Honestly, I have good intentions regarding blogging but something is eating my weeks when I’m not looking. I can’t believe this is the middle of August already. This summer has FLOWN.
July was as insane as a Juggalo. And believe me, I know. This particular band and their groupies used to stay at a hotel where I was employed. Boy, do I have stories. But I digress.
Suffice to say July was stuffed to the gills, and the first week of August was no different. Now, I have a small window until the madness of September, but first I will be visiting the lovely community of PEI to spend quality time with a dear friend, sit on a panel of The New Face of Publishing sponsored by Fierce Ink Press, and teach a class on editing. I’M SO EXCITED! And nervous, I’ll admit it. But mostly EXCITED!
I’m going international, baby. Heh.
I did take some time to update the Editing Work page for new releases, and I’m pumped about the new ones to come. Kris Austen Radcliffe is getting ready to launch FLUX OF SKIN on September 3, and Jordan L. Hawk will also be releasing the next in the SPECTR series, EATER OF LIVES on the same day. SQUEE!
In the meantime, I am feverishly editing the amazing collection of stories for theAllegories of the Tarot anthology to be released October 31. I am just blown away by the talent of these writers. Blown. Away. Badass Marketing has been engaged for the launch, and boy, do we have some great things planned. I COULD PEE!
CAN YOU EVEN STAND IT?
I can’t WAIT.
And that’s what I’ve been up to. What kind of trouble are you stirring up?
Busy is good, so a former boss used to say, but at this rate it will be ten years from now next week. No, don’t bother trying to figure it out. I’m confused, too.
I can blame some of it on having a birthday this week, causing a huge rift in the space-time continuum. Or maybe the fact I ate some of Paula Deen’s ooey-gooey butter cake and about passed out from a sugary carbohydrate overload. Damn, but that stuff is evil.
Seeing as it’s the 26th time I’ve turned 29, I think I’m getting good at this. It prompted me to write a short status on Facebook:
You know, one thing about a birthday, especially when you pass the halfway mark, it encourages you to take a good look at where you’ve been and where you are now.
I did that. And you know what? I have walked through fire. Several times. Been burnt to ash, at times with no hope of ever recovering. Of times wishing I wasn’t even here. And when I look at my life now, I am so, so grateful I didn’t quit. I never, never quit. I just kept on going and the result is, I have everything I could have ever hoped, wished, or dreamed of. Two daughters who are the light of my heart. A bubbe who is the joy of my soul. Friends who are the best people I’ve ever met and who are my family. A career that brings me more satisfaction, exhilaration, and challenges than I ever thought possible, a career I love with every last cell of my body.
When I look back, I can see how my journey took me into many dark places, but I can also see I couldn’t have arrived *here* if I hadn’t been *there*. As painful as it was; as close to the brink as I have been, it was all worth it. It was all worth it because today I am the happiest I have ever been.
I am a blessed and grateful woman. In spite of Paula Deen trying to kill my pancreas yesterday.
I had an absolutely amazing birthday. We’ll put that in the WIN column.
Also this week I started a class at Coursera and it’s been fabulous. Go ahead and take a look. Some interesting courses and subjects from universities all over the world–I have a feeling me and Coursera are going to have a long and fruitful relationship.
And last, but not least, I have discovered Windows Movie Maker and fun like this should be illegal. I actually made two book trailers and it was a blast.
All-in-all, it was a Very Good Week. Wrap it up, I’ll take it.
I pumped out a lot of work in January, and February is filling up. I’m happy about that–January was all about getting ‘scripts out the door I’d been working on for a while. I’m really excited to see some fabulous fiction hit the ground running, so keep an eye on my Twitter and Facebook for shout-outs as they release. I also add them to my sidebar, although the list is getting so long I will most likely try to put together a page just for the editing work.
Being a content editor puts me in an awkward position. Obviously, any review I do could be considered biased, and after thinking long and hard about it, I decided it was a conflict of interest for me to formally review any of my clients. Amazon’s TOS makes it very clear they feel the same way. Especially in the wake of the “sock puppet” kerfluffle, which is nothing new to publishing if you know anything about publishing at all. Evidently Amazon feels writers cannot be readers in certain cases, which sucks. Because of course writers are readers. Or they should be.
It’s a sticky wicket. Let’s just say I don’t take on work I don’t like. I can’t. If I don’t like the story, I won’t be able to do my job. So while I may not formally review books my clients produce, you can bet I love each and every one of them, and I support my peeps with a shout-out on their release day and as time allows. I’ll leave it up to you, the reader, to read and review.
Here’s a list of books ready to go or have been recently released:
There’s a lot more where that came from. Lovely, exciting, haunting, fascinating, tantalizing fiction. WHOOHOOO! And congratulations to all on your releases 🙂
All that and here’s my bag of chips–if you haven’t heard about Coursera, hie your heinie over there POST HASTE. You will find college courses offered FOR FREE from some of the most prestigious universities in the world. That’s right, you heard me. IN THE WORLD. These are serious, hardcore college courses with all the hard work you’d expect from a quality college course, but for free? Seriously? And from the comfort of your own home? HELL TO THE YEAH.
Have you heard of the University of Michigan? John Hopkins University? Stanford? University of Edinburgh? Princeton University? How about Duke?
It’s an amazing opportunity, and I was like a kid in a candy store. I wanted to sign up for about 32 different courses, but of course that’s not possible because there are still only 24 hours in the day. (SOMEONE NEEDS TO FIX THAT.)
Time flies when you’re having fun, but it also flies when you’re up to your armpits in “To Do” lists. And it’s only the “To Do” lists which are keeping me from going nuts.
Lots going on. First of all, working on several editing projects and loving every minute of that, even though most days it means my eyes look like this:
Several of my client’s projects are coming out or have been launched over the last couple of months, and that’s really exciting. After much soul-searching and teeth gnashing with a little bit of hair-pulling and heartache, I have come to the conclusion pimping out my clients when they launch could be construed as having a conflict of interest. So, as much as I love each and every one of them and believe in their work, I must limit myself to simply posting the links on my sidebar over there <- labeled as "Editing Work", which I will be updating regularly so make sure to keep an eye on that list. A hard decision, for real. *sniffle*
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But honestly, I have been extremely privileged and honored to work with these writers, and I encourage you to check them out. There are some amazingly talented people out there. It’s really humbling.
Next on the list is the launch of “Athena’s Promise” on October 28th. I’ve been posting snippets on my Facebook Fan Page, and that’s the only place you’ll see them. So, if you’re curious about what I’ve been doing in my spare time, “like” the page and see what’s shaking. I’m all the way up to Chapter 19 as of today with three more to go. Share the page with your friends, and the day I hit 200 fans is the day I will post here the first two chapters. FOR FREE. Sound like a deal?
The covers of all three books in the series are being crafted even as we speak, along with a blazing trailer. I am beyond excited about this, especially since I’ve engaged the uber-talented Rebecca Walker. And let me tell you, she is AMAZING. I’ll post them when they’re ready, because I love you guys that much 🙂
In addition, I’ve set up all Kindle publications for a Kindlegraph. How cool is that shiz? Visit my fan page for more details! (See what I did there? Heh.)
Now that you’re all caught up for the moment, I need to take care of some of those “To Do” lists before the nice men in the white jackets get here. 😉
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