Monday, January 15, 2018

Greenling Chronicles Update, Tick Tock Cover Reveal, MLK Day, and #IWSGPit

As previously mentioned in December, I'm knee deep in a long project these days: the rough draft of an entire series entitled The Greenling Chronicles. I say knee deep because I still feel like I'm getting into the series, discovering more about each of the characters as I write and develop their character arcs.

One new twist to the series: it will be from multiple viewpoints.
Originally, I meant to share the story all from Dunnie's point of view, but I realized I really want to write from Aria's and Ray's perspectives, the villain's perspective, and one other character's perspective (who I can't name or describe without giving something away at this point because I'm mucking about in the process).

I also realized that one of my writing strengths is switching viewpoints and one of my weaknesses is attempting to keep everything in one point of view for more than 100,000 words. I'm well beyond that point now with two book drafts and five bulky outlines with rough scenes taking shape.

Because of this decision, I'm reworking my first novel and making changes to the second to make sure that all of the viewpoint characters are introduced and have viewpoint page-time in books one and two.

Tiny character introductions will appear here on my blog in the coming months. For starters, here's a short blurb for the main character:

Dunnie aka Duncan Kuari McCloud is a Greenling. He can control plant-life and possibly more. He has made mistakes with his power in the past and he is an outcast at middle school, but he's determined to change and use his powers for something good.

To read the original flash fiction story which inspired this super-powered project, you can find it for free at any Smashwords supported location.
Smashwords  iTunes Nook Kobo 


The clock is ticking...

Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?

Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight.Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglas, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraiser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting...

Instead of listening to soundbites, check out what Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. really said in his "I Have a Dream" speech.

And if you've heard that one already today, check out some of his other speeches on youtube. There are many and they are worth a listen.

If I had something ready, I would definitely enter it into the Insecure Writer Support Group's Pitch Contest on Thursday, the 18th! Here are the details:

Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag. On January 18, Tweet your pitch. If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent check their submission guidelines and send your requested query.

Many writers have seen their books published from a Twitter pitch - it’s a quick and easy way to put your manuscript in front of publishers and agents.


Writers may send out 1 Twitter pitch every hour per manuscript.

Publishers/Agents will favorite/heart pitches they are interested in. Publishers can either Tweet basic submission guidelines or direct writers to their submission guidelines. (Writers, please do not favorite/heart pitches.)

No images allowed in pitches.

Pitches must include GENRE/AGE and the hashtag #IWSGPit.

#C - children’s
#MG - middle grade
#YA - young adult
#NA - new adult
#A - adult
#AD - adventure
#CF - Christian fiction
#CO - contemporary
#F - fantasy
#H - horror
#HI - historical
#LF - literary fiction
#MCT - mystery/crime/thriller
#ME - memoir
#NF - non-fiction
#PB - picture book
#PN - paranormal
#R - romance
#SF - sci-fi
#WF - women's fiction

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Impossible or I'm Possible?

My apologies for any faux pas I have made in the last week. (There are always some, but this week they seemed to multiply.)

First, if I haven't visited back yet from IWSG, I will be making the rounds in the next three days. We had Influenza A in our house, the real deal with fever, chills, etc. I either had it before anyone else and didn't realize, or I'm walking around like a ticking time bomb. Thankfully, everyone seems to be on the mend.

I wanted to revisit my goals from last week to explain (my hubs thought the "Impossible" part needed more explanation) and to encourage everyone to join the IWSG instagram Writer Wednesday Challenges.

Here's my personal post for today:

If you have an instagram account and want to join in on photo or post challenges, please go here:
IWSG on instagram.

Here's the Challenges for the month, followed by the IWSG post for today:

More details about #IWSGPit may be found here. 

Next week: 5 Tips for Using Instagram (advice from in-house YA experts)

Oh, and I just discovered I had six hint fiction stories published at Nail Polish Stories yesterday!
Go here for five minutes of reading material (mine are near the end and will take one minute to read.)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

#TheIWSG January 2018, Winners, Instagram, Flaming Crimes

The Insecure Writer's Group is a place for writers to share their writer insecurities or tips and to encourage one another. Led by Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh and many administrators, the blog hop this month is also co-hosted by: 

New Year, New Ideas, One Hope
Last year, I had a list of resolutions a mile long. Hyperbole aside, I did have a list of writing resolutions, life resolutions, goals, and ideas that went for three pages on my laptop. I think I pared it down to a mere 15 items that I shared here on my blog at the beginning of 2017.
This year, I'm sticking with a pair of guiding ideas:
1. Six Impossible Ideas Before Breakfast.
2. Hope
All goals, plans, ideas fall under those two and I'm keeping most of them in the "idea" and "plan" stage instead of "resolutions or else" type stage. 
1. Six Impossible Ideas Before Breakfast stands for all writing, drafting, planning, world-building, and creative thinking. 2018 is my year for mucking about in the process of my projects. I'm working on the foundations for projects with all the brick-laying, cement-mixing, mud, and dirt mess that foundation work requires. 
2. Hope stands for my one hope in God. I've gone back and forth here at my blog, trying not to over-state my faith, trying not to under-state it, but the reality is my faith defines me. I am nothing without my hope in Christ. Hope carried me through some tough times in 2017. 
Hope is my cornerstone.

IWSG Question: What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

I have specific word count goals for each day of the week (fewer on weekends) and I plan to write from 8:30-10 each morning Tuesday through Friday, unless I'm substitute teaching. If substituting, I plan to write from 3:45-4:45 Monday through Friday. (I'll write during that time every Monday). 
I have a phone reminder for each day and it's on my calendar for both times. 

Drum Roll .....................................................................
The Winners for the IWSG Mystery Anthology Are:

A Stich in Crime – Gwen Gardner  
Until Release  - Jemi Fraiser
The Tide Waits – Rebecca M. Douglas
Center Lane - Christine Clemetson
One More Minute – Mary Aalgaard
Three O’Clock Execution - S. R. Betler
The Little Girl in the Bayou - J. R. Ferguson
Cypress, Like the Tree - Yolanda Renée
Gussy Saint and the Case of the Missing Coed - C.D. Gallant-King
Special Mention:
Heartless – C. Lee McKenzie

#TheIWSG is on Instagram and I'm the new administrator for it! It's exciting, heady, and ... well, a tiny bit of volunteer work, but I'm ready to instagram on #TheIWSG Writing Wednesdays. Are you?
Come join us here: #TheIWSG on instagram or TheIWSGinsta.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the next IWSG Twitter Pitch Party – Thursday, January 18!

With hundreds of agents and publishers, this one will be ten times bigger than our first event.

Prompt: What is something ridiculous you would save if there was a fire?
Ridiculous is the keyword there. After your family, pets, and important items are safe and sound, what is the one odd thing you'd want to grab from your home?

Ridiculous? My Eeyore Mug. It's a sixteen ounce mug I bought at Disneyland circa 2004. It is my favorite mug, along with a Tinkerbell one I bought at the same time. These mugs have stood the test of homeschooling, writing, late nights, early mornings, and even car trips. Eeyore and I both have a bit of a problem with seeing the glass half full, but the mug helps me remember to look up.

The Wild Rose Press
BLURB: Beth and Donovan are now happily married,
and what Beth wants more than anything is a baby.
Her dream of starting a family is put on hold as
fires burn dangerously close
and Donovan becomes a victim of sabotage.

Their lives may just go up in flames…

About the Author: Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept blending romance, crimes, and disasters. She’s partnered with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and runs their Goodreads book club. She’s also an editor for Dancing Lemur Press.
Author Links: Website / Blog / Goodreads
Facebook / Twitter / Amazon

What are your guiding ideas/goals for this year? Are you ready to instagram with IWSG? What ridiculous item might you grab in a fire?