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It’s Not Really A Party Unless You’re Defending Your Living Room Against The Chitauri

Today is full of hearts and love and happiness but it goes beyond the celebration of Valentine’s Day. Three years and a few weeks ago, I made a call to make February 14 George’s birth date.  I hated the idea, but didn’t have a lot of options.  C-sections are no joke and anyone within herContinue reading “It’s Not Really A Party Unless You’re Defending Your Living Room Against The Chitauri”

My MARVELous Universe

I feel like I live in an alternate Marvel reality these days. Depending on the mood of my three year-old George, a.k.a. Tony Stark, I’m at risk for being blown up by his repulser.  And he’s a VERY temperamental guy. Cooper likens himself to Captain America.  He’s got a thing for shields.  Also, he doesn’tContinue reading “My MARVELous Universe”

Daughter Of The Digital Revolution…And Her AG Cronies

Who knew that AGSM would open my eyes to how very inspirational my daughter Lulu could be? AGSM = American Girl Stop Motion = YouTube craze = Lulu’s new favorite pastime Stop motion videos are super cool, if you’ve never had the pleasure of watching one.  Lulu stumbled upon the YouTube channel and has beenContinue reading “Daughter Of The Digital Revolution…And Her AG Cronies”

Maybe “Nice” Isn’t Such A Great Compliment After All??

So, where did I leave off with Unlikely Venture…?  Oh YES.  Seeking beta readers.  Edits are complete, I need to do my own final run through, and then it goes to beta so I can see if there are any major holes to fill.  God I hope not…what are the odds that they will loveContinue reading “Maybe “Nice” Isn’t Such A Great Compliment After All??”

If You Want Perfection, You’d Better Be Prepared To Pay For It!

Some authors opt out of having manuscripts professionally edited.  I guess they think it’s an unnecessary expense.  Some authors just don’t know specifically what an editor does so they fail to see the value in hiring one.  And SOME authors may think that their friends and family members can read a manuscript and find anyContinue reading “If You Want Perfection, You’d Better Be Prepared To Pay For It!”

Stop Trying To Bypass The Process! It’s There For A Reason!

I’m a very process-oriented gal.  It’s a big part of my day job and I’m good at designing them.  There are very good reasons why processes are developed, implemented and executed.  They guide an initiative to completion.  They lay out a set of logical steps that individuals can follow in order to achieve a specificContinue reading “Stop Trying To Bypass The Process! It’s There For A Reason!”

It’s All About The Cover…And The Eye Candy On Display

Regardless of the publishing method I ultimately choose for Unlikely Venture, one thing is certain.  I need a cover.  But not just “a cover” – the right cover, the one that will stop potential readers and cause them to click into my virtual world so they can determine if my story is worth their timeContinue reading “It’s All About The Cover…And The Eye Candy On Display”

There’s A Story Inside Me…I Just Can’t Figure Out How To Tell It

I’m not usually one who gets crippled by writer’s block.  But when I first started writing Unlikely Venture, there were many times when I didn’t know where the story was headed.  I made a lot of notes but had no outlines or synopses prepared as reference.  I was always anxious to write because I wantedContinue reading “There’s A Story Inside Me…I Just Can’t Figure Out How To Tell It”

Taking The Weekend OFF!

Today is a good day.  I feel very relaxed right now.  It doesn’t hurt that I’m getting a pedicure as I type, but that’s not the real reason.  I just feel like I have a lot to look forward to on this journey toward publication.  I don’t know where it will lead me, but I’mContinue reading “Taking The Weekend OFF!”

Finish Novel…Check!

I now have in my inbox… Drumroll please… The final version of Unlikely Venture.  Complete.  Edited.  Formatted.  Ready for…something. That “something” is still TBD.  Still not sure of the next step.  Although I did come up with the other two titles for the series.  =) 1.  Unlikely Venture 2.  Nothing Ventured 3.  Venture Forward !!!Continue reading “Finish Novel…Check!”

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