Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ringing in the New Year: 2015 Goals

Well 2014 is winding down, and I can't say I'm too broken up over it. This was a rough year for a lot of reasons, and while I'm reflecting, I'd rather not list them all.

Still, this year was good to me. I landed an agent, I grew a year older (hooray for living), I learned I have a green thumb with just about everything but succulents, I bought a whiteboard, I 100% approved of my sister's choice in husband, I found out I'm going to be an aunt, I finished the first draft of my fourth book, I became a redhead and then a blonde, I met a wallaby, Sailor Moon came back, I painted my dining room, I hung a shit ton of art, I reached the 5 year mark in my marriage, I ate crawfish for the first time, I mapped out an entire book series, I went on a ghost tour in Savannah, and I tore up a linoleum floor.

On to 2015!

Inspiration for the year:



My goals:

  • Do more yoga (get back to a minimum of three classes per week whenever possible)
  • Write at least five days a week (or do some action related to writing)
  • Read at least 3 books a month (36 books)
  • Get less irritated with my husband when he talks to me while reading or writing
  • Grow a new type of vegetable--maybe peans or beans 
  • Start an herbal tea or medicinal herb garden
  • Paint another room in my house
  • Write another book
  • Sell a book, God willing
  • Plant a plant just for the beauty of it
  • Learn to leave work at work (whenever possible)
  • Be kinder to others
  • Be kinder to myself
  • Give more kisses
  • See Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters
  • Call my dad more
  • Be okay with not being able to do everything
  • Buy a cute table and chairs for my front porch
  • Frown less, smile more

Here's to 2015!


Friday, December 26, 2014

She's Dead, and other terrible titles

The lovely Tracey Neithercott has pulled me into the "Terrible Titles" blog hop--which I'm thrilled about. I'm not always a huge fan of blog hops, but this one is fabulous. Check out some of the fantastic titles she's found for her current work I'll Shave Your Eyebrows.

Here's how the blog hop works. Writers go through their manuscripts and let their cursor land in eight random places. Those words/phrases become the titles.

I'm pulling from the ghost story I've been picking away at while revising another manuscript. And now I think I have some real winners to choose from when it comes time to name this puppy. Pretty sure She's Dead is a keeper.
  1. She Wants Revenge
  2. We Used Our Phones As Flashlights
  3. Threw Myself Against the Fence
  4. She's Dead
  5. I'm Just As Crazy As They Think I've Become
  6. I'll Melt Some Butter 
  7. Audrey's Porcelain Affection
  8. Our Feet Sticking in the Mud
I'm going to tag Sara Biren, Rebekah Faubion and Stephanie Allen on this one!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Class of 2014: Popularity Contest

I'm excited to be jumping in to this year's Class of 2014 superlatives, put on by some lovely ladies: Katy UppermanTracey NeithercottAlison Miller, and Jessica Love. My entries are going to be a little thin. It's been a crazy year, and while I have been reading, I haven't been reading as much as I would like. And I have only a handful of 2014 books. But I got peer pressured in, so here I am.




Villain I love to hate: The Darkling from Ruin and Rising
Favorite parental figure: Mr. Gray Blue Lily, Lily Blue (I mean, technically he's no one's parent, but I really liked him)
Most likely to start a riot: Wolf from Cress
Biggest flirt: Carswell Thorne from Cress
Coolest nerd: Blue Sargent from Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Fashion King/Queen: Morph from Unhinged
Character I wish I'd dated in high school: Nikolai from Ruin and Rising
Most likely to become president: Gansey from Blue Lily, Lily Blue

YA Superlatives: Head of the Class

I'm excited to be jumping in to this year's Class of 2014 superlatives, put on by some lovely ladies: Katy Upperman, Tracey Neithercott, Alison Miller, and Jessica Love. My entries are going to be a little thin. It's been a crazy year, and while I have been reading, I haven't been reading as much as I would like. And I have only a handful of 2014 books. But I got peer pressured in, so here I am.





Favorite Science Fiction: 


Favorite Historical Fiction: 


Favorite Mystery: 


Favorite Paranormal: 


Favorite Horror (added by me):