Monday, August 31, 2015

Changing writing tactics

This weekend we went away for my husband's birthday to a quiet beach on the west coast. Three glorious days away, free from stress, despite the ominous hurricane/tropical storm brewing down south.

As DH drove, I got an idea. And I started writing on my alpha smart a short story about Xavier, the Crystal Wizard in my Werewolves of Montana series.

I love my alpha smart. It's terrific for traveling because I press a button and can create. And as I wrote, I realized my muse needed this vacation as well. It's been a long, long time since I wrote for "fun" and something that just came to me as an idea.

All weekend, in between walking on the beach, dining out, having fun, I wrote. I did what I call my roller coaster writing. I write bits and pieces of scenes as they come to me, and later, flesh them out.

The short story is not complete, but almost. In all, I wrote 12,000 words in three days. 12, 000 words!

It was proof that my style of writing works for me. It may not work for everyone.

It's a good story and different, told only in the POV of the Crystal Wizard.

Best, I had MORE ideas for the full stories for these four guys... and how to end Tristan's story, which I'm also writing.

Then, as we drove back from the west coast, I had another idea. I didn't want to stop with the short story. I started to write the beginning of Xavier's book. The short story flows into it.

I realized I hit upon a new self-publishing technique, at least for me. Write the short story and then later, the full book and blend them together so they flow into each other.

I feel very victorious with my writing. I wrote a total of 14,000 words this weekend.

Tomorrow, it's back to the day job and then the daily duties of being an author. But it was so much fun to let my imagination soar, and write what I wanted to write, for the sake of being creative!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Waiting, writing, waiting

I changed my writing tactics. I put Mating Challenge up for pre-order on Amazon this week, and because it is a long wait time for readers who have already waited so long for this book, I decided to expand a short story I wrote, and release that in the next two weeks.

The short story is entitled Waiting. I did make goal and expanded it from 5,000 words to 11,000. This gives a better insight into Nikita, and Tristan, and their backstory. Now it needs proofreading and then formatting. And a cover.

I also started working on Tristan's book again, and made progress. I'll be working on this book along with the new HQ book. But I discovered today that my new editor is leaving. Le sigh.

Trying to juggle projects, along with home chores, like laundry and getting the house ready for a birthday party tomorrow, is a challenge in itself. I honestly don't know how I did everything when I worked FT. Oh wait. I did not write as many books.

But I do feel more confident about the books I am releasing. I really like Waiting, and love Mating Challenge, and hopefully readers will as well.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Hoping for a productive week

This weekend was not quite as productive as I'd hoped. Waylaid with a wicked sinus migraine that lingered for four days, plus the stress of a friend's mom's funeral, and some other things, writing was not a priority.

I worked on edits for The Mating Challenge. Still not happy with that book. It needs tinkering. 

But this morning as I got ready for the day job, I had an epiphany about Submission, the next dragon story. I'm writing this one for fun, to renergize my creative muse. I wrote down my ideas in a notebook, which I carry with me at all times. It helps when I get sudden bursts of inspiration.

And then at the day job it was, deep breath, you can do this. 

When I start a story, I need to visualize the characters first before I dive into the plot. Plotting is one of my weak points. But I love sketching out characters. I had the perfect scene for Justin, and to make him a soft "bad boy." A dragon with a wicked rep and a heart of gold. 

Kate's going to be harder. I have to find a way of balancing her troubles without making her weak or too aggressive. Then again, it's all a learning experience with new characters when I start a book! 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Edits, edits

It's been years since I posted on this blog. Now that I am juggling several various writing projects, I thought I'd revive it.

Working on Aiden's book, The Mating Challenge. That's how I'm spending my Saturday. Some people think writing is a hobby, but when you are an author trying to earn a living from publishing books, it is a business. I have an incorporated business and I earn money every month from my self-published books. I am finally working part-time at the day job, a goal I've had for quite a while. It's a dream come true, but a dream I work hard to maintain.

Life is short and dreams are important! I was reminded of that this morning, when DH and I attended the funeral for a friend's mom. It was quite emotional. She lived a good, long life, but still, it was emotional. In a way, I was reminded of losing my own mother. Like DH said, you do not truly grow up until you lose your parents, because as long as they are alive you will always be "their kid."

The edits are going slow, probably because I'm exhausted from little sleep last night. I want this book to shine. Yesterday I wrote 2,000 words on Submission, a new dragon story. Usually I can produce a higher word count, but I fought a wicked sinus migraine and had to go get a massage to try to reduce the pain. Stress and tension.

It's been that kind of week, with lots of administrative appointments, from the financial advisor to the lawyer, and now topped with the funeral. Tonight DH and I are going out to a musical, so that will be a welcome diversion.

I'm not as productive as I had hoped this week, but if I can slog through these edits today and tomorrow and finish them, I'll be happy. Need to get this book up on Amazon for preorder. Readers have waited long enough for it!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

It's October


It's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


Get a mammogram, and maybe save a life.


Your own.


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Booksigning!

Bonnie Vanak will be signing copies of her new werewolf Nocturne, Enemy Lover, at the Altamonte Mall, Center Court, 451 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, Florida on November 1, from 2-5 pm.

Meet Bonnie and 18 other romance authors and stock up on wonderful holiday reading. Barnes & Noble will donate 20% of proceeds from book sales to Central Florida's non-profit Adult Literacy League. Be sure to shop early, because the first 75 book buyers will receive a FABULOUS goody bag stuffed with free books (most of them autographed), bookmarks, postcards, pens, chocolate, and other promotional goodies.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

New Cover!



This is the cover to my November Nocturne, ENEMY LOVER. Yum!!!

I finished The Lady and the Libertine and it's on it's way to NY and my editor, who will be at RWA this week.

I won't be there in SF. Boo hoo.

I am a little bummed because this is the first conference I've missed in two years. But on the bright side, I accepted an offer last week for TWO more Nocturne books and a BITE.

YAY!

So it's writing writing for me. Maybe a conference next year.

I will miss RWA... some of the workshops are so wonderful and the PAN lounge is a great place to hang out. I also enjoy seeing the first sale pink ribbons... I get a big kick out of those.

On the bright side, I just booked a week's stay at a quiet B&B in Tenn. so I can be alone on a writing retreat and write Rafe's story, whom you'll meet in Enemy Lover.

And DH and I, if all goes well, will be vacationing in Colorado in three weeks. This year, I needed a vacation with him more than a conference.

Now it's back to work. I'm writing a new proposal and promised myself I'd have it done this week so I can start on the new book. No rest for this writer.