Duh.

Hiatuses.  Don’t ya love em?

It’s been a while.  I know.  I have no excuses.  No good ones at least.  Just hadn’t felt like blogging much.  Then my credit card was charged to keep my website my own for another year, and I realized I should probably do something with this.  I am paying for it, right?  And it’s hard to get and keep fans if I abandon them for lengthy period of times.

Duh.  <—–The sound of my reality check.

So, I guess I’ll start with a writing update.  I am still writing.  And I’ve come quite a long way.  The first draft of the first novel of a series is almost done.  It’s a bit different from what I’ve put on Wattpad.  No paranormal anything in the new one.  It deals with love, yes—after all, it is somewhat of a romance.  But it also deals with domestic abuse, the strength of women, and unlikely heroes.  I’ve put my heart and soul into this story and have fallen in love with the characters.  I can’t wait to do future novels with these fictional folks.

I’m going to be self-publishing this one.  I don’t have the patience to deal with agents and publishing companies.  Plus, I really don’t care what one person thinks about my writing.  I don’t want one editor or agent coming between me and the world.

So, til next time…

I’m still out here writing. I swear.

The updates on X-Team Three have been slowing.  I’ve been working on another story, too.  A new/young adult paranormal novel.  I don’t know if I’m going to put this one on WattPad, however.  This one may go straight to Amazon.  Which is where X-Team is going to go when it’s done.

I’ve decided to skip the whole find a literary agent and publisher thing and go straight to self-publishing, probably using Amazon.  I’ve found way too many authors with awesome novels on Amazon who were never able to get a publisher to take on their work and now they’re on best-seller lists.  It’s shown me that trying to get one person (a publisher) to like what I’m writing is counter-productive.  What you want to do is get your work out there for the masses to see.  There will always be someone who likes it, and that someone is undoubtedly NOT a publisher.  I don’t want anyone filtering what I write because one person doesn’t like it.  That’s not fair to me or whoever it is out there who likes what I write as well.  One of my favorite authors just made the USA Today bestseller list, and she self-publishes.  That’s shown me it’s possible, and at this point, that’s all I need to see.

But, a new part was just published for X-Team on WattPad.  This one’s from Jocelyn’s point of view, and she has it out with Az.  I had fun writing the short but heated fight between them.  And then the way it ends is swoon-worthy.  Just the way I like fights to end.

Slow going…

Whelp, it’s back to work for me today.  After five days off and tons of writing, things are going to start slowing down again.  It’s hard to write when I’m supposed to be running two ambulance stations.

But…I am still writing.  I actually got 200 words of Lawson’s next part done today.  That means at least 800 left.  I always try to post parts of 1,000 words or more.

I will let everyone know when Lawson’s part gets published.  Until then, see ya!

Part 16 is published

Holy crap, that was a hard part to write.  It took at least five different drafts before I got it to a point that I was semi happy with it, and then another couple hours of editing to get it publishable.

Describing Az in his full demon glory is disgustingly difficult.  Ugh.

A little help, please…

So, today is my wedding anniversary, and my hubby is off saving lives (he’s working.)  It’s six years, which isn’t one of the important years, but the fact that he tried to get it off and was denied because no one would cover his shift for him makes me, well, sad.  Not only that, but he found out last night that he has to work Father’s Day as well.  I took five days off work to spend with my husband, and I’ll only have seen him on two—yesterday and (hopefully) Monday.  🙁

But, I got to spend the day with my family which is always rejuvenating.  My son got to scream and play with his cousins.  Much Mexican lasagna was consumed by all (except my son because unless the food has sugar, natural or man-made, he won’t eat it.)

I got some more writing done.  Two more parts published on WattPad today.  A prologue (which gives us a little peek into what Az was like pre-Jocelyn) and another part for Lawson.

I spent about two hours last night while hubby was out mowing the lawn writing down the plot lines of the story and combining them which took a lot more work than I thought it would.  I had originally started X-Team as three separate story lines that weren’t going to collide.  But I had a change of heart and have managed to combine them all into quite the little novel.  There are still a few kinks that need to be worked out, but the plot line is pretty much done.  Phew!

One last thing:  as a new writer on WattPad, the one and only thing I would love to know is whether it’s just family and friends reading my work or if strangers are enjoying it, too.  If you guys know anyone who might be interested in paranormal stories, share the WattPad link for my story with them.  It’s been entered into a contest (yay!) but I need to widen my reader base.  Like, A LOT.  So, any help you guys can provide would be awesome.

Mus(e)ic

I don’t even know what part I’ve got published now.  I’m writing this stuff so quickly that my fingers are moving too fast for my brain.  Typical.

What I want to blog about today, however, is obsession.  Why?  Because I’m obsessed.  I get this way every time I get into a story, whether reading or writing.  When I’m driving, there’s always a part of my mind putting my characters through certain situations and seeing how it ends up.  If it’s interesting, it usually makes it into the story.  If not, then oh well.

Driving is actually when I do most of my story planning.  I know, I know, I should be concentrating on the road, and I do.  I promise (mom).  But there’s always a small part of my mind with my characters.  No matter what I do, no matter what I try, I can’t help it.  It just happens.  The instant I sit down in that driver’s seat, my imagination takes off.

Music makes it worse, too.  Certain songs just seem to mesh with my story.  Sometimes it’s so close to the story line or a character that I get chills.  I imagine that if my stories were to ever be made into movies, that song would have to be on the soundtrack.  I’d require it, in fact.

Right now, the song “Diamond Eyes” by Shinedown is one of those goosebump songs.  I’ve been thinking a lot about Az and this song encompasses a lot of who and what he is.  There are a number of other songs that bring up scene ideas for this story, but I’m not going to mention them as they’ll be spoilers.

I guess it all comes back to motivation.  Music has always been a big motivator for me.  Almost every song in my phone is connected to a story somehow and it’s nice reminiscing as I go through the playlist:  stories that never got started, characters that never formed completely, scenes that would be great but don’t meld well with the story line…  They’re all special to me and maybe someday in the future, they’ll get their moment under my fingers on the keyboard, but until then…it’s all about “Diamond Eyes.”

Part 11 is up

This means the next part will be back to Lawson and his fellow shifters.  But his story is finally going to start getting interesting.  After all, the worst thing that could happen to a shifter is to be seen by human eyes.  Or is it?  (Dun Dun Duuun)

More happy news.  I HAVE THE NEXT FIVE DAYS OFF!  That means more writing, more spending time with my son, and more sleep.  Three of my top favorite things!

Ahhhh…life is good.