Vote, #Giveaway, and Happy Thanksgiving!

So, Subject A36 has been nominated for Best Indie Science Fiction book on ReadFREE.ly. Don’t know how that happened, but I’m thrilled. Now I need favors from all of you – please vote for me! There are several different categories, but the direct link to the sci-fi category is HERE. Thanks so much!

If you haven’t registered to win eighteen speculative fiction books, time is running out. Five winners will be chosen randomly on November 30th. Click HERE to enter!

I’m taking the week off to spend with family. The stars aligned, and we’ll have both sons with us for Thanksgiving this year. Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday – see you next week!

Christmas Tree, #YallWrite, and #Giveaway

We put up our Christmas tree yesterday and I’m not embarrassed. We usually put it up the weekend before Thanksgiving because we travel over the holiday, but this year we did it even earlier. Judging by our neighborhood, we’re not the only ones. 2020 has been _____ (choose your own adjective), so if Christmas lights bring joy to folks, I’m all for it. I always said I’d leave my tree up year round if I could get away with it.

I took advantage of the free Y’All Write master classes and author panels over the weekend. Watching Victoria Schwab teach a master class on The Story Corpse – her technique of building a story – was definitely a highlight. I’m such a fan of her work and came out of her class with a list of new ideas. Listening to other well-known authors with plenty of books under their belt talk about how they still deal with writing challenges and self-doubt sure made me feel better. Guess we all have days when we can’t string enough words together to form even one sentence – and if we do, it sounds like crap.

The speculative fiction giveaway is still going on, so if you haven’t entered yet, click HERE to enter and learn more about the featured books. Five random winners will be chosen November 30th!

WP Editor, Writer’s Retreat, Y’All Write, and #GiveAway

So, fun fact. I’d procrastinated for months about learning the new WP editor, which is my own fault. We’d been traveling for the weekend and got home late on a Sunday night in early October, and I needed to prepare the Bad Moon Rising post for the next day. My classic editor was gone. Disappeared. Poof. Son of a %*#$@! I tried everything I could think of to get it back, locate it, beg for it – you get the picture. So that was my baptism into using Gutenberg. I’ve gotten the hang of it now, but hubby said even the neighbors heard my rants.

I mentioned last week I wasn’t doing NaNo, but was participating in a four week virtual writing retreat hosted by authors C.J. Redwine and Mary Weber. It’s been fantastic! Every Tuesday evening we have a virtual workshop and so far we’ve covered ideas, seven plotting methods, building an atmospheric world, authentic dialogue, and character webs. During the week there are writing sprints, prompts, Q&A, etc. I’ve “met” several other writers, one who actually lives in my town. My writing has been more disciplined, and I’m beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel for the first draft. Yay!

For all you YA fans and writers out there, November 13th and 14th is the Y’All Write book festival. It features some amazing authors, and I’ve already registered for nine panels – so that’s my Friday and Saturday. Check out the website HERE.

Just a reminder about the giveaway I’m participating in. Eighteen speculative fiction books spanning loads of subgenres! Five random winners will be chosen November 30th. To enter and learn more about the featured books, click HERE. Good luck!

#BookPromo, #BadMoonRising, and #TheMandalorian

The Subject A36 ebook will be discounted to $0.99 for one day only on Friday, October 16th – mark your calendars!  I spent hours yesterday submitting the info to various websites to promote it in newsletters, on their website, etc.  My brain was mush by the time I finished.  I probably could have listed it on more sites, but I just didn’t have it in me.  There has to be an easier way to do this.  Any suggestions?  Have any sites worked better for you than others?

If you’re scheduled for Bad Moon Rising and haven’t returned your information, the deadline was yesterday.  I’ve received all except five, but I’ll send out reminder emails today for those authors.

I have another trailer today!  I adored the first season of The Mandalorian, and the trailer for season 2 dropped last week.  This is the way.  Take a look!

#AmWriting, #DuneTrailer, #AmWatching

I feel like I don’t have much to report, but that doesn’t mean nothing is going on.  All the Bad Moon Rising spots are filled, and more than half of the authors have returned their info.  You guys are in for such a treat this year!  I’ve also been working on the sequel to Subject A36.  Last week I mentioned that I write out of order, so I’ve been cutting, pasting, and rearranging files to look more like chapters.  I know there’s got to be an easier way to do this, but it’s just the way my brain works.  Must be a short in there somewhere.

Back in college, I started reading the Dune series by Frank Herbert and got to the fourth or fifth book.  The 1984 movie was a disappointment, but the trailer for the new movie really has me excited.  And the cast has some heavy hitters who seem perfect for the roles – take a look.

 

Shoutout to Priscilla and Staci (I think?) who recommended Lucifer.  I started watching it last week and I’m loving it.  Tom Ellis is hilarious along with his hints of darkness – I’m sorry I waited this long to give it a try.  Thanks for the rec, guys!

Derby Fun and #AmWatching

Although four months late, this was a beautiful Derby weekend in KY and temps were pretty mild compared to what they’ve been.  Hubby and I spent Derby day at a small gathering of friends and family.  Lots of food, several varieties of bourbon, and many bets on horses that didn’t pay off.  We’re not big gamblers, but hubby and sons (not me because I’m horrible at it) usually place a few bets througout the day for fun.  Before the last race, we all draw numbers corresponding to the horses, and I came in third with Mr. Big News winning me the glass and mini bottle in the pic – woo hoo!  It was a fun-filled day, and one I’m glad we were able to celebrate even four months late.

My oldest son was here for the weekend, as well as some of his friends who aren’t local anymore, for an even more important event – fantasy football draft.  They’ve been doing this together for years, even though one of them is now living in Australia.  I have no idea what time it was in his part of the world when they began yesterday, but my son had plenty of lists and charts he’d made in preparation.  I was just glad to have both sons here for lunch yesterday – it’s a rare occasion these days.

If you ever watched The Karate Kid, you’ve probably seen ads for Cobra Kai on Netflix.  It’s incredibly difficult for me to find something hubby will watch, but I decided to spring this one on him – and he’s hooked.  Yes, it’s cheesy and pretty laughable at times, but it’s also full of Karate Kid Easter eggs you’ll pick up on if you’re a fan of the movie.  Underlying themes of how to be a better dad/person/friend are often covered up by immature high school rivalries and alpha male crap, but if you look deeply – sometimes very deeply (you may need a shovel) – you’ll discover them.  The episodes are less than thirty minutes each, and there are two seasons.  If you’re a child of the 80s, you might enjoy it.

#AmWriting, #AmWatching, and #BadMoonRising

Question to the writers out there – do you write out of sequence?  My brain tends to put a story together in a non-linear fashion and several years ago, I thought that was wrong.  Books couldn’t possibly be written that way.  After reading an interview with a successful author who mentioned that was the technique she used, I suddenly felt validated.  A whole new world opened up for me, and I thought maybe I could actually write a book.  I’m working on my fourth novel and just figured out last week which file was my first chapter.  I’ve got somewhere around 30K words for the sequel to Subject A36 spread across sixteen different files.  What’s your process?

After seeing several friends mention it and at the urging of my youngest son, I finally started watching The Umbrella Academy on Netflix (thanks, Tessa!).  I’m absolutely hooked.  Love the characters (I knew in the first ten minutes Klaus was my favorite) and their whole dysfunctional family dynamic, the time travel storyline, the powers they have – I’m already halfway through season one, and season two dropped recently, so I’m excited I have plenty of episodes ahead of me.

Only one spot remains for Bad Moon Rising – tell your horror, thriller, and supernatural author friends to contact me!

Writing Gods, #TheBatman Trailer, and #BadMoonRising

So, last Monday I’m working on the sequel to Subject A36, boosting the word count.  All of a sudden, my laptop crashes, then starts up again.  I try to open the file, which had around 2K words in it, and nothing.  Says it’s corrupt, and there’s a little red X beside it.  I take a deep, calming breath, tell myself it’s Monday, I’d planned to get in a few hours of writing, and of course something had to go wrong.  What else did I expect?  The writing gods scoffed, much in the same vein as Soup Nazi on Seinfield – No word count for you!  I Google what to do about this problem, read through solution after solution, try several options, but nothing works.  Again – what else did I expect?  I call my computer guru friend, who immediately abandons her couch-buying expedition and comes to my aid.  Although I insisted she didn’t need to drop everything, that’s just the kind of friend she is – how lucky am I?  After arriving and then doing some research of her own, she restored my file, with not one word lost.  Woo-hoo!  Thanks, Susan!

The trailer of The Batman dropped this weekend, and I’m loving this darker version – it can’t release soon enough for me.  Some fans are skeptical about Robert Pattinson as Batman, but I think he can pull it off.  If you’ve only seen him in the Twilight movies, I understand your skepticism.  But I’ve also seen several of his indie movies – don’t underestimate him.  I think you’ll be surprised.

Very few spots remain open for Bad Moon Rising.  If you’re an indie horror, thriller, or supernatural/paranormal author looking for FREE book promotion, click HERE for details.

Chihuly and #BadMoonRising

Last week, a couple friends and I visited Cheekwood Estate and Gardens in Nashville where they’re currently featuring a Chihuly exhibit.  Until about two years ago, I was unfamiliar with this artist – then we visited another exhibition at Biltmore Estate in NC, which resulted in me becoming a big fan.  I’d never been to Cheekwood, but the grounds are beautiful and the artwork speaks for itself, as you can tell by the pictures.

We enjoyed meandering through the gardens and gazing in awe at the outside sculptures first, then moved on into the mansion for a tour – just in time, because the rain started right as we entered.  The library was my favorite room (duh) – all those old books, and such a fantastic collection!  If I’d been the guide in that room, no doubt I’d be fired for sitting down and reading all day instead of doing my job.

We thought we’d seen all the Chihuly exhibits, but were surprised to find more in the gallery inside the mansion.  None of us were aware he also did pedestal works, but as you can see from the first picture below, they’re also gorgeous.  It was nice to get away for a few hours and venture out into civilization.  Other visitors maintained their distance, and every person we encountered was masked.

As a reminder, I still have spots available for Bad Moon Rising in October – free publicity!  For more details, click HERE.

Earthquake, Winery, and #BadMoonRising

Hubby and I spent the weekend with his younger brother and his family in the mountains of North Carolina over the weekend.  The weather was fantastic – much cooler temps and lower humidity (woo-hoo!).  On a lazy Sunday morning yesterday, I was reading (duh) while my BIL worked on his laptop, when everything started to shake – vibrations in the floor, ceiling, everywhere.  We looked at each other in shock – earthquake!  But seriously, with what 2020 has brought already, we shouldn’t have been surprised.  It was brief, no injuries, but the largest earthquake NC has experienced in over 100 years – so that was exciting.

This is a picture of my niece’s ENO hammock – which is hung on the balcony of a second story condo.  It was a long drop to the ground.  Watching her get in it had my heart racing – but she did it just fine.  Reading in a hammock sounds like a perfect day – only closer to the ground.

Sunday afternoon, we went to a local winery where my BIL was performing – he’s a physician by day, but sings, writes music, and plays guitar in his free time.  Being outside, the event was well-attended – folks were just anxious to get out of the house.  It may not look like it from the picture, but social distancing was in effect and masks were aplenty.  Wine, food, music, and friends – a wonderful way to spend a Sunday.

If you’re a horror, thriller, or paranormal/supernatural author and would love some free publicity, I’m still taking signups for Bad Moon Rising – more information HERE.

Have a safe and healthy week!