#JuNoWriMo; I’m In

The month is almost over which means June is almost here. With it comes the summer version of National Novel Writing Month, JuNoWriMo. I wasn’t going to participate because I have so much going on, but I’ve changed my mind. It will help me to have a certain date to have various aspects of Grimm Tidings 2 finished. On June 1st, not only will I reveal the covers for both Grimm Tidings novellas, but also the dates of publication.

The next couple of months will be crazy exciting with things moving forward on these books and the kids being home for summer break. I usually bite off more than I can chew during the summer months, but, while this year seems to be heading in that direction too, with my kids being a little older and a little more independent I think I might have found a pretty good balance. *knocks on wood*

For now, I’ve got raspberry filled dark chocolate calling my name. Yummy=)

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Opinions, Yoga, and a Form

It’s been almost two weeks since I last blogged. I hadn’t realized how long until yesterday but didn’t have a chance to write anything out. I’ve been neck deep in edits and prepping everything for the cover reveal on June 1st. There’s still time to sign up and be a part of the reveal. I’ve added the form below if you’re so inclined.

A lot has been on my mind this week. Social media is reeling over the last episode of Game of Thrones. It’s heavy stuff that has weighed on me, but I can’t seem to unpack my thoughts on it. I agree with everyone who hates it and condemns it and I agree with some* of the people who don’t. I’m going to see what happens with Sansa’s character in tonight’s episode before I bang my personal gavel for one side or the other.

In other news, I’ve started doing yoga. When I asked online what a good workout for chronic pain was, I got an overwhelming response suggesting yoga as the way to go. I’ve only been doing it for a few days, but my downward dog is much improved already. Who knew that position would be so difficult?! I’m starting small and working my way up. I know what positions will work for me and what I’ll have to build up to, so we’ll see how things are going in a few weeks.

Anyway, don’t forget to sign up for the cover reveal for Grimm Tidings 1 & 2!

Until next time=)

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Cover Reveal Date for Grimm Tidings I & II

I’ve been working hard on prep for the release of my first two Grimm Tidings novellas. Edits for the first are going well, and I’ve decided on a new name. I’ve already informed my Wattpad followers that there’s only a little bit of time left to read Orchids and Ash in its current form before I remove it for publication. I’ll also be removing it from here within a couple of short weeks, so if you’re not on Wattpad and want to read it before it comes out in ebook, click on the link above.

I’ve gotten the covers finished. I started a couple of weeks ago and while I was very thrilled with the cover for the second book, the first didn’t quite jive with me. So, I took a week without looking at it, studied other covers in the same genre, studied the cover for book two more closely, and once I got back to the first one, I realized what didn’t work. I’m thrilled to have two covers that I absolutely love now=)

And speaking of covers…

I will be doing a cover reveal on Monday, June 1st. If anyone is interested in helping with this cover reveal, I’ve set up a Google Form. Just enter your information, and a few days before, I’ll send you all the relevant information. The cover reveal will also include the dates of release for both books. There are a couple of extra questions on there as well, to guage interest in reviews and a book tour, though nothing about those is set in stone just yet. They’re basically just feelers, testing the water. A yes or no answer for either will have no bearing on the cover reveal.

I also encourage you to sign up for my newsletter. There will be exclusive giveaways and excerpts for all subscribers before, during, and after the release of both books.

Anyway, the closer we get to release, the more news I’ll have. I hope to see your names on the reveal form=)

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#IWSG: “All Work and No Play” Doesn’t Apply to Writers

You know that saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”? Well, this past weekend I was workworkworkworkwork… and I had a blast doing it. So, if I’m working AND playing, what is the point of the saying?

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“All work and no play” doesn’t apply to writers.

At least, not to all of us. Yes, there are times when being a writer seems like nothing but work and play is such a far-flung thing it’s impossible to reconcile with your career. But, for the most part, writing is fun. It’s play. It’s imagination taking shape with words. As writers, we get to imagine all the most fantastical things and either accept them or reject them based on other fantastical things we thought up earlier.

Being a writer isn’t just about writing though. There are parts that writers love and parts that writers hate. There are also parts that writers love and hate at the same time. It doesn’t matter what the part is that we love, what matters is that it’s not just work but play at that point. For instance, I spent the entire weekend and most of Monday doing cover designs for my upcoming Grimm Tidings releases. I also set up a schedule and started looking at fonts for the text. This was fun for me. So much fun, in fact, that I completely lost track of time and ended up getting the kids to bed an hour late on Saturday night.

The writing excites me as well. I’ll get so excited about a project that I am a smiling, giddy mess. Yes, I get to the middle and feel the need to pull out several handfuls of hair every day, but once I get closer to the end, the giddiness returns.

Jennifer L. Armentrout recently posted a video on Facebook about keeping the passion alive after publishing 37 books in four years. I think it’s a great look into the writing life and, to expand on her point a little, proof that when your work is play, the passion is hard to get rid of.

I hope you all have a fabulous and productive May, and stay tuned to see the work I did this weekend. A cover reveal is coming soon=)

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Update and Thoughts

I got in touch with my previous host and after a couple of days they sent me all files from after March 14. There’s a ton of them all loaded into a HUGE zip file. Now, more waiting.

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I’m going to try to get them back up, but there’s no telling IF or WHEN I’ll be able to do it. At this very moment, I’m waiting for help from my current host, so my level of optimism is increasing.

You guys, this file is so freaking huge though. Seriously. It took an hour to download, and while my internet isn’t as fast as I’d like it to be, it’s not dial-up. We’ll see how it goes though.

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I’ve been working on my novella in the mean time and things are flowing fairly well. I’ve also been doing a lot of research regarding book covers and editing services and such and have too many folders full of too much information. It’s a bit overwhelming, but exciting at the same time. I will probably end up changing the name of Orchids and Ash and removing it from Wattpad, but those things won’t happen for at least another month. Still, I have a lot of work to do before release day and that will come up soon enough.

I’ll have more news on this front coming up sometime in May too, so keep your eyes on this space, on my Twitter, and on my Facebook Page (those links up top). Also, you could sign up for my newsletter (check the sidebar). I used to send it out every month, but I’m sticking to just Updating followers on news now, so your inbox won’t be spammed full of all things me 😉

Anyway, for those participating, I hope things are going well for your A to Z Challenge, and for those not participating, I hope things are going well too=)

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A little redecorating

Over the next few days I’m probably going to be switching themes several times. I’m trying to find one that I like and that fits the blog. There are some hard choices since there are a lot of great themes out there, but I’m confident I’ll find one that I really like and that doesn’t confuse you guys as well.

On the missing post front, I’ve gotten in touch with my old host and I’m crossing my fingers that they still have the files for my A to Z posts somewhere in their servers. But I’m planning for the worst while hoping for the best.

Anyway, if things look wonky for a bit or you keep seeing different themes (or even the same two themes over and over again) don’t worry about it. It’s just me trying to figure out what will work. And since I also have words to write, it will probably take a few days to decide.

Until next time, cross your fingers for me!

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In which I die a little inside

You may have noticed that my A to Z Challenge posts are gone. You may have stopped by at some point on Sunday and wondered what happened because my blog disappeared. You may not have done either of these things. Whatever the case, yes, the posts are gone. No, I did not delete them.

It all started last month when I switched hosts. I had to keep my old host for an extra month because of the process migrating everything over to the new one. They didn’t want my site to disappear at all. So, I kept the old while switching to the new. Once the migration was done, I went to the nameservers and changed them to the new ones.

Or, so I thought.

So, color me surprised when, after taking a bit of a computer break, when I hop on the internet to make sure my Q post is scheduled properly and ready to go only to discover, I couldn’t even reach my dashboard. I contacted both hosting companies because I didn’t know what was happening. At first, both companies worried that my domain had expired, but that couldn’t be right. I even checked and it didn’t. Then they worried about the nameservers, but I had already switched them over. Still, I went and checked that too and there it was. The servers were all pointing to the previous host where my account had been deactivated.

*grumble grumble*

Long story short, I switched them again and they finally took.

Unfortunately, because my A to Z posts were on the previous hosts server and my account is now deactivated, I lost all of them. Every single one. Even a couple of other posts from March.

I did not back them up at all during April. Not a single one. And they’re all gone. I’m going to try to get them back from my previous host, but I am not optimistic about it.

 

Well, I almost made it to the end…

Needless to say, I am more than a little perturbed. The truth is, I want to wring someone’s neck. Still, the only one to blame is myself because I didn’t double check to make sure everything was as it should be until it was way too late. I’m just glad I was able to figure things out and get my blog back up quickly. I’d worried that it would take a couple of days for the servers to switch over, but it only took a few hours.

So. What now? What do I do since every post is already gone and it looks unlikely I’ll get them back?

I’m taking it as a sign.

I’d postponed finishing and publishing my second Grimm Tidings novella since I knew that the A to Z Challenge would take up a lot of my time this month. I think maybe this is a sign that I should get back to that. I’m going to keep the new publishing date, but I’m going to get back to hitting it hard and finish this novella. I’ve also got all kinds of other things to do to prepare for publication, so this will offer me a few extra days I didn’t have before.

Silver linings and all, I suppose.

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Anyway, I’m still going to go through and visit blogs on the challenge. And if, by some chance, I do get those posts back, I’ll post them right away.

Until next time, please check your servers!

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