Thursday, July 24, 2014

I love this feeling

I have finally settled on a project...

Not just that but I have been writing like crazy. I'm in love with this book. I want to work on it all the time and I wish real life would stop getting in the way!

Since I haven't talked much about what I'm working on lately, and my last post I still wasn't sure which book I would settle on, I made you guys a teaser so you can get an idea of what's going to be keeping me busy for a while. I hope it gets you as excited about this project as I am :)

More coming soon....

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Beginnings

I have three books going right now, but two of them are pulling my attention more than the other. They are totally different one is all boy point of view. It's light, funny and quirky. Think Sebastian.

The other is alternating boy/girl point of view. It's not extremely dark, but it's much more intense than the other one is. Both books are YA.

Because it's been so long since I've shared anything with you guys, I decided to share the beginning of each book. Remember this is early stages, and everything is subject to change. I hope you enjoy them!

Book One:
You know those stories where the nerdy guy wants the popular girl, only by the end of the whole thing they realize it’s the quite best friend they’re really into? Well, that’s not my story. Okay, so I don’t really know my story considering I’m still living it but as I stand in the hallway watching Berlin Davies walk with Tori Daniels, in her short skirt and mile long legs, I know she’s the one I want.

Not that I think there’s anything wrong with quiet girls. They’re cool.

And not that I’m a nerd either. If you ask me, I’m pretty damn cool. The rest of the school just hasn’t figured it out yet. I’m giving it time though, slowly work into the fact that I’m really a kickass guy and that everyone should want to be friends with Max Edwards.

Book Two:
My mom named me after Virginia Woolf.

When I was five she told me Virginia Woolf was one of her favorite writers, and I thought it was so cool she named me after her. Mom is this bright light, so amazing and she named me after someone who was her favorite. When I went to bed that night she tucked me in, pushed my hair out of my face and then asked if I wanted to know more about Virginia Woolf. Before I could reply she told me Virginia was sad. That she’d been so sad that one day she stuffed her pockets full of rocks and stepped into a lake to drown herself.

It wasn't the kind of bedtime story I'd been looking for.

That’s when I knew that as alive as mom was, she was different as well. That’s when I first started to fear that I would grow up to be different, too.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Plans Change

I've always considered myself a pretty decisive person. I'm not very spontaneous. I like to have a plan. It stresses me out if I don't have a plan, and I get pretty frazzled. Ask my husband. There are days it annoys the crap out of him and days he can't stop laughing at me. The older I get the more I realize that having a plan doesn't always work though. Now, that doesn't mean my lists and schedules go away. Not by a long shot but I'm trying to teach myself to be okay with plans changing because as one of my favorite poems says, plans have a way of falling down mid-flight.

And you know what? That's okay. I think. No, it is. Ask me tomorrow if I changed my mind :)

Seriously though, plans DO change and that IS okay. It's how you deal with it, how you roll with it and what you make of it that matters.

That's my Nyrae to-do project right now--learning how to roll with it.

Are you a planner? Does it stress you out if things don't go the way you thought they would?

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Reader Party

This weekend was the second annual Summer Lovin' Reader Party. This event is more than a signing, it's a party, where readers and authors can get together, hang out and have fun. My friend Julie Prestsater is the mastermind and she's let me come along on the journey with her the past two years. It's a lot of work during the year. It's pretty stressful because we want things to go smoothly and for people to have FUN but let me tell you it was all worth it.

We had a great amount of readers show up. The signing portion was first. I sold out of RUSH, which was pretty cool. I had some readers show me gorgeous scrapbook pages they created, and even had a reader make me cry when they spoke to me about how one of my books affected them on a person level (good kind of cry). I love time with readers like that. Writing can be so lonely at times and I really look forward to time spent with readers, with people who are passionate about the same thing I am--books! Once the signing was over, we moved to the next ballroom where Midnight Hour performed an acoustic set. They were great. The lead singer said it was his first book event and he didn't know readers and authors were so loud. He said he had the most fun he'd ever had performing for a crowd, which didn't surprise me. Book people know how to party :)

After the band, the DJ took over. There was dancing and laughing for the rest of the night.

I loved this weekend. It was just what I needed. The weekend felt like a fresh start, in a way. It got me excited about things in a way I haven't been in a while.

Here are a few pictures from the weekend. Some are from the Friday night PJ party we had. Some are from set up Saturday before the reader party and some are of the event itself.

Julie and I had been so stressed, we weren't sure we wanted to do it again next year, but after last night, we're already planning the next event!

Yep that's authors in a shower :)

Barnes and Noble set up

I hope you guys try to make it next year. We're planning on making it even more fun than it was this year! Huge thanks to Julie for letting me be a part of this, her entourage for being so, so awesome and for all their help. Thanks to the participating authors and also to the readers who came out and made this reader party so special.

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