January 20, 2014

Meg & Matt

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If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter or even Pinterest, you’ve already seen the cover for BEAUTY AND THE BALLPLAYER—probably more than once. However, it recently occurred to me that I have not yet shared it here on the blog.

Allow me to remedy that problem, pronto, by introducing the cover for BEAUTY, my March 2013 release from Turquoise Morning Press.

When it turned up in my email inbox, I might have squealed and startled three sleeping dogs.

January 10, 2014

Ruby WWF

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No, I’m not trying out for the pro wrestling circuit. (They call that the WWE these days, anyway.)

The WWF I refer to is the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood‘s famed Winter Writing Festival.

Four years ago, the fabulous Rubies decided to organize a writing festival to get us through the darkest winter months … a writing festival that, unlike NaNoWriMo, doesn’t take place in a month with a major holiday. (Surely created by a man who didn’t have to cook Thanksgiving dinner …)

Also unlike NaNo, the WWF doesn’t take a one-size-fits-all approach. Your goal is to earn 50 points by the end of the festival period, Jan. 10-Feb. 28. The best part? YOU pick your own goals. If you need to focus on editing instead of writing new words, you can.

Because you say how you earn a point, it’s pretty hard NOT to “win” the WWF. And you get to hang out with/be inspired by a great group of writers. Win-win!

Here are the ways I’ve decided to earn points.

Each of the following is worth 1 point:

– Write 300 new words on any WIP (as indicated by Scrivener) OR

– Make revisions to 1 chapter of Love&Baseball3 where needed, per my TMP editor OR

– 30 minutes combing through galley proof of BEAUTY AND THE BALLPLAYER (when I get it) OR

– Pay my RWA and NARWA dues OR

– Jump in on at least two WWF 20-minute writing sprints in one day OR

– BICHOK for 45 minutes straight (no Internet checks) OR

– Read 1 of the RITA books I’m assigned to judge OR

– Prep and schedule 5 promotional tweets or FB entries for myself and friends (1 for me, 4 for friends) OR

– Take 5-10 minutes to slow down, mediate, do a few yoga poses OR

– Write a post for my writing blog

To earn a bonus 5 points:

– Finish the first draft of TROUBLE IN PARADISE

– Complete NARWA’s chapter affiliation paperwork (with help from the treasurer)

– Sell 2 to 5 paperback copies of DIVA IN THE DUGOUT when I go to my first book signing event, the Chocolate Affaire, in Glendale on Feb. 8

I signed my first print autograph recently … and promptly spent the rest of the afternoon dancing in my seat. My coworkers probably thought I had ants in my pants.

One of  my coworkers bought a copy of DIVA IN THE DUGOUT and brought it to the office for me to sign. Such a thrill!

It was the first time I’d seen the print version. I ordered copies for the RITA judges, but had them shipped directly to RWA HQ to beat the early deadline so I’d have a chance to win either an iPad or conference registration. I haven’t ordered my own print copies yet.

Soon, though. I’m headed to the Chocolate Affaire in Glendale in February, and am taking DIVA to sign.

It looks great, by the way. Can’t wait to get a copy for my keeper shelf!

Want one for your shelf? Click here.

January 1, 2014

Musings

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I’ve said it before: I’m a writer, not a math whiz.

Still, I enjoy looking at my blog statistics. That’s why I look forward to seeing what the WordPress stats helper monkeys come up with every New Year’s Eve.

As I look ahead to 2014 (TMP’s releases of BEAUTY AND THE BALLPLAYER and SLIDING INTO HOME this March and April, followed by the indie publication of BLIND DATE BRIDE in June), take a peek at their summary of 2013.

Among the highlights:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

In 2013, there were 49 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 144 posts.

The busiest day of the year was July 18th with 38 views. The most popular post that day was I have big news.

Since July 18 was the day I announced my first sale/signing a contract with Turquoise Morning Press, it’s not surprising that was my busiest day of the year.

Thank you all for reading and commenting and following me on Twitter and my Facebook Author Page.

Here’s to a 2014 that’s just as successful—or more so.