Monthly Archives: June 2013

Too long since I posted, I know. I’ve been writing…honest! And a fic rec…

So, I’ve been a bad blogger and neglected you all and I’m sorry. I see some changes have been made since I’ve been here last so I’m back to feeling my way around. Of course, in certain situations, that can be fun…

I did manage to finish my WIP and I have to say, it’s a relief to finish something. I have been a great starter the last few months but getting something finished has been tough.

Now the editing starts. I go back to the beginning and probably re-write a bunch and I still won’t be happy with it. If I didn’t submit until I was happy, I’d still be unpublished.

I’ll admit, I’m worried about submitting this one. It’s sort of stuck between genres and I’m afraid that it’s not enough of one or the other to keep people’s interest. I almost abandoned it a couple of times but like the premise too much to give up.

I might post an excerpt in a few months…I will see how it goes.

Now I have a fandom writing challenge to get finished for next month and three other fandom stories that are waiting in the wings. But I also have some ideas for something original and I think I will work on that too.

I still love writing, despite the fact that it’s not going where I would like it to go yet. I know I’m still a newbie at this and that I have to pay my dues and all that. In my head I know that it takes time to get ahead and that for most people, there is no overnight success…or success ever. But my heard hasn’t gotten the memo and keeps hoping my writing career takes off like a shot. My head laughs at my heart frequently, lol.

A recent first-time-published friend of mine is trying to figure out how much time he needs to put into promoting himself and asked my opinion. I told him I wished I knew. All the time I spend promoting myself is time I don’t spend writing and with two jobs, free time is hard to come by. But I think it’s worth it. I love coming here and seeing what people have to say and I love that my stats tell me where people are checking in from.

I also love telling others about the stories I have read. You can be assured that if I’m telling you about it, the story has captured my whole heart and I couldn’t put it down once I started it. So, without further ado, here’s the rec.

Amy Lane’s Racing for the Sun isn’t always the most comfortable story to read, but it is amazing. Sonny Daye is broken and thinks of himself as beyond repair, but Ace sees something beautiful when he looks at him. They save each other more than once and it takes them a long while to figure out that they both want the same thing out of life. Ace it loving and protective and willing to do anything to make Sonny understand that he is the only thing that Ace needs to get through life. Sonny is desperate and scared but shows just how brave he is by putting his heart in Ace’s capable hands. Amy takes you on a wild ride that ends up in the best place possible. I hope you love it as much as I did. http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3782&cPath=55_186

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My First Pride…

So, I went to my first Pride celebration on Saturday and I have to say…I loved every second.

I loved the atmosphere…everyone was in a good mood, people I’d never met walking up and asking if I was having a good time. If something needed to be done, people rushed from everywhere to help. And it was wonderful to be amongst a group of people who were happy to be allowed to be themselves without having to worry what others thought, at least for a while.

I hope someday it’s like that all the time.

As I walked around, I was enchanted by the costumes and awed by the drag queens. How they were able to walk the parade route in 6 inch heels and in full drag is beyond me. They have my admiration for their determination and their willingness to suffer for the chance to show their Pride. I could have hugged every one of them.

I think having to go alone was probably a good thing for my first time. I got to concentrate on what was going on around me and I could feel free to talk to the people manning the information booths without having to worry that I was neglecting my companion.

One of the reasons I went was to see if it would be worth it to set up a booth to promote not only my books, but all the books that my Dreamspinner puts out. A lot of people seemed interested and that made me happy. One of the most popular topics I covered with people was Dreamspinner’s “Harmony Ink Press”. The people I talked to loved the idea of books that were geared toward teens and young adults, giving them somewhere to look for stories they could better relate to.

I will have to look into what it would cost but I think it might be worthwhile.

And the booths that I visited were wonderful. There was so much information that a person could have over-loaded if they weren’t careful. You could get information on HIV and that was next to a booth promoting Camp Firefly. Camp Firefly is a summer camp for LGBT youths and I think it’s an amazing idea. There was a booth for ARGRA, the Alberta Rockies Gay Rodeo Association, and one recruiting people to join the police force.

And there was more rainbow merchandise than I could ever have imagined, including one selling “anatomical” themed candy. That was a popular booth.

But my favorite thing about Pride was all the smiles. Everyone was so happy to be there and it felt like everyone was part of one big family. It was a humbling experience and I can’t wait to go next year. My daughter really wants to come with me and I think I will take her. It would be fun to share it with her.

It was also a very inspirational experience for me and I can see myself incorporating a Pride celebration into a story in the near future.

And now for a fic rec. “A Purrfect Match” by Chris T. Kat is a wonderful shifter story that shows how love can change your heart and your life. I fell in love with Jim and Andrew and Chris’s portrayal of Tony, a little boy who proves how accepting children can be, will steal your heart. Check out “A Purrfect Match” and all of Chris T. Kat’s other amazing stories at Dreamspinner, it’s a story that’s sure to leave you with a smile.

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