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Tie Dye of the Day

Good morning fellow bloggers! It has been a tremendous two weeks and I finally have a moment to breathe…so I decided to continue to work instead. Such is the life of the writer. You’ve got your home life, your personal life, and you have to cram your writing in all the little cracks of time that may or may not form in between.
So why have I not been breathing? Well, when I’m not flying on dragons with the wizards, or flying through space with my aliens, I work in the most awesome health food store. Two weeks ago I was surprised with the news that Open Circle Natural Foods would be moving. We’ve been in the same location forever so you could imagine my shock. Ive been cleaning and moving sections while my boss and her husband have been taking shelves and painting them so they will be nice for the new store. I’ve been working at a hundred miles per hour for the last week and finally, about ten minutes ago, I realized that I could stop. There was no more bulk to package, no more cleaning to do, no orders to put away, nothing. Yes, I realize there is always something to do at a grocery store, but I got finished with all the stuff that simply had to be done, so I’ve earned myself a break.
Now I get to brag… I have finally completed The Sorcerer’s Apprentice!!!! Yea!!! For all of you who are following my progress, I usually follow the title with this (probably going to change the title) . I have come up with a new title for my wizard romance novel. Officially, the new title for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is The God Machine, so I will be calling it that from now on.
My other book, The Fall, has been in editing for a while now. I expect that book will be ready for publishing at the beginning of September. I’m at the point in the editing process where I’m reading it out loud really really slow and very monotone so that I can catch all the mistakes I can. I also changed the font. I need to make it as different looking as possible so my eyes won’t gloss over something I’m used to seeing. I don’t have an editor, nor do I have the money to hire one, so I’ve got to use every trick in the book. I don’t recommend flying solo without an editor, so If you can get one if at all possible, get one. There is a very high probability you will miss typos if you do it on your own. That’s the risk I take every day. Some readers don’t mind at all and tell me how wonderful I am, others get really snippy about grammar. It’s just something you learn to deal with. Anyway, I am anticipating one or two more pass throughs of this novel before it is published, more like one. I’m excited to put this one to bed, finally.
The God Machine is currently in the type out draft. I like to write the first draft completely in notebooks. The type out draft is like the second draft. I am loving this novel, and I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything like it. I am definitely going to try again with agents on this one. Somebody’s going to love it!
Last night I was so exhausted after work that I felt like I was literally going to pass out. I hadn’t edited or typed anything in days, so I whipped out my wizards and started typing anyway. I also put on a Star Trek Voyager dvd and thought I’d try typing and watching tv at the same time. It didn’t work exactly.

Here’s a humorous interlude into my brain…
typing typing typing, “What did Zolton say?…” “What did Tuvoc say?…”Could a wizard use a phase inverter?” “Isn’t that a wand?” “They sure did frack up Jatrell’s nose…”
Like I said, It wasn’t a very productive night, so I went to bed at 8:45 and was just happy to be alive.
Here’s an update on To Love a Beast if you’re interested. I sold my 50th ebook on Tuesday! Yea! I am a little bit frazzled by Amazon though. They ask what price I would like to sell my book, and I said 3.99. Okay, that’s fine and dandy. Then they sell it on Amazon for .99 cents. That’s got me scratching my head… So it’s .99 cents everyone! Come get your copy!
I also got my first fan mail this weekend. The nice lady from California said that my book was better than 50 Shades! I haven’t gotten a chance to read that book, but it’s hot right now and I am very humbled and delighted she thought so.
Time to get back to my manuscripts. Have a great week everyone.


Um, not a lot of you read this on Wednesday. I don’t know if it was because of the Olympics or what. Thought I’d give you another chance. Reblog!

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I recently saw my dentist this past week, and if you’ve been keeping up, you know I’ve been seeing a lot of him lately. Finally getting to the end of my root canal/crown situation.
I’d mentioned to my dentist that I was an author and to my surprise, he was writing a book, too! Thus, he is my inspiration for this post.
He had a common problem amongst fellow writers. He’d written the beginning of his book, and the ending, but he was stuck because he wasn’t sure what things should go in the middle.
I started thinking about my own writing experiences, especially those of the last book I wrote. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (working title) seemed like a never ending roller coaster for me. There were times when it felt like I was watching a movie inside my brain and writing it down as fast as I could. Other…

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Construction to Destruction

Going from the creative writing part of being a writer (construction) to the editing part (destruction) is hard!
I just finished writing The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (working title) and I am now ready to start chopping that sucker up and making it readable. I also have another finished novel that I should have been editing, but instead I indulged my muse and finished The Sorcerer’s Apprentice letting The Fall fall by the wayside.
My predicament is I’m still feeling creative and am just itching to keep going with more fun writing. The only problem with that is I have two books here waiting to be edited and if I don’t get them finished they won’t ever be seen and I won’t make any money to support myself, my cat, and my muse…
Yikes! I don’t want to shut down the creative center, but on the other hand I do like to eat every now and then.
Time to put on the big girl pants and start editing and revising. I’ll write a little bit to keep the nasty monster away, but that other work must be done, too. A good balance of work and play makes the Teri a happy writer.

I am also thinking about putting my whole wizard book up on its own blog, a chapter or two a week. I heard from some sources that it is a good idea, but some that it’s not. I know a few of my followers have done this in the past and i was wondering if any of you wanted to give me any pointers or opinions about this. Any opinions will be appreciated.
Have a great weekend everyone.


Pulling Teeth!

Tie Dye of The Day…yes, I know it’s upside down.

I recently saw my dentist this past week, and if you’ve been keeping up, you know I’ve been seeing a lot of him lately. Finally getting to the end of my root canal/crown situation.
I’d mentioned to my dentist that I was an author and to my surprise, he was writing a book, too! Thus, he is my inspiration for this post.
He had a common problem amongst fellow writers. He’d written the beginning of his book, and the ending, but he was stuck because he wasn’t sure what things should go in the middle.
I started thinking about my own writing experiences, especially those of the last book I wrote. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (working title) seemed like a never ending roller coaster for me. There were times when it felt like I was watching a movie inside my brain and writing it down as fast as I could. Other times were like , well, pulling teeth! ( I figured my dentist would like that).
In the middle of the book, my wizard apprentices are invited to participate in the UWA Apprentice Showdown. Basically at the end of this month long “Wizard Olympics” the young apprentice boys would graduate and receive their powers or “Wizardhood.” Only, I had one problem…what in the world are the wizards apprentices supposed to do at wizard apprentice olympics? At the end of the UWA showdown, 5 of the highest scoring apprentices would enter a final event called “The Gauntlet of Fire” where the final 5 apprentices compete to become champion of the games and thus the first to become wizards. Damn it, I had no idea what that was going to be either. HOLY CRAP!
I have completed this novel, thank God. It only took me two and a half years, but the Wizard Olympics and the Gauntlet of Fire took up over a year of that writing time. I had no idea from day to day where I was going with this part of the story, and that’s where the pulling teeth part comes in. That whole year I spent writing that part of the book went like this…
I would write a sentence. Then I would sit there for five minutes thinking about the next one. I would write the next sentence, sit five minutes, write a paragraph, sit five minutes, tear out the sheet of paper and toss it away.
Basically it took a lot of teeth pullin’ before I got more steam to push on to the end of the book.
That part of the book was right around 150 pages too, so that’s a lot of stop/starts, and many hours of sit around and do nothing but think about apprentice events and other magical things that happen. I never realized how difficult it was to write magical things because…they’re freakin’ magical!
No one ever said writing was easy, and my ultimate advice to anyone who is having trouble coming up with story is… It’s okay to pull teeth.
There are two ways to handle writing difficult scenes, especially those where you have no idea where to go from where you are. Neither one are wrong. I always recommend do what works best for you. I did a little of both during this time.
First, you can let your idea percolate. You don’t have to write anything during this time. For me, I will just sit there and think and think and then think some more. Eventually, the answer will come. Also during that time I watched a lot of movies, read a lot of books, wrote other stories, and when that magical day came, and the answer to my constant thoughts was finally answered, I ran to my notebook and was off to the races!
The second thing you can do is keep pulling those teeth and keep writing. I recommend this one as well because for me, there are many many things that do not occur to me until I am actually engrossed in a scene and writing it. When you’re writing, things can go in completely opposite directions of what you intend. Those are magical moments as well. That’s when your characters start writing themselves and you’re just along for the ride. Literary surprises are just as fun for the author as they are for the reader and the reader can see the excitement in your words.
They can also see when you chucka chucka chucka one sentence at a time, but sometimes when you read it all at once and let those unruly sentences stand with other unruly sentences, another magical thing happens. It flows! It doesn’t happen for everybody every time, but when it does…that year and a half you spent pulling teeth becomes worth it!
Happy writing!
Once again, it’s time for me to start editing!