One of the guards during "visiting hours" was reading a Tom Clancy book. It was awesome. I couldn't help but laugh. 
So, how is your writing progress coming? What are you up to? Learned any weird life lessons lately?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Torn Canvas Blog Tour with Donna K. Weaver

I am so excited to be part of Donna's blog tour. She is amazingly talented and a fantastic friend. I wanted to do a quick highlight of her newest book, Torn Canvas, and follow up with a fun little interview.
Here's the Blurb:
Modern-day pirates took more than Jori Virtanen's friends; they stole his face. Not only does twenty-four-year-old former model have to confront months of reconstructive surgery, he discovers his previous life was as superficial as his looks. Jori struggles to make a new life for himself as an artist while evading the press. They expect a hero, but he knows the truth. His beauty masks a beast.

Olivia Howard's given up a normal life for her job, and the sacrifices are finally paying off. The twenty-six-year-old talk show host's ratings are heading to the top of the charts. Her dream is to make a difference in people's lives, but the studio wants mind fluff - like interviewing hot model Jori Virtanen. When Olivia learns the guy helped rescue passengers on a cruise excursion from kidnappers, she knows this is the story she needs to make her case. The only problem is the hero was injured, and now he's disappeared.

The more Olivia learns about the man behind the scar, the more intrigued she becomes. But Jori is no girl's happily ever after. Once she finds him, Olivia has to free his heart and help heal the beast.

Find Torn Canvas:

Now for a quick interview with Donna:

1. How about a quick flash interview to get warmed up? I give you a word, and you tell me the first thing that comes to mind.

ROCK - Wizard
Harry Potter geek, here. This is my favorite Wizard Rock group and one of my favorite songs: 

CUT - Words
WHITE - Space
LAKE - Powell
SMILE - Don't worry, be happy
BOOK - baby
EAT - healthy
2. And I'm always curious about authors when they have multiple books out. Do you find it hard to keep up or do you find yourself more motivated? How do you keep yourself going and doing such a great job?
Keep up, as in my reading of those books? I've decided to accept what I am: a slow writer. I have some author friends who put out five to seven books last year. I can't do that. It takes time for the story to simmer, even once I have the first draft written. My books do tend to involve a lot more inner conflict than some of these others, and they are in different genres. I also work full time. That day job is a real time suck. lol
3. What do you have in store for your readers next? Anything you can tell us about, yet?
I am currently working on the third book in the Safe Harbors series. It will star Marc, the brother of Lyn (the main character in the first book A Change of Plans). Marc becomes friends of Jori from Torn Canvas. The working title for Marc's story is Swing Vote. While ACoP and TC are very much companion novels, happening during generally the same span of time (though TC takes the reader beyond where ACoP ended), Swing Vote takes place a few years later. Confused yet?

Hope's Watch is a novelette that bridges A Change of Plans and Torn Canvas. Anyone who's read either of those books will know who Elle is (Lyn's best friend), and it tells how she met the man she eventually marries. 

There was an epilogue that my editor thought I should cut, so it is the beginning of what will be a short story bridging Torn Canvas and Swing Vote. My goal is to have it ready for release late this year or early next year.

I did slip a Safe Harbors character into my Ripple Effect Romance Novella book, Second Chances 101. There's a character, Samantha, who is demanding her own story, and her life will merge into the lives of the Safe Harbors folks.

I've also written a YA portal fantasy I hope to get back to editing. And that SciFi trilogy I have nearly a third done ...

About the Author:
Author of the Safe Harbors series and Second Chances 101, Book 5 in the Ripple Effects series. A wife, mother, grandmother, Harry Potter geek, Army veteran, and karate black belt.

Find Donna on: 
Blog | Amazon Author Page Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | YouTube | Google+

Thank you for sharing with us today, Donna, and congratulations on your book!

And... for those of you haven't had a chance to enter the GIVEAWAY to win a copy of Changing Fate, by Michelle Merrill, you can do so HERE!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Do You Like Books? Good! How 'Bout a Giveaway?

 1      Days spent WRITING, plotting, developing character, editing, etc.

1000  Words written.
0   Moment of euphoria.
0   Moment of frustration overcome.
3   Days spent reading a good book.

I won't lie... It was a SLOW week for me. At least as far as writing was concerned. It was somewhat bordering chaos and hell as far as everything else was concerned. This week, I plan on telling everybody "NO!" and "Leave me alone!!!" Hopefully they won't be too offended. 

Things I still have to do this week... 
  • Finish moving daughter 1 into downstairs bedroom. (this require finding a new bed and mattress).
  • Homework. Yes, I'm back to school.
  • Spend some time planning the primary program for church.
But I plan on doing better with my writing and I don't care what everyone else wants me to do. I think I deserve a little "me time!"
Onto better things... I have a GIVEAWAY! I just finished reading Michelle Merrill's book, Changing Fate, and I loved it so much I wanted to share. Not only is this a fabulous book, but it does help benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation when you buy one. Do you ever buy a book just for the cause and think that it might not be worth reading because maybe it's too preachy, or informative, and will be lacking in all the fun stuff that books have to offer? I sometimes do, but that is NOT the case with this book!

This is a GREAT story! A really fabulous book about a girl who has fears, strengths, and insecurities just like everyone else - she just happens to have Cystic Fibrosis too, and that affects her! To me, this is a book about life and it's absolutely fantastic. And while enjoying this amazing girl, and her stubborn ability to push people away while performing karate moves on butthead bullies, you also see what it might be like to have CF. It's fun... and romantic... and funny... and yes... you will probably shed a few tears. But it's absolutely fabulous! I highly recommend it. Not only will you get another great book to enjoy, but you'll be helping out those with CF as well. Can't get any better than that!

And since I loved the book so much, and was able to win MY copy, I'm going to give one away because... well, you really need to read it! Enter below!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Did you make a lot of progress on your WIP this week? What have you been doing to enjoy your summer? Have you, or anyone you know, had any experience with Cystic Fibrosis that you'd like to share? 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Milestones, Vacations, & Dreams!

 1      Days spent WRITING, plotting, developing character, editing, etc.
1500  Words written.
 1   Moment of euphoria.
0   Moment of frustration overcome.
3   Days spent reading a good book.

It was obviously a SLOW week for writing. Let's blame that on the vacation! I brought my iPad and everything, but there was no time for anything but FUN on this trip! And by the time I finally did make it into the hotel room, I crashed and burned from exhaustion! But... ONE day is better than ZERO days, so I will give myself that little bit of credit.

Before I tell you about my trip, let me tell you why it was extra exciting for me. Ever since I was about 15, we've gone to Zion National Park (UT), or Mesquite NV for little trips. And every time I find postcards with pictures like this
 and who wouldn't want to go to this place, right?
So, I finally figured out that this is Arches National Park in south eastern Utah, near Moab, and I desperately wanted to make plans to go there. I've also always wanted to visit Moab because of the fantastic scenery and wonderful outdoor experiences available.

FOURTEEN years later... I went! Yes, this is where I spent the last 4 days; 4-wheeling, hiking, and checking out Arches National Park! It was fantastic and beautiful, and absolutely exhausting! I loved every minute of it. There was also a half marathon down there that my brother and his wife were doing event pictures for (Aktiva Photography) and I got to help shoot the race! Another awesome experience!
4-Wheeling on Onion Creek Trail

First ride the night we arrived to see Gemini Bridges.

The ride back on Onion Creek Trail - GORGEOUS!
Me up bright and early, ready to get some photos of those awesome people who run! (Yes, I'm so envious of them!)

SUNRISE! Watching the sun come up, while the race begins! If I was going to be a runner, this is scenery I would thoroughly enjoy!

Coming out of Arches National Park around sunset, with a few clouds and small storm coming in.
The point? I FINALLY got to check off something on my "dream list" or "bucket list." That is exciting! Not to mention that I truly loved it! I wish the pictures did it more justice, but I still don't have all of my pictures downloaded, and I don't think they would do it justice anyway. Plus, I added something else to my "dream list," (besides writing and publishing a book, of course) and that is to visit Canyonlands National Park! The place looks amazing and is also near Moab and Arches so I could visit there again too!

How is your writing going? What is on your "dream list?"