Frustrations and positivity

I know. Those two don’t go together very well. And its frustrating on both sides of the fence; readers want the next book in the trilogy and I want to publish it. Magick has been read by two editors, and both have made the same suggestions to make it better. When the first editor read it, and made the suggestions, I was a little indignant and wanted a second opinion. So I sent it out to another editor. And my best friend. The other editor came back with almost identical suggestions, and my best friend was succint: it’s not your best work. That’s why she’s my best friend. So I am currently rewriting the entire second half of the book. I admit, I got caught up in all the fun and exciting aspects of writing and publishing, getting good reviews, and I rushed Magick. Eternity had 8 drafts before it was published. Choices had 7. Magick had 2 complete drafts. Not a recipe for an excellent book.

On to the positive part! You can be assured that once Magick is published, it will be worthy of your time, and not just thrown together to get it out there. I’m sorry if I am taking a long time to do this; remember, I am not a full-time writer-I have a full-time job, a son, a husband, go to school, and run a household, so I write about 10 hours a week if I’m lucky. I promise you though, Magick will be awesome and well worth the wait 🙂 Teagan wants you to read her story, and she is quite persistent!

 

Lovely words

I admit, I am not a big poetry person. I could barely form a haiku in 6th grade English, let alone figure out stanzas and iambic pentameter. I need full-on paragraphs to get my point across! SO…I decided to actively hate poetry. Now, before you get all up in arms, please remember that I was 12. It lasted about a year. Until I saw the movie “The Outsiders”.

Anyone close to my age remembers the excellent novel by S.E. Hinton and the movie that put some of our most famous A-list actors on the map (and some brat-packers too). It was a movie that kids in my generation could relate to, even if it was set a couple of decades before we were running the streets. It was released the year before the first big John Hughes movie came out (I know which one, but do you?), and it’s still an iconic movie of my generation.

ImageThat being said, it helped get me interested in poetry. When Ponyboy recites “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost one golden morning, I finally got the whole appeal of poetry. Maybe it was C. Thomas Howell’s acting that did it, but when I finally read the book, it made even more impact on me.

Thanks to a new friend on Twitter, @VikRubenfeld, I feel inspired to post a poem, the one that started it all for me. It’s short and sweet, and not even one of his best, but I love it all the same. Enjoy!

 

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.

Robert Frost

CLIMBING THE MOUNTAIN … because its there!

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This is the first Stats Blog for my promotion.  I feel the need to stall for a moment.  Of course you will forgive me:

You know …  there is a story behind the title of my short story collection, just as I’m sure there’s a story behind your book’s title.  I am interested in the genesis of things like that, how the original thought came to you, how and why it was modified.  Many times, just as it is with the germ of a story, what you end up with bears little relation to the idea with which you started.

The title for my book started with a false assumption.  You see, I always thought The Greatest Story Ever Told wasStory the Greatest synonymous with TheBible .  I thought that title existed, as a kind of subtitle, alongside the…

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Never judge a book…

I had two HUGE shocks last night. The first one, I am happy to report, was the through-the-roof sales of Eternity! Thanks to Debbi at eReadernews for promoting it yesterday 🙂 The other shock was…my husband. Reading Eternity. I KNOW. It’s shocking! Well, for more reasons than one.

I was nervous to have him read it. Like most authors, I think that my writing could be better, and my husband is NOT afraid to share his opinions, so I didn’t want him to read it and then tear it apart piece by piece. So when he stated last night that he was going to start reading it, I was happy, but terrified. I snuggled into bed with the Stephen King that I’m reading, and tried to ignore him as he read Eternity.

I woke up at 5 o’clock this morning, and…he was still awake! He had been reading ALL NIGHT LONG. He looked over at me, and said, “This is GREAT! I couldn’t put it down!”. I couldn’t do anything but stare at him. “Really?” I asked, and I must have had a look on my face like I didn’t understand him.

“YES! I mean, there are some things I would change (read: explosions and beheadings), but I never in a million years would have thought I would enjoy this!” He replied, shaking his Kindle in the air like a preacher waving a bible.

Now, that doesn’t sound like much of an endorsement, but coming from a total geek/gamer/blow-things-up kind of guy, it’s glowing praise indeed! Plus, he hadn’t even been to sleep yet! He literally stayed up All.Night.Long to read my book, and he genuinely ENJOYED it! What a perfect way to start off my morning!

On that note, find out what all the fuss is about, and pick up your copy of Eternity today for just .99 cents!

Decisions, Decisions…

So, I haven’t had time to write lately. I know, I know…bad Teresa. However, I have very good reasons, and one that can be attributed to my massive indecision issue that I carry around with me. One, work has been insane, with the additions of fresh-faced freshman interns that I have to look after. Two, school has been insane, with TWO discussions and TWO papers to write…I used to like World Geography until it became political and more sociology-like than geography-like. Three, I’ve been promoting Eternity and Choices. Especially Choices, since it’s FREE right now on Amazon, until Friday. So I’ve been busting my boongies doing that.

The other reason, the one having to do with my indecision, is….I just don’t know what book to work on! I need to work on Magick, since it’s book two of the trilogy, but I want to work on my other book too. AND I have a new story that is clamoring to be told, banging around in my head. Le sigh. What’s a girl to do? Anyone have any thoughts?

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