Sunday, March 29, 2009

I know what you're thinking... Who is that hot babe in the photo? Am I on the right website?

I finally had professional author photos done - as in pictures that were not taken by a 5-year-old.

So, yes you are in the right place. Yes that's me. And, yes, I love the pictures!!

(If you're in the greater Phoenix area and are looking for a spectacular photographer... Claire Waite Photography She rocks!)

Ignore the "Read More" button -- there isn't more to read.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I had an epiphany. (I really ought to end the post there, as that is a pretty remarkable accomplishment in and of itself. But I won't. Aren't you grateful?)

The last couple weeks have been astoundingly unproductive for me. I've made very little progress on my current WIP (work in progress, in the biz - did that impress you? I was hoping it would. I'm all about sounding like I know what I'm doing.) So, rather than work that much harder, I spent some of my precious non-Mom-time pondering why that was.

I have compiled a list of things that are not conducive to being a prolific author.

(cue the "Read More" link that I am learning to use with an alarming amount of cunning)

  1. Lack of sleep.
  2. Lack of a maid service, caterer and chauffeur.
  3. Having the flu.
  4. Having kids who have the flu.
  5. Having kids who have heard of the flu.
  6. An incurable Facebook addiction.
  7. Being several weeks away from the announcement of the semi-finalists in a big ol' competition (see post from like a week ago).
  8. Shopping for a cute dress for an awards banquet (see post from a couple weeks ago).
  9. Having too many stories running through your head at once, not to mention the characters who won't stop their conversations long enough for you to concentrate on the one or two whom you actually need to hear. Got that Christopher?! Hush for a while, will you?!
  10. Ahem. Being a little bit mental. (see #9)

Like I said. An epiphany. I'm feelin' it.

Now, back to work.

Monday, March 9, 2009

I went to a really great writers' conference this last weekend and learned a lot about the craft of writing as well as a few juicy tidbits about what makes writers writers. A few gems:

  • Moments of creative inspiration usually come between the hours of 2am and 4am. Every single presenter confirmed this, which tells me it is true for more people than just me.
  • Watching the attendees over the course of the day, I discovered that writers not only travel in groups, we talk a lot when we get together. A LOT. And we laugh even more.
  • Author Scott Emerson talked about writers and how science has shown that we are actually wired differently - our brains function differently, we see and interpret the world differently. As if that weren't enough, we also tend to live our lives on an emotional pendulum with a very wide arc - when we're happy, we're ecstatic; when we're sad, we're despondent. And we are self-critical to the point of absurdity. And we expect perfection, but only from ourselves as relates to our work. In other words, as a group of people, we're messed up; but it's okay, because we're like that together.
All in all, a great conference. I got to participate in a book signing at the end of the conference and had a great time. I was next to Janette Rallison, which was a hoot. We spent an inordinate amount of time digging through a bowl of chocolates and attempting to figure out how to make change for a $20 bill.

So, yep! Good times. I met lots of fellow authors and thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Monday, March 2, 2009

27%. That's how many of my 30-ish books I've finished with 4 weeks left to go. Probably not going to get all of them done. I think I'll pick my favorite categories and concentrate my efforts.

Today's entry is nothing more than an update:

  • I am about 1/2 way finished with my next book. The progress is slower than usual, but I've had this wee little bit of reading to do and it has taken up a lot of my time. My next book will be a sort-of-sequel to "Seeking Persephone," telling the story of Adam's friend Harry Wendover. Harry is hilarious and, therefore, a great deal of fun to write. A different feel than "Seeking Persephone" but still a good read. That is if I ever get my nose out of my pile of books to read and finish writing it.
  • I'm going to a writers' conference this weekend and doing a book signing.
  • I'm getting some professional pictures done next week so that I don't have to list my 5-year old as my photographer any longer.
  • I'm accompanying a local high school choir for their spring concert in order to pay for my trip up to the Whitney's next month.

  • Whew! I'm tired just reading that. No wonder I don't have time to sleep.


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