Hello, Old Friend

The Boing Boing store had a great deal a few days ago in which they were selling Scrivener for more than half off. It was a phenomenal deal and I had been having trouble getting my old serial number back, so I decided to just go ahead and buy it again. It’s well worth the money.

If you aren’t familiar with it, Scrivener is a program that lets you plan out and create books, screenplays, graphic novels, whatever. If you need to write it, you can do it there. It’s really cool and I always had a good time using it. I had an even better time once I figured out how to embed images and links because it meant I could keep everything in one place. I never tried the word processing part but I’m thinking of using it this time. My Office 360 is going to expire at some point and I’m not paying a monthly subscription fee when I only ever use Word.

I booted up an old computer to see if I could rescue my old Scrivener files and was extremely happy to discover that they aren’t OS-specific (my old computer was a Mac, rest its soul). I pulled out one of my many, many flash drives and transferred the one I decided I wanted to use for NaNoWriMo – I SWEAR I’m doing it this year – to see if it worked. Not only did it work beautifully, all my images and research were still embedded.

To make things even better, the entire story was laid out and plotted. I had forgotten I even did it! This idea was kicking around in my head for a little while but I never checked back up on it after my computer stopped charging properly. Now it’s ready to go for November and I can just flip back through the cards to refresh my memory.

I went ahead and transferred the files from Framed, which is probably the book I’m going to put out after Detective’s Brother, and for DB as well just to have them all on my writing computer and in the same place. I might go through them and see how much I embedded in them. I forgot all the work I did on my soon-to-be-current WIP, maybe I forgot stuff about them too!

My car is still officially not fixed, though the downswing in temperatures has made it a lot less uncomfortable to be in during the day. The mechanic wasn’t able to find a problem with it so they just shot a bunch of dye into the system and want me to bring it back in a week for them to check out. Awesome. On the plus side, the rental car we got cost us a whopping $36 for the weekend and it was amazing.

I honestly don’t know how we are going to get the car back there for testing with my stepdaughter back in town, though. It will involve maneuvering a car seat and possibly begging for child care for a couple of hours but it may have to go on the back burner because it’s just such a hassle and it seems to be all right now. Ugh.

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Halfway There

All finished with the red and green squares at last! There are twenty of the little critters, which means I get to start on the green and red ones now. Another twenty to make and they’ll be ready to box up and send off to Florida to be swapped and sent back.

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How is it that they look like so many and so few at the same time?

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You can see the green a lot better in this light. It’s really very pretty in real life!

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I’m looking forward to getting finished with these squares so I can start working on placing and prepping the scrapghan squares to be sewn together. I’m also looking forward to a little bit of a break from squares. They haven’t posted a new swap yet and I’m sticking to my guns. If it’s not something I’m totally enthused about I’m going to skip it and work on putting these together. With my luck it will be something really good like Amethyst Royalty or Green Fields.

Right now I’m doing a rewatch of the Harry Potter movies after I finished re-reading all the books in order. We own all of the movies except the last one, all of which were given to us by my mother-in-law. She gave them to us before the second half of Deathly Hallows was out, and we rented the final movie from Redbox so I’m going to have to figure out a way to get my hands on it before I’m through. I can’t get all the way to the end and miss out on the good stuff!

Air Conditioner Fail!

It seems the air conditioner on my car is back on the blink. A couple of months ago it was doing a most unpleasant thing where it would not only not cool down, it would blow hot air for a minute or two, then blow cool air, then hot air again. Now it’s doing the same thing!

It was supposed to be fixed when I took it to the shop in June (I think), and it worked great since then. Now it’s doing this and at the worst possible time – my stepdaughter was in town. I couldn’t exactly drive around town with a baby in a hot car so we were stuck at home trying to figure out a way to get the car to the garage. My husband and I were both off yesterday, but I work today and tomorrow. He’s off tomorrow and I’m off Friday, which was when we were supposed to take my stepdaughter back to South Texas, but we had to change our plans and take her yesterday. Driving a baby four hours in a car with no air conditioning was not fun!

Thankfully my car is still under warranty. I plan to take it back to the same garage and tell them that they were supposed to have fixed this two months ago so I’m not going to pay the deductible a second time. They’re very nice there so I don’t expect there to be a problem but I hope they can fix it in a day because we really need it. I’m within walking distance of work but my husband is definitely not. Maybe my in-laws can give him a ride? We’ll have to think about it a little.

I officially have a cover designer now and she’s wonderful! She hasn’t made too many covers yet but the ones she has made are gorgeous. I’m excited to have her on my team. Still talking to the editor. She’s not available until November but she likes my manuscript, so I’m going back and forth. She seems like she’s worth the wait, though, and if she’s swamped that just means she’s good and thorough. I’m excited, it’s all coming together!

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day! I celebrated by staying home and working on a crochet project. Exciting, huh?

I’m a member of a crochet group that makes friendship afghans, which means that we each crochet a set number of squares, divide them among the members in the swap, and mail them to one very patient person who reboxes them and sends them out to us. It’s a lot of fun to see what everyone else comes up with, especially in our most recent swap where we used up our old bits of yarn. I’ll include pictures of those squares in another post because I really want to share what I’m working on right now.

The current swap is a Christmas-themed one that runs through October (though arranging them in a blanket and getting it put together in time to be a Christmas present is beyond my skills), which means our colors are red, green and white. I’m going with a simple granny square in two color patterns and it’s a lot of fun.

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This is the center I’m working with. All of the squares are going to have a white center. We don’t know the exact number yet so I’m making 40 and will adjust it later for my own blanket.

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Two rounds of green go around each center. I promise you it’s green, it just doesn’t really photograph well.

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Finally, two rounds of cherry red for a real Christmas feeling!

So far I’ve got about 15 squares done so I need to get in gear if I’m going to finish on time. I may sit out the swap after this one, though. I’m going to have two blankets to assemble from the scrapghan squares and this one and I’m going to need a little time to do that. Unless it’s a purple or green swap, I can’t resist those colors.

Writing-wise, I’ve got a wonderful book manager and project manager and I’m in contact with an editor that I think will be a great asset to my team. After that I need to start looking for a cover artist. One step at a time, though!

A Brand-New Start!

Well, there hasn’t been much news in a while, I’m afraid.

As you may remember, my first book, The Detective’s Brother, was picked up by Sinnful Ebooks last fall with a release date of May. I even got a wonderful cover that I was set to reveal here – it was already released on Twitter – but unfortunately before that I got an email saying that Sinnful was closing down.

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how disappointed (and a bit heartbroken) I was. Before they signed me I had been trying to sell Detective’s Brother for several years but no agents or publishers would touch it. I did have a couple of nibbles but didn’t hear anything back after they read over the first few chapters.

I don’t know if you’ve heard about Booktrope before. It’s a hybrid publisher where once you’re accepted, you work with editors, designers, and marketers to form a creative team for your book and publish it. Then Booktrope take care of the printing, distribution, and the rest of the stuff that I really don’t want to fiddle with. I submitted Detective’s Brother to them after hearing about the good work they did with some Now that I’ve signed the paperwork I can announce I am officially a Booktrope author now! I’m really excited and my husband bought me a cake to celebrate. I’ll keep you updated with more information as it comes and give you as much insight as I can into the process.

I also finished some light edits on another book I finished a while back called Framed. It’s set in the same time period and has a very brief cameo by one of the characters from Detective’s Brother! Being signed by Booktrope has given me a new passion to do some rewriting on it. Hopefully it will turn out to be my second book if the first does well!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I haven’t posted on here in a while, I know, but that’s because not much has been going on. I’ve started the outline for a new book and finally finished the character sheets I’ve been working on but nothing terribly interesting. I had no idea how long publishing takes but I’m sure it’ll be worth it in the end. The next step is a cover reveal so please look forward to that!

As a thank you for reading and your patience, I’d like to share a sexy story with you! Unlike the Christmas story, this one is definitely for adults and is not work safe, so exercise caution around kids and your boss (unless they’re into it!). And whether you have a partner or not, I hope it inspires you to get up to some Valentine’s mischief of your own!

…And Juliet the Sun

Editing Blues

Decided to get in a few more edits on The Detective’s Brother before turning it over to a real editor. You know, like how you clean your house before the cleaning lady comes so she doesn’t think you’re a total slob.

Anyway, part of editing means completely going through the manuscript with a fine tooth comb looking for typos and slip ups that you may not have noticed while you were writing. And boy did I find a ton of stuff that escaped my first pass. Last night I finished making all the changes, stepped back and looked at the computer, and got really sad.

I always get sad after I finish a story. You commit everything to writing it, spend time with the characters and really get to know them, live in the world, know everything about it, and then it’s over. You have to say goodbye and come out into the real world and it’s hard.

It’s not like you can’t just go back and read it over. If that feels too narcissistic, you can do it under the guise of another edit. It’s just hard to say goodbye sometimes.

Maybe I’ll write a short about the characters once it’s been published for awhile. I love these two idiots.

The Chex Mix of Romance Fiction