Ahhh…Winter

We got a bit of a snowstorm over the weekend. The roads are slick and the temperature is close to zero. About two inches fell, but the snow drifts are deeper.

I remember as a kid how much I loved going out in the snow to play. We’d go sledding and have snowball fights and build snowmen. We attempted to build an igloo one year and it failed miserably. I could say I miss the days when I enjoyed this weather, but it would be a lie.

I don’t know what happened between my childhood years and adulthood to make me hate the cold weather and snow as much as I do. I find myself yearning for longer days and warmer nights. I can’t wait to go outside and not worry about freezing or dressing in a million layers to keep warm. 

Spring will come soon. The grass will be green again. The seasons will go through their changes and in a year from now I’ll complain about the same cold and the same snow. It’s a never ending cycle, doomed to repeat itself until the end of time.

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Joy to the Holidays!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or just a great holiday season in general. There are too many holiday traditions to count, but I hope it was great all around the board.

I, for one, am kind of glad the holidays are coming to an end. Although I love spending time with family and seeing the delight on my nieces’ and nephews’ faces, the end of the holiday season means it’s that much closer to warmer weather. I’m a summer kind of gal and I am more than ready for this single digit temperature and the snow to disappear.

Here’s to 2018

Well, the year is almost at an end. That means it’s time to start thinking about what’s going to come next for 2018. Other than the fact that we’ll all be writing 2017, scribbling it out to correct it with 2018. I’m among the millions with that problem.

My plan is to go into the new year with my head held high and hope for the best. Not only for myself in my own prospects, but for the country and the world. I hope things go smoothly all over the place. We don’t need a repeat of whatever horrible decisions we’ve made in the past. We need to push forward and make things better.

So, here’s to the holiday season. Here’s to spending time with family, friends, and loved ones. And here’s to a great future for all of us.

One Bad Dream

I had a horrible dream right before my alarm went off. I was at work. I was sitting on my uncomfortable chair, staring at the computer screen and the usual program that’s open. The phone rang and I said my line to the customer. It was a typical day at work–in other words, it was a freaking nightmare.

It’s bad enough that I wake up and go to work Monday through Friday. I try to forget that place exists the moment I clock out at the end of the day. My brain should know by now not to let it pop up in my dreams. I’d rather spend my night visions running from bad guys or fighting for my life against monsters. Not sitting at my boring desk like I already do in a daily basis.

Get with the program, brain! Never let this happen again.

Here’s To A Great Day!

I’m sitting at work and the phone rings. It happens to be one of my favorite customers calling. He asks if I’m still writing and the answer is “Of course!” Who would I be if I stopped doing what I love? I’d be an insane person trapped inside a pretty wrapper, clawing to get out. It doesn’t sound like much fun in my opinion.

I always beam when talking to people about my books. It’s fun to see their reaction, especially when talking about my zombie and vampire trilogy, The Human Race. It’s even greater when I talk about my current projects or plans for the future. They’re so positive and happy to hear that I’m doing what I love doing and that I’m not going to give up.

No matter where life takes us or what we have to go through, giving up shouldn’t even be on our minds. We should only think about pushing forward.

The Glories of Writing

Good morning world!

I recently went back to an older project I almost forgot about. I wrote it two years ago and set it aside because I didn’t have the perfect ending for it at the time. I’m a little fuzzy about why I never went back to finish it, but I’m actually glad I didn’t. Going back to it now gave me the inspiration to come up with a great ending. I’ll have to change a few things to make it work, but it will all be for the best.

This new/old work in progress is closer to the science-fiction, action side of things–much like most of my projects. We’ll follow an eighteen year old girl as she’s kidnapped, forced to be an experiment in a madman’s demented plans, and it will all lead to an ending that will bring about a series. I obviously can’t give away too much since this one is so fresh.

Also, on a side note, I finally got on Twitter. After all these years, someone talked me into it. I use it solely for my writing and to connect with other authors. Feel free to follow me @TRJustus11 and have a great day!

Evening Rant!

I sent out a few query letters for The Day The World Burns this week. My least favorite thing about this process is the waiting. I wish there was a magic button I could press to instantly tell me if I’m going to be rejected or not. Life might be simpler with an easy button such as that. Then again, life would be too predictable. Easy buttons might not be a great idea…

Anyways,

Outside of that finished project, I’ve begun a new one. This one is currently untitled, but I have a few ideas in mind for the name. Since it is still a brand new idea, I don’t want to give anything away. As I learned at the writer’s conference, “you never want to give away your nuggets”, aka the first thought of your idea. I learned a lot at that conference and have already started putting that knowledge to good use on my projects.

This has been a really good week and a semi-decent year so far. It’s not over yet. No matter what happens during these last two months, I’ll keep my head up high and shoot for the stars like always.

ShowMe Writer’s MasterClass

I had such a great weekend! This was my very first conference that I’ve attended and it couldn’t have gone any better. I leaned so much and met some really great people. I made a few new friends in the writing community, which is simply awesome.

Outside of everything I learned and the other great writers I met and listened to, I also sat down for a few minutes with two different literary agents. I pitched my adult-science-fiction novel, The Day The World Burns. It was the most nerve-racking experience of my life. I mean, here are these two, amazing women, who listen to query after query for different books. They each have the power to make my dreams come true and I only had 5 minutes to make my book sound appealing. I’m still not sure how I did it, but apparently I was confident enough that my pitch came out clear and intriguing. Both agents requested chapters and they both seemed genuinely interested in my novel. (One even mentioned a couple publishers that would enjoy my book!)

I’m going to be high off this experience for a long time to come!

I had a great time with this conference, that I’m starting to look into others in the near future. I have every intention of going back to this one next year and hopefully running into the same people I met this weekend. I can’t wait to see what the future holds after I send off the requested chapters to these agents. No matter what happens, I’m just glad I went and got to experience the conference!

Soooo ready for the weekend!

I know, it’s only Tuesday night. I still have three days to go before the weekend gets here and I couldn’t be more excited. Why? Because I’m going to my very first writer’s conference! I’m also taking a copy of my science fiction/survival novel, The Day The World Burns with me.

I was a little worried that I’d be going without a book to potentially pitch to agents and editors, but I put in the extra work and got her all polished and ready to go. No rushing. No panicking over miniscule things. I already had the second draft finished, it was just editing and proofreading a few times to make sure I got everything in there that needed to be in there and that it is error free.

Sure, I’m nervous as hell about going up to the very people that have the ability to make my dreams come true, but that’s all part of being a writer. Plus, I took acting classes and starred in a few plays when I was younger–there’s a part of me that’s pretty confident about going up to them and not having the words come out all garbled and in a rush. The other part is trying to keep her head together and not get her hopes up. That’s easier said than done.

Regardless what happens this weekend, it will be fun. I will be out of my comfort zone, networking and socializing with other introverts like myself. I’ll learn new things and probably discover a few things about myself I never knew were there. The next three days can’t possibly go by fast enough!