Too Soon…Nah!

Well a few days ago I finished the revisions and editions to The Lost Guardian.  I must say that this is the proudest I’ve ever been, ever.  Graduating bootcamp is a close second but nothing, so far, has compared to finishing my first book.  Well…technically I’m not finished.  I still have to send it to my editor, which won’t be for a few more weeks she’s a busy girl, and I have to send it off to be bound and what not.  But still…PondsBut the funny thing is that now I don’t know what to do with myself.  I’ve been writing this story for three years…it feels weird to not be writing.  So I’ve decided to go on ahead and start working on the next.   I know some say that you have to wait between books but honestly…a writer is supposed to wait….

CompanionYes this will be a Doctor Who themed post today, deal with it.  But back to what I said earlier.  Yes, I’ve started working on the next book.  Nothing fancy so far, just hashing out what I want, the themes I may use, and rough character traits and story outline.  Like I said it’s nothing much but I figured I might as well get started on it since I’m done with the first one.  At least it will keep me from going crazy and keeping my writing muscles strong.  So for those who say that I shouldn’t here’s what I have to say…whatever.

anigif_enhanced-buzz-19952-1390472001-8It’s not like I’m writing two stories at the same time, and if I was so what.  I gotta do what works for me.  So yeah.  Well I’m done.  I really just wanted to touch base with you guys.  Ha ha.  Stay frosty my friends!  Till next time.

 

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Pick a Peck of Pickled Peppers

As you may remember, I started a garden this year.  It’s nothing special, just a couple of things.  Right now my peppers are really doing nicely.  I really wasn’t planning on doing any canning this year, mostly because my garden is small so that means we eat it as fast as it grows.  We’ll I finally had to give in and can my peppers because if I didn’t they would go bad.  I searched around the internet till I found a recipe that I liked.  I made some changes because we like all things spicy in my house.  So I added red pepper lakes and whole bits of pepper.  My husband just shook his head over my silliness but couldn’t resist putting in his two cents.  He says he doesn’t see the point in canning but he always finds a way to be in the kitchen when I do.  I don’t normally mind but he always gets my way but I love him dearly.

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I’m so proud of myself.

What about you guys?  Have any of you canned anything before?  If so I would love to see your recipes.  If not, what is something that you always wanted to try?  Love to hear from ya’ll.  Take care!

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

I’m still diligently working away making sure everything is how I want it before I send it off to the editors.  The chapters are going a whole hell of a lot smoother now.  And since the writing is done, my mind has started to turn to different things.  First, do I want to try and find a bookstore to carry my book?  Personally I would, but I have read many articles saying that for indie authors, like me, it’s not worth your time.  That may be true but I want to see my books on a shelf more than anything, even if it’s just a couple of copies.  So while I debate this I’ve started researching the local bookstores.  And I’m pleased to report that there is one, relatively close to me, that might work.  Before I talk to them, I do want The Lost Guardian to be off to be proofed.  That way I will have a clear publication date for them.  I also want to scope the store out.  See if my book will be a good fit.  I still have so much to do, marketing wise.

The other thing that I’ve been thinking about is my next book which will be a continuation of my first.  I’ve started a rough outline but nothing much so far.  I’m so excited to start it when I get a chance to.  I plan to market The Lost Guardian heavily for a while and then start working on the next story about 6 months later.  I may start sooner or later, it all depends on what happens between now and then.

On another happy note, I got a job in my desired field, teaching!  Don’t worry this won’t take away from my writing, it may even help it.  I’m so excited to start working with my student, a special needs child, come August!  I was concerned for a while because my state was having a hard time working out a budget, but I guess they got everything figured out now.  I haven’t seen anything on the news but maybe they just figured out the education portion of the budget.  Either way I’m happy.

Oh and before I forget…The Lost Guardian should be available for purchase March 21, 2015.  If anything changes I’ll be sure to let you know but for now mark your calendars!

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Touching Base

Greetings!  Just figured I stop by and fill you guys in on what’s going on.  As you know, I just finished writing The Lost Guardian and am working through one last revision session before it’s off to the editor’s for a more professional going over.  The first few chapters have been torture.  I swear I spend most of my time cringing at my writing than actually reading it.

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But hey this is my first book and wrote the first half while I was still in school.  My college papers influence my writing, meaning the first half of my book is voiceless and wordy.  It’s fixed now.  So hopefully things will pick up here soon.  I still want to try and find out if a local bookstore near me would be willing to carry my book (I hope so!)

 

In other news, I just celebrated my 4th anniversary with my hubby!  Yeah!

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Tell you the truth it feels like yesterday and forever at the same time.  Some days I love him to bits and others I try to not kill him in his sleep.  Ha-ha.  But no, seriously…I love my husband so much.  He has been in my corner since day one of this book and I don’t think I could have finished this book without his support.  Love you Dmitry!

My tomatoes have exploded.  I’m picking them faster than I can eat them.  I have thought about making spaghetti sauce but then my grandmother gets a hold of them and their gone.  Maybe next year.  My peppers are doing alright too, but Dmitry keeps picking them off the plant and eats them right away.  I think I may have to do a bigger garden next year just so I can actually can something.  Ha-ha.

Well that’s all that’s going on with me right now.  I’ll check in with you guys in a couple of weeks.  Till then enjoy your summer!