I’m back!!!

I would first like to welcome my four new readers from the Eagle Creek Library’s Pizza & Paperback reading group. They were very gracious to listen to me stammer on this evening.

Ok, back to business. I am so very sorry for being out of the loop for the past moth or so…I have been very busy working on Part Four. It has been a bit pesky, taking all sorts of wild turns I did not see coming. Any hoo, I promise to be back on track and more vocal.

As per the contest, I came up with a name in a dream and had to go with it. I feel that if my brain was thinking so strongly about renaming Lukus while I slept, then it must be right. Besides, Charles (Lukus’ new name) was my grandfather’s name. BUT, being that Sara and Gentille were the only two to officially responded on the blog (Erica I still love you!) I will honor both of them as winners. If you will e-mail me your addresses I will send you a copy of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare or Fallen by Lauren Kate. 

Off to write…

P.S. NEW EMAIL ADDRESS JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED IT! marcirdunn@aol.com

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Revisions

I feel like I am finally at the point where I can step away from the first half of my book and work on revisions for the second half..the infamous Part Four. I was beginning to think I was never going to get there, but with the help of some really great beta readers I am finally ready. I think they deserve a shout out. Freckles, Sarah T, Gentille & Erica (@ericawrites on Twitter…she’s the best Twitter buddy a gal can have. You should follow her).  Also great thanks should go out to Tara Welch for editing my grammar… And Mark Wood, for his endless supply of helpful hints that spark the imagination (He’s responsible for Saben’s creation).

Now, I have not forgotten about the contest. I will pick names soon. I have 5 new readers that just started from Part One and I would like to give them the chance to play along. I figure the more names given the better the odds of finding a great one. On that note, think of one syllable names from this point on.

Alright, enough playing around…it’s time to start Part Four. And because Part Four is so long (it’s the entire second half of the book) I will be sending it out two chapters at a time. Most likely beginning next Monday, Aug 2nd.

As always, thanks so much for all your help. Gentille your comments were spot on!

Give Lukus a New Name

I would like to reward my Beta Readers by having a contest. This is where you turn cartwheels and do the Snoopy Dance. As I revise The Cistine Medallion I have come across many Lugan/Lukus name switches. I am tired of fixing my mistakes, therefore I am leaving it up to you guys to give Lukus a new name. Once everyone has had a chance to give their name, I will narrow it down to two. I will then turn it over to you to choose the winner. The name with the most votes wins.

What prize shall I give… Of course if, no when the book is published, I will of course give proper credit for naming new Lukus, and…hmmmm…what else. Drum roll, please. You win a copy of The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, my new favorite. I suggest you read The Mortal Instrument series if you haven’t already.

Ican’t wait to hear your ideas.

New Directions

I have decided to use this blog to help me in my writing process. It may be helpful, then again it could just be a time consumer. I chose to be positive.

I have seven very fabulous readers. They are helpful, never afraid to speak their minds, and catch mistakes my adults zip right pass. I thought it might be fun for them to have a place to talk. To see if the agree or disagree about comments made on my book.  Again this could blow up in my face.

The first topic of conversation is when would you like to find out Saben is in deed female. Some think it is too soon, they’d like it happen later in the story. So let me have it, what do you think.

Delete

I am about to embark on a new adventure involving me WIP. Sadly I must cut one of my favorite scenes/chapter. On a good note I get to add a new character that will tie in my second book and make everything flow. I see the good, but I also don’t wish to send a good scene to the I can’t use you graveyard. Good bye chapter two…I will always love you.

Happy…

Finally, I have managed to make my blog a little less ordinary. Thanks guys for all those helpful hints. Some of us, not saying me, take a little longer than other to get acclimated.

That is it for now…

Gravatar

This will be simple a sweet. I want a Gravatar! I can’t seem to add one.  I feel left out and irritated. That’s all.

Yet more snow…

I find it odd that the last entry I made was on the last snow day we had a few weeks back. 

Today I shoveled the driveway, front walk and a place for sixteen year old babysitter to park.  I know some will find this odd but I have never shoveled snow before, and I’ll be honest, I never wish to do it again.  It makes me feel how out of shape I am.  It also makes me feel freakishly old. 

Four teenage boys walked by with shovels as I dug my way out. ( We just don’t get snow like this here in the Bluegrass State…and I actually borrowed my neighbor’s shovel.) My inner voice screamed out for the boys to shovel my drive for me, but my OCD brained chirped back, “they will never get it how you want it.  AND then you will be out there after they leave fixing it all because you will not be able to stand the imperfect lines they will leave.” And yes OCD brain was right as always.

This makes me wonder if I will ever be able to send out that first query letter?  I will always find imperfections.  I will always find something else I know I can make better.  AND I will always find more grammatical errors that I have left behind. (Did not find out that I was a bit dyslexic until after I graduated from high school.  SO English &  Lit classes were always dreaded hells on Earth for me…needless to say I missed a few rules here and there.  I learn something new every day and feel a little less self-conscience.

Any hoo I will now attempt to drive the KIA out into the white beyond in order to cheer on the UK Wildcats.  GO BIG BLUE!!!

Have a great weekend everybody!

Snow Day

Today was our second snow day this week.  I have to admit I am a big giant buzz kill when it comes to snow days.  I wish we had a floo system like they do for Harry Potter.  I would send Monk straight into a fireplace and off to school without a second thought. 

The problem here in the fabulous Bluegrass State is that we do not see much wintery precipitation, so at the slightest sign of snow everyone forgets how to drive and a multitude of accidents occur.  So we get a snow day…

Today Monk went to work with me, as he did yesterday.  I am a server/bartender.  The people I work for are great and don’t mind that he tags along, for I have raised him well and have threatened him with the loss of video games if he chooses to misbehave. 

Monk decided yesterday and continued on today that he wanted to understand EVERY aspect of my job.  Therefore doing everything possible to be up in my business.  Just imagine having a mini-me version of yourself running in step with you all day long.  I love his curiosity but for the love of God and all things big and small i need to do my menial tasks in peace. 

Needless to say Monk had a busy day.  By the end of it he learned how to make the perfect milk-shake, washed a few dishes, made friends with my fabulous and patient regulars, met and shook hands with our states Lt. Governor, met a man that does commercials for a local car dealership, learned to figure the square root of a number and tried on new uniform shirts we will soon be wearing…can someone say nap time. 

I can only pray that by Monday all will be better here in the Bluegrass State and it’s children will all be back in school.

Excuses

Today I seem to being finding every excuse in the world not to continue revisions on THE CISTINE MEDALLION: THE GREAT PROPHECY.  My latest is that I am cold.  Yes I am cold but if I really wished to attack my problem head on I would.  I’m scared I guess, I do not know how to move forward. 

I lovely Twitter pal @EricaWrites took time over the holiday season to critique the first twelve chapters of my WIP for me.  It was a great critique, she did not hold back.  She allowed me to see the things that I NEED TO ADDRESS AND FIX.  Today I am having difficulty with “showing not telling” in certain areas.  Unfortunately the most of my “telling” mishaps occur in Chapter One. AGH!!!!

I realize it is not for lack of wanting to improve myself, it’s just that it is hard to see where your “baby’s” flaws are.  It is hard to see what you have done wrong to raise your “baby”.  Tough love is what it comes down to.  I just need to hunker down and help myself get rid of old bad habits and learn a few new tricks. 

The great thing about @EricaWrites’ critique is she showed me when I did “show” well.  So I know I have it in me to do this.  Maybe I just need to learn from myself…

Off to write now…happy writing to all!

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