Author’s Log: Goal Keeping Without A Mask (& #ROW80)

Word Penguins*skids out from end of the week*


*pants heavily*

Wow, what a week. I launched my pre-release plans for Brighid’s Mark. I averaged 1,000 words a day on Searcher. I’m deep into rewrites on The Minstrel’s Daughter and revisions on Waking Muse #1. Somehow, I managed to shoehorn in a little violin and piano practice here and there.

Sleep? What is this “sleep” you speak of? *suspicious*


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BIG DANG GIVEAWAY: Win An ARC of BRIGHID’S MARK (#Keepers2 #giveaway)

Hey, that rhymed!

I know, I know…get to the free book stuff already. Still–rhyme! YAY! (I am easily amused, obviously.)

Anyhoo, I’m happy to announce that anyone–and I do mean ANYONE who does any of the following and cops to it beginning Tuesday, April 15 (today) and ending Monday, April 28 will  get a free ARC of Brighid’s Mark (Keepers of the Flame #2). Link backs can be posted in the comments…

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Author’s Log: And The Plates Spin On (& #ROW80)

Warning So I’ve got a little more than two weeks left before the released of Brighid’s Mark (Keepers of the Flame #2), and boy are my arms tired! *whew*

This week I got a new weekly planner/monthly planner for goal-oriented individuals (who, me? Goals? Noooo…) a la Franklin Covey, only WAAAAAAAY cheaper and less cumbersome. It’s from a place called Toolkit4Wisdom. It isn’t quitewhat I need, but close…

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Author’s Log: Spinning Plates (& #ROW80)

Warning It’s a fresh new quarter of the year, and I am thrilled–THRILLED, I say–to be starting a new shiny this month. To recap, my 1Q2014 looked a little something like this:

  • Finish a rough draft of THE MINSTREL’S DAUGHTER (fantasy novel);
  • Begin ACT I Revisions and workshopping THE MINSTREL’S DAUGHTER;
  • Complete and released Keepers of the Flame: Origins #2 (Apocalyptic Fantasy story);
  • Prep SEARCHER,…

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What Kind Of Author Do You Want To Be? (#IWSG)

IWSG I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, especially as I’m progressing through my Production Schedule for 2014. I’m drafting more, and getting more books out, and am learning more and more what I do well and what I’m not so hot at.

I think this comes down to inspiration, a lot of the time. As much as I love books, there are few that I’m truly blown away by. And what blows me away about these…

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Author’s Log: Post-Round Wrap Up (#ROW80)

kermit So, we’re closing in on the end of 1Q2014–and what a busy quarter it’s been! Let’s see how the ol’ Production Schedule is going thus far:

1. Finish a rough of MINSTREL’S DAUGHTER: Quest Completed! As of March, I have begun ACT I revisions, and am beginning to workshop the first nine chapters.

2. Revise and submit Keepers #3: Quest Completed!Keepers 3 is currently in the hot little hands of…

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COVER ART REVEAL: Callie (#origins2)

I’m really super-excited to finally unleash the cover art for Keepers of the Flame: Origins #2! Callie the heroine of BRIGHID’S MARK, Keepers of the Flame #2, and she’s become one of my favorite characters that I’ve written.

Callie began, many moons ago, as a completely different character. Actually, most of the characters of BRIGHID’S MARK had a different story to tell, with slightly different…

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Author’s Log: Apocalyptic Plot Bunnies Ahoy (& #ROW80)

Warning Call me…The Bunny Chaser.

The Plot Bunny Chaser, that is.

So there I was, making with the scribbly-scribble on Origins #2, when I decided to take a brief–and fateful–research detour to verify my fuzzy knowledge of the years Prohibition was in effect. Chicago during that time (aka The Al Capone years) was incredibly violent, as anyone who’s seen The Untouchables can attest.

Now, I love research.…

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What Makes You A True Fan?

0f7f5-tumblr_m6p5j34cx21qlq2jj In my journey in persuit of hybrid authorship, I’ve been contemplating the idea surrounding fandom.

It’s no secret I’m a geek. I *squeesplode* over each new Joss Whedon offering. I once won a rather lucrative bet by finding all the goofs in the classic Star Wars saga (including the mythical “flying Nike” in Return of the Jedi, and the ever-elusive reference to “Carrie” that Luke makes at the end…

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Author’s Log: Happy St Patty’s Day Edition

Author’s Log: Happy St Patty’s Day Edition (& #ROW80)

coming soon It’s ST PATRICK’S DAY! An ungodly time ago, Saint Patrick–either on purpose or because he got lost–ended up in Ireland whereupon he drove the snakes out…to the Irish fishing isle of Aran. Snakes, meaning, the devil–or, in this case, heathens. And now, in true Irish form we drink ourselves silly.

Don’t get me wrong. Like most Irishmen (and women), I am inordinately proud of being Irish. We have a…

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