Sunday, March 19, 2017

A to Z 2017 Theme reveal

The day has come for the A to Z April Blogging Challenge Theme Reveal. I'm sure you've all been waiting anxiously. Or you're panicking at the realization that April is fast approaching and you have a month's worth of posts to write. Relax. We have time. It's all good.

I've done short story starts for the past couple years and really enjoyed them. I love the interaction with you guys and seeing what word suggestions you'll leave each day. However, it takes a good deal of time to write each start each day along with visiting and commenting on participating blogs. This year, I've rather booked my writerly self with other projects and obligations so I'm limited on time. Which means, I need a new theme.

So I give you...Editing. Because guess what one of those things is that my writerly self is busy doing? Yes, editing. Currently: The Last God - along with likely another round on Trust and possibly on the additions to A Broken Race.

As I seem to have editing on the mind, it makes for a fairly easy topic to discuss for a month. I look forward to your comments, thoughts and suggestions.

A to Z is changing things up a bit this year, with no linky list, so if you will be participating, be sure to link to either the A to Z posts or facebook page each day to advertise your post.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Blogging A to Z 2017

April is coming up quick. I've been busy with editing and a bunch of author events in the next couple months. I've had such a good time doing short stories with you for the past couple years and had planned to do that again. occurred to me this morning that I'm going to be super busy with those two things I mentioned.

The short story route takes a lot of time beyond all the visiting and commenting on other blogs. So I'm changing things up this year. What will that be? Tune in on the 20th for the annual theme reveal.

Would you like to join the A to Z fun? Get all the details here.

While we wait for that, stop over to check out the latest Author's Answer. This month we're voicing our opinions on popular advise for authors. This week's question: Should authors write every day?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

IWSG March

After wrapping up the first draft of The Last God, I've been busy editing...and then edits came in on Trust. So yes, lots of editing going on right now. 

Now to take a quick break, because it's the first Wednesday of the month...which means it's time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group post.

This month's question is: Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

Yes! Trust began as a short story when I was in middle school. It graduated to a novella in high school. Then it got buried in a folder on a shelf for years while I got married, worked, and did the normal life thing.

The normal life thing didn't work out. I went back to writing, pulling out this story I still really liked, and turning it into a horrible novel. That horrible novel got shoved aside while I got divorced, married again, had kids, and wrote better novels until I finally had the hang of things.

On about draft fifty-six I was happy with the entire transformation. The project spent two years in queryland before finding a home with a small press, while I wrote two more books in the series.

Thirty-some years after the idea was born...
Trust: Book one of The Narvan will soon be published by Caffeinated Press.