Showing posts from February, 2013


Now that I no longer feel as if I went through a week long volleyball tournament, I can get back to the "norm" of things and be productive again!

I am quite pleased at how last week turned out. With the edit transfers of MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN, I ended up with 741 more words, and dished out 6,335 words in the three days of the week I had left after all of the editing. So book 2 is now sitting on a total of 47,189 words, 135 pages, and 13 chapters. A victory, indeed! I also had to stop myself from working while I was reading over the recent written chapters last night...weekends are my off days for a reason, which is mostly to curb the workaholic I could be when it comes to writing.

I'm pretty excited at how everything is starting to fall into place concerning my characters in this novel. The past sequence I wrote is most definitely one of my favorites (as evident by how much I wrote in just three days rather than a whole week). The "true" selves of certain chara…

"That kiss beneath that Hunter's Moon..."

My friend, Ashley, came over this past weekend and officially introduced Mom to Celtic Thunder (Mythology had come out). So not only did Mom enjoy seeing me smile whenever Colm came on, she also enjoyed the music in general. The best part, however, was Shadow's "performance" with Ryan Kelly singing "Hunter's Moon". He wasn't even watching it with us, but he perfectly mimicked Ryan's every move while facing us, and he was moving his mouth to the words. Mom and I played "Hunter's Moon" again the next day (Ashley lent me the CDs so I could add them to my iTunes library), and his ear immediately perked up and he did the act all over again. There's definitely a bit of a wolf in my boy, that's for sure! Mom and I are still wishing we recorded all of that.

It's a bit of old news now, but I did not make it to round 2 of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest. Yes, I was VERY bummed when I first found out. What is also true that aft…

In true Santa Fe fashion.

First thing's first, and that's the update of MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN! I dished out 7,266 words last week. The roll I've been on started to lose it's momentum, but that's ok. It happens, now and then. If I were able to have over 2,000 words every day, I'd actually be a bit scared. I'm also prone to overthink at times too, more so now since this book has been moving faster than the first one. I just have to keep reminding myself that it's only because I work from home now, and I have all the time in the world to really work on it. Truthfully, I wouldn't trade that factor for anything else in the world. When I was working at Luminaria in the Inn and Spa at Loretto, I hadn't gotten much work done writing home, anyways. On slow days (and sometimes on fast nights, when I had to stay longer than my shift required), I used to take the old menus I was asked to destroy, and made little pamphlets out of them; I would actually use the blank side of…

Santa Fe Spotlight: Canyon Road.

Canyon Road has been one of my favorite streets to visit since I first moved out here to Santa Fe. It's a huge place for artists to gather. The street is lined with numerous art galleries like Beals and Abbate; restaurants like El Farol, Geronimo, and the Compound; and there are a few coffee shops along with a little place called the Teahouse (which one day I WILL try out).

Mom and I always loved walking down here, also because it's such an energetic place. When you get to admire all of the art, hear the music, and even just look at the mountains in the distance (currently snow-capped), you just feel at peace.

The best events to ever attend on Canyon Road would be the annual Paint Out, which is usually held in the Fall, and the Farolitos Walk on Christmas Eve. The Paint Out is an awesome event to go to; all of the art galleries host artists from all over the place and you'll actually get to see them create fantastic pieces throughout the day. There's live music as we…