Diluting expectations

I have OCD. EXTREME OCD as a matter of fact. Ask anyone who knows me a bit. I have the horrible habit of remembering most things in detail as well…which honestly hurts my head at times. I can, in many cases, remember a conversation verbatim, where others simply don’t recall it at all. It’s a burden I’d like to unload.

Add to this that I’m a bit of a workaholic. I run until I drop, I’ll write until I can’t see the screen or page, and I pack more into my schedule than I probably should, if I want people to believe I actually value my sanity. I’d like to find a way to ease off this too…but I know it won’t happen.

So, I’m trying to employ some breathing and meditation again. The problem is not that I can’t manage the burden I have, but that I look for when others pick up to the level of my crazy and get frustrated when they won’t, don’t, or can’t. Mostly, I’m pretty good at that and keep moving. Lately, with respect to the day job, I’m homicidal often and leaving it at the office is more difficult by the day.

I’m counting down to vacation like a condemned waiting for the chair.

When Life Steps In…

I had my blog prepared in advance, but when I woke up this morning it didn’t work for me. There was nothing wrong with what I had written. It just smacked of redundancy. The words bored me, and if they had that effect on me, there’s no way I was going to share them with you.

When I started this blog two years ago it was to be an open diary of my journey as a writer. Truth to tell, there are days, weeks even, when I don’t write. There are times when there’s nothing new happening in my world regarding books. This has been one of those times when life takes over. My granddaughter started the 5th grade this week. She attended her first school dance. I traded in my beast of an SUV for a smaller vehicle. I’ve been binge watching 12 seasons of Supernatural, and am in the middle of season 8. I relate to Dean Winchester. We’re a lot alike. 😉 That’s my reality.

I’ve got a lot of work to do before Save the Last Dance and A Destiny Denied see the light of day. The work will get done. Truth to tell, they’re a lot closer than what I would have dreamed last month. Things have a way of happening when you want it bad enough. And, I will get all the work done. Not this week, however. Besides, I need to finish Supernatural so I’m caught up when Season 13 starts.

Enjoy your life. Read a good book, watch an awesome movie or TV series. Take your kid to her first school dance in your new-to-you car. Life is short. It’s not ALL about work, you have to enjoy the simple pleasures too.

Till next week,

~ Madison

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Story Do-Si-Do

The other day, a friend asked what I was working on.

I’m actually working on two different stories at the same time. One of which was on my mental planner…the other, not so much. It’s just that right at this moment, the not planned one is the one that is talking the loudest. What’s a girl to do. If I ignore it, my Muse may quit talking to me. lol Mind you, there is a short story/novella that is also on the agenda.

Meanwhile…school is back in session and for some reason, the child is not as excited about it as I am. I cannot imagine why. lol

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe Aleksander~

Collecting Pens

I’m finding that I’ve lapped myself on the hamster wheel lately. It’s a good thing, even as I fight not to give in and let myself ride the next turn and slow down. If it wouldn’t put me severely behind, I would in an instant. But alas, it will only make the next lap harder and I find that catching up is simply not in my ability if I get too far behind.

Instead, I’ve taken to doing some long hand writing. It’s got a certain meditative quality to it that typing can never encompass. As such, I’ve also taken turns writing with the myriad pens I’ve collected over the years, or through other authors at signings…because I’m a pen whore. There, I said it. No, I don’t want a 12-step program. I happen to love my obsession. There is something about finding one that just glides for you that makes the words all the more magical.

Do you have a favorite? A favorite single you’ve never been able to replace, or is it a certain brand that works for you every time? What about the feel? I have recently discovered one that I like a lot…and then found that it came in different barrel styles. They are NOT the same, even though the ink and roller are…the feel is completely foreign and I cannot make myself pick the one up…which really bites because I bought a whole package of them.

So…what’s a girl to do?

Part of me thinks that authors, like the president, should write one word or letter and then give them away like prizes. Could that become a thing? ‘Here, I wrote with this…treasure it forever.’ Somehow, unless you’re a big shot, and it has your name on it, and maybe the title of the work it was used for, and maybe some writer’s tears on it, I don’t think so. Guess I’ll go back to the old stand-by solution…donating them to the classrooms at the local school. Somebody is always needing one, right? That’s what I’m telling myself.

Meanwhile, the tried and true I’ve fallen completely in love with ones will make it into one of the multiple holders around my office and wait for rediscovery. I mean, fair is fair…gotta try them all. Don’t I?

The Fun Part Begins…

It’s done. I’ve finally finished the revisions to the third installment of my Kindred series. Manuscripts are scheduled for editing. Then, I get to do it all over again. LOL Such is the life of a writer. But, it’s a good feeling to have at least that much behind me.

I’ve got the green light from my cover artist for two new covers. Gathering my ducks together to get that off and running. I love this part, because it’s an exciting element of the whole process. Victoria Miller is an absolute genius with her artistry, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.

Once I get all of these in the proper hands, it’s back to the writing cave. I have more WIP’s to finish, and I’m finally getting the urge to get back to work. That’s one itch I’m eager to scratch.

Till next week,

~Madison

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Time Is Flying By

Summer is flying by. I can’t believe it’s already August and the child will be starting school in less than a week. Where did the time go?

My next book signing is at Penned Con in St. Louis the weekend of September 29-30. This event is an awesome two day convention with two days of signings, great parties, two ballrooms filled with authors willing to talk the language of our people…BOOKS!

Meanwhile, I’ve been writing and pimping out my books on all the social media pages. Have you read them? Did you review them?

A Fae King searching for his lost Queen finds her in the least likely place…the human realm. He sets himself on a quest to not only reclaim his mate, but to restore her memory of who she once was. Should be easy enough for the King of Faerie, right?
Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams~The Veil Book 1
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015NP04Q6
🌟NEW RELEASE🌟
The Veiled Path to Destiny~The Veil Book 2
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B072YT686B

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

Sneak Peek Cover Reveal

The official cover reveal isn’t happening until Wednesday…but I love sneak peeks! so….shhhhhhhhhhhh.

I’m head over feet for this cover too…so much so, it’s made concentrating on the other stories SO HARD. See what you think!!
(For the full effect…rotate the image sideways so the spine is down…TELL ME it doesn’t give you goosebumps!)

Gravedigger
By Savannah Verte
PreOrder August 2017
Release September 26, 2017

Secrets and lies don’t stay buried long in shallow graves.

working blurb:
A string of seemingly unrelated murders force sleepy town detective Eric Dublin to earn his retirement. The national news descends when Callie Faire, the one local girl to make good, becomes the latest victim retrieved from the Howard Community Cemetery as all hell breaks loose. But, the connections between the dead are finding light too.
Can Dublin put the pieces together in time to stop the next murder, or will the gravedigger have to unearth another fresh corpse in the morning?

The Writing Process

I don’t know about other writers, but I spend more of my time working on revisions than I do actually writing the story. The story itself never seems to take that long to write, it’s the constant changes afterwards that take up so much time. First draft– write the story. Second draft– strengthen descriptions of the scenery and movement of the characters around the dialogue. Third draft– “Go Deep.” My editor for Eternal Embrace told me that so many times I still hear it in my sleep. LOL That was her way of letting me know the reader would want more… What was the character thinking when he said that? Why was he thinking that? What had brought him to that point? It’s valuable advice, and I use it faithfully now. Fourth–, fifth–, ad nauseum… do it till it’s as good as it can get.

Last week or so I realized that I better get to work on my third installment of The Kindred series. My final beta reader gave it a thorough going over, and I have a lot of work to do. August is literally around the corner, and I have (hopeful) plans to get this to my editor around October or November. In order to even think about that, the WIP needs to be ready. I’m about halfway done, and if my Word program cooperates I should have it where I want it in the next two weeks.

My novella, Save the Last Dance is ready for editing. Patiently sitting on the shelf waiting its turn… which is actually before the one I’m working on.

Once I get those two published, it’s back to work on the other three WIP on the shelf. I wonder if I’ll ever get caught up… probably not. LOL

Till next week,

~ Madison

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Write It Down Before You Forget It

Two days ago I was thinking about what I was going to write about in my weekly post. I came up with something I thought would be a really good topic to talk, ramble on about. Today is the day for said post and…yeah, I cannot remember what that awesome topic of conversation was. *head desk*

Let that be a lesson to you and me…if you are planning to write something, and the muse is speaking to you…write it down immediately, because even with the two cups of coffee I’ve already had this morning, I am blank. My brain is mocking me with a, “good luck with that” attitude, and no one needs snarky attitude thrown at them during the wee hours of the morning.

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

Sometimes you’re the bug

HOLY WINDSHIELD BATMAN!

I’ve been gunning 220, and likely had my hair on fire more than once this month, trying to get so many pieces into the mix…but I’m out of steam. The home office deconstruct-reconstruct officially wiped me out about 36 hours ago when I nearly dropped a 4-drawer filing cabinet down the steps trying to move it. The back is out, the bones are weary, and the mind is heltar-skeltar.

That said…because of the crazy, I’ve decided to hold off the last cover reveal for July until the last day of the month…so you’ll get to see it here on release day instead of waiting. YAY.

I think I’m going to take a day…not that I really have one…but, take a day, enjoy a few Godfather’s. ((sooo yummy///blended scotch with Amaretto over ice) and get my composure back. There’s far too much to do to be down for long.

Sav