Lexicon/Birthday Weekend

About my week

My week was slightly more eventful than normal, but not by much.  I had a job interview Wednesday that last about ten minutes, so probably didn’t get it, though I feel like I did as good of a job as you can with ten minutes.  It would be a part time job, which would mean more time for writing and maybe taking a second class next semester, but if I don’t hear anything by the end of the week then I guess the search continues.

img_8250And as most of you should know if you read yesterday’s special birthday post, I’ve been at Lexicon all weekend!  It’s a board game convention that we started going to three years ago, and this year was the first time I got to go all three days!  As I type, my cute, geeky husband is playing in his first tournament, Star Wars-X-Wing, and it is so cute!  I’m telling your girls, date a geek.  There are some really cute ones out there, and they really make life more fun.

My goal is to have a booth next year, since I should hopefully have five books out, with Lost hopefully being a new release.

And, of course, yesterday was my birthday, which was spent at the Con.  It was probably the first time I have been able to write, read, and knit in months, and was incredibly relaxing.  Then we went out for burgers and ice cream!

About my writing

So this weekend has probably been the first time in a while for me get this much writing done.  I was able to detail outline up to chapter six, and I have decided to attempt 19 chapters of about 3,000 words each.  I have done a rough outline for this, and I’ll need to come up with a couple more conflicts, but I figure I’ll never get better if I don’t try, so we will see how it plays out.

I also feel like I should do a giveaway, because of the birthday thing, but, honestly, I’ve have horrible luck with giveaways.  That, and I need to make it in a way that help markets my books, but having a free book with my newsletter hasn’t seemed to help much either.  So, if you have any tips or ideas for giveaways and marketing, feel free to comment!

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is my birthday!!!  And I am blogging live from Lexicon 2016!!  Lexicon is a board game convention that is held in Lexingotn, KY every year around my birthday.  I get to watch my husband be really geeky, which apparently I find really attractive (go for the geeks, girls), hang out with some great people, discover local businesses, and go on a geeky shopping spree.  Like, this year alone I bought a Supernatural shirt, “Bad Wolf” and Weeping Angel vital figurines, fancy coffee, gourmet popcorn, and pretty chain mail jewelry.

I have also been working on my Dragon’s Flame outline, and am now working on chapter four.  I know, it’s going really slow, but this outline is really detailed, so once I start writing, I will already know exactly what’s going on and why.  I have about three weeks until my horrible class is over, and then The Summer of the Dragon can begin!

I am also having booth envy. I really want a booth next year, but I’m afraid to spend the money it would take without a chance of selling anything. I know, there’s no reward without risk, but it’s more about convincing my husband to let me spend that kind of money when I might not sell anything. So, if you have any thoughts or ideas about this or building local following, leave them in the comments!

Dorian’s Day.

img_8214So, as you all know, Taken comes out this Sunday!  Yay!  But for me, Sunday is a little more special than that.  I chose April 17th as my release date because it is the  year anniversary of the death of my first pit bull, Cooper.

I have always been a pit bull advocate, even when I was too young to understand what that meant.  All I knew was that it was stupid to hate a dog because of its breed, especially when it was humans who made them fight.  And yes, I have been bitten by a dog before, and vicious little brown something or other that we had adopted when I was a child.

Cooper was my first personal experience with a pit bull.  I gave him special attention everyone else was mean to him because he was part pit.  So of course I fell in love with him.  I even created the character, Dorian, the pit bull in Finding Grace, because of him.  He never lived to see it published.

April 13th, 2015 I learned he had been sick and was suspected to have been poisoned.  April 17th my husband broke the news that he had died.

I dealt with my grief by publishing Finding Grace with his story in the back, and I decided, in his memory and honor, that any royalties I got from it would be donated to Villalobos Rescue center, a pit bull rescue from the show Pit bulls and Paroles, which I had planned to watch with him, and which I now watch with his little sister, Gremlin.

For Sunday only, for every copy of Finding Grace purchased, I will add a dollar to the royalties from it.  I will also add a dollar for every honest review.

For more information or to keep track of the current amount raised, check out this page.


One Week Until Taken!!

I know, I’m excited too!  That and I suck at titles!

About my week…

So, this week has been a bit rough at work.  The Freestyle coke machine in drive thru has been out for three weeks and I’ve had to get the drink from the lobby.  All that running while working drive thru by yourself sucks.  But finally 5 coke guys, two of them supervisors, finally figured it out:  A clogged hose.  Yes, my friends, it took 5 people to find a clogged hose after replacing almost everything in the machine.

We have also started our garden!!  Technically it isn’t actually planted, cause it got really cold this week, but we’ve got our seeds started in our little pod thingies that grow when watered, and we’ve bought a few pre-started plants.  Hopefully it’ll warm up soon and stay warm, and we can get this garden planted!!

I also finished the body of my shawl that I’m making for a friend and am now working on the border.

And now some pictures of the cutest puppy in the world!

About my writing…

So, this week I listened to the conference all for Find Time to Write with guest author JN Chaney.  His big topic was creating a newsletter, so that is what I did.  I have to be honest, it was not as easy as I thought it would be.  Actually, nothing about being an author is as easy as I had thought it would be, but oh my gosh has it been rewarding.  this is what I also thought my career would be like-difficult and hard work, but rewarding.  Anyway, I have just posted sign ups today, and will send out the first one, April, later tonight, so I hope to goodness all the links work correctly, cause I had problems with that last night.  If you sign up for my newsletter, you will receive (hopefully) an ecopy of Stolen, which is no longer free anywhere else

Two Weeks Until Taken!

About my week…

Well, it’s garden time in the O’Donoghue household!  This week our garden area was tilled, so today I have been looking at fancy strawberry toys since we can’t stop the tilling guy from tilling our strawberries…Anyway, so we’re buying fancy strawberries and this coming weekend we will be plant shopping and planting!!  This is exciting for me because I am a canner.  I LOVE to make homemade tomato sauce with homegrown ingredients (well, as many as I can grow, the rest I do buy…) and I love to can it!  I have also started growing my own herbs, which makes canning even more fun for me!  Don’t worry, you all will get lots of pictures, or you can go to my Facebook page and look at pics from the last few years.

I have also been reading Desni Dantone‘s Avenging Heart, the fourth and final book in her The Ignited series!  Guys, this book was intense!  Like, intense as in I went on Facebook and kind of fussed at Desni because of one of the scenes…but she handled it amazing, and the ending was so good!!  Definitely one of the few series that I will read over and over again!

About my writing…

So, this weekend I finished outlining chapter two of Dragon’s Flame!  I am very happy with how it’s going, I’m just afraid I won’t be able to get it done by May 12, which is when my horrible class is finally over and I can officially start on The Summer of the Dragon!

What is The Summer of the Dragon?

Well, as you all know, I have been constantly researching platforms and advertising, and that has lead me to articles about writing, like how to writing novels and have a full time job.  One of those tips was to have a specific, yet achievable, word count to hit.  Using this tip I devised a plan for my three months of educational freedom, based on a 50,000 word novel, which I will always aim for.

My summer break runs from May 13-August 22, 98 days.  This results in roughly 511 words a day.  So, my goal, starting on May 13th, is to write a minimum of 511 words a day.  Of course, I’ll won’t just stop at 511 words if I don’t have to, but it gives me a goal for each day.

My plan until then is to outline like crazy, finding and saving the info i need, so that once May 13th hits I can just go.