Happy Birthday, Leah!

Tomorrow (June 3rd) is Leah’s birthday!

I re-read STAND (Shift Series #4) last week. Not sure why, but it felt like the right thing to do, and I’m so glad I did!  I miss Leah (and Drake!) a lot.  There are still some small scenes from Leah and Drake’s life that I want to write and share with those of you who love them.  For now, I am focusing on a project that doesn’t even take place in the Shift/Mythologicals Universe (come to think of it, maybe that’s why I was longing to read something in Leah’s world so much!)  I’m in love with the project, but I definitely miss Leah.


Leah Brayton

It also occurred to me, as I finished re-reading STAND, that I no longer think of Leah as “Leah Brayton,” but “Leah Brayton-King.”  Because, well, that’s her name once she marries Drake.

BUT, for those of you who haven’t read that scene, you have no idea!  So go check that out if you haven’t given it a read.

It’s funny–I just realized my last post was to say happy birthday to Drake.  I guess I was due a re-read regardless 🙂 Leah Brayton

P.S. LeeLee Sobieski is the actress who most resembles how I picture Leah in my head but the name is purely coincidence. Really. (Also Saoirse Ronan–maybe even more so!)

Happy Birthday, Drake King!

Sunday is May 14th–Drake King’s birthday!

Drake King

There is one last extra Drake-related scene I want to write and post, and I’d thought I might have it ready for Drake’s birthday this year, but it’s not ready yet. And it’s important enough, that I don’t want to push it out before it’s ready.  So it’s going to have to wait.
That said, I’m making awesome headway on my current project, and really happy with the progress, so it’s not all bad!
Still, Drake is one of my favorite people I’ve ever created. I love him a ton. In a post before STAND came out, I wrote about why STAND was one of the hardest things I’d ever written–and one of those reasons was Drake. 🙂  I re-read that post every now and again to refresh my brain and remind myself why I do this author thing. Give it a read if you want some insight into my crazy writer’s brain, and my love for Drake King. 🙂
Happy Birthday Drake!

Vegas Refresh

April was pretty hectic! First, the hubby and I took our 4-year-old to Disneyland for the first time. Needless to say, it was an awesome trip I wish we could live over and over. Then, the very next week, I was off to Las Vegas for a conference for work (my job-job, not my writing-job.)

Though I was there for decidedly not writing-related things, it was like my author brain knew I was in the Southwest. The dry air, the flat, mostly featureless landscape (when I left The Strip and could see the landscape, that is)–they all called to me. And, for a few minutes, I felt like Cecelia must have felt when she made the decision to move to Tubac.

Oh man, did I ever wish I could hop a plane to Tuscon, then drive on to Tubac in a fast car!

I couldn’t do that, of course, but it turned out okay! Between the copious amounts of adulting that took place after conference hours (3 nights without the kiddos!) and the narrow slips of alone-time I spent in my room, my writer’s mind got a serious reset–something it desperately needed!  While I didn’t get a lot of time for writing, I was able to make some headway on my latest project (turns out I can totally nurse a mild hangover AND write at the same time!) and even that small amount of progress set me on a course to get even more  done when I got home.

In all honesty, it took me more than a week to feel like I’d caught up and got back into my home-life rhythm after getting back, and for minutes at  time, I found myself wondering if the vacation, then conference, had been worth the pain of catching up, but, looking back now, I know it was.

Here’s to brain resets, word counts, and the desert!