Well, the first draft of the second book is finished!  As great as that feels, I really didn’t intend for today to become a day of self-congratulatory celebration, but that’s sort of what it ended up being.

First my good friend and neighbor surprised me with flowers!  She’s such a sweet heart!  She also happens to be one of my beta readers!

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Jazzy liked the flowers too.

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Then this evening, I had dinner and dessert with my best friend, Jessica.  I ended up finding out that she has absolutely no faith in my taste in men.  But other than that, we had so much fun.  Actually, talking about guys is fun too.

To top it all off, my sister and I were texting and she started sending me a bunch of funny Frozen pictures and this one almost had me in tears.

Oh my goodness, I laughed so hard.

Anyway, this blog post is kind of silly, but I’m tired and all I really wanted to do was show off my flowers because I love flowers.  Good night, all!  It’s almost Friday!  Yay!

I Forgot To Add A Title Again

I just received the most wonderful email from an author with whom I connected over GoodReads.  We did a manuscript exchange, honest review for honest review, and while I have not yet finished reading his (though I am enjoying it very much!), he just sent me this message.

Have just finished dinner, a bottle of red wine, and your book  simultaneously and the overall feeling is of well being and satisfaction. Well done on stilts for a well plotted thoroughly enjoyable book! .You have an ear for dialogue,  but more than that in innate understanding of how a plot should work so that what appears from time to time  to be the occasional  side step into something self indulgent and irrelevant  becomes of significant importance as we hit denouement .

 I was so afraid when I received it that I would have to grit my teeth and plough through pages of turgid prose and have a problem finding something good to say about it, but not at all. Once I got in to it I found myself picking it up whenever I had a spare moment to follow it through. This is more of a compliment when I can say that it is not a book that i would have specifically chosen had I  been given a description of it and I suspect that it will resonate even better with the Twilight generation.   

 I will construct a review over the next  few days and send it to you first  for approval, but don’t worry, it will be very positive.

 You will find Séance a very different animal indeed  and I hope you will cope with the more gritty approach to life and language you will find there. Having said that, there are  some similarities between the two books, i.e. their both  turning on tragic love affairs.

Well done again.

 Tinsley  

I am so incredibly touched and humbled by his words and I can only hope to make my fellow authors feel as honored and appreciated when I read their works.  Thank you, Tinsley!

You can find Tinsley and his books here: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6560036.Tinsley_Collins

I Forgot to Add a Title

Hi, all.  Today, I am feeling oddly motivated to do things and to not be lazy, so this won’t be a very long post.  I’ve already cleaned my room, which was a feat in and of itself, as I am just about the messiest person on the planet.  However, I’d also really like to be someone who gets by without a lot of material things.  I swear, I’ve thrown out and given away so much stuff in the past year or so that I can’t believe how much crap I still have.  It’s like, every time I get rid of stuff, the remaining stuff multiplies and takes over my closet and my drawers and ultimately, my floor.

I think my big problem is sentimental value.  I try to remind myself that this is not Toy Story and that old stuffed animals do not actually have feelings and they will not be sad if I decide to give them away.  In fact, they will probably be happy to be going to a kid who will really love them and appreciate them.  However, my mom and my sister and I all suffer from mild forms of anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, and apparently one of the symptoms is “empathy for inanimate objects,” so there you go.  I’m not crazy, just a little chemically imbalanced.

While I was cleaning, however, I did find this picture that I painted a few years ago in grad school.  The assignment was to create something in the style of a famous artist.  I chose Charlotte Salomon. My inspiration came from one of her paintings. The painting was just words and it said, “And with dream-awakened eyes she saw all the beauty around her, saw the sea, felt the sun, and knew: for a while she had to disappear from the surface of life and to that end make every sacrifice-so that from the depths she could create her world anew.”  So I took those words and created an image.  I thought it was actually kind of a neat painting and I’d totally forgotten about it.

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And for the record, no, the girl is not supposed to be me.  Her hair looks like mine, but that’s only because straight hair is surprisingly difficult to paint.

Before I sign off, I wanted to share one last thing with you.  Every once in a while, I find a song or a book or something that I love so, so, so much that I have to tell everyone I meet about how much I love it and why they should love it too.  Technically, I didn’t even find this one.  My sister did and she shared it with me after I read The Hunger Games.  I was listening to it today and I was just thinking, “This is such a great song.  Everyone in the world needs to know about this song.”  It’s called Girl on Fire by Arshad, and it’s actually a song inspired by The Hunger Games.  Anyone who loves good music and the books/movies needs to hear this song!  It’s so goooooooooood.

Well, that’s about all I’ve got today.  Still hard at work on Cemetery Tours 2.  Go read the first one.  It’s awesome.

Bye!

Just Blogging

So, I am currently in the midst of

A) Writing the Cemetery Tours sequel.

B) Trying to think of new and interesting marketing strategies.

C) Trying to figure out how to distribute my time a little more effectively.

So naturally, I’m here on the blog, doing none of the above.  I have had some new marketing ideas though.  I most got on here (the blog) to tell you that I have like, three really good ideas, but I can’t tell you about any of them because all of them require the assistance of someone else and lo and behold, I haven’t asked anyone for their help yet, so I can’t officially say that any of them are a go.  I’m really excited about the ideas though, and when you get excited about an idea, you just HAVE to tell someone!!!

I’m actually reading a book now about how to sell a million ebooks.  I’m halfway through and still haven’t gotten to the part where the author actually tells me how to do this… but hey, the first half spawned a few cool ideas, even if they didn’t come directly from him.

I’m also thinking of making a writing chart that I can upload here for the world to see.  Not to brag about how much writing I do, but so I can set deadlines for myself and I can feel shamed and humiliated if I don’t meet them… thus forcing me to put more time aside for my writing and less time aside for things like planning my not-even-remotely-close-to-happening wedding on PInterest.  It’s kind of like a sticker chart, only for my career.  I’ll think about that.

In other news, Texas is fixin’ to get sucker-punched by Jack Frost (and not the animated one from that Guardians movie).  I’m talking freezing wind chills, ice, snow, sleet, the works.  I’m not sure if I’m happy about it or not.  On the one hand, it’s almost Christmas and I really like it to be cold at Christmas.  Also, as I’ve mentioned before, I secretly love, love, love snow and I actually love being able to curl up with my blankets and my kitties and my warm pajamas and light a winter candle and just watch a movie or read or write.  On the other hand, I hate being cold and I hate ice on the roads and I hate not being able to go anywhere.  I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but Texans CAN NOT DRIVE IN SNOW.  I tried it once and guess what  happened?  I drove my car straight into a light pole.  Totaled my poor car and sent the light on top of the pole flying across the street.  I might actually be sort of proud of that under different circumstances.

But at least no one else was involved.

Anyway, the next few days should be at least a little interesting.  Hopefully the good kind.  I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.