Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I've been a bad author

*Sighs* I know. I admit it. I've been bad. I haven't written a good post in long time and I haven't been on my FB pages as much as usual either. My excuse of course is that I've been busy. I started a new job in May and have been working way more than I thought I would. It has been good experience as a nurse, but I am looking forward to cutting back a bit to focus on writing more.

And then of course there is our daughter, Amelia. She is due in exactly 35 days from today! She had been very distracting but I'd say she's more than worth it :) I'm not usually an OCD prepper-type person, but for some reason since I've become pregnant I've felt compelled to get everything put together perfectly and way ahead of time. So now everything is done, set up, and ready. I've had our hospital bags packed since the beginning of June, just in case.

Not much has happened book-wise in the last month. I finished Contagious Chaos and turned it into the editor on June 1st. As far as the whole Contagium series goes, I'm still waiting for dates and such from Permuted Press. I do know that they are doing something with the audio books and the covers were started. I was able to provide the custom Orissa pics I had taken so I was happy about that!

I started a new book and am about maybe 35% done with it already. It is a contemporary book and it's not some secret project, I just don't have a name or blurb for it to post about yet. I suck at coming up with those so it probably won't be for a while. I've never broken away from the fantasy/horror fiction world, so writing contemporary fiction is both fun and challenging. This story is based on another weird dream I had and it's coming together very smoothly. I love when I start a book that is easy to write. Everything is coming together naturally and I've been able to make really good progress when I actually find the time to sit down and write. There are some darker scenes in this book that are difficult to write just b/c of the subject matter. And I'm no stranger to horrible situations. That's where I think writing fantasy/horror and something like this are different.

Horror you WANT to make things terrible and gory and scary. You know it's coming, even when you love your characters dearly and want to wrap them up in soft blankies and keep them warm and safe. It's expected in horror. People die. And usually they die in awful ways.

But in this book, things are based off of current events and I don't want to have bad things happen because that means they happen in real life. While the words are a work of fiction from my odd little mind, the truth behind them is real. The seriousness of the situation is real. It's something we SHOULD fear. Anyway, that's how it is to me at least. Hopefully it makes sense to someone else too.



Here is Amelia's room :) The closet took forever to organize but it's finally done and ready for her to make her debut! 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

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It just occurred to me that I haven't written a post in a long time and I haven't been on my FB pages much with updates. But I didn't think it had been almost a month since I wrote anything on here! As usual, I've been really busy with life. I started a new nursing job and have been working a lot  more hours than I expected. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy being a nurse and the experience has been awesome (I've learned a LOT of new things at the new job) but it def takes time away from writing and book stuff in general. And of course I've been busy getting everything ready for the arrival of our first baby, who is expected to be here in just 6 more weeks! Time is starting to go soooo slow now. I just want her here! :)

Anyway, with all that going on, not too much much has happened in my world of books. I did finish Contagious Chaos and turned it into the editor. I have no idea when I will start working on it. I've been told that books one and two will be redone first, and I'm still waiting for specific dates for that. The covers were started, but I haven't seen anything either, so I can't really update on that. I'm very impatient and I know you guys are waiting! I really like the third book and I think it has the most action so far. Only 25% of it takes place at the compound, and I honestly wouldn't be surprised if a bit of that gets cut out once it's gone through by the editors.

I started a new book and am about 1/4 done with it already. It's contemporary and the first non-fantasy book I've written. I don't have a blurb for it yet, but once I do I will post a little more about it as well as an excerpt. Being my first contemporary book, I want quite a few test readers to go through it before I post much about it, honestly. It's been fun writing so far but it's way out of my comfort zone and norm. It's a fun challenge, that's for sure!