60 days to be a Writer – Day 4

Something actually happened today!

I finished my edits for SD and the outlines for it and the following two books. I can honestly say that was harder than writing the whole thing in the first place. But still, it is going to be soooo much better than the original.

So I will wait, and inevitably bug my editor because I’m nothing if not antsy. Until then, I have an article to write for the Examiner website and another series I put down to finish up this one. I never thought I’d say this, but I actually need a break from vampires.

Also, it’s past midnight and I’m beat. Thank you all for your continued support, kind words, comments, likes, and follows.

I hope to make you proud.



60 days to be a Writer – Day 3

So when I first finished SD, I remember everyone asking me, “How did you ever find time to do that?” At the time, it seemed like a really odd question. I was a stay at home mom with an infant. She slept a lot and was easily entertained. What else was I supposed to do?

Now I get it.

She’s four. Everything is, “Look at me do this! Look at this!” and “No, Mama! I can do it myself!” followed by the inevitable spill/rip/crash etc. 

I sit here and It’s almost 9pm. Where did the day go? And I’m so close to finishing my edits! Her Daddy is helping… almost. College football started today, the Huskers are playing, and the Monkey’s grasp on the finer points of zone defense is lacking. She’s still asking about the numbers on the field.

On the writing field, I only have three little scenes to write, (my editor wants me to make my villain more scary, and since my readers don’t live in my head, she does have a point.) Also, my first article will be on Examiner.com soon. I’ll do a post and a link once it’s up.

And on that note… anyone want to babysit? Please?? 

60 Days to be a Writer: Day 2

I want to start off by saying how much I appreciate the comments, likes, follows, and general outpouring of support I received from you all yesterday. I have a feeling I’m going to need to go back and read them from time to time.

I’ve been cleared to writer for the local Examiner website, so that’s nice. I’m going to try to cover local authors, indie book stores, and local events related to writing. I also found out that writing a guide or a topic section for About.com is not going to be as easy as I thought. Or at least getting contracted to write one.

Also, has anyone heard of Essay Shark? I can’t decide if its shady or not. I mean, how can you write academic papers for people and that be okay? Let me know if you have any experience with this.

It was great being home with Monkey today, although trying to keep her focused/entertained without letting her watch Sponge Bob all day was quite an effort. It will take us a bit to get back into our old routine. We’re going to be playing “Honey the Hero” in a minute. The cuteness will be epic; I may have to post it. After that, it’s time to finish these edits.

Here’s to us and the promise of a new day doing what we love!

– Emily

Holiday Hiatus is over!

So, the holidays are over; the constant stream of cooking, family, and presents has subsided. Now I can finally get back to some writing.

Easier said than done, right?

I’ve reexamined my sequel and I’m beginning to think it needs a major overhaul. I want to give my readers everything they loved about SD, and then some more. Where I’ve been going… it’s not enough. Great character studies, but awfully angsty. I can’t get enough action in there short of multiple bomb scares.

So here’s the long and the short of it:

Good News: the Sequel won’t suck.

Bad News: it may take a little longer to bang out than expected.

I’m sorry for the delay, but I don’t want to give you guys a quick, sub-par follow-up to something I care so much about.

In other good news, I’ve rewritten a smidge of SD per a publisher/editors request. Nothing much has changed, so no worries; instead of Claire saying “I thought” the new version reads “Claire thought.” This was suggested for continuity reasons, and I don’t think it’s a bad idea. So I rewrote the beginning and sent it back to them, to see if they might be interested in SD if it was rewritten that way. I haven’t heard back yet — the waiting game is the worst — but I don’t think I will be putting anything on paper, at least in a draft format, until I hear back. This is simply because all the work I’ve done on said sequel is in the same format as the published version of SD. I just don’t want to rewrite two books if it means holding off for another few weeks.

So that’s where we are. I would love, love, love to hear your comments about your favorite part of SD. If it’s something you can’t live without, I don’t want to leave it out!

Happy reading, happy writing!