Monday, March 23, 2015

A Change of Mind and Other Stories - Cover Reveal

Today I'm excited to help share the cover for Nick Wilford's new book, A Change of Mind and Other Stories, which comes out on May 25th!

Title: A Change of Mind and Other Stories
Author: Nick Wilford
Genre: Contemporary speculative fiction
Cover Design: Rebekah Romani
Release Date: May 25th 2015

A Change of Mind and Other Stories consists of a novella, four short stories and one flash fiction piece. This collection puts the extremes of human behaviour under the microscope with the help of lashings of dark humour, and includes four pieces previously published in Writer’s Muse magazine.

In A Change of Mind, Reuben is an office worker so meek and mild he puts up with daily bullying from his boorish male colleagues as if it’s just a normal part of his day. But when a stranger points him in the direction of a surgeon offering a revolutionary new procedure, he can’t pass up the chance to turn his life around.

But this isn’t your average surgeon. For a start, he operates alone in a small room above a mechanic’s. And he promises to alter his patients’ personality so they can be anything they want to be…

In Marissa, a man who is determined to find evidence of his girlfriend’s infidelity ends up wondering if he should have left well alone.

The Dog God finds a chink in the armour of a man with a megalomaniacal desire to take over the world.

In The Insomniac, a man who leads an obsessively regimented lifestyle on one hour’s sleep a night finds a disruption to his routine doesn’t work for him.

Hole In One sees a dedicated golfer achieving a lifelong ambition.

The Loner ends the collection on a note of hope as two family members try to rebuild their lives after they are torn apart by jealousy.


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, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working, he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew. You can find him hanging out on his blog or on Goodreads or Twitter.

Preorder Links: Amazon US, Amazon UK

Congratulations Nick! It looks great and I can't wait to read it! :)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

April Session of Camp NaNoWriMo

I've finally made up my mind. After going back and forth for two weeks, trying to decide if I want to do The A to Z Blogging Challenge next month or the April session of Camp NaNoWriMo, I've picked.

I decided I'm going to do the April session of Camp NaNoWriMo. I've done it the last two years and April seems to be a pretty good writing month for me. I'll be busy because I work two jobs, but I always work two jobs. :) I've also decided I'm going to be rewriting "Sweet Little Lies", which I wrote during NaNo of November last year. I've tried revising it on two separate occasions and have been completely stuck. There's so much that needed fixed after I decided to change a huge plot point and the entire ending. I've decided that I want to completely rewrite the novel. Parts of it I'll be able to save, but other parts can be chucked!!

I'm also renaming it to "Nothing Left to Lose".

Here's a little snippet and my mock cover!

Title: Nothing Left to Lose
Genre/Category: YA Contemporary
Word Count: 60,000
Pitch: Ellie is a cheerleader, who is terrified of heights, has the perfect quarterback boyfriend, and loves high school. Thackery is a male dancer, who doesn't care what other people think of him. When Thackery joins the squad, things become quite a bit complicated. Tragedy and lies keep them apart until they have to rely on each other or feel completely broken.

Good luck to everyone doing the A-Z Blogging Challenge and/or Camp NaNoWriMo! I'll try to visit some of your A-Z posts to encourage you! Have fun!

Friday, March 13, 2015

A Pep Talk

It's such a gorgeous day where I live! I actually cuffed my pants and wore my spring shoes today. I think the horribly cold winter is finally over. Which is a relief because toward the end, I was really frustrated and suffering from S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder). Spring is finally here!

The first flowers of spring :)
I've also been getting quite a bit of writing done, which is wonderful. I've started writing on my new novel, "Just About Average" and it feel so good to be writing again! The words are flowing onto the page. :) This is my first afternoon off work this week and I'm enjoying spending this time writing my new book.

Querying is getting me down on the dumps a little and it is mentally exhausting. I've thought about quitting, but honestly I love this story. I think it's unique and I believe it's a story that should be read. :)

I had an exciting day at my job yesterday! I work as a teacher assistant in a preschool and there's a child in my class that is hard of hearing. He just started wearing hearing aids this year and already we can see a change in him. I assisted in another classroom yesterday afternoon and that classroom also has a child who has hearing aids, but he's had them longer. I learned more about hearing aids and I actually got to see his hearing aid battery be changed. Also, I found out that I will be trained to change batteries of the aids for the little boy in my classroom. I'm learning so much about the subject! I actually got to see the FM system, which is a microphone that connects directly to the child's hearing aids and helps them hear when the teacher needs to speak with that child. It amplifies the sound of just the teacher's voice. I referenced it in my book and now I've actually got to see it!

In the novel I'm querying, "Silent Beauty", my main character Alanna is hearing impaired. I've been learning so much about the different types of hearing loss and deafness. It's been such a great experience and I have a friend who is hard of hearing that's helping me with my book. She's really inspired me to learn as much as I can. I'm even considering taking an ASL class. I love that writing has brought me to learn so much about hearing loss!

I want to leave you with a pep talk for today. This video was shared at one of my school trainings last week and it made us smile. Kid President inspires me.

You were made to be awesome. Have a great weekend! :)

Friday, March 6, 2015

Breaking the Block


I'm over my writer's block. And when I say finally, I mean it. I've not written anything yet this year. I've done a lot of hard revisions, which I'm very happy about but I couldn't get my brain out of revision mode. It was like my brain was completely stuck.

It wouldn't stop just wanting to revise.

But I've been throwing around an idea for a YA Contemporary, but I couldn't find any motivation to write it. I finally started writing it today after having one page on my computer for a month. I made a list about the main character, Lexi's family and plotted out their characters. It really helped me!

I only have two chapters and about 3,000 words, but I have a new novel to write. It's tentatively called "Just About Average". It's about a girl named Lexi, who is fighting with her best friend of 13 years. Tristan believed a horrible rumor spread around school and instead of coming to her, he ignored Lexi and hurt her by not sticking up for her. But there's even more truth to the rumor that Lexi is hiding and it's very painful for her. She's in love with her best friend who broke her heart and she doesn't know how to fix their friendship. I'm happy with how it is going so far! This is the first novel I've written where the main character has a lot of family members and I'm excited to mix them into the story. It's hopefully going to be great! :)

Have a great weekend and happy writing! :)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

IWSG - Finding The Way Out of the Slush

Today is another meeting 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. This is a place where 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. The awesome co-hosts today are Chemist Ken, Suzanne Sapseed, and Shannon Lawrence!

I'm in the middle of querying right now.

I've lost track of what round I'm on, but I feel like I'm really getting closer. But at the same time, I feel like I'm stuck in the slush pile and feeling a bit insecure about it. It can just be hard for all of the rejection, but at the same time I've had a little progress and I'm still waiting.

Patience is hard.

I'm worried that I'm not good enough to be plucked from the slush pile and I'm going to be stuck there for a long time. I'm insecure about not making it as a writer. I don't want to be famous or rich from writing, but I do want to be read. I'd like to be a published author. And I'm not gonna give up. Even if I'm a bit lonely in the slush.

The good news is that I've finally decided on what my next writing project will be and I'm very glad to be starting my new book, "Just About Average", about a girl named Lexi who is an outcast due to a rumor that her ex-best friend, Tristan believes completely and she's heart-broken. I'm hopefully going to start working on it tomorrow! The best thing to do to beat the query blues is to start the next book!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Goals

It's hard to believe that February is over already! Such a short month! Things are still pretty rough for me, but I did enjoy doing to a Father Daughter Dance with my Dad and baby sister. Also, I spent a nice day with my two girl friends watching Star Wars on Valentine's day.

It's time for an update in my monthly writing goals!

Here are my goals from February:
* Celebrate "I love you... I know" Day with my best friend

* Read "Woven" by David Powers King and Michael Jensen

* Pick next writing project and start writing!

All three of my goals were completed! :) Even though things are still pretty rough, I'm making a little progress. I started vaguely working on a new idea and I'm not far into it, but at least I'm writing. I've been struggling with finding a desire to write lately. Life has just been... difficult. Hopefully this month makes it better. I did a little bit of reading this month at least!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Fraction of Hope (Fraction, #2) by Kelley Lynn
Woven by Michael Jensen, David Powers King
Unexpectedly You by Riley James, Becca Ann

Goals for March:
* Write to 10,000 words on new writing project

* Finish writing Star Trek fanfiction, "Always"

* Buy "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies" on March 24th

Those should be easy enough goals! How did your goals from February go?