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Planning a road trip I’ll never take…

I realized I do this a lot. Okay, maybe not A LOT a lot, but I’ve written two road trips into two separate series now, which seems like more than a little.

Does that even make sense?

Oh well, moving on.

The Cloaked 2.5 road trip is WAY different than the road trips in RECAST (thank goodness!) but they’re similar in that I’ve researched both, looking at likely pit stops, points of interest, hotels/motels, and interesting/beautiful geography along the way, all so I can describe the scenery, roads, nature, hotels, convenience stores, etc..

So how in the heck do I do that?  Well, I thought I’d share with you because, though I use these tools for planning imaginary road trips, you might like to use them for planning your next REAL road trip!  Or, maybe you’re in the process of writing a book and could use these methods for your own story telling!

 

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Screengrab of the route on Furkot

 

For the Cloaked road trip, Cecily and Scott are driving from New Orleans to Seattle–with the plan of having sex in every state they cross through. (woot!)  I used a site called Furkot to plan the route. I entered in the starting and ending locations, the start and end driving times for each day (Cecily and Scott are young and energetic–they’ll be pulling 12 hour days) and Furkot did the rest, mapping out the route, suggesting accommodations along the way, and even recommending cool things to stop and see. Next, I took that route and used Google Earth/Google Maps to view various locations along it. I made sure to look at each hotel (on Google Maps and on their respective websites) and at random spots to get a sense of the environment and what Cecily and Scott might see while they drive.  Basically, I looked at the world through the internet’s eyes.

Creepy? Nah.

Interestingly enough, Google Earth and Google Maps is how I learned about and “saw” Tubac before ever setting foot there while I was writing the Shift Series.  It’s a writer’s best friend for settings.

What about you?  What tools do you use while planning a road trip? Do you rely on technology, or a more analog solution, like paper maps?  If you’re a writer, what tools do you use to get a feel for the settings in your stories–especially those you can’t visit?

What am I working on?

Hello, faithful readers!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update on my various projects, so here it is!

After two straight weeks of chapter-by-chapter posts, Waiting | A Shift Series Novella (aka Shift Series 3.5) now lives on its own set of pages under the DRIFT tab here on the website.  Waiting has a special place in my heart–I hope it earned a special place in yours as well.

My latest novel-length project, Cloaked 2, is complete, and currently being reviewed by my primary beta readers.  (If you think you’re up to the task of Beta Reading a couple of novels for me, I’d welcome the feedback!  Shoot me a message on Twitter or Facebook!)  Now I just need to figure out what I’m actually going to call the thing!

Finally, I recently solidified my book-plans for the remainder of 2017 and 2018:

For the rest of 2017, I will be working on and finishing Cloaked 2.5 and Cloaked 3.  In 2018, I have grand plans for The Mythologicals Saga, including a re-write of Harbinger, and overhaul of Augury. All of that to get the series ready for the release of the third book, Corollary (finally!) in early 2019.  Also in 2018, I’d like to do an editing pass on the Shift Series books and re-release them with new covers.

So that’s the real rundown of what I’ve been up to.  The mid-year plan review was incredibly helpful. I’m feeling motivated and focused, ready to close out the year and keep up the momentum in 2018. The Mythologicals Saga re-work is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, so carving out the time to really do it feels pretty great.

Do any of you like to reflect and re-plan midway through the year?  What are some tools you use to plan your work/projects throughout the year, be they for home, career, hobbies, etc?

 

Thoughts From a Plane (+ a sexy-time snippet)

I had these grand plans of writing up this blog post while sitting on the plane home from my recent Vegas vacation. My sister was so hung-over, however, that I took care of her instead.

Totally worth it. I mean, come on–it was her bachelorette party. If she hadn’t been that hung-over on her way home, that would have been a sign we didn’t do Vegas right.

Anyway, what I did do, however, was a lot of thinking. Primarily, a lot of thinking about Cecily and Scott, the couple I’ve been writing lately. As well as about Zander and Callum–my other fave new couple, who I first wrote in Cloaked.

You may have seen this post from me recently on Twitter (or a similar one on Facebook):

Yeah, I think about them a lot. Normally, I don’t give any clues about where a snippet from an unpublished project comes from–but I can’t help it in this case.

So here you go–a mostly-identified (sexy-time) snippet*:

A breath pulling deep into his chest, the kiss deepened as Scott crawled onto the bed, positioning himself above her. He was careful not to rest his full weight onto her small frame, even while she pulled at him, begging him closer.

She turned, rolling until she was above him. She dragged her mouth to his jaw, his ear, where he felt her pull his earlobe between her lips, before moving south, to his neck, his shoulder—

 

*As with all WIP snippets, this snippet is unedited. It may or may not appear, in part or in whole, in a published work.