Wherever you go, there you are.

Hello to the few of you who actually read my blog! I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve updated! Shame on me!

I have good news though……I FINISHED THE FIRST DRAFT OF REWRITTEN. I finished it on June 1st, and I am SO. EXCITED. Whoa, that’s a lot of caps. Maybe I should calm down.

Since finishing my first draft, I have printed the whole thing (which was totally awesome), and I am not working on revisions. I keep thinking they will happen fast, but of course, they aren’t. But I have promised some beta readers it will be ready by July 1st, so I am running out of time. I’m making headway, though, so keep your fingers crossed for me.

I’m also super excited because I already have a great idea for my next book that I plan to start when REWRITTEN is out with betas. It’s a contemporary, and the characters keep bugging me in my head. They want to be heard! So yeah, I need to get on it!

I hope everyone is having great success with their current work, and I plan try to update more often, I promise!



Motivational Monday: I Wanna Dream

I am so close to the end of REWRITTEN I can taste it. I was in a bit of a funk for a while, so I decided to go back and re-read some of the earlier parts of the book, and I totally fell back in love with my story and my characters. Gah, I love them! Their story deserves to be told! And that’s why I’m back at it, full force! I’ve been writing like a mad woman the last couple of days, and it feels great!

In fact, I just wrote the big, game-changing scene last night, and now I’m just a couple of consequence-scenes away from the end. And I found the perfect song that is inspiring me to write the end: “Dream” by Imagine Dragons. It perfectly encapsulates my characters and the vibe of the end of my book. I’m pretty much going to listen to it on repeat to keep me going. It gives me motivation! Here’s to wrapping up the end of my first book! Cheers!



Discipline and Punish: You Better Work Bitch!


Long time no talk. I’ve been keeping busy lately, working on REWRITTEN (not enough) and doing critiques for a Beta Project I am doing, and reading a lot, and getting caught up on some of the stuff on my DVR.

But as I noted, though I’m working on my book, I’m not getting enough done. I’m doing a Beta Project in the hopes that someone will want to Beta my book, and I’ve already gotten one request! Which is exciting! And scary! But also totally means I need to get my shit together so that I have something for someone to Beta soon. So what to do?

Well, a fellow writer friend recently wrote a blog post about setting goals andWork Bitch crossing off lists and giving stars and what not, and it gave me an idea. I need to start having a daily writing goal and make myself do it. I was somewhat successful at Nano last year, but I only wrote about half of the required writing for the month because there were no consequences. I’m the kind of person who has to have consequences or forget it. Not doing it.

Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love REWRITTEN and I love my MCs and I think about my story all the time. It’s just that I am so easily distracted and like so many things and writing is hard (I say in my most whiniest voice).

But enough is enough. I need to get this stuff done. So, every morning, I am going to give myself a writing goal for the day, and I cannot turn on the TV until I have met that goal. That will be my punishment/reward. For now. Let’s see how it works. Today, my first goal is to write 3k words. I don’t know if I’ve ever written that much in one day, but I’m going to now. I am so close to the end of the first draft (though I have already been working on revisions), and I just need to get it done. If 3k doesn’t get me to the end, it will get me awfully damn close.

So, wish me luck!



I’m on Top of the World!

Things are starting to look up for me these days, so I thought I would share my upswing!

First, I recently decided that enough was enough and I am going to take this weight loss thing seriously, and so far, I’ve been doing really good! I’m already down 5.2 pounds, which is only a drop in the bucket for what I need to lose, but it’s enough to give me hope that I can actually do this!

Now, on the job front, though I don’t have a job yet, I am being considered for a position in LA. I don’t want to say much about it just yet, but this is the most interest I’ve gotten since I started looking, and I think it would be a great job, so keep your fingers crossed for me! But in the mean time, I’ve been freelancing for a small publishing company, and I just got a new project I’m really excited about. It’s a YA book, so I’m really excited to start working on that and making some money!

And then finally, last but most definitely not least, I’ve gotten back on the groove of writing! I was in a writing slump for a while, and just having a really hard time getting momentum, but I have been writing like crazy the last few days, and I’m feeling excited about what what I’m writing again, which is huge!

So yeah. Today, things are looking good and the future is looking bright! Here’s hoping things stay on the upswing for a while!



Motivational Monday: Your Voice is a Weapon

So, as you all know, the band Bastille is one of my big inspirations right now while I write. They are one of my favorite bands, a lot of their songs inspire me to keep pushing myself, and many of their songs remind me so much of my MCs.

With that said, this week for Motivational Monday Jennifer Austin posted a video by Angel Haze, which reminded me 1. That I absolutely love her and 2. She does an amazing song with Bastille that is also motivational to me. When I saw Bastille in concert last year, they had her come out on stage and perform it with them. I wanted to post that video, since I, of course, recorded it, but WordPress won’t let me. Wah, wah. So instead, I will provide you with the official Vevo video, which isn’t as fun, but you get to hear the song at least.

Update: I found a video on Youtube uploaded by someone who was at the same show as me, so you can enjoy this, too! (It does cut off a little early at the end, but they really only repeat the line over and over again after the cut off point, so you can still get the feel for the performance even with the abrupt cut off.)

What I really like about this song is this mantra that your voice is a weapon. I feel that way in all aspects of my life. My voice is important and deserves to be heard, whether that’s personally, politically, or creatively. Words have such power, and that’s awfully inspiring to me and motivates me to keep writing and keep working. My whole life has been devoted to affecting others with my words, through teaching, scholarship, etc., but now it’s my turn to make my words make people feel and think. I want my words to transform.

My voice is a weapon, and I’ll do with it what I can.



I’m baaaaaaaack!: Now let’s talk about characterization!

Sorry for my long hiatus! My father was in town visiting for a little over a week, and then as soon as he left, I had a minor family crisis I had to deal with, so I have not been able to write or blog.

But everything has been somewhat taken care of, and I am somewhat back to a routine, so hopefully I should be back to blogging regularly.

And today I want to talk about characterization.

I finished reading John Green’s Paper Towns, and although I have mixed feelings about the book, one thing I think he does a great job with is characterization. He includes really specific anecdotes and details about his characters that make them feel unique, and real.

For example, Quentin tells the anecdote of when he was younger at a dance class and a bully tells all the girls to say no to him when he asks them to dance, even though they aren’t allowed to say no, so when they do, he is so shocked and hurt that he starts crying to the teacher. I mean, that is SUCH a specific anecdote that really reveals a lot about the character, don’t you think? And then there is Radar, Quentin’s friend, whose parents have the largest collection of black Santas. Yeah, that’s right, BLACK SANTAS. How does he come up with this?

This is the kind of thing I need to work on with my own work. Making the characters more specific and real. But like I said, how does he come up with this stuff? Does he base it off of his own life, or real people that he knows? Is he able to just literally make the stuff up as he goes along? Does he draw from inspiration in movies and other books? I. Need. To. Know.

So what about you guys? How do you work on specific details for your characters? Is is experience, divine inspiration, or borrowed from other things?

Let me know in the comments!



Sarah J. Maas: The Queen of World-Building

So, I finally finished Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas today! It took me three long weeks, but it was worth it! I am in awe of her world-building, and it really got me thinking about the world-building in Rewritten. Admittedly, it is something I really need to work on, and one of my main focuses in my revisions (if I ever get done with the first draft!)

See, Rewritten is the first thing I have ever written that was not a contemporary setting. And, until recently, I hadn’t really gotten into sci-fi or fantasy all that much, so it’s a new thing for me to think about. See, the premise for Rewritten came to me, randomly, on a long, arduous drive home through the desert from Las Vegas back to SoCal. So writing something that is science fiction is all new to me.

At first, I was doing it as light as possible. Basically, today with one or two differences. But as the writing has gone on (and on and on…), I have come up with more ideas. The world is slowly coming to me. I’ve been reading a lot of sci-fi and watching a lot of sci-fi, and some fantasy, too, to help get those creative juices flowing. But other than that, I’m not sure what else I can do. My creativity is a work in progress, I guess.

What about you guys? Any suggestions on helping with world-building? Suggestions and advice would be greatly appreciated!