500 Fairy Tales Found

SQUEEEE!!!!! Yes. That’s me making a little-girl-that-just-got-a-pony-for-no-reason-at-all sound. I just found at that five hundred new fairy tales were found in Germany! I’m a huge fan of fairy tales. I love reading them. I love thinking about them. I love dissecting them. I love extending ideas from them and dropping little bits and pieces of ...

NaNoWriMo 2011 :: I’m In!

It’s already nearing the end of the work day here in Colorado, and I’ve just now decided that I’m going to jump in and do NaNoWriMo this year. I’ve been pondering this for about week, and I’ve decided that the almost twenty thousand words of Warmistress just aren’t shaping up to be what I want ...

Warmistress Under Way!

I started writing Warmistress tonight while sitting at a Village Inn, sipping coffee and eating yummy cherry pie. The start of the book was delayed by a few hours as I had a few notes that I had forgotten about that read along the lines of, “Research medieval military ranks/organizations.” Once the research was done ...

Warmistress Plotting Done

I’ve finished plotting the sequel to Warmaiden, which is entitled Warmistress. I finished the plotting a few weeks ago, but have yet to start writing the book. I’ve had a few other writing projects come up in recent weeks, so I’m very busy with those. Things are settling down nicely, and I hope to jump ...

Warmaiden Revisions Done

Warmaiden Revisions Done
I’ve finished revising Warmaiden. I gave myself 10 days to do it and it only took a total of 6. I’m quite happy with myself. That gives me hope that once I get it in front of a willing agent/editor, I can do whatever changes they ask of me in record time. Now to run ...

Revisions of Warmaiden

I’m working my way through the book again doing some touch ups and minor revisions (with some major work in places) to tighten up the prose before sending it through the CSFWG again. I started working on it last Thursday. Every spare moment that I’ve managed to grab has been poured into the revision process. ...

Wordle for Warmaiden :: 2011-06-08

Wordle for Warmaiden :: 2011-06-08
There’s a great web site out there for writers called Wordle. You can upload your text, and it’ll output a Java display that you can print or screen shot that will show you the density of the various words that you use. The larger the word in the image, the more times you’ve used it ...

Writing Away Retreats

Writing Away Retreats
A good friend of mine, Cicily Janus, runs a few retreats each year. She has one coming up in Breckenridge, CO that runs from October 13th through the 17th. While I’ve never been to one of her retreats, I can vouch for the quality of her coaching, her drive for excellence and the openness she ...

First Rejection of 2011

It only took a week from the moment of query to the moment of rejection. *sigh* While I’m bummed out as I really would love to work with this agent, I’m going to keep on keepin’ on and see what happens next. I think my next stop will be Barnes and Noble where I’ll pick ...

First Query of 2011

I just sent out my first query of 2011. The agent’s web site states that there is about a four week delay in hearing back. At least I know I’ll hear back from this one instead of having it “black hole” into nothingness. That’s reassuring. I hope that answer is a “yes” and not a ...