family

Looking Back

Since December marks the end of the year, I’m taking a look at the year as a whole rather than just the last month.

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2018:

  • Signed my first book deal
  • Attended my daughter’s first piano concert
  • My daughter lost her first tooth
  • My nephew was born
  • Visited Seattle for the first time
  • Reviewed 32 books

 

research

CURRENT PROJECTS

Magicsmith Book 1: A Drop of Magic- Spent most of 2018 in revision, but has become better for it. Should be published in 2019!

Magicsmith Book 2: Courting Darkness- Written in 2018, this book has already been through several iterations, and will likely go through several more before it’s ready to hit the shelves.

The Price of Tomorrow – Written, edited, beta read, and queried… but not signed. From the agent feedback I got, I’m thinking the current market just isn’t so good for a YA sci-fi book. I think I’m going to shelve this project for a little while and see how things develop outside my little bubble.

Magicsmith Book 3: Faerie Forged- Started writing Faerie Forged, but haven’t gotten very far yet. This will be my major focus for the beginning of 2019. It’s due to the publisher at the end of summer.

Other Projects: – I’ve been brainstorming / working on the pre-writing for a middle grade adventure for my daughter. I’ve taken a break from short story writing because I’ve been so busy with other projects lately, though I’d like to explore some short story ideas that have been bouncing around my head. I’ll also be teaching a short story writing class at my daughter’s school in February, so wish me luck with that! I’m hoping to get Hannah edited in 2019, and probably it will get quite the overhaul after this long hiatus.

 

WORDS WRITTEN AND/OR EDITED IN 2018

I honestly have no idea… Lots and lots.

 

reviews

One of my goals for 2018 was to read and review at least 30 books. That may not seem like a huge number to some of you, but piled on top of all the reading and assessing I was doing of my own writing, it was a substantial hurdle for me. I’m happy to report, that I was able to achieve that goal. 🙂

Here are a few of my favorite reads from 2018:

And here are some great books I read on the craft of writing:

To see reviews as they come out, as well as other posts, follow my blog at Ramblings from an Alternate Reality.

 

binoculars

ON THE HORIZON

On my TBR shelf:

Advertisements

November Recap

I hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving!

In honor of the holiday, here are the TOP 10 THINGS I’M THANKFUL FOR:

  1. FAMILY
  2. HEALTH
  3. LAUGHTER
  4. BOOKS
  5. CHAINMAILLE
  6. SNUGGLES
  7. SUNNY DAYS
  8. SNOW
  9. MUSIC
  10. YUMMY FOOD

For many people, November is all about writing. NaNoWriMo anyone? But for me, it was all about editing. I did actually consider writing the first draft of Faerie Forged this month, but the scheduling worked out better if I edited book two first. Besides, while NaNoWriMo is terrific for people who need outside motivation to stay on target with their goals, I tend to work better without the added stress of someone else’s deadlines. So, I spent the entire month of November editing Courting Darkness, and I’m happy to report I got it done. 🙂

The last week of November, and these first few days of December have also been crazy full of chainmaille as I get ready for a craft fair this weekend. Hopefully I will be able to sell at least a few pieces and do a little advertising for my etsy shop. If you’re interested in my chainmaille, you can find my shop HERE.

The final piece of news for November is that my daughter lost her very first tooth! We’re super excited. Alice wrote a letter to the tooth fairy asking for a pocket knife under her pillow, and she totally got it. 🙂 Yeah, her tooth fairy rocks.

 

research

CURRENT PROJECTS

Magicsmith Book 1: A Drop of Magic- My editor is still reviewing the last round of revisions. I should be hearing back in the next week or two.

Magicsmith Book 2: Courting Darkness- November was all about editing Courting Darkness, and I’m happy to say I finished. This book finally ready to be read by people other than me!

The Price of Tomorrow – Still waiting to hear back from agents.

Magicsmith Book 3: Faerie Forged- This is where all my effort will be focused for a little while. Well… that and surviving Christmas.

 

WORDS WRITTEN AND/OR EDITED THIS MONTH

pencils_number

The most interesting thing I learned this month:

Human ashes must be mailed “priority express.” Postage label 139 is used to ship cremated remains domestically through the postal service.

REVIEWS

Since I spent most of every day this month reading Courting Darkness, I didn’t spend much time reading other books. As such, not a lot of reviews this month.

To see reviews as they come out, as well as other posts, follow my blog at Ramblings from an Alternate Reality.

binoculars

ON THE HORIZON

Still on my TBR shelf:

 

December is already underway, and that means the holidays (and time off from school) are right around the corner. I’d like to say I’m going to get at least half of Faerie Forged written this month, but let’s be realistic. I’m going to have a 6-year-old running around the house keyed up on cookies and presents, not to mention visits to and from relatives. I’ll be happy if I get even a third of it written. 😉

See you in the new year!

October Recap

Happy Halloween!!

If you imagine writing as a journey through hills and valleys. Right now, I’m slogging along the bottom of the Grand Canyon. This month I’ve been doing a final read through on A Drop of Magic before returning it to my editor. Normally, I can read forever, slipping into a sort of reading trance, lulled by the rhythm of the words. But, reading my own book, I have to be constantly on the lookout for typos, consistency errors, etc. I can’t relax. It’s exhausting. Plus, I don’t have the “What’s gonna happen next?” that keeps people reading. I’ve read this book a hundred times. I know exactly what’s going to happen next. *sigh* All that aside, I did manage to finish my read through and get the manuscript sent off. Plus, I think the book is a lot stronger thanks to all the changes I made, both requested and impromptu.

Hermione-Alice

 

Other than that, I carved a wand and knitted a scarf so my daughter could dress up as Hermione Granger from Harry Potter for trick or treating. The robe was courtesy of her grandmother.

 

Also, our trip to the Mindbender Mansion at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for my mother’s birthday was great fun. As always, there were too many people for my tastes, but then, anyone besides me is really too many people for my tastes. The puzzles ranged from easy to nearly impossible, providing a great challenge for all levels. There were a couple of the larger attractions that we didn’t do because they were swarmed with the aforementioned people, and there was a good deal of waiting for other people to finish before being able to attempt certain puzzles, but all in all it was a good, mind-bendy, time. I would highly recommend stopping by before the exhibit closes if you are in the area.

research

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

Magicsmith Book 1: A Drop of Magic- This book is back with the editor for the next round of review. I made considerable changes to it, hopefully making the story and characters stronger in the process. Now, it’s back to waiting. So… much… waiting…

Magicsmith Book 2: Courting Darkness- I’ve started editing the next draft of Courting Darkness, mostly making necessary adjustments based on changes I made in book one.

The Price of Tomorrow – Still waiting to hear back from various agents, including the one who requested the full manuscript. I’ve also sent out a second wave of queries, which means… you guessed it… MORE WAITING!

Magicsmith Book 3: Faerie Forged- Finally ready to get back to work here. I contemplated using this project to participate in NaNoWriMo, but I’m not so good at working at somebody else’s pace. Also, you may note the spelling changed on this title. More people liked faerie than fairy for the fae, though it was close.

 

WORDS WRITTEN AND/OR EDITED THIS MONTH

pencils_number

The most interesting thing I learned this month:

2017 tied for Denver’s deadliest year in a decade with 56 homicides. 2018 is on pace to break that record.

REVIEWS

I finally managed to knock some books off my reading list. Not easy when most of my days were spent reading my own work.

To see reviews as they come out, as well as other posts, follow my blog at Ramblings from an Alternate Reality.

binoculars

 

ON THE HORIZON

Currently on my TBR shelf:

 

I’m looking forward to getting back to the writing part of writing. Not that reading and revising aren’t fun, but I’m eager to get more of my books to a stage where people can actually read them. Beyond that, November heralds the beginning of the holiday season, which means food, family, and lots of distractions. Hopefully I can stay focused and get my work done while still enjoying this time of year.