Thursday, January 31, 2008

Blogging At Slip Into Something Victorian

I'm blogging over at Slip Into Something Victorian today. The blog's about my husband's search to find a Civil War soldier ancestor and the interesting results.

Here's the link:

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Starting Something New

I've finally found the time to get started on the outline for my sci-fi romance. For now, I'm using the title Moons of Cynara.

The love story is between two members of Earth military who are sent to the planet to prevent a war between Earth colonists and hostile aliens.

Although it's a lot of work--I have to create an entire world--I'm having fun working on a brand new project. My other stories are all either going through revisions or edits, and I'm waiting for responses from a few publishers.

So, I'm going to spend as much time in my new world as I can and see where my imagination takes me.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

It's My Birthday and I'll Blog If I Want To

Today's my birthday. I won't say which one.

Another year gone by and I'm feeling really good about it. After years of writing, submitting, taking workshops and studying my craft, I've got a contract for my first romance. Eternity Waits, a short vampire story, will be released by The Wild Rose Press.

Although I've been published in the past, it's been quite a while since I've sold anything new. So, this year feels like a turning point for me.

Besides Eternity Waits, my Civil War time travel, Erin's Rebel, is currently under consideration by the same publisher.

I've just gone through my first round edits for my short story and feel like all the work and rejections I've dealt with in the past were worth it.

I think 2008 is going to be my year.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Feeling Good!

Here we are in mid-January and I just realized I've met all of my goals for the month but one.

I sent out my partials for Katie Rose, my historical romance, and already received the reply card from one of the publishers.

I cut scenes in Erin's Rebel, so it would meet my target publisher's guidelines, sent the query and synopsis, got a request for the first three chapters, and now they have the full under consideration.

Yeah, way ahead on that goal!

I sent out my contest entry for Katie Rose yesterday, well ahead of the January 31st dealine.

So, all that's left is that outline. I spent an hour world-building today. I would have done it yesterday, but my editor wanted me to get the manuscript information sheet in for my short vampire story, Eternity Waits, so the cover artist can start working on the cover and the marketing department can start planning how to promote my story.

A cover for my short story! Can't wait to see it!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Working It Out

While writing and promoting my writing are very important daily activities, the most important thing I do each day is spend an hour working out.

My morning workout consists of 25 minutes on a stationery bike, the last 5 minutes is my cool down. I spend the next 10 minutes stretching, then I alternate between one of two workout tapes that include exercises with small hand weights for my upper body, lower body exercises and abdominal workout.

I do this every day during the week to give me energy to get through the day, keep me healthy and keep those extra calories from creeping up on me.

No matter how much else I have to do, I always make time for my workout.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

New Blog on Slip Into Something Victorian

I just posted a new blog on Slip Into Something Victorian.

Since most of my stories so far are set during the Civil War, I talked about the different weapons used during the war and how the war advanced the technology used both in weapons and in warfare.

By commenting there you also have a chance to win a gift basket.

Click on Slip Into Something Victorian and check it out.

Friday, January 04, 2008

January Goals

I posted my writing goals for 2008, but I haven't yet posted my goals for January.

Here they are:

1) Send out partials for my Civil War romance, Katie Rose.

2) Complete outline for Moons of Cynara, my sci-fi romance.

3) Prepare and enter Katie Rose in a late January contest.

4) Cut scenes from my time travel romance, Erin's Rebel.

I'll let you know by the end of this month how I did.