Thursday, April 27, 2017

Oy, what a month

I shouldn't have written that Holly was doing well. That Thursday, her appetite started going south. For the past 2.5 weeks, it's been hell with her, taking her to the animal hospital three times, twice thru the ER, because she was NOT eating and we feared her kidney failure was growing worse. We finally took her in thru the ER April 17 and asked them to do X-rays and an ultrasound to see what else was going on...cancer? Heart disease? All tests negative. 

Her appetite has finally started to pick up again. Yay. After my much-deserved pedicure on Thursday, we went away for my birthday trip on Thursday afternoon, April 20th, to Ft. Myers Beach and the Flamingo Inn, a pet friendly hotel. Room 101 upstairs from the lobby. One block from the beach. Left to return home on Monday, April 21. Had a great time, relaxing, taking the dogs to the beach for sunset, visiting a couple we have known for 18 years who winter at Marco island, and just vegging. Holly loved going for long walks on the beach with DH.

And I wrote. I had gone into no writing mode when Holly fell ill. I can't focus when my poor dog is sick and I'm spending almost all my time trying to coax her into eating SOMETHING... it got pretty frantic. I would ask the pet sitter to give her the appetite stimulant at 11:30 and then rush home for lunch to try to get Holly to eat something. Gideon's book went on the sidelines. Everything did, mostly. 

So while we were in Ft. Myers, I had dragged along my warhorse of my pink Sony Vaio and my alpha smart and wrote. Gideon's book isn't finished, but I wrote about 4,000 words while we were gone. I would take the laptop outside to the little table on the porch, tie doggies up so they could sniff around, but not go too far, and write at the table. it was great.

I finally got back into writing. I'm so far behind on my schedule, but that happens. It's life.

My plan is to finish Gideon's book this weekend and then write the billionaire book due June 1. It's only 15,000 words, so that should be doable. I have a BookBub ad coming out May 4 for Mating Challenge, a real conquest to get one of those, and an ENT ad for the same book later next month. Amy is reformatting the file so much of the first chapter of the following book, The Mating Season, will appear, along with a purchase link. I really need those residual sales! Since the two books are so closely connected, hopefully I will get them. 




Thursday, April 6, 2017

April already? New writing projects

Much has happened since I last posted in February. I waffled about a new HQ contract when my editor contacted me about writing a Colton book. Yay. I have a new contract. The proposal is done and accepted already. Deadline is December. I'm going to have fun writing this one. And we are headed to SD in June for research, since we have never been there and the series is set in SD. I'm going to RWA and hoping to meet my editor. Maybe after this summer I'll try to get another contract. I do enjoy the RS books, just not the hard deadlines.

Mating Game was released March 13. Now I'm speeding ahead on Mating Ritual, Gideon's book. I have 34,000 words and I really want to focus on this book because I'm in "the mood" for this PNR. I started it shortly after March 13. It will be around 42,000 words. Plan is to release it next month.

I'm also doing a short story for a boxed set, a change for me, publishing under another name. It's 15,000 words, due June 1. I plan a series around it and if the first two books tank, I'll stop writing them. This summer is the summer of experimenting to see what sells.

Homewise, dogs are doing well, knock wood. Always a concern with Holly and the kidney failure, but so far she's eating great, exercising and her BW three weeks ago looked good. Cookie is 14 and her fav pastimes are eating and sleeping. Long as they have their health, I"m happy.

We are taking them and going away later this month for a much-needed mini vaca on the west coast. thank God for security cameras and good neighbors.

My butterfly garden is doing well. I have about 18 monarch caterpillars that formed chrysalises and hopefully will be butterflies soon. Must get more milkweed and nectar plants.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Next steps

After turning in the big book for HQ, I took a short break from writing. Focusing on promotional stuff this month for the Feb. book release, and getting the 8th wolf book to an editor for the March release.

What's next? I'm not sure. I really enjoy writing for HQ, and now I'm out of a contract. I have to brainstorm ideas for a new proposal if I want another contract. I guess I'm sort of drifting. I want to start on Gideon's book - it will be cathartic for me as I can channel lots of my frustrations into that book, but I haven't been able to get going on it yet.

I need to get organized. Taxes first. That's a priority.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Turned it in

I polished and turned in the book this week. Yay. I worked five days straight to get it done, printing it out and line editing, and then revising some scenes. I like the finished product. Nick and Shelby are made for each other.

Worn out now, as is always the case when I finish a big project. I turned it in on Tuesday and went to the day job Wed and today, and tomorrow. Maybe this weekend I'll take a small break.

I marched last Saturday, it felt good to take action. I'm going to be more active this year. I believe that sometimes we need to risk losing our freedoms that we take for granted in order to realize how precious and important they are.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Finished!

After working steadily for five days straight, happy that I had MLK day off from the day job, I finished the first draft of Navy Seal Nomad. Well, it's more of a polished first draft. Plan is to set it aside for two full days and then begin editing on Thursday, finishing Sunday, and then one final polish and off to my editor.

Very happy I managed to finish. This was an easier book to write than Cowboy Seal, probably because I had a simpler plot. Goal is to have much simpler plots in the future, and focus more on character development.

So I began working on NSN early December, and finished yesterday. That makes a total of 7 weeks it took me to write a 72,000 word book for a first draft. If not for the intense writing weekend I had in December, where I wrote 30,000 words in 4 days, I could not have done it.

I need to space myself and pace myself more.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Goal made, sort of

I did make it to 60,000 on NSN this weekend, but my real goal was to get to 62,000 words. That plan was derailed on Friday when I learned of the tragic shooting at FLL. Since that is the airport I fly out of all the time, and the one friends and neighbors use, it truly affected me. I couldn't write anymore...I was too deeply shaken.

The rest of the weekend I did make some progress on the story. Plus I have a life, and I'm determined to have a life, so I wasn't at the keyboard all weekend. We had friends over Saturday night, and DH and I went to CS for dinner as well. Yesterday we took our beloved Holly for a very long walk at the park in the delightful 60 temps and looked for the nest of bald eagles at the park that our friend told us about. Last night we made a fire outside, and had another couple over for wine while toasting our toes before the fire... and it was a whooping 54 degrees. Ah, Florida life.

With the story, t am at the point now where I need to tie loose ends together. I really do like Nick and Shelby, and the setting of the story is part of the charm - a horse ranch in TN. I had wanted to travel there to research and write the story, but that wasn't in the cards last year.

I'm not sure what 2017 will hold as far as my writing career goes. Lots to think about and promo plans to try. I am putting the indie wolf series into two boxed sets with cool new covers. And releasing a story in March. One day at a time. My focus now is finishing the book!

I will be going to RWA in July. I did make that commitment. Not going on my local chapter's cruise... really had thought about it, but my conference budget is tight this year. RWA is accessible because I can drive. And after what happened Friday, I'm a little more leery of getting on a plane...domestically.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Hello 2017 and deadlines

2017 is here. Made my goal of 50,000 words on NSN, and then over the New Year, wrote more so I have a total of 55,000 words. 15,000 left. I'm making plans on how much to write each day, and then will set aside the book to edit. The alpha smart comes in handy. I took it to the park New Years day when we took Holly for a very long walk, and then DH ran his new trains while I wrote and the dog sniffed around. Love my alpha smart!

This weekend, my goal is to reach 62,000 words. I don't want to push myself. I'd rather set lower goals and then surpass them. I do really like this book. Nick and Shelby are perfect for each other and the conflict, will he stay or go and will she finally work up the courage to leave the life she knows is safe and comfortable but unchallenging? is simple. I'm striving to write books with much simpler plots and focus more on character development.

We had a good New Year's eve; went to a party at a friend's house in Westin and then home to toast in the New Year with friends/neighbors, and then shot off a bunch of fireworks, making the other neighbors come out to join us. New Year's day was sluggish, but we ate out at a nice restaurant to celebrate the anniversary of our first date.

When I turn in NSN, I'm taking a short break.And then writing for fun. I need a fun project for later this month, considering I'm scared about the cheeto taking office. Who knows what will happen? What buttons will he push if he gets into a temper tantrum?

Anyway, writing wise, I feel good about the start to the year. Dh and I were reminiscing about last year this time, when I had to pack up the kitchen and both bathrooms due to the mold contamination, and we were searching for a place to live for 3 weeks. The beginning of the nightmare. It's nice to have this year start out with our biggest concern being where to eat to celebrate 23 years of first meeting each other!