Happy Holidays!

Hello everyone!  I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season and are gearing up for an awesome new year!

Sadly, not much has changed for me in the writing world. I’m still looking for beta reading/feedback on my second manuscript. I could publish it without that feedback, but that always makes me a little nervous. Every author misses things, and publishing without the feedback has never been ideal. So I’m faced with the unfortunate choice of either moving forward without the feedback or holding until I receive some input from a reader.

I also don’t have cover art. Kind of important! [By the way, I’m looking for a cover artist, if anyone out there is interested.]

Book 3 is in progress, and I believe the word count on the right sidebar is a little out of date. I’ll have to check, but I believe I added a few more pages to the total.

NaNoWriMo was a disaster for me this year. I started out strong, but faded by the second week. But I have a good excuse! I was working on a Christmas project for my family. I wrote up a family history book detailing all my family history research. It was a massive project totaling some 140 Word pages and I didn’t even finish everything I wanted to include.

And now it’s the holidays. NaNoWriMo is done. My Christmas project is finished (for now). I have plenty of time off work.

It’s time to get some writing done!

One final plea for 2013: please, someone out there, please agree to read the draft of Book 2 and send me feedback! I would really appreciate this gift. I should also add that all beta readers receive a free copy of the finished work as thanks.

Best to all, happy holidays, and happy new year!


Reading in 2012

I read a lot of books this year, but sadly I only kept track of what I read from about July onward. The following list only includes the books I’ve read since the summer.

A lot of these were rereads, but there were some new ones on the list. Probably my favorite new reads were The Book of Deacon and that trilogy, and Grave Witch and that series. The Book of Deacon was an excellent self-published series that is now out in print, and I highly recommend it. Grave Witch was fantastic and so good that I can’t wait to read it again, but I should mention it is NOT a series for young adults. A number of the books on the list are by Tamora Pierce, who is one of my all-time favorite YA authors. The last three books on the list, Freedom’s Gate and so on, are part of a trilogy (obviously) by Naomi Kritzer. I enjoy these books and revisit them from time to time. They’re very inspiring, in my opinion, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend them for young adults either.

So that’s what I’ve read this year. Currently I’m working through Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for about the millionth time.

What have you read? What are you reading? Are you looking forward to any new releases in 2013?