Category Archives: Updates

My Thoughts on Sharing

201I originally started this blog with the plan to make a post every week. That worked well for a while, but then I ran out of ideas. All the advice I hear or read about being on social media as an author is to post often, but not to over share.

How do I, just your average author, share without over sharing? Updates on the books is one topic, but I don’t have news every week and I’m sure you guys, as readers, want more than that.

I’ve encountered the same problem with Facebook. My page is pretty dead because I don’t post enough.

What do I do?

Make a change, of course. There are other things I could talk about that are related to the books. I’m thinking mainly of songs that are part of my writing playlist and videos related to topics in the series. Super cool horse video? Yes! Super sweet video about love? Yes! Real world news that impacts my characters’ futures? Yes!

Setting up posts to automatically publish so I can’t possibly forget? Definite yes!

And of course there are the free reads I plan to share in the coming months.

So, be prepared to see much more from me. You’ll get to know me, my writing process, my plans for coming stories, and the characters themselves. And, if you have any suggestions about what you want to see, feel free to comment!

Planning and Plotting

678Sorry for not making a post at all last week. I honestly could think of nothing to post about, and I didn’t want to bore anyone.

I have an update this week, though!

Soon we will be starting the editing process for Book 3 of Anderson Stables, which will likely be released at the end of the year. I’ve decided to use Book 4 as my project for National Novel Writing Month this year, instead of getting to work on that now. For now, I will be focusing on getting the short, free reads ready to post as we get closer to the release of Book 3.

I’m really on a short story kick right now. I’ve been working on some for my fantasy world, and I just want to keep writing more. I feel more productive when I can complete a story in days rather than months. I need to mix more of them into my writing routine.

Good News on a Rainy Day

706I’ve had a tough week, but I finally had some good news recently. Anderson Stables Book 3 was accepted and I just signed to contract.

That took a lot of stress off my mind! Now I can focus on working on my current project to get it done before we start the editing process.

Anyone wanna join me in a happy dance?

Waiting Game

885I struggled to think of a post to write for this week. I have no news to share and I finished rambling on about my research trip.

So I guess I give a random rambling post. The idea is for you to get to know me, right?

Life is kind of a waiting game in so many ways at the moment.

I submitted the third Anderson Stables book a couple of weeks ago. No guarantees that it’ll be accepted, and it still stresses me out.

I’m on the hunt for a new job and waiting for phone calls is a little depressing.

My pony Alec (pictured) is currently doing a trial with the local equine therapy place. Hopefully they like him and want to lease him for a while.

I’m trying to distract myself from all this by writing a fantasy novel. Hopefully I’ll be able to get it published at some point. Then I’ll have that submission waiting game, too.

Ugh, I’m Sorry!

635I’ve been so busy getting the third book in the series ready for submission (and it’s still not) that I completely forgot to schedule a post for this past Saturday! Count me as a failure already.

(Though I admit it, I was also watching the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event all weekend, too. Lots of super impressive off-track thoroughbreds competed, so it was definitely relevant to my writing.)

I think I’ll start telling you about my research trip as an apology. I can break that into a few posts and cover my butt for this week!

So, in January I went to Wellington, Florida to watch one weekend of the Winter Equestrian Festival. It’s a 12-week-long show that takes place there every year. I went because this is where about 98% of the third book takes place. I wanted a feel for the atmosphere and the layout of the place. It was, by far, one of the best experiences I’ve had.636

Leaving cold New York was wonderful. I was really worried about getting there at first, since it was the end of January and my layover was in Newark, New Jersey. But getting there was good. (Getting home was not, but that’s a story for another post.) I’ve never flown into Newark before, so I was impressed to see New York City and the Statue of Liberty from the air. That was pretty cool.

And when we landed in Miami and I could see palm trees? That was super exciting. Especially when the weather was perfect. This was only the second time I had been to Florida. The first time was when I went to Disney for the first time last year. And it was only my third time flying anywhere, period. Flying by myself this time wasn’t exactly fun, but it wasn’t too bad. I met a friend of mine down there, though, and we had so much fun that we talked about making it an annual thing.

How much fun? Stay tuned for Part Two!

A Blog, Huh?

That’s645 right, I’ve got a blog now.

I’m so bad at updating the Facebook page and Twitter, mainly because I have no idea what to say. I figure this is a good way for readers to really know what’s going on with me, the writing, and the characters.

So how is the writing going? It’s going. I am currently just a few scenes away from finishing the rough draft of the third book, which is still unnamed. There was a delay because I had to go on a research trip before I could write it. Getting out of New York and heading to Wellington, Florida for a weekend was amazing. (That’s where the picture is from.) I’ll probably dedicate a whole post to that soon.

I plan to update this blog at least once a week, probably on the weekends. I also plan to share some short, free stories here as well.

That’s a hint of what’s to come. For now, I wish everyone a very happy Easter – whether you celebrate it or not, I hope the day is good to you!