Friday, May 31, 2013

WIP It Good!


Welcome! I'm so glad you took time to stop by here today! DL Hammons and Elise Fallson are hosting this event and bloggers around the sphere are spilling the deets on their current Works In Progress.

And don't worry you can still sign up by clicking on the picture above! Great way to find new critique partners and beta readers!

Here's all the particulars on my latest story:

TITLE:   Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc.

WORD COUNT:  80K

GENRE:  New Adult light sci-fi romance

HOW LONG I'VE BEEN WORKING ON IT:  Two months (story's complete and still being critiqued and revised little by little by the amazing Kathryn Rose and Tammy Theriault.)


BRIEF SYNOPSIS: (Just a fun sales pitch. :) )

Welcome to Butterman Travel, Incorporated, a full service boutique agency designed to meet all your exclusive time travel needs. We’re a family owned and operated business with one hundred years of experience. A place where you can rest assured safety and reliability always come first.

Anxious to attend that relative’s wedding you missed a few years ago? Or curious to see how your children invest their inheritance after you’re gone?

You’ve come to the right place. We’re fully accredited, offering an array of services, including but not limited to, customized travel plans, professionally piloted operations, and personal trip guides.
Contact us via phone, email, or web conferencing directly from our website. Our frontline reservation specialist, Bianca Butterman, will handle all your inquiries in a professional and efficient manner, offering a tentative itinerary and free fare quote, so you can make the most of your time trip.

We look forward to serving you at Butterman Travel, Inc., where time is always in your hands.   

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Real quick I wanted to give a shout out to my long time CP, Kathryn Rose, who just signed her first book deal with Flux! Head over and show her some love. She's a spectacular writer! 

Okay, so sock it to me. Let me hear what needs improving upon. Of course my synopsis is not really a synopsis, but for now, it's as far as I want to go.  

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Character Layers

Howdy, blogosphere! Hope you're all doing fabulous!

I just finished reading an eBook called The Mythic Guide to Characters by Antonio del Drago from Mythic Scribes and wanted to share some of the insight.


I found it to be a helpful in depth look at fleshing out characters. If you're in the initial character sketching phase, you may find this book especially beneficial. Even though my first draft is already done, I still found the techniques intriguing and useful for getting into my character's head even deeper.

Just to give you an idea, the author discusses the three layers to characters:

1. Character's unconscious mind
2. How character relates to the world
3.  Character's role in the story

Each layer is gone over in detail using the Enneagram and Bartle Types methods. Examples from popular modern day stories are also used to help clarify. I used these techniques on index cards for my main characters of Butterman Travel, Inc. and was able to dredge up some things I hadn't realized before, so that was cool!

By now I think most of us writers know that the secret to writing great fiction is in the characters. I understand this better each and every year I continue to pursue storytelling.

I particularly liked Mythic Guide's video game approach into types of characters, which delved into the way people play video games as insight into human nature. Very interesting stuff!

It also goes into the different relationships that shape who we are, and how these relationships can and should shape our characters.

There's a nice worksheet at the end that can be used for every story.

if you get a chance to check out The Mythic Guide to Characters, i think you'll also find it useful. I did find the voice a teensy bit dry, and I may argue some points in the dialog section for using fragments, but other than that, the general content is great stuff. And the eBook's only $4.99 on Amazon. (Links above)

Today is the official cover reveal for Catherine Stine's Ruby's Fire!


                                                   Artwork by Jay Montgomery. Isn't it great?

Ruby's Fire is book 2 in Catherine Stine's YA futuristic thriller series. You can find the full story synopsis on GoodReads, And find Catherine on her blog and website.

Congrats, Catherine!!

So I saw Star trek Into Darkness yesterday. If you haven't seen it and don't want any reviews tainting you, skip this paragraph. My honest thoughts were that the story was too predictable. Again they borrowed from Star Trek II Wrath of Khan for the plot, which I thought worked well on the first reboot, but this time ... well, it was entertaining, I'll give it that. I thoroughly enjoyed all the actors--they did a fab job once again. But I really hope the next film has a brand new story with new villains and new worlds, although the actor who played this new Khan was pretty darn good. (even tho I kept thinking of the first Khan...lol)

How about you? Seen Star Trek yet? Any thoughts? How about the character layers or Mythic Guide to Characters? Familiar with any of the techniques or the book? Have you read Fireseed One? Know Catherine Stine? She's great--pop over to her blog and say hello!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Monday MAY-hem and First Draft Euphoria

*****UPDATE**** Sorry, friends, but I have to turn on my Captcha since my comments keep getting spammed like mad. Hoping by turning it on for a few days the spamming will stop. Sorry for the inconvenience! :) 


Well hello my bloggie friends! Feels like it's been forever and I sure have missed you! But I needed some time off to finish up my current first draft.

You could say I'm experiencing a bit of first draft euphoria, and I'm well aware of its dangers. First time I heard the term was at a SCBWI regional workshop, when bestselling YA author Nancy Werlin explained she was in the middle of it with a WIP, when a CP (critique partner) made a list of all the things that weren't working and burst the "euphoric" bubble.

That's about where I am. Just sent my story off to my CP, and even though I'm in love with it, I have no doubt there's much to be fixed, revised, nipped and tucked. So as I wait to receive all those red ink revisions, I'll be hopping around visiting blogs, seeing what everyone's up to ....

Then it's back to the writing cave.

As of today, I have approximately 4 weeks til school's out for summer and my precious writing time ceases to exist. So I'll be milking May for all it's worth.

My posts will be sparse this month, but I'll have some great info up for you towards the end. And in the meantime, I wanted to share some new releases:


From Brandon Ax, a YA urban fantasy. Click on the cover to purchase from Amazon.



From James Garcia, a paranormal romance. Click on the cover to get to Facebook HDQ and find the release party!




And from D.J. Swykert, a murder mystery thriller. Click on the cover to get to Amazon for purchase details!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be posting again later this month, but in the meantime, I'm looking forward to hearing from you and seeing what you've been up to on your blogs.


Are you familiar with any of these titles? Are you a victim of First Draft Euphoria? Ready for the new Star Trek in theaters this Friday?? How's your May going? Spill it all in the comments ....