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Summer Break Delusions

I’m always so delighted when school is out. I foresee hours every day of uninterrupted writing, no alarm clocks, and lounging in a hammock with a good book. Yet reality never seems to follow the daydream. Here I am one day in, operating on 4 hours of sleep, quickly approaching midnight and trying to decide if I will sacrifice writing, exercise or sleep. I think I shall choose secret option D where I borrow a time turner from J.K. Rowling and miraculously accomplish it all! Alas, I am a muggle, and a sleep-deprived one at that. Zzzzzzz

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Stephanie Black (right) introducing Janette Rallison (left)

I feel like I’ve been backstage at a rock stars of writing concert! I got to meet most of my favorite living authors: Shannon Hale (yes, I’m counting our five-minute walk into the conference together, even if I only said five words #fangirlingsohard), Janette Rallison (so nice!), Stephanie Black (hilarious), and Dan Wells (awesome singer). 20180504_123923I am now so chock full of writing tips that I’m not sure I can write. 😀 Seriously though, it was humbling to discover how many writers carefully construct their stories (the plotters). My stories are like a movie in my head and I never know how they’re going to end (I’m a “pantser” as in writing “by the seat of my pants”). Even more humbling was discovering partway through the first day that my name badge had flipped over and the back side said “special.” Doh!

Thank goodness for deadlines! I’ve had Angela Bruggeman’s beautiful art for months, but didn’t manage to merge her two pieces into a cover until recently (thank you LDStorymakers Conference for lighting a fire beneath me). So here it is, ladies and gentlemen: Lexi Monarch, Book Two of The Winged series. I am so excited for you to read this book! If you haven’t already read Elissa Blue, you still have time (you’re going to want to read them in order). I’m crossing my fingers for a May 19th release date. As long as my fantastic editor (Melody Shellman) and I stay on schedule, we should make it. 😀

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The past two and a half weeks have flown by in a flurry of snuggles, puppy pads, tug-o-war, and moments of pure panic. Pixie the fearless adventuress has visited the skunks under the deck (ack!), snuck out at night (coronary!), and seriously considered jumping into the partially-frozen fish pond (gah!). Despite no sense of self-preservation, she is wonderfully intelligent, and quickly figures things out on her own (like how to escape and evade recapture). And there is no better snuggler on the face of the planet once she gets sleepy. Playing with her is a delight, and when we stop she paws the air in a motion my daughter has labeled “come at me bro.” Being chased is her favorite game, especially with a dirty puppy pad in her mouth. I may be getting little writing (or much of anything) done, but this sweet little whirling dervish has spun herself into our hearts, and we couldn’t imagine our family without her. 😀

Book Three has begun!

In the wee hours of this morning, I finally started writing a story that has been churning in my head for years. Granted, I’ve only written the first page, but Book Three of The Winged series has officially begun! And I was so giddy about it, that I considered waking up my family and making them read it. But it was 2:15 a.m., so I resisted (such self control!).

Why am I writing Book Three when Book Two of The Winged isn’t published yet? Because Book Two is currently in the hands of my clever and insightful beta readers; I’m waiting on their feedback before I do any more editing. But not to worry, Book Two is coming soon!

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Book Two is Done! Sorta :)

Giddy squee! I just finished my first draft of Book Two!!! And it only took me seven years! No, it doesn’t normally take that long. I just stopped writing Book Two so I could edit and publish Book One, and then I got a little distracted by life. So thank you to all those who have read Elissa Blue: Book One of The Winged, and keep asking me when Book Two is coming out. Apparently I need that kind of pressure to get it done. On to editing! 😀

I’m on fire (figuratively)!

Summer went out in a blaze of glory! Okay, it was just a blaze. Actually, it’s a really big forest fire that may or may not burn my house down. Good times. Outside the air is so smoky it’s like breathing chalk (please don’t be imagining me with a piece of chalk up each nostril). But! I have found time to write every day lately, and it feels wonderful! I still don’t know quite how book two of The Winged series is going to end, but I think I’m almost there. If I’m not, it’s going to be a very long book as it’s already well over 100,000 words! 😮

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