editing

Counting down the days…

Now that the World Cup is over (Yay Spain!), I have less to distract me from the RWA National Conference on the horizon. Yes, I’m definitely starting to feel a little nervous. My pitch is becoming smooth and ready, so when I have my agent appointments, I think I’ll feel more comfortable than last year’s RT Convention. But it’s my first tme going to an RWA Conference. I hear they’re more business-like than the party atmosphere that RT has. Yikes! Thoughts of what do I wear instantly come to mind. I’ll dress nice but comfortable; although, if I think about it too much, I get urges of going to the mall, which is not my favorite thing to do.

Besides from that, I’m currently reading an urban fantasy, The Becoming by Jeanne C. Stein, which so far is great. I’m also revising with my critique partner and taking the pitch workshop my RWA chapter is holding online.

Updates

Goodness… Naming a blog post can leave me scratching my head sometimes. Argh… lol Anyways, I’ve been feeling under the weather since last Tuesday. Bleh… I was finally beginning to feel better and hubby coughed on my pillow the other day and now I’m feeling worse than I had been. (Though hubby adamantly admits he didn’t do it, but I saw him. ;)) I’ve sent off a couple more query letters, and have been working dilligently on my next book as well as slowly getting caught up on the revision workshop I’m taking.

This Friday, I have Ellora’s Cave author, Paige Tyler guest blogging with me. Make sure to check back then. I’ve known Paige for a couple years, so I’m really happy that I’ll have her here. =) Woohoo!

Woohoo!

Wow, it’s already the end of February! This weekend has been great. I’ve finally finished polishing my first novel in the urban fantasy series I’m working on. It has been both a burden at times and really fun at others (brainstorming with my husband was great). I finished writing it December 2008, so it’s been on my plate for a while. I’m thrilled to be able to query agents now! I spent a decent part of the day researching them more. Although, I do have a spreadsheet list set up. I sent out a few, my family went out for dinner to celebrate, and I came back to have my first response asking to me to send a partial! Hooray!

I’ve been smiling and excited all day.

Editing again

Crawling out of my blogging hole again to say hello and update. I’ve been working on my urban fantasy novel that I finished in 2008 and revised the first draft last year. It needs to go through another draft, so I’m taking charge and getting it taken care of at the beginning of the year. Then I’ll be able to work on sending it out to agents throughout the rest of the year. Woo! I sent it to a few last year, and that’s one of the reasons for the third draft.

After finishing my most recent novel, I’m okay with editing again, which for a while I thought was an absolute chore. I’ve figured out that I do like writing more than editing, but they both have an important part in the process that writers have to go through to get their books on shelves. I think I’m finally developing my own process. And, boy, is it about time! I have my page count to the side (yes, it says words, but it’ll have to do.)

I’ve written out my goals for 2010, and with how things have been going so far, I think it’s going to be a good year. =)

Fun with Facebook!

So, I’ve been having a lot of fun today with Facebook and the different Vampire/Slayer/Zombie/Werewolf applications, which is neat since I’m not a big fan of Facebook. But I should be editing my novel, which I sat at my computer to do in the first place. The editing is going slowly, and I want to slam my head against my desk when I work on it. But at least I’m making progress. I finished a chapter of it last night, and am planning on editing another chapter today.

I just want to hurry and get it over with. At first it was kind of fun, and now it’s not. =/

Anyways… enough whining for today. Now I need to just force myself to do it.

February goals

So, I went over my goals and have decided that in February I’m going to do the Book in a Month: The Fool-Proof System for Writing a Novel in 30 Days program by Victoria Lynn Schmidt. It’s in book format and has great worksheets to fill out as you progress and good things to think about each day as you continue to write.

Today I’m in day 3 and completing my At-A-Glance draft. My goal for this month to is complete I.T., the sequel to my novel, I.V., which I’m still working on revising. Argh! But, perhaps taking a step back from I.V. and working on I.T. will help give me more objectivity and get me back into the creating mindset.

Insomnia and the editing groove

As you can tell by the time this was written, and the title, yep… I’ve got a small case of sleepless nights, especially after the movie hubby had us watch a little while ago! lol… But, I’m not a scaredy cat when it comes to movies, and it’s probably just my messed up sleep schedule.

So! I think I’m finally getting back into a little bit of the groove on my manuscript. It’s going slower than I’d like, but then again, maybe it’s just that the section of the novel I’m in right now has a lot of changes that needs to be done to it. Lots of things that I decided at the beginning of revising that would be better than what is already there. The important thing though is that I’m making progress. =)

I found a wonderful new author group blog recently called Deadline Dames. It consists of nine urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and young adult writers. I love Rachel Vincent’s werecat series, and have heard of several of the others.

Also, The Deadly Vixens have an interview with an editor from The Wild Rose Press, so make sure to go check that out to see an editor’s opinion as well as advice for published and aspiring authors alike.

That’s about all I can think of for now.

Hello again…

Happy New Year everyone! Recently I’ve decided that I’m going to start blogging again on my own blog. Not sure how interesting it’ll be, but I’ll try to make sure to entertain and not do so many “Here’s an event I’m doing, go check it out” kinds of things. Perhaps I’ll share pictures and other fun things as well. =)

So, what’s been going on with me recently… I submitted to an agent (I’ll keep you informed on how that goes!), I won Nanowrimo, and I completed my third novel, which happens to be the first in an urban fantasy series. I’ve gotten 60 pages of it edited so far. I’m now working on the next in the series, but am running into a little bit of confusion with my plot. Now I need to go through and outline it so that I can get on course.

I also bought an awesome whiteboard yesterday. It even has a small tray at the bottom to hold my markers and eraser. I’m excited about using it.

Also, for everyone on the newsletter, I hope to start back with that, too. Things have been a bit hectic in my personal life, so I’m happy for a new year. Who knows what you’ll find there? *winks* I’m thinking over a few ideas for making it more exciting. I plan to have something in the works on it by the 15th.

Anyways, that’s enough jabbering for me tonight. I need to get some writing done! Hurray!

Website updates, etc

Hi everyone! I did a few updates to my website today, so make sure to check them out. I’ve added an MP3 of me reading the blurb to Melody of Love, so make sure to check it out in the My Books section. Also, I added an article I wrote a while back to the For Writers section about discipline and how I’ve struggled with it myself.

I’ve been doing well on editing my paranormal romance. I’ve completed two moderately long chapters so far. I also began toying around with an spicy romance short story that I started a few years ago. I rewrote the beginning of it, and now it’s tossing me in a direction that undermines its original purpose. It’s so exciting when things like that happen! =)

I will have the newsletter out by Friday. This weekend I’ll also be going out of town, so that’ll be exciting. It’s been a while since I’ve been on vacation. And it’s so desperately needed!

Anyways! I hope you all check out the new goodies I posted on my website and sign up for the mailing list.

Writing progress/Special news

I’ve been working on my next novel recently, which is one that actually was the first novel I ever started. It’s a romantic suspense piece that I’m excited about. I’ve also been working on editing the paranormal romance that I completed the other day. It’s really interesting to go back to the beginning of a story and start editing since sometimes it’s surprising to see what you have written. I began the paranormal romance novel last November, so rest assure, I have let it that part rest for a good long while!

Also, here’s some news that is very special to me. Today I posted an interview I had the honor of doing with Rhonda Penders, Editor-in-Chief, of The Wild Rose Press at The Deadly Vixens. It really has a long of excellent advice. Make sure to visit and ask questions since she’ll be answering the questions as she stops by off and on today!

I hope to see you there!