I have a big ol’ update on Locke and Keye, the second book in the Dark Victoriana Collection, and it was too big to write! Instead, I’ve updated you in my latest video:


Writing Inspires More Writing


the desire to write

I haven’t had time to write much this week, just some notes and the beginning concept for another piece that is thus far planned for the distant future. It always disappoints me when I don’t get the chance to write, and before you even think it, I definitely don’t want to hear, “But you need to make time to write” because frankly, sometimes there literally is nothing in my schedule that I can push around. That’s the way it works for everyone at times, and unfortunately, I’m also a person who needs a decent amount of sleep to (a) not get sick and (b) not fall asleep while driving places.

In conclusion: I don’t always have the ability to make time to write (this does not affect Locke and Keye‘s publication date). While I know that’s the case, I still become a weepy willow when I haven’t written in a little while, especially when I’ve promised myself I would and when I’ve been looking forward to it. I become demotivated and easily lose the need, the urgency to write. That need is crucial. It’s what forces scenes out of me when I’m not confident in them (an integral and vital part of my writing process). This weekend I’m going to have to put aside some time and just type, type type, whether it’s notes, informal dialogues, or actual scenes. I have to get my excitement back.

It’s a funny thing with creativity. It is always there, but if you have to push it away a few times in favor of taking care of other necessary things, its flow recedes far too quickly for my taste. I want it to always be there, even when I don’t have time for it. As crazy making as that feeling is, I love it. I think that means I’ll need to force myself to at least write a paragraph every day so I don’t lose my motivation ever again for the reason of lack of time. In the meantime, I’ll need a good binge write this weekend.

Happy Friday!

Locke and Keye on Goodreads Plus Official Blurb!

That’s right! Locke and Keye has been added to Goodreads for your to-read pleasure, and it’s got an official blurb. Read more detail about the book and add it to your Goodreads lists here. It’s slotted to be published at the end of the April, but if that date is moved up, I’ll let you know ASAP.

In other Locke and Keye news, the Whitestone family has finally made an appearance, and as usual, they don’t disappoint. I think you’ll like the extra bits we get to see of them in this book!

Locke and Keye Update!

I can’t believe how little I’ve told you about Locke and Keye, the second book in the Dark Victoriana Collection. Well, it’s time for a nice big update, including some secrets to look forward to. Shhhh… 😉

New Year’s Day Writing Plans

I consider New Year’s Day the day to recover from the year before and start the new year on a high and happy note. What will I be doing January 1?

  1. There will be coffee. I’m talking strong Starbucks venti black coffee.
  2. There will be chocolate. I’m talking no restrictions on the intake amount.
  3. There will be writing. Locke and Keye has passed the 10,000 word mark, which is more than half the length of a novelette. And that’s mostly one character’s storyline, maybe not even the whole of his storyline. I’m beyond pumped about this book to the point that I can’t stop thinking about it, which is both wonderful when it’s flowing and torturous when I’m trying to figure out a plot point. I’m going to focus on at least one other character’s storyline on New Year’s Day. I’ll have my Pinterest page up, the above-mentioned necessities at hand, and a whole day of nothing to do but write!
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  4. There will be Honeymooners! I always watch the 1950s TV series The Honeymooners all day either on TV if a channel is having a marathon or on DVD. I have the classic 39 episodes and all the other ones too.

What will you be doing New Year’s Day? Hope you have a good one!

Locke and Keye Novelette Update!

NaNoWriMo is almost over, and while I had a major setback that meant I needed to restart the whole book, I also feel the book is shaping up to be something much stronger and more intense than I’d originally planned. My publication date has not changed: early 2016, so that’s a big positive. My motivation has risen since the rewrite began, and, against the general spirit of NaNoWriMo, I’ve done as much research as writing. I find that this works best for me – to research along the way – so why not follow the writing pattern that I know will create a book I’m proud of?

By the way, I share writing habits with the best of ’em:
lucille ball and meLook at those similarities. Okay, okay, Lucille Ball has a much cuter outfit and a vintage typewriter, but we’re both accomplishing things! Anyway, with a little coffee and a lot of chocolate, I’m making my way through Locke and Keye and enjoying it a lot more this time around. I won’t be done with this second book of the Dark Victoriana Collection by the end of November, but I will still publish on time. And that’s all that really counts, in my opinion.

By the way, have you stopped by for a chat on my NaNo videos? If not, here’s the playlist!

Plus, here’s a sneak peek at an unedited scene that may or may not make it into the final version of Locke and Keye:

Featured on Matthew W Harrill & Giveaway

Intense horror writer Matthew W Harrill (with the amazing book covers!) of The ARC Chronicles featured Anatomy of a Darkened Heart on his site! Read an excerpt of the first book in the Dark Victoriana Collection and get a taste of my writing and the dark ambiance of the novel. Here’s a teaser:

“Abigail was instinctively afraid of Mother, the woman always wearing a stern and somewhat angry expression. She was usually either clunk clunking somewhere in a hurry as if it was somebody’s doomsday or she was sitting straight-backed in the parlor’s stiff armchair, constantly looking at the door as if she were waiting. Whatever she was waiting for never seemed to come.”

Come read the rest here!

I’m currently writing the second book in the collection, Locke and Keye, so now’s a good time to win Anatomy of a Darkened Heart by entering my Rafflecopter giveaway here. Hurry, it ends Sunday!