I Should Be Running on the Beach--I Really Should!

Here's why I'm not.  Don't worry, I'm not sad about it. I'll get my chance;)

I found a wonderful editor, reasonably priced, who will do the final proof read and formatting for my prequel novella and book 1. I feel like running on the beach!!! I wish I could (maybe when I visit my sister in FL this fall). I'll be taking about a month off of writing to tend to my yard. It's spring, people, and the sunshine is calling!!! And we have had some beautiful trees and plants get damaged and die. We really did have a tornado touch down in several places last fall--in Utah--of all places. I'll be doing a lot of new landscaping in addition to my usual spring planting.

It's gonna be hard work, but I'm super happy that I'm still making progress toward publication. Check out Juli Caldwell at oh, how novel. She's an amazing writer and editor.

Because I can't resist, I'll be posting on the progress of both. So, be prepared for FLOWERS!

A Spring Riot

Yes, I think we could definitely call this a Spring Riot.
I'm finding it a little hard to focus on writing when the weather is perfect and I have this look at. Anyone else? 
The other problem I have is that my yard has deteriorated in many ways over the last couple of years. All but two of my Japanese Maples have either died or been so badly damaged by wind and other harsh weather we've had in NoUtah lately. Thank goodness for all the snow last winter and spring rains. That definitely has healing qualities on the land. I have a new garden in my yard that is strictly full sun. I've never had that before, so I'm kinda chomping at the bit to start planting. It will include a new swing and a couple of smallish, spring-blooming trees and lovely perennials. I'd like it to bloom all summer.
But I've decided I can't let all of my gardening tasks take over my life. My book is SO CLOSE to being finished and ready to publish. I can almost taste it. It's here! So b…

Below 100,000 baby. Finally!

So, this just happened. My MS started out as a whopping 131,000 words. It finally went below 100,000 today!!! This is HUGE--I am a reluctant editor. I've been writing a prequel novella and the sequel, but this has been on my mind for over a year. My goal was anything in the 90,000 range and a laser sharp focus on the story. I'm thrilled!!!

Two Months? Aw, geez!

Hey, there!

Long time, no see! I've been busy. How about you? There was NaNoWriMo, then the holidays. I spent most of January writing because it's been snowy here in Northern Utah. What else you gonna do, except ski;) right? I think we're at 173% of normal, or at least in that range. The snow is fantastic. Utah really does have the greatest snow on earth and waterskiing this summer is going to be insane. Can't wait.

I've made some pretty good progress on my story within the last few months. I've finished a prequel novella and the first book in a series. I'm halfway through writing the second in the series. My goal in 2017 is to get the novella and first book ready for publication. After several years of solid drafting, editing and attending writing conferences, I think they're finally ready. So, watch for some exciting news, probably by summer time.

At the suggestion of one of my critique partners, I'm reading Theft of Swords. It's really good. If …

Almost Hit the Mark

Psst! I'm here to interrupt your holiday festivities to let you know that I had a very productive November! Didn't get the 50K, was shooting for half that and got very close. So, I'm half a winner, I guess. I also had a birthday, an anniversary, Thanksgiving and a bunch of other commitments that I knew would steal time away from my writing, so I'm feeling pretty good about this accomplishment. I really do think I can finish this book in January. I mean, really, what happens in January? Except for skiing, of course!
So, after the family Christmas party that I'm in charge of tomorrow night, I'm going to write about my experience doing NaNoWriMo. It has been an adventure, to say the least.
Happy Holidays! 

NaNoWriMo in November? Why???

Okay, who has an anniversary, a birthday, Thanksgiving and Christmas prep all in the month of November? That would be me, so why am I doing NaNoWriMo? I'll have to answer that question after I get through this month, because frankly, I just don't have time to do anything other than try to plow through this second novel. I'm even cutting back on the goal, but only because I have several chapters already written.

I guess I'm a nano rebel because I'm shooting for 25,000, half the nano goal, but sheesh, November is busy and right before the holidays. Staying chained to the computer is harder than I thought! Oh, I've never gone red before. Not sure I'm loving it, but it was fun to try.

Another fun fact: I pinned this photo to Pinterest and it has gotten more likes and repins from people all over the world than anything I've ever posted. She's inspiration for my main male character's grandmother. I just wrote her into a chapter yesterday and I really lo…

Halloween For a Kid Far, Far Away

Halloween has changed for me. No more cute kids in costumes. Bittersweet. I made this for my missionary son today, blasted some good old rock-n-roll and got my craft on. And since hardly anyone comes trick-or-treating to my door, I intend to party!

Oh, and I've finished the 17th chapter to my sequel. I'm very happy with it!