Sunday, June 10, 2012

Moving

Just a heads up. I have finally decided to move my blog over to my site www.patricialynne.com.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Write On Edge: To the moon


This week's Write On Edge post was pretty laid back and easy. In 500 words, write a piece of fiction or non-fiction which includes the phrase: to the moon. Since I'm hoping to get Snapshots published by mid to late July, I thought I'd write something for it.
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To the moon! Jacob pointed to the glowing light bulb above our heads. A wide grin filled his face and hope shined in his eyes.

The hope caused my throat to tighten. Keandra was right. Jacob didn’t fully understand just how bad this place was. And I envied him for it. Envied that he could detach himself from the reality of our confinement and get lost in his imagination. The light above was from the moon and in his head and we were flying towards it.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Vegucated

This post is going to be unrelated to writing. Just warning you. In all fairness though, it's not my fault. I had some good topic ideas, forgot them and have yet to remember.

Veganism, my hubby and I are considering it. Or at least ways to cut our meat consumption. Why? Well, we aren't turning into tree hugging hippies, but we don't want to support the meat industry. I am going to make you cringe and say we watched a documentary called Vegucated. Yes, people always say they are going to change after watching a documentary and then never do. Change is hard. It wasn't really the whole documentary that had us considering it. It was the few minutes where someone was talking about slaughter house practices. I couldn't look at the images. It turned my stomach. How can someone work in a place like that and sleep at night? It boggles my mind.

In all honesty, I don't want to give up meat. Not 100%. I like chicken and burgers. I looooove cheese and milk. So chances are hubby and I aren't going to go strictly vegan or vegetarian. But we do want to make choices that don't involve animal abuse or torture. (Watch the documentary and you'll understand why I say that. And yes, I understand the more harsh and shocking practices are shown, but they happen and that's what bothers me. If you have no problem that's you. This is me.)

The problem we face is finding alternatives. We live in a small city and there is no health food store jammed packed with tofu alternatives. The vegetarian food selection at grocery stories is small and high priced. Finding meat that hasn't been mass slaughter is near impossible.

It will be in the little things. A box of veggie burgers. Skipping out on adding chicken to a pasta. There will be times where we decide we don't care and have a burger. We're not looking to change the world. Just a part of our lives that will reduce something we don't agree with. Maybe one day we'll move to a place that has a health food store that we can shop at. Or maybe we'll decide not to worry about it. I honestly can't say. We're fickle like that sometimes.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Writing Update

I had a blog topic and it was a good one. Thought it up in the shower. Which means, of course, I forgot it while rinsing my hair. Maybe I rinsed some braincells away too. Kidding! Anyways, since I'm struggling for a blog topic, I figured I'd give an update on my writing.

First up, the Turkish foreign rights contract. I received three copies of the contract with the publishers signatures a few weeks ago. I signed them and sent two back. Third is for my records. The other day, I got an email saying the agency that I'm dealing with for the rights got the contracts and handed them to the publisher. Next I give them my book right? Nope, now they pay me. Part of the contract said I would be paid within fifteen days of the signatures. I was assured I would receive payment by June 15th. Only then do I give them the file for my book. That's part of the contract too. I need to ask how long until I get my copies of the translated version of Being Human (contract also said the book had to be translated and published no later than 18 months.)

Second bit of news. Still working on Snapshots edits. This weekend I didn't get much done. My cousin got married so that took up my weekend. It was in Grand Rapids. Seven hour drive one way! Woo! x_x The wedding was fun though. Darth Vader showed up because my cousin met her husband on a blind date to see Episode One. I figure I should get through Lor's edits by tomorrow.

Lastly, I've been thinking a lot about Elijah, Hadrian's dad. I finished Hadrian's story (it needs a title) and all along I knew I wanted to write a little short from Elijah's POV. It would be a prequel to Hadrian, but if I decide to do something with Hadrian, it will come after. The idea is you learn Hadrian's story and then learn about his father before and some of the events leading up.

That's all for now. I'm chugging along, hoping to get Snapshots released by mid to late July and move onto the next story. Being Vampire will be soon... hopefully. I need to reread it and make sure I still like it. Then there's Out of Secrets that needs some tweaking. Puck's story too. Lots of stories. I just need to figure out which one to focus on. Does anyone have a slave they can lend me?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Are You Writing Now?

End of the month people. Time to post about goal achievements and failures. I have both.

First the failure. Yes, there was only one! *throws confetti* Wait, that should be reserved for the achievements. Oh well. I didn't finish rewriting Leaves of Fall. My heart just wasn't in it. It follows the girl meets mystery boy formula and while there is no romance, I just cringe at the idea of writing that kind of story. It makes me unsure as to if I will ever finish rewriting it. Maybe if I get bored enough one day. The formula may be overused, but the idea is unique.

As for my achievements. One was finish shiny new idea. I finished two. Yup, this past month I got hit with two shiny new ideas almost at once. And I managed to finish them both. I didn't abandon one and start the other. I feel like I've come so far in my writing because of that.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Writing Skillz

I finished my latest shiny new idea this past weekend. The work count was just over 48K. As I was writing, I was cranking out the words. At least 2K a day, and many of those days up to 4K. I was on fire and the word count was soaring. Would I get this WIP over 50K?

Honestly, it's been a while since I've written a story that's over 50K. The first draft of Being Human topped at 150K and I cut it in half with the help of beta readers. It wasn't my first story I wrote, but it was the first one I shined and polished. I knew I'd need helping editing it while writing it too. There was no denial there. Since then, I have learned a lot about writing. I know about fluff words, adjectives, passive voice vs active voice. Being Human had all that, and those elements were slowly chipped away.

Now when I write, I'm more aware of my favorite fluff words, just and so. I know not every action needs an adjective. Softly whisper anyone? I will still search out fluff words in my current writing. There are not as many anymore. I'm more aware. I even notice in my blog posts. When I'm proofing and trying to minimize typos (they always slip though!) I notice a fluff word here and there.

I wonder if that's part of why my recent first drafts don't end up as monster 100K+ stories. I know how to tell a story in less words. My writing is tighter. A friend on twitter said maybe my muse was holding back my next monster story. Is it lurking in the back of my mind and waiting to ambush me? Maybe I'm more of a short story writer. Not that 40K+ qualifies as short stories. Just some of my stories are riding the boarder between short story and novel.

Anyone else notice this trend in their writing? Their word count has gone down as their writing ability improved and bad writing habits are broken?

Friday, May 25, 2012

Write On Edge: Setting

This weeks Write on Edge prompt was a bit tricky. The goal is to use setting to help develop the story. In only 250 words. I cringed a little. Especially after reading the one post and example that was amazing. I am going to try though because there is a scene in my current WIP that might work for the prompt. Here goes nothing!

Since lights out hadn't been called, trainees lingered in the hallways. They clustered in small groups or sat on beds in the rooms. Their voices filled the air like a chorus, punctuated by laughter. The noise receded around me as I walked down the hallway and people stepped out of my way. After I passed, the noise started back up as if uninterrupted. I pretended they were just being polite, but the looks on their faces told the truth.

I reached my dorm room and slumped against the door, staring at the sparse belongings. A neatly made bed, wrinkle-free clothing in the closet, and a bare desk. A small white board hung on the wall over the desk. My training schedule was printed and the only other thing on the board was a small newspaper clipping taped to it. The clipping had an image of a woman, happiness sparkling in her eyes. Behind me, the noise in the hallway beat at the door, teasing me with promises it had no intention of filling. I moved away from the door and leaned on the desk. Silence crept around my feet and filling every inch of the room like a poison. I looked at the woman in the clipping, struggling as the silence crawled up my body to choke me.

"I'm trying Mom."

So, how did I do? Also, don't forget to check out the others' take on the prompt.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Snapshots Cover Reveal

The cover of Snapshots is here and I am excited. Naturally, I contacted Keary Taylor because she does amazing work and is affordable. She did Being Human's cover and I have not had a single person say they did not love that cover. I squeed when I saw it. A poster of it is hanging on the wall above hubby's computer. It is beautiful! Every other cover I've seen by her has been stunning as well. She has an eye for finding just the right images to use and making them pop.

That said, I have to admit, Snapshots' cover isn't quite as breathtaking as Being Human. But it still rocks! I still love it and am so psyched to show it off. Hopefully, everyone else thinks so too and at least picks it up and reads the back. After all, the back should get you wanting to read it. I swear, I had a moment of pure genius. Which will probably never happen again when writing blurbs.

Have I rambled long enough? Should I shut up and get to the cover? Okay, okay, I will. Drum roll please. And when you're done staring, don't forget to head over to GoodReads and at Snapshots (or Being Human or Influence of Love) to your to-read pile.
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Monday, May 21, 2012

Formulas in Writing

Pick up some books any genre and you can find a formula. Patterns that authors follow to tell a story. In romances with vampires or werewolves, one formula I've noticed usually goes like this: Human meets supernatural creature who hides truth from human. Love ensues. Human finds out truth and feels betrayed. Human runs off and gets caught by bad guy. While in grip of bad guy realizes supernatural creature isn't evil and does love creature. Supernatural creature comes to rescue. They declare love and live happily ever after.

Recently I've figured out a formula I like to use. It goes like this: Boy goes through life like normal, but feels something is off. Boy learns he is not human and a new reality is revealed. Bad guy enters story and causes chaos. I've done it in Out of Secrets when JJ meets Cage and learns vampires exist. I do it in Snapshots, but I'm not going to tell you how because that's giving away part of the ending. In Puck's story I did it when he learns he's fae. Even the current WIP I have Hadrian learning that the truth he's been told is a lie.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sunshine Award


Emma Mills, author of Witchblood, nominated me for a Sunshine Award. Not sure I deserve a sunshine award. More often than not, I am not a ball of sunshine. I am a get out of my face and leave me alone type person. Who am I to argue with Emma? ;)

Here are the rules of the award:

1. Include the award logo in the post.
2. Link back and thank those that nominated me.
3. Answer 10 random questions.
4. Nominate other bloggers and link them to the award in their comments.

So here are my 10 questions I have taken from previous interviews & my answers:

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Paying it forward

The other day, a friend tweeted that he had given his book info to some people and I told him, "yay, go you." He tweeted back that I should send him some of my bookmarks for him to hand out as well. My reply: Really? Another time a friend said she was excited to see my new works in progress. My reply again: Really? I think she headdesked. Yes, really!

It's unfathomable that people would want to help me out. I will help other writers out til the world ends, but I don't expect them to help me back. Why should they? Is my writing really as good as theirs? Do I really deserve it? Come on, let's stop this joking around and be honest. I'm not that good. I still can't wrap my head around the whole Turkish foreign rights deal.

Don't get me wrong, I am elated over that and I jump for joy when someone tells me they read my blurb and are excited to read Being Human. I'm excited when a friend says they will beta read my next story. I just don't expect it to happen. I don't expect people to RT my links in return for RTing theirs, like my page back, or want to help me in any way. I'm not even sure I expect a thank you. (Honestly, not always sure I like getting thanks. I tend to feel like I should say something back but you're welcome sounds lame in my head.)

I guess it's just part of my mentality or maybe something to do with how I was raised. You help others because you want to, not because you expect something in return. Plus, if you expect something and nothing happens then you're left with disappointment. And trust me when I tell you I can disappoint and guilt trip myself without anyone's help.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Get, ready, set, Write!

When I first started writing, I was asked to join someone in a twitter word sprint. We had a half hour, I think, to write as much as we could, as fast as we could. I didn't do too well. I think I got under 200 words. But Mike Rowe and Dirty Jobs was distracting me! Honest.

Since then I have seen a bunch of twitter word sprints. There is #wordmongering and #1K1H to name a few. It doesn't stop at twitter either. There is NaNoWriMo and 750 words. Around these spring up communities of writers. They rely on each other and give each other support. It's a very good thing for the writer who is stuck at her computer alone every day.

I'm not talking about myself, of course.

Despite needing the encouragement sometimes and that, yes, goals do get me to write more and achieve things, I don't participate in word sprints. The other day I looked into 750 words. It sounded interested and fun. Each day write at least 750 and it doesn't always have to be for a WIP. It's to form the habit of writing daily. In the end, I decided not to do it. Maybe it's just me, but the pressure of that just gets to me, and suddenly, I don't want to write.

I'm just not a pressure writer. I don't thrive under pressure Which is why I will never do NaNo. Maybe it's also a control thing. I don't feel in control with those activities, and that's unappealing to me. It's why I like my #AYWN group. I can set the goals I want, and while I do try to achieve them, (not this month it seems. I am distracted by shiny new ideas) if I don't reach my goals it's no biggie. I'll roll them over to next month and try again.

Maybe it's time I sucked it up and gave one of those community a shot. I could use the support and encouragement and I enjoy encouraging others. That means overcoming my shyness and the bad habit of thinking I'm butting in and will just be ignored or annoying. (Confidence issues, anyone?) I don't want to miss out on an opportunity to improve and meet new writers and that's all I'm doing.

Monday, May 7, 2012

From Love and Pain Blog Tour



From Love & Pain:
29 year old Adrian ran away from an imprisoning and abusive household at the age of 19. For years he ran, living on the streets and in shelters, taking crappy jobs to save a little money. Ten years of struggling and now he is a successful partner of a security company. Under the guise of running the security company, Adrian and his best friend and the people who work for them help others who live unfortunately. Like Adrian, not one of his employees have a nice past. They're all running from something, never letting their guards down and they don't want others to suffer as they have. But Adrian makes the mistake of falling in love with a young man when he's 27. For a while, he gets to experience what it's like to be a normal man. He never thought he could be happy, but Jaxon makes him the happiest man in the world. Only it can't last and Adrian is forced to leave or risk Jaxon's life. But his demons caught up with him long before he realized and now no ones safe. Can Adrian save Jaxon before it's too late? And can Jaxon forgive him for walking away? 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

A to Z Reflections

The challenge is over and it's time to reflect on my experience.

Looking back, I didn't comment on as many blogs as I did last year. With so many blogs signed up, it was overwhelming trying to figure out how to comment. I did find a few new blogs to follow and saw plenty of interesting posts. I tried following the #AtoZchallenge hashtag, but the problem I found with that was I saw a lot of the same posts throughout the day. My best bet was to go to the A to Z blog and look through the list of participants and just click. Sometimes, my lack of commenting was because I was tired. It can be a lot of work visiting and commenting on blogs. If I couldn't think of something to say on a blog post I liked, I google+ it or ticked reactions if those were available.

Certain blogs I had to pass over because of black background with white font. No offense to them, it's just that messes with my eyes big time. Unless the posts were short, I can't read them.

Congrats to all who participated in the challenge. Thanks to all the people who commented and followed me during the challenge. A huge thank you to all the hosts of the challenge who did an awesome job keeping everything neat and easy. If you're curious about my previous posts, I have them listed nice and neat on my website, www.patricialynne.com

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Insecure Writer's Support Group: Confidence

(Always forget about this until I see someone else post.)

Since starting my writing journey I have learned a lot about myself. I learned I could write a book and publish it. I learned I could format. I learned I don't have a melt down when I get a low review (I just get a little drunk.) I learned that my writing has improved. I learned I can point out passive voice. Lots of positive stuff I have learned along the way, but there's also been a few negative things I've learned.

Like the fact I really have no confidence. You look at Being Human's page on goodreads and you'll see I have mostly four an five star ratings and good reviews. Every month I sell books and so far no one has blasted me in a review as a horrible writer. Even my lower reviews have noted something they enjoyed or thought was well done. But still, I tend to sit here waiting for the ball to drop and people realize I'm not that good. When people tell me they loved my writing I find it hard to believe. My writing buddy, Daniel A. Kaine, even asked me about it one day (when I was ranting him) and my reply was, "No, I have no confidence in myself."

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Zee End of A to Z Challenge

Yeah, I'm doing Zee in place of The for my last post of the challenge. I have a really good reason though. It's the end of the challenge and I wanted to do a give away for it. See? It's a good reason! Especially since I want to give away a copy of Being Human. That makes it an excellent reason, right?

I'll make this post short and sweet. Giveaway is international so don't worry about that. I'll post the winner to the book and names of people who won bookmarks in my reflections post. This giveaway ends May 7th.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Your Goals

A slight problem I had when signing up for the A to Z challenge was would I be able to get my Are You Writing Now? post in at the end of the month? I didn't want to cheat, but then I got inspiration as you can see by the post title. Go me!

Okay, for those of you visiting from the challenge and don't know what AYWN is. The intention is to set monthly goals and at the end of the month blog about those goals, whether or not you've achieved them or not and visit other blogs participating and give them encouragement and support for their goals. You can also tweet the hashtag #AYWN to find blog posts or tweet encouragement.

It's a small group so far and our posts tend to be sporadic. But it's been helpful to me. I'm not one to set goals so I wasn't sure if I'd even be able to keep them. My first month, I was happy to report I had reached all my goals. Next month, I scraped my goals for completely new ones that I met. This past month, my goals... well, I did good and bad.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

eXcited!

I think out of the whole A to Z challenge, X is the evilest word. Last year, that was my X post. How evil the letter X was. LOL

Anyways, for the past few months when it came to story ideas, I had none. Nada, zip, zero. It was very depressing. Especially with everyone else talking about getting new ideas all the time. Where were mine? Had my creativity dried up? At least I had finished and partial WIPs to keep me busy, I told myself. Snapshots and Out of Secrets have some changes that need to be made, and I'm getting close to finishing rewriting Leaves of Fall. But of course, all those WIPs have recently been pushed aside by, you guessed it, shiny new idea!

The idea came from the A to Z challenge and the blog Pixies Don't Have Wings. I love learning about different mythical creatures and there is a new one every day at PDHW. N's post really stuck with me and soon gears began to turn. What if if a young neck/näck/näkki/nøkk (there's a few different names) was found abandoned by a river and adopted by humans who didn't know he wasn't one of them? What if he grew up with a fierce love of water and music? What if he was also really angry? All these questions turned into a story and Puck was born.

Now you should know, Puck is not mischievous at all and the fact he has the same name as a mischievous fairy in English folklore annoys him to no end. Also, the mythology behind neck/näck/näkki/nøkk doesn't say anything about them being angry but say they have shape shifting abilities. That's just me tweaking the mythology a bit. I hope to explain why the myths on neck/näck/näkki/nøkk he finds is going to differ from how he is as part of the story. I'm just excited to be writing a new story again, that no, I haven't lost my creativity, and that I have a topic for my X post. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to torture Puck a bit more.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wifey

So my friend, Lor and I are quite the chatty couple. We are constantly talking and texting. On twitter, we joked that she was like my wife. We asked my hubby what he thought, but he really didn't want to share me. (He's no fun!) Anyways, one day, hubby, his co-worker and I were driving up to visit co-worker's girlfriend for the weekend. Like usual, I was texting Lor and they ask me who I'm texting. I shrugged and replied, "My wife."

That was the start of it. Since then, Lor and I constantly refer to each other as 'Wifey' Where is my wifey? Oh, wifey, I need you! That makes it only natural I do my W post with her. I decided to ask her some questions, but then got a little too lazy to think up questions. Then I saw one of my tags for my blog. It was perfect. Lor is a writer anyways so why not have her tell why she writes.

Of course, at first, she gave me a short, silly answer:I have a God complex and I wish not to be sent to prison for my evil psychotic sadist tendencies. Ergo I write to satisfy the miniature god within me.

I tweeted her saying it was a little short and amusing. Oh, you want a serious answer? Uh duh! She got back pretty quick though and gave an amazing and serious reason for why she writes.
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Why I write. I've often thought about this very question several times and I always come up with the same answer.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Vampire

Last year my V post was about vampire slayers, and how despite being a vampire fan, there was just something about slayers that I love. This year, I decided to go with vampires. Honestly, it's only natural I do my V post on vampires or something vampire related. Aside from sparkling vampires (Unless they are named Jasper) vampires are quite bad ass.

Or they should be.

I have to say, after Twilight, there were a lot of wussy vampire books. All vampires whined about their lost humanity, moping about the humans they had killed. Whine, whine, whine. Any vampire that wasn't like that was evil and bad. They would kill babies and kittens if possible! The books, unless a series, usually ended with the evil vampires dying.

I wasn't the only one to notice this. I've stumbled across a few indie authors who decided no more wussy vampires and wrote stories with vampires that kicked ass and got some flesh stuck between their fangs. You won't find a moody, brooding vampire stuck in high school in their books.

That's not to say the humanitarian vampire doesn't have a place in books or entertainment. Far from it. I enjoy the paranormal romances with good vampires versus the bad guy vampires from time to time. But, still, sometimes a girl just wants to get down and dirty, sink her teeth into a vampire that is the good guy but still likes to nom on human necks.

What about you? Tell me about your favorite vampire (bad ass or humanitarian) and I'll pick one commenter to send a signed bookmark to.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Unaffordable

In the past week I have heard something multiple times. First from a friend and another in a comment on someone else's blog. It's the idea that to self publish you have to spend a lot of money.

That's not entirely true.

Yes, you can spend a couple thousand dollars to get your story self published, but you can also only spend a few hundred. To publish Being Human, I spend under $500. I found a cover artist that did an amazing job at a low cost. I formatted myself because it's really not that hard. Tedious and time consuming, but not that hard if you can follow directions. For editing, I had a bunch of writers read through it and critique it. In my research, that's the part that really drives up the price. Hiring an editor can cost $500 and up. I didn't have that kind of money so I utilized beta readers. What editing service I did pay for was proofreading. I am hopeless with it comes to comma usage and knew I'd need help, but didn't have any friends who knew where to put the commas. Most editing services break their services down so if you just want proofreading, you can get it for a lower cost.

So, yes, you can spend a bit of cash getting your book ready to be published, but if you shop around and dig deep enough, you might find a way to save some cash for the same results. Also, don't rule out learning how to do things yourself. A lot of people say you shouldn't self edit, but if you understand the rules, don't be shy to give it a shot. You may be better than you thought and if you're worried you're not, then go ahead and hire someone to double check your work.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Torture

No, put away those whips and chains. I'm not talking that kind of torture. I'm talking the kind of torture authors do to their readers by posting little teasers of their writing. Something that I am guilty on occasion. Not as bad as some authors though. *Glares at Vicktor and Murphy*

I love reading teasers. I also hate reading them. It all depends on how soon the book in question will be released. Near future, I will read and eagerly await the rest of the book. A few months down the road and I am cursing the author for tormenting me. Why, oh why must you do this to me? What have I ever done but give you my hubby's hard earned money?

But teasers are important though. They let the reader know what's to come and build suspense. Wait, what just happened? Why is this character and that character fighting? What is going on? I want to know now! Gimmiegimmiegimmiegimmie! Yeah, you get the picture.

Of course, as long as you don't over do it. Post too many teasers and you've pretty much given the whole story away in chunks and pieces. Let me just piece that together and there's the story. One or two scenes might be missing, but they were probably too boring and that's why they didn't get posted.

Teasers are a good way to entice readers to pre-order or buy on release day. But hot damn, are they ever annoying. ;) What teaser did you read that made you drool and want the book now? Comment and I'll pick one person to send a signed bookmark to.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Snapshots

OMG, seriously, blogger? You delete everything on me? I might strangle you now. No, I'm gonna send Puck after you and he'll strangle you for me. The boy has anger issues anyways so might as well let him blow off steam.

ARRRRRRGGGGGH!!!!

Okay, anyways, since blogger ate my original post I will do my best to sum it up. I've been slacking on writing a blurb for Snapshots. I need some motivation or a kick in the butt. And since I don't really want someone to kick me, some motivation via my blog will have to do.

My name is Cyclop Blaine and I am a real person.
         You are mine.
I am a real person despite my childhood spent in a lab under the supervision of an old man I only know of as Master.
         You belong to me.
I am a real person despite my teenage years spent surrounded by violence as the adoptive son of the leader of the Victory Street Gang.
         You are mine.
I am a real person despite the visions I see in others' eyes. Snapshots of their futures.
         You will obey me.
I am a real person and my life will be my own. I belong to no one.
         You. Are. MINE.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Red Vs Blue

I warned you. All the way back during B, I said there was going to be more Red Vs Blue clips. This is the start of it all. This one though brings up a nice question I can totally twist into a writing question:

Why are we here?

Why do you write?

What drives you to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) day after day?

Think about that while watching the clip and then let's discuss it in the comments. Also, I'll pick one person to mail a signed bookmark to.

*Warning* Strong language.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Questions

I admit, this time around for the challenge I had two posts prepared ahead of time and most topics I came up with on the fly. No planning at all. That means I am doubly clueless as what to talk about with Q. (X, let's not even go there right now.) I've been dabbling with a few ideas. Finding an interesting Q word. Talking about bad moods that made me want to give up. Or a Q&A with me or my characters. The last has been appealing. I love character interviews, and who knows, people may have questions to ask me. A friend on twitter decided to do writing Q&A for his Q post.

So what do you think? Have any questions for me? Anything about Being Human that you want to know - as long as it doesn't lead to spoilers. Also, want to check out my posts up to Q? I have them listed on my website patricialynne.com.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Pretties

I am a crafty person. I love making all sorts of things, from baked goods to jewelry to knitting. There's just something about creating something pretty that is satisfying. Not to mention fun. I have a blog for my jewelry, I started it in an attempt to try to network among other crafters. But that's a lot more tricky than networking with other writers. No one seemed as talkative on their blogs and their tweets were only hawking their etsy stores. So my jewelry blog has fallen in the way side. I still make lots of pretties though so I thought I'd post a few fun things I've made lately.

Here's some writer themed necklaces. Little books and pencils. They're claspless and I love doing those kinds of necklaces because they can be as long or as short as a person wants.

Monday, April 16, 2012

OMG XD

Sometimes it amazes me the things my husband finds on the internet. Some of it is interesting, others funny, and a lot of the time, what he finds is just WTF. Usually, those things have me rolling on the floor because they are so ridiculous and insane what other choice do you have but laugh?  Of course, that's after I resist watching or looking because it's so damn insane and I have better things to do with my time. Like writing. But eventually, I end up watching and laughing.

My husband's latest find is Regular Ordinary Swedish Mealtime (In Swenglish). Okay, I seriously want to know what those guys are smoking over there because this stuff takes insanity to a whole new level. I've watched a few videos and first thing I wonder is how much food they go through making these videos. Second thing is how many takes to they do because there is no way anyone can do that without busting out laughing. Third is just simply WTF? o.O Yes, with the little face too.

But honestly, what compels people to do these sorts of things? Are they just being silly? Want a little fame? Or are they really being serious? Whatever the reasons, I have to admit, it's good entertainment and they must be doing something right because we keep going back to watch.

Bookmark incentive: What's the craziest thing you've ever found online? I'll pick one commenter to send a signed bookmark to.



Sunday, April 15, 2012

No and rejection

When I decided to go indie and self publish, I gave up looking to query agents. I was kind of happy. I wouldn't have to deal with any rejections of my query. It was like a win! But there was always a little part of me that was bummed about that. An author's first rejection is like a badge of honor. Something you save and laugh at when your book finally gets published. When I was first contacted about Turkish rights for Being Human, I started looking at agents again. I might need one to deal with this if I got offered a contract. I had no idea if I'd hear back in time from any of the agents or at all. As stated in other blog posts, my query wasn't typical and if you don't follow submission guidelines, your query will end up in the trash. I did get a reply from one agent though.

My first rejection letter!

Now, it's not even personalized and made me wonder if they even read my email before shooting off the rejection letter despite their assurances that they did, but I have it. I have saved it and will probably read it once everything with the Turkish rights is settled aka I have the money in my bank account. It's probably unprofessional of me to post it here, eh? Of course, I'm not the most professional of people at times. I'll be good this time and not post it. You never know, there might be another moment I need to contact agents and I hear they do look at blogs and I should at least attempt to make a good impression.

Bookmark incentive: Let's share rejection stories! I'll pick one person to send a signed bookmark too.

Friday, April 13, 2012

MythBusters

Enough serious posts for the week... Okay, I admit, I wasn't sure what to post about for M. But as I was watching TV on our Roku box, the answer smacked me right in the face. MythBusters! Yeah, it was the show I was watching. But come on, it's a pretty good show. I want to have a TV show where I get paid to blow crap up. The one episode, they got two semi trucks, a fan gave them his old European type car and they crushed the car between the semis. I want that kind of job! OMG! x_x


Not to mention how goofy they are while doing their myth busting. They finish destroying something and Jamie says, "That was awesome." Oh, and another episode, they got drunk and tested the idea of beer goggles. BEER GOGGLES! Seriously, give me that job!

This gives me an idea. Okay, people, give me writer or book myths. I'll pick one commenter to send a signed bookmark too.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Lost in Translation

I opened my email to exciting news yesterday. The Turkish agent I've been talking to about rights for Being Human emailed me a draft of the contract. The contract isn't long and it's pretty easy to understand. Only two sections I have questions about.

But there is a big problem, very big.

I don't know if the contract contains all the right info or everything it should. What if it's missing a vital piece of information that protects my book? I am not an agent or a lawyer so I have no idea. And being self published I don't have any agent connections. There is no one I can suck up to and have them take a look. Emailing agents doesn't seem to be working either. Out of the dozen or so I've emailed initially, only one sent me an impersonal rejection. Agents tend to trash emails that don't follow their guidelines so my unusual request isn't seen. Even if I emailed in all caps I HAVE A TURKISH PUBLISHER WHO WANTS MY BOOK AND HAS GIVEN ME A CONTRACT the email still might get trashed because it's not following submission. I did have one agent reply with useful information and she said Turkish contracts are relatively simple so it's possible I could get by without an agent.

I'm not really looking to negotiate. What I've been offered is pretty much what I expected to be offered. I just want someone who knows what a foreign rights book contract looks like to give it a once over and tell me if everything is there. And given what I've been offered, I don't want to spend all that on fees that a lawyer would probably charge. Not to mention that where I live it's doubtful any of the lawyers would have the faintest idea on what a foreign book contract should contain. I emailed the Turkish agent with my questions about the contract and I'm sure I will have a reply tomorrow. The agent has been very quick to reply back with answers to my questions. Still, I want all my bases covered. Better safe than sorry, right?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

K is for umm K?

Uh, yeah, I have nothing for my K post. Not even a blog title. I am slightly distracted by MythBusters and my WIP, Leaves of Fall. As of right now, Leaves is sitting pretty at 71K words and I have rewritten just under 20K words. There have been no major plotholes that can't be fixed. Leaves of Fall is one of my first stories I wrote when I started writing and one of the few that I finished. I have a bunch of unfinished stories. I'm pretty sure I finished it before Being Human. (Psst, did you know you can buy it? No? Well, now you do? ^_~) Yeah, because once I finished Being Human, then I was pretty focused on getting it published and other story ideas.

Anyways, the A to Z challenge is around halfway done, and like last year, it is turning out quite fun. I've found a few blogs that I check every day for their post, and my blog stats are through the roof. I feel kind of bad though. I said I was going to give a bookmark incentive to every post, but I keep forgetting and a few posts I couldn't because they were for blog tours. I'll make it up to you though. Just comment and I'll pick someone to send a signed bookmark too.

Okay, I'm out of things to ramble about so I'm just going to post another Red Vs Blue video, this one a public service announcement about fire safety.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Journey

When I started this blog, I wanted to have a blog name that fit what I would be blogging about. I also wanted something catchy that people would notice. I came up with Journey through the pages because I was just starting writing and looking into publishing. I was starting a journey.

Since then, I've come quite far. I've published one full length novel and a short story. I've made tons of writing friends. Have learned so much. Each one is like a little bridge I've crossed. Now I'm at a new bridge. A long, scary rope bridge that has to be crossed carefully. Honestly, I never thought this would be a bridge I have to cross.

I woke up to an email in my mailbox with details to a foreign rights contract for my book, Being Human. If you remember, I blogged about how I was contacted by a Turkish agent about rights for my book. At first I thought it was a joke or maybe a scam, but doing a little research, emailing a bunch of people, and asking questions seemed to have confirmed it's not a joke or a scam. A publisher in Turkey is, in fact, interested in Being Human and now I have an offer to prove it.

The thing is, I don't really know if it's a good offer. The amount of money is what I expected, but some of the details I don't know, and there are other details that aren't presented. I went back to google and did a little more research and came up with a list of questions that I need answered before I can give an answer. After talking with Lor, I sent another email and requested to see a copy of the contract. I may not understand all the language used in the contract, but if they say no then warning bells will sound.

I know at this point people will tell me to get an agent. Yes, I have considered it and before I even knew if the publisher wanted my book or not I contacted agents. Out of the dozen I contacted only a few replied back and all but one said no. The one that didn't gave me some useful information that lead me to send a paperback copy of my book to Turkey. That agent also said with how simple Turkish contract are she said I probably didn't need an agent to look at it.

Now, I'm waiting for it to be morning in Turkey and for the agent I'm dealing with to see my emails and reply. I figure this can either end good, with my book in a foreign market. Or it can end bad, with me being ripped off. Either way, this has been an exciting bridge and I'm slowly making my way across.

Monday, April 9, 2012

In My Mailbox

I always see In My Mailbox posts every week, and I enjoy seeing what books others have received. But I've never had a reason to do one myself. Except this week. I got swag and a book and I thought this meme would be perfect to show off what I got. Before I get to that, let Story Siren explain how In My Mailbox aka IMM works.
  1. Make your own IMM post! I post every week, but you don’t have to. You can do one week out of the month or every other week it’s up to you. Be sure to link back to The Story Siren blog, so that other people wanting to participate know where to get the information to do so!
  2. I post my IMM on Sunday, but choose a day of the week that works for you.
  3. Once you have your IMM posted, come back to The Story Siren on Sunday and add your link to the list.
  4. Try to post a comment on other bloggers IMM posts. I don’t expect you to post a comment on every single one, but pick a few!
  5. All book bloggers are welcome, while I’d like to keep the theme to YA literature it’s NOT a requirement.
Okay, that's out of the way, let's get to the goods. First off, I got an email the other day asking me if I'd like an ARC to review. I was a little flattered, I had never been asked that before. Well, not from a publisher. Friends have given me ARCs of their books, but this was the first publisher

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Hollywood Stories Blog tour

Just when you thought you've heard everything about Hollywood comes a totally original new book -- a special blend of biography, history and lore.

Hollywood Stories is packed with wild, wonderful short tales about famous stars, movies, directors and many others who have been a part of the world's most fascinating, unpredictable industry!

What makes the book unique is that the reader can go to any page and find a completely engaging and illuminating yarn. Sometimes people won't realize that they are reading about The Three Stooges or Popeye the Sailor until they come to the end of the story. The Midwest Book Review says Hollywood Stories is, "packed from cover to cover with fascinating tales."

Full of funny moments and twist endings, Hollywood Stories features an amazing, all-star cast of legendary characters and icons and will keep you totally entertained!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter in the company of Vampires


Happy Easter. Once again, I have a little surprise. Lor wrote another holiday short staring Tommy, Drew and Lavish, as well as a brief cameo by her twin, Lux. Hope everyone has a lovely holiday and you enjoy the mess Lav makes of my apartment... Again.

The sun setting paints the sky above in a brilliant display of pinks and oranges. Mostly pink, however. I find this display to be most pleasing to the sense of my female self. I take great delight in the color pink. I am quite unconvinced as to why but I truly do. I suppose that is the only reason I tolerate the preceding festival known as Valentine’s Day.

Another useless holiday; however, has managed to tiptoe upon me unawares.

Easter.

I find myself once again at a loss as to why such futile things even exist. This useless holiday centers itself on, from my understanding, a bunny and an egg. I find this most anomalous considering a bunny is born not hatched. Although I have forgotten to take into account the presence of a chick.

So confusing.

Ghost Hunters

I am seriously a giant wuss. It does not take much to scare me. *Glares at Vic and his plan to scare* I can't watch even mildly scary movies. I remember watching The Birds once when I was younger, and later that night, I had a nightmare. A weird nightmare with violins playing, but I woke up scared out of my mind. The Chucky movies, I didn't even have to watch those, the commercials were enough to scare me when I was little. If it's labeled horror... NOPE! (Oddly, when I was little, I loved reading horror story. Fear Street, Goosebumps, they all scared me but I kept reading.)

You'd think with this fear I'd stay far away from ghost hunting shows on TV. NOPE! I love watching those shows. They scare the crap out of me but are so interesting. Especially the EVP (electronic voice phenomenon.) I like closing my eyes and listening because if you watch the subtitles they put up for what they think is being said, then your mind picks out the words. Closing my eyes allows me to just listen and sometimes I hear words and other times I don't.

What scares me the most out of those shows is the pictures or things they capture. Now, I'm not totally convinced. The shows are shot in complete darkness, (one show explained it by doing a daylight show. The reason for doing it at night is there are no shadows and they don't have to waste time ensuring that what they are seeing is a shadow and not something else,) and with limited visibility, your mind can play tricks. Is that really a figure you're seeing or is your mind completing the outline of a figure?

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Free

I promise, this A to Z Challenge post will be somewhat useful in terms of writing. (G post, however, will not be. It will still be fun, but it has nothing to do with writing - or Red Vs Blue. You've been warned.)

Anyways, as you may or may not know, I wrote a short story called Influence of Love. It's a small thing, 5,000 words-ish. I wrote it because I heard a lot of authors who were doing well say that giving a freebie out is a good way to let readers sample your work. It seemed like good advice and I had been trying to write a bunch of short stories to publish for free. I just didn't have enough ideas, so I took one and expanded on it. Then I sent it out to a few beta readers (I admit, it didn't get as much polishing as Being Human, but I think it got enough) and made a simple cover myself. Once I figured it was done (enough, since we all know as writers our books are never really done) I published it on Smashwords.

Holy downloads Batman! I had almost 400 downloads in the first day. But it never seemed to translate into any sales. I put a sample of Being Human at the end with links to buy like the authors had suggested, but my sales remained the same. I wondered if I should put it on Amazon as well but I was hesitant because Amazon doesn't let indie authors list stories for free. It would have to be 99cents and I'd have to get them to lower it. I really didn't want anyone paying 99cents for a 5K story. Especially when I meant it to be free.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Etude by Melinda R Morgan

I'm kinda excited about this review. This is my first review of an ARC I was asked to review. I kind of feel like I'm moving up in the publishing world. Or something. ;)

Anyways, Etude is about 19 yr old Beth who lost her mother and the use of her left hand in a car accident. The left hand is as devastating as losing her mother because she was an upcoming pianist. Her father is away on secret government business and during that time she is sent to live with her Uncle Connor. There, she meets Jonathan, who makes her feel like her life didn't end when she lost the use of her left hand. Until she finds out her mom's death wasn't accident and supernatural beings she never knew existed want her.

I wasn't sure when I started reading. First off, I was worried I'd hate the book and my first low review on my blog would be of an ARC. And secondly, the plot uses a formula that I saw a lot of books use after Twilight: Lone girl moves to a new place, meets beautiful boy, boy has secret, girl discovers secret and her life is now at risk. Been there, done that, yawn. Despite that, Etude did a wonderful job at telling a story that made me not care about the formula used. Plus, unlike other books that followed that formula, Beth didn't think of herself as ugly. She didn't say she was beautiful, but she didn't constantly claim she was plain and, Why oh why does this gorgeous guy like me? The description of her I felt was vague, but I got the idea that she was a lovely girl. Also, she did not constantly muse on how beautiful Jonathan was. In fact, I don't think she talked about it much. Yeah, she liked his looks but it wasn't every other sentence. Mostly, she talked about his eyes, but it wasn't overbearing. I wasn't wishing she'd shut up and get on with the story! I also liked how Beth's life didn't revolve around Jonathan and the supernatural once she learned about it. There were scenes of normal life, the normal world did not disappear and Beth was still very much part of it.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Danger Zone

Okay, enough Red Vs Blue... for now... time to switch gears to Archer! I stumbled upon Archer one night while hubby and his co-worker were drinking and playing Yomi (yeah, they're real dorks, I know. And I married one) and left me watching TV. They had put on Archer and I, being slightly inebriated, decided to leave it. The remote must have been out of reach or something. I don't remember. (No, I wasn't that drunk, just happily buzzed and comfy.) At first, I wasn't paying much attention, but the crass humor made me smile. Seriously, I should not be laughing at some of those jokes. They are just wrong! But so funny. I ended up watching all the episodes Netflix had in one day. Hey, the episodes are only 22 minutes long.

Ever since then, hubby, his co-worker and I have been quoting lines. Most notably, Danger Zone. And since I'm feeling kind of lazy, I'm leaving you with a video. And seriously, who posts two second videos to youtube? I'm trying to find a good Danger Zone video and there's all these two and three second videos. Really?? What's the point? It's not like you have much time to enjoy what the video is about. Spend more time waiting for the commercial to get done than you do watching the actual video.

Oh, I almost forgot too. Bookmark incentive. Umm... comment your favorite animated series and I'll pick one commenter to send a bookmark too.

(I swear, tomorrow's post will be something different. I had an ARC I had to review and finished just in time for my E post. Maybe I should try plotting out my posts more too. Instead of, ya know, waiting an hour before midnight to write them. Hmmm... naw.)



Monday, April 2, 2012

Caboose

I warned you yesterday. After spending a post on the blue team of Red Vs Blue, I said I was going to post about Caboose because he is so damn funny. As proof of his funniness/stupidity/awesomeness here are two videos that capture him wonderfully - as well as contain some of my favorite lines by him. Also, in keeping with my bookmark giveaway, tell me which Caboose line made you laugh and you'll get a signed Being Human bookmark. Oh and warning, watch out for strong language.

Everyone loves Caboose Halloween PSA





Caboose moments 



Sunday, April 1, 2012

Blue Team Go!

First off, I would just like to note since my A post was a little late, I'm going to hawk it here because I have a little contest going on. I'll wait while you go check it out and comment the funniest divorce joke you've heard in celebration of my one year marriage anniversary and win a signed bookmark.

Okay, now that that's done, let's get to the B post. If you don't know me, then you should know I am a complete panster. I decided to do this challenge a few days before it started, and when I write, I have no idea where the story is going. That means I really didn't know what my B post was going to be about until I started writing.

Recently, hubby and I watched a little show called Red Vs Blue. It's kind of a Halo spoof and it is funny. I seriously am in love with the stupidity that is Caboose. In fact, I think my C post will be all about Caboose and his quotes. Today's post is about the blue team. I'll start you with a nice little video of all of Tucker's Bow Chicka Wow Wow moments.





Oh yeah, I LOL at this show. A lot. Probably more than I should. Before I wrap this post up, I have a question. In Being Human, there is a moment between Danny and Tommy where Danny tells Tommy a joke. That joke I got from Red Vs Blue. What was the punchline that made Tommy laugh? First person to answer gets a signed Being Human bookmark. (I think that's going to be my thing for the challenge. Try to have something where commenters can win a bookmark. I have a whole stack of them after all.)

Anniversary and A to Z

Ugh, this post is going to be a bit short because I just got home from spending the weekend with friends. (I hate bars btw.)It is now almost four in the afternoon and I got to drive home in our nice, new car. I have to get my *ahem* job done today too. I promise though, tomorrow's post I will talk your frikken ear off! =D

 Anyways. Today is the start of the A to Z blogging challenge which I decided to do about 3 days ago. I think I could have waited a little longer for a last minute decision, don't you? Last year when I did this, I started off with a bang. I had awesome news to share. I had gotten married! And it was a memorable event. We still talk and laugh about.

Especially the part where I had to borrow 20$ from my bestie because hubby and I forgot to get cash out of the ATM and the courthouse didn't accept debit cards. The lady at the counter probably thought we were nuts. I wore fuzzy stripped leg warmers and a pink shirt that said, "Only Vampires can love you forever." Afterwards, we went to an all you can eat Chinese buffet and I spent a good amount of time on my phone texting a few friends with the news.


As April 1st approached, I started thinking how should hubby and I celebrate. I'm not one for celebrations. Instead, I was decided to crack divorce jokes. After all, I only married hubby for his health insurance. ^_~ So I think that's how I'll celebrate today.

Give me your best divorce jokes in the comments and I'll pick one winner to send a signed Being Human bookmark to. Let's make them funny, I want to be LOLing in my chair.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Hunter Moon Blog Tour

Hunter Moon (Lupine Moon Series) by Cait Lavender

Bawling cattle tore Shelby Flint from her bed. With lawyer fees to pay in her struggle to keep her ranch from the clutches of her greedy cousins, she couldn’t afford the loss of even one calf. When she sees a large wolf circling her cows, she aims and fires. While the wolf escapes, Shelby can’t seem to get away from her troubles when a marijuana grower sets up shop on her land, sabotaging her property and eventually coming after her. Adding to that, a handsome game warden is poking his nose into her business and working his way underneath her skin. Shelby will have to fight harder than she ever fought before to keep from losing heart and everything she ever loved.

 Buy it Kindle / Nook/ Smashwords
 
 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Are You Writing Now? April Goals

Okay people, it's time. Last month was the first official post for Are You Writing Now? and we had some minor success. A few people posted at the end of the month, while others posted later when they got a chance. You know what? That's fine. Officially, we'd like the posts at the end of the month so we can hop to each other's blogs, but no biggie if you don't have time and post in the middle of the month. We did have more people sign up so Yay!

How did I do with my goals? I... kinda gave up on my initial goals and set a new one. I just can't seem to figure out the ending to Being Vampire. I was just getting more and more frustrated so I decided to put it on the back burner. Maybe if I worked on something else, that would get the creative juices flowing. It worked a little bit. I had moments of inspiration where I figured out a part of the story, but still no ending.

As for the new goal I set, I achieved that. I decided since Drew was being such a brat, I'd work on another story and decided to rewrite Snapshots line by line. My goal was to finish it before my AYWN post. Which I did. Yesterday. A little close, but I did it and now I need new goals.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bickering like a married couple AKA character interview

Today I have a special post, a treat. My friend Murphy has a few characters who she's let me borrow to grill because I love character interviews. Although, I think bickering might be more accurate than interview. I've been told to call her character, Cass, to keep them in line, but they seemed to behave themselves pretty well. Anyways, here is Ryan and Emily from Murphy's work in progress, Night of the Hunter.


*NOTE* Murphy's characters are NOT vampires. Yes, I allow non-vampire creatures on my blog.

1) To both Ryan and Emily, describe yourself. (Who ever speaks first answers first.)

EMILY: Well, himself's too busy brooding over there, so I suppose I might as well go first. What was the question? Oh. Well, not one for beating about the bush, are you? Quiet enough, I suppose, and easygoing with it. I'm happy with my books. I'm none too complicated, really.

RYAN: She forgot to add saintlike. She makes the Virgin Mary herself look bad, this one does.

EMILY: Answer the bleeding question, it's yourself you're describing.

RYAN: Of course. (snort) I am what I am. Nothing more and nothing less. 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Witchblood by Emma Mills

Emma is a twitter buddy and we both have vampire books we've written. Now, I admit, I have yet to read Emma's book (I have yet to read a lot of books. OMG I have so many friends who have books I need to get, an ARC to read and review, and my TBR pile on my kindle is HUGE! I obviously need to prioritize and get cracking. x_x) Anyways, even though I have yet to read Emma's book (I promise I will. I <3 vampires after all) I'm giving it a little love. How can I not? Look at that cover. It rocks. And the description is tantalizing. I'm pretty sure I am going to enjoy this book WHEN I finally read it.

Description:
When Jess steals a glance at a gorgeous guy in a Manchester nightclub, little does she realise how he is going to change her life…or should that be death? Yet, the vampire clan could never have predicted what they were taking on. 

With Luke pronounced ‘off-limits’ and the blood of a vampire simmering in Jess’s body, can she forget the love of her life and move on? If not, she will risk exposing the entire Northern vampire clan to untold dangers, in order to live her life the way she wants. 

Can Jess be sure that Luke is all he appears to be? Will she succumb to the attraction she desperately tries not to feel for Daniel? And why does she still crave a packet of crisps more than a tasty teenage boy’s blood?

Bio:
I’m happily married with two lovely kiddies that keep me on my toes. I have always loved reading, and always wanted to write, it just never happened! Then once my youngest started school I was able to take some time and give it a go, Witchblood is my debut novel. After acquiring an obsessive love of supernatural teen novels, I decided to write my own supernatural story, based in Manchester, in the UK, near where I live and grew up. From October to March it’s dark, windy, cold and very, very wet... and easy to get inspiration!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tagged again - Lucky Seven Meme

I've been tagged again, this time by my bestie, Vic. Here's the rules:
Go to page 77 (or 7th) of your current MS
Go to line 7
Copy down the next 7 lines or paragraphs and post them as they are written. No cheating.
Tag 7 other authors. No cheating.

Since I am working on Snapshots, I'll post from that and since it says lines or paragraphs, I'm posting paragraphs... short paragraphs. Enjoy.

       Now Cyclop had people who were like him, who knew how he felt.
       He placed his hand over Keandra’s, giving a gentle squeeze. “Thanks.”
       She shrugged as if to say it was no big deal, but her eyes said otherwise. “Anytime. Let’s get dinner ready, Jacob’s probably getting cranky from hunger and when he gets cranky, he heats everything up.”
       Cyclop followed Keandra into the hall. “Yeah, about that… How does he do that?”
       “How do I move things with my mind?” She paused and glanced at him, waiting for him to add his ability.
       “I see the future when I look in both eyes. It’s why I keep one covered.”
       “Ah.” Keandra nodded thoughtfully. “I have no idea how Jacob heats up the air around him. Maybe he knows, but he doesn’t exactly share with us what he knows.”

Now, let's see who to tag. Lor and Murphy, naturally. Murphy will love the chance to torment people with another snippet of her WIP anyways. MaryBeth, yes again, I want to see something from your Near Death sequel. Dorion, Gwen, Marie and... *Drum roll to prolong fact still haven't thought of one last person.* I know, Breanna. She's a new tweeple I met through a Story Dam chat.

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Dirty Truth Meme

I usually don't post on Tuesdays (why do I keep thinking tomorrow is Wednesday as I write this on a Monday night?) but I was invited to join an interesting meme so I may just switch from blogging on Monday to Tuesday so I can do it. Cassie at Shadow Kisses (she wrote an awesome review of Being Human and has an ad for it on her site) is hosting this meme. It is a weekly meme where authors are asked a personal question. The meme is posted at the beginning of the week but you can participate all week long, just link up.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

This has to be a joke. Me? My book?

Last Thursday I woke up to an interesting tweet asking me about Turkish rights to my book. Naturally, I went o.O, and then I tweeted back making sure they weren't thinking of the TV series. No, it was my book they wanted and needed my email to contact me about it.

My first thought was this has to be a joke or prank. Being Human isn't rocking the tops of any charts; if anything, it's moving along at a snail's pace. Every month I get sales, but it's nothing big. My reviews are good, people think it's a unique twist on vampires, especially after the Twilight craze. (Not everyone thought sparkling vampires was awesome.)

Second thought was this had to be a scam. I googled the email address I was told to look for and found a site, but it was minimal and in another language. Another link I tried listed the agency under foreign rights for a publisher. I went to the indie author group on FB and posted about the contact. A member got back to me, saying she could look in Publisher's Marketplace since she had a subscription. She emailed me what she found, and it looked like the Turkish agency had current and legit deals with US publishers over foreign rights for books.

Friday, March 16, 2012

It's a Sci-fi Fantasy with a horror twist plus a dash of romance

Long blog title, I know. Anyways, I've always said Being Human was YA paranormal, and it is. There's vampires and young adults. It fits nicely into those two categories, but after a recent review I started to wonder if maybe there was more to my story than it just being a YA paranormal story.

The review in question said she enjoyed my story, loved the fact my vampires were survival-oriented. They weren't going to high school or being broody, they were just trying to survive. But she found some of the book boring. Honestly, that didn't surprise me too much. I knew people would feel that way. Being Human isn't an action packed story, and in fact, little action does happen. It's a story about a vampire going through his undead life and trying to figure out life's mysteries.

And that's what made me wonder if Being Human may fit into other genres.

The first one to pop into my head was contemporary. I'm not exactly sure if Being Human fits in that. I google the description and this is what I found:
Contemporary
  • Existing, occurring, or living at the same time; belonging to the same time.
  • Of about the same ago or date
  • Of the present time, modern

I think Being Human fits into that a bit. I realize this is something I need to figure out. There are potential readers I'm not targeting and they are slipping by me. Sure, they may not all be vampire fans, but I've had quite a few reviewers say Being Human isn't like other vampire books.

What do you think? Does my book fit contemporary? Do you have any ideas of what genre Being Human might fit into along with YA paranormal? Halp me out, please!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Eleven question tag

I have been tagged. Eeep! Okay, not really. All I have to do is answer the 11 questions Rebecca thought up, come up with 11 of my own and tag someone else.  Easy peasy and kind of fun. Always interesting to get to know more about other writers.

1) If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
o.O I think this question is impossible to answer. Seriously, how do I pick ONE book? I don't! It's just not possible.
2) What is your favourite day of the week and why?
I like Saturdays because my hubby is done working for the week and we get to cuddle and sleep in.
3) What would you find difficult to give up?
Mt Dew.... Or Green Day. Life would just be boring w/o my elixir of life and love of my life (sorry hubby.)
4) If you could visit any place in the world where would it be?
It's a toss up between the Valley of the Kings in Egypt or the Louvre in Paris. I love ancient Egyptian things and would love to see some real mummies, but think of all the famous artwork houses there. *gets dreamy look*
5) If you could speak with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Tim Burton. I love anything and everything by him.
6) Ereader or physical book?
I like both.
7) Why do you blog?
I heard it was good way to reach readers and build a platform.
8) Where do you write?
I started one day just for fun and now I can't stop the characters from popping in my head and talking.
9) If you could recommend one blog to follow, what would it be?
 The Adventures of Lor and Ry. My friend Lor has a friend who she always has interesting experiences with, so she decided to blog about them. Funny as hell.
10) Savoury or sweet?
Sweet and speaking of... I want a sugar cookie now. =D
11) What is your most treasured possession?
The ring my hubby gave me for Christmas one year. It says "I am my beloved and my beloved is mine." in Gaelic.