Life Never Goes As Planned

I posted back in August that I would be moving…and now it’s November, and while I’m writing this from the loft in my new house, I have not yet moved in. (Maybe next weekend? Maybe???)

I volunteered at Stowe Story Labs again in September. Labs is one of the best things in my life, and has been for a couple years now. I’ve met some amazing screenwriters and filmmakers, and forged what I hope will be some lifelong friendships. I’ll be collaborating on a screenplay with a fellow Labber this winter, which I’m SUPER excited about!

I’ve been working on a number of screenplays, including a feature I hope to produce sometime in 2016-2017, and a couple of shorts I hope to produce much sooner than that.

I’ve also been entering some screenwriting contests. I’ve got a short making the rounds right now, a feature entered in the Nashville Film Festival’s contest, and a TV pilot that I plan to enter in a couple other things. No real progress with anything yet, but it’s early days.

One bit of exciting news is that I’m now a staff writer for Skillcrush, an amazing company that teaches women (mostly) how to code and do awesome techy stuff! I’ve been there for around two months now and absolutely love it!

I’m hoping at some point this winter to start a regular newsletter (probably monthly, maybe bi-weekly if I’m feeling particularly ambitious). The plan is to send out the newsletter, and then a week or so later post the content from it here on the blog.Then again, life never goes as planned…

A Long-Overdue Update!

I’ve been neglecting this blog for way too long, and I’m hoping to change that this fall.

A few updates:

I’ve been doing a ton of screenwriting lately, which means some of my other projects have been neglected. I’m still working on the edits to the fourth and final book in The Steam and Steel Chronicles, which might actually be done before the end of the year. No promises though.

I’m moving! After nearly 12 years living in the same house (the longest I’ve ever lived anywhere, over a third of my lifetime!), I’m moving about 30 minutes away, to a much smaller, more manageable house with more land (2 acres rather than .13!). That move will be happening late this month and early next month, which means you likely won’t be hearing much from me during that time! But the new place should provide me with a lot more opportunities and inspiration to write. I may do a little photo tour of the place when I get all moved.

I have another blog that I started this summer, but that quickly fell by the wayside as other projects took over (including house-hunting). Once I’m moved, I’m definitely going to start that one back up (it’s more lifestyle, less writing-focused). I’ll post here when that happens.

I’m still actively involved with Stowe Story Labs, now helping out by volunteering and taking care of some of the logistics. It’s so rewarding, I’ve met such amazing people, and it’s always inspiring. If you’re a screenwriter, I highly recommend applying next year!

And the big update: I’m currently in the process fo creating a writing course! This one will be about writing a non-fiction book, aimed specifically at professionals who want to write to further their career or business (though it could also be useful to those who want to write about a hobby or passion). It’s a 6-week-long course that I’ll be doing via email, and will be open to a limited number of people (I’m thinking 20 per session, but it might be lower). I’ll post when that’s all up and running (it’s nearly done, I’m just working on some additional materials and then need to decide on the final format).

So that’s what’s been going on in my world! Hopefully everyone out there is having a great summer!

Color consulting and other updates!

It’s been a busy winter so far.

I’m now officially doing color consulting! It’s been something I’ve dabbled in over the past couple years, when clients would reach out to me.

I’m almost done with the edits for the final installment of The Steam and Steel Chronicles. I’m hoping to have it done in the next few weeks. But hey, I’m still releasing books faster than George R.R. Martin!

I’m also working on a few other side projects that I’ll be revealing in the next few months. So stay tuned!

I entered #ProjectFilmSupply


#ProjectFilmSupply, from The Music Bed, is a great contest for short filmmakers with some amazing prizes. I’ve entered a short film concept titled Wildflower. It’s more uplifting than a lot of my stuff, with strong fantasy elements. Here’s the blurb:

Lily has always been happy alone. The real world is bleak and uninteresting. The world she’s created in her head is infinitely more welcoming. But there’s a darkness there that she’s barely even aware of. When Van comes along and tried to break into Lily’s world, she resists him with all her might. He’s a stranger, and he has no business there. But Van won’t give up so easily. He’s determined to break through to Lily and bring her into the light, and show her just how vibrant the real world can be. With little dialogue, Wildflower will rely largely on contrast and strong visuals to show Lily’s journey and ultimate transformation.

The grand prize (chosen by the people at The Music Bed) for this contest is pretty amazing, and includes:

  • Custom score by Tony Anderson or up to $7,500 in Licensing from The Music Bed for your film.
  • Canon C500 + Lenses (Two Week Rental)
  • Featured editorial on No Film School about your final film.
  • $1,250 Zacuto credit
  • $2,000 in Film Licensing Credit for Film Supply
  • $2,500 Kessler credit
  • A ton of gear, including some rentals and some to keep

It’s a fantastic bunch of prizes. The second and third prizes include more credits and gear.

Which brings me to the point about voting! The second and third prizes are chosen by popular vote. So, if you’re so inclined after reading the blurb above, I would greatly appreciate your votes! It only takes a second (you will have to confirm via email). I’d also appreciate it if you’d take a moment to share it via Twitter, Facebook, etc. Thanks!

A new business venture for the ladies!

I’ve decided that this is the summer to make some big changes in my life. And that means I’m launching a new business!

Glitter and Pepper is a new subscription box service offering up unique Grab Bags of jewelry and accessories delivered on a monthly basis! It varies from other subscription boxes on the market in that it focuses on providing unique, custom boxes for every subscriber, rather than a one-size-fits-all box where everyone gets the same stuff each month. Each box will also include vintage, handmade, and/or artisan pieces, making them truly unique.

I’m not quite ready to launch yet, but you can sign up for email updates to be notified when Glitter and Pepper launches. And everyone who signs up for updates during this pre-launch period will get a coupon code for subscription discounts when the service officially launches!

More updates!

I’ve been sadly neglecting this blog lately. For that I apologize. But I have good reasons!

First of all, I’ve been very busy working on a music video for my friend’s awesome new band. We’re just about finished with it (we’re going to finish editing on Thursday). It’s been a labor of love since late spring, and it’s finally come together. And honestly, it’s exceeded everyone’s expectations, including my own.

NaNoWriMo is coming up! I’m going to try to participate again this year, though I might do the rebel thing and finish some half-written works that I’ve been procrastinating on rather than starting a new project.

Here in northern Vermont, I’m gearing up for winter. The weather has been beautiful so far this fall, but it’s supposed to turn cold this weekend, and I doubt we’ll get much more warm weather before spring. Of course, the approach of winter means a million things to do, including winterizing my house. Not my favorite task…

Pin Savvy: 101 Tips to Get the Most Out of Pinterest

My new Pinterest ebook, Pin Savvy: 101 Tips to Get the Most Out of Pinterest, is now on sale! And for the first 25 hours, I’ll be offering it at 25% off — just $9 instead of the usual $12.

It’s only available at the discounted price on Gumroad. It can also be purchased at full price via Sellbox.

Here’s the blurb:

Pinterest has quickly gone from being “the next big thing” to being “THE big thing” in social media.

With nearly 50 million users, it’s hard not to take notice of Pinterest. Top brands and users have millions of followers, many active re-pinning their content and spreading their reach even further. And according to some stats, Pinterest users spend significantly more on the brands they follow than their Facebook counterparts.

As a brand or business owner, Pinterest is a great emerging marketing channel. Particularly if your customers are women (it’s estimated by some that somewhere around 80% of Pinterest’s users are female). But how do you capitalize on it? How do you become part of the Pinterest community, valued by its members, rather than just another spammer?

Pin Savvy offers up 101 tips for using Pinterest to promote your business or brand. Everything from setting up your profile to optimizing your website to be more pinnable to running contests on Pinterest is covered, all in bite-size bits you can quickly absorb and implement!

And when you buy Pin Savvy now, you’ll get access to any future versions of the ebook, at no additional charge!

I’ve been busy!!!

I know I’ve been neglecting this blog lately. But the truth is, I’ve been very busy!

I’m almost finished with the initial draft of my upcoming book on color theory. The deadline for the final section is less than two weeks away. I’ve still got a TON of work left to do on it (someday I’ll learn not to procrastinate), but I’m 99% sure I’ll meet the deadline without issue. Of course, then I’ll have to dive into edits, etc., but that part always goes much faster for me.

A couple months ago I wrote a short ebook about Pinterest, aimed at businesses who want to make the most of the site. I finally got around to formatting it and I’ll be releasing that on Tuesday, July 9th on both Gumroad and Sellbox. I’ll post links when it’s live. I’m putting it on sale for $12, basically what you’d spend on lunch. And anyone who buys it now will get access to any updated versions in the future at no extra cost.

I’ve also been working on a couple of other side projects which I’ll hopefully be launching this summer. (Also, can I just say how the hell is it July already???)

I started writing for another new blog recently, too. It’s not live yet, but I’ll be sure to link to it when it is.

Summer is always busy for me, so don’t expect a lot of updates until Fall. But at some point I’m going to get back into blogging regularly!

2012: The First Quarter

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been through a full quarter of 2012. The past three months have been life-changing for me, and while it didn’t seem like it earlier in the winter, it’s been changing for the better.

Regular readers of this blog will know that I went through a major personal crisis at the end of 2011. While I don’t want to get into the particulars in such a public forum, the gist of it is that after eleven years of living together and more than five years being married, my husband and I split up. This has turned out to be one of the best things that has ever happened to me, and while it’s obviously not something I would have hoped for, I firmly believe that it was the right thing to have happened. Continue reading

Writing Again

Just taking a minute for a quick update. The third and fourth Steam and Steel Chronicles novellas are currently with my beta reader. She’s usually really quick with notes for me, so I may start with revisions on them later this week. Still no idea what the titles will be, but I’ll post here when I come up with them.

I’m working on an urban fantasy novel I started last year. I had about 25,000 words done on it, mostly just bits and pieces of scenes. And then I got distracted with other things and dropped it, though always with the intention to go back and finish it. So I’m going to try to finish it soon. It will be the start of a loose series I’m working on, with books all set in the same world, and possibly with some reoccurring characters. I have one other book planned for sure, but it’s going to be a big world, so there will be a lot of room for new stories in the future. Continue reading