Spring Fever

I’m having a hard time concentrating. The weather is beautiful. Forget housework and writing, I want to go to the beach. It’s still too cold to swim, but it would be nice just sitting on the sand and watch the dolphins swim. I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time on Pinterst “pinning” fun things to do this summer.

Here’s a nice picture to get you ready for summer:

 

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Our first trip to the beach is usually Mother’s Day. I may have to move that up. I’m thinking a nice day trip before the crazy Spring Break crowd hits. My youngest tells me her gills are dry. She was voted most likely to be a mermaid by her swim team. She’s swimming with a winter swim group, but apparently 3 times a week isn’t enough. Can’t say I blame her. I love the water.

Yesterday was Super Tuesday. I hope all who had primaries voted. I’m thinking of building a time machine so I can just skip the next four years. No matter who wins, it’s going to be scary! No more politics, I promise.

On a happy note. Fellow ROW80 participant Gloria Weber has a new release out today. She was kind enough to do a guest post. Click on her name to zip on over and read all about it. My copy arrived this morning! I love pre-orders it’s like Christmas.

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Participate in the weekly Health/Fitness Challenge at church.  Goal this week attend two workout classes and one day on treadmill.  Total failure.

–Read 4 books a month, roughly 1 book a week.  I just started reading Charming by Elliot James. I love it so far. It’s funny and snarky.
-Edit book 2 in my mystery seriesNada! I’m tossing this goal for now.
-Work on self-publishing Book 1. This is my critique project. I have submitted the first 5 chapters.
-Institute Meatless Monday. We had mostly meatless Tuesday, so I’m counting that. It was stir-fry with very little meat.
-Keep up with the local Critique Group.  I have four pieces to read this round. I’m waiting a little closer to the meeting to read them.
-At some point I need to write a story I’ve plotted.  Goal this week is: 6,000 words. Not feeling it this week. I think it’s Spring Fever. I have 2,327 words so far this week. I’m down by 673. I am writing every day, but it’s hard. I keep watching the Bluejays torture my dog. They steal his food. I’m making progress, it’s just slow. I did some research this morning on European explorers in the coastal south. I also googled water quality and drowning. 🙂 Makes you wonder what I’m writing…

Edit/publish Mystic Brew.   Done!

What’s the strangest thing you have researched for a WIP?

-CK

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Guest Post- Gloria Weber

Today we have a guest post from Speculative Fiction writer, Gloria Weber. She has an awesome new release, which magically popped on my Kindle this morning. 

Gloria Weber

Thank you so much for having me here, Caren!  I appreciate the support and hope your blog readers enjoy my post.

So that we’re all on the same page, let me tell you about my book, UNMASKING: LEMON’S THESIS.

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 Super Blurb Powers Activate!Welcome to Trowbridge City. It’s home to superheroes, maniacal villains, and everyday citizens. The stories here aren’t about good versus evil, but about hard choices, prejudices, and experiences complicated by superpowers.

Lemon “Em” Law is a super genius and she’s also the daughter of Trowbridge’s most infamous super villain, Yellow Fellow. After being fired, bullied by her professor, and dumped all in the same day there’s only one thing she can do! And that’s work on her thesis. Truth is, the last thing Em wants to be is evil. Unfortunately that thesis of hers is so revolutionary it could be dangerous. Is she ready to learn the secrets behind the masks?

So, yeah.  This is a superhero story.  And, yeah, I named my main character Lemon.  I did it for reasons!  Okay, reasons isn’t a real reason.  But, today, I’ll share some of real reasons and decisions that went into shaping Lemon “Em” Law into a character.

(Because the origin story behind the book’s idea is a little boring and sad.  Long version: I spent summer binge watching ONCE UPON A TIME and reading comics.)

Let’s get to know Lemon!

Name: Lemon Law (Nickname: Em)

Inline image 1While her mother had reasons for naming her Lemon, I named her this because of a Superman cover.  We actually had owned this issue, but recently we sold it to our local comic shop, because we aren’t really Superman fans.  Why did her mom name her Lemon?  Her hair is naturally bright yellow (she dyes it blonde).

Mother: Nelly Law

Nelly gets her own “special issue” in the back of the book, so I won’t be giving away too much.  But how does one end up having a super villain’s kid?  I was inspired by an episode of CRIMINAL MINDS (can’t remember which one, though).  They were looking into murders done by a dead serial killer and their investigation looked into his groupies.  So, she became a super villain groupie!

Father: Yellow Fellow (Super Villain)

If you didn’t guess by his name, this is where Lemon gets her yellow hair.  Why is his hair yellow?  That’s in yet to be revealed origin story!  A story Lemon wants to find out (so she can avoid repeating it).  The only other thing she inherited (thankfully) was his genius.  As for his name, I wanted him to have an urban legend sort of feel like “Bloody Mary.

Superpower: Genius

There realistic depictions of genius and then there’s Amadeus Cho (currently he’s TOTALLY AWESOME HULK) and Reed Richards (FANTASTIC FOUR).  There’s an unrealistic level of genius in comics and that’s why I gave Lemon an established career (Architect) and continued her education (PhD in Criminal Psychology).  She also has two bachelor’s degrees she’s doing nothing with despite not even being old enough to drink alcohol.

What are Lemon’s weaknesses?  Does she find out her father’s origins?  Didn’t her blurb mention a(n ex) boyfriend?  Who is he?  Who are the other villains and the heroes of Trowbridge?

Inline image 2The only way to find out more is to get the book!
(e-book $2.99 * print $9.99)

http://amzn.com/B01BP8YT5W

And please visit my!

https://gloriaweber.wordpress.com/

 

Guest Post- Gloria Weber

Gloria’s short story Alicia, was just published. She was kind enough to write a guest post on using real locations in fiction. A quick note, I just read it and loved it!

Location, Location, Location

by Gloria Weber

20150716_082205Before I start, many thanks to Caren for letting me post on her blog today. I appreciate the support and help!

My latest short story release, ALICIA, was a contest entry. The contest parameters were fairly simple. Write a story based on an image. The image had a female walking away from a male in a field with a backdrop of trees.

The setting of the picture reminded me of a section in my local state park. The spot is a particular favorite of mine. Lately, I’ve been into using, in part or in whole, real places, be they displaced into a fictional town or in their true setting, so I decided to use this spot in my tale.

At this park, aside from the big field and woods, there’s a volleyball court, picnic tables, and a parking lot. These bits made it into the story, as did my kids and I. Sure, these weren’t in the image, but they could have existed off to the left or right of them.

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The details I used were the ones I felt served the story. These details, like me and my kids, gave the setting life beyond the main characters. The freshly cut grass and the hot day set it in time, summer.

In part, the details I chose made the setting feel like it could be anywhere. Well, not the dessert of the American southwest or the swamps of the south, but it could be lots of other places: Connecticut, Oregon, Tennessee, Montana, New Jersey, and so on.

This park also has a path that leads into the woods and leads to another picnicking area under pavilion, a chunk of meadow they don’t mow (for the wildlife), a building with bathrooms, and more. Again, these bits could have existed just off of the side of the inspirational image.

While the omitted details are real, those details don’t serve my story in anyway. It was clutter. Fiction allows me to edit what isn’t necessary from a place, like remodeling a kitchen.

Remember earlier when I said I’ve been into using real places in my fiction? There’s a reason for that.

“Grow your tree of falsehood from a small grain of truth.” – Czeslaw Milosz

For me, that gives the best results.

If you’re wondering, I didn’t win the contest. However, Solstice Publishing liked my story so much they decided to release it. So, if a story with a touch of fantasy and romance is your thing, please pick up ALICIA (http://amzn.com/B01417P1GA).

~*~

Gloria Weber lives in Ohio with her husband, son, daughter, and many pets. Her website is http://gloriaweber.wordpress.com and she can be found onTwitter as @GloriaWeber or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GloriaWeberWriter

Alicia- Cover Reveal

One of the great things about having a blog is helping out cover reveals. Today I get to do just that.  Gloria Weber has a new short story coming out on August 18. You can catch her hear on August 19th for a guest post. If you haven’t read her blog, I highly recommend it.  So here you go…….

Alicia

Published by Solstice Publishing (Summer Solstice imprint)
Release Date: August 18, 2015
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Blurb:
Leon has decided it is better to remain silent and accused of Alicia’s murder than admit the truth. The truth, well… that’s so unbelievable it’s crazy. Not that Detective Dorndorf believes a word that comes out of Leon’s mouth. Dorndorf just wants a confession and figures dragging Leon to the last spot Alicia was seen might just pry it out of him. Will the detective’s plan work or will the truth come out?

Price: $0.99
Expected To Be Sold At: Amazon (for kindle) and Solstice Publishing’s website (http://solsticepublishing.com/)

aliciapromonobody2Bio:
Gloria Weber lives in Ohio with her husband, son, daughter, and many pets. She has been writing for publication since March 2006 with over a dozen titles published. Her favorite letter is L.

Website: http://gloriaweber.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @GloriaWeber ~ http://twitter.com/GloriaWeber
G+: http://plus.google.com/107706782152210234267/posts
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GloriaWeberWriter
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/GloriaWeber

But wait, there’s more.  Here is a book trailer for Alicia.

Let’s do a short recap: Alicia by Gloria Weber will be released August 18, 2015

Gloria will be here August 19th for a guest post.  I can’t wait to read to find out what happened to Alicia. 

 

Happy Reading,

CK