Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy New Year!

My #1 goal is to focus on publishing, starting this week. I have a plan and will give it everything I've got, energy-wise.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Another year has slipped by. In the last 14 months, I've written 5 novels and have another one half-finished. My favorite will always be Mysterious Castle. I have been frustratingly wishy-washy, with so many ups and downs regarding whether/how to publish. I wrote for myself, although I would like to be able to share the stories and perhaps enjoy some monetary enrichment for my family. I have also read almost one hundred novels during the year. I didn't have time for those pleasures while working. I love retirement!

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Black Widow story

To publish or not to publish, that is a question that keeps me awake at night. The name keeps changing, for both the author and story.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Mysterious Castle update

I just finished Mysterious Castle. I may or may not be using the pseudonym Dee Petersen-Griffin.

There are some things that I had to leave out from my original version because the word count for YA Fantasy genre is much less, 30k less, than for other novels. I'm still over the maximum word count, but I may epublish this one, with print-on-demand paperbacks. I will pursue a few agents/publishers first.

In the last month, I have also read almost a dozen novels by others and completely re-read two of my own and skimmed another. I find reading helps me refresh, regroup, and recenter my focus, to get beyond writer's block. I then read the story up to my stopping point or to the chapter to be edited and continue on. Fatigue is my greatest enemy. I spend a lot of time thinking instead of sleeping, deciding how I want to proceed next. No wonder I'm tired!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Mysterious Castle

I started Mysterious Castle yesterday. I hope that the third time really is the charm! Check out the way it begins... Just click on the titles to the right, folks.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Before Sunset update

I just finished BEFORE SUNSET. Now the proofreading and editing begin.

UPDATE: 12/12/12: Wow, what a project that was, making sure the dialects were true for each character and watching for typos. (Took my time and had fun with it.) I am ready for the next step.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy!

It's summertime, and that means more time with my grandchildren. I enjoy that, but that also translates into less time to relax, think, write, etc. Of course, grandchildren are distractions, too. Distractions from writing as well as distractions from everyday stresses. What shall I do? People first, things second, as I always say.

With grandchildren come the questions I deplore. They always start with "What's your favorite. . .?" I don't have favorites, although I have many preferences. So answering those questions has always been . . .a pain in the neck. Headache time. Don't get me wrong. I am extremely opinionated. No doubt about that. I just don't have favorites. Favorite color? I mostly wear blue, black, red, white, green. Favorite food? Potatoes fixed any way, Italian & Mexican. Favorite movie? Ever After, Somewhere in Time, The Lake House, Harry Potter (most of them), Back to the Future 1st & 3rd. I can't pick ONE favorite, not one that I prefer over the others, so don't ask!

Still trying to finish Before Sunset. It's getting close to completion. It is more in accordance with the traditional romance novel plot template. I have decided to pursue standard publication methods for Dreams & Secrets first. I have to consider my end goal. With the cost of ISBNs and the potential epub revenue from research I have done, it would be for vanity only. If for vanity, I could just release it on a website. I might try that somewhere down the road if all other efforts fail, in hopes of attracting positive attention and fans in order to eventually get published, but I would prefer an income-producing method over that. Then again I could test those waters with one of my other works. So many decisions!  :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012


I am currently working on epublishing Dreams & Secrets and Magnetic Attraction. Hopefully they will both be available soon.

UPDATE: 5/23/12
    A successful author advised me to reconsider epub until I pursue hardcopy publishing again, for the benefits of distribution and potential profits. I am considering my options. The ebook/epub option is currently on hold.
    As a precaution, I've asked another peer, from the Brazos Writers group this time, to critique both novels. I am awaiting response. I am confident that she, as a teacher, will be brutally honest, red pen and all. I am hoping for the best [I love it!], dreading the worst [It's terrible.]--

UPDATE: 6/1/12
    So far so good! She finished one and is into the second. Positive feedback, and I asked her to be brutal. I am now leaning toward giving traditional publishing another try. It seems like the smartest way right now.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Magnetic Attraction

I just finished it! Now I have a new dilemma. Hearts Crossing has competition again. I have ideas for sequels nagging at me. Plus I have two more stories pestering me. I must focus on finishing Hearts Crossing. It is only fair.
If no one ever reads any of them, I am still very happy.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Moving Forward!

The best thing I ever did was retire. I love it! I have de-stressed, which allows me to write. I am still working on the cover design before epublishing Dreams & Secrets. I've almost finished Magnetic Attraction. Hearts Crossing is progressing, mostly set aside because of the other two! (Maybe I will have it finished by Mother's Day.)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Publishing Update

Earlier this week I received a rejection letter from the agent of my choice. He isn't looking for new, unpublished authors right now. He's older than I am, so maybe he's taking it easy. :) But that is okay, because after a program at the Brazos Writers club, I am considering the EPUB method (electronic publishing) instead. I am still excited about it. I prefer to do things myself, rather than waiting around while hoping someone else will do something for me. One thing I have noticed, when you let people know you are an author (in person or electronically) the proofreaders and editors pop up their heads offering their services. Be it known, right now, that I have been employed as a proofreader/editor so I am not looking for one. It IS nice that they offer. Thank you very much and good luck .