It's my favorite day of the year, Halloween!! It is not only my favorite holiday, but it is also my anniversary! My spouse and I both managed to get the day off and will be spending it together, but I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy Halloween! Go forth and have fun, but stay safe!!
October is almost over! Boy time is flying by this year! It's almost November and that means that it is almost time for National Write a Novel Month. I will be trying to participate this year, even though it has been a slow year for me writing wise I am hoping that I can keep up with the daily word count. This year I even have a NaNo friend here in town who will be participating as well. I am hoping he and I can meet up sometimes and have write ins. Maybe I might even participate in local meetups. Maybe some support and socializing with fellow writers might help me get my writing grove back.
Now as a rule I am a pantser type of writer, just going with the flow with very little outline or plotting involved. Since I have been struggling to get words down lately and 50,000 words seems like a lot for me at the moment I have been trying to get a rough outline and plot down for my novel this coming month. Maybe it will help. Maybe I will even become a plotter someday. Maybe.
I am excited to be working on a time travel/steampunk mashup this coming month. Rivals Out of Time. I have been wanting to write this story for quite some time and I am finally going to start it! I have even had a cover for this story for over a year. Other stories, life, writing slumps, all kept getting in the way but now this story's time has come.
I am so happy that my latest release, The Discovery of a Lifetime, is now out in the world! I worked hard to get his story out this month despite some health setbacks. This Atlantis based romance is only .99 cents and a fun look at a land that many have sought throughout history!
Karina is the laughing stock of the archaeology world. Despite the naysayers she knows in her heart that she’s right, Atlantis is real and she will find it. With a mysterious backer and state of the art technology, she finds her heart’s desire and then some. Atlantis is not so lost after all, and their prince seems to only have eyes for her.
Faced with finding her dream, Karina must decide if she will give up the world above, all that she has ever known, for the chance at happiness in Atlantis and with the prince Theophilus. A night of passion seems to make the choice easy, but can she really stay in this land of legend? If Theophilus has anything to say about it she can.
Nothing but static greeted her this time, but since her sub was working just fine, she continued her exploration with an eye on the clock. As she entered the cavern she had seen, she startled at a blueish light which seemed to be emitting from somewhere deeper in the cavern. Her own lights on the sub flashed upon some murals that took her breath away. “It’s the story of Atlantis,” she whispered, hoping that they were still receiving her transmission up above.
Then the sub went dead, lights and all. She only had the red light of her emergency system to help her. She also checked, and only her emergency oxygen seemed to be working, which meant she had about fifteen minutes of air. “Fuck!” she said, trying desperately to get someone on the radio. “Can anyone hear me? Something is wrong. Hello?”
Not even static greeted her this time. Unable to control the vessel, a current of some sort kept pulling her farther and farther into the darkness. Karina anxiously watched the minutes on her oxygen tank, knowing that even if her system kicked back on, she likely wouldn’t have enough air to make it back to the surface. The very day of her greatest triumph might very well be her last day alive. Talk about irony.
As I talked about last week, I am participating in a few different challenges this month and I thought I would share some of my favorite posts so far from Drawlloween and October Photo A Day. Up first some Drawlloween sketches followed by some photos from my photo challenge.
Lachlann flees to Scotland to escape witch hunters, only to have one target him.
Lachlann has made a good life for himself in Scotland, learning to fight with a sword to back up and better hide his magical powers. But something or someone must have given him away because a hunter and his daughter have come asking pointed questions.
He adroitly sidesteps most of their questions, while preparing to run. He'd done it before, so this time should be easy, right? He might have thought so, but the hunter's daughter, Isla, has claimed his heart despite him warding off love. Why his magic fails him now, he couldn't begin to explain. But, can he risk death at the hands of her father just for a chance at her love?
Isla has spent years with her father tracking down dark witches...and not so dark witches...and rumors thereof. She has also spent those years trying to protect them from people like her father. She has a dark secret which could get her killed, one she wants to entrust to Lachlann, despite everything. Love hits her between the eyes the first time they touched, and now, she is stuck between her father and the man who stole her heart.
How can she choose between safety and her heart's desire?
More, could she trust Lachlann with her secret?
Because, if she trusted wrong, the penalty was death at her own father's hands.
I know that I posted about this last week, but tomorrow night is the night! I will be part of the group Halloween art show at the OT Circus Gallery here in Albuquerque! I would love to see you there for support (I do get very nervous at these sorts of events and some friendly faces might do me some good) and hey maybe to even buy some art. There will be refreshments, beer, wine, candy and more. There is also an art raffle and of course many pieces for sale by local artists. Hope to see you there!
When: Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 5 PM – 9 PM
Where: OT Circus
709 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
The month is over half over and I am proud to say that I am slowly getting back into a writing routine that is working for me. I recently started a new job that means I work a normal schedule and have time to write in the later afternoons and some on the weekends. I had to make some tough decisions, but I have found a schedule that I think will really work for me for the long term. This means that I am finally upping my productivity a little. I am proud that I have finished the final edits for The Discovery of a Lifetime and it will be released as scheduled next week! I also finally got my Christmas shifter novella into my editor, we are going to work hard to get it out by the end of November or early December at the latest. I also wrote a short children's story for a friend's blog. I am on the sequel for Quest for Redemption, titled Quest for Self. I am also working on notes for my NaNoWriMo fantasy novel. Life is busy but I am feeling more like myself at last.
We are half way through the month and I am half way through three different challenges that I decided to undertake this month. I am doing Drawlloween like I do every October. I am also doing a photo a day challenge. I will be sharing some of my favorites from those two challenges later this week. I am also doing a squats challenge, trying to get 1000 squats in this month. That averages 33 a day and I am proud to say that I have been doing more than the minimum and that my legs are feeling stronger by the day. I like challenging myself. Next month I take a big writing challenge by taking part in National Write a Novel Month! I like to challenge myself and I find that doing them with others helps me stay on track. Are there any challenges that you are currently taking part in? If so what?
I am so excited for the upcoming Halloween art show that I will be a part of next Saturday, October 20! I have finally picked the pieces that will be for sale and one for the raffle taking place that night. I really hope to see some of my Albuquerque friends there. It would mean the world to me. You can get more info on the event page over on FB: www.facebook.com/events/997590657094584/
Time for another game review. Today I am reviewing a fairly new game, My Little Scythe. I'm not going to lie, I have never played the regular Scythe and I mainly bought this game because it is super cute and I thought that the minis would be fun to paint! Not that I have gotten a chance to paint them yet but hopefully soon! So the spouse and I finally got the chance to play recently. Set up is easy. Instructions are pretty concise and clear. This is a very simple and easy game to play. I think that the dynamics will change and the game will be a bit more challenging with more than 2 players, but we only had two players at the time. This is a great game for younger players I think, I can't wait for my almost 4 year old nieces to get a bit older so that I can play with them. From what I understand of the original Scythe, this is a much shorter game and much friendlier. Not that there is not some strategy involved in this game. Over all a really fun, light game. And the minis are too cute for words. 3.5/5 stars!
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