#AmWriting, #EscapeRooms, and #PetSematary

I’m still working on the second draft at a snail-sloth pace (Thanks for the new word, Sarah!), but progress is being made.  So that’s a plus.  Thanks for all the positivity sent my way last week – it certainly helped!  I’m not sure if I mentioned it before, but this will be a duology, a new feat for me.  It’s not something I planned, but the characters let me know their story wasn’t finished, and with YA books, it’s generally frowned upon to have a word count much higher than 80K.

I can’t believe I forgot to mention this last week, but have you guys ever tried Escape Rooms?  My oldest son and his girlfriend were here a couple of weeks ago, talking about how they did one with friends and how much fun it was.  I knew there were a few facilities where we lived, so the four of us (hubby is included) scheduled a room.  Our mistake was choosing a scenario (Murder Hotel) with an 8 out of 10 difficulty level.  The first ten minutes convinced us we were the stupidest people on the face of the planet – then we started putting clues together.  We had to ask for help a couple of times, and if we’d only had a couple more minutes, we would have escaped.  It was loads of fun, and we plan to give it another try the next time they’re in town.

You guys know I’m a Stephen King fan.  Did you know they’re doing a remake of Pet Sematary?  It’s been a while since I’ve seen a good horror movie.  Enjoy the trailer.

#AmWriting, Book Events, and #Marvel Movies

I’m still working on my second draft of the new book – which is still untitled.  Right now, the working title is Book 3.  Take note of my eloquence.  With Sarah, I struggled for months to find the right title, and only decided on it five minutes before sending the manuscript to my publisher.  With The Gemini Connection, the title popped in my head almost from day one.  Anyhoo, this second draft seems to be moving at a snail’s pace.  I’m frustrated that, considering the amount of time I’ve been working on this book, from the day the idea popped in my head until now, this is as far as I’ve gotten.  With TGC, I was in a similar situation, although not to this degree, but once I reached a certain point in the writing process, progress moved with the speed of a freight train.  I’m hoping that train shows up pretty soon.  Anyone else in/has been in this situation?

A new book festival is starting up an hour from where I live – Heartland Book Festival, if anyone wants to apply.  Friday will be Children’s Day – it’s always fun seeing swarms of kids with books in their hands, and Saturday will also be a signing day, with panels and presentations.  I’m hoping I get in, but if not, I’ll probably be there as a reader.  My next event is the Lexington Legendary Book Bash, in Lexington, KY in March.  That’s one I always look forward to – not just for the signing, books, and meeting readers and other authors – but my oldest son lives there.  So it’s like a bonus!

So I’m over halfway through the second season of The Punisher on Netflix.  Jon Bernthal (a Walking Dead alum) does a fantastic job as Frank Castle.  Speaking of The Walking Dead – it returned last night!  A lot of changes this second half of the season, and it’s been a long wait since the first half ended.  There haven’t been any movies out lately I’ve been excited about.  However, Captain Marvel releases March 8th, and Avengers:  Endgame is out April 26th – do you really need to ask where I’ll be on those days?

Have a great week!

 

Book Signing, #BlogTour, and #ADiscoveryofWitches

So how’s your winter going?  We finally got a dusting of snow Saturday night/early Sunday morning, and the temps are below freezing today.  This is the most ‘winter’ we’ve had this season – makes me wonder if we’ll be seeing snow in March and April.

If you’re a regular visitor to this blog, you know The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Choksi was in my top five reads last year (I had an ARC).  The book was just released last week, and on Friday, I learned the author would be at Parnassus Books in Nashville on Saturday afternoon.  Since that’s only an hour drive for me, you can probably guess where I was that day.  Despite the rainy day, there was standing room only at the bookstore, and Roshani was a delight – such a wonderful sense of humor, and she answered every question before signing books.

Next Monday, three other Black Rose Writing authors and I will begin a blog tour with R&R Book Tours.  I don’t have the schedule yet, but Shannon from R&R created a fantastic banner.  The books are various genres under the YA umbrella – contemporary, thriller, sci-fi/fantasy, and coming of age/semi-autobiographical.  Make sure to stop by and register for giveaways and show us some love!

So, I finished You on Netflix, and I’d recommend it if stalker/thrillers are your thing.  This weekend, I started watching A Discovery of Witches, based on the book by Deborah Harkness.  I’m such a fan of that book series, and was skeptical of the casting of one character in particular, but the actor is slowing winning me over.  Watch it on Shudder with a 7-day free subscription – only 8 episodes.

#Vacation, #Peanuts, and #YouNetflix

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts.  With NaNo, I didn’t have much time, then there were the holidays, then other posts were scheduled for Monday.  Anyhoo – nice to see you guys again!  Let’s catch up.

Back in early December, hubby and I took a long weekend and went to Clearwater Beach in Florida.  We’d never been there before, and someone recommended it to us.  The first day was absolutely gorgeous, and I spent most of it in my happy place – chair, beach, umbrella, and book.  Enough said.  And just look at the gorgeous sunset we witnessed that night!

The next day was rainy, but we were prepared, and spent a night at Universal Studios – my next favorite happy place.  Anytime I can be in Harry Potter World is time well spent, in my opinion.  Saw a magnificent light show at Hogwarts Castle that night – amazing how they can do that.  The trip was a nice distraction from all the holiday stress, and we had a great time.

Don’t know about you guys, but gifted baker isn’t part of my skill set.  If I’m making something, it’s either from a recipe, or I’m reading instructions on a box.  I saw these Peanuts gingerbread house kits at Kroger, was feeling adventurous, and thought it would be fun to give it a shot.  Two friends and I did them together (one got pretty competitive), and we had a blast.  I’ll never win any baking competitions or cake decorating contests, but it was fun.  Like my Snoopy on top?

Four different people over the span of a week recommended You on Netflix.  After my son texted me about it the other night, I knew I had to watch it.  And I’m hooked.  Have you guys seen it?  It’s based on the book by Caroline Kepnes.  Here’s the blurb:

What would you do for love? For a brilliant male bookstore manager who crosses paths with an aspiring female writer, this question is put to the test. A charming yet awkward crush becomes something even more sinister when the writer becomes the manager’s obsession. Using social media and the internet, he uses every tool at his disposal to become close to her, even going so far as to remove any obstacle –including people — that stands in his way of getting to her.

Have a great week!

 

Happy Holidays!

I’m out for the holidays.  Both sons will be with us for the next several days, so you know how excited I am.  And we’re seeing Aquaman tomorrow!  I’ve heard mixed reviews, so I hope I’m not disappointed.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!  See you in 2019.

#NaNoWriMo and #AmericanHorrorStory

I don’t know about you guys, but it’s a rainy Monday morning here.  It’s been several weeks since we’ve caught up, so let’s do something about it.  This will be a quick post – meant to write it yesterday, but life got in the way.

Wish I could say I’m caught up on visiting blogs by now after Bad Moon – but I’m totally not.  But – this is my first time participating in NaNoWriMo, and I’ve met my word count goal every day so far!  For someone who struggled to get 500 words per day two months ago, it’s a huge achievement, and I have such a feeling of accomplishment after recording my progress every day.  My biggest obstacle to word count in the past was editing.  Going back over what I’d written the previous day, then taking far too long choosing the perfect descriptive words was sucking up valuable writing time.  First drafts are messy, and no one but the writer should ever be put through the torture of reading them – but when they’re finished, you’ve got the bones of a story, and something to work with.

I haven’t made it to the movie theater in weeks, and there are several movies (Bohemian Rhapsody, First Man) I’d like to see – but it just didn’t work out schedule wise.  However, it’s a safe bet that I’ll show up for The Crimes of Grindelwald.  I mentioned several weeks back that this season’s American Horror Story looked promising, and with only one episode to go, it’s at the top of my favorites.  Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates are always a pleasure to watch, but a new actor to the series has really impressed me this season – Cody Fern.  He’s enthralling as Michael, and he’s  steals every scene.  Okay, yes, he’s playing the Antichrist, but he does it so well.

Fern also turned up in the last season of House of Cards.  I’d looked forward to this final season, with all the backstabbing (sometimes literally), political maneuvering, manipulation, and deceit.  Kevin Spacey wasn’t in these last episodes – but everything was about his character.  I’d hoped it would be Claire’s (Robin Wright) story, and it was such a disappointment.  When all was said and done, I actually yelled out loud in disappointment.  No many unanswered questions.  It definitely ended with a whimper.

Have a great week, and if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, hang in there!