The Sunday Seven: Here Comes the New Year

Welcome to the Sunday Seven – where I recap the past seven days and lay out my seven writing goals for the upcoming week.

Christmas has come and gone.I managed to make it through the holiday with very little depression or anxiety, which I’m thankful for. Spent some quality time with my family. Received some lovely presents. And ate like there was no tomorrow. I’m feeling good. Hopeful. That’s a sweet sign as we approach the New Year. I start planning projects and taking stock of what I can do to make the new year better and brighter than the last. But I’m also glad to have a therapist to work with me to make the coming year a more joyful time.

Back to work tomorrow, but I managed to accomplish a few things today to get me in the mood for next week’s post regarding New Year’s Resolutions. 1) My January newsletter will feature ALL the books I have out at this time, the appearances I have planned in the next three months, and my current WIPs. 2) My Bah Humbug WIP is still buzzing. I hope to ride that wave until the holiday spark runs dry. 3) I didn’t get a planner for Christmas, but I’m glad because I’m pretty particular with daily planners. With gift money I settled on this one – The Passion Planner – which I’m really excited about. It doesn’t ship until January though. I’m hoping this will keep me organized and energized about my writing goals. 4) For the upcoming blog post for Clare London, I’ll probably discuss the 2015 Top Ten Gay Romance anthology from JMS Books, in which my story, The Courage to Heal, had the honor of being a part of. I’ll add another fun little tidbit as well. A giveaway? 5) I didn’t get to any Victorian movies, or books for that matter. 6) I read Heidi Cullinan’s Sleigh Ride, part of the Minnesota Christmas series, and loved it. Now I have to finish out the series with Winter Wonderland. Yay! 7) Was definitely present in mind and spirit for Christmas. I’m proud of myself!

And now on to…

The Sunday Seven

1) Write up a draft of my January newsletter.

2) Elaborate on writing projects for the year.

3) Draft post for Clare London’s Birthday Blog.

4) New Year’s Resolutions!

5) Keep going on Bah Humbug WIP.

6) Research – Reading other novels has been my research lately.

7) Read – I’m still going with holidays reads while I still can!

Happy New Year!!

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The Sunday Seven: Holiday Crush

Welcome to the Sunday Seven – where I recap the past seven days and lay out my seven writing goals for the upcoming week.

This image to the left is how my brain feels right now. My god, the holidays! At least my cards are done and the shopping is complete! Well, except for one White Elephant gift. That shouldn’t be too hard, fingers crossed. I’ll wrap everything when I get to my parent’s house on Wednesday. I’m proud of myself, but I still feel like I could have done more. That always seems to be the case despite the quickly diminishing bank account. Now, to make it through the next two days without too much strife.

My counselor/therapist told me to work on being in the moment. To let go of expectations and worries of what could have been or will be. Easier said than done, right? I mean, as noted above, I’m concerned about gifts. Still, I’ll try. Being overwhelmed is never fun.

I forced myself to read a book today after not having time all week. I’m glad I did, since I’m stressing over cleaning for the new pet sitter we meet tomorrow. Funny how it makes me feel more productive immersing myself in a story than vacuuming the carpet or scrubbing the vanity. 1) I decided to set my newsletter for once every three months and additionally if I have any special news about releases or appearances. That will begin January 2016.  2) Ezra hasn’t been speaking to me lately. Probably because Tim Cratchett (my main Bah Humbug WIP character) has overtaken my thoughts. 3) I got a little work done on the Starstruck WIP 4) The second Dreamspun Desires idea didn’t get revisited, but like I said before, characters are bombarding me from the Bah Humbug WIP.  5) I’m working on the voice of Tim Cratchett and the opening scenes. Also, his love interest, Chris, is taking shape. Here’s a visual for Tim. But imagine him crankier! 😉
6) Victorian research has been relegated to visual inspiration on some Pinterest boards for now. 7) I read Magic & Mistletoe by Joanna Chambers. It was sweet and well-written.

And now for…

The Sunday Seven

1) I’m not sure this week will see much of anything but Christmas prep and then holiday relaxation. Still, I’ll get ready for the following week with thinking about what my first newsletter will include for January.

2) I’ll bring a notebook with me to California and see what strikes, whether it be Tim, Ezra, my Dreamspun Desires WIPs or something from the Starstruck WIP.

3) I need to begin planning my writing workload for next year. Hopefully, I’ll get a daily planner or Amazon gift cards to buy one 😉

4) I’ll be joining Clare London’s Birthday Blog during the month of January. My slot is January 18th. I’ll have to figure out something fun to do for that post.

5) Research – I’ll probably watch a Victorian movie or two.

6) Read – I’ll definitely have the Kindle with me for the holiday. I can’t wait to dive into something.

7) Enjoy the time with my family and friends. I know this is not a writing goal, but following my therapist’s advice, I’m going to stay present in the holiday festivities. I want to remind myself how much wonder, love. and light is in my life.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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The Sunday Seven: Onward!

Welcome to the Sunday Seven – where I recap the past seven days and lay out my seven writing goals for the upcoming week.

I managed about six of my holiday cards. Only fourteen-ish to go! And I’m trying to do my shopping, but I always want to spend more than I have. What can I say? I love giving gifts!

My first appointment with a counselor is bright and early Thursday morning.  This should be interesting considering I’m not a morning person. However, I’m looking forward to learning how to chase away at least some of this dark fog.

I’m still stoking a fiery creative streak, but letting other things fall by the wayside.  1) My newsletter plan didn’t even cross my mind this week. Hmmm… I’ll have to roll that into next week. 2) Sadly, nary a glance was directed at my Dreamspun Desires project. Still, I did come up with an additional project for the same line that captured my interest. It really is awesome. 3) Ezra didn’t get any love this week either. (Sheesh! What the hell did I do?) 4) Oh yes, I finally got an idea for my Starstruck WIP, involving a photographer and a former bully turned actor. 5) The Bah Humbug WIP is raring to go! Scenes keep playing out in my head. Now, to capture them on paper. 6) Victorian research was a no go. 7) I read quite a bit: Snow Bound by Linnea Alexis, Pure Adrenaline by Nikki Prince, and Cold Feet by Jay Northcote. The stand outs were: Talk Turkey by Bru Baker, and debut novel, The Red Envelope by Atom Yang. Seriously, check ’em out! They really made my week!

And without further ado…

The Sunday Seven

1) Work on a newsletter plan. Work on newsletter plan. Work on newsletter plan. Maybe if I say it enough, I’ll do it!!

2) Ditto with my poor, neglected Ezra! Goal, motivation, and conflict.

3) Outline Starstruck WIP (12k) due May 1, 2016 according to the new ideas that came to me!

4) I’m not going to kid myself that I’ll get anything done on my NaNo Dreamspun Desires book this month. That will go on the back burner until January 1st. Instead, I’ll outline this new idea to make myself useful.

5) Start small with the Bah Humbug book – opening paragraph? A page?

6) Research – something Victorian. I’ll carry around the heavy book if I have to.

7) Read – Checking my Kindle..I have two holiday reads left (if I don’t buy more), but one is an actual novel, rather than a short story or novella. Then I may just jump into the TBR pile.

Anyway, enjoy the week!

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The Sunday Seven: Holiday Rush

Welcome to the Sunday Seven – where I recap the past seven days and lay out my seven writing goals for the upcoming week.

The holidays are upon us and I’ve done nothing about it so far. Oh wait, I did buy Holiday cards. My goal is to get them out before the New Year. 😛 Wish me luck!

This last week has been a strange one. I’m in some sort of funk, or maybe it’s something else. Enough to worry me, I even made an appointment with a counselor and my doctor to make sure all is well. I don’t like how I’m feeling, but I’m not to proud to ask for help. Hopefully, the professionals can assist or guide me to a better place. I’ll keep you updated on that front.

My writing hasn’t suffered too much despite my mood. I seem to have bursts of energy and creativity that prevent my productivity from dropping off completely.  1) I updated my website with the basics. It still needs help, design-wise, but that may have to wait until next year. 2) I finished up NaNo with about 19K on my Dreamspun Desires WIP. I’m pleased for now. 3) I didn’t get to work on Ezra, but I’ll carry him over to this week. 4) I gathered ideas for my Starstruck WIP, yet nothing has stuck. 5) I am excited to say I have a nearly complete outline for my Bah Humbug WIP. That one came to me in a rush and I scrambled to lay it out. Maybe one more chapter and it’s ready to write! 6) I didn’t do any Victorian research, however, I did research for the Bah Humbug WIP, since my main character is a paraplegic. 7) I read three novellas! All holiday related – Humbug by Joanna Chambers, Cabin Nights by Ashley John, and The Winter Spirit by Indra Vaughn. Each of them were delightful.

And now…

The Sunday Seven

1) Work on a newsletter plan. I think I’ve sent out one newsletter. And I have subscribers!! I’m pathetic and need to show my readers some love.

2) More words on my Dreamspun Desires submission. I won’t make it to 50k by the end of this year, but I can make a dent in it and get a more solid ending.

3) Character work on Ezra from my first novel in the Victorian Gothic Paranormal series. I’ll concentrate on goal, motivation, and conflict.

4) Get an idea to stick for the Starstruck WIP (12k) due May 1, 2016.

5) Solidify outline for Bah Humbug WIP (18k) due July 1, 2016. Reading all these holiday stories has jumpstarted the idea mill and got me moving in the right direction. Woohoo!

6) Research – crack open the Victorian books or watch something from the period. Still open to suggestions…

7) Read – I have three more holiday reads ready to go!

Have a wonderful week!

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Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology to be Released November 21st!

BoE_533x700Boughs of Evergreen is a collection of 23 short stories celebrating the holiday season in all its diversity. Penned by authors from the UK, the USA, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, these are tales of the young and the not-so-young from many different walks of life.

Themes of family, friendship and romance take readers on a journey through some of the major holidays, both past and present, including Thanksgiving, Advent, St. Lucia Day, Hanukkah, Eid, Saturnalia, Winter Solstice, Yule, Christmas and New Year. In each we find at the very least hope, and often love, peace and happiness.

Proceeds from sales of this anthology will be donated to The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization [USA] providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. For more information, visit: www.thetrevorproject.org.

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THE STORIES:

“A Friend for Christmas” – J P Walker
“A Midnight Clear” – Debbie McGowan
“From All of Us to All of You” – Ofelia Gränd
“Homme for the Holidays” – Jonathan Penn
“Kiss Me At Kwanzaa” – L.L. Bucknor
“Lion’s Hero” – Alexis Woods
“One Nightstand” – Rick Bettencourt
“Shiny Things” – Amy Spector
“The Bard and his Boyfriend” – Kathleen Hayes
“The Christmas Present” – Larry Benjamin
“The Invasion of Tork” – Claire Davis and Al Stewart
“X-Mas Cake: A Modern Fairytale” – Raine O’Tierney
“A Christmas Tale” – Hans M Hirschi
“A Family Christmas” – Terry Kerr
“A Good Word” – L.M. Steel
“A Little Christmas Magic” – K.C. Faelan
“Always Have, Always Will” – Amelia Mann
“An Angel in Eyeliner” – Hunter Frost
“Boyfriend Goes Home” – Laura Susan Johnson
“Christmas Commitment” – Shayla Mist
“Coming in from the Cold” – Ava Penn
“Holidays with Drum and Bell!” – Matthias Williamson
“Te Amo, You Mushrooms” – S.H. Allan

The anthology in its entirety releases Friday, November 21st. Preorder it here.

My story, An Angel in Eyeliner, will be released individually on December 1st.

Angel in Eyeliner

 

All Mitch wants for Christmas is a quiet holiday free from grief. Patching up the face of the target of a mugging in the back alley of his bar seems to throw that wish right out into the cold Chicago night. But the tatted, pierced, and skinny-jean wearing Keller Graham is fearless and proves to be more than a pair of icy blue eyes lined in black. Keller may be a thief, but Mitch never expected him to steal his lonely heart.

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