The curse of the missing screw / The never ending "to do" list.

When I get toward the end of a writing project, I have a certain amount of nervous energy that bubbles around inside of me. I don't know if it's because I'm anxious to see what people will think of my new book, or if it's because my "to do" list grows much longer than I'm comfortable with. Finishing up a book is a tremendous amount of work. After I finish my draft and read it several times, my process is this: Beta readers, more personal revisions, professional developmental editing and proof-reading, further revisions, further edits (on the revisions), professional formatting, cover design, teaser/marketing material development, ARC distribution, copyright application, and eventually publication.

Over the last couple of weeks, my (nearly complete) YA novel More than a Moment, has been bouncing back and forth between me and my editor.  In an effort to re-direct some of my excess energy, I started refinishing an old buffet cabinet that I picked up. I enjoyed a quiet day with my mom sanding and priming the old cabinet while my mother-in-law watched the kids for me.

Over the next couple of days I painted it by myself. It wasn't quite the color I imagined (I wanted that mason-jar-blue color), but it's close enough. My mom suggested spray painting the hardware that came on the buffet rather than replace it. I tried it and I love how it turned out. Up close it looks like it's enameled! 

After waiting impatiently for it to dry, I gathered up all the hardware this morning. And wouldn't you know. I'm missing one screw. There's one knob that I can't yet attach. I guess I'll have to add "going to the hardware store" to my "to do" list.  

The almost done entertainment cabinet.

The almost done entertainment cabinet.

I ran out of episodes of Parenthood / March 2015 progress update

I really need to get better at juggling my workflow. Somehow I ended up with all three of my completed manuscripts out to beta readers and my editor at the same time.  This would have been perfect if I hadn't run out of Parenthood episodes to watch on Amazon prime, BUT somehow, the two coincided. While I wait for  my name to creep up the hold list at the local library, I'm taking some time to update a few things on my website and start on marketing materials for the new releases. I have preliminary designs for all the book covers and am working on the back cover blurbs.

I started off 2015 with too many completed (but not edited) projects on my computer and several new stories bouncing around in my head. I promised my husband that I'd get my finished books out before starting any others.  My plan is to release my  YA romance this summer followed by Totem and Summit in the Fall. Or perhaps I will do it in the other order. Either way, if things go according to plan, I'll have four novels out in the world by the end of the year and hopefully at least one new project in the works. I'm sure I'll finish watching the end of Parenthood too :)


NANOWRIMO, a November of Silence, and a teaser from my newest novel!

Hello Everyone!

How is it almost Christmas? I've already been feeling like life has been passing by in warp speed, but I think Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) made November go even quicker. The good news?  I wrote over 50k words in 25 days and have a brand new manuscript saved on my computer. I wrote with an outline for the first time and the experience was awesome. I felt like I was able to keep a good eye on the arch of the story without being constrained creatively. The book was really fun to write, and I hope will be equally fun to read.

I'm forcing myself to stay away from it for a little while, but as you can imagine this is hard. Instead I'm working with my beta readers on Totem and Summit. I still want to get those books polished and published next, and then I will pay more attention to my newest book baby. But just for being awesome readers, here is a little teaser from my Nanowrimo novel - which will be titled More than a Moment. It is a YA contemporary romance.

International OCD Awareness week - OCD Slam Poetry by Neil Hilborn

Sometimes hearing things in someone else's words makes my own experiences easier to understand; and sometimes, it just makes my heart hurt.

The first time I heard this poem, I froze. I took in every vocal inflection and pained nuance on  Hilborn's face. While each person's experience with OCD is unique, I think that anyone with OCD can relate to Neil's words, I know I could. Although mine is very different than the poem describes, I saw myself reflected back at me in many ways. 

I first stumbled across this poem on - a great new website that is connecting people with OCD from around the world. As we head into OCD awareness week I'd love to challenge each person who sees this to think of the people around them that have OCD. There are many of us, approximately 1 in every 100 adults. We are everywhere - our thoughts are always "on." Sometimes we are exhausting to be with, and sometimes we are exhausted ourselves; but we aren't that different from anyone else. 

If you've read my young adult novel OC Me, you can probably see some characteristics of Amy and Matt in the above poem. I wrote the book because I wanted to read a story of an average girl with OCD. I didn't want to read about someone with the worst case ever, or the funniest case ever (which is what tends to be the standard portrayal of OCD in the media); I wanted to read a story of of someone who struggled but would ultimately figure things out. If you haven't read OC Me yet, you're in luck. It will be free on kindle on October 16th-18th 2014 in honor of OCD awareness week. Tell your friends and spread some awareness.