UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS!!!

I know it’s been a hot minute since I last posted on here. My apologizes in advance. I focused a bit on my youtube channel, which I ask that you check out for more content. I’ve also been focusing on writing and querying and that seems to take up a good bit of my time. 

So, without further ado I’ll get into the announcements.

First off, I’ve got a small piece recently published in the ANGELS: A Divine Microficition Anthology by Black Hare Press

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It’s currently available on Amazon and you’re welcome to check it out to find my piece as well as over 100+ other author’s. It’s already topped as a #1 Best Seller in it’s category and isn’t looking to disappear anytime soon.

That being said, I also have another bit of drabble coming out soon in their Beyond Dark Drabbles #4 and is up for Kindle preorder and is due to be released in September.

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So keep an eye out for further updates on that.

Now on to other news.

I’m still querying STOP THE RAVEN the stats for that are as followed.

22 Queries sent out

17 Rejected.

0- MS Requests….

I’m really beginning to think that I need to take a look at my first chapter and maybe the query and synopsis but I’ll wait a bit longer to see what happens. Maybe I’m being overly optimistic here and a tad stubborn but I’ve seen worse odds. So….To each his own, right?

Though I have already started plotting out how I can make the first chapter far more interesting and possibly even change the plot all together but that whole bag of worms will wait until I’ve reached a few more rejections.

On the writing front I am currently working on another story. Think IT where a bunch of kids are fighting a monster lurking in the woods. I’m enjoying it. For the most part. It’s giving me some trouble as far as not wanting flow as easily as I hoped it would but it’s only in first draft mode and not looking to meet public eyes anytime soon.

Maybe if I put myself on some kind of deadline I can get this thing finished and edited and figure out how I wanna publish this thing. That will be a problem for another day though.

I’ve also have several short story ideas building up for submissions to anthologies. If you write speculative fiction and are looking for a place to submit your work feel free to check out Black Hare Press. They have more drabbles looking for submissions as well as their new Seven Deadly Sins series that just opened for submissions as well as several others.

If you’re a reader, still check out their content because they have some amazing anthologies coming out.

My current reading lists includes:

Angels – because I do wanna read some of those other stories. I got glimpses of titles and they all look so amazing. Can’t wait to dive into that.

and

Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – I’ve followed her on twitter and love her enthusiasim for writing and traveling and have been meaning to get into one of her books. I’m not even disappointed by the story thus far and am looking forward to finishing this series off.

Otherwise summer has been filled with kids, camping, and an upcoming water park trip. Woohoo! Yeah, it’s been going by pretty fast and the end of the year is just around the corner.

So what things have you been up to? Achieved any major goals? Read any good books this summer?

Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you guys.

Patience is Key

I’ve found myself searching for a great deal of patience this past couple of weeks.

Patience with my kids because they are home for the week for spring break and want to bicker over every little thing that they can think of. From what game they’re going to play, to how they are going to play said game and right on to who’s going to take a bath and drain said bath water when it’s the next person’s turn. (Yes, this is a regular argument despite me telling the person who took the bath to drain the water.) Top that off with them randomly getting sick and you’ve got my week in a nutshell.

Patience with the husband who is off for the week. Though he’s got a new computer and video gaming system and isn’t really that bad.

Patience with the mail system because I have several packages coming and they just seem to take forever to ship and deliver.

Lastly, patience with myself because I keep stopping and going on my WIP. I know what I want to do with my story and the changes I want to make. I even have most of them written down and staring at me, mostly. Until I actually get going and then I do this stop and go dance that has me sitting there an hour later with only a little over three hundred words written out. I did this the other night and tweeted about it.

The scene gave me such trouble that I was ecstatic to actually to have finished it. It was only later, as I’m lying in bed, that I kicked myself for not forcing myself to write more. I could have stayed up and written out the next scene. Could have even started on the next chapter, or at least make up the to-do list of changes that needed to be done. I didn’t. I simply went to bed and the next morning I got up and watched youtube videos. Something else I’ve been kicking myself for but I haven’t done anything about the problem.

So being patient with myself and my ever-present procrastination is there.

All that being said, this isn’t much of an update or even some sort of how to. More of a reminder to myself and whoever needs it that great things don’t happen overnight. That it’s okay to be a turtle writer, and not rush through things if want them to be perfect.

Patience is key with anything good in life.

Take care and until next time.

Wendy

Voice of YA Tag

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 Come join me for a wrtier’s favorite past time.

Meaningless Procrastination!

Nah, this was actually fun to do!

That being said, I wasn’t tagged. Read this on Tanner Childs blog, Inspiring Writers, and decided to go for it since he tagged who ever read his.  So, thank you Tanner!

RULES:

1. Thank the person who tagged you
2. Link to the original creator
3. Answer the ten questions
4. Tag at LEAST two other YA writers/bloggers
 

Rule two, here’s the original link, https://www.caitlinlambert.com/single-post/2017/04/22/The-Voices-of-YA-Tag

Now:
ABOUT THE WRITERS:

What draws you to YA?

YA has such a variety of options inside of it. Under the that one genre you have science fiction, fantasy, drama, paranormal, etc. etc. Not to mention those that read and write YA are such a welcoming bunch. Really can’t go wrong within this group.

Describe your writing process. Do you like outlines and structure, or seeing where the story takes you?

Used to be a pantser. That person that just started writing with no thought of where the story was going or what the characters were going to do. After a while, and many disappointing endings, I realized that maybe I should try an outline or two.  Still enjoy just sitting down and letting the characters guide me but I at least have something to look at when I’m stuck with no clue where to go.

How long have you been writing? Where are you in your journey?

I’ve been writing off and on since high school. For the longest time I thought of writing as nothing more than a hobby. Something to do when I got a handful of free time and nothing else to focus on. Now I’m going through the first round of revisions on my story Stop The Raven and hoping to publish it at some point in the future.

What do you need to write? Coffee? Music?

Both? I can’t write without some form of caffeine in front of me and sometimes when I’m writing that first draft a bit of music doesn’t hurt to set the mood.

If you could offer one piece of advice to another writer (OTHER THAN “don’t give up”), what would it be?

Don’t go this alone. Writing doesn’t have to be a solitary career. Make friends. Connect with people. I know I wouldn’t have made it this far without those fellow writers that I’ve met during this journey and I’m hoping to meet so many more wonderful people.

ABOUT THE BOOKS:

What book still has you reeling from its plot twist? (*no spoilers please*)

Glitter by Aprilynne Pike. I mean really. There better be a sequel to explain that ending.

What books are you most anticipating for this year?

Alice by J.M Sullivan. I love the Wonderland Stories and any retelling of it.

In your opinion, which YA book/series has the most unique premise?

Thirst by Christopher Pike. The main characters thoughts are long winded and sometimes pushing through pages and pages of feelings and description gets a bit tedious and is the main reason I never finished reading the series. I will give Pike the due that his story of avoiding love and failing despite knowing how much it hurts in the end is different and sometimes worth pushing through all those thoughts.

What is your all-time favorite quote from YA lit (I know, I’m cruel)? 

I can be amiable. Agreeable. Affable. And that’s just the As. Just don’t ask me to be nice. Nice has nothing to do with me. – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Honestly this one wasn’t that hard. This is my all time favorite quote of any book I’ve read. I have it memorized!

What book do you most hope will have a movie adaption?

I have to pick one? There’s so many wonderful books out there deserve a big screen adaption and others that you just know would be ruined other wise. I guess if I had to pick one it would the The Night Angel Trilogy. That’s a thrill ride all should see.
Fourth and final rule. Tag two people.
I don’t know that many people that would blog this so I’m doing the cop out of whomever wants to take the torch. Be my guest. Have fun!