Long Overdue UPDATES!

I know, I know, this post has been too long coming. Many apologies! *bangs head* bad author, bad author.

 

ONE

My contemporary novella, Left to Die, is FINALLY available as a paperback! It might take a day or two for it to show up on Amazon, but it will be there.

 

TWO

I have taken a few weeks off from writing. There are several reasons for this that I won’t go into, but the reason I’m even bringing it up is because I HIGHLY RECOMMEND DOING THIS. My mind has been so much clearer to think and process and prioritize and goal-ize and focus on my relationship with Christ. It’s been wonderful. Highly, highly recommended.

 

THREE

This is sad news. Get your tissues out.

The second Long Lake Legacy book will not be published in 2017.

*cowers*

I’m so, so sorry. Again, there are several reasons why that I won’t bore you with. It makes me sad, too, especially because I know how excited many of you are for the next installment in Clara and William’s story. It is coming, just not as quickly as I had hoped.

The new approximate publication date is Summer, 2018.

 

FOUR

This is more of an FYI than anything, but I’ll smack it here as number four. :)

Instagram is my new favorite media platform. It’s awesome. And I even post semi-regularly. So if I ever let my blog fall into the depths of despair and/or I completely ignore it, feel free to hop onto my Instagram.

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FIVE

I’m actually considering writing a book by hand? Like…I think I’m crazy. But I think I might enjoy it. I mean…I used to write primarily by hand. Surely I can do it again?

Still trying to make a decision on this one. I’ll be sure to let you know. :)

 

 

SIX

I survived having my wisdom teeth removed.

Let me say, I’m exceptionally glad that this is a one-time deal. I won’t post pictures of my swollen face to be sensitive to those who may be fainthearted, but I did put a few on Instagram for whomever may enjoy viewing such hysterical contortions of me face.

 

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What have you been up to lately?

Are you doing Camp NaNo?

(or are you hiding in the bushes eating smores while all the productive little writers do the thing?) *stuffs face*

November Goals/Writing Update

I’m going to go back to monthly wrap posts, but instead of trying to wrap up October, I’m just going to start with November goals. :P

And since I don’t have time to make a cool feature image, let me leave you with this neat picture I took yesterday that I’m a little proud of.

 

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Writing

Even though I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo, I’m going to be fixing up and finishing a bunch of other projects.

  1. Finish Even Through Rain
  2. Publish above short story (Information forthcoming)
  3. Complete edits on secret project (Details forthcoming)
  4. Send said project to editor
  5. COMPLETELY OUTLINE Long Lake Legacy book 2. (LOTS of details forthcoming ;-P )

 

 

I don’t really have any other specific goals for this month other than writing, since that will be my focus. But who knows…life has been throwing me curveballs as of late!! ;-)

 

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Do you have any goals for November?

Are you doing NaNo?

If not, are you working on something else?

Change of Plans

Change of Plans

 

Plans have changed regarding the release date for The Old River Road. I got myself into a colossal pickle and lost a month somewhere between January and March (don’t ask how), and considering that I hadn’t contacted my cover designer or editor or beta-readers, nevermind the fact that I haven’t finished editing it myself yet, I changed the release date.

Don’t panic, I didn’t move it by 4 months though I would have liked to.

The new release date is July 8th.

And guess what? July 8th is also my 18th birthday. Isn’t it kinda cool to have my very first book released on my birthday? (I think so.)

March Update/Review

 

Since December, I’ve been trying to finish the first draft of The Old River Road. Unfortunately, I ran into some historical inconsistencies that needed attention before I could continue/finish the story. After bugging extended family members, friends who knew the McDonald family, and taking several trips to the library and Spokane’s history museum, I am *almost* back on track.

 

Editing is rather slow with this book. I’ve really shirked in my duties to this poor little story over the past few months. As of Sunday, that changed. Now, my goal is to edit two chapters each day. That’s about an hour of work. I can do anything for an hour, right? Right. Tell me I can.

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BTW, this is what NaNo does to me. I cannot remember the last time I confused two, to, and too. I’ve done it TWICE in this book.

 

Coming up in April is Camp NaNo. I was going to do another full 50,000 word project, but when I realized how far behind schedule I am with The Old River Road, that got pushed to the back burner. However, my goal is to do 25,000 words (though I’d be happy with 20,000). The project I will be working on is what I have been calling my Secret Story.

 

BUT!

 

It’s not a secret anymore because I’m going to tell you about it RIGHT NOW!!!! :-)

 

Here is the blurb (and a draft of the cover):

 

1Chelsea is the daughter of Ralph Sanders, a respected crab fisherman and the much loved captain of the vessel Cora Lee. Named after her deceased mother, Chelsea feels a connection with the boat, and with the ocean, that no one but her dad can understand. When a sudden, unexpected proposal from her maternal grandparents sends Chelsea far inland, she fights with her desire to return home…to her dad, cousins, and everything she knows. But after taking a closer look, Chelsea realizes that though her grandparents are wealthy and not wanting of any worldly goods, they have not yet let go of death of their daughter, though she died sixteen years previous. Pulling away from self-pity, Chelsea reaches out to her grandparents and help them heal despite their obvious annoyance. Will Chelsea be able to help her grandparents move on in their lives? Or will their exasperating, constant mentions of Cora drive Chelsea away?

 

Already, Ocean Hues has 26,000 words, so it shouldn’t be too hard to resume. (Starting books is always the worst part for me.)

 

Also, I purchased a new word processing program called Storyist. Apparently, one must be a techy geek to figure this program out. It’s been rather maddening, but as I’ve slowly been understanding and working through the program, I think it is going to work very well for me. One thing I love about it is the ability to keep all my random papers and notes in one document/project. Maybe, eventually *crosses fingers*  it will actually make it so that I don’t have random pieces of paper spread all over the house with random notes written on them! ;-) (Doubtful, but one can hope, right?)

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Something else new is this beautiful new computer monitor. It is amazing. I can now sit at my desk and work with Adobe, read onscreen, and do schoolwork on this blown-up version of my laptop. All I have to do is connect the two computers and there we go…laptop expanded. It’s awesomeness.

 

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One of my sweet, lovely siblings came into my room and STOLE my desk chair. :-(  Well…they were given permission from mom to steal it, so I guess that makes it better. Still, I’m out a comfy desk chair, and now I’ve got to find a new one that won’t fall apart when I spin around in it. After all, isn’t that the only thing desk chairs are good for?

 

I’ve read so many lovely books this month. Just to name a few, From the Dark to the Dawn by Alicia Willis, Dare and Deny by Tricia Mingerink (and oh my goodness get ready for a RAVING review on EACH of these books), The Little House Charlotte Years, Adventures and Adversities by Sarah Holman…I could go on and on. One of the best times I found to read was the 3-hours-3-times-a-week driver’s Ed class for my BABY brother.

IMG_1368Notice the hair tie? Not for hair. Perfect bookmark.

 

 

Soooo….that update was probably much more involved than you would have wished but hey…

Is anyone else participating in Camp NaNo? What have you been working on? Tell me tell me…I love getting comments! It’s like candy, finding a comment in the comment box. Come on…you’ll give me some virtual candy, right?!? *gets down on knees and begs*

Exciting News!

I got my logos from my designer! *Squee!!!*  You may notice an adorable little heron in the tab in your browser window. This cute little guy was modeled after the blue heron who has visited our dock daily for the past 10 years. My family and I named “our” heron Harry, so therefore, the Lakeside Publications icon will be named Harry. :-)

Here is the beautiful logo that will be on the back of my books:

 

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Excited doesn’t even begin to describe what I’m feeling right now.

Getting the logo done makes me all the more eager to get a book published. Perhaps it will help my lack of motivation to work on Clara’s Story. ;-)

What do you think of the logo?

Updates All Around

As you can see, I’ve made some changes to this blog. :-)  What do you think of the new look? As I’m sure you will see from looking around, I still have a bit of work to do, but I’ve got a good start!

Clara’s Story, my 2015 NaNoWriMo project has been officially re-titled.

Or so I thought. As I (re)write this post, it is 12am on Wednesday morning. I have been working on Clara’s Story for the past few hours, and suddenly thought of a possible title to this book that might be better than the one I had “for sure decided on.”

I don’t know which one of these titles would be best and right now I’m too tired to think it through all the way. So instead of staying up for another hour to sort this out in my already-muddied brain, why don’t you tell me which title you think is best?

Option number 1:

The Old River Road

Why is this a consideration? Well, there is a stretch of road on the way from my home to Spokane that all of the locals call the old river road. The reason for this is because it is the only remaining stretch of road that hasn’t been altered since the late 1800’s. That said, the two-mile river road that I drive on weekly is the very same one that William and Clara would have traveled over every single time they went to town. How cool is that!?

I desperately wish that I had a photo to share with you right now, but that would involve me hiking through about a half mile of swamp, in the winter, with a bunch of mushy, dirty snow all around. Wouldn’t make for a pretty picture. :-)

Option number 2:

The River’s Bend

Clara and William spent all of their years out west, save two, living on the banks of the Spokane river. They homesteaded over 200 acres of land. The land they homesteaded was exclusively at the biggest bend in the entire river, and it’s a very long river. (BTW the land they homesteaded is the same exact land I live on today.)

Which one do you like best?

After writing for four hours today, my word count went from 73,500 to 78,000. Yeah, I’m kinda excited. I didn’t even know I could type that much in one day. :-P I would guess that I have around 10,000-15,000 more words until I can end the story, and I have a week and a half to do that.

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Nope, I’m not stressed at all. :-)

Tentative release date for Clara’s Story is June 13. I can’t wait to get this book into the world!