Monday, July 13, 2015

I am in the zone!

I'm writing busily on the Endless American Dream series. I finished my last mystery in May and have been in dystopian America since then.

I love these characters and this story. As I told my DH: leaving my writing is like coming back from vacation. I so wish it would continue. It just energizes me.

If I can find a publisher for my 6 unpublished mysteries, then I"ll be set for a while and can continue working on The Dream.

Send positive thoughts my way!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Before leaving on another trip

This summer is a bit crazy. Two trips in May, one in June, one in July, maybe one in August. Oh, well. Make hay while the sun shines and travel when there is no snow, that's my motto.

I hit my deadlines: finished 2 mysteries this year (Whole and Pried), and have started working on Book 5 of the Endless American Dream Series. I hope to scope out Book 6 also this year. And maybe even start writing it.

Ambitious talk for someone who is 2 chapters into writing a 24-chapter book.

Fingers, don't fail me now.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Traveling traveling, a-traveling we will go

I just got back from a 2100 mile, 7 day odyssey of a road trip, and I'm leaving in a couple of days for another road trip and plane trip combined. So I'm not here, as it were.

But: I did hit my deadline and finished my 2nd mystery this year. And I am slated to get started on my Sci Fi series again in June.

So cheers to me and here's to summer! I'll be in touch once I touch ground again.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Giveaway deadline approaches!

I haven't gotten a lot of takers for my giveaway, so I may do a bit of advertising for the next one. This is all a grand experiment to see what works, what doesn't -- if I can even determine that! It's so hard to tell what might be working when it can take months for royalties to be reported. So it's hard to see a cause and effect.

But this is the Year of Promo so I'll try some more experiments and see if I can get a sense about what's reaching readers.

It's always interesting around here ...

Saturday, March 21, 2015

GoodReads and giveaways -- a Good Thing?

As I've mentioned before, this is the The Year of Promo (or Marketing R Us), and I'm focusing on GoodReads quite a bit.

To that end, I set up a giveaway of the first book in the Deadly Landscaping trilogy, Lilacs. Here's the scoop on the giveaway, right here.

I'm absurdly pleased with myself about this. I've done very little in the way of promotion for my books, and this was such a no-brainer and so easy. I am intensely curious to see if (1) I get reviews out of this and (2) if any of my other books see a jump in sales and (3) if I get any reader interaction out of this.

So stay tuned, faithful readership. I'll keep you posted!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Beware the Ides of March ... not

Today is Friday the 13th. I'm not superstitious so it almost passed me by without notice. I have a black cat, I'm sure I've walked under more than my share of ladders in my day, and Lord knows I've broken a few mirrors in one of my 27 or so moves in my life.

I am superstitious about some things, though. When I start a new book, I have to get The Book ready. This is a small notebook that I use for miscellaneous Stuff for the work-in-progress. I paste in photographs of people who might be my main characters, I have floor plans for houses, maps of towns, snippets of conversations I overhear that might be useful. I carry The Book with me wherever I go, and by the time I finish writing the novel, the Book is jammed with odds and ends.

I don't feel I can really start a new WIP until I have the right Book chosen, the right stickers on it to indicate the theme for the book, and have picked out a few floor plans and maps of towns. Once I have that in place, I can really start writing.

I have a bin full of old Books and they've come in handy when I had to revisit a novel I wrote years ago. They remind me of who that character is, what their house looked like, and so on. I have vague plans to write one novel that contains all of my characters from my mystery stories, and it'll come in handy then. If I get to it.

So much writing, so little time!