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September Recap

Oops, I’m a little late in posting this, but my days have just been so crazy lately! September was a good month for me from a writing perspective, and I’m feeling pretty darn good about myself. My pitch session at the RMFW writers conference was a success, resulting in a request for pages. I’ve also received a full manuscript request for The Price of Tomorrow from one of the queries I sent out at the beginning of the month. One of my short stories has passed the first round of judging in the Writers of the Future contest and is now in the semi-finalist phase. I also received revision notes for A Drop of Magic from my editor and started work on her recommendations to make my story even better.

Whew! With all this querying and editing, I haven’t gotten much of a start on my third Magicsmith book, but I should be wrapping up my revisions soon and then it’s full steam ahead!

 

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CURRENT PROJECTS

Magicsmith Book 1: A Drop of Magic- Yep, I had to put this one back on my current project list because I got the revision notes back from my editor and this is what I’ve spent most of the month working on.

Magicsmith Book 2: Courting Darkness- This book is on hold until I finish the revisions of book one, since there are some adjustments that will carry through the series.

The Price of Tomorrow – My pitch at the RMFW conference was successful, meaning the agent requested the first twenty pages of my manuscript. Since then, I have also sent out queries to about eight different agents and one has requested the full manuscript for consideration.

Magicsmith Book 3: Fairy Forged- As with book two, I’ve put this on hold until my current tweaks to book one are finalized.

Short Stories- I don’t usually include news about my short stories in these updates, but I’m excited to report that one of my stories, titled Where Flowers Bloom in Winter, has passed the preliminary judging for the Writers of the Future contest. Yay me! That means it will be either a semi-finalist, finalist, or winner. Fingers crossed. 🙂

WORDS WRITTEN AND/OR EDITED THIS MONTH

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The most interesting thing I learned this month:

If a dead body is unclaimed, either because next of kin cannot be found of refuses to take responsibility for the body, the deceased is offered first to medical schools for scientific use. If the body is unfit for such use, it will go to a subsidized funeral home or crematorium for disposal.

REVIEWS

Not a lot of reviews this month, mostly because I didn’t have a lot of time for reading between the conference, editing, querying, and the usual responsibilities of life and raising a six-year-old.

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

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ON THE HORIZON

Currently on my TBR shelf:

I’m nearly done with the revisions on A Drop of Magic, so that will be my first priority in October. After that I will have to decide between doing a round of editing on Courting Darkness or working on the first draft of Fairy Forged. I’m also eager to hear back from my various queries for The Price of Tomorrow.

I’m looking forward to a family trip to the Mind-bender Mansion exhibit at the science museum this coming weekend and, of course, Halloween at the end of the month. My daughter is going to dress up as Hermione Granger for trick-or-treating, so that should be fun. I’m thinking I might be Prof. McGonagall to match her. 😀

Until next time, cheers!

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August Recap

Well, summer is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner. Alice is back in school, which means more time for me to write. Yay! Though, I have to say I’m pretty proud of my progress over summer break.

I’m also another year older, and what a year it’s been! A new nephew, my first publishing deal, the fist anniversary of my blog, and a lot of great memories. 😉 There’s plenty of exciting stuff on the horizon too, so here’s hoping for another great year! Without further adieu, here’s what I got done over the past month:

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CURRENT PROJECTS

Magicsmith Book 2: Courting Darkness- I’ve finished the second draft! Currently, my agent is looking it over to provide developmental notes, after which I will start fine-tuning.

The Price of Tomorrow – After saying this book was done… I changed my mind. Yeah, I do that. I thought of something that would strengthen one of the characters and, hopefully, make the book stronger as a whole. So, I wrote, and edited two chapters to replace some I already had, adding several hundred words to the story. Having done that, I’m now confident (again) that this manuscript is ready for querying. I intend to start by pitching it at the CO Gold writer’s conference. I need to get practice at this whole in-person talking about my book thing.

Magicsmith Book 3: (Title TBD) – I’ve started writing scenes for book three, the tentative title of which is now: Fairy Forged. What do you think? I’d love to get some feedback, so drop me a comment below. 🙂

WORDS WRITTEN AND/OR EDITED THIS MONTH

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The most interesting thing I learned this month:

You can make yourself sneeze by staring at a bright light… Who knew?

REVIEWS

I started this month by reading a writing book titled GMC. It had been recommended to me previously, but hadn’t made it to the top of my reading list until Debra Dixon, the book’s author, became my editor at Bell Bridge. I figured I should read what she had to say about writing if she was going to be editing my stories. I’m happy to say, I loved her take on character creation. 🙂 Animal Dreams was recommended to me by a friend, and Steelheart was just for fun.

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

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ON THE HORIZON

Currently on my TBR shelf:

September brings the annual Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold conference. Wow, that was a mouthful! I’m excited to attend informative classes and learn as much as I can. I’m also terribly nervous because I hate being around so many people. I know most authors say they’re introverts, but as far as I can tell they all like getting together for lengthy discussions and comradery way more than I do. Just the thought of that many bodies makes me feel sick. But, I will persevere! And I’ll let you all know how it goes once it’s over and I’ve crawled back out of my hole after an appropriate period of recovery.

July Recap

I can’t believe July is gone already!

My month has been a blur of hiking, camping, swimming, play dates, classes, bike rides, music, writing, reading, and editing. I joined my father for his birthday on a trip to inaugurate his new camper. It was an interesting experience. Apparently there’s a lot to know about a camper before you get it running smoothly, but everything worked out fine and a good time was had by all. I also got to catch up with some friends that, despite living an hour away, I only see about once a year. My early mornings have gotten slightly less early as my fatigue increases, but I still manage to work for an hour or two before the rest of the house wakes up. Once school starts again, we’ll *all* be waking up early.

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CURRENT PROJECTS

Magicsmith Book 2: Courting Darkness- I’m a quarter of the way through the second draft of Courting Darkness, and happy to report the editing is going smoothly. I should be able to finish the current draft before the end of August, at which point I will be looking for a critique partner to work with before the third revision.

The Price of Tomorrow – I’ve made the necessary changes to Price of Tomorrow based on beta reader feedback, including writing an all-new epilogue that I feel ties up the ending much better. I have one late comer to the beta group whose input I should hear soon. Otherwise, this book is good to go! 🙂

Magicsmith Book 3: (Title TBD) – I’ve completed the outline for book three and wrote down about a million title ideas, none of which have stuck. I think I may pick my favorites (and hopefully a few I haven’t thought of yet) and post them in a poll to see what you all think of them. Other than that, I sketched out a few scenes and have been fleshing ideas about how the conflicts in book three will carry over into the remaining books of this series. There are a few triggering events that snuck into my outline that make me really excited to see how they play out in books four and five. Yeah, I know, I’m getting ahead of myself.

 

WORDS WRITTEN AND/OR EDITED THIS MONTH

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The most interesting thing I learned this month:

The second part of the Russian Wedding Dance on piano. Never been much of a music person, but at 35 years old I’m learning the piano in my spare time so I can help my daughter audition for a duet. Funny where life takes you sometimes.

REVIEWS

As promised, I finally finished Infected and managed to post the review. Obsidian Son had been popping up on my radar for a while, so I decided to give it a whirl. I’d been eager to read Etched in Bone ever since it came out, but I was saving it for when I was in the right mood. I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve also been reading a lot of craft books, as well as spending a lot of time reading my own work since I started editing Courting Darkness.

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

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ON THE HORIZON

Currently on my TBR shelf:

August is another busy month. Honestly, is there any other kind? We’ve got a lot to cram into the next three weeks before my daughter heads back to school, a big first-grader this year. I should have more uninterrupted time to work on my writing once she’s out of the house on a regular basis, though our evenings will still be filled with dance, music, and gymnastics classes. We’re also supposed to have some house guests this month, though we haven’t finalized plans for that visit. My birthday is at the end of August. As such, it’s often drowned out by all the other busy happenings, but I think I’ll invite my family over for a taco bar and some ice cream. I’ve earned it. 😉

June Recap

Happy 4th of July!

June has been a busy month. My little girl turned 6 years old on June 1st! We celebrated with a whole weekend of birthday parties. The second weekend was taken up with a three-day backpacking trip to the Great Sand Dune in southern Colorado. You can read all about that and see pictures here. There were dance recitals, barbecues, play dates, bike rides… Yeah, summer is definitely here. 😉

Despite all of these many distractions, I am ecstatic to report that I have FINISHED COURTING DARKNESS!!! By finished, of course, I only mean the first draft, but still. The story exists somewhere other than my head, and I’m very excited to free up the extra space for MORE STORIES!

I hope your summer is off to a great start as well.  🙂

 

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CURRENT PROJECTS

Magicsmith Book 2: Courting Darkness- Draft one is DONE! It was a lot of early mornings, but I managed to do it. *Happy dance*

The Price of Tomorrow – I got back responses from *most* of my beta readers, so it’s time to tackle a few more changes and polish it up. I’m debating whether or not I want to start querying this book while I’m so busy with my other series or not. We’ll see.

Magicsmith Book 3: (Title TBD) – I didn’t manage to work on this book in June beyond stray thoughts and daydreams, so July is going to be all about pinning down the outline. Hopefully, come August, I’ll have a solid framework for the story.

 

WORDS WRITTEN AND/OR EDITED THIS MONTH

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The most interesting thing I learned this month:

It’s illegal to carry a blade longer than 3.5 inches, or any ballistic knife, in the state of Colorado. I also learned a ballistic knife is a knife where the blade can be detached and shot from the handle. Crazy!

REVIEWS

The first two books I read this month were a breeze. I finished both in a few days apiece. Then I started on Infected and, well… Let’s just say it broke the pattern. The review for that one will be out next week.

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

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ON THE HORIZON

Currently on my TBR shelf:

July brings fireworks and backyard barbecues, as well as another camping trip. I’m looking forward to taking a little breather now that the first draft of Courting Darkness is done before I jump into editing.