I write adventures for those in search of a good story. My novels fall in the Fantasy genre, but many people consider them Sci-fi too. Each story is written with what I look for when I read a book: action, adventure, twists and turns, love, heroes, vicious enemies, fighting (weapons and hand to hand combat). I write because I want to share the stories that are inside of me. I hope you enjoy the adventures as much as I love writing them!
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Three of eight books on Amazon! The Taken series will be next, and will most likely be out in January.
What else am I doing? Well, I've started re-reading Taken. I'm revising story 14 (almost done with doing that), and I started another story (I won't know until I revise the manuscript, but this might be my 1st short story). Writing this one has been strange. I woke up one morning about a week ago and just wanted to write. (I won't knountil I revise the manuscript, but this might be my 1st short story.) I had no idea about what, but I started writing - wrote 5000 words that day. Each time I sit down to work on this book it's like that. Brainstorming for this book has been just about zero, well consciously anyways. I'm at 19,000 words and I really haven't given it the time I normally give a new story, but still I'm impressed. It's when I'm writing it that I get ideas of what to do or what I should have done. Normally a new story takes up my waking hours (if I'm not writing then I'm brainstorming about the story - constantly), and this isn't even the one that has been whispering in my head. Perhaps with everything that is going on in my life and writer's world there just is no more conscious thought available. Ha Ha Ha... Maybe. I won't know until I revise the manuscript, but this might be my 1st short story.
Now that The Shadow Dragon series is on Amazon that will open up some time to get what I am currently working on done. As soon as I'm done revising Story 14, I'm going back to The Shadow Dragon book 3. Those thoughts are starting to yell at me. Which is a really good thing since I want to get it done in the next 3 months-ish so I can publish it in the summer!
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
First! After much debate, I have begun the process of putting my books on Amazon. It wasn't as horrible and difficult to understand as the first time I had attempted it. As of last night, Heart of the Emperor is now selling at Amazon. I have added the link to the right, under "Where to find my books (ebooks)". Or you can click here! I am re-reading each of my books and touching up the stories. Only because I know I've (finally) learned a lot about sentence structure, flow, the over-use of certain words, and patience. After I re-read each book, I'll be formatting it for Amazon (Ugh. Not hard, just tedious and time consuming - that hasn't changed.) Also, my books will continue to stay at Smashwords, Barnes&Nobles, Apple, and Kobo, so if you don't care to shop on Amazon that's not a problem.
Second. I have The Shadow Dragon re-read and am almost done with Aleksertac. Those obviously will be the next books to go to Amazon. Which is important since I want to publish Book 3 summer of 2015. Re-reading them has been awesome. I was surprised with how much was set up for the sequel books, because when I wrote Aleksertac I did not know that the series would continue. Just one more thing to add to my amazement of my writing abilities.
Third. I am making revisions to Story 14 and am very happy with it's progress. Granted I haven't gotten to the part that needs rearranging yet, but I am adding more details and I like that.
Fourth. New voices have made their presence known. They have moved passed the whispering stage, but they are not consuming my mind yet so I am diligently working on the things above with hopes of finishing them before these new voices begin to yell and I cannot focus on anything but them.
I saw this the other day and downloaded it because it made me laugh at the truth of it:
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Now I know I don't go into great detail, but that's only because as a reader I don't appreciate a lot of detail. I love reading stories that give me information without making me feel as though I don't have an imagination of my own. Unfortunately sometimes I think I err too much on the assumption that everyone has a wild imagination. (I'm a work in progress and I know it.)
With Taken, I move between two worlds one that is mine and one that we all know - Earth. In Not Human I stay on Earth. A friend asked me if I ever wrote stories on Earth and so I thought sure I can do that, but of course the scenery in that story isn't crucial to the story. It's not that I don't write with Earth as the backdrop because I don't like our planet. I very much love this planet we live on, nature never ceases to amaze me. However, I love the ability to see things differently and so I write new worlds to allow my imagination run wild. I loved writing the planet the Langiro (from Taken) lived on. It was the first time doing that since I was in 7th grade. And writing Solace was great because although the story starts on Earth, it was just the beginning. The Middle of Nowhere, as Karissa called it, created itself as I wrote it. I had no vision of it beforehand. It simply evolved as I created events for Karissa and Creature/Jack to survive. It would have been simple for either of them to survive, but to do it together I knew I had to get creative or the reader would get bored. And then creating the Zarran world in the second book created itself from Karissa's capabilities. It was spawned from the first couple of chapters in book one where she sees the military men on the cliffs and knows that the cliffs of the Stronghold wouldn't slow her down because of her agility and that her body was built for that terrain. In Heart of the Emperor, the story starts on a world that is beautiful, but I didn't want it to be just a place that everyone would want to live. It needed to be both beautiful and dangerous. And here is the world the Heart of the Emperor begins:
"X5401 had a beautiful landscape. There were tall mountains that were forested in the tall, thick plant-life which amazingly enough was able to grow in the rock-hard soil. Gentle, rolling hills led to the edges of steep valleys, giving the planet a tranquil ambiance between the mountains. From space the planet appeared a soft lavender because of the soil. However on the planet, everything varied in color from pastels to deep vibrant colors. The patches of green grass were the exact opposite of the soil and covered the ground sporadically over the planet, except on the mountains.
The air stung your nose and lungs, but it didn’t kill you, well not right away. A person’s body would adapt within ten minutes. With that being said, a person could be out in the open air for a day or two, three at the most. It was common within the first day to suffer from nose bleeds, headaches, and/or severe dry skin. By day two, most would lose their sense of direction, some became sterile, others lost their inhibitions, and a few have gone crazy. If a person was found by the end of day three, they were dead. Everyone who lived here has pushed their limits with the air at one point or another. I had suffered the nose bleeds, headaches, and lost my wits and inhibitions. Luckily though, that was only temporary - for some people it has been permanent."
From there Matix is taken to a world that, to all outsiders, is just as horrid to look at as the environment is. As stated in the description for the book it is a world where the sun never shines. I loved writing this world of rock and lava and how beauty really is all perspective.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
I love when Candy Corn is in season! The ground is a colorful array of different shades of orange, red, and yellow - sometimes the leaves still holding a piece of summer's green. The crisp cool air in the morning that hasn't been captured by winter's freeze, allowing droplets of water to sparkle in the rising of the sun. There is something uniquely beautiful in the bare branches that reach for the sky. Cloudy or not, their darkness that marks summer's end contrasting the brightness of the sky holds me in awe of the nature that surrounds.
~ Amanda Schmidt
I do love this time of year, and the candy corn always taste the best - I often wonder if the bags I find at other times of the year are leftovers. I will sit down with a bag of candy corn and eat until my stomach aches. But does that deter me? Not a chance. As soon as one bag is gone, the next time I'm at the store I buy another - it's a vicious cycle really. I am a Michigan girl. I love each and every season and as one draws to a close, I anticipate the weather of the next with a smile.
I hope you also are enjoying the season... and the candy corn! Hee Hee
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Story 13 is pretty much done, except it was brought to my attention (as though I forgot) that I can't publish it without the next book being close to done. So I've started that. The story really does need more. The story doesn't leave you hanging, not really, but at the end you know there is definitely more to come. So I am working on that. I can't tell whether it will be a book 2 or I'll just add it to what I have. Only time will tell. Plus, I can't publish it because I do not have a title or cover idea, ugh. (I know big surprise, right.)
I have also been working on Story 14, and that was going really well until I realized that I wrote a section wrong. Gotta love when characters decide that the story you've written needs to be changed. So, I printed off a manuscript to restructure it. (This is when I want my "Ironman" computer. You know where the elements are up in front of me, tangibly, and I can grab and move things around and throw the other stuff away).
With all that going on I ended up having to work on story 12 too because it kept waking me up in the middle of the night. I am happy with the way that story is moving along too. Turned out that I had tried to put an event to close to the beginning, so once I moved that the story has been moving smoothly.
It is so amazing to me how each world I create keeps itself straight in my mind. I only have to read one sentence and everything becomes clear and my mind starts up right where I left off as though I had just been working on it. I feel truly blessed!
Thursday, September 18, 2014
I am pleased to say that I do see the light for The Shadow Dragon series!! Not that I want it to be over, but I do want it to be published! It's not going to happen this year, because slowly, and surely (through the hard way) I am learning the significance of patience. (HA Ha ha...) I did hand off Story 13 to my "editors", got it back, and finished fixing it - which of course allowed me to make it longer. Partly because of the points that were made and partly because I could see some things that I missed - well you would have missed because I didn't write it in. I also re-read Not Human (which was solely for fun). I had been in my car when the song Far Away by Nickelback came on the radio. Which is the song that helped me breathe life into the images in my head for the ending of that book. So of course feeling those emotions again I had to read the story.
So there's my last thirty days. It's not that I haven't been writing, it's because I am writing. If I can be writing that is what I'm doing, or something that will hopefully make my writing better.
Came across this quote the other day and it made me smile (I thought "Yep!"). So I went and found this on the web:
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
My answer: "I keep writing because I can't stop the flow of ideas that enter my mind. Inspiration is everywhere, and I love it. I didn't believe in myself as a writer for far too long, and now I live with the regret of listening to someone else's dream crushing mouth. I know that not everyone will like my writing, which is only fair since I don't like every author's writing either. I know being an indie writer makes it hard to be found, but I also know that I'm doing something I love and it makes me happy. Every moment I can spend time writing an adventure that I created is one more moment that I am smiling. God blessed me with this talent and I will not give up on my dream ever again. :) What keeps you writing?"
Reviews like the following are what help me to not lose faith in my ability:
"I really loved this book and had a hard time putting it down. As in her other books this writer kept me captivated, every time I thought I figured out where the story was going another twist or turn took me in a new direction. I especially enjoyed the ending." (Not Human review found at Smashwords)
"I sooooo enjoyed this series and I would love it if there was a third book. I have two young kids and it took alot of willpower to put this down when they needed attention." (Taken review found at Barnes&Nobles)
"The action and adventure that Karissa has is refreshing. I love that she is strong and capable. I highly recommend this book." (Solace:Uncharted Territory review found at iBooks)
One person sharing that they really enjoyed the adventure that I wrote brightens my whole day. Maybe it's the hopeless romantic in me - and the fact that I write with my heart and soul - but those few words grip tight to my heart and energize me. It isn't the reason I write, but it sure keeps me believing that I am doing something amazing, something more than I ever thought I could!
I love writing. Honestly, I'm not sure I could ever stop. There always seems to be something to be told. In the last 24 hours I have added 10,000words to a story that I was seriously worried wasn't going to make it into a novel. It's still not long enough, but the way it is all coming together, the excitement that is building within me, the clarity that I am seeing the story with leaves no doubts that it will be long enough. And on top of that I have two other books that have awakened from their simmering, and the book I received back from my "editors" is awaiting it's sequel.
So now I pass the question on to you. Whether it be journal entries, novels, short stories, poetry, published works, writings you will never let anyone else read... What keeps you writing?
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
"A friend of mine convinced me to read this book. I was a little leery since I sometimes have a hard time reading sci fy books. This book, I read in 2 settings! From Page 1 I couldn't put it down! It kept me guessing and I had to finish it to find out what happened. Great read! I will definitely look for more books from this author!"
This is why I write! I love being able to share a story that draws a person in and keeps them trying to figure out where the adventure is going to go. I am so happy to see this!
Sunday, July 20, 2014
I did get a little sidetracked by Story 13, Story 16, and The Shadow Dragon series. I am proud to say that Story 13 is in the hands of my "Editors" and I am happy with "The Shadow Dragon" series so far.
With that being said, I've also been very much enjoying the summer: writing, hanging out with the kids, picking strawberries and raspberries, hiking, practicing Tai Chi, reading... Haven't been to the beach yet, but we'll get there. I am so looking forward to camping in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan! I love camping (and yes the kids and I use a tent), but there is just something so amazing about going north to the UP. Everything feels better. I like to joke and say it's in my genetics (my grandpa is from the Copper Harbor area), or that it's because of all the forests and the air is just fresher there. Whatever the reason, my whole being fills with the most wonderful feeling of peace and harmony and the energy that surges is awe inspiring. As you probably already guessed, I do not take a break from writing. Honestly I think that is impossible. (I read this quote a while back)
So true, and when I'm camping my imagination just opens (a great feeling) and well, yea. Alright enough babbling. I hope you enjoy the day! :)
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Have a wonderful day!
Saturday, June 21, 2014
FYI: The paperback book isn't ready just yet. Hopefully next week. I will let you know as soon as it is selling at Amazon and CreateSpace.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Oh, one more thing. Since I've only posted the long description on my blog, here is the short description for this book:
On a planet where the sun does not shine, a place where no other race is tolerated, in a patriarchal society where women are not soldiers, Commander Emma Matix finds herself forced to live. There is deceit and treachery, and she knows she must figure out what’s at the heart of the Emperor’s motives in order to save the Kamtra people’s lives - along with her own.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Friday, June 6, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Two other things.
One: As I was going through the "chapter" tabs I found that I had put chapter one of Blades of the Ytinu Srebas instead of chapter one for Marks of the Satrii. Oops. It's fixed now. I apologize for that err.
Two: What would be a blog from me if I didn't give you an update of everything else too! I started reading through a hard copy of book three for The Shadow Dragon and I did not hate chapter one! YEAH!!! Also, looking at the word counts for Book 3 and 4, I just might end up making it all book three. I don't want to have to add information just to hit a word count because I think that the readers will notice and that will not make me or my readers happy. However, I'm not anywhere near ready to hand them off to my editors so, we'll have to wait and see. I've also been writing more on Story 15 - my attempt at a third person book (cringing). I'm going to have to print off a copy to see if I can make sense of it and get my brain to see it properly. I do like the story though, so I won't scrap it. I've also been writing more on the Story 14 too. I've also been trying to stay on top of my Facebook page (Click here) giving it more than just an update to my blog.
Friday, May 16, 2014
The betrayal of Commander Emma Matix cost her everything. Now she’s in a predicament where she must trust a Kamtra man that is rumored to rip people apart with his bare hands. She has stared into his metallic orange eyes and knows that he is quite capable of killing anyone that stands in his way. She knows he loathes the human race. So why did he save her in the first place? Was it to strip her of her identity, torture her, use her against the human race? Or did he keep her alive simply to prove to all what he is actually capable of? There is always an ulterior motive to kindness. Perhaps if she can figure out what his is, she will be able to survive.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Friday, May 2, 2014
I wanted to do this a long time ago. My biggest setback was I didn't know what to do with the cover. Did I use the first one, the second one, the back from the paperback...? I tried putting both covers on the one cover, you know one cover on one half, the other cover on the other half with a sold or blurred line running between the two. I didn't like that at all - not vertically, not horizontally, not slanted. This was so frustrating. A few days ago as I was attempting to make myself like the half&half cover (because I wanted to have this out on my birthday) when another idea occurred to me. I merged them. Yea, yea, I know, it's still half&half. (I'm sticking my tongue out in a child-like manner.) But now it flows together. Two books as one! If you're familiar with the story then you understand the importance.
I don't know if it will be at Barnes&Nobles, Apple, or Kobo today, but it is at Smashwords (selling for $4.99)! I know you're probably sick of seeing me write how much I love Smashwords. But I am not going to stop. I just love what Mark Coker has done. He had a dream and now he's helping other people achieve theirs. If I don't support that, then why am I writing at all? Life is about dreams: yours and mine. It's passion that makes us love our lives - no matter what else is going on.
What better present for me than to do this! So today I give you the story, that allowed me to realize my passion, in one book!
Monday, April 28, 2014
1) WonderWoman when she had pre-superman abilities. I don't particularly like what they have turned her into.
2) It's a tie with Batman and Superman.
5) BatGirl (I only read the Cassandra Cain series when my son said "Mom read this, I think you'll really like it" and he was right - she was awesome)
7) Captain America (He's a gentleman and a hero - what's not to love)
8) Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
9) Robin (Teen Titans/Young Justice)
My list could go on, and I'm sure if I was reminded of a few others I would have to rethink my list, but these have been my favorite since I was a child - minus BlackWidow and Captain America. I didn't grow up Marvel, but now that they have been formally introduced into my realm they definitely have found their way to my top list. Have a great day! :)
Monday, April 21, 2014
Yes, I did the cover art, and yes, everything on the cover has something to do with the story!
Friday, April 11, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
Taken's covers were done by Tammy Boneburg, a very talented graphic artist. We worked together on that cover. It was a long process, because I partially knew what I wanted but didn't know how to translate, I didn't know what could be done. She obviously worked with me (with lots of patience) until we found something that I loved. I only really knew that the marks of the Satrii had to be on the cover. She did her best to give it to me. When she showed me the picture of the eye with the lines layered over it, I knew we had something to work with. She had given me four other pictures, but the eye was perfect. Especially since I knew that book 2 was going to be following right behind. I knew I wanted to keep the eye on both so that the reader would know they were together. I think she did a magnificent job understanding where I wanted the focus. Not only did she keep focus on the eye for both books, but she also allowed for the focus to be on the blue lines for the first book and on the second book were the blades that contained a power of their own.
Solace was a bit more difficult because I knew exactly what I wanted, which wasn't the cover it has now. I probably could go back and try again (and be more successful), but I love the new cover because it allows me to keep book 2 (and hopefully future books for this story) similar to the original book. The swirling shades of grey, black, and white is actually a scene in the first book. It also defines the title of Uncharted Territory. A story where what has always been as clear as black and white to Karissa now becomes blurred into dizzying shades of grey. Book 2's cover also has significance. The purple swirl is a scene where Karissa is looking into swirling mist where large flashes of bright red bubble up just like Omatha's rage. She is reminded of the times she saw the red enter Omatha's eyes and she knows that she does not want that for Jack. The swirl once again symbolizing Karissa's confusion, how lost she has become.
The Shadow Dragon covers are also significant. Even if I had the ability to manipulate the cover better than I can, I would still only put the orbs of fire on the black background. The cover is pretty much self explanatory and at the same time mysterious. I had asked Mike Kirsten to make the cover for book 2 because he is an extraordinary artist and I was in awe of what he could do. I knew he could draw the dragon I wanted. I wish the wings were bigger, but other than that it is perfect. It shows the strength, the destructive ability, and that he is a dragon of death. We kept the orbs of fire in the dragon, tying the two covers together.
Not Human came to me in my sleep. My hope was that when the reader read the book they would comprehend the cover. They would think, "Oh! I get it." They'd understand why the lines are not smooth, why she has silver circles on her skin, how she ended up with two gashes, why her hair was short. They would also know that Rose's journey was not an easy road.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
I have a working computer again! YEAH!!! This makes my writing life so much better! So, I've been working on a few things over the last week. Go figure, right? I've spent time trying to understand photo editing so that I can improve upon the cover for Heart of the Emperor. I'm a slow learner, but I am determined to figure it out. I have a cover, but I'm not totally happy with it. It will work, but I think it would look better with a couple of changes. I'm hoping to get that out to you later this month.
Speaking of Heart of the Emperor. I wanted to share why I really enjoyed writing this book. For those of you familiar with my books, you know that my stories tend to keep you guessing. Whether it's a character, how an event plays out, or how I get the story as a whole from beginning to end, I try to make it as intriguing as I can. This book is no different. In fact with this book, the bad guy was a surprise to me too. As the end began to draw near, I couldn't wait to finish it. Not because I was bored with writing it, but because I couldn't wait to see how it ended. There were so many possibilities to who the bad guy was - it really could have been anyone.
I'm still plucking away at my attempt at a story in 3rd person. Who knew this could be such a challenging task. The story is developing, but I know I've left so much out. Up until this point I've been hand writing this book. However my mom typed it up for me so I could work on my other stories. She told me that i really need to take another look at it. Apparently I slipped into and out of 1st person. I just shook my head. I'm not giving up yet though - I always did like a good challenge. Yesterday I began fixing the revisions for story13, which I am hoping will be ready to go to my editors when I'm done. I've also added more to story 14. Tomorrow I'm printing off The Shadow Dragon book 3. I really want to get it done so I can move on to book 4 and get those two books out to you.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
I am excited to announce that my next book Heart of the Emperor will be out June 21st! It's about time, right?
I have also finished The Shadow Dragon book 3. I still need to add a few more details because of the new information that unfolded as I finished fixing the revisions. I am happy that I was handed story 13 and told to read through it again to fix the large amount of stupid errors because more things came to light both in this book and for its sequel. I have also started to play with a book that I am trying to write in third person. I have started typing it, I'm still trying to see it through different eyes - as opposed to only the female protagonist. This is turning out to be a bigger challenge than I had expected. I read books written in third person and try to take notes, but I get sucked into the story and see it as first person. So don't hold your breath yet, since I may not be able to do this. Plus, I have started to work on Story 14 (the one that I hand wrote), I am impatiently waiting to work on book 4 for The Shadow Dragon (my son laughed at me when I told him I was still working on book three, but really wanted to be working on book four), Story 3 is sitting on my desk patiently waiting for me to have time for it (but with story 14 and 15 demanding attention I probably won't get to that anytime soon).
Friday, March 7, 2014
So this song is not what I normally listen to, but I heard it on the radio and I couldn't change the station. First I was like this is a strange song. However, as I continued to listen to it, images that I see while I'm writing moved through my mind - sort of like a trailer to my books. There is definitely something about this song that reaches into me and evokes the desire that my writing comes from. I'm kinda addicted to the song now. ( I posted this among my friends on FB. However the more I listen to this song the more mind has dwelled in the story Solace. (Could be the words made their way into my brain.)
As usual the video doesn't move me at all, but I wanted to share this song with you. It actually could be the overlay song to Solace. While I'm listening to the song, I can visualize (in book 1) when Jack and Karissa first meet and they know that the other is dangerous, and cannot be left to live - but they do not get to make that decision. I see them as they battle against one another. Which then moves into the moment Jack realizes that Karissa is not the awful woman he had thought. He sees her in the Kasstah and is taken aback by the brief moments of her kindness - even as she continues to call him Creature and act as though that is all he is (a creature). As the clues begin to piece together (seeing her scars, sees her reaction to touch), he looks beyond himself and strives to be kind to her. I see the brief moment whenhe realizes that maybe, just maybe, she could be a brighter light than the darkness that she has brought to so may others and he knows that he "needs to love..." Throughout the song the second book makes itself shown as Karissa struggles with what to do with this man that she thinks is crazy for wanting to stay with her, when she knows she must keep him safe which means that he needs to be far away from her. A glimpse of her tears as she understands that he is someone that she can trust, but knows that he will die if he continues to stay with her. Which is shown when she injures him, but he still will not allow her to be what Omatha has forced her to be. She watches Jack fall as the deadly woman in the lake assesses the situation. Tears fill her eyes and she closes them, but when she opens them she is no longer afraid. She looks upon Jack's face as she entwines her fingers with his, forcing their palms together. It is "madness" but she understands that here in the end she needs it to not be too late.
The music pulls the emotion of the characters: their frustration, their anger, and yes, their love. While at the same time (the music) strews together the different images of how the characters change throughout their journey, leaving no doubt in the mind that the characters feel very strongly for each other.
That summary doesn't do justice to what I see, but it gives you a glimpse I hope. Sometimes I think how cool would it be if there was a device that would allow me to show exactly what it is that I see and feel during these moments.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
When I'm not at the library, or being a mom, or teaching Tai Chi, I've been working on my newest book (story 14). I wish I could work on the computer with it, but first comes story 13 and The Shadow Dragon book 3. Yesterday afternoon I started hand writing another story. I know, finish what you've started, but the characters get impatient with me and it's hard to work on anything else. The funny thing is, I've been going back and forth on buying a new laptop (or more to the point: how much money to spend on it), and part of me was concerned with what if I've written all my stories and then I have this awesome computer, but did I need to spend that much. So when this new story began to consume my thoughts, I had to smile. Of course, I'm not done yet. This is what I love. It's the insanity that keeps me sane. I know, I know. I am using the word sane very loosely.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
You'll be happy to hear that the loudest ones are those surrounding the The Shadow Dragon book 3! I really can't wait to pull all the details together so that I can share them with you. I have five manuscripts in my backpack waiting to go to the library so that I can fix the revisions (so missing my computer right now) and keep moving on. I have also handed Story13 off two of my editors. My mom finished typing up my handwritten manuscript for story 14 (20,500 words), and I have read through it. It needs a lot of work but for it being my first draft and having been handwritten (which as I think I've said already, is not fast enough for my creative mind) I am impressed with what is there. I also had a thought for my Story 3 that may make it possible to e-publish, but I have to get to the library to see if it will work. I have one section of that story almost finished (I read through it and made very few revisions/edits - yeah!) Although I can't make that section a book one. I mean I could - I was actually going to - but as a reader I wouldn't like it. And if I wouldn't like it, then I'm definitely not going to try and sell anyone on it.
Well that's what's been going on. I hope to get back to the library soon and put in some serious hours on my stories and get things moving again.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
One last thing, I wanted to share this photo I took on one of my walks last week when Michigan was blessed with all that beautiful snow!
The winter's in Michigan can be so inspiring and absolutely breathtaking!
Sunday, January 5, 2014
I jumped so high I touched the clouds
We danced with monsters through the night
Woah, never gonna give it up
No, please don't wake me now
This is gonna be the best day of my life
And then the sun came crashing in
But all the possibilities
No limits just epiphanies
Woah, never gonna give it up
No, just don't wake me now
This is gonna be the best day of my life
I feel it in my soul
The stars were burning so bright
The sun was out 'til midnight
I say we lose control
This is gonna be, this is gonna be, this is gonna be
The best day of my life
Everything is looking up, everybody up now
This is gonna be the best day of my life