October 25, 2011


It's official! I made RWA Pro. I am super excited and am anxiously awaiting the pin that I can wear like a badge. And wear it I will: to the grocery store, to the gym, to the library, to Starbucks... Oh yeah, I'll wear it out like silver jewelry until it's good and tarnished. Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating, but I guess the point was for me to convey how proud I am.

As for my WIP? I am at 48,500 words and counting. I originally intended for it to be 50,000 words but the closer I get to my goal, the more I realize my story requires more.  I could probably go another 10-15,000, and that's just the first draft. Revisions would probably fatten it up again, though I have little time to really go crazy with revisions. I basically have five weeks to finish, revise and ship it off to Texas. Will I do it? 
Hell ya!

On the reading front:
Just finished the novella Off the Clock by Donna Alward (a solid 4 out of 5 starts) I think it's impossible for Donna to write something I don't enjoy. She sucks me in every single time.

I am currently reading:
Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
Indefensible by Pam Callow

Next on my list is Color My Heart by Bev Petterson. I won her book at the last RWAC meeting and am really looking forward to reading it. Bev has an amazing voice and her writing is beautiful. Speaking of book wins, I am having a crazy year. I won Pam's book last month, Donna's a few weeks ago, as well as the book Entangled, A Paranormal Anthology by a collection of writers who are donating the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. I have some serious reading to do so I must say adieu.

What are you reading?

October 10, 2011

I'm a Golden Heart Entrant

I just entered the RWA Golden heart contest--my first time ever! Yeah! Now, ask me if the MS I'm submitting is finished. Ah, no. However, I feel as if entering the contest gives me the incentive to finish it. It cost $50 after all and I don't like to waste my money. Plus, I have until Dec 2nd to get it to Texas. That's like forever and a day.

Currently, my MS has been given a major overhaul. The plot wasn't working for me and it caused me to chop over 15,000 words--this stung real bad but I'm mending. Now, I am at 23,000 words; I have a new title; and I have my entire plot outlined (for the second time). Now, I just have to fill in the blanks. To finish at month's end I'm looking at 1500 words a day. Totally doable, even with all the assignments and papers I have to complete for nursing school. I just have to stick to my daily goals.

I'm trying to finish before November because I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year--also a first for me. I have the bones of a novel written down for my project, and I am kind of excited for it. I am going to try a YA/Adult? contemporary for a change. I don't really know what category to put it in because it begins when my hero and heroine are in their teens and ends when they're in their mid-twenties. Still, I am excited for it. I'll have to figure out who the audience is when I'm done, because for now the audience is just little old me and that's more than enough. I find whenever I write for anyone but me it never works. I lose interest and jump novels. I do that a lot, actually. For many reasons. 

I may not be blogging for a while. My exams start the first week of November, and I'm doing a writing retreat this weekend. But, feel free to follow me on twitter. That's right. I twit now. Or tweet? Whatever the hell you call it. Anyway, I am a truly modern woman with tech know-how. ;)