So this week I started/continued some new projects.
Of course, I’m still working on my SF comic. It’s being uploaded on dA.
I’m working on a book for my mother’s church. I’m also illustrating it. I’m not so confident in my art skills, but I’m moving forward.
I’m working a new ministry/volunteer project. I don’t want to give details until at least next year, but if you have suggestions for any type of children’s, YA, and MG books, please let me know. All genres, please–including non-fiction.
It’s part of Dearest Debi’s Crochet-a-long here: http://dearestdebi.com/garden-romp-crochet-along-2017. She’s also uploading the pattern a week at a time on her youtube channel. It looks even more amazing in real life. And it’s gorgeous even though I messed up. By far, it’s the most intricate thing I’ve ever crocheted, and it’s so interesting to work on.
So last week I went on a “staycation” and watched SGDQ2017 (Summer Games Done Quick)–the speedrunning marathon for charity. It’s a bunch of people who play video games really fast while other people donate. So much fun to watch. While watching I completed my latest crochet blanket.
It’s so pretty in real life. I’ve got to learn how to take model shots so you can get a full representative of it.
Anyways, I received edits back from my publisher this week, but because I put myself on vacation, I haven’t looked at them yet. Monday, I’ll get back to work. I’m nervous; it’s never easy to look at what others think of your work, but I have to believe that it’s going to make the story better. Hopefully, by Friday, I’ll be able to tell you all how it went.
In addition, I plan to upload more about the characters from this book and a little about the world–no spoilers, though . . . obviously.
So I’ve started to prepare for the release of my book . . . just doing research and planning what to post about, where to go, people to speak to–things like that. To that end, I tried to think about things I could post on instagram that will connect with my teen girl readers.
For instance, some adorable diy galaxy jewelry I remember watching a tutorial on.
That set me off on so many ideas I could tie in to my book’s theme! Cute diy bleach moon shirts. Pretty diy galaxy notebooks. Maybe I could make some to use as giveaways during my launch party! I was so excited thinking about it all!
Then the doubts kicked in.
“That’s not how book promotion is done.”
“No one’s going to want to see that.”
“You’re doing it wrong.”
It’s daunting. But I won’t give up. Maybe it’ll work, maybe it won’t. But it won’t be for lack of trying.
So go away doubts! Sink or swim, I’m not listening to you anymore!
Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch. What I have is three potted plants. But you have to start somewhere, right?
I posted on my Facebook page earlier this week about my disgust with the bane of the tomato plant, the hornworm. *shudder* Just thinking about that thing sends chills up my spine. It’s actually a moth larvae that is a beautiful green but chomps relentlessly on my poor tomato plant. What’s worse it can grow up to 5 inches long and has a huge horn on one end.
The stuff of horrors. Thankfully, I’ve never seen one that big.
So I thought that since I’ve rid my plant of them for now, I’ll give a little tour of my “garden.”
This is my tomato plant.
I’ve been cultivating it since last year Mother’s Day with some success. But I’m finding that these plants are pretty particular. Can’t use too little fertilizer or too much. Can’t water too little or too much. Everything stresses them out (or maybe I’m a bad gardener). For example, see my tomatoes?
See those marks? They’ll be perfectly okay to eat, but we had about three or four days of non-stop rain about a week ago, and the tomato plant decided it did not like that. So those tomatoes are scarred and one has split on the side. *sigh* I’ve been plagued by pest infestations, no blooms, and blossom drops since I got the thing. But the tomatoes will ripen soon, so that’s a good thing.
This is my prized Etioti Apple tree—also called a Malay apple or Mountain apple or Rose apple or Jamaican apple. I grew it from a seed I got from someone at my mom’s church. They have a tree so every year we get a couple of those delicious fruits to eat. These apples are the most amazing things you will ever taste! Sort of like a rose and a pear had a baby. Soooo good! This is the inspiration of the BomBase fruit in my Silver Foxes series. I can’t wait 7 years until it bears . . . 7 years . . .
And here is my bougainvillea plant—a little baby I got at Walmart. Not much to say about it yet. It seems to be just coasting along with whatever nature (and me) throws at it. I need more low maintenance plants like this—since I have a black thumb. Well, I suppose it’s a dark green thumb now since I’m having some success at growing.
As I mentioned last week, I signed a contract with a book publisher for one of my manuscripts. This week, the editor had me run through pre-edits. It’s a list of items that all authors must comply with before they get into the editing process.
What an eye opener!
Two things I learned by going through this process: 1. I am a much better writer than I was when I finished that manuscript. 2. Useless words can plague a manuscript.
One of the items they sent me was a list of words they wanted cut. Can I tell you, you don’t know how much you use a particular word until you’re asked to remove it.
By the time I finished, I had cut a total of 1,913 words of useless words, phrases, and sentences–which doesn’t sound like much, until you consider that’s approximately 8 double spaced, 1″ margin-ed pages. Yes, *8*! YIKES!
Now, I consider myself a good writer, but I was astonished at how many overused words crept into my writing.
So take the time to cut those insipid words and phrases from your manuscript. Is there a phrase you’ve repeated a lot? Try to find a way to re-write them. And don’t be afraid if page after page winds up on the cutting room floor. Your manuscript will be better for it.
First, you may have noticed that the website has a new look. That’s because I decided to change my webhost on Monday. And what followed was a Memorial Day full of frustration and anger—all founded on the fact that I bought the wrong plan. The good news is that the support team was so nice, refunded my money, and I was able to get my website transferred successfully today. Some of the pictures on the posts are gone, but I can and will restore them in the next few weeks.
After that, I found out that Gods with Fur, the anthology one of my short stories was included in, won the award it was nominated for. You can see the stream of the award ceremony here:
(The anthologies’ award starts at 28:19). I’m so excited about that. It was shaping up to be a good day.
And then I got an e-mail.
A publishing company I had submitted my manuscript, Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon, to decided to accept it for publication! I signed the contract on Wednesday, and now I am in the editing process. I’ll be sure to provide more details as I move along.
In addition, I finished inking the last page of Chapter 3 of the Silver Foxes graphic novel. On to writing Chapter 4!