Happy Monday! I hope you are having a beautiful start of the week!
A quick update on my current crossover work-in-progress: It’s about to go to beta readers but in a cluster of chapters at a time as I give it another pass and edit/rewrite/tweak. Undaunted is my crossover novella set in Corinne Michaels’ Salvation Society world and I can’t wait for you to meet her characters as well as others you may be familiar with like Claudia, Gabe, and Dax, to name a few.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy In His Study, a short story I posted on my blog featuring one of my most popular couples back when their ongoing story was live on Wattpad. I’ve taken down their story for editing but in this short story, we get a peek into Luna and Devlin’s new life in London.
And I narrate it, too, which was fun to do. I hope you like it!
I haven’t been around here lately and I can happily say it’s for a good reason: I’m writing!
Slow, but I’m writing and my goal is to get a book finished by the end of this quarter and right now, I’ve got 10 days to go so it’s nose to the grindstone for me.
Until then, I hope you enjoy my impromptu reading of “Too Much” by Tyler Ford.
See you on the flipside! And oh, Happy First Day of Spring (yesterday)! I celebrated it by writing three haiku which I posted on my poetry blog this morning.
Good morning and happy Monday!
Hard to believe I started writing this post before 9am and it’s now almost 2pm. But after meetings with the business coach, sending out newsletters, and other things one normally does on a Monday (not!), I’m finally clicking Publish on this post.
Danica McKellar is best known for playing Winnie Cooper in The Wonder Years. She went earned a degree in Mathematics and has written about 9 math books for kids.
I love her #McKellarMondayMotivation segments and wanted to share her message here.
It’s nice to be back blogging and I’m hoping I set up a regular schedule doing so in the coming weeks. At least, I finally got the hang of Google Calendar and now I can actually see my whole week and month! And check off my to-dos which give me such an awesome feeling when I know I’ve completed something, no matter how small.
I hope you are doing well! If you’ve read this far, drop me a line and let me know how your Monday is going! Or just say hello!
While going through my Tumblr feed today, I found this and so many other jewels about writers and writing. It made me realize (again and again) how the men who made such an impact in my life are all found in my books.
Ashe Hunter most especially who to this day does not have a “face” inside my head even though I’ve had to translate his features for book covers. As a writer, the best ones never do.
Have a wonderful weekend! Stay safe out there!
When 2020 rolled around, one of my goals was to diversify my stories. Some books would be exclusive to Amazon through Kindle Unlimited while others would be available “wide,” meaning they would be available everywhere where books were sold (Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, etc.). Some of those wide stories would also be available to read in their entirety on Wattpad like Finding Sam, Loving Ashe, and most recently, Collateral Attraction.
I first wrote Loving Ashe as a short story titled Elevator on my Morrighansmuse blog in the summer of 2013. When I posted it on Wattpad, readers were intrigued. What happened next? Did they end up together? They asked. We want to know more!
And so for NaNoWriMo 2014, I turned the 5k-word short story into the first two chapters. I called it Loving Ashe and finished it in 60 days with 110k words total. I would self-publish Loving Ashe in June 2015 and release the audiobook three years later.
Well, this year (tomorrow, May 13, to be exact!), Loving Ashe will also be part of Wattpad Paid Stories. While there are millions of free stories on Wattpad, they also have Paid Stories where readers pay with “coins.” You can pay per chapter or pay for the whole book outright (about the same cost of an ebook). Coins are available in packages of 15 to up 533 coins and you can also earn 3 free coins per day by watching ads.
It will have a new cover starting tomorrow, different from what you see above. But while Wattpad will have the exclusive rights to the digital ebook version which allows them to change the cover and have the ability to market, Loving Ashe will still remain available as a paperback and audiobook.
It’s a new adventure for me and one I’m very excited to be part of. I should have made this announcement a few months ago but in true ditzy Liz fashion, I got my dates wrong and tomorrow, it becomes reality! I hope you’ll support me and my stories on Wattpad and discover other new authors and stories along the way.
It was probably six or seven Christmases ago when my sister-in-law lamented the lack of books featuring older couples – you know, couples with kids who have are about to leave or have left home.
“Why are all the heroines in their early twenties and the men all in their thirties and forties? What about women in their thirties, forties… and older?” She asked.
Well, she did have a point because back then, there weren’t a lot of stories featuring older couples like there are now. In fact, Harlow James, my heroine in Everything She Ever Wanted emerged from that conversation three years later..
But before Harlow, there were Esme and Evan, my couple in Date Night, a short story I wrote for my SIL the following Mother’s Day after our conversation. You can read the story on my story site by clicking on the image below.
Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!
Of course, I know what day it is.
The 327th day of March.
Alright, it’s the 30th and so far, LilDude is on his second week of distance schooling. He woke up at 10 A.M. only to tell me he needed to sleep in. Since I was in the middle of doing post-production on what was supposed to be a Facebook Live video, I let him and proceeded to finish editing the 1:30 minute clip, post it, and then get him ready for “school.”
School is all done on the laptop through Google from Google Classroom to Google Meeting. From 11:00 to 12 noon, LilDude had breakfast and did his work, then played from noon to about 12:30 when he made himself a PB&J sandwich and got us both snacks and juice and we settled for a spot outside the garden to have lunch before doing another round of homework. Then I decided to set up the beach tent canopy thing and I think that’s where we’ll be doing his classwork from here on especially if the weather is great like it was today.
I don’t know about you but #Quarantinelife has been strange. I’ve baked, gardened, even sewed four face masks and a seat cover, and it seems like laundry and dishes are endless. By the time I sit down to write, my mind is blank — and that’s why I have to outline just so I can remember what I want to write from one moment to the next. Maybe it’s a result of the anxiety that comes with Covid-19. I hope I can find my normal soon though because it often feels like I’m living in an alternate universe.
Heck, maybe we all are!
I wish I can remember to write a diary so I can write down my thoughts. Definitely my anxieties which can change from day to day. Yesterday it was my teeth (crap, do I need to see a dentist now?) and today it’s my back that’s hurting after sitting on the floor while transferring crushed styrofoam popcorn from the bean bag to the trash bag even though I’ve got nothing to fill the empty bean bag with. And then there’s my sleep. I’m not sleeping too well. It doesn’t help that I watch shows like War of the Worlds on Epix right before bed.
In the meantime, my gray roots are showing and while I can do them myself, there’s no point right now since it’s not like I am going out. I am doing videos though, like the one I did this morning so maybe I should color my grays, right? At least, now I have all the time in the world to play with all the apps I’ve bought through the years and use them in post-production!
What about you? How’s #quarantinelife treating you and your family?