Paperback Version Available!

The paperback version of Elementals: Discovery is available for purchase at the CreateSpace website! It should be up on Amazon.com within the next few days. If you’ve been waiting to buy an actual copy versus the ebook, now’s your chance!

Thanks, everyone! :)

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Writing Utensils

So, confession time. I have a thing for hotel pens. I’m one of those people who is very particular about what I use to write with. It has to be a good pen. Not a gel pen, or a roller ball, or a felt tip pen. Not for longhand writing. I need a good ballpoint pen with a slim body and blue or black ink. I’ve found that hotel pens are the best!

On a trip out to CA a few years ago, I took home 3 pens from a resort in Temecula. Those are, by far, my favorites. I used the last of them just recently, and I was sad. I’ve also got a few from a Westin hotel and several from a JW Marriott. I love those too!

I’m headed for an overnight in Chicago this coming weekend, and we’re staying at a hotel we haven’t stayed at before. I hope they have good pens!!

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Dreaming of Storylines

My new office space is working out splendidly! But I need a different chair. *cracks back*

Book two in the Elementals series is coming along, but for the first time, I’m worried it won’t be ready for release by the middle of May. I don’t like that. I seem to be stuck on one point, and it may seem like a little thing, yet, it’s killing me because I can’t get past it. So I’m going to set it aside for a few days, let it simmer, and work on something else. That usually helps. I’m super annoyed right now though, because I had a dream last night that I remember feeling very excited about. Like it was the answer to my problem, and I remember kind of nodding and thinking, “Yes, this is brilliant!” And of course, when I woke up, it disappeared. Bah. I wish I could record my dreams and play them back the next day. I think I’ve lost a lot of great ideas in my sleep!

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Office Space

I’m embarking on a new adventure in my writing. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be using office space, not located inside my house. This will be a first for me, and I will gleefully admit to being super excited about it! For the past year, I’ve been using our home office. It currently contains my enormous bookshelves that my husband never thought I would fill, (haha!) a desk that holds the computer, another desk that holds random stuff on top of it and under it, and boxes that cover the floor, either filled with books or more random stuff. Actually, a lot of it is my crafting supplies. What I wouldn’t give for a separate craft room!

But anyway, I now have office space elsewhere, and I think it’ll be a huge help. So far, I’ve only been able to dedicate one full day a week to writing, and then an hour or two here and there after I put the little one to bed at night. Except, oh, sometimes on my writing days I do the grocery shopping, or I hang out with my sister, or I meet up with a friend for lunch, yadda, yadda, yadda. You know the drill. Suddenly, before I know it, the day is done, I’m picking up my daughter, and I’ve written maybe 200 words. Those evenings after she goes to bed, I’m paying bills, doing research, and let’s be honest, trying to unwind by wasting time on the internet. Sometimes I’m so tired, I just go to bed. Except I can’t sleep. So then I toss and turn, lamenting the lost words that I’m not getting down, but I’m afraid if I get going, I’ll be up all night, and that’s not good when I have a 3 year old yelling for me at the crack of dawn. And I usually don’t write at all on the weekends.

So on the days she’s in preschool, I’ll be going to my office to write. (Oooh! It sounds so fancy!!) This summer, we’ll mix up the schedule so we can still enjoy the beautiful weather, that I pray Mother Nature decides to send our way after this dreadful winter!! This fall, she’ll be at preschool everyday until after lunch. It’ll be dedicated writing time for me. Just for me. No laundry to throw in, or vacuuming to do, or dishes to wash.

Just writing. Happy sigh. :)

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A Writer’s Work

Who ever thought the easiest part about publishing a book would be the writing? Certainly not me! Difficult plot points, uncooperative characters with attitudes, and settings that just don’t work, used to be the worst that I dealt with while writing.

The ebook version of Elementals: Discovery is available for both the Kindle and the Nook. But since not everyone has an e-reader, and some people have also asked for a print version, I’ve been busy trying to get that finished. Different formatting. Different file requirements. It’s enough to make a person scream and inhale a chocolate bar, and I may have. Several times.

But you know what? After all is said and done, I’m very proud of my work. Not in the, “Hey, look at me, I wrote a book, wahoo, I am awesome!” way. But in the, “Hey, I wrote a book, and I learned about cover design, ebook and print formatting, website building, marketing, and I’m still going!” way.

Just because something is difficult doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it. And if writing is the easy part, well then. This truly is my dream job!

So I’m going to unwrap yet another bar of chocolate, crack my knuckles, (sorry, Mom!) and get back to work. Happy Friday, everyone!

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Book Release!!

Wahoo! My first book, Elementals: Discovery, is available for purchase at Amazon.com for the Kindle! The Nook version and a paperback version will follow soon.

I’m so excited, (and scared, nervous, and a little bit woozy) to share my work with you all! I’ve been writing for years, but now I really feel like a writer, and it’s amazing!

Since I’m still new at this whole publishing thing, I didn’t know for sure when the book would be available. I hope to be able to give a solid release date for all my future books.

In the meantime, enjoy! And Happy Valentine’s Day! :)

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Book Cover Reveal!

elementals_kindle-1My book cover is here! Simple, clean, and bright! Just how I wanted it!!

It feels very surreal to actually have my name on a book cover. I’m so excited!! (As shown by my obvious overuse of the exclamation point!!!!)








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Book Cover Babble

The book cover for Elementals: Discovery is being designed! I’m so excited, and I hope that I am not annoying my designer too much. *bites nails*

I spent a lot of time thinking about this cover, and several hours at bookstores and online, browsing YA books for inspiration and to see what I liked and didn’t like. I like clean, simple, and bright. A lot of books in the YA sections are very dark, and I realize that the stories themselves are dark, but it was like a line of black at one store. I don’t like faces on covers, because that puts an idea in my head about what the characters look like before I’ve read the story. I want to discover that for myself.

Once the cover is finished, I’ll post it here for everyone to see! Yay!


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Random Roundup

It’s Friday! Have some randomness for the weekend!

1) My hubby is a techie kind of guy, and so we have a magic mouse and a trackpad for our computer. I have not yet used the trackpad. Hubby seems disappointed. ????

2) Winter and its frigidness and snow can leave now, please. I said please. No seriously. Be gone with you!

3) I spent the day formatting my manuscript. I think I’d rather do laundry, and I hate laundry with a passion.

4) New episodes of Downton Abbey and Sherlock on Sunday, yaaaay!!!

5) I’m really hungry. Sometimes I wished I lived in town so I could still have food delivered to my door. But then I realize that would A) get very expensive very fast, and B) mean I would need to live closer to people, and I don’t want to. I like the country.

Happy Friday! :)

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What is writing?

Such a simple question, but the answer can be very complex. Writing isn’t just recording a story. It’s character creation, setting, plot development, and conflict resolution. Not to mention research, lots and lots of research. The characters become more like friends, and even a simple trip to the grocery store can turn into a question of whether or not Character A would buy fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables. Sounds a little crazy, right?

Even when I’m not putting pen to paper, or actually typing at the computer, I’m still writing. Ideas are constantly going through my head. I can hear dialogue in the voices of my characters. I can see them interacting with others and handling the situations I put them in. I have a difficult time sleeping because I can’t get my brain to stop.

Writing is a very personal process. It takes a lot of time, and ultimately, most writers are writing for themselves. Putting your work out there for others to read is a huge risk. Not everyone will like it, and you worry that you’ll be told it’s just not any good. Or worse, you’ll be told it’s great because someone doesn’t want to hurt your feelings. While it’s nice to receive positive feedback from readers, and even better to be paid for it, the truth is, I would write no matter what. That’s how important the stories are to me.

(On a slightly related note, can we talk about the writing on Sherlock? The first episode of Series 3 left me breathless. Wow. If you’re not watching this amazing show, I highly recommend you try and catch up! You won’t be disappointed!)

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