Monday, December 30, 2013

An Amazing Year

Here we are again at the end of another year and the start of a new one. I dug up my 2013 writing goals to see how I fared. I only had two this past year:

1) Revise my Nano book
2) Draft one book

I'm happy to say I did great on both counts. That Nano book I revised is my most favorite story I've ever written. My agent loved it, but there are still a couple details I need to fine tune so it's not submission ready yet...but almost. And I drafted TWO other books. Yay! One is a YA sci-fi that involves herbs (ooh-lala) and the other is REMAKE 2. Writing a sequel was a new experience for me--tough but satisfying. I've yet to revise that first draft, but I'm very excited for the world to read that story. Of course 2013 was also amazing because I got a book deal!

2014 is going to be quite the year for me. I'm attending All The Conferences: LTUE, Storymakers, WIFYR (where I'm talking on a panel as well), and most likely BEA. I'm not too worried about my writing; I've got a large stack of novel starts and ideas waiting patiently to be written. And I'm sure to continue reading every spare minute I have. Of course, the BIG NEWS is the debut of my very first book with a launch and signings and everything that goes with it. Yipee! This year is going to be amazing, so my one and only writing goal for 2014 is this:

Enjoy every moment.

I tend to get caught up in the busyness of moving from one thing to the next, so this year I want to remember to enjoy the journey and be grateful for every part of it. After all, I've worked really hard to get this far, might as well milk it for all the happy, right?

How did you do on your 2013 goals? What's ahead for you in 2014? I hope you all have a wonderful new year!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas holiday!

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Friday, December 13, 2013


Guess what today is?

Why, yes. Yes it is.

I think I'm going to do a little of this:

Maybe some of this:

Who am I kidding? You know I'm mostly gonna do this:

And this:

And oh, yeah. This:


Looks like a perfect day to me. :)

If you had a free day to do whatever you wanted, what would it be?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

IWSG: Writing for me

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I used to roll my eyes at those know the ones. They'd complain about deadlines and bad reviews and how much they wished they could go back in time to before they were published. I'd hear them ramble about how they just want to write for themselves again, when it was enjoyable and fun. I thought it was all a bunch of BS. Be grateful you have a book deal, I thought. I'd trade my cozy write-for-me status for theirs in a heartbeat.


Today all I want to do is crawl into bed and write something for me, for fun, and who cares if no one else ever reads it. But I can't. Because I'm doing the revision dance and trying to please everyone and their mother with this dang book when sometimes I just want to go back to when I first wrote it and relish the magic it held for me. Oh, the magic's still there, and the story and characters still make me happy. I'm not even complaining about the work, because I know these revisions have to be done, but I assure you, the eye-rolling is no more. Because to you afore-mentioned writers...I get it now.

Something else I never thought I'd say: I actually like a One Direction song (at least until next week when it's all I've heard on the radio for hours on end). I know, what kind of sell-out have I become? :)

Monday, December 2, 2013

Out of Tune

OUT OF TUNE by my friend and fab writer Michelle D. Argyle releases tomorrow! Congrats, Michelle!

Twenty-year-old Maggie Roads’ parents are legendary in the country music world. She wants nothing more than to follow in their footsteps, but the limelight isn’t reserved for singers who can’t carry a tune, let alone keep a rhythm.

When her parents tell her they’re getting divorced, Maggie decides it’s time to leave home and take her future into her own hands. Moving in with Cole, her best friend and sometimes boyfriend, might not be the best of ideas, but she’s got to start somewhere. Their off-and-on romance gets even more complicated when Maggie crushes on her new voice teacher, Nathan, who unlocks her stunning potential. A sensational music career of her own is finally within reach, but Maggie might need more than perfect pitch to find what she’s really looking for.

Available in eBook and print everywhere online books are sold, as well as ordering from bookstores. See the official book page for more information.

And check out her cool trailer: