Project Updates

We’re going through changes

This weekend, we escaped RV Resort Land. Resorts serve their purpose. They come with concrete slaps, paved roadways, pools and amenities we’d never use. The best part about all of this for me was getting my new desk set up organized… though my funkopop dolls are not on their shelves right now.

I love the view!! TREES!!!! Not concrete and campers, but trees!

We have quickly learned that resort life is not for us. The last place we parked at full time was amazing. We would have enjoyed more if we weren’t on the ‘kid row’.

Don’t get me wrong, I adore children. We’re still going through the medically necessary steps to transfer our last embryo. While we feel that we’re blessed to live in a time that IVF is possible, it doesn’t come with emotional pitfalls.

In this case nearly twenty of them running wild, unsupervised. The worst thing that happened while we were there included a young man leaning against the patio of our rig and kicking, YES KICKING!! Mr Wizard’s motorcycle.

I probably don’t have to explain why that environment made it hard to focus in and write. 

During our last few months in Resort Land I finished HB90 Bootcamp and Publish and Thrive. Two courses offered by Sarra Cannon that help you get focused in and get shit done.

And it helped. Hello Q2 KanBan board!!! And check it out!!! I’ve got one of those major projects complete already!

I finished the rewrites of my first novel and sent it off for proof reading on Friday.

There is still a sense of ‘Did that really just happen?!?!?!?’ It did. And now I am anxiously awaiting news from my editor who is making a last pass through the changes, commenting on loop holes I may have missed and proof reading.

What does this mean now? It means that my new office set up now comes with a view of trees and an occasional campfire.

It means that there is still a lot of work coming. I need to make a decision on cover art, go through the rewrites of my second book and so much more.

This is where those changes I mentioned last week are coming in. 

I got organized. Crazy? Yes!

In doing so, it’s getting easier to get shit done. I have six blog posts, two news letters and social media posts planned in addition to setting up a series bible to help keep things inside of the White Moon Paranormal Mysteries Universe as concise as possible. 

I guess this means I need to set up a News Letter service?

What else will you find here? That’s not hard. Life as a writer who camps full time can be as boring as it can be exciting. We’re even working out the particulars to host a writing productivity stream that will include a live campfire and maybe me sneaking out to make s’mores. I’m currently running a poll on Instagram in order to determine which chocolate makes the best s’more. I am torn between classic Hershey’s Milk Chocolate and Hershey’s White Chocolate Peppermint Candy Cane.

We’ll see how that goes.

Project Updates

Pet Peeves – Day 4 – And Insanity!

That’s right, it is actually day four of these insane edits. I made it through to the end of my last round of developmental and line edits… only to move on to a list of words and phrases that I over use and ones that I use incorrectly.

Running through this list of words and phrases will complete my work on Exile, my debut novel. From here it goes off to my editor for one last proof reading.

While Exile will be done, I’m afraid to say it won’t be released until the fall. I’ll have my cover and formatting done, get author proofs, but then things will wait for a bit as I plan to rapid release the first three books in this arc of White Moon Paranormal Mysteries.

This does change a few things for me moving forward.

What are those changes?

You’ll be hearing about them soon! I promise! Let me get through these crazy edits and I’ll tell you about all of the coming changes in our lives.

Book Review Thursday

Book Review: Daisy Chains

I love supporting Indie Authors. I can’t say that enough. Often I get so caught up into the traditionally published full length works with sequels galore and miss out on ones put together through the blood sweat and tears of an Indie Author who works to push their book out on their own.

This past November, as part of my efforts to succeed at my third NaNoWriMo I found myself participating in the NaNoWriMo: The Committed Discord Server. It was there that I had the opportunity to meet several up in coming Indie Authors including author, YouTuber, Gamer and Arialist: Kayle Knue who’s first book, The Reckoning, will release on April 14, 2021 and Blue Coutell.

Both writers were instrumental in encouraging me to meet my writing goals and affirm the decision that I wanted to self publish, but that’s not why I’m writing today.

Today I’m here to tell you about Daisy Chains by Blue Coutell.

Released on September 29, 2020, Daisy Chains is available on Amazon as a print to order book, Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. If you read on Kindle Unlimited, I encourage you to scroll all the way until the very last page to ensure the author gets full credit for your read!

From the book’s listing:

Daisies grow without any permission at all. Astrid is a daisy, but Ivy is a rose. In the beauty of budding sexual identity lies a hungry dark. Ivy uncovers Astrid’s dark, not realizing she’s taking steps to reclaim her own. Love, flowers, and literature. What could go wrong? Daisy Chains is a selection of short stories depicting a love story in reverse. Trigger warnings: suicide, abuse, bigotry

Blue Coutell

It’s important to heed the warnings as this dark love story reminds us of the tragedies that can occur when the love of a family is not as unconditional as it should be. Because of the content, it’s difficult to review this particular novelette, but you can infer from the author’s own words that this story is a tragic story told completely backwards.

We meet Ivy on one of the worse days of her life, and learn how her heart has been broken. But more importantly, we learn about how Ivy found love. From Ivy’s love of daisy chains to Astrid’s love of Salinger. My favorite episode is the seventh and if you know me, you’ll know why.

In the heart of a book store, Astrid seeks out one of her favorite’s by Salinger and asks Ivy to smell the pages. I’m one of those weird people who does that and realizes that different types of paper have different smells.

Episode Eight: Go On, Smell the pages

It was this moment, after my heart had already been broken that I truly fell in love with Ivy and Astrid as characters. There was something real not just in their pain, but also in their joy that I found myself connected to that I just can’t seem to put into adequate words.

And yes, when my copy of Daisy Chains arrived, I did stop to smell the pages. I always do.

Daisy Chains is as beautiful as it is heart breaking, but don’t just take my word for it. Below are a few reviews by other readers.

I can tell you that I agree 100% with these reviews and then some. They’re simply able to put how I felt reading this novelette into something succinct. I will warn you, that you may need tissues. I know that I did.

Until next time.