The first week of 2013…

has been very successful, wordage-wise. I am just shy of 14K in 5 days and I already feel like my word count muscles are growing. I’d like to get to the point where I can switch it up and work on a couple projects a day, but that may be a pipe dream. But one thing is for sure…I am aiming to write every single day. At least some words. At least one thousand. yeah. 

I have mostly organized my fabrics, but I still have a pile of crafting stuff in my office. I could do the easy thing and toss them all in my back closet (where a ton more supplies live), but I am trying to be good and put everything up.

I’m also writing a review–so much fun. I love to read (of course) and writing out a review just adds to the pleasure. I have some highly recommended books on my TBR shelf! Stay tuned for links to Satin Sheets Reviews when I post.

I’m ready for writing group this week. We only have two submissions, but it feels great to be starting out the new year. I see the vista in the distance. 🙂

Later this week, I am escaping to the beach where it is quiet and peaceful. I need outta this office. I’ll post some lovely pics of the ocean when I get there so that you all can have a mini vacation, too. And yes, I’ll be adding to the word count while there. 

Kerry

Wow. So many options. Do you ever feel like you have too many projects? Too many stories? It’s a good feeling in some ways, but in other ways it’s a writer’s ADD nightmare. 

I’ve found that making a schedule really helps me. Yeah, I’ve always been a scheduler, list-maker, and clock-watcher. Sometimes I get really obsessive about it. Okay, I am always obsessive. It’s really the only way to get things done.

I do limit myself to two or three WIPs at a time. I’ll alternate days working on each, or even work an hour on each then repeat. How about you? Do you like to switch between projects? I’m trying to figure out if it is better to take ONE thing and finish it, or simultaneously work on a couple. 

I think, as I get into “writer as a job” mode, I’ll figure it out. One way or another. I’ll tell you, though, it is super awesome to have blocks on my schedule for playing guitar, sewing, painting, and even just hanging out with the family. I have missed these activities! 

Friday, I’ll be participating in a major blog hop with other authors from Decadent Publishing. Join us for some awesome prizes. 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!

Kerry

The James Scott Bell Seminar

I went to the seminar in Nashville this past weekend. I went expecting to learn, meet new people, and to hopefully come away with some techniques to improve my writing life. Let me just say it now:

If you are a writer, you MUST make time to go to a presentation by James Scott Bell.

It’s simple–I cannot give a higher recommendation. If I could afford to pay for all my writing friends to go, I would. The seminar was that good.

Jim is a modest and truly inspiring speaker. But he isn’t just that–he is a true teacher. His passion comes across and you really feel that he wants you to be successful. He follows up the drive with very specific tools to help in all aspects of writing: from hammering out the kinks in plot, to Frankensteining characters, to generating ideas. He tells you how to do it in an organized and efficient fashion. No magic–just pen to paper tips to really help a writer be more organized, efficient, and successful.

I am still processing all the information. I took over sixty pages of notes! I have already implemented some of his suggestions–why wait? There’s always an excuse lingering around the corner. “Hey, buddy,” he said, taking a long wet drag on his hand-rolled cigarette. “You don’t have to work now.”

Yeah, I know. I am a process geek. I love road maps to goals. I love lists. I love spreadsheets. Getting the wigglies under control helps me be much more prolific–and in turn, that allows my creative brain parts to have more room to work. When my brain space doesn’t look like Hoarders, but more like a file system, then my creativity can come out and play in all the vast emptiness. Yeah. It is true.

JSB is holding his workshop in Cincinnati in September. If you can go–DO. You will not regret it. You can check his website for information, and also dates/places he will be:

http://www.jamesscottbell.com/index.html

And if you cannot get to one of his seminars soon, please do yourself a favor and buy his books. The two I particularly recommend are Plot & Structure, and Revision & Self-Editing.

And no, he isn’t giving me a kickback! LOL. My rave comes deeply from the heart–

Kerry

Tomorrow!

Yay, tomorrow (well, in about ten hours), I’ll leave for the James Scott Bell novel writing seminar in Nashville. I am really excited. I’ve been looking forward to it for a while–the chance to go to a seminar/workshop rather than a conference. Looking forward to learning a lot, and hopefully talking to some other writers. Here is the link–I think it will be a lot of fun and a very worthwhile trip:

http://www.jamesscottbell.com/styled-12/index.html

Finished!

I finished another manuscript last night. Just the draft. Still, it feels great. To celebrate, I made chocolate fondue for the family. Strawberries, bananas, marshmallows, pretzels, and graham crackers. YUM. 

Today, I have to dig into the edits. I like this part of the process–revising and editing. The detail work is fun. Now that the story is laid out, I can polish and add details, and cut crap. Hopefully, this manuscript won’t be full of crap when I read it. LOL

Have a great Sunday!

 

 

Druid, Mine is available…

Druid, Mine is available on Amazon! 

I hope you will check it out. Here is the blurb:

Anya’s wish for a normal date—away from the old man she is caretaker for—comes true in unexpected ways when she finds herself whisked to an ancient Irish stone circle on solstice eve.

Carrick’s decision to follow the path to become an Ovate druid has not come lightly, and he plans to spend the solstice eve in meditation unless fairies or evil spirits disrupt the circle. When a feisty girl walks right up to the fire, more than sparks fly.

They each seek healing and a connection, but the darkness of summer is short, and once the solstice sun breaks through the circle at dawn, the magic of the night will be over. Even Madame Eve can’t stop the day from rising.

And here is an excerpt:

Maybe I’m the first person Madame Eve can’t find a match for. And how was it any better than just picking someone up from one of the dozen bars along the street?

Bile filled her throat. Being caretaker for the old man had filled her days but left her empty inside. I’m lonely. I need this 1Night Stand. She stifled a sob. Crying wouldn’t help anything. She had chosen her path knowing full well what the consequences would be. Maybe she hadn’t foreseen how deeply alone she’d feel, but she’d known what she was getting into, work-wise. She used to be a risk taker, impulsive and willing to try new things. Why was she so willing to settle for security now?

The town’s few buildings rose in shadowed relief in the dusky twilight around the city center like tall stones. Guardians, perhaps. Behind them lay the mountains, the wild unknown. She sat straight and leaned into the faint spray from the fountain. The cool mist spread across the back of her arms. Closing her eyes, she lifted her long hair so the moisture could reach the back of her neck.

“Aine?”

Anya dropped her hair.

“Hello?” No one.

“Aine. Let’s go.” The voice floated on drops of water and fell through the air.

“What?” No one was near.

“I’m here.” The voice settled softly like dew on her skin. The air wavered over the fountain and the water slowed.

I only had one beer.

“Come. He awaits.”

For the briefest moment, a golden light eclipsed the edge of Anya’s vision then darkness slid over her.

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 Druid Mine can also be found at Decadent Publishing’s site: http://www.decadentpublishing.com/product_info.php?cPath=75_202&products_id=567&osCsid=pem79emmu6efbjfgteq3mpi1c2

Pharaoh, Mine sold to Decadent!

Yay! That 1NS Stand project I was talking about in my last blog post? I finally finished editing it (worked really hard to clean it up!) and sent it in. This morning, I woke up to the kind of email we all like to get–a contract!  woot!  I am so excited! I love where the story went on its own. I had a basic plot idea, had researched the history and all, but when I wrote it–it went somewhere else. Don’t you love it when a story goes somewhere better than planned?

Anyway, happy dancing all day–and now time to get back to work. 🙂

Kerry

working

I finished my short novella this weekend–it’s another one destined for submission to Decadent’s 1NS line. I love that line! It is so much fun to have a set of circumstances, then be turned free to write within a few parameters. I’ve read a bunch of the titles, and I have enjoyed them. Lots of diversity in the line–from contemporary, to paranormal, to sfr.

I’m in editing mode now–following some great advice from my editors at Decadent Publishing. I am a master of redundancy, but I shall conquer that demon! Nothing like highlighting your own manuscript and seeing just how many times you used the word “pushed” or <insert word here>.

As soon as I send this one off (in the next two days, I hope), I will get back to work on the two novels I have in progress. I am excited about working on both of them!

Happy Monday!

Relaxation

I have been so busy the last few weeks (months), that I did not realize that my kids’ spring break started today. How sad is that? They have no school today through April 9th. Bad mommy! College daughter also turns eighteen next week. Yes, I almost missed it all. I also discovered last week that the weather had changed. I went outside and saw that the trees had bloomed–last time I noticed, the weather was cold and everything was bare.

Apparently, since Hermit Week, I have been in my office too much–only dashing out to do necessary things like take kids to school and pick up groceries and takeout. I know that when I am driving, I am thinking about all the things I have to catch up on–making lists in my mind, and writing them down at stop lights. At night, I wake a zillion times–grab my tablet or laptop and work, or just lie in bed and wait on time to get up…to work.

Does this sound like a problem? I think it likely is. Yesterday, I decided to go get a massage. “Twas fabulous. I actually got back (briefly) to the place I was at Hermit Week–A place where I had a moment of no thought. After the massage, I bought a six-month membership of massages. I think I need it. I have to start relaxing a bit. Today…as soon as I finish typing this post, actually, I am going to go get a facial. Wish me luck on relaxing. I hope your day is peaceful, too.

I’d love to hear your techniques for NOT letting work rule your life…

I’m a new blogger at…

Castles and Guns…

Yay! I’ll be posting every other Sunday. Stop by an leave a comment. 🙂  Here is a link to today’s post:

http://www.castlesandguns.com/2012/02/first-post-here-at-castles-guns.html?showComment=1328498895470#c4069329234749105488

Kerry Adrienne