Drawn In, Writing

A teeny tiny preview


One of the blogs I follow had a post this week that I thought was just too cute to pass up. She said she had been tagged in the “777 Challenge.” Now, truth be told, I have been tagged by nobody. But I’m gonna play anyway. So here it is.

The rules are simple. You take your current WIP and post the seven lines which start seventh down on the seventh page. Got it? I know, not exactly rocket surgery, right? So here’s a little background first:

But first, a little background so it’s not completely out of left field. Since it’s only page seven, we’re still in chapter one. My main character Rennie is spending the summer in California, where her best friend Maia moved six months ago. Naturally, for her first night in town, Maia takes Rennie to a beach bonfire. Before she can even dip her toes in the Pacific, two unexpected events change the course of her summer (and potentially so much more). First, she has a vision which transports her to a world she’s seen only in her dreams. It leaves her rattled, but no one else saw anything unusual so she tries her best to file it away for later and just have a good time. Then, as she’s about to meet Maia’s new friends, she gets hit square in the shoulder with a pile of driftwood. She intends to give this bulldozer impersonator a piece of her mind, but when she sees him, she stops dead in her tracks. Alex is beautiful … and maybe even a little familiar?

So my seven lines are Rennie’s first attempt to speak to him when he asks if she’s all right. Here goes:

“Are you okay? I really should have been watching where I was going.” His voice is soft and poetic, a raspy quality that makes me want to lean in to hear him better.

“I’ll be fine, it’s problem. No! Problem. Fine.” Was that me? That wasn’t even a sentence! “I’m okay.” Better. Keep it short, keep breathing. Maia’s looking at me like I just grew a third arm and I realize too late that this is so not the first impression I would have wanted to make. When I was sane, I mean. I bite my lip and glance away. I’m just certain I knew how to form sentences this morning. Maybe I can blame that vision. I can’t quite shake the eerie feeling of having just been somewhere else.

“I didn’t catch your name,” he says, gallantly rescuing me from myself.

“Rennie!” I say, just a little too loudly. I clear my throat and try to recover my wits. “Rennie Winters.”

Okay, granted, not a huge preview. But just a tiny glimpse into their interaction. I love my characters. 🙂

I wasn’t tagged, so I’m not going to tag anyone either. But if you want to play, please tag me so I can see your WIP preview too!

Books, Writing

Indie Inspiration



A while back I posted about switching my publishing role models. I mean, if I’m looking to self-publish, then I shouldn’t be looking to the career arcs of Veronica Roths and Suzanne Collinses and JK Rowlings. They are great role models in many ways, I’m sure, but comparing their meteoric rise to what a regular human can expect to achieve is a bit disheartening. So instead, I started looking to amazing indie authors for inspiration. The two that immediately came to mind were Sarah J Maas and Kate Avery Ellison. I love their work, and while they’ve had vastly different career paths, both are very encouraging to me as I start out.

Well, one of those inspiring authors has inspired me yet again. Kate Avery Ellison has just released a new book. I know, nothing all that amazing about that for a publishing author, right? But wait… here’s the story. She is currently writing a YA series based on Atlantis mythology called Secrets of Itlantis (find the first one here). The third one was just released in August of this year, so it’s brand spankin’ new. In fact, all three books of the trilogy were released this year. But book three? That’s not the book I’m talking about. No, somehow in between writing books two and three, she came across a draft of an older manuscript that she’d never published. So she took it back out, dusted it off, gave it some TLC and now voila! Book.

gift of poison


And that, my friends, is inspirational to me. I’ve been working for three years to get one book in shape to publish (granted, it’s my first and there is quite a steep learning curve, but still…), and here she is publishing an entire trilogy PLUS an old WIP all in one year.

Is it okay to say that I want to be her when I grow up?


Writer’s Bucket List

bucket list


Confession right up front: I’m totally stealing this idea. I follow a great writing blog by Ave Jae (you can find her list here) and I found it so inspiring, and a great way to keep an eye on the prize. It also made me think about what “the prize” really is. Mine will be different since I’m not focusing on traditional publishing. But it’s precisely because of this reason that I want to do this. I think it will help to focus me since I feel a little flounder-y at the moment. So, with a hint from Ava Jae, I’m starting with a few things that I’ve already accomplished (because really, what is better than crossing things off a list?). So here goes…

  1. Finish first draft of a full-length novel
  2. Finish initial edit of a novel
  3. Finish final edits of a novel
  4. Choose fantastic cover art
  5. Go to a writer’s convention
  6. Publish my first book!
  7. Hold a finished, published, perfect copy of my book in my hands
  8. Have a launch party
  9. Have a book signing
  10. Get a great review from a complete stranger
  11. Outline a whole trilogy
  12. Complete a trilogy
  13. Get a fan letter
  14. Be someone’s favourite author
  15. See fanfic based on my characters
  16. See a tattoo based on my books
  17. Have an agent seek me out

So there we have it! What’s on your list?