Sunday, February 21, 2010

HAPPENINGS

What's been happening? Well, I finished the first draft of my MS. On the advise of more experienced authors, I've put it aside for a week or so. I start my rewrite tomorrow. I've started plotting Raven's story. I'm really excited about this one. I'm using a different approach to this WIP. I'm trying to do most of the planning and research ahead of time.

I was able to participate in a live chat at Bitten by Books with Kim Harrison. That was awesome. I'm not just a writer, I'm a fan girl too. I love reading! Kim's publisher put up not three chapters of "White Witch Black Sanction" but, the first seven and I read every bit of it. Her new book comes out Tues Feb. 23rd on my day off. Yay! I picked up Laurell K Hamilton's new book "Flirt" and I'm reading that now. (Not that I don't have several books in the TBR pile.)

I finally sent off my short story to my Mother. (I know, shame on me. Bad daughter:( ) Anyway,  she finally got to read "Raven's Transformation" and...she loved it. How cool is that?! She told me, which I already knew, that she doesn't read Urban Fastasy but, she really enjoyed Raven and will be looking forward to the novel. Guess I better get busy.
Last but not least, I won a signed copy of "The Better Part of Darkness" by Kelly Gay. After reading BPOD, Kelly is definitely on my automatic buy list. I absoultely loved her debut novel. She mixes a touch of scifi with Urban Fanstasy. Loved it!  Thanks Kelly! I'll be passing on my unsigned copy to a friend.


You can view the next cover in Kelly's Darkness series here http://kellygay.blogspot.com/  I would put it up but, she said that this isn't the final version. Besides, I don't want to steal her big reveal:) Kelly has really been blessed by the book cover Gods. I remember seeing the cover online and thinking just from the cover, that looks like a buy! So glad I did. I love finding awesome new authors.


Later,
Melissa

3 comments:

Marcia Colette said...

You lucky stiff! Kelly's book is on my buy list for my next trip to the book store. I've been putting it off forever because I want to widdle away at my TBR pile. Now if only I can get her to show up at an HCRW meeting so I can get her to sign the gosh-darn thing. ;-)

Anyway, congrats on finishing your first draft. Refreshing, isn't it? :-)

Melissa Carmichael said...

I've already read BPOD. I'm happy to get a signed copy though. Most authors have their signings on the weekend. I work weekend balyor:( I'd have to take the weekend off to get to a signing.

Last signing Kelly did was a weekend I was working so, I'm thrilled to get a signed copy from Kelly. She's sending me a couple of other books too. One is Greywalkers by Kat Richard. She found an extra copy while getting my books ready:)

Let me be the first to tell you, Kelly's book is awesome. I wasn't kidding when I said, she's an automatic buy.

I've started working on draft 2 of my MS. But yes, it feels great to know that I can start and actually complete a novel length story.

I'm off today and tomorrow. God help me, Kim's book comes out tomorrow. If I can control myself, I can get it from Walmart for eight dollars cheaper. Here's hoping I can hold out. (but, it doesn't look good:)

Melissa said...

I have this book in my pile of new authors to read but haven't checked it out yet. Glad you enjoyed it. With such good praise I might have to move it to the top of my to do list!

Oh, congrats on the first draft. I find the first round of edits to be tough but it gets easier from there!