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It has been literally an eon and a day…

…since I’ve been here. Real life has taken over and I’ve been killing myself at work. Meaning my reading schedule is a millennium behind. Sadly. I also do have quite a few book reviews to write, but now that Goodreads no longer talks to my blog, it’s going to make that more difficult. In the meantime, my goal is to do PitchWars in a few weeks.

PitchWars is an exciting time. The submission of a story always is, especially when you’ve put your soul into it.

So now it comes to which of my completed, ready-to-go manuscripts I’m going to choose. I am leaning towards going with Love, Darrows. Yes, again. Only because he has had so many agents love him, but they didn’t rep __________ (fill in the blank with whatever minute detail here: LGBTQ, mythical realism, magical elements, Roman/Greek myth), but they complimented him with some of the best words a writer’s ego just loves to hear. I think he and Love, Carter, his partner in crime, can go far with just the right rep.

But then there’s the new incarnation of my opus, Human Touch. Not only is Nikki more improved, but she’s better. The story is better. Still not toned down to one genre. Plus, because of this world building of her side, it’s verbose. I can cut out parts. Not a problem. But…what is that all important part to cut. I understand something that doesn’t move the story forward, but every piece of it is Nikki moving forward and having experiences she hadn’t had before.

I could also do my NYC romances. Which honestly…okay. I can’t say they’re my favorite, because every story I write is my fave, but I can say that I love these because I wrote them for myself, meaning I couldn’t find some fun rom-com type stories that didn’t hold billionaires or army guys. Just a normal guy and a normal girl who meet through weird circumstances and fall for each other with some laughs and quirky characters along the way.

The best part of my stories are…they all interconnect. Across all those genres and styles, the characters/stories are all within each other. I try to keep that in mind when I’m searching for  an agent. That this person needs to have a broad sense of likes when it comes to reading, because I would love to work with them throughout all of my stories getting out there and living a life. I’m in this for the long haul.

So on my day off today, i am going through all of the PitchWars everything–videos, websites, mentors, etc. I am going into it with Darrows in mind, but am keeping my options open. Good luck to anyone else entering this crazy mixed up wonderful PitchWars world. Hope to see you around.

MORE SOON~~~>

{see Brenda Drake’s PitchWars here}

 

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Reading Theme ~ March 2017.

Last year, I went springtime crazy.

This year I promised myself not to do that. And while strolling through the many, many books on my TBR lists, I thought about touching on a spring cleaning theme because I have a lot of series where I’ve only read a book or two and I need to finish them out.

No, I promise not to go there…
I could focus on the color green, since it is March and doesn’t touch on spring with a word. (Not that much green on book covers, I’ve noticed.)

Or I could read stories about Leprachauns, Lions, and Lambs.

I’m not  a small child and I’ve read the Twilight series plenty of times already.

Then, during the Super Bowl, it hit me. I have a little obsession about Quarterbacks and Tight Ends…and I promise I’m only sticking to football player positions here. I think it was because I was writing on book 4 of my series, Human Touch. One of the MC’s is a quarterback and one of the others is a tight end…while googling for football college info, I realized that my footballers would be starting up spring training on their college team right about…oh…like today. If they were real students at A&M…

Anyway, since I own this random, odd collection of books (mostly romances, mostly on my kindle) (okay, all of them are on my kindle) concerning football players, I thought why not.

Books to tackle this month:

All the Glory by Elle Casey

I am currently almost at the end of this one…just waiting to see if my guess is right.

After the Rain by Mary J Williams

Off Sides by Sawyer Bennett

Long by BB Hamel

Risky Game by Tracy Solheim

Draw Play by Tia Lewis

Sweet Rome series by Tillie Cole

Seems like I’m running back to my old ways of romances only, doesn’t it?

Again, a weakness of mine, since my footballers rest in my mind, heart, and soul since their inception in 2012.

In a way, I kept my theme away from spring, since football is more a late summer/fall/winter sport.
In another, I totally did not keep “spring” from springing up. Ahhh, well…

This month’s theme:

March 2017
Spring Training

What are you all looking at reading this month?

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all gifs are from: giphy.com
all images are screen caps from my kindle app.

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Reading Theme ~ June 2016.

Ahhh…Summer. No more school for a while. Nothing to rush off and do until vacation. And the likely hood of brain rot is huge with all the binge-watching plans we have for shows–last season’s Pretty Little Liars, all seasons of Supernatural, iZombie from beginning to end (again), Baby Daddy (again) and Parks and Rec for laughs, Big Brother after dark … if the cast is fantastic…But, I digress.

All that watching without thinking? The mere idea gives my brain an empty-stomach sort of ache.

So I decided to kick off summer with something hearty and thick. I thought about the Stephen King novel about JFK’s assassination, 11/22/63, since I watched that series on HULU. It was a great story to watch. And I know the book will be different. But I think I’m looking for more of a challenge…

Bring in Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves.

I’ve been putting this book off for a few years. Someone gifted it to me one Christmas and told me it would burn my brain. *rolling eyes* I don’t quite believe them, but the book looks so daunting and confusing. Which is why I feel it’s time to get it underway. (Plus extra daylight hours for any potential scares and extra reading time every day…because you can’t read paper in the dark).

Luckily, I can read backwards, forwards, and upside down.

In case I manage to get out of that book with some semblance of sanity left, I think I’ll finally finish S. by JJ Abrams–who is still on the crap list for what he did…He knows what he did… But this argument is saved for a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

The problem I had with this book was flittering back and forth between the story and the other story made up of the notes–the story was too good to DNF it. I googled some advice and know what to do now. Read the story first, the side story second and one chapter at a time. I am still VERY determined on this one, though. It’s not the book’s fault I have ADHD when it comes to reading things like this. (story, side story, researching clues, solving clues…I’m so easily distracted.)

Theme: JUNE 2016 ~ House of S.

I know. Here’s hoping I survive.

What books are you kicking off summer with?


All images are mine. The gifs were found on giphy.com.

Already started House of Leaves…wound up stuck in a loop and am working my way out. Ish.

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A Second Chance at a First Encounter.

This is the story/art journal I sent in for The Sketchbook Project’s Fiction Project.
The prompt was: A message from a past self.

The book has officially been digitized and is online now. Yay!
You can see it here: {A second chance at a first encounter.}

The message to myself: Quit avoiding life. Get out there and try something.

Because I do chicken out…of a lot of things. I blame shyness and being insecure…and my over-reactiveness to being shy and insecure. I stick my foot in my mouth often.  (Ask Jackson Rathbone…to this day, I swear I’m on a list.)

The images are reminiscent of the Wizard of Oz (the movie). Black and white indicate a blah life, but trying something new, meeting someone new, has brought a whole new spectrum to my world. But, it does take time to acclimate, which is why the colors are greyed and become clearer over time.  Putting myself out there would be something big, but my color my world in many splendiferous ways.  (Yes, I know that’s not a real word. I use it all the time, though.) The story is told through the email from the future (the typed parts) and the voices of what might be (the handwritten sayings in quotes). In my head, it would be a short film with a voice over narrating the current timeline, keeping the black-and-white-to-technicolor-theme. (The pizza place image I drew was totally influenced by the movie Before We Go. I’m telling you,that brilliant piece of art is going to stick with me for the rest of my life.)

Just wanted to share that it’s out there.

I’m posting my scanned images below the jump…in case you don’t feel like perusing the link.

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The new Captain America Civil War Trailer came out today…

…and to celebrate, I am going to share part two of my “Keep those hands from being idle” project.

To set the mood:

 In case you don’t know, I do have a collection of odd hats. The majority of them ear flap hats. I have Regular Show (Mordecai and Rigby), Adventure Time (Finn & Jake…well, I gave Jake to someone…Fionna, & Cake), a Finding Nemo clown fish, a unicorn, several monkeys (sock, rainbow, normal)…sufficed to say, I have a TON of hats. More than a normal adult should. The one hat I’ve spent almost five years searching for but could never find was a Captain America hat. And I got tired of searching.

Last November, I taught myself to crochet. Well enough that I was able to make a baby Chewbacca. (He’s so cute.) I figured if I could do a Chewy, I could make a hat. After a TON of googling, I found different patterns for hats and one for a Cap Cap on Etsy…but I didn’t like the ear flaps on that one, plus I didn’t want the face mask part…and it didn’t have the braids, which is my favorite part about ear flap hats. So I combined two patterns, added my own twists, and made myself the holy grail of hats.

Captain America!

It wasn’t easy, but once I figured out what I had to do and how to do it, three days from start to finish with only two take aparts when I wasn’t happy with it. (OCD Perfectionist) And I LOVE my original Captain America hat!

The wings aren’t sewn down, because I like the fact they can flutter in the wind. Much like my other hats all have ears that do the same thing.

I did fall asleep in my hat the other day so one of the wings sticks out sorta weird now.
But that’s okay.
Every angel on earth had to have suffered a broken wing at some point…
and I think Cap’s is coming…I’m just supporting Chris Evans’ Cap as best and for as long as I can.

GO #TEAMCAP!!!

Part i of my crafty kick can be found here: {Captain America Shield arm warmers}
Part iii of my crafty kick coming soon…

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The Marvel Trailer is linked from their official YouTube channel {here}.

The images are mine.

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