Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Borrrrring

Everytime I read a person's blog and they write about their careers before becoming published or what their hobbies or special talents are, I realize once again how freaky boring I am.  Just saying.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Art of Arguing

My father-in-law and I use to talk politics. We were on the opposite sides of the spectrum and that made some interesting discussions. Of course, the family would get upset with us as the debates would get a little excited. We never cursed and even if the family didn’t see it, I saw the sparkle in his eyes. He loved it.

Some people don’t understand how arguing about something can be a positive thing. But think about it, you exercise your brain by paying attention to what the other person is saying.

There’s actually an art to it. You can’t allow yourself to get mad. Think logically and be prepared to back up what you say with information. That means you have to watch TV, read newspapers (now the internet) and listen to others talk about the subject.

If you’re going on emotion or gut feeling only, you might as well not argue. That’s when people get ugly. Yep. Some people can’t handle it and shouldn’t try it.

I miss my hubby’s dad for that reason more than others. He was an artiste.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Yes, I'm Talking About You!

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

In The Midst Of Things

I thought I would stop for a little while and list the things that have happened that have interfered (good and bad) with my completed book and edit deadline.

1) Three family birthdays (not all mine)
2) Three holidays (3rd one coming up - family functions)
3) One release day for new book
4) One week of blog tour
5) Eight posts to write
6) One laptop died
7) One repaired laptop not working correctly
8) One pregnant daughter moving into a new house
9) One grandchild born three weeks early
10) One writers' conference
11) One day wasted in the Houston Airport (stoopid United)
12) One new laptop bought and software to learn.
13) One younger daughter moving back into our home (stoopid boyfriend)
14) One day-job with the usual summer pick-up of hours/overtime
15) One writers' group meeting

If I think of more, I'll add them. Though I have to say, I hope and pray that nothing else happens. My car is acting up, but that shouldn't interfere in my writing. I'm hoping it lasts until payday at the end of the month. *sigh*

Is someone trying to tell me I shouldn't be writing? Or is it a test to see how much I want this? I believe it's the second one, and this time I'll win.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

That Time Again

Well, it's that time again. I have edits to work on and this time they're a doozy. If you don't remember, my old laptop went crazy on me, and I fought with it for a month and lost. So I missed out on four weeks of my own editing (with my beta readers' help).

To keep myself from going over my deadline, I sent it in rough. I mean horribly rough. Sure, I edit along the way, but often as I get further in the book, I have to go back and correct or update different things, especially when the bad guy changes from who I thought it would be in the beginning of the book.

Anyway, I guess I have to disappear for a while. Believe it or not, I miss being able to post nearly every day. But between the day job and this job, it leaves little time...let's say I'm not the brightest bulb in the pack and I need to work harder.

See you soon.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Best Parts of Being An Author

I love being an author and decided to list a few things I love about it.  You know me, I love lists.

1) I love the first word I type as I start a new book. It might change ten thousand times before I write The End, but seeing that blank screen and letters emerging one at a time makes me happy.
2) I love arriving at the middle and realizing I have so much more to show the reader. That's plain relief.
3) I love closing up the story with a funny sentence (can't help it), knowing my two people are deeply in love and can handle anything together after I hit that little black dot.

But one of the many other things I love about being an author is when I get my new cover.  And today I got the cover for CIRCLE OF DECEPTION and it's beautiful.  Let me know what you think.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Interesting Trip

I thought for the two or three people who read my blog, they might find interesting some stuff that happened to me as a newbie published author at the RWA conference. An aspect of the conference I never experienced before.

1)      It's amazing the different people who come up to you to offer their services. Such as audio services (change your book to an audio version) and promotions (e.g., blogging tours). Really wish I could afford to do stuff like that, but no.

2)      The agents and editors that have rejected you are so much friendlier.  I like this aspect and I know it’s part of their networking for future business, but it is so much more relaxing.

3)      Every RWA conference (chapter or national) I’ve been to have friendly and welcoming people, but I experienced a shift. It’s hard to explain. You still have friendly people, but the published authors are not all inclusive and the unpublished are a little leery. Then again, it might have been me. Not many of my buddies were there and I had so much drama going on with my laptop and my deadline.

4)      That leads me to the next thing. Before I was published, I could talk and people would ignore me and talk over me. Now, the unpublished authors listen intently. That’s a double edge sword. I would hate to lead someone down the wrong path or give them bad or old advice. Presently, I’m not as up-to-date on what each publishing house is doing as I’ve been concentrating on writing and that truthfully is what I prefer.

5)      Something that is obvious and we think we know as we’re going into this is, though we moved from a humungous ocean of unpublished (includes the self-published who’ve never been published elsewhere) authors to published with a known (in my case a Big 6) publisher, we are still a small fish in a large lake. Personally, I’m happy to be that minnow.

6)      When it comes to sales, an author can do very little to improve them by promotions. This is a whole post in itself. So let’s say the best advice I’ve gotten on this is so true, write another book and make sure it is the best you can write. Improve on every book you can get a contract on. Your newest book will help you sale your older ones.

     Oddly, DESIRE is now out selling DANGER. The reason I think it's odd is that, well, I thought people who've bought DESIRE would share with friends and then everyone would want to buy DANGER as soon as it came out...anyway, I'm obviously wrong.  LOL!

I probably will think of more and may write up a new post then or place them in the comments section. We’ll see.

Bottom line of this whole post is, I’m determined to enjoy every minute. I’ve never had a dream of mine to come true like this. I’ve had desires, like a job at my current workplace, a certain car, a husband and family, but never what I felt deep down inside for years and years that might not be obtainable – not smart or talented enough to achieve. So no matter how different it is from my dream it is, I’m enjoying everything good about it and ignoring the . . . unexpectedly grim aspects of it and moving on. Life is too short and becoming shorter with each birthday.

I love that my books are out there for people to read. Thankfully more love them than don’t and that makes me happy. I write for entertainment and not to change the world. Each book to me shows a small piece of humanity, and how no matter what, everyone can find someone to love, even if it is for the few hours it takes to read my book.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

California Dreaming

Here are some pictures from RWA's National Conference plus some of the sightseeing I did with the help and guidance from one of the sales engineers at my day job.  It's wonderful to have friends around the U.S.


Million(s) dollar homes

I can't remember the name of the beach, but isn't it beautiful?


Expensive homes looking over the Pacific

The homes were beautiful and expensive.


People playing on a pile of sand.


The flat white surface is a roof of a home hanging on a cliff.

I took this as we ferried across to Bilboa Island near Newport Beach.


Virgin Records/Google catamaran





U.S.Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach

Stadium at the Surfing Open.

Enlarge the picture if you can. The waves are awesome.
It was so cool to finally get a pink ribbon & PAN (Published Author Network)

Laura Hayden and nice lady I can't remember her name. :(

At my 1st Literary Signing

See bottom right in blue. That's my book!

Kristin Miller taking a picture as I take hers.  LOL!

Me and THE Susan Elizabeth Phillips

My nice roomate, Candis Terry


Lizbeth Selvig - she's a sweetheart.


Before they opened the doors, I took pictures.

They opened the doors and people flooded in.

Look to the left. That's CA traffic for sure! I was on the bus to the cocktail party.

Ignore the red glow (camera flash) - picture from cocktail party.

Picture of room before everyone came in for the awards program.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Tattoos

A couple of the guys in The Circle series have tattoos. Personally, I don't have any, but my daughters, sister, and son-in-law do. In moderation, I don't have a problem with them. It's when they're all over the face, down both arms, and...and...let's say a private part of the body. 

In my current book, I considered letting the hero have a tatoo in that area. After investigating it on line (my filter is turned off), I decided it was too grossing. Plus I didn't want my hero to wait 3-4 weeks for it to heal before he could have fun with the heroine. My books are pretty fast-pace and usually cover only a few weeks. Circle of Desire was an exception as it covered around six months.

So now he'll have one near the groin and it will be cool. It will give a clue to the hero's state of mind.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The World Around Us

I came across this great article about photography that you need to check out. Be sure to click on the video and watch it on a full screen. It's awesome!  Click here.