Grimm’s Fairy Tales meet Van Helsing…and rewarding yourself

untitledI went to see Hansel & Gretel today and enjoyed it. It was fun and I got a laugh that Hansel has to give himself insulin shots because he ate too much of the witch’s candy house growing up!  I must admit Jeremy Renner was a big draw for me – loved him in the Hurt Locker.

I give it a ‘B’. It’s an entertaining afternoon but not on my favorite list.

What do you think of Hollywood reinventing all these movies? Like or Not?

Since I finished the first 1/3 of the revisions on my book, I treated myself to a movie. Helps keep me motivated. I also will use rewards such as a pedicure or massage.  All part of my be good to yourself resolution for 2013.MV5BMjA4MDQwODg2NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTc5ODc2OA@@._V1._SY317_

 

I have a bunch on my ‘want to see’ list:

Mama

Broken City

Parker

Side Effects

A Good Day to Die Hard – gotta love Bruce Willis

Beautiful Creatures

Safe Haven

and that only takes me through February. Now I will say – a couple of these might be RedBox…

 

What’s on your list to see?

Happy Monday!

 

 

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Try something new…it’s not a resolution for 2013…if you don’t like it, have a glass of wine instead

Maybe you don’t want to make any resolutions this year or maybe you hate the damn things…either way, how about trying one thing out of your comfort zone?002

For instance – you normally only watch RomCom’s? Try an action flick with a hunky hero or hot heroine.

You only read thrillers or suspense? Try a romantic thriller or heck, go way out there and try a nonfiction book. I read Nudge this year and it was interesting. I very rarely read non-fiction.

Never tried your hand at art? How about a painting or heck color something. The painting here is called “A Day at the Farmer’s Market” I painted it after seeing these two ladies arguing over which color mums to buy.

Or maybe you like the idea of a clean slate the new year brings? If so, read on (the rest of you can pop a beer or pour a glass of wine at this point).

In the corporate world goal setting took place late fall every year. There were mandatory goals such as company profits and safety and then a section for personal and professional development goals. Well, since I’m no longer in the corporate world – here are my goals for 2013:

  1. Finish the edits and publish Book 1 – Shadow Dance by end of February
  2. Write 3 novels – book 2 and 3 in the shadow walkers series and the first book of a trilogy based on the end of the world – it’s fun and snarky along with the dark vibe
  3. Make my word count every week
  4. Post to this blog and my www.wickedgreensmoothies.com blog twice a month
  5. Participate in NaNoWriMo again (National Novel Writing Month)
  6. Take time for me – movies, massage, girl’s night out, etc.

I’ll check in to report my progress as the year progresses.

What are your goals for the year? Do you set goals?

And on the trying something new concept – I will give one of those goofy comedy’s a try. Normally I say “this is so not funny” while my friends are laughing their heads off. Also, I’m going to try a fruit and vegetable I’ve never eaten before.

Cheers!

What are you doing to celebrate the Winter Solstice? I’m writing…

Today is officially the first day of winter, also known as the Winter Solstice. This is when the sun is at its lowest point above the horizon. Happy Solstice!

16a Most of us have plenty to eat to make it through the winter (harsh or not depending on where you’re located). So donate some canned goods to your local food pantry or shelter. Or drop off a bag of cat food or dog food to your local animal shelter. They can always use old towels for the critters.

My agenda for today: finish the book I started reading last night, help my nieces make sugar cookies, and work on book 2 in the Shadow Walker series. I know who the main characters are but am still working on what they are all doing and moving the overall plot along.008

I usually do a rough outline – in my head and then as a couple of pages written in Word. Afterwards, I set up a grid in excel with each chapter, who’s in it, what’s happening and the date/time of day if it’s relevant – it is in this one. I also set up a tab with my character profiles – handy when you’re trying to remember if he has blue or green eyes <grin. And finally, I have a tab for schedule…what is the schedule tab? It’s where I track my daily writing goals. I don’t know about you but I need a deadline to keep me going so I set them myself. I’ve posted images so you can see these below.

Are you ready for the holidays? Have you finished your preparations or are you running around to frantically get it all done? I highly recommend a gift to yourself of a massage – your body and mind will thank you!

This is a great time of year to reflect on the year and plan for the next. What did you accomplish this year? What are your goals for 2013?

Happy Winter!

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Character grid:

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Cheers!

 

Debut Book – Shadow Dance – Coming Soon

I’ve been working on my first novel. NaNoWriMo really helped me with my productivity. It’s been a journey and I can hardly describe the joy I felt in writing “the end”.Shadow Dance Website Size 72 dpi 600 x 900

Book One – Shadow Dance is now complete and in the revision phase. I hope to have it available in February 2013. I’ll update everyone when it goes live. It’s a dark, edgy, paranormal romance and it’s going to be a series. I’ve got the ideas for the next several books. I’ll start on book two as soon as the edit process is complete on book one.

Shadow Dance  – Ghosts are not the gauzy white shapes, harmlessly floating around us as we’ve been led to believe – they are ancient warriors with the power to drain a human’s energy, instantly aging and killing them. A war has been brewing for centuries between light and shadow…shadow walker pitted against day walker, threatening to send the world into darkness, unless the shadow walkers save humanity before time runs out.

This is Colin’s story – Prowling the streets of Edinburgh, watching over, protecting humanity, Colin was a ghost – immortal – a deadly, lethal, predator reveling in eviscerating those who preyed on humanity. Losing hope centuries ago for a chance at redemption, he embraced the Shadow Walker life – until he crosses paths with Emily who changes his fate, intervening to save his life, igniting his long-buried desires. With a week to break the curse before Colin turns wraith, lost to darkness for eternity…time is running out as they are locked in a deadly fight with forces who will stop at nothing to destroy them before they succeed.

What are you working on? It doesn’t have to be a book – a new decorating project, craft, etc. How do you stay motivated?

Cheers!

NaNoWriMo – I finished my novel – The End!

Yep, a few minutes ago, I finished my NaNoWriMo novel – 50,227 words!

I am ecstatic and tired. The next two days are mine to play and then…I’m going to work on the first in a trilogy I’ve been thinking about and see how many words I can knock out by the end of November.

My goal was to have a good draft finished by the end of the year so I’d be ready to send to my editor early next year. There were some moments I wasn’t sure I’d make it but whoo-hoo! For all of you who have written one or two or a whole bookshelf of novels – you know how I’m feeling right now. Ahem, we won’t talk about editing at this point.

If you haven’t finished your novel yet, it’s only the 23rd, you can finish it with seven days remaining. Sit down, close your eyes and imagine….

P.S. I’ll check back in on 12/1 and post my count for the five days on my new adventure…I think I’m going to end the world. <grin

Happy NaNoWriMo to all!

It’s November 15th – How’s your writing coming along for NaNoWriMo?

Well, we’ve hit the middle of November. If you’re like me, you’re tired – the good kind of tired when you’re accomplishing your goals. You feel good even if some days are tough; you look at how far you’ve come and smile…

If you aren’t where you want to be at this point, no worries. Take a deep breath, think about what you want to achieve and where your story is going. Not sure? Try playing “what if”, introduce a new character, watch the news for an interesting story, talk to one of your writing buddies or take a little time to do something else – catch a movie, have lunch with a friend. Then come back with your creative well refilled and work. You can make the goal with half the month remaining – believe in yourself!

As promised, my mid-month update.As of tonight, I have written a little over 35K words. Whew! makes me tired just looking at it. I’ve had a couple of tough days but powered through. I’ve also had some great days where I was in the groove and the words just seemed to endlessly flow. Well, I have a little under 15K to go and I’m shooting to finish this draft on 11/22. Then I’ll leave it, start on book 2 and see how far I get with the remaining 9 days in the month.

So stay tuned and I’ll follow-up at the end of the month with my final word count.

Wish me luck!