Saturday, March 30, 2013

Call me CRAZY!

I really mean it - call me CRAZY!
Excited Jeremy Renner - crazy!
It's one day until the A-Z Blogging Challenge begins and I signed up for something else!!


Yes, I am crazy.  I signed up to do the April session of "Camp NaNoWriMo" at the same time as the blogging challenge!  This year you can pick your word goal for the month and it is very flexible.  I'm shooting for 30,000 words on my novel "Breathless" - yes, I am finally revealing the title of my new project!  It's a novella about a young woman named Lainey, who is dealing with the loss of her best friend when she almost drowns.  She is rescued by a mysterious man named Jon, who happens to be a merman.  Did I mention when she first meets him he is naked and injured?

My rough and fake cover
You can read a little more about it and an excerpt on my Camp NaNo page.

I have all of my posts pre-posted and ready for the challenge.  I will be doing my best to visit all of your blogs and leaving comments!  On the side, I will be writing!  I'm hoping it goes well and I'll be tacking on little updates to the bottom of my A-Z posts to keep you updated.

Also, I am dipping my feet into the query pond with my novel, "Defiance"!  I've sent out a few and I am patiently waiting to hear back.  I received one kind rejection today, but I will keep my chin up and respectfully move forward. :)

So, if you are waiting to hear from me about critiques/book reviews - I apologize!  I will be getting back to you in May!

Good luck to all of you with the A-Z Challenge and if you are doing Camp NaNo - let me know!  We can support each other! 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A little critique does the writer good

Oh, don't fix the grammar of my post title.  I like it that way! :)

I realized it is the end of the month and I really haven't posted anything other than blogfests I participated in and book reviews.  Not that those are bad, but my blog needs a little more me sometimes!

Back on task -- I've been working hard on some critiques for my CPs.  I'm literally swimming in chapters I need to finish critiquing, though I keep getting distracted by other things.  I've learned something important while critiquing, well something I already knew, but important.

Writers are all write differently.

One of my critique partner's novel is a MG fantasy novel and she does a great job writing for that level.  My other critique partner's novel is a YA fantasy with a dystopian feel to to it and it has a very interesting plot.  I'm working on the two of them at the same time and it's interesting to see how different they really are.  One might word a scene very differently from another and it's great!  Their characters are unique and not flat.

Another thing I've really noticed is how many of the same mistakes we make.  Repeating words.  I'm big at repeating words too frequently in the same paragraph and same book.  In my book, "Nameless", I originally used the word that - over 800 times in 50,000 words.  Way too many!  Sentence variation.  I have trouble sometimes not making my sentences all the same length.  It makes the writing harder to read and focus on.  Insulting the reader's intelligence.  Another difficult one for me - I repeat little things the reader already knows and it's not necessary for the plot, also it is telling not showing.  It can be frustrating for the reader and it is definitely one I need to work on.  It's so great to read their books and also learn more about my own writing at the same time!

His smile.... love.
If you don't have a critique partner, I really recommend one.  It's another fresh perspective and there's so much you can learn from each other!

In other news, I have finished pre-posting my posts for the A to Z Blogging Challenge.  I'm all ready for April.  I wanted to have them done so I can spend more time reading and commenting instead of trying to slap something together.  If you missed it - my theme is:  Awesome Nerd-ness.  Don't know what that means?  You'll find out! :)

And in none writing news, I finally worked out my living situation for August and found an awesome roommate and paid the deposit.  It's a big apartment and I'm excited for some privacy again.  My little sister doesn't know how to knock or clean up after she digs in my stuff.  It's a bit annoying.  I love her, but I think I can love her better if we don't live in the same house.  It's been a long eight months, but I am grateful my parents were willing to help me to get back on my feet.  4 months until I can move! :)

I'm off to watch "The Hobbit" with my dad!  Have a great Saturday!

But before I go, here's a little something for anyone who is a fan of kick-butt girls in books/movies/tv:


Have you seen Bamf Girls Club?  There are several episodes more!  Love them!!  How are things going for you in the writing world? 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

From the Ashes - A Review

I haven't been doing much writing lately, but I've done quite a bit of reading.  I just finished this book from one of my wonderful blogging friends, Jessica McKendry

Title: From the Ashes
Author: Jessica McKendry
Publisher:  Createspace Independent Publishing
Publication Date: February 11, 2013

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction


Plot: First, here is the summary of "From the Ashes" from Amazon - Jaina Indera has been preparing her entire life for the chance to prove herself a superior and loyal citizen of the Imperial Alliance. In order to do so, she believes she must win the galaxy-wide competition known as the Trials. With training at her Gifted School progressing swiftly, everything looks like it is on pace for her to achieve her dream…until a boy named Dragon enrolls in her class.  Suddenly doubting herself and everything she’s been taught to believe, Jaina and Dragon are teamed with six of their classmates for the chance to compete and achieve their dream: winning the Trials. Consisting of four different tests, the Trials are about to challenge these eight young adults to the limits of their abilities. But learning to work as a team is more difficult than they ever imagined and dark secrets from Dragon’s past emerge that put them in mortal danger. Now Jaina must discover what she’s really fighting for if she and her team have any hope of finishing the Trials…alive. 

Jaina has been training her whole life for a chance to prove herself a superior and earn entrance into the Crystal City.  All she has to do is complete the Trials, but it's not as easy as it seems.  Jaina is top of her class until a young man named Dragon enrolls in her school and she's thrown for a loop.  There's something familiar about him.  When his past is revealed, Jaina tries to deal with the knowledge as the Trials begin and she is forced to rely on him.  The Trials are more difficult than the group of young adults could imagine and a terrible price will be paid if they cannot work together, but even then they face a life of exile if they fail.  Just as Jaina falls for Dragon, a secret is revealed and she must decide if she can trust him and live.

The relationship between Jaina and Dragon is deep and heart-stopping.  I did suspect who he truly was, but I was glad to read it.  Dragon is a complex young man; the one Jaina remembers and the new one a part of her fears.  He is surrounded in mystery and secrets - which I love about him!  Dragon is definitely my new fictional crush, despite his flaws and the lies he produces.  He's attractive and knows his way around a weapon.  I love the way the relationship between the two is written.  It isn't too fast or with petty arguments, but has a steady progression a reader can believe. 

From the Ashes is an action packed debut novel and thrilling coming of age story, complete with a dash of romance and deceit!  At first, I admit I judged the author because she is so young, but I was wrong.  McKendry's debut novel will have you not wanting to put down the book and loving each page!  The ending did need a little more resolution for me, but I understand why it ends there.  I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for some forbidden romance, action, and an ending which will have you begging to know the secret!
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In other book related news - Laura Josephsen's second book was just released!  Rising Book 2:  Rebellion

Beautiful cover!  I honestly loved the first book and I am stoked to read the second one!  Laura is an amazing and incredibly creative author, who writes stories that leave you with questions and linger in your heart.   

Seriously, buy her book! :)  (If you don't believe me, here's my review of her first book.)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Top Ten Movies Countdown Blogfest

Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh is hosting the "Top Ten Movies Countdown Blogfest".  It's the easiest blogfest ever!

Rules:  List your top ten favorite movies!

I am literally going to do it in a countdown, so starting with.... (though they are not in correct order, maybe close)

10.  "The Emperor's New Groove"
A seriously under appreciated movie!  Kuzco turns into a llama and has to be rescued by the peasant Pacha, whose village he wants to destroy, and avoid the evil Yzma (who scarily resembles Voldemort) and her idiot companion, Kronk.  Seriously, hilarious.






9.  "The Little Mermaid"
My favorite childhood movie. I always wanted to be a mermaid.  Ariel rescues the dashing prince Eric and sings to him, she loves him and they have to be together. So she trades her voice for a pair of legs, things go down and the prince falls in love, kinda.  But then the sea witch Ursula fakes legs and gets attacked by dolphins, crabs, starfish, and the dog, Max.  In the end, Ariel gets Prince Eric.  Don't get it?  Watch the movie.



8.  "The Chronicles of Narnia" Series
Yes, if I had a wardrobe I would probably have tried to crawl into it.  I love these stories!  I read them when I was a kid.  I love Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy's adventures in the magical land of Narnia with the awesome lion, Aslan, who is voiced by Liam Neeson.  And Peter is pretty easy on the eyes. :)






7.  "Les Miserables"
Wolverine is chased by Gladiator for 18 years. In the meantime, Wolverine will fire then save the life of Mia Thermopolis. She dies. Wolverine adopts her daughter, Sophie from Bellatrix and Borat. Sophie falls in love with Colin Clark, a student/freedom fighter with Kinda Cute Random Guy. Another girl, Eponine nurses an unrequited love for Colin Clark and tries to get his attention. She dies. Kinda Cute Random Guy dies. In the meantime, Wolverine saves Colin Clark and the Gladiator dies. Colin Clark and Sophie marry. Wolverine dies. And this is all sung.  Though in all honestly, I love the story of redemption and I sing all the songs loudly in my car.  I do.  Honestly.


6.  "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" 
Not many people like this one about other two. (I don't count the new one. Shia LeBouf stinks.)  Indiana, Short Round, and the crazy night club singer he kidnaps, Willie.  There's some saving of children and a guy rips out Indy's heart. Don't worry - he puts it back. Indiana Jones saves the day, shirtless for part of the movie.  Yum, young Harrison Ford... :)





5.  "Harry Potter" Series
Harry, Ron, and Hermione fight the evil Voldemort on a quest to kill everyone and also find a new nose so he can have plastic surgery.  They kill lots of creatures, and lots of people die.  Really, the number of dead characters is kinda scary and very sad.  And then Harry sleeps with Ron's sister and they have babies.  Also, Ron and Hermione have dorky red head babies.  





4.  "The Avengers"
From Joss Whedon, god of all nerds, comes the movie blockbuster which finally unites the world's greatest superheros that Marvel still has the rights to.  The ultimate two hours geek fantasy that blinds all nerds from admitting any actual criticism.  Witness Iron Man fixing a spaceship for twenty minutes, the thrill of generic aliens on jet ski's, and the confusing power of the Tesseract. A movie so fulfilling you will forget the first twenty five minutes are kinda boring.  The bromance of Bruce and Tony.  Also, Captain America's butt.  It is amazing.  Seriously, LOVE this movie!  The nerd in me is so in love with this movie!!


3.  "Hocus Pocus"
Some might question why this beat "The Avengers", but it does.  I'm in love with Hocus Pocus.  I watch it all year round.  Thackery Binx gets turned into a cat by three evil witches. They are hung, but vow to come back when a virgin lights the black flame candle. Kinky?  300 years later, Max lights the candle to impress a girl, Allison and oops, the witches are back - determined to live forever by stealing the youth from all the children in Salem! Creepy. Max, Allison, Dani (Max's spunky little sister) and Thackery (who cannot die) have to save the day!  Seriously, if you have never seen this movie I will put a spell on you and make you watch it!!!  Also, Sean Murray (who plays Timothy McGee in my favorite TV show NCIS) is Thackery Binx. I've had a crush on him for years. :)

2.  "The Goonies"
A bunch of rag-tag dorky kids after the treasure of One Eyed Willy. Mikey and his band of friends are in search of pirate treasure to save their homes from the mean people wanting to put a golf course where their homes are.  Mikey, Brand, Mouth, Chunk, Data, Andy, and Stef are on a crazy goonie adventure with booby-traps, skeletons, and being chased by the Fratellis (really dumb criminals).  There is swashbuckling excitement and quotes which will have you repeating them over and over until you seem crazy to friends and family!  It's an older movie, but LOVE!  Also, Sean Astin plays Mikey....

Which takes us to my favorite #1 movie!!!!

1.  "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy
I could seriously do an entire blogpost on this alone!  Four hobbits, two men, a dwarf, an elf, and a wizard set off to destroy an evil ring and keep it away from the eye from the Red Eye commercials, Sauron.  Not to be confused with Saruman who is an evil wizard.  Love the movies and the books!  So many beautiful quotes and a great story of the ages!  I love Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn.  Also, I have a dream to visit New Zealand someday because of this. 








Which also leads me to announce my theme for the "2013 A to Z Challenge".... (fake drum roll)

Awesome Nerd-ness

Don't know what that means.... you'll have to find out in April. :)


Thanks for reading about my Top 10 Favorite movies!!  Did any of your favorites make my list?? :)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Space Between - A Review

I received an ARC from one of my wonderful blogging friends - Victoria H. Smith!

Title: The Space Between
Author: Victoria H. Smith
Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date: March 2, 2013

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance


Plot: First, here is the summary of "The Space Between" from Amazon - When Drake started the night at his father’s campaign fundraiser, he never imagined he’d end it being conned into buying drugs on the West Side. Losing high-stakes poker has its consequences, but he’d repeatedly face them just to hear Lacey Douglas sing. Drake sees Lacey light up the stage, and he has to have her. But his intentions for being on her side of town turn out to be the reason he can’t. Chicago native Lacey has dreams of the opera, but life has its obstacles. Lacey has come to know her hardships as part of living in the real world and accepts them fully. When Lacey meets the intense and invigorating Drake, a fire is lit inside her, unleashing those dreams again. Two paths that should have never crossed prove to create the exact pairing the other needs. But when their worlds take time to catch up, everything they have is tested. Finding the space between the two sides that challenge them will be hard, but it’s the only place that will keep them together.

Drake and Lacey don't meet under the best circumstances; he's trying to buy a ton of pot and Lacey gets him arrested.  It's a rough beginning for the two and once they are thrown together as Lacey is hired as a personal assistant for his family, Drake doesn't want her to be around him.  Drake has grown up with money and Lacey has had a rough life, living poor with her ill mother.  They clash at first.  As he learns more about Lacey and sees her kindness, Drake realizes how much he is drawn to her and can't stop thinking about her.  His family would never approve.  He has to decide to hide their relationship or face the music for the one he loves.

The relationship between Lacey and Drake was beautifully written, steamy and deep.  I honestly didn't like Drake's character in the beginning and I didn't want her with him unless he showed a different side of himself.  Whew - he did!  Lacey is kind and sweet, but she has to be strong.  With Drake, she can be vulnerable and I love that about their relationship!  They get to be themselves with each other. 

The Space Between is a sweet and steamy forbidden romance, complete with idiot parents!  Seriously, I wanted to slap Drake's mother a few times.  The beginning was a little hard to get into, but once I did and the story picked up, I really enjoyed it.  I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for some forbidden romance, action, and an ending which might bring tears of joy to your eyes.  It did mine. :)


Interview with Christine Rains - author of the 13th Floor Series


It’s a very special post today!  Today I am interviewing Christine Rains to celebrate her book, “1304 – The Harbinger” (13th Floor Series #4).  Congratulations Christine!  Today is the official release day and the first day of The Harbinger Blog Tour!  I am so excited for Christine to join me today!

In honor of your book I’d like to ask you six fun questions!

Question 1:  Who is your favorite author and why?

It's difficult to choose just one, but I've been a long time fan of Stephen King. I picked up CUJO when I was ten, and I was hooked. He could chill me to the bone when no other author could. His world building and characterization is incredible.

Question 2:  What is your deepest, darkest secret?  Wait… that might be a little too personal.  Do you like chocolate or vanilla better?

Chocolate, definitely. Still want a secret? I have chocolate covered raisins hidden in my desk right now. Shhh. Don't let the boy know!

Question 3:  How did you come up with the idea for the 13th floor series?

I love playing around with possibilities and thinking about myths and superstitions. There still are buildings out there with no 13th floor. Funny how our modern world is still so superstitious. But what if there's a good reason for the superstition? What would a 13th floor be like? Who would live there? Thus the idea for my series was born.

Question 4:  Which character speaks the loudest to you?  Does one clamber to be heard above the others?

Stefanie was really loud when I was writing The Alpha. It was easy to write her story compared to Marc from The Marquis who didn't want to talk at all.

Question 5:  Which is your favorite of the 13th floor books?  Is it one we haven’t read yet?

Harriet the banshee. She'll be the protagonist in the fifth book. She's such a sweet young woman, but cursed with visions and to be a raving crone at night. She's also in love with next door neighbor who happens to be a vampire with a drug addiction. Nothing ever seems to go right for poor Harriet.

Question 6:   (Pretend you aren’t married for this one.)  If you could make-out with one of your male characters in the 13th floor series, who would it be?

Oh, this is tough. It would be either James (The Alpha) or Xan (The Dragonslayer). James has the sexy geek thing going on while Xan is a hot modern day knight.

 Thank you for hosting me today. This was so much fun! Especially now that I'm imagining making out with some of my characters!


Thanks so much for coming on my blog, Christine, and I wish you the best of luck with your new book!  I’m off to go buy it and read until I’m finished!  I won’t put it down! :) 

Here’s the information on her AMAZING new book – The Harbinger!!

Title: 1304 – The Harbinger (The 13th Floor series, #4)
Author: Christine Rains
Genre: paranormal romance
Release date: March 13th, 2013

Blurb:
Meira Harper loves both her jobs: talking about beautiful shoes and fetching souls for Zeus. But the Thunder God threatens the harpy's loyalty to her job when she receives the call to bring the soul of gorgeous Sam Wright. Meira pleads with her boss to let him live. Zeus agrees, but Sam must fight for his life. If Sam can win three challenges, he can keep his soul.

The gods never play fairly, though, so Meira needs to find ways to help Sam with the challenges. She cannot outwardly cross her master, but she refuses to let the man she loves lose his soul. They haven't even had a chance to start a life together.

Sam's soul is on the line. Meira's will be too if she's caught, but that's a risk she's willing to take.


Author Bio:
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has six novellas and twenty short stories published.


Here are the purchase links for The Harbinger:

Also, The Marquis, the first one in the 13th floor series, is FREE!  To celebrate the release of the 4th book!  :)  You should definitely check them out!  I highly recommend anything and everything by Christine.  She's totally geeky and awesome!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

IWSG - What We Give and Take

Anyway, it's time for another installation of The Insecure Writer's Support Group, which posts on the first Wednesday of every month and is run by our Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh.  Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!  Seriously, I love this support group!

 So much is happening within our writing community and I thought I'd share my thoughts on if it is worth it to write and to have the coveted title of published author.  Granted, I'm not published yet, but someday I'd like to be. 

We fight to be writers.  We work long hours; after the kids have gone to bed, after a forty hour work week, after running and exercising, after working a second job to pay the bills, after the baby has fallen asleep in your arms and won't move... etc.  It's not a rich reward at first.  Writing is hard work and exhausting at times.  Sometimes we just wanna print out what we've written so we can rip it to pieces and throw it away - it can be very frustrating! 

We write.  We edit.  We rewrite.  We revise again.  It's a never ending process.  By the time we query, we love our books and hate them.  We are incredibly anxious about if anyone else will love them or just hate them. 

And sometimes things just don't go as we planned.  We get published, but life gets in the way.  We can feel insecure.

But we don't have to.  Something I've realized this week is how incredibly supportive our writing community is.  We are selfless when another writer needs help.  We take help and someday hope to offer the same help to another.  Writers give and take from each other.  I am so blessed to be a part of this writing community and wouldn't want to be parted from all of you!

As a little shout out - we are all gathering together to support Chad Morris on the release of his debut novel while he supports his nine year old daughter, recovering from a brain tumor surgery.  His book, The Inventor's Secret, released on March 5th.  

Also, Bridget Zinn's debut novel, POISON, releases on March 12th.  Sadly, she died of cancer before she could see her book published.  Her husband and family have decided to put the finishing touches on her dream. 

And, Nick Wilford's "Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew" is available!  The proceeds go to his son, Andrew, who has cerebral palsy and wants to further his education.  It's only $2.99 and for such a great cause!


In summary, we writers support each other, above and beyond.  I'm glad to be a part of our writing community. :)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew

I'm a little late to the game here, but I wanted to give a shout-out to Nick Wilford and his anthology for his son, Andrew.  Nick is seriously one of those dads we all dream about, having the best interest at heart for his son.   He's a great guy and you definitely should purchase his anthology!  I contributed a very short story.
 
 

 A collection of seventy moving and uplifting original pieces - real life, flash fiction, and poetry - about battling against the odds and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. The contributors include Amazon bestselling authors Alex J. Cavanaugh and Kyra Lennon, and the cream of upcoming talent.

The anthology is part of a fundraising effort to send the editor's stepson, Andrew McNaughton, to a specialist college in England. Andrew has cerebral palsy, and is a remarkable young man with a promising future. However, the free further education options offered in his own country of Scotland will not challenge him and allow him to progress. In order to access the education he deserves, Andrew will have to pay exorbitant fees, thus creating a situation of discrimination.

Help us get Andrew to college by buying a book that runs the full gamut of human emotions, ultimately leaving you inspired and glad to be alive. Whatever struggles you are going through, our sincere hope is that this book will help.


Purchase Links:

Editor Bio: Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction. When not writing he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He has four short stories published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Nick is also co-running a campaign to get a dedicated specialist college built in Scotland. Visit him at http://nickwilford.blogspot.co.uk/.
 
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I purchased my copy today and already started reading it!  I love the variety in the stories and how they all deal with overcoming some part of adversity.  Andrew deserves to have a great future.  Anything little helps! :)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Critique my query?

As one of my goals for this month, I would like to send off my query!  I've been working on revising it with the help of Jessica Montgomery and David King, but I'd like another set of eyes on my query.  I am happy with how it is going so far because I really love this book.  Still, I'd like another look!  I don't want to be a pansy and never send my query, so hopefully I can send it in the next week or so.

Here's my query for "Defiance":



Dear (Personalized name of agent),


Seventeen-year-old Kaela is a faerie who has never flown and is afraid of heights.


Kaela knows nothing of her past, since she is trapped in a place called the Center with all the other “freaks”.  All she wants is her freedom, and to know if she came from a family who loves her.  After she witnesses a wing removal experiment and the death of her best friend, Kaela can take no more of the Center’s lies.  With the help of a young warlock named Trent, Kaela escapes.


On the run from the Center’s henchmen, Kaela searches for a forest of mythical beings Trent lived with before the Center captured him.  Deceiving a kind old couple and grand theft auto isn’t exactly what Kaela had in mind.  To make matters worse, a tracker, strapped on Trent’s wrist, is starting to drain his life.


Once they reach the forest, Kaela meets Seth, the group leader, who makes it clear he doesn’t trust anyone from the Center.  When the Center’s henchmen track Kaela down, they set fire to the forest, which kills everyone inside.  The only way to stop the senseless killing is to destroy the Center, but to do that, Kaela has to kill the only person who can tell her why the Center stole her life and murdered her family.  She’ll have to open her wings and fight.


DEFIANCE is a YA Urban Fantasy complete at 50,000 words with a happy lack of vampires and werewolves.  DEFIANCE will appeal to fans of Victoria Schwab’s THE ARCHIVED and A.G. Howard’s SPLINTERED.  I have a minor in English.  (add quick personalization to agent)


Thank you for your time and consideration!


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This is about the fifth version and it's definitely much better with each revision and I love it even more!  I'm really hoping an agent will like the concept and request more to read. :)


Also, I wanted to let you know to come back on March 13th to celebrate the release of Christine Rains' The Harbinger with a fun interview!  And on March 18th I'll be participating in Alex Cavanaugh's Top Ten Movie Countdown Blogfest!  I'm definitely witty in both of those. :)

AND, also I want to let you know I signed up for my first 5K for April 20th!!  My sister and I are going to run together.  I've never done one, so hopefully I can get my butt moving! :)

What do you think?  I'd love your helpful comments!  Are you excited for Christine's new book?

Friday, March 1, 2013

March Goals

Is it just me or did February seem to drag on and feel long, even though it is the shortest month of the year?  I think it did, but it might have been the nine inches of snow we received last week.  We've had a ton of snow this year and I'm not the biggest fan of snow.  Seriously, here's a picture of my car buried in snow from our first snowstorm this year.
Dude... where's my car?
Anyway, winter is almost over and so is February.  Spring will come and it's March!  Time for an update on goals!!

Here are my goals from February:
* Do a full read-though of "Nameless"
I did not get to this one this month.  I spent most of my time working on revisions for "Defiance" and doing a ton of reading this month! 

* Pre-blog posts for the April A to Z Blogging Challenge
I'm hoping for complete all of my posts before April 1st.  I managed to complete 7 letters during the month of February.  Getting closer!

* Find critique partners for "Defiance"
Done!  I didn't expect to find any and I found 3 wonderful partners!  I also found quite a few people to help beta read when I'm ready. :)  Super excited!!

* Write to 5,000 words on Project K
My current word count is 5,461 words.  I haven't said much about this novel yet, which I'm hoping will be a novella and published late this year or early next year.  As a little preview, my main character's name is Lainey and she falls in love with Jon, who happens to be the merman who saved her life. :)  Very excited for this story!


Love Jeremy Renner... :)
I completed three out of four goals last month!  I'd say that is still an accomplishment, not as good as January when I completed all four.  It was a shorter month; that's my excuse.  I also spent a lot of my free time reading. :)

Goals for March:
* Finish revisions of "Defiance"
Revise the ending and add another two chapters.  Do another read-through!

* Complete revisions of query for "Defiance"
Quit being a pansy and send off my query to at least ten agents.

* Pre-post the rest of my entries for the April A-Z Blogging Challenge
I have 19 to post, so hopefully I can finish all of them this month!!

* Purchase "Les Miserables" on DVD on March 22nd
Super excited for the release of this movie!  I was thinking it wouldn't come out until summer.  I have seriously been listening to the soundtrack in my car since Christmas.  I can't wait to own this beautiful masterpiece!

How did your goals from February go?  What are your goals for March?  Did you see "Les Miserables" and love it?