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The Writing Resolutes ~ February Check-In

Well, so far so good this year. Yesterday, I completed a second draft of book four (Me & Johnny) of the series I’ve been writing, Human Touch.

Not Human Torch, nor is it Johnny Storm related, purely coincidental…

I somewhat apologize for my ridiculous puns.

Not really.

Anyway, I am so happy it’s complete. Then someone was so kind to print, comment, make notes, and check edits of the newest, best, and last edition of Human Touch (which I swear auto-correct on the new laptop is worse than auto-correct on my old laptop). I finished that out yesterday, too. Two stories done, ish. Still waiting for others to comment or notate on that one, because I might have missed something else or I like to have a consensus…

The problem I have is what to do with it once the final/final is done. Wattpad always sits in my head as one of the top options. Self-pub? Maybe. I’ve also been considering doing podcasts with it…as in the whole freaking series! (Over nine books either written or planned at this point.) Something along the lines of Welcome to Nightvale! But, those microphones can be expensive. And I’ll have to find a place to record along with people to play the parts. That last one would be the easiest thing to accomplish on that short list.

On the agent front, Love, Darrows is still with an agent. Not sure if I should poke and prod for info there or not. I don’t want to be pushy, but at the same time, it’s been months since she’s responded to me…

Sync or Swim is being edited and prepped to send to an agent who has said they wanted my next contemporary LGBTQ book…so fingers crossed that I get it done and off soon.

In the meantime, I am always searching (BIG THANKS TO kiTT FOR POINTING OUT PUB OPPORTUNITIES) for the next submission…

So far this year, I might not have gotten my foot in the door yet, but I feel like I am getting stories done. Which is always a good thing to someone in the authoring process. IMO.

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Working on my writer’s resolutions…

Started the final rewrite on my YA LGBTQ story, Sync or Swim, yesterday. I plan on entering it into a few contests and/or submitting to agents who are actively searching for LGBT stories. Got in touch with my reader and he’s going to comb through it for me. Looking for one more reader to add a new set of critical eyes. I am excited about that one finally being done done.

This morning, I found a publisher who is accepting book proposals for LGBTQ stories. Google will help me learn how to write a proper book proposal. (I hope.) Then I plan on submitting my Love, Darrows/Love, Carter duet for consideration. The gut feeling is still there. Darrows and Carter are meant for something great. And it’s been close a few times. Quite a few times. I’m hopeful that this will be their destiny! *fingers crossed*

In the meantime, Human Touch, my opus of a tale, has been rewritten from beginning to end. I LOVE this version more than the first, more than the last, and DEFINITELY more than that one I will never see again…the one that starts off with a “The Lovely Bones” vibe and feel… It was too dark and dank for a story I wanted to be like a teen soapy romcom with ghosts, angels, demons, and a FBI-type bureau in the afterlife all while being contemporary. I feel good about this version. I had a new lovely reader volunteer to read it–in addition to the two people I trust most with this story–and she has been sending me good notes and some great criticisms so far. Hoping this is the final destination for that part of the overall series.

Been working on book 4 of that series, being in editing/rewrite/second draft. Been working on an off-shoot story about one of the secondary characters in the series, Callum (see gif…he’s very much a Cap inspired character). Because his story is complicated and really compelling. Writing notes on two other stories, compiling images, drawing floorplans…hoping to get busy typing on those soon. After the others are complete.

So far, 2017 has blessed me with the gift of stories. I am VERY THANKFUL for the plethora of tales, especially since the block of 2016 (June-September) sparked major doubts about writing in my mind.

How’s your writing goals coming along so far this year?

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Je suis fini.

Wings is now a final draft. A job VERY well done, if I say so myself. I am over the moon thrilled with it. THE best RomCom I’ve written to date. I just need a long summary at this point in the game…and I’m fully ready for Pitch Wars or copyrighting and posting this somewhere.

(hey, tonguetwied, Shelly…look in the back ground of that gif. Notice something? ΖΘ…? O.o!)

It’s sorta nice to be back on the tail end of a story. Happy Happy Joy Joy!

Though I know boredom is lurking around any corner, ready to strike. She’s never any fun, that one. I’m hoping to avoid her this time.

Between 4:00 and 4:30 this morning, I had an epiphany about  the opus, Human Touch, and a way to placate the readers en masse with an exciting opening while keeping my need to start the story with them–Nikki & McClane–because it ends with them. (It’s my reason that makes no sense, but perfect sense.) Meaning another rewrite is looming closer. (I’m sorta happy about this, because my “flashback heart” loves this idea.) And if I get stuck there, I’m thinking of pulling out the other [what I call] Romances in New York stories and rewriting those–Life Imitating Art & Life Inspiring Art, & If Only in my Dreams…though this one is a script, I want it in novel form. Then, there’s Darrows. I still don’t know what to do with him. I’m leaning towards copyrighting him and putting him out there to see how he flies. Plus, I’m also working on two projects to go along with the Captain America arm warmers I finished about a month ago. The best way of keeping busy until the next story slaps me in the face and demands to be written.

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope inspiration finds you!

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Bonus points to the person who can tell me why I have to include Doc Hollywood in this post…

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Happy New Year!

It feels like it’s been forever and a day since I’ve been here.

Maybe it’s because it’s been forever and a day since I’ve been here.
I mean November 17th feels like a lifetime ago thanks to the busyness and family over the holidays.

Old News:

I didn’t finish my tale in time for NaNoWriMo, but that doesn’t mean I’ve not been working on it when time is gifted to me. It’s just over half way…maybe two thirds of the way complete. And I love it now more than ever! My Charlie is a total “To *sigh* for…”

Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens … No spoilers, promise. I just have to say I saw it Thursday the 17th of December. I had tears and goosebumps and I LOVED it so much as well as deciding to pen a scathing email to JJ Abrams about why I LOVED it and not… It was amazing. I have theories upon theories of what’s to come, including Rey’s history. We have our teams here, too: Pro Han/Leia, Con Luke… And Kylo Ren…Ugh. BB-8 is the most adorable droid. I’ve always considered Artoo a toddler, and now I consider BB the adorable dog… Just so much to say…but again, I am going to keep this spoiler free.

Holidays were a blast, and so busy, and stressful, and just some good [and yet puzzling, literally] times.

New news:

Hoping everyone’s new year is off to the greatest of all starts. So far, this is a fantastic year! Even if I started off by getting sick for Christmas and am still trying to rid the bug. But, being bed ridden means I got to fulfill a promise I made to a youngling and have been binge watching PLL. Finally, right?

Pretty Little Liars, thanks to Netflix….I’m trying to think of why I hadn’t watched this show before. Currently halfway through season 3. I know the first A. Thanks to a spoiler addict, I know the second A, but that didn’t stop me from screaming at the screen when I saw Toby in a certain type of outfit at the end of an episode… Don’t think I’ve yelled that much at a screen since Breaking Dawn part 2…when certain things happened. (Sadly or not, that’s entirely true.) So, please, if you are ahead of me, no spoilers, I beg of you.

Onto…

I Resolute:

I’m not sure that’s the correct word, but (1) I like the way it sounds/looks up there, and (2) I always make up my own words for things so it wouldn’t surprise me if it is wrong. I don’t typically share my plans for the year, but then I typically don’t make plans for the year…Not that I’m lackadaisical, I just don’t. But, for some reason, this year I did make a few to share. (Maybe it’s because of the nine theme I’m going with for the year.)

  1. Finish Wings. Pretty easy as it’s almost done. Will I publish it, though? Meh. Probably not. I’m totally writing this for myself because I have had a Dickens of a time trying to find a sweet, typical-yet-different romcom to read…hell, to watch since most I’ve seen about a million times over and am craving something new.
  2. Write, write, write. I have another story idea that seems to want to bloom…so okay. That one may be a “publisher” when all is said and done. Then HT seems to be invading my daydreams lately…so I may pull out the opus and work away on it again.
  3. Put more of my works out there. Whether it’s sending to agents, putting them here in some capacity, on the road to getting published, or even taking it to self-pub or free site levels. In some way, this needs to be done before 2016 is out.
  4. Read more, review more. 100 books to be exact. At least according to my Goodreads reading goal challenge I filled out a few days ago. Already have one book read. 99 left to go for 2016.
  5. Blog more. Why? Because maybe I don’t do it enough [according to the internet rules for authors]. Although if I am blogging more, I’ll definitely be blathering on about either something fangirly or something on my mind…which might not be as good as I think.
  6. Eat pizza again. Stupid to resolute that, but I miss food. Sulphite (Sulfite) allergies SUCK! And I am so starving to death, though I may not look like it. PIZZA! PLEASE! Plain cheese…I’m even desperate enough to do rice or gluten-free crusts…just YES!
  7. Help kids/pets more. I do already help out with kids through a school, but ever since I heard this story of this toddler being left alone at Children’s hospital because his family couldn’t stay with him…i still cry…it’s the saddest thing that they had to leave this toddler behind…and I want to go up there, play and talk to them because they need to know they have someone on their side. My biggest problem is finding enough time in a day. I’m seriously thinking of forgoing my yearly trek to San Diego for Comic Con this summer and hanging out with those kids instead. It would definitely be more fulfilling. A child with a smile you gave them is better than all the panels and autographs in the world. Pets…I want to help at the animal shelters…if only I could move past the attachment thing I do with animals. Ask my mom about the snakes, turtles, crayfish, dogs, cats and whatever other animals I’d find in the street and bring home to either set free as it should be, find a home for, or even find the owners of…I’d have kept them all if she had let me.
  8. Try to lose weight again. After the sulphite (sulfite–I keep doing this because no one can agree how to spell it, though I’ve noticed the ‘ph’ is more abroad than US) scare last September/October, I haven’t done any exercising. Not because I don’t want to, but because I don’t want to go to the hospital because I can’t breathe again or wind up with a reaction so bad, I look like a horrible creature crawling from a pit of lava–again.
  9. You think for this last one, I’d put something major, something awesomely philanthropic, or something life-altering. It is to me, though no one else would get it…but I know I’m close to this…and maybe this is my year. But it is a very private, a soul-searching thing…I resolute it, but I won’t say it here.

No worries, though. If 9 does happen, I think I’d blab it here third…after my friends and something…maybe.

I do hope this new year brings about happiness and prosperity for all of you.
Just remember: There’s nothing like a laugh and a smile.

HAPPY 2016!

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Still in Query mode…

Two more form noes. Sent off another, revamped and hopefully improved query for Love, Darrows. It’s come so close three times now. The full/partial MS requests…so Awesome! This is the furthest I’ve ever made it to getting an agent! I’m still in shock at the warm reception by agents, though I will say readers seem to like it more than the agents…which might be a problem if I want it published. Anyway, still searching for the one that gets Darrows enough to rep him.

need to pet on Lucky Kitty.

And I still need to decide if I’m going to let Darrows out to play in Pitch Wars. I mean, I’m up for it. In the same breath, I think I’m either way ahead of the curve or way behind the curve with Darrows. Most agents (now) are looking for sci-fi stories. That’s the current trend…Sci-fi. SMH. I don’t know. I mean, I LOVE STAR WARS LIKE NO ONE I KNOW,

and yet sci-fi stories and I don’t really get along well. For the most part. There are exceptions, but they are few and far between. As for writing one, it’s not in me. not now anyway. I could take Human Touch, put it on another planet or spaceship in the far future. Same with Darrows. I can stick my Cupid on Neptune. Not a problem. Except a major problem. They’re not the stories I wrote. I’m not changing what they are for any reason. Wait…I could pull out Last Man Standing, though that’s more dystopian…You know what? No. I won’t change to fit what’s popular. They are what they are, no matter.

Even if it means I never get published. So until this sci-fi trend dissolves in the space shuttle’s afterburners somewhere as it passes Planet Nine in the Xennon District of the Nexula Galaxy, I feel sort of stuck for getting my stories published. One thing for sure, when contemporaries make it back in fashion, I’m golden! Or ghost stories! Or myths! Or dystopians!

In the meantime, I’m writing SoS. I have four other stories competing for my attention and trying to grow, too…thanks to the afore gif’ed mention of muse… a person, though, not the band. Mostly as I type out the one, I’m writing out notes, ideas and chapters in journals for the others. Add in the critique groups I’m participating in and I’m working hard at hardly working.

At least I’m at the tail end of vacation catch-up. Finally. So it’s all looking good from this side of things.

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