My weekend in review. Sexy reads, snuggles, and tiny editor taking it easy on me with migraine meds blocking most of the words. Will have to buy more from the series by Lexi Ryan. Also reading Jill Shalvis and Sherry Thomas because I keep three novels going at once.
Fear is this week’s study for writer aesthetics. Fear of domestic abuse is a very real and personal issue for me. For those reasons, it often comes up in my writing. Until every home is safe, I’ll keep talking about it.
TIDES OF TIME won second place in a national contest this weekend. Thank you NEORWA for coordination, judging, and generally being awesome and putting together this contest for writers.
A glimpse at my latest story board. Revising has never been so fun.
#ThursdayAesthetic is “throwback” this week. At heart, my home will always be in Southern Gothic. With roots deep in Mississippi, nursed by folk tales and raised by trial.
Before attending RWA 2018 in Denver this year, I made a list of goals. Conferences can easily be overwhelming – especially for introverts. Two parties in two days? That’s more than I’ve attended in the last year. Add to all of that angst a broken foot and sprained ankle in a walking cast, and goals became more important than ever.
How’d I do? I did ALL the things on my list.
- I got to listen to Beverly Jenkins and Cathy Maxwell about graciousness and kindness in writing whether you’re dealing with plot struggles, publishing turmoil, difficult people, or general everyday craziness.
- Shelly Laurenston was at this conference people! Her speech about pushing through anxiety and depression almost had me in tears at the luncheon. And my amazing roommate stood in line for an autographed copy of her Hot & Bothered because I’m a superfan who convinced her to the buy Laurenston’s entire backlist. Y’all don’t even know how excited I was.
- Twitter friends are amazing. You can take breaks. You can talk without putting on makeup. You become CP’s and support systems. Meeting in real life is intense but in the very best of ways.
- I made it through speed pitch. Luckily, my DA brain took over and ran the show for my writer brain who’d curled up in tremors by the door.
- I went to Kiss of Death’s Death by Chocolate Party where my second manuscript had made finalist. I also went to the costume party for our paranormal chapter (FF&P) and won 1st place for best costume. I kind of cheated. Let’s face it – “Things that Go Bump in the Night” is totally my bag. Plus I dressed in a formal to hide the above-mentioned walking cast. And my first manuscript is a finalist in their On The Far Side.
I got to meet so many people and hear a wide variety of speakers. All the better to make my writing stronger.
You may have noticed a lack of my favorite editor in my latest social media. Unfortunately, we lost my little old man in April. I was devastated and had to take a break to let my heart and creativity heal.
To help with the healing, enter our new assistant editor. He’s a tiny fighting terror weighing in at 2.25 lbs, the smallest guy by far at the rescue. The new assistant editor is scrappy, having survived things a little dude should never have to endure. And now he strongly enforces the “butt in chair” writing hours to create a lap.
The current staffing of kitty technical director is still filled by our 17-year-old veteran of no-shenanigans and comfort protocol specialities.
Donovan Darling won Third Place in Paranormal Romance in The Catherine awards, an international contest for unpublished authors.
I’m still elated over Donovan’s Dare being named a finalist in the Daphne last week.
Thanks so much to all those who’ve supported me along the way – OCC RWA, my CP’s, the loveliest betas ever, and all my tweeps (you know who you are).