My 2016 Plan

 

Hello friends!

 

In the past, I posted about my plans for the year (click here to see the posts for 2012, 2013, 2014-1 and 2014-2).

I got that idea from my friend Jani Grey. If I’m not mistaken, on her first post about it, she mentioned that having resolutions sounded too “set on stone” and when you can’t achieve your resolution, the failing feeling hits you hard. But having a plan, with wants is a better idea, easier on the mind. Also, the list included not only writing/publishing wants, but personal ones too. I agreed, and still agree, and this is why I’m posting my plan for this year below.

Note that I don’t have a post for 2015 … because my baby girl was born in January and I knew I would dedicate most of my time to her. I knew I wouldn’t publish any book in 2015, and barely write. So I didn’t even create a plan, other than to raise my baby girl and spend time with the oldest too.

 

Okay, so on with my 2016 plan:

1. Read at least 52 books. One per week. Though, I do hope to read more than that …

2. Write more. I wrote too little in 2015 – in fact, I only wrote again in Nov and Dec, but I’ve been doing pretty well since then. I hope to keep it up!

3. Spend a little more time on Social Media. For 2014, I posted I wanted to spend LESS time on social media. Wish granted. I’ve been pretty absent in all social media. Even pinterest, which I used to love, haven’t seen a new pin from me in months.

4. Publish at least 3 books. Two of them are almost done and almost ready for my editor – hopefully I’ll be able to publish them both before July …the third one (and more) are still on the limbo. I have too many ideas, I have yet to come up with a schedule for all of them and – the tricky part – stick to it.

These are the first two books I’ll publish this year (finally):

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How about you? What are your WANTS for 2016?

Cheers,

Happy 2016!

 

I wish to you and your loved ones…

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Cheers,

 

Writing 300 Words Everyday – Part II

 

Hello friends!

Remember a month ago when I posted about being in huge writing funk, then I found a quote by Stephen King and immediately went on to follow it? That first post was about my progress during the month of Nov while following that advice.

This post right here is to tell you about my progress during the month of December.

I’ve wrote EVERY DAY during the month of December. I didn’t even miss on my birthday, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. And, because to me writing is addicting, I usually wrote more (and sometimes way more) than just my daily goal of 300 words.

Here’s how the month went:

 

Word count Dec

 

As you can see, it went well, even better than November. And I stuck with it. I’m proud of myself that I stuck with my plan, with the quote. And I’ll continue to do so in January, February, March … And forever, I hope.

(Though, once my baby girl starts halfday daycare, my daily word count goal will increase!)

If you are in a writing funk like I was, let this post (and the previous one) serve as an inspiration for you. 300 words is not much that it’ll disrupt your busy day, but enough to make a difference after a couple of minutes months.

I can do it, you can do it!

Cheers,

Writing 300 Words Everyday

 

Hi friends!

So much for my I’m Back! post, right? I haven’t posted here in so long … again.

But I have a good explanation for that, I think …

In October, when I said I was back and I published my Halloween themed novella, I had a babysitter who came to my house 3 times a week for about 1.5-2 hours at a time. She stayed with my baby girl in the toy room while I worked in my office. But then, the babysitter, who is in college, said her classes were too demanding plus the drive here then back to campus were too long and took time from her study time. So she quit.

It took me two weeks to find another babysitter, but this one is in high school, which means she isn’t always available and she has lots of school activities … so, she was coming only twice a week for about 1 hour each time. My writing time had shrunk incredibly and it made me frustrated. I’m a firm believer that you don’t need to write everyday to be a writer, to be productive, but twice a week isn’t the way either, not for me at least. I need more consistency and frequency to make it work.

Also, the new babysitter had to cancel our dates a few times because of her schedule, so there were weeks when she didn’t come at all …

I was very, very frustrated about writing.

Around the last week of October, I told my closest writing friends (who became more than just writing friends years ago) that I was giving up this writing thing until my baby girl starts halfday daycare next year (around May or so) … She’s just too damn attached to me and I can’t even go to the bathroom for 10 seconds in peace. Don’t get me wrong, I love her to pieces and it’s a great feeling when she’s scared or fearful and she sees me coming and her face just brightens like I’m her own sun. Or even when she’s fine, she sees me and her smile widens. It’s amazing to cuddle with someone who wants you so much …

But I can’t get anything done like that, and writing is one of the many things that got neglected.

Remember the novella I published in October? I had plans to turn it in to a series and I wanted to start releasing the other novellas soon. But because of my precious baby girl (I’m serious, guys. I promise you, you never saw anything like this. Everyone that gets to see it is astonished), I never got to finish those. The frustration was too much. I didn’t want to feel like my baby girl was responsible for that and be mad at her, so I  gave up on writing all together for the moment. She’ll only be little once, you know, and I have to take advantage that I can stay home with her, taking care of her and enjoying her. So that was what I was going to do.

Then, on Nov 2nd, around 10:30pm, I saw a quote on instagram by Stephen King …

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That hit me hard and fast.

300 words a day is better than none. A novel a year was better than none. And I can write 300 words in 10 minutes, 15 at most. I could spare 15 minutes of my day to writing, even if it meant to go to bed 15 minutes later than usual. I didn’t have to sacrifice my time with my baby girl or be frustrated about not writing. That quote just made its way in my brain, it got rooted deep, and I just knew I could do it. And I started immediately, even though it was already my bedtime.

Here’s a pic of my excel spreadsheet below so you can see my progress.

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I only missed 3 days because I was moving, and because I was can’t-get-up-from-my-bed sick. But I think I wrote enough the other days to compensate for it – and I don’t count Nov 1st because I decided this new goal on Nov 2nd …

300 words x 30 days = 9000 words and I wrote over 20,000 so I guess I’m doing good.

And you know the best part? I wrote 20k words in November! The previous month = 0 words. And 20k words is soooooo much better than zero.

I know, I know, my brain sometimes tries to sabotage me. It keeps thinking about all the writers I know that write 20k words in 2-3 days. At first, I hated seeing the low words count on my spreadsheet but again, you guys, progress is progress. I repeat: I got zero words down in Oct, while I got 20k words in Nov. Which one is better?

When I started this 300 words per day goal, my plan was to have the novel I’m working on finished by the time my baby girl starts halfday daycare in May, but if I can keep up this rhythm, I’ll finish this novel by February and then I’ll have 2 months to work on something else! Isn’t that just great?!

I’m very proud of myself right now. I just wished I would have seen this quote and figured this out back in March … I would have written at least 1.5 books by now.

Well, better later than never ;)

PS: I’ll probably still not post here often and not be very present on twitter – but I promise that will be better when my baby girl goes to daycare and I have more time for not only writing, but all sides of the writing/publishing life.

Cheers,

 

Midnight Kiss!

Midnight Kiss 3DDid you miss last year’s MIDNIGHT KISS?

Midnight Kiss was a collection of four New Adult Paranormal novellas centering around Halloween night in New Orleans. Four bestselling authors. One City. One Night. Each story features a completely different set of characters who find themselves drawn to the same voodoo shop on Bourbon Street. Midnight Kiss was only available for a short time, but if you missed it, I have great news for you!!

Each of these novellas have been published separately and are now available for purchase or download. Here’s a little more about each one:

 

AFTER MIDNIGHT by Sarra Cannon ($0.99)

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After Midnight

From the outside, Becca Goldberg looks like any normal freshman girl at Tulane, but she’s been keeping a terrible secret. She’s really Allison Moore–a young witch from Peachville hiding out from an evil coven of witches known as the Order of Shadows. She thinks she is safe until an unexpected accident occurs. Now, she only has until midnight on Halloween until her identity is discovered.

She must turn to the hottest, most elusive guy on campus for help. Will he help save her? Or will her life come crashing down around her after midnight?

After Midnight is tied to the Peachville High Demons series.

 

 

TESTED by Juliana Haygert ($0.99)

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Tested

 

Being the weakest witch of her generation, nineteen-year-old Hazel is convinced she’s supposed to live a normal, human life—except for the occasional ghost hunting. When Hazel moves to New Orleans, the most powerful witch coven in the world grants her a chance to join them, but only if she passes a dangerous test on Halloween night. Everything is going fine until mysterious Sean steps in Hazel’s way, putting her entire test at risk.

Will she be able to ace the test and keep them both alive at the same time?

 

 

SEDUCTION’S KISS by Alyssa Rose Ivy (FREE)

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Seduction's KissNever agree to a road trip to New Orleans with your roommate. At least not when your roommate is dragging you along while she reconnects with an ex-boyfriend. Possible consequences of failing to take my advice:

1) Unknowingly going out with a vampire stripper.
2) Getting kidnapped by said vampire’s nest mates.
3) Falling head over heels for your winged hero.

Believe it or not number 3 is the worst one, especially when no one believes you that he exists.

Seduction’s Kiss is a prequel novella to the Allure Chronicles.

 

 

KISS OF AWAKENING by Jennifer Snyder (FREE)

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Kiss of AwakeningWith one kiss, everything will change…

When a mysterious letter arrives from her estranged mother, twenty-one year old Kenna Blake and her best friend, Bree, are prompted to take a trip to New Orleans at her mother’s expense.

Cryptic messages, a hot tour guide, some Halloween fun, and a sudden new ability Kenna can’t seem to explain are just the beginning of this weekend-trip and the start of her life being forever altered.

Will the new world Kenna’s eyes have unwillingly been opened to in the mystifying Crescent City crumble her reality?

Kiss of Awakening is a prequel novella to the Succubus Kiss series.

 

Midnight Kiss

Pick up these four connected novellas today!!

I’m Back! With a New Book!

 

Hi friends!!

Haven’t seen you all in a while, uh? I know. I’ve been way too quiet. I still am, actually, but I’ll try to be better at updating the website/blog, and also at being on facebook and twitter.

My baby is 9 months old now, but she’s too attached to me. She doesn’t go with anyone else … not even her own father (well, just a little bit). That makes it very hard for me to write. I have a babysitter who stays here at home twice a week (two hours each day) and takes care of my baby while I write, but 1) my baby is still not staying two full hours alone with the sitter and 2) four hours per week is too little. I mean, it’s better than nothing but I can’t write and publish new books as fast as I used to.

Anyway, I’m still here and, even though my books might come slower for a while, I’m still writing.

Meanwhile, I’m releasing a “new” book! SURPRISE!

 

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Being the weakest witch of her generation, nineteen-year-old Hazel is convinced she’s supposed to live a normal, human life—except for the occasional ghost hunting. When Hazel moves to New Orleans, the most powerful witch coven in the world grants her a chance to join them, but only if she passes a dangerous test on Halloween night. Everything is going fine until mysterious Sean steps in Hazel’s way, putting her entire test at risk.

Will she be able to ace the test and keep them both alive at the same time?

New Adult Paranormal Novella
**Previously titled The Midnight Test and published with the Midnight Kiss collection (not available anymore).

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Hopefully, you guys will see more of me from now on! And hopefully, soon I’ll have news about other new books!

Cheers,

 

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