Tuesday, March 27, 2012

"Where Can I Buy Your Book?"

I've had people ask me this in person. I can imagine that people might want to know where to buy my book out on the interwebs, too! :)

It's available on Amazon.com in paperback AND for your Kindle!!

On Barnes and Noble.com  AND you can go into a B&N store and ask them to order it for you. You can then pick it up in the store a few days later and not pay for shipping.

At independent bookstores. Again, you can ask them to order it and then pick it up from them.

If you're in the Los Angeles area, you can visit Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena for a copy.

If you're in the Orange County area, you can visit Book Carnival bookstore in Orange for a copy.

(If you're going to the above bookstores, please be sure to call first to make sure they still have a copy in stock!) :)

Thanks for being awesome readers!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Book 3 playlist while writing...

Currently writing:  underground troll scene

Currently listening to: "Ebudae" by Enya, "Iridescent" by Linkin Park, "These Times" by SafetySuit, "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay, "Dare You to Move" by Switchfoot.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Just keep writing, just keep writing...

Ah, March. In like a lion, out like a lamb. Or, in like a whirling dervish of writing that will not let go of his death grip on me until April 1st. Yeah, like that.

Book 3 is due on April 1st. (And that's no joke!) I'm more than halfway done with it. (Yay!) I was stuck for a while. Not writer's block. Plot block? I've talked about this before. Getting from Point A to Point B only to realize that Point B is really Point D. You need to figure out the real B and the C before you can get there. *sigh* So, I was finally able to make up those middle bits and move on! Pushing through! I've sent what I've written so far to a few of my faithful betas. (Thank you, betas!!) I need to get their reactions and then I can edit what I've done. Sometimes when you write, you forget what you've said much earlier in the book. A fresh pair of eyes can help see those inconsistencies.

My writing schedule right now is this:

As you can see, I have some catching up to do today. (I've been busy and tired lately so some days are better writing days than others.) Having this word count is a great way for me to be accountable.

How are your writing goals? What projects do you have going on? Do you set clear deadlines for yourself?

Happy writing!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

"Best Book Ever: Dragons" @ Short and Sweet

I did a guest post over at Short and Sweet Book Reviews. The topic was "Best Book Ever: Dragon Books." I gave my input. :)

Thanks, Coranne!! :)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

All These Things I Do: Cake Edition

I've been MIA on my blog lately. Sorry about that! I have a deadline LOOMING over me for Book 3 right now. And last month was crazybusy. February is my son's birthday, my sister's birthday, my birthday, Valentine's Day, several cousins' birthdays...you get the picture. If not, I'll show you some pictures of it all! :)

My oldest son is obsessed with Star Wars. This year's birthday theme was Star Wars. Again. For the third time. I don't have anything against S.W. I never really got into it. But now I have to know EVERYTHING about it. (They don't tell you this in mom class.)

The cake design of choice this year was...a podracer. Yes, from Episode I. Try to find an image on Google with a clear schematic of a podracer. Go ahead. I dare you. It took FOREVER to get something that wasn't pixelated to the point of not being able to read it.

Step One
Make Rice Krispy Treats. Form into a podracer. It's actually quite fun.

Step Two
Place GINORMOUS marshmallows onto pretzel rods. Dip into melting chocolate.
(Stick tiny marshmallows to ends of giant engine. Add the right colors of frosting for podracer. If you have cool edible glitter, add that too.)

Step Three
Make a really big cake. Really, really big. I made a 13x9 and it wasn't big enough. See picture below.
Assemble podracer and engines on cake. Make sure to place the engines going the right direction or your 9 year old will make fun of you. ;)

Then, I made my sister a birthday present:

We celebrated "Read Across America" Day:

I made the blue hair for Thing 1 and Thing 2. That was a fun challenge. And then we made cupcakes for the teachers and staff. Yay for cupcakes! :)

We had our nieces over for a weekend and went to the arboretum for a picnic. Photo shoot, too, of course. ;)

So...yeah. That's what I've been up to. I need to lock myself in the library and just write for hours. That way I'm not distracted by food. And people. And...life. Can that really happen?! I really hope so. Deadline for Book 3: 23 days. *mildly freaking out*