Wednesday, July 6, 2016

IWSG

We are in mid year already! Time flies. How many times I've heard that one.

I've been ... blah for a while now. I don't know what I want to read.  I don't know what I want to write. I don't know what I want to watch.... you get the point. My life has been pretty much stagnant in the writing arena. I just had a great vacation, have a carnival at my front door for the next 4 days, and am going camping with my daughter next weekend. For a socially awkward person, that's a big deal!

I'm trying to be a better mom, among everything else. And sometimes that means putting away my fears and forgetting how much time flies.

That's pretty much what I'm insecure about this month. And the whole being with other moms and daughters in the woods somewhere.

Yeah... wish me luck.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Sign of the Green Dragon-A Review

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Release date: August 3, 2016

This hasn’t been the best year for Sam, and it just got worse. Right when he thought he’d found a permanent home, his finicky guardian tells him he’s shipping Sam off to private school. This means Sam won’t bat for his team, and if he doesn’t, Haggarty Elementary won’t win the baseball championship again this year. His two teammates, Joey and Roger, are determined to stash him in their secret cave—at least until he brings in the winning run.

While the boys explore the hideout, an earthquake crumbles a wall, revealing a hidden room—and it’s not empty. A dragon-carved chest opens to reveal a human skeleton, its hand-bones clutching a note with a crudely drawn map. At the top of the map is scribbled, 1859.

Sam, Joey and Roger learn about a treasure lying in wait, if only they can locate something called the Dragon Twin, reveal the truth about an old murder, and return a person named Mei Ling to her ancestors in China.

The boys are up for the challenge. But how? They only have the map showing the way to an old mining town, and some strange symbols they can’t understand. None of them can make sense of the note. Who’s Mei Ling? And what the heck is a Dragon Twin?

With time running out before he’s sent packing, Sam and his friends set out on an adventure that has much higher stakes than any baseball championship—one that gets them into trouble with a modern crime, pits them against ancient Chinese dragons, and reveals the true meaning of treasure for each of them.

My Review
A middle grade action adventure book that includes a treasure map, dark, creepy places, and bad guys...oh, and dragons!  What's not to like!

Sam is being sent to boarding school before the school's big baseball game, and they finally have a chance at winning! Friends, Joey and Roger can't let Sam leave, so they decide to hide him in a cave. The cave ends up revealing a chest with bones, a note, and a map. With the mention of treasure, the boys are off to find it.

Clues lead them to a sad tale of hope, murder, and redemption.

As I read this story, it reminded me of what I loved about Goonies and Super 8--the courage of friends and the importance of family.

A great Middle Grade read.
5 Stars

Pre-Order on Amazon here.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday Recap


Well, I have to admit this week's TV shows had me all over the place.   

The Flash left me like...

Oh, hells no!

And Arrow....

Like....

Kill me now, please. 


But Games of Thrones. OMG. I was like...

Leave him alone!!!!  



The season finale of The 100 left me like... 

You are all going to die.
Octavia is bad ass. 

Note: writing clear reviews is just not my thing. 


On the writing front, I started book two of my YA Sci-Fi! Woohoo! Book one is in the hands of my publisher.  I've learned a lot about my writing process. I usually write the first draft to get to know the characters and the conflict they'll be going through. But as this is book two, I decided to plan before I started writing it. So, I took out my note cards, a clothesline, some paper clips and started writing out scenes, character arcs, and world building. When I sat down to write on that blank page, I already had a visual start in my mind and getting it on paper felt like being home again. It reminded me why I love to write. I can get lost in it.

It's a great feeling.

That's me in a nutshell. How was your week?

Monday, May 16, 2016

Book News


Book News! 

I've signed a publishing contract with 
Ellysian Press for my YA novel!

At first I was like...



After the initial shock wore off I was like...




But then...reality sank in.

Oh, #@$% .  This is happening.


I'm still in this phase. I probably will be until the editing notes come in. 
In the meantime, I am going to have to keep writing or risk my sanity.
Not a pretty picture. 

For the full announcement check out the Ellysian Press website here






Monday, May 2, 2016

Random Research

After doing some research for my next project, I decided to post some random facts.

Animal cuteness.  Facts provided by my first grader.

One of her favorite animals is the Cheetah.



Random facts:

  • They run 70 miles per hour.
  • They have retractable claws.
  • They are yellowish-orangish- black.
  • They are carnivores.
  • They eat Gazelles
  • They live in Africa.
  • I like that they are one of the fastest animal at 70 miles per hour.


  • The Cheetah robot is the fastest legged robot in the World, surpassing 29 mph, a new land speed record for legged robots. The previous record was 13.1 mph, set in 1989 at MIT. Read more at Boston Dynamics.


And how was your weekend?



Wednesday, April 6, 2016

IWSG

My writing has gone into...this.



Where I scratch my head and go huh? 
I only hope the road becomes clearer with less dudes. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Art of Excuses

I haven't been here a while. I haven't really been anywhere in a long time. I've been living the art of Excuses.  I need rest, I say. I have nothing interesting to write, or say or express. I need to catch up with Arrow, Daredevil, Flash, Walking Dead.... on and on the list goes. Then there's the living thing...cleaning, cooking, helping kids with homework on and on.

I've been living on excuses, ignoring the fact that I feel incomplete, alone, maybe a bit broken. Not because of anyone else or any one thing, but because I've been avoiding what makes me...me. I need to exercise,  take a family vacation, write. I need to wake up.

I can't say that I'm ready to jump in since I'm holding myself accountable here, but I am ready to start inching back to my life. I guess it's time to reevaluate my goals and objectives. To figure out what makes me happy.

I'm actually looking forward to it.