Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate blog hopOkay I’m officially really, really behind this week. Here’s my post for Celebrate the Small Things, helmed by Lexa Cain where every week we get together to celebrate and stay positive!

This week, I have a few things to celebrate, writing wise. Keeping up with my Nano Numbers at 29616 today. Had a number of clients accept short pieces this week (4 business writing and 1 ghostwritten novella) with the result that I’ll actually make enough to pay the bills this month. Also, I’m back at work editing another novel.

A couple more cute kitten pictures. I have officially named the kittens Duke and Jasmine. They’re getting bigger and cuter and able to jump much higher than you’d think so there is nothing safe in the house anymore..

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Oh that’s the human again taking pictures of us. Back to nap time in between those old closet doors and the roll of paper towels you left on the counter where we couldn’t possibly get to it (haha!) and which we have decided to make our own.

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Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate blog hop

I am way behind for this weeks post for Celebrate the Small Things, helmed by Lexa Cain, where every Friday we get together to celebrate the past week. But I have some good reasons, because I have some stuff to celebrate!

I have to be honest, I was feeling pretty down this week, due to a couple of (non-fiction) rejections. Despite the rejections, I was determined to continue submitting to this market, honestly afraid any second now they’re going to remove my access due to me doing so badly (and then what will I do for money right? – well there are plenty of freelance sites out there.) And I sold a piece this week for more than twice the normal rate! Like others have told me, rejections tend to come in spurts so not to let it get me down when a few happen in a row – but I was pretty down.

That’s not all. I just signed up for another freelance site and while I was there decided to post for a few jobs. AND I got hired to ghost-write (drum roll) a romance short story. A romance short story! So I’ve been working on that. It’s a tight deadline and I’m still doing NaNo as well, but it’s one of those opportunities too good to pass up.

I’m going to share a silly secret. When I was young, I was a big fan of Mercedes Lackey, including her Diana Tregarde series.

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And in her Diana Tregarde series, the main character makes a living writing (drum roll) cheap and sleazy romance novels. And I always thought how great it would be to do that when I grew up. But how do you get a job like that? Now I know.

Oh and I’m still way ahead on my Nano novel too! Going great. And honestly, I don’t know if I’d have the guts to accept this assignment except that I was able to say yes – given an outline and character sketches, I can do 10,000 words in under a week, no problem. Because now I know I can. I’m finishing up the rough draft today and it’s due middle of next week which will give me plenty of time for edits because 10,000 words in 1 and a half days no problem for us NaNoWriMos right? Can you tell, I’m super excited?

One more piece of good news, the kittens made it to their first vet appointment, and they are healthy, 7-8 weeks old according to the vet. Despite being strays whose mommy left them, they are very well socialized and very well behaved according to the vet. I’m still struggling with names for them. I am thinking Duke or maybe Prince for the boy kitten because he likes to be in charge. For the girl kitten I’m thinking Jasmine, because she’s sweet but spicy! And then, I thought they could be Prince and Jasmine, like from Aladdin?

Maybe? Can’t decide!!

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Prince and Jasmine? Duke and Jasmine? What is the silly human going to name us already?

Wow, it’s been a surprisingly good week. How about you? How’s your week going? I’m super-psyched about ghost-writing a tawdry romance. I really am. This is like my dream job, literally. Now I’m kind of nervous I’m going to mess  it up. But, I’m okay. Really.

Upcoming Release: Like the Full Moon

A quick post to celebrate the upcoming release of It’s Like the Full Moon, by Glorie Townson, and to share her book cover contest. Which one do you like the best? (I like the third one best.) Glorie let me have a peek at a Digital ARC and I have to admit, pretty fun little romance. Read on for more.
See reviews, interviews, and follow this tour here.

Title: It’s Like the Full Moon
Series: Sayings Series 1
Author: Glorie Townson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reading Level: Adult
Content Rating: PG-13
Formats: paperback and ebook
Pages: 235
Words:57,000
Rebecca has just turned thirty. She’s happy living a perfectly comfortable and predictable life. She’s even ready to marry her long-time boyfriend whenever he finally gets around to asking her. But all that changes when her best friend whisks her away to Italy for a much-needed vacation.
In the midst of site seeing and finally letting loose, Rebecca manages to catch the eye of a young English tourist; but doesn’t let it go to her head. By the time she’s back in the States and back in the arms of her long-time beau, Rebecca has already forgotten about Peter, Paten, Paul…whatever his name was, that is until he shows up at her brother’s cabin in the woods.
A life of normalcy, routine, and stability gets turned upside down as Rebecca decides whether or not she’s truly ready to get married. And if so, who is the one she’s really meant to be with?
This book is currently available for Pre-order as an ebook through Amazon.com and as a paperback direct from the author. Be sure to pre-order your copy at its reduced introductory rate and save your receipt number to earn extra entries into Glorie’s cool giveaway.

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Which cover do you like?

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Glorie Townson is more than just a pen name for the author, Toi Thomas; she’s an entirely different personality. Glorie is the softer side of Toi, who puts down her comic books and picks up a volume of Robert Frost poems. Like Toi, Glorie is happily married to her wonderfully supportive husband, and together they share a home with their pet turtle, Betty. This is Glorie’s first publication, but she’s already feeling the inspiration to pen another tale, to which she’ll gladly share with the world.

 

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this stop on the It’s Like the Full Moon Tour and will consider supporting the Thunderclap to announce the official release of this book.

 

The giveaways for this tour will include: a $5 gift card, a signed and personalized digital sneak peek, and something for everyone.

 

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IWSG: Another November, Another 1st Wednesday!

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Okay, I’m late getting my Insecure Writer’s Support Group post done this month and in my defense, well, I’ve been struggling with what to say. I realized I keep wanting to have some awesome news to report, and there’s none. So I’m still writing, still struggling with the freelancing thing, with depressing rejections for writing which isn’t even fiction but the kind of cheap copy one writes to pay the bills.

I’ve decided to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, mostly because it’s a reason to get out of the house more (the only thing about writing full-time is it’s easy to get into this little bubble and only leave on weekends and for special events).

That’s all I really have to say this month. I have to be honest, I’m kind of on the verge of giving up and saying – you know what? – I need a real job with health insurance that gets given to me as part of the job, taxes that get taken out as part of the job, and more reliable money to boot.

Deep breath. This too shall pass.

How was your month so far? Happy November and Happy IWSG Day!