Sunday, March 27, 2011


It seemed at times it would never happen, but I have finished the first draft of the second installment of the new series. I'm so excited. I think it turned out great. Now, I have to go through and reread it a few times and polish it up and make it even better.

It took a lot of research to get this installment completed. I have always been a stickler for trying my hardest to get things right in my books, so when this one called for various locations and technical jargon, I had to start learning. But I'm glad I did because it only made the book that much better. Steve even commented on how much research I had done for the book.

I still haven't heard anything back from any takers on the publication side of things. But that's okay. Everything happens when it's supposed to happen. One way or another, this series will be published and the world will love it, I just know it!

As for anything else that's been going on in my life, there hasn't been much. I've been going to work and coming home to write. I finished the book this morning around 7 a.m. and spent the day purposely not doing anything because I wanted a break. But all day long I felt as if I was doing something wrong because I wasn't writing.

Now, I'm going to sit on the couch and read a book and then watch the tube.

Later-

Be nice to each other.

Saturday, March 12, 2011


It's been a busy week. I took off the entire week so that I could do one final polish on the first installment of the new series. I had thought I was done with it, but after a friend read it and found a mistake or two, even after being through a professional edit job, I thought I would read through it again just to make sure. And while I was at it, I couldn't help but add a few things here and there. I'm sure it would happen each time I were to read through it. It's just the nature of the beast. It will never be perfect in my eyes. There's always something I could add or tweak. This time, I added a total of 2, 094 words. I hadn't even realized until I did a new word count. Hopefully it's good enough now.
Yesterday I sent out some sample chapters to one publisher and three more agents. I haven't sent out the entire manuscript yet, but I will be doing that very soon.
Anyway, now that the reread is done, it's time to get back to working on the second installment. I am so close to finishing I can taste it. Although I spent the morning doing research on the Florida Everglades (hence the picture) and the more I research, the more ideas I get and the longer the story gets. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind the book being long. It can't be too long for me. But I also know that this is only the first draft and it will grow each time I do rereads afterwards.
Steve and I went looking at houses the other day. Houses we can't yet afford. Counting those chickens. But it was fun. Our plan is to buy a house here in Austin with a pool so we can enjoy swimming for a year or so and then it's off to Colorado. It's funny because Steve really wants to get a pool to be able to watch Buster play in the water and I want to get to Colorado soon enough to see him play in the snow before he gets too old (Buster, not Steve).
The key to both of us getting what we want is to get the books published as soon as possible. I will not falter this time. "Dream until your dreams come true", that's how the saying goes, and they are words we are living by.
We'll get there. Sooner than later, I'm sure.
Well, that's it for now. Don't forget to visit my website, www.themagicelevator.com, and buy some books. Hey, sure it's a plug, but what did I just say? I'm stopping at nothing, even self-promotion in my blogs.
Later. Be nice to each other.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

It was a lovely day in Austin for drivers. They closed two of the three lanes on I-35 causing major gridlock all day long. The same will be going on tomorrow. Luckily, I don't have to go anywhere. I worked out at the gym here at home instead of going to the gym two streets over and avoided the whole mess. I'll be so glad when we move to Woodland Park and don't have to worry about traffic and the hassle of all this crap.
As for the rest of the day, and most of the week to come, I have made the decision to go through the first installment of the new series one more time. I'm glad I did because there were things I found that would have been missed. I was going to go in and fix some errors that were missed by the editor (oops) anyway, and that prompted me to just go ahead and do a complete read through. I took off the entire week to do this so I should get it done. It may not sound like a big job, but it's a 138 page manuscript and I've already read it and reread it five times. But I think this time it will be as good as it is going to get from my end and I will feel comfortable enough to send out chapters and the entire manuscript to publishers who ask for it. There are those who simply ask for a query letter and those who ask for more. While I would prefer not to send out the manuscript, it will be good to have publishers read it. That's part of the problem with queries. They don't get past the letter in order to see the work.
We're hoping that things will really start moving once I begin sending out packets.
Fingers crossed!
I would love to tell you more about the series, but ever since my book Blue Moon was supposedly going to be turned into a movie and then five years later was turned into something so different I was pushed aside-my guard is way up.
Anyway, that's it for now.
Be nice to each other.