Friday, August 15, 2014

It's Alive!

How I breathed life into my manuscript after two years of nothing.


1. I went back to basics.

 
I usually don't outline until after the first draft. For some reason, this story was difficult to outline after the first draft because of the dreaded L word. I fell in love with a character that didn't seem to fit. And denial set in, and I didn't want to let him go. So...
 
2. I thought long and hard about genre. How was I going to pitch this? What market am I going to promote this in?  Who do I want to read this? That led me to a pivotal turning point in the story. I realized I had to scrap from midpoint to act three. Did I mention this story is currently 54K words?  Yeah...I had to go back to the drawing board.  But that's okay. There's so much opportunity there. My beloved character was saved. 
 
3. I used different color index cards for the three mc's character arcs and plot points. Also, I'll be using the same colors for their chapter POV's as I do the chapter to chapter outline. This will let me know how much face time they have on screen and the movement of the story.
 
4. It's all in the details: I also have world building, technology, and setting in separate categories. I'll be adding a monster list too.
 
And I'm off...
 
Resources I used:
 
 
 


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I've gone Indie!

 
Available now!
 
 
YA Supernatural Thriller
Available on Amazon
Add to Goodreads
 

Seventeen-year-old Carly Lopez suffers from post-traumatic stress, though the “post” part technically doesn’t apply…not when the killer is still out there.

As the only survivor of the killing spree that left four dead girls in its wake, Carly fails to unearth her buried memories of that day and is consumed with guilt. After a year of silence, the killer is back, and Carly will stop at nothing to catch him.

With each new death, Carly’s reality shatters, propelling her deeper into the darkness where the dead haunt her—but where the truth lies. Her only firm grasp of reality is Hunter Jackson, whose mysterious overprotectiveness of Carly forces her to doubt the reason behind her guilt.

But Hunter has a secret.

And when Carly discovers a horrible truth, she questions her involvement in the murders. Was she directly responsible? Did she help the killer? Carly soon learns that finding answers may mean risking more than just her sanity.


I have to say, hitting that "publish" button on Amazon was liberating. I may just do it again. =)

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

IWSG


Check out the website here. 

Every month it seems I post the same 'ole same 'ole. I'm insecure about being judged, and, yet, I am my own worse critic. I think we all are. I've learned to deal with it. To push aside the negativity and just keep going. I visualize Dory (NEMO) and I just keep swimming because in the end I have to live with myself. In the end, I realize, I don't have to prove anything to anyone but myself. Nothing I do will be good enough to beat that fool of a critic residing inside me, so I keep swimming.

I do want to give a shout-out to all those peeps I've stalked...ahem, learned from, and even reached out to. I read somewhere that some famous author was surprised because authors banded together for a common cause. Authors are usually about themselves. I thought, huh? Where has this author been? Under a rock? All the authors I've encountered have been awesome and giving. Everyone joining IWSG included.

Thank you for making my writing journey not a solitary one.

=)

Friday, August 1, 2014

DARKNESS Cover Reveal!

 
 
 
I'm going Indie!
 
DARKNESS
YA Supernatural Thriller
Release Date: August 12, 2014
 
 
Seventeen-year-old Carly Lopez suffers from post-traumatic stress, though the “post” part technically doesn’t apply…not when the killer is still out there.

As the only survivor of the killing spree that left four dead girls in its wake, Carly fails to unearth her buried memories of that day and is consumed with guilt. After a year of silence, the killer is back, and Carly will stop at nothing to catch him.

With each new death, Carly’s reality shatters, propelling her deeper into the darkness where the dead haunt her—but where the truth lies. Her only firm grasp of reality is Hunter Jackson, whose mysterious overprotectiveness of Carly forces her to doubt the reason behind her guilt.   

But Hunter has a secret.

And when Carly discovers a horrible truth, she questions her involvement in the murders. Was she directly responsible? Did she help the killer? Carly soon learns that finding answers may mean risking more than just her sanity.



Yay! For me! Yeah...I'm giving myself some love. =)



Monday, July 28, 2014

The end of my comfort zone


I'm not sure how long I could live outside my comfort zone, but I'll tell you, it's been a hell of a ride. In publishing and in life. I don't know how far it'll get me, but...

I guess we'll have to see.

I just saw the cover of my new release DARKNESS and I am in love. The cover reveal will begin August 1st and the launch will happen August 12th.  If you're interested in hopping on with the cover reveal, sign up below. 

All are welcomed. Yeah...the little ole' lady from Poltergeist came to mind.

Anyways...



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Double Negative by C.Lee McKenzie


Title: Double Negative
Author: C. Lee McKenzie




Author Bio:C. Lee McKenzie is a native Californian who grew up in a lot of different places; then landed in the Santa Cruz Mountains where she lives with her family and miscellaneous pets. She writes most of the time, gardens and hikes and does yoga a lot, and then travels whenever she can.

She takes on modern issues that today's teens face in their daily lives. Her first young adult novel, Sliding on the Edge, which dealt with cutting and suicide was published in 2009. Her second, titled The Princess of Las Pulgas, dealing with a family who loses everything and must rebuild their lives came out in 2010. Her short story, Premeditated Cat, appears in the anthology, The First Time, and her Into the Sea of Dew is part of a collection, Two and Twenty Dark Tales. In 2012, her first middle grade novel, Alligators Overhead, came out.

Summary: Hutchison Mc Queen is a sixteen-year-old smart kid who screws up regularly. He’s a member of Larkston High’s loser clique, the boy who’s on his way to nowhere—unless juvenile hall counts as a destination. He squeaks through classes with his talent for eavesdropping and memorizing what he hears. When that doesn’t work, he goes to Fat Nyla, the one some mean girls are out to get and a person who’s in on his secret—he can barely read. And then Maggie happens. For twenty-five years she’s saved boys from their own bad choices. But she may not have time to save Hutch. Alzheimer’s disease is steadily stealing her keen mind.

Genre: Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
Category: Young Adult
Available: July 25 from Evernight Teen

Buy Link:
http://www.evernightteen.com/double-negative-by-c-lee-mckenzie

Website: http://cleemckenziebooks.com
Blog: http://writegame.blogspot.com
Facebook Fan Page:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Double-Negative/532193566907446

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Journey of the Personal Essay

I started giving a summer class for high school seniors on writing the personal essay for college applications and/or scholarships. I had six young people show up and was impressed by the dynamics in the room. Some were shy, others more outspoken, but all of them had no clue about the college admission process.

They are first generation college bound students.

As I'm a sucker for quotes, I pulled out some in the beginning of class.

“The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.” Stephen King

“Make up a new voice that will inspire you, a voice that will say whatever you need to hear and will drown out all the other negative voices, both real and imaginary.”-Courage & Craft

“One reason to write is to own, literally and figuratively, the moments of your life.”  Barbara Abercrombie

“We go into the self to escape the prison of self. We are aware of the perils—but we wish to love the world; and the world is terrible for those who do not know themselves.” –Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

The journey of the self is continuous. We are always in motion.