To start with Happy belated Easter, I hope everyone had a great week-end.
Have you wondered how many thoughts one person can have in a twenty four hour period? Neither have I.
Mind you it would be very scary if someone were to poke around in my cerebellum looking for just that answer.
Imagine some unknown stalking about inside my brain. What they would find is a horde of characters arguing and fighting for my attention -- no form, no distinction, just a whole lot of really big muscular, drop dead gorgeous men, all sweaty, throwing their muscles around and then there's the voluptuous, sexy, curvy women, cracking out the claws and hair pulling, fighting for their man...
Hey! Wait a minute! Some unknown poking about in my head? That happens all the time, how the heck do you think the fights started? That's my normalacy! Oh well! All the newbie has to do is whip up some funky martial-arts dance and dive head first into the fight club -- then they would be successfully added to the list of characters that make up my stories.
I know! Either you want my brain transplanted in yours or you want to lock me up and throw away the key. But you can't! Ha!
Hope I made you laugh. Have a great week.
First off, Happy St. Patrick's Day -- the top of the morning to you!
This past week, as with all others, I went to the gym like a good little girl and worked my bloody ass off! Yes for the past two months I've seen changes in the form of my bod and things shifted around, but it was only this past week that I finally saw something that I had set out to do -- the layer of fat over my "girly" six-pack is dispensing. Yay!!! It, not like a man's washboards, that would be gross, is taking shape; my hard work is paying off!
Yes, this makes me happy, but not as much as the blessings in my life. Those blessing, my kids, grandbabies, all the people I hold dear (even ones that don't even know it), are never overshadowed by my wants -- my life without those blessing wouldn't be and they are what make me get up in the morning and feel good.
Have a great week.
Life always has a way of throwing us curves, Lord knows I've had a few thrown at me these past few weeks and it's the same for characters of a Novel. Take for instance that huge secret novel that I was writing... No I'm not revealing anything about it. Anyway, take for instance that one. It was finished as far as I was concerned and even sent out to agents. However, a couple of weeks ago, on a Wednesday night at exactly 2:36 a.m., I bolted up with the characters charging at me like bulls, heads down, beady eyes glaring, complete with steam coming out of their noses. Talk about stand up and pay attention.
Well, that's what I've been working on, the concept and plot are the same but the characters are insisting they are presented on a deeper personal level and being their narrator it must be done. Honestly, I'm quite liking the way they are coming across -- they're like a box of dark, sweet chocolate.
Sorry Michael and Rose, I see you in the back behind the curtain. You will be my number one priority, just let me get these trouble makers out of my head.
Have a great week.
Have you ever reached a point or time when you stand in the middle of your kitchen (or living room, it doesn't matter where) and find your brain full of so many questions and concerns that it takes all your energy and you finally decide to take a step back? I'm sure you have, we all have. That's what happened to me last week.
No, it wasn’t something so earth shattering that all the blinds, doors and windows had to be closed and locked, but it was something that I had to do simply to settle my soul. I won't go into great detail as it is something I'll only share with those who were involved in those thoughts, if they so choose to listen, but I will tell you this, it was certainly worth it.
I did a lot of thinking, a lot of praying, a lot of digging, a lot of re-evaluating and I sorted out what I wanted. That does leave quite a bit to the imagination for you, but I encourage you to give it a try. You see, we all live in the here and now which is appropriate, but we also have to look beyond that, as next year you'll be one year older and so forth. Where will you be ten years from now? Will you be alone or will have that special someone at your side?
There are people who are so caught up in the here and now they can't see the forest through the trees. They hold others at arm’s length because they're afraid to let them in, afraid of getting hurt perhaps. I have words of advice for both the ones being held at arm’s length and those doing the deed. For those being held back; all you can do is be there for them when their ready or when they need someone to talk to. That’s what I realized this week. And for those doing the holding, I want to plant this seed; if the people you’re holding at bay mean something be aware that eventually they will, if shoved hard enough, choose a different path that won’t include you. Remember, right now is the beginning of that path to the future, choose wisely.
Have a great week.
This past week has been interesting to say the least. Monday kicked off my blog tour for Soul Control with Pump up your Books and I must say the reviews coming in are great thus far. It is also amazing that every one of the bloggers are getting exactly what I was trying to get across with the book, it humbles me. You can read the "Reviews" under the review tab.
Then Saturday morning I had a radio show for half an hour, called A Book and Chat where we talked about all three of the novels. At first I was especially nervous, but as we talked, I got a little more at ease. You can hear the whole thing under the "Neat Stuff" tab.
Then last but not least, I have put two copies of all three novels on a giveaway on Goodreads, so head on over there and enter. I love giving away my books (well, within reason.)
One more thing before I bid you adieu', I've been watching the hits on my website -- they have increased substantially and that makes me very excited to have more people visiting me, keep it up!
Have a great week.
Well I had a book signing on Saturday and it was amazingly successful. I sold numerous Absolute and Soul Control. I also met an amazing bunch of people. I met a young woman who had always wanted to write as she works in the field of corrections and has had many experiences to write about. I encouraged her to make notes and then proceed on. I'm hoping to hear from her soon. I also met another amazing couple who were downright sweet and generous with their compliments. We talked for maybe 20 minutes about everything and I found myself drawn to their personalities, they were amazing -- I hope to keep in contact with them as well. And again I met another young lady who
aspired to be writer, but was more on the illustrative side of it.
The people that I spoke with on Saturday are the reasons why I do book signings. Yes
it’s nice to sell the books, but it’s wonderful to be face to face with the readers of all genres, talking with them, learning a little about them -- they are the reason why I write, they are my inspiration. Thank you all-- you all hold a place in my heart, as all my readers do.
Have a great week.
I've been struggling with Absolute Absolution the third and final in the Absolute series. It has been extremely difficult to focus and we all know that if I force it, the words will portray exactly that -- a forced scene and will read horribly. However, it must be done, so what I've decided is... I'm going to make myself sit down. It will be forced for the first little bit, then I know I'll get into it and change the forced bit later.
Where did I run into trouble? Well, previously I had written two decidedly different beginnings which of course led to two different outcomes, but in my infamous wisdom I decided to combine the two. Why, you ask? Because one was exactly how I wanted it to be, but the reasons for it to happen just weren't strong enough to support the event and the other beginning was strong, but the outcome wasn't strong enough-- so the only logical thing was to combine the two.
You would think then everything was okay and I should be able to continue on. Not so. Combining those two beginnings was difficult to say the least as it brought on different timing mechanisms, ages, etc., but never mind that, the new beginning took the book into a third completely different direction, so now I need to create the new bridges that will pull all the scenes together and those bridges have to support every scene before it. Do you see why I'm struggling? Geez I sure do. Oh well, back at it!
Have a great week.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, now its time to get everything back to normal; the dreaded 5 day work week, not having enough time in the day to get everything accomplished, etc., etc..
My holidays were wonderful especially when I was able to complete a very large and secret project. It's something that I'm not sure if I'm going to use C. Elizabeth or a different pseudonym, therefore I won't be going into detail about here yet. What I can tell you is that just yesterday I queried out this project to four literary agencies and something that is unheard of in the publishing world happened -- not an hour later did I receive a response from one of them asking me to call them on Monday to discuss my project. That is monumental and terrifyingting ability.
Fingers and toes crossed along with prayers.
Have a great week!
Well all, its Christmas time. A time to remember family and friends and all our blessings. I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I'll be focusing on the season for the remainder of this year and hope you all have wonderful joyous days to come. Have an amazing season.
Wishing you all the best.
For those of you who didn't get a chance to see my guest blog at The Story Behind the Book, I would like to share it with you again.
It’s a common question as to where my inspiration came from to write Absolute Obstruction and my answer is even more common. Absolute Obstruction is the second in the Absolute Series and while finishing up the first, it became quite clear that Michael and Rose’s story was not yet complete.
They continued to take centre stage in my mind, commanding my attention and all the while, insisting the second half of their life be brought to pass for the readers.
Now that doesn’t mean that it would automatically be published because the first one was. As a matter of fact, it had a hard time getting off the ground. My first submission of Absolute
Obstruction to the publishers was rejected and with some further research, I found out what it was they wanted me to do to make it marketable – it was time to go back to the drawing board and rethink some things.
As it was, many more edits were done as Michael and Rose clarified certain things that had not been clarified prior and that took another few months before I felt it was worthy to be resubmitted.
Now you would think that would be the end of it… it wasn’t. It seemed that the edits weren’t the only obstacles this poor manuscript had to face. Through a series of unforeseen circumstances it jumped from one desk to another and eventually fell through the cracks and it was only when I inquired about it, that it was resurrected. Unfortunately, that resurrection also landed the manuscript in a whirlwind of misunderstandings.
However, through a flurry of emails, it was all eventually put back in place and after that, it found me nail-biting for the next eight months before it was contracted for publication.
It’s not any easier getting published even after you have been, but perseverance and patience is the key. That’s what will get you published; well… it goes without saying you need a good story to go along with that.
Have a wonderful week.