Wednesday, November 1, 2017

IWSG--November is a BIG month!

How much can you cram into one month? A lot if you really try. It's kind of funny though. For some reason I thought that when I quit my "real" job, I'd get to stay home. However, this is what the month looks like:
  • 1st or 2nd--A Merrily Matched Christmas goes up for preorder
  • 7th--Author event in Mulberry, Arkansas
  • 11th--The Magic Wakes Series books 1 & 2 are re-released on Amazon, and Christmas Bazaar in Bella Vista, Arkansas
  • 14th--I'll be the one of the featured authors at the Bella Vista Writers and Poets night
  • 17th--my son's play (and my sister's birthday)
  • 23rd--Thanksgiving AND A Merrily Matched Christmas is released
  • 1st--30th is also NANOWRIMO, which I originally intended to do this year. We will see what happens...
With all the plans, I'm worried my family won't realized that I quit "working." Guess I'll have to try extra hard to make sure I'm really present in their lives when I'm not traveling. 

Are you doing NANO this year?


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


November 1 question - Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? Have any of them gone on to be published?

Even though I haven't participated the last two years, I have finished Nano in the past. In fact, three of my four published novels started as Nano projects. It took many long months to finish, and years for some of them to be polished enough to publish. Nano has always been a good project for me because it forces you to turn off the inner editor and just write. I believe that's why so many people never finish a book--they keep editing, trying to reach perfection before they ever get the whole story on the page. 

Even the years I didn't make the Nano goal of 50K were successful for me. I often use November for exploring ideas. Some of them get put away and never see the light of day again, but it's all good practice. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

New Cover Art!

Now that I've been home several days, I can report things are moving along for the re-release of my Magic Wakes series. We've got new cover art for the first three books! Take a look and tell me what you think. These were all designed by Tamara Hart Heiner who is also an amazing author.




I'll be re-releasing the first two in the series sometime the first week of November. Demon Rising is about half way finished, but this amazing cover has inspired me to get writing again. My goal is to have it out by fall of 2018.

It feels so good to be excited about writing again!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

IWSG Excited like a kid on Christmas morning


I can't believe it's finally October! I'm a bundle of nerves and excitement. And this month, I get to quit my job and return to being a stay at home mom, homemaker, and writer. Seriously, it's all I can do to stay in my seat at work sometimes. I'm so ready to re-focus on my family, and my writing.

Lurking behind all of my excitement is the nagging little voice that I've taken too much time off. The characters from the stories I most want to finish have been sulky and quiet for several months now. And I've had so many new ideas that my brain is overflowing and as chaotic as ever.    

I tell myself that it's OK. I need to give myself time to get back into the groove of things. Especially since my main focus needs to be on my family and my home. I have several projects that need to be done around the house, but there will be time every day for a little bit of writing. It's hard though. I want all of the stories that I had planned to finish this year finished already.

It's hard to know that and October you're no closer to your goals and you were in January. Some exciting things have happened though over the last month. The biggest being that I got my publishing rights back for my series The Magic Wakes. I haven't had time to work on getting new cover art or interior design, but that will all change as soon as I get to stay home again. I hope to have both books released before the end of this year. The best part is I'll get audiobooks for these now. I'll also be able to get back to my goal to finish the third book in the series. With any luck, that will be out sometime next year.


So, I'm alternating between excited and bouncing off the walls, and telling myself it's OK to take things slow.

Now, back to work I go. Seems everyone soon!



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

IWSG--The Passionate Disturbance of a Writer's Mind

I don't really have any insecurities to discuss today. Instead, I'd like to share some of the common ailments writers often face.

Sure, we often suffer from eye fatigue from staring at our computer screens, lower back pain or neck pain from slumping in chairs, weight gain, etc. However, what I want to talk about today is the crying over characters syndrome.

Seriously, it's great when my friends support me and talk about how dedicated I am to chasing my dream in spite of the every day things that fill up my time. They think they understand, but I know (and many of you know) they have no clue.

Case in point--one Friday morning I woke up as normal as ever. My brain was functioning along the proper lines:
  • wake kids
  • shower
  • eat
  • get kids off to school
  • head for work
The drive to work is where the author brain decided to highjack me. A certain song came on the radio. It's an old favorite that has come to represent a very important scene in Talia's story. If you think of each novel as having a story arc, then spread that same format across a series, then book 3 is the dark moment in my 4 book series. This particular song is the darkest of dark moments toward the end of the book.

I'm singing along, envisioning these two characters (that I love more than I could ever explain to people who don't have imaginary friends) in this scene. The words of the song are their dialogue back and forth. Before I knew what hit me, I was sobbing so hard I thought I was going to have to pull over and take a break before continuing to work. 

How do you walk into your job with red rimmed eyes and explain that everything is fine, but your characters are having a really bad day?


What's the most disturbing aspect of your writing mind?


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

September 6 Question: Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? For example, trying a new genre you didn't think you'd be comfortable in?

YES! I'm surprised anything I write ever makes sense. Recently, I tried a new genre and really enjoyed it. What's more--my husband actually enjoys it too. He never said so many complimentary things about my science fiction (it's just not his thing), but even though he makes fun of my Hallmark movie watching, he has said tons of lovely things about my romance story. Weird!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Aug IWSG and Birthday Gifts for YOU!

It's my birthday month!

There are still plenty of insecurities, but I'm feeling hopeful at the moment. Last Saturday I completely ignored my family and finished a project that has a deadline. My alter ego--River Ford--will be included in a Christmas anthology coming this November.


I still have revisions ahead of me before sending it to the editor, but finishing the draft always feels so good!

Because I'm happy to fit in a little writing among the otherwise crazy busy aspects of my life, I'm giving away 300 free e-books. 100 each of three of my titles. The hope is to introduce myself to more readers, hopefully grab a few more reviews on Amazon, and of course celebrate this month.

Please feel free to grab a copy and share the links with all your friends. Each book will be available until August 14th or until 100 copies have been given away--whichever comes first.

Here's what you can get:
Stellar Cloud--my collection of short (and unrelated) stories. Click HERE


Fade Into Me--my modern day fairy tale with a scifi twist. Click HERE

My newest clean romance story under my pen name River Ford. Click HERE

I'll start visiting blogs tonight after work. Can't wait to see what everyone is up to these days.



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
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