This is Me Doing Things

You know how sometimes you read your stuff and you’re like, God, this is so stupid?

*Smacks head against keyboard*

*gets drink from kitchen*

*puts drink back because hangovers are evil*

*stares at the computer*

*questions life choices*

*eats Oreos*

*watches HGTV*

I’m at this part of the cycle when I can either go forward or stop. Stopping doesn’t seem to do anyone any good so I might as well keep going even though I’m pretty sure the whole thing is crap. I know it isn’t, but parts of it are and I’m focused on them.  Also: this is my first contemporary YA romance which means the structure is extremely different than the sci-fi/fantasy I’ve written. Those have tons of action while this piece moves at a slower pace and now I’m questioning it’s boring-level. There are no monsters, evil dictators, spies, or wild centuries-long secrets that come to fruition. It’s just (mostly) two people in a strange situation that find love.

Which is like, every YA story minus the love-triangle and the exciting dystopian/paranormal background. I’m not even sure why I wrote it. I didn’t intend to. I was actually starting to write this really awesome fantasy thing (and will probably still) but I kept switching documents to write this other thing and somehow I’ve got it fully fleshed. I don’t think I was even planning to show it to anybody. But it’s two years later and now I am and I’m at that shit-yourself-stage because it’s so unlike what I’ve written and I’m terrified that it’s stupid/boring/lame/just like everything else out there.

But I’m going to do it, guys. I’m going to look for some BETAs  soon and just do it. I could totally not, leave it on the computer and be done with the thing, but where’s the fun in that? As terrifying as this part is in the process, I’ll feel like a real tool if I did all the work up until this point to just stop now.  Carpe Diem, right? Life is made for us to do things.

So I’m doing things.

They’re Real and They’re Spectacular

This may be an inappropriate post, but I have to brag a little. I should’ve last October when I made the most AMAZING costumes for me and Batman (we went as Helga and Arnold from that classic 90s Nickelodeon, Hey Arnold!) but I wasn’t blogging much then—like now—and I didn’t post any of my costume picks. But I can keep my October New Year’s goal and show you what I’m working on now. Ready for this?

Cartoon testicles! Yes! I made Batman a pair of nuts! And I am *oh so proud* of myself because up until a couple days ago, I wasn’t sure how I was going to pull it off. There’s more to this costume than just the family jewels, but I had to get this part out of the way first. And to answer your question: yes, I did research different ways to make cartoon testicles on Pintrest. It wasn’t quite my search topic, but… I took a stroll down other peoples’ imagination on the subject and man, people get creative.

This has nothing to do with writing other than I keep taking a break from my WIP to look over and see the pair. I mean, come on. Is this not distracting:

So, I’m at a critical part in the second book (again, no one’s read the first) and I have a bridge to jump from where I am to the cloudy ending I see. I’m a Panster, so I have no outline, so I keep looking up and thinking. Then I look over to this part of the room. Then to that part. And then my eyes land on Batman’s prized possession and I smile. Even if I never become the fabulously amazing author it’s obvious that I will be, look at what I accomplished.

If only my A.P. teachers could see me now.

Gallery Vomit

In an effort to purge my phone of the thousands of pictures I take but never delete, I’ve decided to post some of (what I think are) the best photos on there. I feel kind of weird sending them to that sad little trashcan especially when I think they’re kind of cool or something I’d use for inspiration later on. But I wanted them to be seen at least once by someone who isn’t me and there are plenty of you out that who aren’t.

Enjoy 🙂

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Fall Fantasy Conclave Welcomes: They Write the Books – J.L.Hendricks

As the week continues, I’d like to welcome my second guest author, J.L. Hendricks!

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Now, since we Indie authors are reaching out to each other like crazy, in hopes of spreading the word about one another’s work, J.L.Hendricks has a few new questions she’d like to answer from another Q& A.

Go for it, J.L!

What do you write about in your blog?

Currently I do a #FreebieFriday on #InstaFreebie regular blog every Friday! Come check it out for an awesome selection of free books from various authors and genre’s! I also write about different things that sound good to me. I have written about some other authors, done cover reveals, I even have a short story from my Eclipse series up. I am from So Cal and not too long ago we had an earthquake in the middle of the night that woke me up, so I blogged about it the next day.

What are your writing plans for this year?

I have two full trilogies to get out by the end of this year, plus a few books for anthologies! One of those is almost done, just working on the final editing pieces. I have also just sent book 1 in my new sci-fi romance trilogy to the beta readers! Worlds Away is already up for presale and the final manuscript goes up to Amazon this weekend.

For Christmas I will have a brand new trilogy to come out in November and December. It will be a Paranormal Christmas Romance. I can’t wait to start writing this one!

With writing, are you a plotter or (seat-of-your) pantser?

Total Pantser! I tried really hard to plot out a scene before writing Age of the Eclipse, a friend of mine asked to be killed off in a Bingo hall. I totally wanted to do it and make it this huge battle scene, but once the story started writing itself, I couldn’t get it in. So Nan, it’s coming! I will get you killed off in a Bingo hall!

Where do you like to travel?

Europe is one of my favorite places to go. There is so much to see and do all over Europe, plus the history is just amazing in each country! However, the Caribbean is one of my favorite places to relax. White sandy beaches, who can resist!

Favorite food?

Seafood!!! I once had a fantastic Marlin while in Seattle, Wa! I have looked at every menu since then looking for it everywhere I do, guess I need to go back to Seattle this summer! Unless someone in SO Cal knows of a restaurant I go and get a good serving of Marlin?

Favorite song at the moment:

I have been listening to soundtracks lately while writing. The Suicide Squad soundtrack has kept me in the writing zone lately, so I would have to say that one. But I always love a good Daft Punk song too! They really help me to focus when writing.

Number one thing to do on your bucket list:

Visit every continent on this planet! Yes, even Antarctica! I still have South America, Antarctica, and Australia/Oceania to visit. Then I want to conquer outer space! To infinity and beyond!

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Get it here!

J.L.Hendricks:

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J.L. Hendricks is a new independent author. The Interdimensional Saga series is her first one and she is very excited to share Book 1, Eclipse of the Warrior. Her latest series which comes out later this month is a PG-13 version of the hot Alien Sci-Fi Romance genre! She thought it might be fun to write in that world while still keeping it mostly clean for everyone to read. Although, she has had some complaints that it was too steamy. Let her know what you think!

She is very proud to have served in the US Army before she went to college. She decided to finally write, and finish a book, this year because of a few friends who encouraged her to do so. She hopes her stories entertain you and can bring a laugh on occasion.

****Come back tomorrow for a peek into Worlds Away!!!*****

IWSG – I need your help!

I know this is a blog hop. I get how this works (it only took me a couple of months of stalking IWSG to figure it out) but now I need some help. Your help.

I’m releasing the fourth book in my series in June.

*ECSTATIC HAPPY DANCE ENSUES*

…and I actually need to market this time.

*stops dancing*

*hangs head*

*ugly sobs*

It’s cliché at this point in the industry to say I have NO idea what I’m doing. But I’ve picked up a few things and I know—I KNOW—I should probably do a new-release blog hop. I’m just kind of confused on how. How do I set this thing up? Do I contact each individual blogger I want to be featured on? Do I put out an announcement or blog about it here? Do I tip the man with the magic beans or kidnap a student on their way to Hogwarts? How?? How do I do this?

When you’ve released your book with a blog hop, how did you go about it? How far in advance did you set up the author interviews / guest posts/ other things I don’t even know exist? And did you do it differently if there were previous books in the series? I am completely and *utterly* lost and barely being able to operate a computer (let alone this blog), any help/advice/drink recipes would be greatly appreciated. 🙂

The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writers Support Group! It’s a place for writers of all stages to get together and express their fear, doubts and worries, and also to encourage, inspire and befriend 🙂 If you’re interested in not suffering through it alone anymore, I’d suggest checking us out here.

*Compliments to Alex Cavanaugh who started this awesomeness!

IWSG – Time to Celebrate

To be honest, the 1st sort of crept on me. And with it, this post for IWSG.

So, I have been in a whirlwind of Seattle (visit there. You will love it), babysitting, double-cleaning and updating chapters of my newest project, Rozmarie & Josiah, on wattpad, even though wattpad refuses to acknowledge the updates. I’ve placed a link to them here but who knows if it’s going to work.

*crosses fingers anxiously*

Happy IWSG to all you IWSGers out there. Insecure Writer’s Support Group is open to all authors, novice to pro, to share their doubts and fears with the rest of us, so we can all grow and support one another in this amazing endeavor. Basically, it’s to realize our freakish tendencies aren’t so freakish. So if you want to join (and you know you do) you can become part of this awesome blog hop started by Alex Cavanaugh here.

This month I’m feeling… excited. Due to financial situations, the correct emotion should be scared shitless. And like, 3% of me is. But I don’t want to waste my life worrying. I’ve done enough of that and it solves nothing. So I’ve decided to really enjoy this life and all its opportunities. I’m excited about each day and even things I’m not guaranteed. But the possibility of them exists and that’s enough. So, we’re going with excited. Yeah. Yeah, I like that.

What about you? How are you feeling this July 1st – the official beginning to the second half of the year? Terrified that Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Festivus is only six months away? Or excited for all the amazing things that are going to happen between now and then?

Yup. Thought so.

***side note – Hell yeah to the same sex marriage ruling. About time. The mission here is love. It’s always been about love.