It’s NaNoWriMo time!

It’s almost November and you know what that means…National Novel Writing Month! The goal is to complete a 50,000 word novel by the last day of the month. Or is your like me, the FIRST 50K words by the end. I’m very excited to get started on my project this year. It’s a story I wrote a couple years ago but never fully finished. A stand alone that wasn’t standing very well. It’s called What the Fae? One day, my dear friend Karen mentioned making it a series.crest_square-b23dbe8d9b80265765b27ccd9b5d4811

At first I was like…no, it couldn’t be a series. But then the thought wouldn’t go away, sticking around in my head, nagging me to take it seriously. And then I saw it. Not a series but a trilogy. My heart exploded with excitement. (not literally or I wouldn’t be here to tell you about it) The part I had already written was basically book 2, with the first scene of book 1 and the very last scene of book 1. So for NaNo, I plan to write the middle of book 1. I’m finishing up a class at SavvyAuthors.com where I plotted out all 3 books so hopefully the writing part will go smoothly.

So, I’m doing my best to finish Lip Smacked, the sequel to Pucker Up, by the end of October. I don’t think I’m going to completely finish it but I’ll come close. In December, I plan to finish the missing scenes and then edit it so that I can send copies to my awesome beta readers.

Are you participating along with the thousands of other writers all over the world? I’m all signed up at NaNoWriMo.org so if you are participating and want to add me as a writing buddy, my username on that site is ruthless527. We can encourage each other on those days you just don’t think you got it in you.

Good luck to those brave writers taking up the challenge. Write on!

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My first short story

A couple years ago, I challenged myself to write something different, something out of my comfort zone. What came out was a dark, adult short story I titled The Collector. No humor or quirky situations like I’m used to writing with my YA but I thought I did pretty good and so did my fellow writers who agreed to read it. I wasn’t planning on doing anything with it. It was merely an exercise, an effort to improve my writing skills.

Fast forward to the beginning of the year when my dear friend, Daphne Rene, asked if I wanted to submit my little story to a YA anthology she was also participating in. Apparently, one of the writers had to drop out and there was a spot open. I of course said yes. All I had to do was modify it so it was a paranormal YA. It was actually easier than I thought. I’m really proud of this little story. It turned out better than I hoped. It’s basically a showdown between a badass witch and a hungry human/troll.19225069_10155352823098006_3085522473545214866_n

There are 10 stories in all in the anthology, Fragments of Darkness. It releases on September 13th but you can pre-order it now. You can get it at Amazon, AmazonUK, Kobo, Barnes & Nobles, and iTunes.

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I liked Passengers

When I first saw the preview for the Jennifer Lawrence/Chris Pratt movie, I was soooo excited! Two actors that haven’t let me down in SPACE! The premise looked awesome and the setting remarkable. I eagerly anticipated opening day so I could grab me some popcorn and let myself escape in their world for a couple hours.

Then I heard from a friend who had read a review that the movie wasn’t what we thought. The review had turned my sci-fi loving friend completely off the movie. I wasn’t sure what could possibly be so bad so I found a review she had read to see for myself.

mv5bmtk4mju3mdizof5bml5banbnxkftztgwmjm2mzy2mdi-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_The author of the article compared the plot to today’s rape culture, a topic that I find fight worthy. The actions of the Pratt character was compared to a rapist for what he did to the female character. Reading this, I too saw the connection to the recent headlines of rapist today getting little more than a slap on the wrist for the crime they committed. So then I was adamant that I was not going to spend my hard-earned money to see a movie that perpetuates the notion that men need to force themselves on a woman to make her realize that she loves him.

But then I talked to my sister who had just seen it. She didn’t see the movie as a reflection of our current rape culture at all. She said that other people can change the direction of your life, even for the worse, and it isn’t always rape. So I decided to actually see the movie and make my own opinion. What a concept, right?

As I watched the movie, part of me really wanted to hate the Pratt character, to vilify him for what he did. But I couldn’t. I understood why he did it though I didn’t agree with his decision. I think the biggest argument for the rape culture reference is the fact that his character doesn’t face any real consequences for his actions. He gets to be the hero at the end.

But I think getting so hung up on how Karma screwed up takes power away from Lawrence’s character. She got pissed, and rightfully so. What he did to her was wrong. He violated her, in a way, by totally derailing her future but that in no means equals the brutality that a rape survivor goes through. And she had the power at the end to punish him and she took the high road. He found a way to make it right with her and she made the decision to stay with him. I thought it was a sweet, hopeful ending that had me leaving the theater with a smile on my face. I prefer movies that affect me like that.

So many people were up in arms about how it should’ve ended differently but that’s life. You don’t always get the ending you want. That’s what I love about reading, watching movies, and writing. We get to witness the limits of the human experience. In my opinion, comparing this movie plot to the current rape culture is a bit much. Rape is such a serious crime that it shouldn’t be thrown around so liberally. And I don’t think that these two fine actors would sign up for a project that they felt glorified such a heinous aspect of our current culture.

So yeah, what he did was fucked up but it worked out in the end. What did you think of the movie?

 

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Happy 2017!

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January 1, 2017 · 12:17 pm

Happy birthday to me!

As I sit and contemplate on the last 44 trips around the sun, I realize how fortunate I have been to Birthday-Cake-Pictures-with-Candleshave had the experiences that have shaped the person I am today and all the people who have come in and out of my life. I especially appreciate the friends that have stuck around. I’m humbled by the love I’ve been shown throughout my life.

As I embark upon my 45th voyage around our blazing star, I anticipate a great year. I plan to release two books; Lip Smacked, the sequel to Pucker Up, and the still yet untitled Laney and Kody story set after the events of The Tenth Life of Mr Whiskers. I’m in revisions for both so be on the lookout for the release dates. I may even have What the Fae? close to release. I depends on how fast and if I can recover the document from my dead laptop. Let this be a lesson to you – always backup your work every time!

I also plan to attend a couple writing conferences to hone my craft, including RT2017 in Atlanta, GA. So if you’re going to be in the area the beginning of May, stop by and say hi. I’d love to meet you.

So in celebration of the anniversary of my birth, I’m dropping the price of Pucker Up tFinished Pucker Up (2)o $0.99 for the rest of June at Amazon and Smashwords. Yay! Tell your friends.

Have a fabulous summer and happy reading!

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Going to Vegas, Baby!

I’m so excited to be going to the RT Convention this year in Las Vegas. I have never been to Vegas surprisingly. I plan to drive down from Sacramento, by myself, for nine hours. That’s going to be difficult because I’ve never driven this far alone. But my daughter Monica is going to drive back with me. She’s flying down on Friday and then we’re going to see Britney Spears in concert. So excited!!

So, at the convention I will be one of the hosts for the YA Spooky Slumber Party. We’ll be having a great time playing games and winning fabulous prizes like books, swag, and a kindle!12246766_10208217715096483_3627575958508476480_n

I’ll be attending great workshops to improve my craft and fun parties to celebrate books and being an author. I even will be pitching my latest manuscript to some agents on Friday. It’s the second book with Laney and Kody and they’re getting into some pretty crazy antics at the Louvre.

Saturday is the Giant Book fair and I will be signing! Monica is going to be meeting her favorite author, Richelle Meade. She has been fangirling since she found she was going. So if you’re going to be in Vegas, come down to the Rio All-Suite hotel and say hi! I’d love to meet you.

 

 

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from my family to yours. I hope 2016 brings you much happiness, magic, and lots and lots of wonderful books to read.

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