Friday, November 26, 2010

I realize no one reads my journals but for the rare soul who might pass by this- consider this as a special and unique Christmas present for the person who has everything.

This amazing organization builds homes for our men and women in the military who have suffered a life altering injury- usually an amputee. They build homes especially for these warriors who fought for your and I, at no cost to the soldier (or Marine, sailor, airman...). They do this with donations alone.

Please consider joining me and donate something or donate in the someone else's name or memory.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Remember our military today- our men and women who serve selflessly so that we may enjoy this day at home with our families. Across this great country of ours- there are empty spaces at family tables because someone's father, son or brother, or someone's mother, daughter or sister is overseas in Afghanistan or Iraq. When you give thanks today, remember to give thanks for them as well.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

writing update

I've had several good writing days in a row which has netted me a word count of 78,284 on VN2. I was aiming for around 85k but this is going to be at least 92K to 95K. But I have some stuff I know I can toss in the interest of word count if I have to.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's day

It's a holiday for many (sadly not me!)- but remember what the day is really for.

Thank a veteran today. If you have a friend who had a son/daughter, husband/wife serve in Iraq or Afghanistan, thank them for the sacrifice they made as well. There is nothing harder than worrying about someone you love being in harm's way- I know as I did it for a year myself for my son.

So today, think about it and say thank you.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

VN2 back on track.

I got VN2 moving again- yeah for me. Broke the 67K mark.

This upcoming weekend I'm house/cat sitting across town. My only stipulation- I have access to the wireless. This means I get an entire weekend to write in complete peace. And occassionally entertain the cat. And they are going to pay me for this no less. Well golly.

Friday, November 5, 2010

talking to the crickets

I got my sales in for this past month and well, it sort of knocked the legs out from under me. I had a super month before that, but October was, well, pathetic for lack of a better word.

It hasn't been for lack of trying- I've certainly put myself out there on the blog circuit, purchased some advertising, had a few friends who have massive readerships on their blogs/journals talk it up. And the reviews have been very good- what few there have been.

I guess that's sort of the hook. The first month or so and I pulled in maybe five or six good to excellent reviews- then nothing. I can speculate on why, but that's all it is on my part- speculation. Sadly, if you aren't being reviewed, readers are less likely to find you. I

try not to worry too much about this, but yesterday it sort of clotheslined me. And it got me caught up in a lot of self doubt and tied up in knots. I'm sure if I'm not making money, my publisher isn't going to be jumping up and down in anticipation for anything else I offer. I'm nothing if not realisitc. With VN2 in the home stretch and two more novels from my Lost and Found series in the wings, I can't help but get depressed over this. Try as I might, I can't help it.

I'm going to continue to work on getting Lost and Found out there. I'll buy some ad space at Romance Junkies. And I've started to email GLBT bookstores all over the country to see if anyone would be willing to take bookmarks/book cover cards to stuff in customer bags or put in view on their counters. Other than that, I'm not sure what else to do.