Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

I feel like I accomplished a lot this past year, but there's much more to do.  I don't consider these resolutions, just areas I need to continue improve on or goals I'd like to reach.

In regard to writing, for 2013 I plan to finish the sequel to Zombified and get it published.  My book of short stories I would like to have published by the end of summer.  I'd like to get more involved within the writing community. 

In regard to family, I'd like to spend more time with the grandkids and everyone in general.  I'd like to have more family get-togethers, but at the same time do more spontaneous things, like call up one of the kids and go out to dinner with them.

In regard to my health, I'm improving every year.  I quit smoking over 3 years ago, have my blood sugar in control, and have lost 25 pounds.  This year I want to lose more weight, which means more exercise such as swimming and walking.  I've had some foot problems which has hindered my progress, but I'm hoping it improves.  We'll see how that goes.

Overall, I want to be even more caring and compassionate, and continue to put my family first.  I want to be more outgoing and sociable, not so much Facebook...hehe.

That's all I can think of for now, but these are things I know I can accomplish.  How about you?  What are your plans, goals, or resolutions for the new year?   

Saturday, September 22, 2012

I Love Networking and Other Thoughts!

Today I went to a writing workshop and came away with some new information and hopefully some new friends.  We discussed the possibility of creating a scifi/horror genre group for our area and I'm very excited.  Done correctly, so much good could come from sharing our work and obtaining some constructive critiquing and ideas.

Today is the first day of fall and I am in the mood to write more than usual.  There's just something about typing away on my novel in a nice warm house late at night when the wind is blowing and whipping the leaves around outside.  Fall is my favorite season and I'm never sorry to see the super hot Oklahoma summers end.  The crisp, cool air of fall always makes me feel a lot more energetic. 

My birthday is next month and I'm going to ask for a laptop so I can work on my writing whenever and wherever I want.  I do believe that will make me more prolific in my writing.  Now I need to decide what kind of laptop I need, any ideas?

Monday, July 16, 2012

What Do You Look For in a Good Book?

For me, it's the "atmosphere" of the story.  I love to read stories where the characters face almost impossible odds of survival, let alone thriving in their situation.  Any crisis will do, but the "atmosphere" of the story must be just right, whether eerie, threatrening, chaotic, etc., depending on what the story is about.  For my first novel, I tried to have a theme of uncertainty and the possibility of danger/death "running" in the background.  Even when characters believe themselves to be safe, they aren't, and sometimes that truth is hammered home. 

So what do you look for in a good book?

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Guess we have to get used to things changing all the time...

Why is it that sites like Facebook think they need to change things up so much?  I'm tired of logging onto a site I use a lot and find it completely different.  I have been too busy to post on here lately and when I log on, a lot has been changed.  I usually just shrug it off and learn the new system, but I think it's getting out of hand.  Humans can adapt easily to new things, but just because we can doesn't mean we should change things does get annoying.  Ok, that's my rant, I'm good now.  What do you think when you go to do something on a site and you have to relearn how it works or how it's set up? 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Zombified Book Two: Shady Oaks

Shortly after I finished Book One, I started the sequel to Zombified.  During that time, so much was going on that eventually it felt like a chore to write and so I stopped for awhile.  Don't get me wrong, I love to write, but I had to take a break when it was no longer fun for me.  Now, two months later, I am more than ready to get back to writing.  In fact, I am excited!  I went back into the book last night, it's currently at Chapter 9, with 16k words, and I picked right up where I left off like it was only yesterday that I put it aside. 

As I go on, I think I'll drop a tidbit here and there from the book so anyone who is interested can read it.  By the way, the second book centers on resettling the small town of Shady Oaks.  Once again, the Connor Group is trying to  destroy everything the survivors worked so hard for and there is a "nasty" surprise coming at the end.

Ok, that's all I have for now, hope everyone is having a great start to their new year!