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2013 Goals

Yes, I'm crazy but I do love to make resolutions.  Last year I didn't do too bad.  This year will try to do better.


Professional:

1. Work on this revision.  No excuses.  No whining that it sucks big time.  Just do it.

2. Once NO GODDESSES ALLOWED comes out--put together a virtual book blog; get a book trailer done.

3. Work on another project.  Seriously thinking of revisiting my one WIP that deals with a teen and the aftermath of her brother's violent death.  This one will be more contemporary.  After all the recent shootings, I feel like Ellen Hopkins told me, "It's probably time." to finally finish it.

4. Read for Month 9 Books

5. Continue reading for YABC

6. Take at least a couple writing workshops.


Personal:

1. Try to squeeze in visit to Sacramento.  Once again, no excuses.  Just do it.

2.  Follow doctor's advice with blood tests/sonograms

3. Stay with Weight Watchers and don't spazz if I don't get down to a size 6.  Size 10 is okay and health…

2012 in review

2012 had a lot of twists and turns for me.


January:

Here's the goals I set back on January 2nd:


Professional goals:

1. Revised my seekrit project. Tear it apart with vengence. My biggest goal is to dig deeper with my characters and also a plot that has morphed from a dystopia to Sci-fi.

2. Get seekrit project ready by Fall 2011 to start querying.  **DID START THIS BUT NO WAY WAS IT READY IN TIME FOR QUERYING.  DROPPED EVEN THE SCI-FI AND IT'S TURNING MORE INTO A FANTASY SET IN THE NOT TOO FAR FUTURE.

3. Have marketing plan ready for release of NO GODDESSES ALLOWED. This includes a book trailer, virtual book tour, swag, and other things that tie in with my book.  **BOOK RELEASE PUSHED FORWARD.  NEEDED MORE EDITING.

4. Get back with publisher on proposal to sequel to CROSSED OUT.  **DID BUT PUBLISHER WANTED A FULL FIRST.  STILL WORKING ON

5. Attend ALA summer in Anaheim **YAY!  DID!

6. Attend RWA Nationals this summer **YAY!  DID!

7. Start another project, hopefully a historical r…

Friday Five

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**First off, this week's been very stressful with all the holiday activities/events.  So what helps?

It clears my head and helps me be able to face the day!















1. Santa Breakfast

The week started off with an early morning breakfast at our church.  It's tradition.  We all eat outside(yes, it's cold for us Southern Californians!).  The breakfast consists of pancakes, sausage, orange juice, hot cocoa, and milk.  The kiddos get to decorate sugar cookies or this year it was Christmas trees made out of ice cream cones with tons of frosting and candy.  Santa makes a visit too.  Plus, the live nativity from our annual Follow the Star live nativity scene is still outside:

















2. Christmas

Had Honey Ham dinner with Mother-in-law and nephew.  Then finished reading more Cybils nominated books!


3. Cybils

Met with other panelists to whittle down a list of 205 nominated books to our top 7.  Yes, this was hard!  But one thing I've loved about being a Cybils panelist is being able to interact…

And more Cybils reads!

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MONSTROUS BEAUTY:

LITTLE MERMAID this isn't!  Dark, edgier tale with a haunting mystery.  Really enjoyed this!




















THE GIRL WITH BORROWED WINGS:

Interesting love story of a young girl and a winged boy. Lots of symbolism woven throughout. I wasn't quite sure what to make of this story. It kept my interest though with it's surrealist feel.














AND ALL THE STARS

This dystopian/alien tale is very surreal.  Girl survives an alien presence which turns her 'blue'.  There are three camps after the aliens show up: the uninfected, Blues, and Greens.  What happens next makes for one trippy but entertaining tale.

Nothing Says Christmas then watching...

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ONCE MORE WITH FEELING!

Yes, it's $1.99 on iTunes and also you can steamline it from Netflix!


Friday Cybils Five

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1.  TOUCH OF POWER by Maria Snyder

Love Maria Snyder's fantasies and this tale has the same feel as her Poison books.  Intriguing tale of a healer who goes into hiding after anyone who is found healing is put to death.













2. SERAPHINA by Rachel Harman

 So many people have been saying awesome things about this YA fantasy of a girl who is part dragon/human.  I admit, I'm not really a fan of dragon books but this one is the exception.  Beautifully written with a lush world where dragons and human live in an uneasy truce.  Love how the author shows intolerance and hate of those who are different.















3. STORM by Brigid Kemmerer

Love this story of brothers with paranormal abilities.  Strong writing and yes of course hawt guys.  What's not to love?














4.  FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS by Diana Peterfreud

Totally loved this Jane Austin meets Sci-fi novel that's filled with two characters that are sure to tug at your heartstrings.  Kai and Elliot's story is at times bittersweet with…

Recent Tragedy

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Yesterday I heard rumors of another shooting.  This past week we had the college campus where I did my grad studies taken over by gunman after a fatal shooting.

But the news yesterday really hit me hard.

My own sister Colette, who my book CROSSED OUT is dedicated to, was a victim of gun violence back in 1993.  Her ex, David, decided after she broke up with him, that if he couldn't have her, no one else could.  In this case the stereotype came true.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSmcid=46874424&GRid=51120430&

Colette is on the far right side.



Police told my mother they were surprised David didn't  murder his son, Josh, too.  Or my mother who walked in on him after he'd killed my sister.

So yes, every time I hear of a senseless murder, my heart breaks.  I couldn't watch the news as sure enough they weren't getting the facts straight.  Just like what happened with my sister.  We had to avoid the news and the media that wouldn't leave…

Friday Cybils Five and more!

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Here's another round of Cybils nominated books I've read this week:

1. THE LOST GIRL by Sangu Mandanna

Totally loved this book!

Here's a little teaser:

Totally loved this dystopian tale of Eva,a 'Echo', who's a copy of Amarra, and is expected to be her replacement when Amarra dies. I loved the emotional pull this story had on me. I felt Eva's pain of knowing she'd never be herself but rather Amarra. The author does such a great job of showing us Eva's world. This has to be one of the best YA novels that deals with cloning in such a way you're glued to each page, cheering for Eva. I know I was!









2. HENRY FRANKS by Peter Adam Salomon

Henry Franks doesn't remember how he got his scars. He has dreams that don't make sense. His father is obsessed with Henry's behavior and distances himself at work. All the time a serial killer is stalking the streets. This story has just the right amount of subtle creepiness that I love!










3. FAL…

Friday Cybils Five

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I'm going to share each week my Cybils five nominated books I've read plus of course my weekly guilty pleasure!

1. THE HALLOWED ONES

This book surprised me.  What do you think of when I mention vampires/dystopian novel and Amish?

Trust me when I say this combination works!  And not in the stereotypical way either.

I LOVED this book!

A teaser of my YABC review:

Subtle horror elements throughout this story up the creepiness factor. Add to that a teen struggling with her faith and what she really believes in, make this a must read book!

Kuddos to the author for not being afraid to address some hard questions. I know that's what makes this amazing dystopian/vampire tale work!





2. MOTHERSHIP

This is a hilarious tale that includes some very hawt not too bright aliens and pregnant teens in outerspace.  The protagonist's snark is funny.  


















3. I'm a huge fan of YAs that include diversity.  Tu books is one of my favorite publishers.  Love the twist on multicultural urban legends th…