Awards, Fails, and Tales

Hey all! This post was supposed to go up Tuesday, but I never got around to it. It’s been a few months since I did a personal and professional update on here so here we go! 2014-winner300dpi

The first thing I want to tell you guys is that I’ve been named one of the 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading for 2014! I’m really happy and humbled that you guys voted. Although no one’s left a review up on Amazon or anything for Madness, I’m really happy with the positive buzz it’s been getting. PTSD and sexual assault are very important issues in today’s world and shouldn’t be swept under the rug. It feels great to help raise awareness and get people to come to a place of understanding and acceptance. Hopefully winning this award will be a stepping stone to keep spreading awareness.

On the writing front, I finished Bully mid October. It wasn’t as hard to finish as I thought it would be, but it was definitely a challenge. It’s going to need a lot of editing and possibly a couple rewrites, but I’m pretty happy with the final result. Editing should begin around January/February 2015. If all things go according to plan, it should be available summer 2015.

After I finished Bully, I started a new novel in November for NaNoWriMo. I didn’t finish it last month due to other obligations, but I got off to a decent start. I hope to have it finished by the end of next month. If all things go according to plan, it will ready around winter 2015.

As I mentioned before, the new WIP is going to be a lot different from Madness and Bully. Instead of being completely grounded in reality, there’s a strong sci fi/paranormal element. It’s new territory for me, but so far it’s been a fun ride. It definitely is going to need some editing, rewrites, and a lot of care, but it’s been fun and pushing me to grow as writer. I hope it won’t isolate any readers since this book is so different, but I think you guys will like it once I start showing you snippets and talking about it more.

Other than that, things have been decent. Christmas is fast approaching and I finished all my shopping. I don’t know about you guys but the closer it gets to Christmas, the less spirited about it I become. Maybe it’s because Christmas comes entirely too early or maybe it’s because the closer it gets the less good will people have towards their fellow man. Either way, I get over the whole thing real fast.

There are a couple things I’m DYING to talk about, but I don’t know how comfortable I am emotionally vomiting all over the internet. Yeah it’s fine when you’re like 13 and your spilling your guts to your xanga or live journal (God, I’m dating myself here) but now that I’m approaching my mid twenties, I’m realizing there’s a line between being open and honest and being fucking dumb. It’s one thing to just talk about yourself, but when it comes to other people in your life you have to be careful. Hell, you have to be careful for your own rep. Not that I really give a shit about my rep. I am who I am and I do what I do. But I still don’t want to be that girl who goes running to the internet for validation and virtual hugs when things get a little emotionally overwhelming. Guess I really am growing up. Kinda. Gross.

Anyway loves, this is getting pretty long. I just wanted to let you guys know what was going on and how I was doing! Sorry if you hate these posts. I will probably put up something more festive tomorrow. Thanks again for all the love and support.


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