What’s Up Wednesday!

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

This is what I’ve been up to this week…

1. 1. WHAT I’M READING…

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2. WHAT I’M WRITING…

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Never Far Away

I’ve crossed the finished line. “Never Far Away” is complete. It is now available for purchase!

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3. WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW…

Authors, Readers, and bloggers. I couldn’t exist without you! Please leave me a comment–I’d love to hear from you!

4. WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO…

Things are starting to wrap up here. I’ve been to two Spring concerts in the past week and I’ll be going to another one tonight. Also sports are winding down. Yesterday I went to my daughter’s last field hockey game. Next, I’ll be going to the final softball and track meets. Go kids! It’s a busy house with three kids and an exchange student from Spain. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

What’s Up Wednesday

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

This is what I’ve been up to this week…

1. 1. WHAT I’M READING…

Lately, I’ve been into rereading books. Last week I reread the first 3 books of the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I was craving a dose of Jace. At some point I will reread the fourth book in this series and then read the fifth and sixth for the first time. The sixth book is to be released in 5.27.14, according to her website. You can check out the latest with Cassandra Clare here.

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2. WHAT I’M WRITING…

I’m still working on my Contemporary Romance. My word count is up to 42,000. I’ve decided once it’s done and ready to send off to the editor, I’m going to jump right back into finishing book #2 of the Senior Year series. I’m not sure which I will release first.

3. WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW…

Phtography. It has always interested me and my main character for my Contemporary Romance is a photographer. Specifically the work of Ellen Von Enwerth

4. WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO…

Last week I had a really bad cold and I spent the time drinking tea and reading. This week I’m back to the writing cave.

Happy New Year

Greetings followers! I want to wish you all a happy new year! May all of your wishes and dreams come true in 2014.

2013 was filled with revelations and I’m sure 2014 will be too. The most important thing I learned last year is to believe in myself. In June I asked for the rights to my book “Nowhere” back from Muse It Up publishing and self published it instead. Finally, my writing career took off. I love being my own boss. I am completely in control of all decisions and have the final say in everey aspect. I am the only one who I can blame for my successes and failures. That being said, this year I learned how to ask for help when needed and trust the “experts.” Jennifer Sommersby was my editor for “Summer Love” and she offered me valuable insights into my writing. She helped me flush out my characters and bring them to life on the page. Thank you Jenn. I would also like to thank Lee Rowland for her artistic talent in creating a beautiful new cover for “Nowhere.” Lee can be found at Pear Tree Space.

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I hope 2014 brings not only revelations but inspirations as well. I am currently working on a contemporary romance novel that I’m excited to finish. Once it’s complete I am jumping into Senior Year book #2 – “Falling Into You” set to be released in August 2014.

Please check back with me throughout the year to see how 2014 turns out.

What’s Up Wednesday

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

This is what I’ve been up to this week…

What I’m Reading

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What I’m Writing…

My New Adult/Contemporary “Breaking All the Rules” is still a work in progress. My word count jumped to 24,000. It was a productive week.

What else I’ve been up to…

Scheduling the final days of summer. Squeezing in all the last minute things we wanted to do that we haven’t done. Planning a trip to Seabreeze, a visit to the Corning Museum of Glass, and picnic with my cousins.

What inspires me right now…

Mae I Design Photography.

All her work inspires me.

What’s Up Wednesday

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

This is what I’ve been up to this week…

What I’m Reading

I am reading “Love Exactly” by Cassandra Giovanni

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What I’m Writing.

I’m writing a New Adult/Contemporary Romance Novel entitled, “Breaking All the Rules.” Currently I’m at 14,000 words. I wrote 2,000 words yesterday.

What else I’ve been up to

Shopping. Getting my girls ready for Camp Stella Maris. I don’t remember needing so much stuff when I went there. Although some things don’t change–I dragged my trunk there 30 years ago too. Next, we will be doing back-to-school shopping.

What inspires me right now

A post I read by Cassandra Giovanni. She talks about her goals and how she has reached them. I should think about setting specific goals. She sounds so busy, yet she gets it done. Sometimes I feel like I could do more.

Tuesday’s Top Ten

Now that Memorial Day has passed, summer has begun. I love summer. It means no schedules, lots of sunshine, and savory homegrown foods.

Here is my Top Ten List of Things to do this Summer.
(In no particular order)

1- Publish “Summer Love”

2- Continue writing “Fall Into You”

3- Read lots and lots of books

4- Take family bike rides along the Erie Canal

5- Post on this blog

6- Finish organizing the basement and closets

7 – Make homemade ice cream

8 – Host lots of cookouts

9 – Enjoy family and friends

10 – Sell lots of books!

Nanowrimo has come to an end.

Today is November 30th, the last day of Nanowrimo. Sadly I didn’t write 50,000 words, but I am happy with the 26,000 words I did write. Last week we had out-of-town guests stay with us, so I took a break. Since then I’ve had a difficult time getting back into the groove of writing. I will continue writing in December and hopefully I will finish my manuscript in the next month or two. How did you do meeting your goal? I want to congratulate all my fellow writers who did reach their goals. When I stop by your blogs, or see postings on YAlitchat and twitter, I am amazed by all of you. You inspire me! Keep it up!

For now I will leave you with another snippet.

“There is something else I’ve wanted to do for a long time too, ever since I met you.” He slowly dipped his head, kissing me firmly, but briefly. My heart sped up and I thought it was going to explode right out of my chest.
“So you’ve wanted to do that since the first day you met me?” I asked. He nodded. “What took you so long?”
“I have no idea. I must be a fool,” he joked. He dipped his head again, this time taking his time.

The Next Big Thing Bloghop

I was tagged by the talented writer and blogger: Sara Durham

 

This is the end of the line for this Bloghop. We had many talented Muse It Up Authors participate.

Happy Halloween

1 – What is the working title of your next book?

My next book is part of a four book series, entitled Senior Year. Each book will take place during one of the seasons, highlighting two different main characters. The first book will take place in summer. I may actually hold a voting contest on my blog, asking followers to vote between a few I am considering. ( I have a difficult time deciding titles.)

Summer Heat            Senior Summer          One Complicated Summer

The other titles I am considering for the subsequent books are: Falling for You, Winter Escape, and Spring Fling.

This is all subject to change, since I am in the early planning stages. It is an ambitious project, but I love a good series and I’ve always wanted to write one of my own.

2- Where did the idea come from?

I’m not really sure. I am a character driven writer, and Carly and Gavin came to me first. I wanted to write a story about a girl who is a very talented musician, but is too shy to really let her talents shine. She reminds me of my daughter, who is passionate about singing and performing, but unlike my character, my daughter isn’t shy at all on stage.

3 – What genre does your book fall under?

YA Romance, of course!

4- Which actors would you choose to play your characters in  a movie rendition?

Maybe Selena Gomez and a young Zac Effron.

5 – What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Summer heats up when Carly attempts to break out of her shell by becoming the newest member of the band Karma. Will joining the band bring her closer to her dark and brooding friend, Gavin? Or will it drive them apart? A lot can change over the course of one summer.

Okay, so I don’t have it down to one sentence yet, but I will continue to work at it.

6 – Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I will be submitting my manuscript to Muse It Up Publishing when complete. I have thoughts and comments to share on my next post as to which method of publishing I prefer. (My answer to this question is a hint.)

7- How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Haha. I haven’t written it yet. I am going to be writing it during Nanowrimo. I have outlined the series, and I have written “Character Bibles” for all the main characters. On November 1st, I’ll be saying, “Ready, set, GO!”

8 -What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I can’t compare it to anything since I haven’t written it yet.

9- Who or What inspired you to write this book?

 I was inspired by all the really great books I read over the summer. I have always wanted to write a series, and I thought what better idea than to write a series about Senior Year. It is such a momentous year in every teenager’s life. So many big decisions are made.

10 – Will there be any scary parts in the book? This is a halloween post, after all. 

I don’t think there will be any scary parts, but there will be conflict. Love isn’t always easy, you know.

 

Nanowrimo and The Turkey Trot

November is Nanowrimo and The Turkey Trot. It is time to get my typing fingers and my muscles in shape.

For those of you who don’t know, Nanowrimo stands for National Write a Novel Month. If you want to participate you can visit their website at www.nanowrimo.org The goal is to write 50,000 words in a month, which in theory equals a novel. The turkey trot is typically a race run on Thanksgiving day to help burn all the calories about to be consumed.

I participated in Nanowrimo two years ago. Since I am the type of person who likes goals, this was a positive experience for me. I made sure I sat down every day and wrote. I loved watching my word count go up. It was like signing up for the turkey trot – I had to make sure I went out every day and trained. I couldn’t just blow it off. However, 50,000 words in a month is an unrealistic goal for me. I just can’t think or type that fast. It would be like me claiming that I am going to run this year’s turkey trot at a 7 minute 30 second pace, when my PR is a 7 minute 59 second pace. As much as I would love to run that fast, I probably won’t. For me, writing and running are about the journey. I will be signing up to participate in Nanowrimo and The Turkey Trot. I like the routine and accountability that reaching for a goal provides. I just won’t get hung up on the numbers. I’ll try to do the best job I can. Whether that means I write 25,000 words or 50,000 words. Or whether I run at  a 7 minute 30 second mile pace or an 8 minute mile pace.

What about you? What are your plans for November?