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December 3, 2014

I finished draft 3 of Shades of Treason a couple of weeks ago. I went through the printed manuscript and made some more mark ups, and once I get those into my file, I’ll send them to a couple of beta readers. While they’re with the betas, I need something new to work on. I’m trying to decide what that will be.


It should be the next book in the Anomaly series. I need to have more than one ready to go before I publish SoT, but my brain feels like it needs a cleanse. SoT was a difficult book to w...

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Published on December 03, 2014 05:06 • 37 views

November 30, 2014

A radio guy mentioned this artist and this song the other day. I don’t listen to music on the radio often, so everyone and their dog might have heard this already, but it’s new to me, and wow. The tears. I sobbed so much I could barely hear the lyrics. But after listening to it on repeat for a while, I was able to make it through it without too many sniffles, and that’s when I let the extra brilliance of it sink in. Yes, it’s beautiful and moving and pain-filled, but it’s also genius from a w...

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Published on November 30, 2014 23:00 • 30 views

November 4, 2014

Man, I love GoodReads. A lot of authors don’t. A lot of them just don’t understand the point of the site, but I do. I get that it’s a personal library, a documentation of what readers have read and how they feel about stories. The whole point of it is to collect their personal tastes in one easy-to-use, central location, and if they find others who feel the same way, they get that instant connection. I love that and respect that. That’s why negative reviews don’t bother me at all. My all time...

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Published on November 04, 2014 07:47 • 47 views

October 1, 2014

I finished (for the third time) one of my favorite chapters from Shades of Treason. My hero and heroine are together and alone, and they’ve just been through hell. Always a fun moment, right?


The rest of the book should move faster. I had to work out a lot of inconsistencies in this draft, but I’m pretty sure I had the complete plot in mind by this point in the book, so I don’t have as much to smooth out. Once I finish this draft, I’ll do one more read through, doing my best to Margie-ize the...

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Published on October 01, 2014 14:20 • 54 views

September 15, 2014

Sharpest Sword FranceSay hello to my newest foreign cover – Sidhe 3: Double Vue. French covers are pretty awesome, don’t you think?


The book has actually been out for a few weeks. I just learned it had sold to France a couple weeks before that. Special thanks to Melliane, who asked me for an interview. If she hadn’t asked, and mentioned in the one of the questions that the book was coming out soon, I would have had no idea it was coming out in France! Her interview with me is up over at her very awesome book blog....

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Published on September 15, 2014 09:01 • 30 views

August 27, 2014

mckenzieicebucketI should have had Aren fissure me to some place hot, like Florida or Texas. The cool Colorado air will make this challenge worse than it needs to be, but my clothes – and everything from my normal life – are here at Naito’s house. I’m not worried about being cold, though. I’ve been through the In-Between often enough that a bucket of ice water over my head will feel like an easy swim inthe Imyth Sea.


I set a bucket under the faucet. The bottom third is filled with ice from Naito’s freezer. I l...

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Published on August 27, 2014 09:18 • 36 views

August 25, 2014

WHY II’ve stopped reading.


I didn’t do it on purpose, and it hasn’t stopped 100%, but I’ve only read 5.5 fiction books this year.


5.5 books.


That might as well be nothing.


I feel like I’ve lost a huge part of what makes me me. Like a lot of you, I grew up with books. In school, I finished my work as quickly as possible so I could get back to my stories. On weekends, I readmultiple books (unless I was reading a fat fantasy) and any time I had down time, I was reading. I remember a couple of days when I...

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Published on August 25, 2014 09:31 • 48 views

August 20, 2014

(Please excuse me for this non-writing related post. Sometimes, I just need to write my thoughts out.)


My husband and I are evaluating preschools/daycares for our boys again. The school they’re currently in, a school which we love and can afford pretty well, has a policy that kids in their 3 year old preschool class are potty trained. Minion C is completely trained; Minion Mabsolutely refuses to go poo in the potty.


We’ve tried everything with M. It’s not a developmental thing because he went a...

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Published on August 20, 2014 13:51 • 56 views

August 3, 2014

I’m super picky about TV and movies. It’s hard for me to sit through a two hour show, and even one hour or thirty minute shows have a difficult time catching my attention.


This last year, though, we stumbled across the TV superhero show, ARROW, on Netflix. It was actually really good. Super hero shows tend to be… well, super cheesey to me. I mean, HEROES started off well – save the cheerleader; save the world – but by season two, I was done with it. It turned ridiculous, and I didn’t want to w...

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Published on August 03, 2014 23:00 • 27 views

July 31, 2014

kill your darlingsI love the internet. It makes it easier to delete scenes from my books because they don’t have to be permanently gone.


I’m deleting the scene below from my WIP. It’s not a bad scene. I kind of like it, actually, because it shows the type of person Rykus is. But I’m not so sure it moves the plot forward any. So, I’m going to cut it.


Maybe.


Dang it, I’m already trying to talk myself into putting it back in the book. Maybe I NEED a scene showing what kind of person Rykus is. This is a snippet from...

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Published on July 31, 2014 02:16 • 39 views