May flowers may make me sneeze

This Month in Writing

I received my developmental edits back for Earthsinger book 2. I hope my editor will forgive me for making her slog through that draft! Now I’m deep in revision mode. I’m a firm believer in production schedules, but I also believe in trying to write the best book I can, and the two are not always compatible. I haven’t completely given up on my schedule yet, however, in Project Manager language, it’s “at risk.” But we’ll see…

I also have a more-finished-than-not draft of another novella in the Angelborn world. If you read Angelborn and were curious about Caleb’s friend Wren, never fear, his story is coming.

This Month in Watching

The movie San Andreas didn’t suck. I’ll go see almost anything The Rock is in, and this movie is on the better end of those mass disaster films that make you want to go take a wilderness survival class or something. Going to see it after coming back from the gym left with me a day-long adrenaline rush.

This Month in Listening

I discovered the song “Here” by Alessia Cara on Spotify and ruled my world for several weeks. It’s like the wallflower anthem. Though I think she cheated because any song that samples Portishead* is going to own me at least for a little while. (*I know, I know, it’s Isaac Hayes, but it’ll always be Portishead to me.)

(The lyrics video is also worth watching.)

This Month in Reading

I practically swallowed whole the first two books in Robin LaFevers’s His Fair Assassin series. They’re YA historical fiction with fantasy elements and are amazing! I’m also casually re-reading one of my favorite series of all time, The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta which starts with Finnikin of the Rock. I say casually because I tend not to read in my genre when I’m working on a manuscript, so I’ll be popping in and out until this draft is done.

This Month in Fur

It’s shedding season in our house. Clumps of hair in every corner. To battle against it is futile, but my vaccuum cleaner persists it the fight.

Sabyl and Sterlyng
A rare image of the two furry ones together.

Hope your May was swell and you’re ready for summer! Hit me up in the comments with your end-of-spring laments.

Photo by Tonglé Dakum

April Showers Can’t Get Me Down

(We’re all going to pretend I posted this yesterday like I was supposed to.)

This Month in Publishing

Angelborn-cover-300Angelborn is now available! Yay! It’s only $.99 for launch! Read more about it here.

This Month in Writing

Earthsinger book 2 is currently with my editor, praise gawd! The cover designer will be getting started in May, so expect a shiny cover reveal this summer! I still have at least 2 revisions left on the story, but it’s getting there. (Sidebar: At one point I had one of those progress meters on the site showing how close my works in progress were to completion. But that doesn’t really jive with my process which includes heavy revisions after an incoherent first draft and a semi-coherent second draft. I admire authors whose books come nearly perfectly formed the first or second time around, but mine seem to require major reconstructive surgery at least once before being ready for the world.)

This Month in Winning

Song of Blood & Stone won the IndieReCon Best Cover Award!

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(The image links on that page have been broken since it launched, but I’m hoping one day to be able to see the actual covers.) Once again, James at Bookfly Design gets mad props. I’m super excited about diving into the cover for book 2!

This Month in Awesome

I was included in an article on Fantasy Romance in the USA Today Happily Ever After blog along with Grace Draven (*swoon*), C.L. Wilson, Amy Raby and more! It was amazing to be alongside such fantastic authors and I thank author Veronica Scott for the opportunity.

This Month in Watching

It was all about Daredevil on Netflix, y’all! I’ve been a fan of Charlie Cox since Stardust and the show was great. Extremely and grotesquely violent in the way I don’t like (I’m more a fan of the over the top, unrealistic violence of say The Expendables, rather than the gritty version on display here), but I enjoyed the show. The characters annoyed the snot out of me, but no spoilers. Hit me up if you want to hear my rant.

This Month in Reading

I took a break from the metric crap-ton of New Adult books I’ve been binging and finally checked out something that had been on my Netgalley shelf for months. I’m not often up for urban fantasy (I want my HEAs darn it!) but I really enjoyed Nicole Peeler’s Jinn and Juice. I have a jinni story percolating in the Angelborn universe (which btw is part of the Earthsinger multiverse, but that’s a story for another day) so I’m always on the lookout for another one.

This Month in Fur
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Sterlyng remains the boss and life is good as he chills on my backpack. #TBT of Sabyl from a few years ago. Her multicolored eyes look super freaky here.

So that was my month. I also had a birthday, ended my gym vacation (sort of) and totally forgot about Earth Day!

How was your April? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

Lions and lambs and cats with inflated self images – oh my!

This is how my cat sees himself in his head. I’m sure of it.

This Month in Writing

Angelborn hit the copyeditor’s desk and should be ready for an April release. Those on my mailing list got to see the early cover reveal! Want to read it for free when it comes out? Join the list today!

Earthsinger Book 2 goes to the editor in April—I’m sure she will tear it apart so I can put it back together all shiny and coherent and such. I received some excellent feedback on what may or may not be the opening chapter at the Hurston Wright workshop.

Also, Ines Johnson and I are posting a semi-secret draft of a paranormal romance on Wattpad. Shhh!

This Month in Reading

Ever since I read Grace Draven’s Master of Crows in a fantasy romance box set last year, Draven has steadily risen up my favorite authors list. I finally sat down to read her newest novel, Radiance, after seeing hype about it all over the place. I generally discount hype, some of the worst books are hyped to death, but I’ve experienced Draven’s prowess and I wasn’t disappointed this time. Radiance ticks all the boxes for both fantasy and romance. Definitely recommended!

This Month in Watching

gal-diffrent-strokes-jpgI’ve been feeling nostalgic and discovered that all eight season of Diff’rent Strokes are on Comcast’s On Demand. I had no idea there were eight seasons! But now I feel compelled to watch them all and reminisce about my childhood as a young black boy from Harlem adopted by a kindly Park Avenue tycoon and his possibly drug-addled maid. That was my childhood right? They solved racism in each and every episode! How could we forget these important lessons?

Also, I started watching Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt on Netflix. Hilarity ensued.

This Month in Fur

Sterlyng freaked the hell out. Seriously. I’ve never heard him make these sounds before.

And Sabyl continued her artistic endeavors by rearranging the furniture so it was more to her liking.

Sabyl is an interior decorator now. Too bad she’s terrible at it.

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Anti-heroes and the Slaughter of the Innocents

Warning: This post contains spoilers for House of Cards seasons 1 & 2 and Breaking Bad season 1. They’re hidden and marked, but beware!

We’ll get back to organizing and time management, I promise, but today I really want to talk about something that’s been churning around in my mind partially due to my recent Netflix binge-watching adventures. 

I first started thinking about writing an anti-hero character around the time the 2nd Thor movie came out and everyone was talking about how people loved Loki so much more than Thor. Who doesn’t love a good anti-hero?

I still haven’t written a character like that, but the idea has been kicking around in my mind for a while. The basic premise is this: woman falls in love with Loki. Continue reading “Anti-heroes and the Slaughter of the Innocents”