Monday, June 6, 2016

Where the Real Work Gets Done

Last month, I took you with me on my treacherous commute to work. This month, I'm giving you a peek of the inner sanctum :)

I'm a slow writer, and I'm within 10,000 words of completing a trilogy. Not completing as in ready to publish, but completing the first draft. Total word count for all three books: approximately 210,000 words.

Much subject to change, of course, once the editing begins. The word count will most likely climb.

Where have I spent countless hours? My desk.


It's six feet long and two-and-a-half feet wide. There have been days I've needed every square inch. But during the writing of this final book, it's looked much like this. But first the chair.


This is the most comfortable chair in our house! I'm serious. In addition, it doesn't get hot or collect dust and dog hair. Perfect. So when I'm sitting here, I can look left and right. When I look straight ahead, I see the monitor.

Left - my favorite windows. Followed by Flynn and Flo.



Left - actually on my desk - my Kindle in its black cover sitting on top of a couple of things I don't know what to do with yet. And some note cards about the trilogy. The little white box? If I told you what was inside, I'd have to, you know . . .


Right - the dining room you can see from last month's commute. On my desk, my calendar, goals book, glasses cases, my timer, the corner of my Coast Guard mousepad, and the great black space reserved for Live-In Handyman's occasional clutter.


Center - work area with my Book #3 notebook open. See the green tabs on the right? Those represent, by character, the plotlines I'm tying up in this last trilogy book. There's at least one page devoted to each.


The Notebooks. One for each book.


And finally, The Brain. This is what keeps everything in order and me functioning without losing my mind.


This handy-dandy Costco credenza houses everything. One book per basket. Plus the fourth one on the top row contains everything I'll need for taxes. The bottom row of baskets contain reference books, paperbacks of my beach books, extra supplies - like note cards - and knit scarves for those few cloudy winter days when I actually get cold.

Oh, see that little round orange box on top? That's where I put all the note cards after I've completed whatever's on them. When I finish the draft, all the cards will either be in the box or in the trash (if I didn't use them). Then I empty the box, put the cards in an envelope, and put them in the basket with the rest of the book information.

That's it. I hope you've enjoyed this romp through my office space.

Since the first Monday of July is July 4 - Independence Day -
I'll be back here on Wednesday, July 6.






Monday, May 2, 2016

It's Take My Readers to Work Day

I'm back, I'm back, I'm back!

There are no words to express how much I've missed all of you.

Thanks to all who visited while I've been typing my fingers to the bone. Special thanks to those who visited every month and those who commented. You're all some kind of awesome!

I know I said I was going to start work on refreshing this blog. Hasn't happened yet, but it will. I could chat for a while, but I don't know where to start.

So I'm going to show you where I've been.

Almost every single day. For hours.

And I'm still there, working diligently. But I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I'm beyond grateful. I embarked on this trilogy journey without having a clue. It's been the most amazing writing adventure yet, and I've loved every second. Even when I was pulling out my hair, strand by strand.

I'm also sharing space today with the wonderful C. Lee McKenzie

Thanks again for stopping by.

I'll be around to visit you over the next week or so. For real!

So this has been my journey every day.

First the long, harrowing commute:

Then the traffic jams:


A stop for coffee:

And then straight to work, through the dining room:

You'll notice there's no door from this way or this way:

Which means the two loud-mouthed hair-shedding canines sweet little furbabies have unfettered access to the windows only a step away from my desk. And every delivery truck, bike rider, jogger, squirrel, bird, and cat that comes along.

I hardly notice them barking anymore, except when I'm deep in the story, and they make me jump.

I do love them. Who could resist these sweet faces:


Next month I'll show you my desk. And my trilogy notebooks. And maybe more. I'll see you back here on Monday, June 6.


Now that I'm finally done, I get to participate in the cover reveal for C. Lee McKenzie's new book, SIGN OF THE GREEN DRAGON.


When a wall of their cave hideout crumbles, three boys discover a skeleton, clutching a treasure map. They set off to trace the story of an old murder, but stumble into a modern crime, and confront ancient Chinese dragons.


Want to Read Link: 
Goodreads 


C. Lee McKenzie is a 4 & 5 star reviewed author. Her greatest passion is writing for young readers. Sign of the Green Dragon is her third Middle Grade novel. Alligators Overhead and the sequel, The Great Time Lock Disaster were her first two. She has traditionally published four young adult novels: Sliding on the Edge, The Princess of Las Pulgas, Double Negative and Sudden Secrets.



Monday, March 7, 2016

Tales from the Lonesome Blogger

Once again, this month is just a check-in and update post, so you know I didn't fall in a hole someplace. I won't be visiting you, and let me tell you . . . I'm getting lonesome!

Book Two is with my critique partner, and I'm working on Book Three. Feels really good to finally write those words. I'm hopeful that this book will come together relatively quickly, as books go, since it's the ending of the story.

Any positive vibes you care to send my way for this fast finish actually happening will be most appreciated.

My Letter to the Editor is done, and I'm in the process of sending sample pages to a few. Fingers crossed!

All in all, February was quite productive, especially when you also include real life. A lot of action there, which I'm not ready to talk about just yet. But all good.

Thanks to all of you for hanging with me during this halfway blogging time.

I'm taking April off. Just from blogging - not writing or anything else - because y'all will be all wrapped up in A-Z. If you're participating in the A-Z Challenge, have fun! It's hard work but rewarding and beneficial. If you haven't done it before, give it a try. You'll be glad you did.

I'll be back here on Monday, May 2. With a Real Blog - and I'll be visiting yours in May, too.

Hugs!




Monday, February 1, 2016

Let's Have a Fantabulous February!

January passed me faster than a bullet train on steroids.

I don't yet have Book 2 to my critique partner. I need another couple of weeks. To be fair, we had company for a few days and had so much fun I didn't make myself crawl in the cave and work. Not only would that have been rude, but since one of my goals was to have a real life, I don't feel (too) guilty.

My editor list is now updated and sorted. During February - and possibly into March and April, too - I want to contact each one before I make a decision. Thanks to those of you who supplied me with names. I now have many more possibilities. Hugs!

I'm reading almost every day, and that's a wonderful thing. So far, I'm also more dedicated to exercise than I was for much of last year. Also good. I haven't touched the blog yet, however.

Once again, I'll only be responding here at the Tiki Hut and not visiting your blogs. So comment at your own risk, LOL. I just wanted to give you a heads up on where I am.

I'll leave you with a photo - perfect for Valentine's Day. I posted this to my Facebook a week or two ago, along with the caption. So I'm sharing here, too.

So this morning I was slicing strawberries for cereal.
And now I'm sharing a slice of my heart with you.

Wishing you the most Fantabulous February ever.

I'll be back here on Monday, March 7. See you then!