Facebook just reminded me…

One year ago today, I made this post on my personal Facebook profile:

I’m recommitting to my author-self after spending some months on the back burner while I, you know, grew a person, etc. I am using a new writing software I’m really on fire about (Scrivener–check it out if you’re into writing long form!) and I am going to attempt to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) next month, though I can’t promise I’ll accomplish the 50,000 word goal by the end of the month (a strange thing to say for me, since I used to put down 10,000 words per day with some regularity–pre-kids, of course.) Anyway, I say all this to create a certain amount of accountability, as well as to shake up my own inspiration. 

In the last year since writing that, I’ve released a short story and finished writing a full-length novel. I’ve attended a writers’ conference, and participated in critique sessions with a writer friend.

Basically, I’m just saying that I kind of rocked last year’s goal. YAY for goal setting!  So, now I have to figure out what my next goal should be… Definitely something about getting my latest novel into the light of day, but more specific than that is still up in the air. It’s like a world of possibility is waiting to be defined!

How do you go about goal setting?  Do you make plan at the beginning of each new year? Or do you plan quarterly?  Whatever you do, how does it work for you?  I’d love to know!

Cyvin’s Motorcycle?

I’m off to Emerald City Writers’ Conference today, but I’ll leave you with this kick ass new concept motorcycle design recently revealed by BMW.  BMW claims the bike will be so intelligent and self-balancing, that riders will not need to wear a helmet, but will instead wear only a lightweight visor as eye protection. The visor will also give the rider information about the road ahead, their speed, etc.

I can’t help but think of Cyvin, in Augury. He’d be glad not to wear a helmet, but he also might find the idea of a high-speed ride less enticing without that inherent element of danger that motorcycles possess. Regardless, this looks pretty sweet, right?


Plus Here’s a video!

Getting ready for #ECWC16

Well, at this time next week, I’ll be attending Emerald City Writers’ Conference!  So, right now, I’m working hard to be ready for all the awesomeness.  This will be my first time attending ECWC and my first time live pitching! (YIKES!)

Live pitching is just about as terrifying as it sounds. I’ll have five minutes in front of an editor or literary agent (specific editor or agent TBD) to tell them about my latest project–all in the hopes that they ask to read it!  I’ve never done a live pitch before, and so I’m thinking of this more as an opportunity to have the experience. But still, it’d be awfully great if something awesome comes of it!  So wish me luck!


Beyond the live pitch session, though, the weekend is certain to be full of educational workshops, meeting other authors, and all-around fun for a writer-geek like me. Plus it’s in Bellevue, which is just always a delight, so no complaints there.

BUT, the weekend isn’t just for authors!  If you’re local to the Seattle-Tacoma area (or if you’re willing to travel,) and you love reading romances, you should come out to the Passport to Romance event on Saturday night of the conference (10/15). It looks like its going to be a really good time.  It’s open to the public–plus, it’s FREE! So bring a friend!  If you make it out, shoot me a tweet! Maybe we’ll see each other there!


So, that’s what’s on my mind and schedule these days. I’ll try to post some pictures on Facebook and/or Twitter while I’m there!