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First Page Feedback by Harlequin

ProofreadingHarlequin critiqued Sweet Justice!

At least, they looked at the first 500 words.  A while back I saw they were accepting for a First Page Feedback project on their blog.  So I did a whirlwind edit of Sweet Justice and sent it in.  So glad I did!

Follow the link to read the first page and their comments.  Lots of great advice that will make my opening stronger.  As the image on the left shows, I caught the typos after I hit send.  Doh!  To err is human…

Sweet Justice

Sweet JusticeExclusive Sneak Peak!

I know I promised a peak at Kiss from the Deep but a publisher I’ve been keeping an eye on has a submission call for super hero stories.  So I’m dusting off Sweet Justice for editing.

I wrote Sweet Justice for the National Novel Writing Month in 2013 and to the let you see the mock cover I made using stock images and the Amazon KDP cover creator.

Blurb:

Between secretly spying on her employer, heavy office flirtations with the mail clerk, and an unhealthy obsession with super hero news, Justice thought that things were finally going her way. As the ChemPharm research facility exploded and demolished months of undercover work, Justice took some comfort in the arms of Ultraman as he whisked her away from the blast.

When a drunken midnight calling card meant for Ultraman attracted Blaze instead, Justice has the chance to tell off the lab saboteur. Only instead of searing jibes and insults, sparks start to fly between Blaze and Justice and his abrupt departure leaves her confused and angry.

Will Justice be able to pick up the pieces of her destroyed project? Will Justice have to choose between the super hero and his arch nemesis? And what about the mail clerk who fills out his dress shirts just right?

Read the opening excerpt:

Continue reading “Sweet Justice”

NaNoWriMo WIN

 

I took the day off from work to finish this year’s NaNoWriMo.  I’m sure glad that I did because I had gotten a little bit behind with some family emergencies and holiday fun thrown in for spice this November.  But Sweet Justice is written!  Now to let it sit.  I have some short story ideas I wanted to explore and I think that will be a great way to keep writing but not committing to anything major.  I’d like to keep things light this December.  I have gifts to knit for little people.  As with every year, I’M SO GLAD TO BE DONE!  And I look forward to it again next year.NaNoWriMo WINCamp NaNoWriMo runs a couple times in the summer.  I’ve never participated.  Perhaps I will in 2014?  Totally depends on my schedule at the time.  After writing 8k words today, the 5 day novel doesn’t sounds so absurd either  *kicks self*

Week Two

I’ve made it through week one and I’m right where I need to be as far on words.  Week two is where I really start to doubt myself.  At this very moment I am thinking that I might not have enough story to make it to 50k.  I’m also thinking that my premise it too weak or my characters are lame…  You name it, it’s probably rolling around in my brain.  Week two is about determination, more than any other week I think.  I have to get out of my brain as much as possible and just write.  I might see if I can find some writing sprints to participate in.  Those always help.  Remember, NaNoWriMo is meant to help you get a rough draft, not a polished prize winning novel.  🙂

Productive Weekend

As of last night, my NaNoWriMo novel hit 6k words.  I managed 2k words a day, not a bad start.  I know that there is a least one NaNoWriMo participant who has already reached 50k and that’s just nuts.  In fact, there is another challenge that I recently learned about a competition called The Five Day Novel.  Now, I like a challenge but even I am not that crazy.  I’ll stick with a 30 day novel, thank you!

Day One

Today marks the beginning of National Novel Writing Month.  Although I know some people have already been writing since midnight, their time, I am not one of those folks.  I have a day job and kids.  I’ll be writing this evening and hope to get about two thousand words.  Like most people in the beginning of this craziness, I’m going to try to write as much as possible so that when mid month hits and I get the blahs I have a cushion.  I’m also hoping my outline helps me.

Good luck to all my fellow participants!  Keep track of my progress by checking out my NaNoWriMo page or just glancing at the word widget on the right.  🙂

Hello Sweet Justice

 

scrivener corkboard screenprintSo, this is my novel as it was outlined and input into Scrivener.  It’s hard to believe that those 17 note cards will get me to 50 thousand words by the end of next month.  I wouldn’t be surprises as things evolve, the number of chapters increases.  I’m sure that some of the characters will develop a mind of their own.  They always do.   But if I stick to this game plan or keep  it as current as I can, I’m pretty sure I can rock this out with minimal head desking.

I added the word count widget from the NaNoWriMo website to the right, so you can check my progress any time.  I’ll try to blog as often as I can.   4 more days!

Friday & Other Things

Happy Friday, folks! For some, Friday is just another day in the work week but for many, myself included, it marks the weekend and two consecutive days off. In honor of the occasion and the positive reception of my previous attempt, here is another haiku:

In comes the week end
blissful delightful Friday
eight more hours ’til five

I don’t have much on the agenda for this weekend, just the usual family time and writing when I can. My outline for my November NaNoWriMo entry is coming along nicely and I am also utilizing character profile sheets I found out on the internet. It’s really helping me expand my understanding of my own characters.

There are a lot of helpful resources for plot, scene, and character development, more so than when I started writing years ago. It’s really nice to have access to these tools, although it doesn’t make or break me as a writer. That’s all about drive, which I have in spades. Patience… Not so much.

Although, if I had to hand write all my stories with a quill and bottle of ink on parchment, I might rethink this whole writing thing. I can’t imagine the hand cramps I’d get!

Already Planning for November

So, I am already planning for the NaNoWriMo in November.  Even though I will have an eight month old baby, I’m going to try!  I was originally going to pass this year but I’m so used to participating that it would feel wrong not to try.  We’ll see how well I do in a few months.

I’m going to be writing a story idea that I got from a dream I had about a woman who falls in love with the super villain on accident.  I’m not going to into to much depth right now, it’s only the beginning of September, I’ve got some time.  There will of course be a few plot twists and nothing will be as it seems.

If you’ve been with me a while,  you know that I’m a pantser.  What’s that?  I write by the seat of my pants.  😉  But this year, since I know I’ll have distractions, what with my little ones, I’m working on an outline.  *gasp*  It’s only 74 degrees in Hell today.  😉  Yes, an outline.  The mere act of writing down my events had actually helped me add depth to my characters.  Can’t all be that bad then huh?

I’m hoping with an outline, it will help me keep on task and give me a better chance at completing the competition.  I like winning the NaNoWriMo.  It makes me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside.  I’ll be getting most of my words in on the weekend and I’ll need a clear vision as to where I need to go.

I’ve also been doing ‘research’ and watching super hero movies a lot.  My favorite so far is Mega Mind but I’ve watched the new and shiny and the old and campy.  No cape will go unfurled, no mask unsecured.   😉  All for the love of writing.

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