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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Perception

So, Spring Break is over.  Just a few chapters left.  First half of the book has already been sent for review and edits while I finish the last little mile.  Almost there.  Now I just have to finish so, I'm going to get back to work instead of rambling on here.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Deadline Approaching

So Spring Break...woohoo.  the deadline for Perception's manuscript is Friday, and other than a couple of bad days, things are actually moving forward.  Whether I like it or not, pens down on Friday.  Peer review and editing has to happen and then BAM-a book will be born.

So I've already got the cover in mind, just have to figure out how I'm going to execute it.

Back to work.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Perception.......deadline.

So, I have gotten 9 chapters formatted and tucked neatly into the master manuscript.  Only twenty or so left.  And it has to be done by 5:00 pm Friday. Then it goes off to peer reviewers and editors.  I'm not allowed to touch it after Friday so I'm trying to get it done.

I'm excited about finishing though and handing it off.  After they get finished with it, I would like to see it ready for print by this summer.  But that will depend heavily on the editors and peer readers, and not so much on me.

I realized in psych class the other day, that the only person who has ever really stood in my way-was me.  That I let myself get bogged down by my own fears, be they rational or not.  Failure, perfection  boxed me inside my own head and kept me from moving forward.  And in realizing that, it is my choice to change.  My responsibility to overcome those things if I ever really want to find some semblance  of happiness in life.  So, here's to life.  The pros and cons.  And the in-between.

On a couple of important notes, I've been asked to take part in a collegiate conference in the fall.  I'll be presenting a lecture and taking part in a panel discussion.  Also, I got a position with Dark River Review, a collegiate creative journal,  yep fiction editor.  We will see how that goes.  Saying I'm excited is an understatement but I have no intention of letting my scholarly endeavors stopping me from handling my creative project deadlines.

I hope to have a teaser up soon, but no promises.  Right now I'm too hemmed for time to figure out what I want to share.  Though the book cover is already being designed in my head, I just have to see if someone can bring it to life.

Okay, back to work.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Rules and Other Things worth Breaking....(Liam)

Rules & Other Things worth Breaking
           
            She sleeps, for the moment that is enough.  At least that is what I tell myself.  I live in the rise and fall of her chest, each measured breath.  The pause between each is enough to drive me madder than a Victorian hatter.  The fragility of her slender frame is only emphasized by the gauze bandages and tubes running this way and that, ensuring she gets the fluids-the medicine she needs to heal.  Eternity is just a bat of lashes in the time I have waited to see her.  And I almost lost her again.  And I would be forced to remain behind, banished to this in-between.  I had spent too many years, wasted so many opportunities, following rules that were set against me.  Legislation created to facilitate my failure.  It seems even those who’d set the rules had grown tired of playing by them as well.  Too many things had changed.  There was no longer balance between the forces at work within this world and those who pulled their strings.
            Everything had just become infinitely more complicated.  Chaos would come.  War would follow.  And she slumbers.  Unaware that she will be the fulcrum.  It is a responsibility too large for any mortal mind to fully understand without splintering apart.  Too many lives crisscrossing-intersecting-knitting together-coming undone and all came with one decision.  And the weight of it sits squarely on those slender shoulders. 
            When the nurse enters, I watch as she checks the plastic bags and tubes.  Watch as she scribbles out the vitals.  In minutes she is gone but I am no longer alone.  My time with her has come to an end. 
            “You shouldn't be here.”  The guardian says.  He wears the same shadows I do, a camouflaged so that we may move through this world, mostly unobserved.  The guardian’s words register like the buzzing of an unwanted gnat.
            “I should not have to be here.”  The guardian nods.  I do not tell him that he should have been there.  That he is just as responsible for her condition as the vile creature that pulled the trigger.  He lives because he remains to be of use to me.  She twitches, her eyes fluttering behind closed lids.  The dreams have begun.  It is only a matter of time.  When I move to the edge of the bed the guardian grabs me by the arm, it was a very unwise thing to do.
            “That you are the reason she still remains in this world is the only reason I have not destroyed you.  Do not test the limits of my benevolence.”  My voice is cruel.  He doesn't release me, I admire courage-but this borders stupidity.
            “Your presence will draw too much attention.  The longer you remain the greater the risk.  I can only keep her hidden for so long.”  I look at her, my eyes absorbing everything.  She was different, but somehow, the same.  “If she dies, I will take spend the rest of my eternity re-inventing your concept of pain.  Do not think my leaving is a victory for you.  I do this for her.”  As I always have.  In this world and beyond, everything endured-for her.  I do not risk looking at her again, afraid that the courage to leave will fail me.

With a thought I am outside the hospital, walking beneath stars that, for the first time, do not feel stacked against me.  I smile for what feels like the first time in an eon.

There was much to prepare.




NOTE THAT THIS WAS CUT FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT.  IT IS UNEDITED AND NOT IN THE FINAL STORY.  Okay with that being said, I hope you enjoyed a preview from Liam's POV.


Spring Break Deadlines

I'm excited to have gotten an old manuscript I thought I lost a few years ago.  A YA stand alone.  I'm hoping to have it finished by the end of Spring Break and ready to push for publication as soon as I have some people give it a quick look for grammar flubbery.

Still working on it so a solid release date is out of the question but I am hoping to be finished by 03/31.  I don't know how long it will take everyone to edit, but I am really looking forward to this push.

I've been busy with life and school, writing freely hasn't been a matter of choice because I just haven't had the time.  Unfortunately writing doesn't pay the bills yet so I am stuck in the real world for awhile.  It's harder to balance everything than most people might think.  So for the down time, I'm sorry.  But the good news is, I'm going to be working hard the next few weeks to get some more things pushed and update the pages so everyone has access to more content than before.  While I have been silent the characters have not, I've been writing-just nothing impressive enough or large enough to validate printing.

So, here's to 2014 and all the new things I hope to see.  

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Holidays are over....whew.

Hopefully everyone had a safe holiday and got everything they wanted on their list.  Personally, I'm happy the holidays are over.  I don't think I could have handled the crowds much longer, late Christmas shoppers were making my grocery shopping a nightmare.

I haven't got much to give you guys, my Romcom is done and I'm going into edits.  It's still untitled and I'm trying to figure out the cover.  I've got a pretty good idea of what I want, just going to take a little work to get it accomplished.  I should be more excited that I've finished the project, but there is still too much left to get done before I can celebrate.

School starts on the 4th and that should be interesting.  Picking up an English class to help me with edits and maybe meet some other freelancers out there.  Who knows, I might even discover I like English.  Doubtful but stranger things have happened.  Doc Holiday used to be a dentist.




Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Just wanted to say that.  While I've never been a big fan of the holiday itself, I know a lot of Americans are.  So, I want everyone to have a happy and safe holiday.

I know it's been a minute since I've updated but I've been hella busy.  I have a book out with a few agents right now and it's approaching that 'should hear something soon' date.  A magazine has a couple of my short stories and I'm waiting patiently to hear back on that too.  I've also been working on a damned rom/com that won't get out of my head, fortunately it isn't going to be much longer before that's finished and I'm trying to figure out how to do the book cover for it.  Rom com normally isn't my style but when the muse tells me to write it, I write.  She's a slave driver, whip and all.

Life, is okay.  I have a hard time with the holiday season, especially once Black Friday hits and people go commercial crazy.  Social phobia prevents me from attending madhouse events, fortunately sites like Amazon are having their own black friday events, so I won't have to leave the house if I don't want to.  See Os enjoy her black friday at home with some cocoa and a re-read of The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson.

I read a few books but nothing that impressed me.  Finale by Becca Fitzgerald was too hard to get back into, so I couldn't finish it.  The new Darenda Jones Reaper book wasn't terribly impressive either.  I get a little bummed with series books because you wait so long and then your disappointed.  The last Sookie book will be out soon and I have mixed emotions about it.  I'm glad the series is coming to an end because the books have gotten harder and harder to enjoy the last few releases have let me down so I think it's best that the series ends before it ruins itself.  So if you are looking for a great book to read over the holidays I'd recommend The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson, it's a book that is a journey and in the end you might learn something new about yourself.

Enjoy your turkey comas everyone.