Saturday, July 30, 2011

Minor Adjustments Book Trailer

I'm finally finished creating my first ever book trailer. A million thanks to Jon Schmidt for letting me use one of his brilliant compositions. What do you think?

Summer Giveaway Hop

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Okay, so I'm officially addicted to wakesurfing. If you don't know what that is, here's a little video on how it works:

For people who don't live near an ocean (and who, like me, are skittish around large waves in the ocean), this is a fun little way to experience surfing--although I'm pretty sure nothing compares to catching a good ocean wave.

I started off wakeboarding, but soon realized that in order to get good, I would probably have to suffer through several concussions (I'm a slow learner), so I gave wakesurfing a shot. Since the boat is only going 10mph, vs 25mph, the water provides a much softer landing.

Eventually, I learned how to get up, crashed several times (but it didn't hurt!), and now I love it. No, I'm not good enough to let go of the rope yet, but someday I plan on getting there. In the meantime, I enjoy the sun, the beauty of the lake, my family, and a sport I enjoy doing that doesn't give me a headache when I fall. If you ever get the chance, give it a try.

Friday, July 1, 2011

And Then There Were Two

So I've always been in awe of those writers who have multiple projects going at the same time.

How do they keep the characters straight?
How do they not confuse the plot lines?
How can they think about more than one story at a time?
And most importantly: Who in their right mind would do that to themselves???

And then it happened. To me.

I'd been mulling over an idea for a paranormal romance for several months and then suddenly, I had an idea for a romantic comedy. I became obsessed with two stories--because sadly, it really is an obsession. Any spare moment--sitting in traffic, making dinner, vacuuming, even watching TV--I thought about one story or the other, about the characters, motivations, scenes. I couldn't shut my mind off.

But which story to start with? Do I finish the rough draft of one before I can start work on the other? Or should I take turns?

No idea.

So I began with the paranormal since it seemed to occupy my mind the most. 60K words later, I hit a sort of wall, so I switched to the romantic comedy. Now I'm 40K into that one and starting to think more and more about the paranormal.

WHY??? Having two unfinished projects is driving me crazy!

So now what? Do I push through and finish the 2nd? Go back to my 1st? Or throw my computer out the window and hope that maybe I can actually cook a meal or drive somewhere without thinking about the lives of fictional characters?

Maybe therapy would help.