2021 In Review

What a strange and intriguing year it has been.  

It still blows my mind that there was a staged insurrection at the beginning of this year.  On top of that, the US military released footage of UFOs.  Never mind that New Zealand released its wizard from payroll and some scientists made a monkey/human hybrid embryo.  Self-replicating xenobots exist now too!  And to finish the year off is the introduction of a brand-new variant of Covid-19 that sounds like it was named after a Decepticon.

On the good side, Britney Spears was freed from her conservatorship.  And the latest androids are amazing!  I’m sure there were other things, but it gets terribly distracting reading all the news… it makes you want to answer the call when the other side of the mirror beckons.

But all in all, 2021 has been very good for me.  Not only was I able to go and check on my family, but I also got to see the ocean on both sides of this giant block of land.  And how I have missed the ocean(s) as I look out at the majestic mountains so nearby…

Anyway, this year stands out for me.  I got another book out and I’m so close to finishing the first draft of the last book in the series.  I won some awards for my writing (so awesome!) and I finally got to attend some conventions as an author.  On that note, I’ll be at Cosine Con in January 2022.

2022 is right around the bend and I have plans for you “next year”.  Oh yes, I have plans!

I hope everyone has a great Holiday season and a Happy New Year and I’ll see you next year!

Secret Matilda won the Literary Titan Gold Award!

Who is shouting with glee?  Who is making all that racket?

Oh, it’s me!

What a year!  From crawling out from under the cave of Covid in the beginning, to actually getting to go to some conventions, all the way to winning an award (or two) for my writing!

In case you didn’t know, the Gold Award is bestowed on books that we found to be perfect in their delivery of original content, meticulous development of unique characters in an organic and striking setting, innovative plot that supports a fresh theme, and elegant prose that transforms words into beautifully written books.

You can check out the list of winners right here!  And you should!  There is a lot of work and perseverance glowing on that page.  Or am I the one glowing?

I bet I’m not the only one.

Editorial Review from Literary Titan for Secret Matilda!

As I continue to plow my way through the first draft of the final book in the series, I received my Editorial Review from Literary Titan!  My eyes are blinded by the Five Golden Stars!  Come be blinded with me.  Click the blue link!

Sometimes I wonder if what I’m writing is enjoyable to others or if my skills as a writer are improving (authors kind of work in a void, if you know what I mean).  Getting to read reviews from my readers (both good and bad) makes that connection live (at least in my brain).  Reading positive reviews feels fantastic.  Receiving this professional review makes it all worthwhile.  What a way to start the last month of this crazy year!

If you aren’t sure what an editorial review is, let me tell you. It is an unbiased review from a professional that will list the pros and cons with a comparison to the standards of the genre the story is in.  It is where all those spiff quoted remarks on the backs of books come from.

What a wild ride!

Last Day of NaNoWriMo!

As the clock runs down and the finish line appears in the distance, I wonder… “Will I make it?” 

The short answer is “No.”  Am I sad about it?  Another, “No.” 

“Well, why not?” you ask.  

 (Can you tell I’ve been writing dialogue today?)

This has been a busy month and even though I won’t be completing my word count, I accomplished a ton.  I started a new job, ran a 13.5-mile race, celebrated a holiday, a birthday, and made progress on my latest draft!

Of course, it’s not as much progress as I was hoping for, but progress is progress.  I am still plowing through the connective tissue for the remaining two big scenes… err three big scenes.  Those I will fly through.  Then it’s taking this hot mess of a storyline and lovingly craft it into something worth reading. So, the future is looking pretty good!

Now I have to get back to this bit in the story where Barney does the thing and Jacquie doesn’t like it and…

Image by Ryan McGuire from Pixabay

Black Matilda won the Literary Titan Gold Award!

I swear there are times when everything just wears you down and you could use a pick-me-up.  And boom! I got one!

I know the says it, but Black Matilda won the Literary Titan Gold Award!

The Gold Award is bestowed on books that we found to be perfect in their delivery of original content, meticulous development of unique characters in an organic and striking setting, innovative plot that supports a fresh theme, and elegant prose that transforms words into beautifully written books.

I mean, wow!  I was excited when I won the Silver Awards for The Matilda and Twistin’ Matilda, but I can barely contain myself!  Getting the acknowledgment that your writing is not only worth reading, but improving?  I am doing a little jib around my room right now!

You can check out the other winners this month at Literary Titan! I know you want to touch the underlined blue bit.  Do eeet!

First Week Into the Nano!

How are things going, you ask?  Well… they’re going, but not as fast as I would like.  It’s strange how the brain reconfigures depending on what it’s needed for, isn’t it?  I pushed to get into the ‘Con Consciousness’, then the ‘Music Mind’ (more on that later), and now I’m pushing to get into the ‘Writer’s Brain’.

Each one (for me anyway), is different enough that it’s jarring to the system.  It can take days for me to connect properly.  Which finally happened this weekend!  I made some decent headway into the story!

It felt like I was at the base of a mountain but knowing that I was close to halfway up.  Clouds obscured the path behind me, and fog dogged my every step up.  Hooray for valleys of clarity!  I could see the path for a while and progress was good.

Did I mention that I have kittens?  They just hit 7 weeks old and have decided that we are people and not just warm furniture.  The little buggers are so adorable and I can watch them do kitten things for hours.  I beheld the power of the ‘Kitten Wit’!

This turned out to be a bit rambly.  That’s enough of that.  For those struggling their way through Nano, I salute you and cheer you on from afar!

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

It’s Almost Nano Time!

NaNoWriMo home.

Crazy, right?  I almost can’t believe it.

This year has been an odd one, incredibly busy with periods of nothing.  And right now, I’m in a massively busy cycle.  Not only did I finally get to attend Cons as an author, but I’ve been to a few music shows, actually watched some movies in a movie theater, and competed in a few obstacle course races!  The last one was a 13+ mile run just last weekend with a 5k this weekend, and I have another 13+ mile race coming up in mid-November!

With all that going on, I’m also looking into getting audio versions of my books made and working on another project with an author friend too!  Which brings up Nanowrimo.  With all of that going on, (never mind the ole 9-5) will I get anything done?  Well, that’s the quest for the month! 

I’ve given myself a more achievable goal for this Nano and that’s to finish the first draft of the final book in the Matilda series.  And by finish, I mean write the first version of the part that is missing, not the rewrite of the end that is needed (if I have the time, I’ll hop into that too but that’s more a December gig).  It should only be about 20,000-30,000 words so huzzah and all that nautical talk!

In the meantime, I’m taking a wee break…  Well, apparently I’m not. Just realized November is on Monday.  Did I mention that I was immensely busy already?

Interview With Literary Titan for Twistin’ Matilda!

Somehow I missed talking about this interview for the second book in my series! (I think I was elbow deep in edits or knee deep in the first draft of the final book or… maybe both. It’s been a confusing year.)

If you wanted to find about some of the challenges and goals I was working through in Twistin’ Matilda, then look no further!

You can check out my Literary Titan’s Interview:What Lies in the Darkness