Sorry, but I’m going to ask for a little help today.
I’ve been playing around with my branding, looking for a theme that feels right.
For the past few months I’ve been messing with my official website, and there are parts of it I love, and parts that I’m not sure about.
One thing I do love from my website is the banner below, which I adopted here on my blog several weeks ago
Yeah, I love it too. It’s very me, and I love the sci-fi feel. But I wanted a little more than just the banner. I wanted the “flowing” look that I’d tried (somewhat successfully) to create on the website.
But now I think I’ve finally achieved that here on my blog as well. Maybe even better.
I know a lot of you follow through email, but would you mind clicking on in to the blog site today and letting me know what you think?
Do you like it? Not like it? Can you read the type over the image? What could be better? And most importantly, does it look right on your browser?
Thanks for your input guys. I appreciate it!
Catch up with me on social media!
It’s my website’s second anniversary!
Wow. Two years already. Where has the time gone? Don’t worry, I’m not going to ask for anything crazy like you guys writing a story with me, because a bunch of you are still doing that! (If anyone wants to join up, we’ve always happy to see new writers. Click here to join.)
Anyway… For this anniversary I’m setting a challenge for MYSELF instead. I feel really behind now, because I took nearly two months to write a query and synopsis for Fire in the Woods.
Did you hear that??? TWO MONTHS. I still want to smack myself in the head.
It’s two months of trying to control my creative juices, and keeping down the new story idea that crept into my head. (I admit I did take two days to outline the idea so it would stop screaming at me to be written.)
Today, I am sitting down for the first time in months and digging back in to the work in progress that I had put on hiatus. Optimal Red is a Dystopian novel for the New Adult market. It is a Prequel to “Last Winter Red”, my first-ever published story in the “Make Believe” Anthology from last year.
Yep. I’m excited too.
I’m starting today with 14,000 already written words, and giving myself a challenge to finish the first draft by mid to late September. It’s going to be tight, because Paper Wishes releases in three weeks (and yes, I am doing a full blog tour to support my baby – Cover should be ready soon!)
I still have final sign-offs to do on The First Day of the New Tomorrow (Which will release in September) and a blog tour for that baby as well. Yep, Mommy’s going to be busy.
But nothing will keep me from writing this time. It’s what we do, right? Although I’m incredibly anal and have plotted out how many words I need to write, and on which days… I look forward to getting back into my world, and my writing routine. I missed it.
Who else out there needs a little kick in the butt to finish????
Race ya to the finish line!
Ready. Set. Go!
Oh Yeah! It’s the Sunday Snippets Critique Blog Hop!
In this hop, participants post 250 words of their work in progress to be critiqued. Then everyone hops around to critique others. Don’t have a post of your own? We’d love a critique anyway! And next time you can sign up yourself (see below)
Okay… Here’s mine. This is the second 250 words of my new YA Urban Fantasy: “The First Day of the New Tomorrow”. In the First 250 words, Maya is in the bathroom getting ready for school. She put on her glasses, and her vision got blurry.
“What the…” She grabbed the counter and pulled the metal frames from her face. The room slipped into perfect crisp focus again. Three slow breaths calmed her only slightly.
A ray of sunshine poked through the white lace curtain, landing on a towel beside the bathtub. A spider web clung to the ceiling, holding more dust than forgotten prey. Three nails popped through the wall near the door—all normal things, except she could see them clearly—just as clearly as she could see her glasses perched on the counter before her.
“Okayyy…” She lifted the spectacles to her eyes, crinkling her nose as the world blurred before her. She stared at the lenses. “Teenager’s eyesight clears up overnight. News at eleven.” She smiled and slipped the glasses into her pocket. “I’m certainly not complaining.”
She trudged down the stairs and found her mother’s obligatory, “Don’t forget to eat breakfast” note fastened to the refrigerator door—as if she’d even look at the fridge if she weren’t already in breakfast mode.
Rifling past the food savers and soda cans, she sighed. Would a few eggs be too much to ask for? She grabbed the milk and closed the door. Cereal would have to do. Spinning, she pursed her lips, seeing the nearly empty Cheerios container on the counter. Great. Eat breakfast, but I’m not leaving anything for you to eat.
She reopened the refrigerator and startled. Three eggs lay beside last night’s spaghetti sauce, neatly balancing on the wired shelving. How the heck could she have missed them before?
“Okay, eggs it is.”
The Sunday Snippets Critique Blog Hop is on!
Want to join up? Click here for the rules, and leave a comment to have your name added to the list. The more the merrier!
Click on over to these great writers to check out and critique what they’ve posted!
- Critique Blog Hop Week 2: My First 250 (wehrismypen.wordpress.com)
- Sunday Snippets Critique Blog Hop (itsjennythewren.wordpress.com)
- Sunday Snippets Critique Blog Hop (mandyevebarnett.com)
- Where are the male protagonists in YA fiction? (I’m adding this just because I tripped on it and I totally related)(newauthors.wordpress.com)
Posted in Critique Blog Hop
Tagged Blog, critique, critiquing, editing, point of view, Publishers, Publishing, self publishing, Sunday, Sunday Snippets Critique Blog Hop, Tools, Urban fantasy, WordPress, Writers Resources
I just realized there are 8,068 comments on my blog.
Nope, that’s not a typo. Over eight-thousand!
People have stopped and typed a comment, thought, reaction, giggle, or what have you…. wait… now 8,072 times.
That’s just crazy!
Thanks guys. Your interaction makes this fun.
I appreciate you!
OMIGOSH, my head is spinning. Seriously, it is.
I started a few weeks ago, setting up my own dates for the blog tour for the “Make Believe” Anthology. Then, after the Arcs went out, all of the sudden requests started coming in from people who contacted J.Taylor Publishing asking for interviews.
I’m really glad that I took someone’s advice and found the calendar feature in my email program. I started making appointments for the different days in December… but December is filling up pretty quickly.
I also have to wiggle in a blog tour for Connect the Dots, coming out from Still Moments Publishing in their “For the Love of Christmas” Anthology the day after the “Make Believe” Anthology releases.
It looks like I’m going to have to double book dates – talking about Connect the Dots on one Web Site, and Last Winter Red on another.
Now, I’m starting to pull my hair out because I have a list of people who I “Cyber know” who I wanted to ask to host the blog tour, and all these dates are filling up fast.
I know, I know, just smack me. These are good problems.
I am starting to feel what I’ve heard other authors talk about in the past… Marketing is a full time job, and detracts from your writing.
I had all these lofty goals for when I would finish and submit Fire in the Woods, but they are falling by the wayside.
It’s true what you hear… this really is hard work.
What do you think… Do you hear about books on blogs? Have you / would you buy a book after hearing about it on a blog? What would make you interested in buying an anthology?
- The Blog Tour (writerswritedaily.wordpress.com)
- Blog Tour Stop: Darkest Sins (megancashmanbooks.wordpress.com)
Posted in Road to Publication
Tagged anthology, ARC, Blog, blog tours, Book, Christmas, December, interviews, marketing, publish, Tours, Writers Resources
I was just granted the Sisterhood of the World Blogger award from the lovely and talented Emaginette.
Thanks so much girlfriend!
Okay so, of course I need to do something for this.
Seven things about myself, huh?
Hmmm. Let’s think of something different than I’ve said before.
1. I’m writing this at 11:50 PM. My bedtime is 10:30. My doctor hates my blogging schedule
2. I spend more time grooming my dog than I do grooming myself
3. My kids (6,8,11) are all better at math than me.
4. My husband has not read any of the stories I’ve had published.
5. I don’t have any shoes on right now.
6. My iphone ruined my life. Now I can’t get away from my blog.
7. Chocolate is the only necessary nutrient in my diet.
Okay! I need to nominate people! Hee Hee Hee.
I don’t know that there are any criteria for this, so I’m gonna nominate the top commenters on my blog. How’s that sound?
Here you go… in no particular order….
Let’s cut the Crap – http://letscutthecrap.wordpress.com/
Jenny Keller Ford – jennykellerford.wordpress.com
Congrats, guys! And Thanks for Contributing!