I can't tell you how nervous I still get when emailing my publisher (or the fact that half the time I'm still in wonder about having a publisher!). I'm not kidding. My first book, FOREVER BURN, has been out since March 1, coming up on three months now, and it seems to be doing fairly … Continue reading Dying Embers: Take Two
May 14, 2013 – Guatemala City and Xela (a.k.a. Queltzaltenango)Our lives are in the center, but work in contribution and in co-existence with many other things. It’s a duality between reality of life and the path the Mayan culture is rich with, a duality of beliefs of how to better oneself, and a duality of … Continue reading May 14, 2013 — Guatemala City and Queltzaltenango (a.k.a. Xela)
This is a common mistake that I find with my copy-editing, and it has to do with tenses, which I will eventually tackle on this blog. Drank v. Drunk Sank v. Sunk These are two that are commonly misused when speaking and even more commonly misused when writing. 1--He drank the tea. 2--He had drunk … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: the “U” and the “A”
Hey, y'all! (I can say that because I live in Texas!). It's Wednesday and that means two great things happen today. This is one! It's so exciting. It's WIPpet Wednesday, meaning this is a post about my WIP (Work In Progress) and connects in some way to the date. Lots of peoples are doing it, … Continue reading WIPpet Wednesday May 29th!
I wasn't going to write a blog about this at first, but my facebook blew up with the conversation. I should give a small amount of background. I write lesbian-fiction, for the most part. I'm co-writing a novel with a gender-shifting alien, and I have experimented with writing slash fiction. Queer sexuality does not SCARE … Continue reading “A person is a person, no matter how small…”
Happy Monday Everyone! Not only happy Monday, but happy Memorial Day. Thank you to all who have served in the armed forces and who are currently servicing. It is a job and a life that can never be repaid and deserves as much honor as possible. I come from a family that has been individuals … Continue reading Memorial Day!
awww and the WIP meme continues!
Got tagged this morning. Ok, I walked right into it. Silly me.
Anyway, here are my answers to the WIP meme that is taking the blogosphere by storm (not really, but it certainly is dramatic-sounding).
1) What is the name of your current WIP?
Currently, it’s called “The Cooper’s Son,” and since I’m bad with titles, it’ll probably stay “The Cooper’s Son.”
2) Ready to do a cover reveal?
Heck no! I’m not even anywhere close to that point, yet, but when I get close, I may have my daughter draft up something for it. She’s my favorite artist.
3) How many words are you into it?
Honestly, I had to go look it up, since I haven’t been worried about the w/c, just making sure the story is complete and whatnot. It’s just past 28k right now.
4) Goal word count by the end of the week?
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Good morning everyone! It's Sunday! It's my last day of work at my church. =( I'm going to miss my kiddlets. Anyway, this morning was tagged. In a good way, I promise! This morning I was tagged for this meme by Emily Witt. and thus what I am currently doing! I had to work to … Continue reading WIP meme
Twins from the same womb: despair and hope. Alex said that today. It’s kind of like in the Simpsons with Bart and his evil twin that lives in the attic—I forget his name. The history here is so recent, but it reminds me of so many things in the United State’s past—things that most people … Continue reading May 13, 2013 – Guatemala City
On day two of your work being out on submission.. This is me, quite simply put. Although, I'm not on day two...I'm on week four, with about five more WEEKS to go. *sigh*. I sent "For by Grace" into a new publisher for submission, and I am desperately waiting to hear back. The longer that … Continue reading On day two of your work being out on submission.
These are some great thoughts even for non-self pubbers, and for small press authors.
When it comes to the ins and outs of the publishing world, I am more or less a newbie (which is why I go to lots of conventions and attend panels to learn more about the trade). Sure, I have had a couple short stories published, but this is not quite the same as ascending the dizzying heights of having a novel come out.
Now, when I say, ‘having a novel come out’ I always thought that meant having it published by one of the big houses as an actual, physical book. I never even considered self-publishing online.
In the last ten or so years, however, self-publishing has really come into its own. While it used to be looked down on by the publishing fraternity as just another version of the vanity press, some very well-received writers have made their careers in the self-publishing world.
Self-publishing can also be a…
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Hmmm...hope I'm doing this correctly. WIPpet Wednesday, get a look at what I'm working on. 22 lines from the 5th chapter of the yet to be titled piece. All you need to know: Jane, human-born from Alabama; Usnavi, alien-born, sex-shifting Xanthain. They are still getting to know each other and live on a space station, … Continue reading WIPpet Wednesday — May 22 “First Kiss”
Hello everyone! I know some of you were sad that I missed last week's Grammar Wednesday, but I didn't miss it. I was in Guatemala--no interwebs for a whole week! I started to go into withdrawal. Here's your Grammar Wednesday! It's about active phrasing and passive phrasing. I apparently used to write passive phrasing, and … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: ACTIVE PHRASING
Today I am working on editing. And not my own stuff. I finished up a Twilight fanfic (yes, I beta it...no I do not write it, nor have I read the books or the movies, so sometimes beta'ing can be quite interesting). I beta for a website called Project Team Beta, which takes on a … Continue reading Beta-reading
I wanted to share this blog and the struggles that I have been dealing with for the past "little" while. It seems over this past week to me that each person's story and struggle is important to understanding who they are and where they come from. It is also rather therapeutic for those who are … Continue reading The Failure of Time
I spent the last six days traveling around western Guatemala into the Quiche region. I spent time with locals and tourists learning about the country and listening to the people who have seen such horrors there. Ill probably make a better blog post later but I wanted to share two of my favorite pictures from … Continue reading Guatemala
So...since it is finals week for me, and I am still working like mad on this queer migration paper. This is your grammar rules of the week! There's 38, so catch up! 38 Common Spelling and Grammar Errors - mental_floss on YouTube (Ep.9) - YouTube.
My time for writing originals is certainly not over, but I have been working on fanfiction, toying with the plots (which involve mostly sex) and characters. I know that there are quite a few people who do not agree with fanfic, who think it's a complete violation of the rights of the owners/creators of the … Continue reading Fanfic mistakes and pleasures
I was writing, and I had a question. This is how I typically come up with finding grammatical rules to remember for the rest of my writing career. In my newest novel FOR BY GRACE, there is a character, Peter, who has a bad habit of quoting scripture when he's drunk. So, as a college … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: Quoting a quote