I hope you all had a great week! Mine was busy, as usual. Some may think an author's life is glamorous, but let me tell you, it's just as hard and mundane as anyone else's! I still have to clean my house, scrub my toilets, do laundry and cook. I still have to deal with kid problems and grandbabies and spiders in the bathtub and an internet that keeps going out. Like most women I step on the scale and cringe at what I see, then make pledges to cut back on the sweets! I greet my husband at the door and listen to his day and then settle down to watch TV at night. Yes, I do watch TV. I think it's the storyteller in me but I have always loved a good TV show or movie. Hubby and I have our favorites, though that list is getting shorter these days as the shows get raunchier.
Writing wise, I worked on edits for Tears of the Sea this week. That is now turned back in to my editor for one more glance through and then I will start formatting it for ebook and print! If you've signed up to read and review it, I hope to get the copies to you the last week of October. After I send that out, I hope to take a couple days off to recharge. I want to go to the pound and rescue a cat in line to be euthanized. Hubby and I love to take in strays and misfits. Mainly because that's what we've been most of our lives.
My Reef Tank
You may remember I started a reef tank some time ago. Well, it's coming along! I've added a few corals, some clown fish, a shrimp, and an anemone. Because I chose to put in live rock taken directly from the sea, new creatures tend to appear all the time.. and more will appear as time goes on. I've noticed a few baby clams and this weird slug-like creature. (pictured below)
|The Entire tank|
|Clown fish bonding with Anenome|
|Living soft pink coral|
|Sea Slug that just appeared!|
I want to share with you pictures that my friend and publicist is finding to help advertise my book, Tears of the Sea. She's so good at this...
I'm excited to see what she finds next!
Now for this week's writing tip
FRIDAY WRITING TIP!
As much as you can, try to put action before reaction. For example
She screamed as the monster charged toward her.
Her heart thudded against her chest when the man fired the pistol
What you want to say is
The monster charged toward her. She screamed!
The villain fired his pistol. Her heart thudded in her chest.
Seems simple enough but not as easy to do. The reason? At least for me is the way a sentence reads.. it's rhythm and cadence. Sometimes it just doesn't sound right to write it the correct way! Anyway, for the most part, it's important to write events in the sequence in which they happen.
Praying you have a wonderful weekend!