Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Writing and stuff

As I am currently writing Rival Dreams, I realize deadlines are actually a challenging and rather fun thing. They also can be somewhat of a curse. Depending on your writing mood of course you can get a lot accomplished. If your flow and mind set is there.

While my little ones are on winter break I had planned to write. Get as much in as possible. But here is the thing I didn't really count on, me, winter break, my kids asking me for things every flipping three minutes. I love my kids. I do. I just sometimes find them distracting at all the wrong times.

Needless to say I had a goal to reach at least 30K by Jan 2. I am currently at 20K. YAY! It's been a challenge so far but I do believe I might hit my goals.

How to accomplish reaching goal tips?

1. Time Management

- We all have to clean, work, and get projects done.
Set a schedule. Clean in the morning. Get laundry started and keep doing more loads while going about your day. Unless you have to take it all to the laundry mat. Then ... Do laundry and write if your are a writer. Or answer emails. Do whatever you can do there while you wait for your laundry to be done. It kills two birds with one stone.

2. Things happen plan for them

- Are you ever in the middle of something and an emergency comes up? I've had it happen too.
If you are in the middle of a good scene and it's playing out in your head when ... emergency happens. Don't stress. Grab your cellphone. All of them even the junk flip phone have this. Recorder. Yes. That's totally right. Talk out the scene into your recorder. Then play it back when you get home. This also works if you are scheduling events, setting up a meeting and have certain topics to go over. Record and replay so you don't lose your place.


3. STOP PLAYING CANDY CRUSH

-Facebook, Twitter, and all social networks are important. But if you are answering every friend request, or getting your candy crush on, or reading your twitter feed for hours you are wasting time.
No more games. I know as addicting as the game is DON'T. Spend no more than 30 minutes on ALL social media and do it once in the morning before Cleaning, Once at night before Bed.
Trust me you get a lot more done this way.

These are some of my helpful tips.
Happy reading


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Counting Down

We're counting down. No! Not to Christmas, but the release of RIVAL HEARTS!

20 more days until RIVAL HEARTS comes out! Are you excited? We are! Our story continues ...

For those who love Skylar and Caleb, thank you so much! I hope you enjoy Rival Hearts as much as I did writing it. Here is a snippet of what's to come ...

I catch a glimpse of Mr. Annoying’s last test and have to hold back a scream. Another A+. Before the move to New York, the only thing I got was A+’s. My eyes dart down to my own paper and I frown at the C- before me. In my last class I got a B and I thought that was the end of the world. This … this is like the end of the universe.
My life has officially hit rock-freaking-bottom. I need a tutor fast, before I can kiss even my partial scholarship to Duke goodbye. The bell rings and I already have my stuff in my hand, heading out the door, when I hear, “Oh, hey! Babycakes, have you finally started stalking me?”
I turn my glare to Malcom. “Why do you keep calling me that? And no, I’m not stalking you.”
“To answer your question, you wrinkle your nose every time I say it, and I find it cute.” He nudges my side. “But seriously, I must ask, what’s up with the frown? No peanuts for your parade?”
“Huh?” Who says that? And what the hell does that even mean?
He laughs and shrugs. “Sorry, my dad has all these dumbass sayings and they rub off.” He smiles. “So, what’s up? You don’t usually look so depressed. Guy troubles? Lacking some attention in the downstairs department?” He nudges me.
“No. Jeez. What’s wrong with you?” What a pervert. But as his words sort of play around in my head, I stop and ask, “And how would you know how I usually look?”
“Damn, the gig is up. Well, I’ve known you were in all my classes since day one. Fun is a good thing, you know. You should try it.” We leave the school and head down the busy sidewalk.

“You know what else is a good thing? Mace.”