Monday, December 29, 2014

How About Movie Tonight? Post Christmas and Happy 2015!

How about a movie tonight? 

So here's one that caught my attention, thanks to Lauren of Shooting Star Magazine

It's a modern take on Teens (right up my alley), and I loved the TRAILER. The cast has some new faces, but some actors that I know and enjoy watching. 

Here's the lineup:  Britt Robertson, Christian Slater, Justin Long, Martin Sheen, Robert Patrick, Max Carver. The director is Allison Burnett.

Sexually frank, often heartbreaking, and bursting with devilish humor, ASK ME ANYTHING is a contemporary tale of identity, voyeurism, and deception.

Find their FACEBOOK page and give them a like. 

And it's a topic that's so important to explore. Do you post your intimate experiences online? I don't. And I don't connect with my family there either. Oh, they're on all social media, but I'd rather keep them separate from what I do as a writer. I'm out here to connect with writers and readers I wouldn't have the pleasure of knowing otherwise. I'm here to show you my work, share what I know, learn from you and enjoy some fun together. 

What's your take on sharing personal information online? 


After Christmas should be a time to kick back, loosen your belt and sigh with satisfaction--maybe see a movie. So that's exactly what I'm doing. . .just as soon as I de-decorate the house, organize the guest list for New Year's Eve,  finish the blog posts I've promised for January and apologized to the friends and relatives I didn't get those notes to in time for the 25th! 

How are you doing out there this post Christmas day? Ready for 2015? Of course you are. See you next year. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Deja Vu Blogfest and Merry Christmas.


I posted this in November of 2009! Imagine. I was discumboobled even then. Maybe it should have been discombobulated? At least this year I'm aware that the word I used originally isn't a word anyone recognizes. It must have been a wild 2009!

So here's my Deja Vu Post.


Is that how you spell it? 

Tonight is another book signing APPEARANCE and I'm still putting together what I want to say. Then there's company arriving, my mom who needs some TLC, the cat with a hairball issue, and a leaky toilet. I haven't blogged in days. I'm wearing my baseball hat all day because I can't use Halloween as an excuse for my hair anymore. My Tweets have turned to Chirps and when I looked at the garden from my window one of my patio chairs is floating in the fish pond.

Anybody have a system that keeps writing, family, pets, house, and personal hygiene needs under control? If so, please send ASAP!

In the meantime, wish me luck with tonight.


So that was my 2009 post. Deja Vu anyone? Hope you'll go to the others in this retrospective week and say hi. Here's the link to D.L. HAMMONS's blog again. Their posts will go up on Friday 19 Dec. 

As most of you know, my new Young Adult book is out. Thanks to all who've offered to spread the word. I'll be in touch, but here's another way you can support me. And it's simple. Thanks for that!

So much for Deja Vu! 

 Back to 2014 and the Christmas Present. May you and those you love be well and share beautiful time together. 
See you all in 2015. 

Crazy Frankenstein

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday Miscellany and Sudden Secrets Cover

I'm still in shock. It rained all day Thursday and Friday still had some of that luscious, moist stuff. Doesn't the sky know this is California and it never rains here?  But I have proof. Click below and applaud for us water-deprived folk. You can't see the forest. Even the nearest ridge has disappeared in the foggy misty downpour. Those trees are loving it.

I've announced that I won't be blogging on Fridays anymore, so just wanted to say it again in case you didn't stop by on Friday. I'll stick with Mondays only for a while and a few special blog days that might pop up. I'll still post on IWSG Wednesday. Also if you're participating in the Deja Vu Hop, my post goes up on Monday, but I'll be by to say hi to those posting on Friday.

A special thanks to J.L.Campbell for the prize. I won her splendid Who's Your Hero contest. 

Evernight Teen sent me my cover for Sudden Secrets, so I'm sharing it here because I like it. It has the feeling of my young character who's managing a lot family issues in this story and a terrible secret. The rundown Victorian house is a key story element, so I was really glad to see it lurking in the background and being just a bit spooky.

Again, if you have some space on your blog and would like to give me a shout out, leave that in your comment and I'll get in touch with you. It's the holiday season, so I know how busy everyone is. If you can't help me in December and can in the new year, I'd really appreciate it.

Now here's my Ta Da moment. SUDDEN SECRETS unveiled.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Things I Celebrate Finale.

So this is my last Friday post. I've decided to take more time to work on my writing and enjoy my family before they've all moved to other parts of the world. My nieces have already left California. One to England and one to Spain. Maybe I can bank some of these Friday hours and pay them a visit.

I have loved Celebrating Small Things and I will continue to do so, just not here and just not on Fridays.

Today I'm visiting a wonderful writer, Kirby Larson. She has let me talk about this thing we call writing and publishing. If you have a moment, stop in and say hi. She's a wonderful person to meet.

On this last Friday, I'm celebrating the launch of another Young Adult novel. Sudden Secrets (Evernight Teen) will be born 19 Dec 2014. As always I'm excited to see another book out and terrified at the same time. Guess what I'll post about on the first Wednesday in January?

I hope to have my cover soon, and if anyone has space on their blogs and time to post something, I'd love to share what this book's about with your readers. You can let me know if you're up for helping me spread the word by telling me so in your comment. I'll get in touch and work out the details individually. 

Adios Fridays. It's been fun. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Self-Editing Tips and Hat's Off to Angela Brown

Self-editing Tips

I’ve read a lot of articles on the editing process. They have a lot in common, but each writer has his or her own system. Here’s mine. I usually work from the big picture (things like character consistency) down to the details (punctuation). I have a checklist, and this really helps me to focus on specific parts of my manuscript, one step at a time. 

I’m not an “organized” writer, but I am an organized editor. I try. 

Here’s my checklist:

Plot: engaging, complex enough, hits the ground running, starts in right place, keeps moving forward, logical, no coincidence that should not be there.

Character: MC clearly established at the beginning, MC wants or needs something immediately, markers for characters clear and consistent, not one-dimensional has good and bad qualities, makes reader care, motivations clear and right for the story

Setting: appropriate for the story, described sufficiently, but not too much 

Dialogue: advances the story, appropriate for the characters, increases conflict, always clear who’s talking

Scenes: there are various kinds of scenes, all further the plot or reveal more about characters  or build tension

Point of View: Consistent, the right choice for telling this story 

Pacing: Any scenes that drag and might need to be deleted, places dialogue could be changed to increase pace, heighten tension

Tone: Consistent for story, consistent with each character

Conflict: Sufficient to keep story interesting, does it increase throughout the story until the climax

Balance: Description, dialogue, narration, scenes and chapters. 

I don’t worry about getting everything during each editing session. Sometimes I make a note to go back to something later, then move on with the editing part I’m focused on during that session. 

Sometimes I stop and do that edit, even though I’m focusing on another aspect of the story. In other words, I’m flexible about moving around the story to fix things that come up while I’m in the process.


Stock up on survival supplies. Mine include nuts and water. No wine. I sometimes write with wine, but I never edit with it

Try for an uninterrupted time. I find that the more I can stick with the story during editing, the better I am at catching problems.

Don’t feel that you’re the only writer who has wanted to throw out their book at this point, but don’t do that. Take a break, then come back to the job when you’re a bit calmer.

Be prepared for several sessions with that manuscript. You’re going to have to edit it a few times. Be thankful when you’re down to those details of punctuation, grammar, word choice, and repeated or words or phrases. That means you’re almost finished. Relax.

Hat's Off Corner

For seventeen-year-old Macie Breen, life in The Colony is a daily norm of being the odd girl out, that is, until everyday predictable slams to a screeching halt. Forced to the capital city of Bliss, Macie's life becomes a horrific unraveling as she confronts daunting truths about The Colony as well as who, or what, she really is. 

Buy links: Evernight | Amazon
Angela Brown in the Pursuit of Publishness blog:

Friday, December 5, 2014

Celebrating the Small Things, Double Negative on Tour and Hat's Off Corner to Darby Karchut



LG KELTNER @writing off the edge
KATIE @TheCyborg Mom
CAFFEEMAGGIEATO @mscoffeehouse

Small things become really big when you visit countries that don't have things you take for granted everyday. Here's what I'm celebrating today.


Double Negative went on tour this week. If you have time, would love it if you'd stop in and wave at some of the Reviewers who hosted me. You might want to note their URLs for future use.

Contagious Reads

Reading to Distraction

Archaeolibrarian-I dig good books!

lushbookreviews: The Young Folks

Hat's Off Corner

Darby Karchut has a new book out and has a tour going that I couldn't take part in. But I wanted to join in somehow and show you her book because her tour is still on and it's not too late to stop by the blogs to say hi and wish her good luck.

Monday, Nov. 17
Tuesday, Nov. 18: 
A Glass of Wine Blogspot
Wednesday, Nov. 19: 
Crossroad Reviews  
Friday, Nov. 21:
 Monday, Nov. 24:
Tuesday, Nov. 25:
Wednesday, Nov. 26:
Thursday, Nov. 27:
A Belle’s Tales
Friday, Nov. 28:
Beverly Stowe McClure
Monday, Dec. 1:
The Literati Press
Tuesday, Dec. 2:
Wednesday, Dec. 3:
 Thursday, Dec. 4:
 Saturday, Dec. 6:
Tuesday, Dec. 9:
 Thursday, Dec. 11:
Monday, Dec. 15:

Hope you'll visit the others in the Celebrate the Small Things Hop and visit one of the blogs on Darby's Tour! Yay for the good old USA. Yay for writers and readers everywhere.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Insecure Writer's Support Group and The Guide to Publishing and Beyond


Awesome co-hosts for the December 3 posting of the IWSG are Heather Gardner, T. Drecker from Kidbits, Eva E. Solar at Lilicasplace, and Patsy Collins!

I can't believe it's December. 

I knew my break would end, but so fast? 

Didn't I just say hasta la vista yesterday? 

Didn't I just write my  Insecure Writers Support Group post for November? 

Didn't I just visit the land of ten thousand stupas and a million Buddhas? 

Then there was that holiday that flashed past at warp speed.
 That was it.

Stop the World. I Want to Get Off.

I should write a play by that title. 


Too late. 

Someone already did. 

Maybe it's the speed that's dredging up all of these insecurities. But I don't have time to wallow in my insecure puddle. I'm off to visit others who are sharing their thoughts on this affliction today. Join me and say hi to a lot of writers and read about their INSECURITIES.


Don't forget to get your copy of this collaboration by writers who share their writing experience. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hello USA and Xpresso Tour Unleashed

I'm back and I'm late with my first post since taking a break. This is going to be short and somewhat jet-lagged, but at least I found the keyboard and was able to turn on the computer.

News of the Day:

Double Negative is on Tour, starting today. 

December 1st
-Reading To Distraction >> Review >> Guest Post
-Loving the Language of Literacy >> Review
-Suzy Turner, YA Author >> Spotlight

Just turned in my first line edits for Sudden Secrets to Evernight Teen. Book due out this month.

Burma is the colonial name for Myanmar, so I'm officially switching to Myanmar since I now know the people prefer it.

I have my A to Z Blogging Challenge theme and just have to write the posts, so hope I can post 2015's Survivor Badge after April.

Great to be back. Will be around to say hi to everyone ASAP!