I can't believe how fast this year has gone by. Even my students have commented on how fast this school year is going. I don't think it's because the days are actually speeding by, but because we are all so busy...family, work, extracurricular activities, various obligations, friends, social time, holidays, etc. It is not just the adults. The kids are busy with all of this too.
In a couple of hours, I will be at the Weihnachtsmarkt 2014 (German Christmas market) in New Braunfels. I will have copies of all my books, including the new one, The Monster's Scribbler. If you're in the area, come by and do some of your Christmas shopping.
The holidays are officially here. Yeah, I know. Next week is Thanksgiving, but for me the holiday season officially started a few weeks ago when the Christmas tree tent went up. One morning, the travel trailer was there and then the next, the tent was up.
I'm like my students right now. I'm ready for the Thanksgiving holiday to start. Not only am I ready for the break from the school routine, but I have a crowd coming for Thanksgiving that I have to get ready for, and I'm ready for a little time free from school paperwork to start writing the new book, which leads me into... Thought 5
The outline for the 3rd book in the Children of Atlantis series is ready written. I'm going to make a few tweaks to it as I type it (yes, it's handwritten on sticky notes). I'm excited!!!
the cat get your tongue? Or was it the Boogieman?” Jayla and her small group of
Boogieman doesn’t take children’s tongues. He prefers to scare you, so he can
feed on your fear.” Phoebe put her hands on her hips. Jayla’s crap was old and
Phoebe was so sick of it and the other stuff she had put up with lately. “Now,
the Boogiewoman, that’s a different story. She just absolutely loves the
tongues of mean bullies.”
asked one of the cheerleaders with Jayla.
let’s go.” Madison
tugged on Phoebe’s sleeve.
can’t leave. Phoebe was just telling me about the Boogiewoman, and I just have
to hear more. This story is so entertaining.” Jayla laughed.
no more than a squeak.
“Madison, I have to stand
up to her. I can’t run away. Not anymore.” Phoebe swallowed but the lump of
fear stayed firmly stuck in place. Even though she was afraid, she knew she had
to stand up. She had done it once before. How was this any different?
slammed into Phoebe, knocking her free of the grip.
“No!” Becka’s scream
echoed through the pavilion. “The story isn’t worth it. I don’t want it. I want
this nightmare to end.”
The lake churned and
bubbled ferociously like boiling water.
stared. She knew she should run, but her legs weren’t getting the message her
brain was sending.
Out of the depths of
the lake, rose the monster that had injured Phoebe’s shoulder and plagued her
dreams. It did not glide smoothly out of the murky depths. It dug and clawed
its way through the water like a vampire or a zombie digging its way out of a
dirt-filled grave. The flesh clinging to the bony limbs stretched under the
weight of the waters, making the putrid flesh ooze and drip even more than it
did in Phoebe’s nightmares. New exposed white bones glowed in the moonlight.
The tattered remains of clothes barely hung on the gaunt frame approaching the
Phoebe could not do
anything but stare at it.
The monster stepped
into the soft twinkling light of the pavilion. Its face was little more than a
skull with patches of rotting flesh clinging to it. The eyes—the eyes were not
there. Two large dark holes marked the spot, but deep in their depths, small,
blood red embers glowed.
Phoebe tried screaming
but nothing came out of her mouth. Wide-eyed and shaking, her legs started
working and she backed away from the monster-filled pavilion.
The Giver is
scheduled for release next week…August 15 to be exact. The movie is based on
Lois Lowry’s book, The Giver, which was published in 1993.
When I taught reading, The Giver was the first novel we read each year. It more
often than not, caught the attention of my more reluctant readers. The book
deals with a number of topics that lead to great classroom discussions and
tie-ins to current world events.
The Giver is
a dystopian novel, meaning the society has some major problems, even though at
first, you do not see these problems. Jonas (11 to 12 years old) lives in a
perfect society. There is no disease, no hunger, no war, no discrimination,
etc. The people have embraced a “sameness”. No one is different. In other
words, this society is perfect…a utopian society, but in becoming this, the
people have given up many things, including music, color, and love.
selected to train as the new Receiver of Memory (one person in the society
holds all memories of what life was like before). Through his interactions with
The Giver (holder of the memories and the oldest person in the society who has
not been “released”), Jonas learns about what his community has given up, and
the horrors his world truly holds.
seen the movie trailer and have read about the movie, but I’ve already seen a
change between the movie and the book. In the movie, Jonas is 16 years old. I’m
curious as to what other changes have been made…how true will they be to the book.
My two kitties were having a fit the other morning. They kept looking out the window and chattering. I finally went to investigate and found this guy at my front door. Momma and Papa were not happy when I stepped out onto the porch.
The town was
originally founded as a safe haven for all paranormal creatures and their
mates, some of which were human. A hundred years later, there was a battle
between good and evil. Neither side won, but the children of both are now
stumble upon Wisteria Mountain find a run-down, dying town. A strong sense of
foreboding comes over them and they have to leave as quickly as possible.
wasn’t the town’s original name. When the town was first founded, it was called
Mysteria Mountain. After the Great Battle, the name was changed to Wysteria
Mountain. The spelling eventually evolved to Wisteria Mountain, though the
other spelling is turning up more often.
sets on a source of magnetic energy. Most paranormal creatures are drawn to it.
is a fictional town. It is not based on any specific town or place, but rather
is a mixture of a lot of places I have visited, but it is located in Texas.
There are several
more books planned in the series. I was writing the short story, Ethan’s
Trials, when I realized this was actually the beginning of book 4 in the
series. So, I stopped writing and set it aside. I need to plot book 4 with this
story incorporated into it.
I’m finishing the
outline for book 3. I’m one of those writers who has to know what happens from
the beginning to the end of the book. The outline is my road map. I have to know
where my characters are going on their journey.
My goal is to have
book 3 out sometime in December/January.
Scribbler has been out in ebook for a couple of weeks. The paperback is now
available at Amazon. In a few days, it should be available in paperback at
Barnes and Noble. I’m really excited about this book.
Scribbler was actually written several years ago…a good three years before I
even had the idea for Guardian of Atlantis. After I finished The Monster’s
Scribbler, I started the search for an agent. I got several partial requests
(they wanted to see x amount of pages) and even a request for the entire
manuscript. I was ecstatic!
But the manuscript
The common excuse
was “it’s not right for us.”
During this time, I
wrote the second book and started outlining the third and fourth books. As the
rejections piled up, I decided to shelve the series and move on to another
idea. At the time, self-publishing was not even on my radar.
A couple of months
ago, I was sifting through some of the files I had moved from my old computer
over 1 ½ years ago. I had not looked at them in years, and had no idea why I
decided to move them to my new computer, but I did. Anyway, I found the
Wisteria Mountain series file and tucked inside was The Monster’s Scribbler.
I read the story.
I read it again,
this time fixing anything I thought needed fixing. I created a cover, formatted
the files, and uploaded everything.
Scribbler, Book 1 in the Wisteria Mountain High series was finally published.
Book 2 in the
series needs to be read, fix any plot problems, and rewrite. I also need to
look at the plots I’ve already done for the next two books and redo them.