Working Wednesday #6

I totally almost forgot this post. The sad thing about it, I was sitting here thinking I sure don’t want to work tonight. Maybe I’ll skip editing/writing tonight. Yeah, I know. I’m bad, and I’ll likely still brush off working tonight. Let’s see what I’ve accomplished this week and see if a break is warranted.

  • Edit Chasing Shadows
    • Three scene a week
      • Last update 8/57 scenes
      • This week’s progress 8/57 scenes Major FAIL this week. As soon as I modified this goal from a scene a day to three a week, I knew I was setting myself up for failure. What made me think I could add a scene a day for I Loved You First plus three scenes here when I was struggling before? Time to be a bit more reasonable. How about ONE scene a week while editing I Loved You First. I think I can manage that.
  • Edit I Loved You First
    • One scene a day
      • Last update 8/29 One scene a day. At this rate, I’ll be done editing with in a month. Let’s cross our fingers here, folks!
      • Currently at 10/29 scenes. Again… what was I thinking? The 3 above plus 7 here makes 10, if my basic math skills are right. Again, what was I thinking? So I managed 2 scenes this week. Really I don’t feel to bad about them, because the 2 scenes were chapters. When I signed myself up for this, I was thinking short scenes. I’ve actually had to break up some of my chapters because the multiple scenes in them seemed a bit much. Here’s what I’m thinking, cause I’m collapsing under the idiotic goals I’ve placed on myself. How about 4 scenes a week. That’ll give me two days to do as I please.
  • Maintaining 100+ words a day over at Word Count Union
    • This will be accomplished either by working on Trinity’s Awakening
      • Last week’s word count: 24,101
      • Current word count: 24,386 Another fail. I only wrote 4 days this week.
  • Clean up blog and update links
    • At last! A place where I did succeed. 🙂 You’ll both sidebars are on the left now. I also removed some widgets, updated some links, and added a widget or two. I’m rather liking the changes. Still not done, but it’s a step in the right direction.
  • 2011 Reading Challenge ~ I’m currently two books ahead of schedule. I imagine I’ll fall back to one this week, considering my current read–Crown of Crystal Flame by C.L. Wilson. Don’t get me wrong; the book is interesting. It’s just long… and wordy. My eyes are begging for white space.

2011 Reading Challenge

2011 Reading Challenge
Reena has read 18 books toward her goal of 60 books.

In other news!!!!

Control Freak continues to climb the charts in the Erotica genre. Last update, it was #8. Today we’ve hit #5. Overall, it’s fluctuating in the 140s/150s. Feel free to pick it up… boost it a little higher to the top.

Today, I brushed up on the cover art of I Loved You First. Now that I know the requirements for CreateSpace, I can work on just one cover art for all my works. Even though I Loved You First isn’t fully edited, I did all the preliminary setup, so when the interior file is ready, I can just upload it and get approved. I took my work one step further and uploaded the cover to Goodreads with an expected release date and all. August 2011. Here’s my thinking. If I set a date, it’ll give me something real to work toward. As it is, no date makes me think I can work as fast or slow as I want.  I Loved You First is a step away from erotica. It’s more what I’d call a love story. I want to share the first chapter, but I want to get a bit further into the editing first… like finish the self-editing. 🙂 Here’s what I’m thinking. A giveaway would be great. My plan is to setup a Goodreads giveaway once I send it to an editor and get an estimate on when I’ll receive it back. I’m hoping to do a better job at marking it than I did with Shadow Cat. Until then, Voila!

My best friend was more than just a best friend to me. Three words summed it up: I heart him. I’d never tell him though. I wasn’t stupid. Besides, what he’d told no one but me was a little something I wished I could forget… or ignore. He was gay. I guess gay wouldn’t be so bad if I wasn’t so in love with him. Now it was just cruel.

Stereotypes run amok in this college love story: Parties, alcohol, hookups, and breakups. Alexandria Carmichael may find it a bit much as she deals with the unreturned love from the boy who completes her. When all is revealed, not only does she risk losing her best friend forever, but also herself. Without her childhood companion for support, Alexandria takes a journey of self-discovery but fears what she’ll find at the end.

If it’s for you, feel free to add it to your Goodreads list. 🙂 Go ahead. I don’t mind.

Amazon is still doing the 1/2 price thing on Shadow Cat. I don’t know why since I can’t find it listed anywhere for $1.99. All I can say is, why pay full price when you don’t have to?.

NaNoWriMo – Update 4

One of the hardest things about writing my WIP is the fact the first draft sucks. I can only give NaNo part of the blame. Cause the first draft of my Shadow Cat novel also sucked. Not as bad, but pretty close. After a year of on and off editing, I believe Shadow Cat is starting to come together. I still have a lot of trimming, editing, and revising, but I’m confident the finished product will to my liking.

I have to remind myself that it’s okay that Alley Cat (NaNo WIP) has scenes that won’t remain and a lot of scenes that’ll need rewriting… not just editing but a thorough reworking. One thing I can say about NaNo is it’s given me the getterdun attitude. Something I haven’t felt since Aug-Oct 2009 while working on the first draft of Shadow Cat. It’s a great feeling to know I’ve written two novels, even if neither are ready for publication.

Once NaNo is over, I’m going to work on the edits of Shadow Cat while finishing Regina’s Story. Remember Brandon’s Wife from Control Freak? Yeah… that’s the one. Then it’s on to writing the sequel to Shadow Cat which only has about 10k words thus far. As I mentioned earlier, I skipped to the third and final book (Alley Cat) for my NaNo work because I’d yet to start it.

I think if I alternate between editing and writing a book, I can really give a serious go at a writing career.

This week went by quite well. I met my 2300 goal M-F everyday except for Wednesday. And even then I came in close with 2k. I even made a pretty good run on the weekend adding 3624 words. I ended my week at 47425 words.

As far as my novel itself, it’s coming to an end. I’ve filled in most of the blanks. By this Wednesday I hope to have my 50k which should complete my first draft of Alley Cat. Perfect timing, cause I believe November 25 (Thanksgiving) is also the first date participants can validate their entries.

Cover Art Dilemma

So I’m faced with this dilemma. To buy or not to buy cover art.

I know how important awesome cover art is to selling books. The thing is, I have this problem. It’s called: Do It Yourself (DITY if you’re in the military). 🙂 Somewhere in my sick twisted little brain, I have this idea I can do everything. We all know this isn’t true.

Sometimes I just need someone to tell me to get with the program. Let’s take a trip down memory lane.

Okay. This wasn’t my first attempt at cover art for Control Freak, but I’m a bit embarrassed by the what I put up before. So, you’ll have to find an example of the earlier version yourself. 🙂 After studying this, I realize there’s a few issues with this piece. For one, I think the background could use a bit of texture. It’s just a little too plain. And the expression on the woman’s face is a wee bit off. As for the guy, I’m liking him (expression and all). It fits Brandon in the book. A little tender, a little needy. Of course, that doesn’t mean the cover sales. Tee hee. I’m going to plug in some advertisement here. So if you don’t want to see, skip down to the next picture. If you’d like to read Control Freak for free in exchange for a review, send me an email, and I’ll send you a coupon for 100%.

Next up!!!

I’m working towards self-publishing Shadow Cat. I need cover art…GOOD cover art. I’ve already got someone in mind to help me with that, but then there’s the DITY. Let me show you what I’ve got so far.

Shadow Cat Solid

Let’s call the first one Faded and the second Solid. Based on this simple poll, tell me what you think. If you want to add a few comments/suggestions, PLEASE DO! 🙂

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Also! Robin from Ludwig Design will be here on Friday, talking more on the importance of Cover Art. Make sure you stop by to get the down low. 🙂

Special Post: The Plunge

So, I finally decided to do it. What you ask? Publish one of my works, that’s what! So it’s a short story, nothing big. But it does give me a chance to test the waters and all. So, without further ado, Control Freak: Brandon’s Story.

Brandon is an overworked husband with a wife who wants a little too much. Sex, that is. When his wife starts throwing him hints about bondage and masochism, he’s sure she’s flipped. In the end, Brandon must decide which lines he’s willing to cross for the women he loves. Short Story: 3260 Words

A word of warning, it’s quite graphic, at least on the sexual front. But that’s okay. It’s short enough you can probably hide in a closet or something without getting caught why you get uhm…”involved in the read. So for those interested in finding out what kind of things run through my head, check it out! It’s available on Smashwords. I’d love to hear what you think. Feel free to write a review, rate it, send me an email, whatever.

For those who give me a shot, thanks a million! For those who forgo my work…uhm. Thanks for stopping by? 🙂