Monday, April 20, 2015

nose to the grindstone

revising the first draft of the new novel!!

Recently, I've come up for air to attend events like the Virginia Hamilton Conference and the Richland Library's Augusta Baker's Dozen Storytelling Celebration. It's been great (thank you to all the came! So fun to meet all of you!) but it's back to work I go! I miss writing regularly here at my blog, but I hope to be back soon! I'm on the first revision on the first draft of the new novel, which would be exciting except that I usually go through at least five of these, so there's still have far to go. Right now, the tentative title is "The Silver Waves of the Sea." What do you think?

In the meantime, I'm still going to be using my newsletter as my main source of outgoing news, so please sign up! That's where you'll first hear all about the novel when it's finally finished!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

Happy Lunar New Year! Winter Edition of my Newsletter

Learn a bit about the Year of the Sheep in my newsletter!

The Winter and Lunar New Year edition of my newsletter is now out! Learn a little bit about the Year of the Sheep, get a sneak peak at my new novel, and more! And if you want to be eligible for the free book giveaways, please sign up!  As I said earlier, the newsletter will be my main outgoing source for now, so it would be great to have you onboard to keep in touch!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

a little honesty and a little hiatus

hoping for a blessing from the Goddess of Mercy!

It's a new year and usually I like to make a bunch of resolutions or goals; but this last year has been  kind of a disaster when it comes to goal completion. I have to admit I've been a bit depressed about it.

I kept watching colleagues online that seem to be able to juggle their events and promotion and health and family and friends and books effortlessly and have driven myself to despair with comparisons. That Author is able to write four hundred beautiful novels, go to the gym for three hours a day, raise a family with six perfect kids and is the wittiest person on the internet! This Author does five hundred school visits a year but still is able to get a two hundred incredible books completed and go on date nights with wonderful spouse!

For the past year, I've been trying to figure out the magic formula. Can I work harder? Can I work later at night? Earlier in the morning? Stand on my head? But I still couldn't get it together. What could I do to be like Other Author?

And the answer is...nothing. Because I will never be like Other Author. Because Other Author is not me. Yes, Other Author can juggle the sun, moon, all the planets and all the stars and that is wonderful for Other Author. But I have come to accept that I am not a good juggler. That doesn't mean I don't have my good points, but trying to be someone I am not is a waste of energy (and making me even a poorer juggler). This year, I am just going to try to accept that my limitations are what make me who I am.

This doesn't mean that I do not strive for excellence, in fact it's the opposite. It's because I refuse to give up my ambition that I accept defeat. Other Author can do everything and somehow be brilliant at all of it. I cannot. I have to choose.

So, all of this is to say two things to you, my very patient reader. First, and most importantly, is  that I love interacting with you and am always so, so honored when I hear from anyone. But, ever since Rain Dragon arrived, I've been a poor responder and I truly apologize. I hope you understand my lack of response is more about my poor balancing skills than it is about my affection towards you.

Second is...I must write my novel. I want it to be good, for you and for myself. And because of that, I'm going to be temporarily taking a hiatus from this blog and most of my social media until I at least get the first draft finished. I hope it won't be too long, but I really don't know when I'll be back. If you'd like to stay in touch with my doings, please sign up for my newsletter, which for the time being will be my most active outgoing info.

Thank you so much and hope to see you all again soon!



Friday, January 9, 2015

fortune cookie friday


"If the first words fail, ten thousand more will then not avail."
- Chinese Proverb

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

memory pearl

We gave recently gave Rain Dragon a bag of marbles and she quickly became enamored with them. Her favorite game is to make Marble Soup and pretend to eat and serve them.



"This is the Sun Marble," she says, "It tastes like bread, fire and rubber duckies."

The Moon Marble taste like milk, ice cream and kitty cats. The Ice Marble tastes like snow and ice, of course.

Monday, January 5, 2015

on my desk monday


The holidays are over so it's back to work!

Though, honestly, when I am writing a novel there is always a part of my that is thinking about it, which if my excuse why I am so absent-minded and disorganized these past months. This particular novel has been a hard one for me to keep straight, so I've actually done a pin board with all the important plot points to help keep me organized. Hope it works!

Friday, January 2, 2015

fortune cookie friday


"A goal without a deadline is only a wish.A dream with a deadline becomes a goal."
- Chinese Proverb

Monday, December 29, 2014

on my desk monday

Hope you had a great holiday! Ours was quite enjoyed, as evidenced by what is on my desk today:


Even though the house is now in shambles, it was built with a great deal of care. This year, instead of just being a critic, Rain Dragon was quite an active participant.   She helped with the construction:

(one marshmallow for the house, one marshmallow for my mouth)

to the decorating:
(it needs more jellybeans, more, more, more)

and, of course,  the finishing touch:
yes, now it is finished!



Friday, December 26, 2014

fortune cookie friday


"The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself."
- Lao Tzu