Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Go and Buy a Book

...because that's what Read Tuesday is all about! Dec. 9 celebrates writers and readers by giving plenty of discounts on ebooks and print books. If you want to see all the great deals available (including Unfolding Life *wink*) you can browse the Read Tuesday catalogs. There are different sections for Kindle deals, frees books and discount codes for print books. Most of these authors are indie authors, so go out and support them, and pick up a few gifts while you're at it.

In other writing news, I'm on schedule to finish the first draft (finally!) of In Another Life. I know I talk about this one a lot, but by the end of the week it will finally be moving on to the first round of revisions. Because I'm so pumped to publish in 2015 (this article inspired me a bit), I'm hoping I can get this one out there as soon as possible. You know why? SPOILER ALERT: It's going to be a trilogy. Stay tuned.

So what's next? Tackling the pages in the official red revision binder with my red pen. Sometimes it's fun, sometimes it's torture. We'll see how the next session goes. ;-)

Friday, December 05, 2014

A Sale You Won't Want to Miss

Get ready to shop for another Christmas gift for you or someone you love: As a part of Read Tuesday (the indie author version of Black Friday/Cyber Monday), I’m offering Unfolding Life for just $0.99! And because I just couldn’t wait to get the deal rolled out, the discounted price starts TODAY and continues through December 12. 

The ebook is just $0.99

If you don’t have an ereader and are not crazy about ebooks, the print version is also available. You can purchase the print version from either Creatspace or Amazon.

Createspace: $9.99
Amazon: $8.83 (at the time of posting--Amazon's price tend to change on a whim)

**At Amazon, Unfolding Life is enrolled in Kindle Matchbook, so if you buy the print copy, you'll get the digital copy free!

I hope you have a haiku-filled holiday this year!

Monday, December 01, 2014

Victory is Mine!! #NaNoWriMo14

Well, I did what I set out to do--I won NaNoWriMo this year! I wasn't too excited when it first happened because it was 6:30 on a Sunday morning. But I caught up to the greatness of my victory after my daily caffeine fix. I'm glad that I was able to do it, and by proving that to myself, I know that I can continue writing for the rest of my life without worrying about taking time away from the money-making process. That's because I realized that 1667 words per day can happen in just three or four 20-minute writing sessions. This does not break the time bank whatsoever. I will now hold myself accountable for at least 1500 per day from now on. No more excuses and no more guilt.

Revisions? Well... those will probably have to be long weekend projects. Once I start that, I usually can't put it down for hours. Today is the only day I'm taking off before revisions start, so I have to get organized and find the best way to do it. I'm not going to revise this year's novel because it's too short of a turnaround. I need to get some space from this project. Instead, I will revise last year's novel. I didn't finish that one in a month, but I did finish it so it will be ready for Phase Two tomorrow.

I'm also celebrating because I saved Amazon gift cards for the past few months (I somehow seem to win a lot of them online...) and was finally able to get a new Kindle Fire HD 7. It came in today, which made it seem like a prize I awarded myself for all of my efforts. I'm a happy camper all around.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The First Listen: Holiday Wishes - Idina Menzel

What do you think of when you think of Christmas? There are the warm, cinnamon scented candles wafting through the air, the sweetness of the hot cocoa, cakes and pies baking in the oven and twinkling lights coming from the Christmas tree, complete with packages wrapped in shiny paper. What are we forgetting in this scene? Christmas songs, of course! If you are looking for something that combines the holiday classics you know by heart with a spin of originality, you should check out Idina Menzel's new album, Holiday Wishes.

You may know Menzel from the immensely popular movie Frozen, but she has many other credits including a number of Broadway shows. What Menzel does for Christmas music is provide that voice we all know and love to help celebrate holiday classics in a fun, charming way. There are the songs that everyone knows, such as "Do You Hear What I Here?" and "Silent Night," but there are also some other, maybe surprising tracks, such as "River." She also piars up with Michael Buble to sing "Baby It's Cold Outside" with all of the charm that has graced so many other duos with this tune.

If you want a new way to celebrate your holiday traditions, Holiday Wishes is something that you will want to check out. You can purchase it through iTunes and Amazon.

**I participated in the Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.

Monday, November 24, 2014

It's Still Just a Marathon

Life, writing, careers... all are marathons, not sprints. Some days, you just have to be reminded of it. 

I've grabbed NaNoWriMo by the horns this year, and I'm not letting go. I'm on my game. I'm still in the running to win by the end of the month. As of right now, this is what my stats look like:

Don't worry: I plan to meet my daily goal by the end of the night. I don't know what this strange feeling I have is, but I think it my be a little bit of pride. I'm actually going to do it. Let's be honest though--the novel is total crap, but it is nothing that can't be fixed with months of toiling over every word choice.

And about my Vine project... yeah, that stopped. I really wanted to get a post for every day of the month, but it was becoming much more of a distraction then I meant it to be. Instead of working on my novel, I found myself banging my head against my desk trying to come up with a more compelling 6-second video. Next year if I chronicle my progress, it will need to be a full-on video blog so that I can just ramble, upload it and be done.

The real roller coaster in the last week has been on the job scene. A little over a week ago I was invited to join a writing team that could actually put me back in the category of earning a normal wage. So I did everything I was asked: I attended a webinar, I requested to be added to the team and I waited patiently to get started. Turns out, through whatever reason I have yet to understand, I was actually denied from working with this specific team/client two years ago--without writing a single word for them. Through this particular company, sometimes you'll get a client who doesn't like your writing voice or some other (usually arbitrary) reason, they'll keep you from writing for them again.

I normally take this all in stride, but this situation is ridiculous. They promised me work that would let me, you know, actually pay my bills. But they didn't realize they made me lose an hour of my time to attend a webinar for work I would never have access to. Yes, it could be just a simple mistake, but I'm not going to beg for work. I have a little bit of dignity left.

The good, the bad--it all means nothing. I just have to keep going, keep trying. There's a lot that's trying to stop me, and I'm not going to put up with it anymore. My time is now. I'll get to the place I need to be. Very soon the opportunity I need will come. Until then I'll be here, writing away.