Monday, July 06, 2015

July is Buzzing

This is going to be a very busy week! First of all, Unfolding Life will be FREE on Amazon July 6-8. That means if you haven't picked up a copy yet, you have plenty of time to get it. And if poetry isn't your thing, you can always pick up my Kindle Worlds romance novella The Callaways: Melody of Love for just $1.99.

Now that the shameless promotions are out of the way, let's talk about my July session of Camp NaNoWriMo. It's not going well. Yes, the month starts with a holiday, but since I laid around and watched a The Twilight Zone marathon for half the day, I have no excuse for having less than a thousand words (as of writing this post). I need to get back to business on that. My problem? I think I'm getting too caught up in the historical details of my work. The novel/serial/project (whatever label you want to use) is set in October 1942, so I worry I don't have enough historical details. Then I go looking for some and get lost in all of the research. I'm easily fascinated, especially with all the 1940s era YouTube videos I found.

But, no matter how much history fascinates me, I have to get writing. I'll save the details for the revision draft, otherwise it may never get written. So it's back to doing what I do best. Are you working on anything exciting this week?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Exciting Things on the Way

I'm heading back to Camp NaNoWriMo in July, but I'm still not sure what I will work on. A lot of people I know who participate in one or both camps use it for editing. I thought about that since the first book of the trilogy really needs to be edited so it can move into the next phase. But I just don't know how to keep myself accountable word count-wise with that. Book three of the trilogy still needs to be written, so that's an option too.

The third option I have for July's project is getting my 1940s-era detective serial written. I have finally found a place where I can submit it, and if it is accepted, I'll be able to make at least a small profit from it. Well, as long as I have a few subscribers. I still have a few days to make my final decision, so while I contemplate on that, you can go and buy my Kindle Worlds novella Melody of Love. And don't forget to add it to your Goodreads bookshelf too!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Secret Project Revealed: Are You Ready for a Little ❤ Romance ❤?

I can finally reveal the secret project I've been working on for the past month. I wrote a novella for Kindle Worlds. My contribution is Melody of Love and it belongs to The Callaways World based on the romance series by Barbara Freethy.

You don't have to have read The Callaways series to enjoy my novella--though if you like a little suspense with your romance, I definitely recommend reading them. All you have to know is this: Sean Callaway is a musician and owns Ashbury Studios. The ground floor is a music studio, and the top floor is a dance studio where the love of his life Jessica runs the dance studio. And that's where my novella takes place.

The process frayed a few of my nerves, but it's finally completed. I'm so excited that it was published tonight, because if it was kicked back to me again for some tiny little oversight I was about ready to give up. I actually had a pretty good rant about Kindle Worlds ready to go if I didn't end up publishing it... but it's best if we forget all that and just celebrate another completed project.

And a little heads up: I wasn't sure this would be published today, so I scheduled the ebook version of Unfolding Life to be available for free tomorrow. Sorry in advance for all of the promo social media posts for both books coming up. ��

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The First Listen: Joy Williams VENUS #JoyWilliams #O2O

The summer always offers up a chance to listen to new music and find that special summer sound that we all love to play. This summer, Joy Williams may have a big part in that summer sound you'll be hearing. Once a member of The Civil Wars, Williams is now on her own and revealing her honest story through her album Venus.

Each of the songs on the album tells part of her story, but it definitely goes bigger than that--the lyrics also provide the listener with a bit of light and encouragement that can come with the clarity of getting through rough times. When it comes to the sound, Williams provides an eclectic mix of country storytelling, dance beats and very clean pop hooks that are interesting to listen to over and over again.

My personal favorites to listen to on this album are "Woman (Oh Mama)", "One Day I Will" and "The Dying Kind." Check out the video for "Woman (Oh Mama)" yourself and let me know what you think:

Venus is available from iTunes and from Amazon so you can discover it for yourself. It's available for download, on CD and vinyl (my personal favorite).

**I participated in the Joy WIlliams Venus album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.

Monday, June 08, 2015

A Secret is Waiting to be Told

I hate keeping secrets, but I promise the one I hinted about the other day on Twitter is going to be a good one. That's one of the reasons I've been absent from the blog--I knew I would spill it all if I talked about it any sooner. That, and I have some personal hangups (okay, superstitions) about discussing projects before they are ready because it always seems to make it harder to get it right. So, if all goes according to plan, this secret project should be revealed within the next couple of weeks. Here is the ONLY clue I can provide.

And in the pursuit of total honesty, I also stayed away from the blog because I was having one giant pity party for myself. Sometimes I just can't keep all the frustrations inside about this line of work. But I chose it because I love it, and it will never work if I don't just buck up and keep going. So that's what I'm doing. Right now. Not only am I in the final stretches of my secret project, but my creativity has also been steered back into the direction of songwriting. Once all of that stuff is on the page and out of my head, I will be getting back to the trilogy. It still has a long way to go, but it's getting there.

What creative endeavors are you embarking on this week?