Alternate Dimensions?

Tonight I read something strange that could really get your imagination going. It was just a simple meme, but I tend to overthink about the things that spark my creative side. It went something like this:

“What if there are multiple yous living in alternate dimensions and your dreams are you viewing what your other selves are doing.” (I’m not sure who said this. I only know it’s a meme somewhere.)

That really makes you wonder sometimes.

If by some totally random chance this is true, I don’t know if I should feel sorry or be completely jealous of my other mes. Some of them live crazy, exciting lives, while others are constantly fighting to get away from the bad guys. Of course, I’d be all over the me that has the super powers and saves the human race from total destruction. Then again, I wouldn’t mind being the bad guy who takes over the world. (Just kidding!)

I suppose it’s statements like this one that really works at my imagination and drives me to write even more. I live through my characters and let them do the risky events that keep them alive and most of the time there are a lot of bad guys chasing after them. In all honestly, I don’t think I’d last a day with the other mes in my head. I’d be on the ground, in the fetal position, waiting for it all to be over with.

I think I’ll stick with writing instead!

Editing Eternity

While working on my other projects, I have been polishing one of my favorites by far, Eternity. This may sound conceded since I’m the author of this, but I swear I could read it one a thousand times over and never get tired of it. It’s my own work of art and I’m so enthralled with how it’s turned out. It’s got action, adventure, romance, murder, a hint of time travel, as well as some science fiction thrown in the mix. My main character, Calvin, is my favorite, of course. She really shouldn’t be since she’s not exactly a nice person throughout most of it. But, she means well and is only following her lifelong dream of getting the world to remember her name and adore her. What twenty-something year old girl doesn’t want that?

I’ve even taken the time to revamp my query letter on this one in order to start over fresh when sending to agents and publishers. Then will come the gut-wrenching time period of reading through rejection letters until I finally get the one that tells me what I want to hear. Of course, I never get my hopes up and I’ll never stop trying.

Anyway, that’s my rant for today. Time to get back to editing!

The Human Race Book 3

I realized that it has been a while since I have given an update on The Human Race trilogym so here it is. As we all know, the first two are out and available to buy in paperback or download on the kindle. I am getting some pretty nice feedback about the both of them and that is just awesome. Fans are simply the best! The link to purchase them is still at the top of my blog page here, so go ahead and check it out to your heart’s content.

The third, and final, book in the series is still in progress. I just crossed over the 50,000 word mark and I always get excited when I make it there on anything I am working on. The title is still going to be The Main Event and it still follows Bridget on her journey through the apocalypse. She is still fighting zombies and vampires, but she also is fighting a much bigger enemy as well. Humans! One in particular and if you’ve read The Fighting Chance (book 2) you’ll know exactly who I am talking about. Of course, I can’t give too much away. I like to be sneaky and mean like that.

My plan for this one is to get the first draft done hopefully by February. Then it will be revised and edited, then revised and edited some more because you can’t have a masterpiece without those two wonderful terms of enjoyment added to the to-do list. I say that with much sarcasm because editing is a pain, as every writer on the planet knows.

Outside of the zombie and vampire realm, I am working on a secret project. I’m hoping that once it is finished and edited to perfection that it won’t stay a secret for long. With that one, I intend to query agents and go through the whole rejection letter process all over again until I find that magic person to grant me the key to traditional publication. Don’t worry, I still plan on doing the independent thing on the side during this journey of mine. It’s just been a dream of mine to see what I’ve created on bookshelves everywhere or even on the big screen. But, I mustn’t get my hopes up yet. I still have plenty of work to do.

Blue Bantlee: My Very First Writing Passion

When I was seventeen, I worked at this farm store here in my home town. It was part time and I worked in the automotive department, which I used to hate, but with the job I have now I’m still in that area, selling tires to semi drivers and all that. But, while working the evenings, wandering up and down the aisles trying to find something to do or a customer to assist, I managed to come up with my very first novel idea that I was insanely passionate about at the time. I spent so many hours, staying up way past midnight so I could cram in as much writing as I could before I needed to get some sleep for school the next day. I came up with the idea for this book (which is going to be a series when I’m finished with it) while working one night.

The more I think about how I came up with the idea, the more I smile at how random it was. I remember walking down one of the aisles, facing some of the objects and there was something that I was moving that was the color blue and I kept thinking, “How weird it would be to have Blue for a name.” Well, with that I created my first character that I absolutely fell in love with. Her name was Blue Bantlee, which of course is a nickname. Her real name is Adrienne, but she has the brightest blue eyes the world has ever seen which is why her “father” always called her Blue. There is a reason why there are quotation marks around the word father, but I’d rather not give a lot of it away. I will say that she doens’t have the best of lives anymore. She lives in a war torn country that has been separated by a giant wall that runs from the northern border down to the southern. It’s meant to keep the rebels in the Wastelands away from the perfect people who live in the fancy cities on the other side of the wall.

Just thinking about this again and I’m feeling so giddy about working on the project. It was my masterpiece when I was writing it throughout my senior year of high school and all through college. (In case you’re wondering, I graduated college about five years ago.)

So, with the sequal to The Human Race nearing its release date, I’ve been thinking about Blue again and how I am going to blow the dust off and get back to work. It was my first book I was more than passionate and obsessed about. My first book that I got to 120,000 words before I considered the first draft finished and also the first book I tried seeking a literary agent for. My plan is to revisit this passion of mine when I’m done writing The Human Race trilogy and try searching for an agent again for the Blue Bantlee series. I’ve already opened the file back up and gave it a much more appealing title: Into the Wastelands: A Blue Bantlee Adventure. I’m not sure how many book there will be with this series for I have a lot planned for her. I’m sad to be nearing the end of my zombie/vampire trilogy, but I’m more than excited to get back to work on my first attempt at writing a novel.

I hope there are others out there, much like myself, who pour their heart and soul into whatever their passion is. We cannot give up on what makes us happy. We can set it aside for a little while, like I did with Blue Bantlee, but we’ll find that day when we need to get back to it, with a smile on our face, and keep working for what we believe in.

Crazy for Love release date

Well, I was busy this weekend. Did some much needed yard work to make my house look a lot less depressing and realized we need a new deck so that might be in the works. Also, I finished proofreading and editing the final draft of Crazy For Love and plan on releasing it to the wonderful world of readers this week. Wednesday actually. It will be available on Kindle and also in paperback for those who love the good ol’ feel of a book in their hands. I’m among those proud people.

Once it’s released, I’ll post a link to it on here and it’ll also have it’s own special page right here on my blog just like The Human Race!!

First Book Signing

Well, Saturday I had my very first book signing for The Human Race and it went pretty awesome. It was in my old elementary school’s gymnasium for this thing they did called a Vendor Blender. I signed and sold eight books and even did an interview with our local newspaper. I had to donate a copy to a raffle the school was doing and the lady in charge of the raffle started to read it and hated that she had to give it up so she came right over to buy one. Other than being in the newspaper, hearing that awesome woman tell me how much she got into my book after the first few pages just completely made the day totally worth it. My table might not have been the fanciest one in the place, but simple is sometimes the best. I had a lot of fun with my mom, my niece Annah, and my two great friends Bethany and Shaina.

Below, I posted my simple table and the article in the paper. I was so excited about reading it, I woke up extra early yesterday morning just to buy one. That isn’t me in the picture, but I can’t help but brag at how I take up a good majority of the article.

I can’t wait to do something like this again!!

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Where it all goes down…

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As a writer, I spend a lot of evenings when I get off work sitting in front of my computer in the most comfortable, yet always cold, chair that my husband got me a couple years ago. The photo I’m sharing is where my imagination comes to life. It’s messy and unorganized to anyone else but me. I know where everything is exactly when I need it. I’m your typical writing who never has the keyboard on the little rack it’s supposed to be on, but on my lap instead because it’s easier to type that way. My cordless mouse rarely works when I want it to and I have gone through quite a few because they tend to make me angry. My big, husky has the tendancy to crawl under my desk and lay on my feet and get me quite worried he’ll unplug something or hit the magic on/off button on the surge protector. I think I’d go balistic if that ever happens so thankfully it hasn’t yet. That star hanging on the rack where CD’s are supposed to go is actually a Christmas ornament I bought because I love stars and this one has a saying on it that tells me everyday “You are the Greatest.”

So, this is my little slice of heaven and without it, I wouldn’t be the person I am. I wouldn’t be posting to a blog or self publishing my first and soon my second book. I would be just another drone out there working to pay the bills. Having the life that’s in the photo is my dream and I love it.

In case you’re wondering, that is a Spiderman blanket covering my chair.

My First Book Signing Coming Up

I am getting so excited and nervous. In about a week and a half I’ll be doing my very first book signing with The Human Race. I’m hoping to see a few fans of the vampire/zombie genre there. My nephew’s elementary school hosts this thing called a vendor blender and there will be about 30 other people selling things (jewelry, food, candles, and whatnot) and even one other author, which is super awesome. Kinda nice knowing I’m not the only one in my home town.

I’m not worried about anything going wrong, I’m just worried about running out of books, which would be both good yet a little bad at the same time. I just don’t want to let anyone down who goes there for my book. My mom will be with me and I’m hoping she takes an awesome picture of me signing the very first one of the day. Can’t wait to post how things go and I already can’t wait to do another one.

New Idea

I’ve started to realize that I’ve been writing an awful lot of poetry lately. Most of this takes place at work, sitting behind my desk. Daydreaming happens a lot there too, but we don’t need to tell anybody. Hehe. With all these new poems and things my mind is coming up with, I think I might put them all together and make a book for them all. It will still be a while for this, I need to have quite a few more poems to put a collection like that together. It’ll be different than my books. Although I do have a few crazy pomes about zombies and other random things. I’m sure I’ll come up with even more weird ones to add to my new list of what I’m going to do with them.