Tuesday, July 3, 2018

July IWSG Post, A Day Early But Dragging Behind!

I just noticed we were posting a day early instead of tomorrow on the 4th. The last few days have been crazy busy and I'm just getting a chance to sit down and post something. 

First off, I'm in a pretty good place. The insecurities are there, but I think they are under control for the moment. Saturday I released a new book into the world. It was my best to date as far as preorders go. Now, if only a good handful of those will turn into reviews. That's always a challenge. I was feeling nervous, okay, terrified really, about the release until earlier today. 

Why? 

Spice level of the romance. It's pretty spicy. Clean, but the kissing is intense. :) My first romance was definitely sweet and had some meatier substance to it with the examination of Kerri's illness. This one is completely different. That scares me a little, but it also makes me feel good that the characters aren't the same. They are unique, as is their story. Now that I've come to terms with that, I'm ready to move on to the next story. (Oh, Landscape Love will be on sale for 0.99 until July 5th. Just click on the link in the left sidebar)

I've been reading Eleena's story. It's still not finished but only needs another 5000 words or so. Basically, it needs the ending. Then I can start the revision process to clean and polish it up. It's not in bad shape either. That's got me pretty excited. I might be able to get it out in time for Christmas.

So, for today, I'm just going to set new goals. I'll need you to keep me accountable!

End of 2018 Goals:
1. Finish draft of Eleena's story (no later than the end of July)
2. Do clean up revisions on Eleena (need a good name for this one) and get to beta readers by end of September
3. Draft Jennifer's story by end of August/ mid-September. This might be a stretch, but I have an outline and several scenes sketched out already. Since it will only be around 50K it's totally possible. 
4. I'd love to get both of these stories back from beta readers and published by the end of the year. 
5. If I finish everything above--get Selena's story drafted for a spring 2019 release and get back to book 3 of Talia's series. 



Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

July 3 question - What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?

My ultimate writing goal is to continue improving my writing skills as I share the characters and stories in my head. I want to be able to connect with people on an emotional level with all of my stories by digging deeper and writing with honesty. 

It's never been about money, so that hasn't changed, but now I don't care so much about finding an agent and big publisher. I'm comfortable with the self-publishing because it's about sharing my heart along with my characters. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

IWSG May Fun and June Releases!

First, sorry I missed everyone last month. May was crazy busy, but wonderful. Hubby and I drove down to Dallas to see Les Miserables, we had all the end of school year stuff for my boys, and then hubby and I went to Ireland for 10 glorious days! 

Cliffs of Moher
Dublin

Texas was a quick getaway, but Dublin was amazing. My hubby was going for a week of work and I was super lucky to tag along. We went a few days early so we could get out in the country and do some sight seeing. It was beautiful, the weather was perfect, and we walked 30 miles (according to my fitbit) the first 3 days we were there. Once hubby went to work, so did I. 

I settled into the hotel and finished Landscape Love and sent it off to my beta readers. That only took two days, so I still had plenty to get out in the city on my own to explore. Since returning, I've been working on revisions and edits to get LL ready to release at the end of the month. Here is where the insecurities come in.

Landscape Love is only my second straight up romance. That still makes me nervous, but this one is also spicier than the first novel. That in itself isn't the main issue. My biggest concern is that my  main character is Hispanic and often slips into Spanish when she's nervous or angry. I'm not Hispanic. I don't speak Spanish. See where my insecurity comes in? 

What if google translate has steered me wrong? What if I have my character saying something that culturally would never be said or what if I offend someone? In an effort to avoid these things, I have a dear friend reading for me right now. She's helping me tweak the Spanish to what she would have said, and I've asked her to let me know if there is anything/anywhere she would have viewed the situation differently or handled it differently. Hopefully that will be enough. 

Now, in my head I know I can't make everyone happy, but it would be nice, you know?

The good news is my writers group have found this story to be as funny in spots as I thought it was. That makes me happy. It was a fun time writing and I hope others have a fun time reading. 

It's up for pre-order now.

Have you written about a different ethnic group or culture other than your own? How did you research and were you a basket case knowing others were going to read it?




Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

June 6th question: What's harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?

Definitely book titles. I kind of suck at it! In fact, I still don't have a good one for Eleena's story (my next scifi) and I've been working on it for two years now. Nothing seems to fit or sound like a book anyone would pick up. I'm really hoping some of my awesome beta readers can help me come up with something in the next few months because I really hope to finish it and get it out by the end of the year. 

Characters just come to me and most of the time they tell me their names pretty quickly. There was only one time I struggled with a name. That was Caedan in Fade Into Me. He had about seven different names before the book was released. I almost gave up on him!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Z if for Zuit Suit Zombie


For the Blogging A to Z challenge, I'm sharing the music of my life. This simply means it has to be a song I chose to upload to my van. I tried to find videos without ads, but that's getting increasingly harder than ever before.

These last two songs are NOT on my van, but I needed Z songs and these were the two that came to mind.

Hubby and I love to go dancing, but not clubbing. There's a big band that gets together a couple times a year and those are the BEST dances. Let's bring back big band!

Zuit Suit Riot by Cherry Poppin' Daddies


Finally, the Z song that gets stuck in your head.

Zombie by the Cranberries


What's your favorite Z song or artist?

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Y is for You


For the Blogging A to Z challenge, I'm sharing the music of my life. This simply means it has to be a song I chose to upload to my van. I tried to find videos without ads, but that's getting increasingly harder than ever before.

We are coming to the end of the challenge. Today I've got a song that always makes me feel better and a song that belongs to one of my characters. It describes her self image at the beginning of her journey.

First, sometimes we just need to be told that it will be okay, and that you are loved.

You Are Loved by Josh Groban


This next song is all about Ryanne from my modern day fairy tale Fade Into Me. She's damaged goods and doesn't think anyone will ever be able to see past that. However, misguided as he is when he meets her, Caedan can see past Ryanne's scars.

You Hear A Song by Cassadee Pope


What's your favorite Y song or artist?

Friday, April 27, 2018

X is for Xanadu


For the Blogging A to Z challenge, I'm sharing the music of my life. This simply means it has to be a song I chose to upload to my van. I tried to find videos without ads, but that's getting increasingly harder than ever before.

I think I used Xanadu when I did the A to Z challenge with 80's movies. This song is NOT on my van playlist, but when I looked up songs that start with Z, it was the first one I'd actually heard.

Xanadu by Olivia Newton John


And now for two eXtras! Here are two of my favorites that I didn't share anywhere else. One is a Breaking Benjamin song that believe it or not, I'd play on repeat to fall asleep. The other is the theme song for a romance I'm writing.

The Diary of Jane by Breaking Benjamin (Acoustic)


The opening scene and characters of a romance I have planned for next year was inspired by this song.

The Lonely by Christina Perri


What's your favorite X song or artist?
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