Weekly writing check-in: the one with the 99 cent sale

YA Spring Fling Contemporary

The YA Spring Fling continues this week, so if you haven’t had a chance to enter, head on over. Lots of books, lots and lots of books.

I’m continuing with both of my classes (I should probably go post my homework), managed a little writing, a little outlining, a little ghost research. Plus I sent a new story out into the world.

Also, if you want to grab Now and Later for 99 cents on Kindle, it’ll be that way for a week.

Writing Work:

  • Writing work ~ 2,300 words
  • Description class
  • Narrative Design class

Submissions:

  • In a Manner of Speaking

Rejections:

  • Abandonment Issues

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

None, but the Goodreads giveaway is still going on! Enter to win a print copy of Now and Later.

Or … grab the Kindle version for 99 cents. One week only!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Now and Later by Charity Tahmaseb

Now and Later

by Charity Tahmaseb

Giveaway ends April 02, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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YA Spring Fling Blog Hop with H.S. Stone

The YA Spring Fling is still going strong and there’s plenty of time to enter the giveaway. Want to know what you might win? Well, keep reading to learn a little more about one of the authors, H.S. Stone.

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What’s your favorite thing about spring?

The fact that it’s not winter anymore! Cold weather and I don’t get along very well.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

I love coming up with new story ideas. I’ve been inspired by dreams, books that I read, or just from taking a walk. Whenever a good idea hits me, I write it down in a notebook. As a result, I can’t wait to finish my current manuscript because there are so many new ideas beckoning me!

What’s the worst thing about being a writer?

For me, the revision process is the most painful part of creating a book. After the first draft, I’ll go over my manuscript several times before sending it to an editor, and by then, I’m usually sick of reading my story.

Tell us more about your books.

I write young adult speculative fiction. About half of my books can be classified as dystopian or post-apocalyptic, while the remaining ones fall in the realm of science fiction or fantasy.

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee, but I also like tea. I like coffee-flavored anything: ice cream, cake, candy, etc.

Plotter or Pantser?

I used to be a plotter, but now I’m somewhere in between. I start out each story by writing an outline, and while I try to follow it when I write the first draft, the characters invariably lead me in a different direction. I then revise the outline to match and continue with the draft, iterating when needed until I’ve completed the story.

Are there any books involved in the YA Spring Fling that you’re secretly lusting after?

Oh yes, there are several! But since I’m secretly lusting after them, I won’t reveal which ones. I think there are lots of great books being offered, and I’m grateful to be part of it.

What are your top tips for surviving a bad review?

Remember that everyone has an opinion, and even the best books aren’t for everyone. Re-read your positive reviews to remind yourself that there are readers who enjoyed what you wrote.

What are your top tips for surviving a zombie apocalypse?

Zombieland provided some very useful tips, so I’ll refer to that list: http://www.zombielandrules.com/.

Remember the double tap.

Where can readers find your books?

You can find a full list of my books from my website with links to the retailers that carry them:

H.S. Stone’s books

 

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the YA Spring Fling

YA Spring Fling Contemporary

So, yes, the YA Spring Fling started on Friday. There are lots of books, not just contemporary YA, but fantasy, sci-fi, horror. Have a favorite genre? You can probably find it in this giveaway.

In other news, I started another class this week. Why? Because I’m crazy. Well, yes, I am, but that’s not why. Way back at the start of the year, I signed up for the Description class at the Loft Literary Center. Then the Narrative Design class came along, and I decided to start that as well.

And things are just a little bit crazy, what with Girl Scouts and dance competitions and the like. But I know that:

  1. It won’t stay busy forever.
  2. It’ll be worth it if I hang in there.

Now, a deep breath before I jump into my busy Sunday (cookie booth, here we come).

Writing Work:

  • Writing work ~ 5,250 words
  • Description class
  • Narrative Design class

Submissions:

  • Straying from the Path (reprint market)

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

Publications:

None, but the Goodreads giveaway is still going on!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Now and Later by Charity Tahmaseb

Now and Later

by Charity Tahmaseb

Giveaway ends April 02, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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YA Spring Fling! Win books, swag, and more!

It’s here! The YA Spring Fling! Enter to win a whole bunch of books: print, e-books, and audio. There’s swag and other prizes as well.

The giveaway is open between now and April 3rd, so head on over and win some books!

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with three stitches in my head

So … this week? A little fuzzy. Monday evening, I smacked my head into a dining room chair, hitting my brow right on one of the pointed knobs on the chair back. I did this hard enough that it required three stitches to close up the wound. No concussion, fortunately (but apparently there was a lot of blood).

So … no new writing this week. I did some revision and editing, set up the Goodreads giveaway, and drafted my lesson for the narrative design class (which I still need to post). I also sent out the two stories that came back in this week, so I came out even there.

Writing Work:

  • Revision/editing work
  • Goodreads Giveaway for Now and Later
  • Narrative Design class

Submissions:

  • A Measure of Sorrow
  • Like Bread Loves Salt

Rejections:

  • Like Bread Loves Salt
  • A Measure of Sorrow (reprint market)

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

None, but the Goodreads giveaway is live, as is the print version on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Now and Later by Charity Tahmaseb

Now and Later

by Charity Tahmaseb

Giveaway ends April 02, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the dance competition

Very quick update today. My daughter has her first dance competition. Someone is nervous. That someone may be me.

I finished the short story I was working on this week and then switched gears to edit a different short story. I got the proof of Now and Later submitted, and now I’m waiting for the copy to arrive so I can do a final review.

Even better, I submitted two stories this week. And I kept up with my class, more or less.

And now … it’s time to dance.

Writing Work:

  • Writing ~ 3,000 words
  • Revision/editing work
  • Submitted proof for Now and Later
  • Narrative Design class

Submissions:

  • The Perfect Canvas
  • Like Bread Loves Salt

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with Fine Art (almost) everywhere

So, I decided to pull The Fine Art of Holding Your Breath from KDP Select. I wanted to try a countdown deal (because I hate running a 99 cent promo and only earning 35% per sale–I want that 70%), and I wanted to see how the borrows might work for this book.

I’m not getting enough borrows to justify leaving it exclusively at Amazon, so here it goes, out into the wild. It’s now available on several sites (see links below).

I started a new short story this week, a complete turnabout from what I just finished writing, so the work was a little bit slower. Plus, I’m taking a class in narrative design.

Not to mention, we’re up to our ears in Girl Scout cookies here. Anybody want to buy a box … or ten?

Writing Work:

  • Writing ~ 3,200 words
  • Finished print layout for Now and Later
  • Narrative Design class

Submissions:

  • The Life Expectancy of Fireflies 

Rejections:

  • The Life Expectancy of Fireflies

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

The Fine ArFine Art_bluet of Holding Your Breath is now in many other electronic formats. You can find it for:

Nook, iBooks, Kobo, and even Scribd. Of course, it’s already available on Kindle as well.

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