Day Three I did 1922 words today but it seriously took me all day to get this scene down in my head before I started writing. The previous scenes were action, which rarely involves theme in my writing. But today was a slowdown scene, you know – those scenes in between the action where characters reflect and think about the bigger picture. That’s what this scene was. I started planning it this morning around 6 AM and it took me […]
DAY TWO! WOOO-HOOO. I can see that this NaNo thing will get boring really fast so I’ll spice it up tonight. I didn’t get 2500 words today, only about 1800. But I gotta think about the next move here or else it will be boring and I’ll have to re-write it and that SUCKS. I hate re-writing. Such a waste of time. Anyway, Junco’s face is all over the place, but no one has ever seen my interpretation of Selia. […]
So it’s November and just about every writer, ever, knows and/or is participating in National Novel Writing Month, affectionately known as NaNoWriMo. I’ve never done NaNo before, I’ve only been writing fiction since January, but since I’m trying to get book four finished I thought I’d use it to keep me motivated and give myself permission to concentrate on writing fiction only this month. I have several non-fiction units in various stages of development to get me through with new […]
I put out two new products this week: Tundra Biomes Nature Study Tundra Biomes Lapbook They are at #1 and 2 right now, after kicking out Tree-Leaf-Seed, which has been sitting there at #1 since the day I uploaded it on October 15. I’m pretty happy with the run it had, considering the election is one week away and the current promotion over at CurrClick is for election related materials. As you can see in the screenshot, All About the […]
It’s toot-your-own-horn day here at The Blog, so here I go. I’m tooting! My blog tour with Bewitching Book Tours is wrapping up soon and I knew I had a review scheduled for tomorrow, but since this was Marketing Monday and I worked my ass off all weekend, I’ve been screwing around this afternoon, just looking for ways to get out of doing more work. So I figured I’d hop on over to Leah’s blog and see if she posted […]
Yesterday was inspection day so I thought I’d chronicle another day in the life of a farm inspector. This day was pretty boring. I woke up early, got distracted by e-mails and numbers and all sorts of stuff so got on the road late. Forgot to feed my animals before I left, drove into Denver, thankful I’d be missing Romney’s motorcade out in Golden, picked up my state car (which was a Ford Escape Hybrid. I like that car, it […]
In my new series, I Am Just Junco, my main character is Junco, a nineteen year old girl who’s been trained by her country to be an assassin. She’s got mad, kick-ass skills, but she also has some not-so-kick-ass skills that come in handy in a stressful situation. She’s not your typical strong female character (SFC). We all know the stereotypical SFC, right? Katniss, from The Hunger Games – I’m sure she’s on all the lists for her archery skill […]
I could not resists – BBC interview with Iain M. Banks…one of my favorite authors of all time! I have The Hydrogen Sonata on my Kindle, but I’m saving it for Christmas break so that I can lock myself away and read it straight through.
Story Behind the Stories Have you ever finished a book or a series and wanted to understand more about the details behind the story? If the book is a series you can get this from the next book, but sometimes you get to the last book (or the book was a stand-alone) and you’re still left wondering about certain things. Take my series for instance. The I Am Just Junco series (Clutch, Fledge, Flight) are speculative fiction stories set in […]
Veil by Aaron Overfield – Buy on Amazon I don’t know what I expected when I opened this book up in my Kindle for the first time, but it certainly wasn’t what I got! This is a powerful hard- science fiction debut from author Aaron Overfield and I enjoyed it from start to finish. First, here’s the run down: Jin Tsay is the world’s most brilliant scientist. No, really, he is. He discovers a technology that literally changes the world. […]
This one pretty much speaks for itself! When I checked Hot New Releases in Books–>Science Fiction–>High Tech…I Am Just Junco was in the Top Twenty four times! (Clutch twice! One for paperback and one for Kindle!) And to my surprise, I’ve broken the Top 100 in my category for print books! Go me!
Two minutes before noon, exactly two hours after I uploaded it to CurrClick, Tree-Leaf-Seed is number one! 🙂 Yes, I AM a science-unit-study-goddess. And to anyone who thinks marketing is a waste of time, I can only laugh. I hadn’t spent one second on marketing this month until today. Hadn’t even looked at my royalties all month. But I looked today – >$400. Just as a comparison, last month at this time, with just a little attention in the marketing […]
I am an obsessive planner – I just can’t help it. It’s not even the end of October and I’ve got the next 15 months planned out. I’m an obsessive plotter too, and this is why my fourth book is stalled right now. I’m playing around with a few different directions and unlike some writers – I see no purpose of writing everyday just for the hell of it. Either I’m going in the right direction or I’m weighing my […]
I finally finished the Tree-Leaf-Seed course. I cannot believe how long it took me to get this thing done. Too much narration for the activities. Every time I get the bright idea that I’ll narrate all the vocabulary and quizzes so that the little kids can mostly do it on their own, I regret it afterward! It’s so time consuming. And boring. Anyway, this is the new promo graphic. I’ll promote this next week, Monday I think, and it will […]