Writerly Update: Some Days Are Like This

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Some days are like this.

I went to get an egg out of the carton and it broke, in the carton, because it was stuck to it. Okay, I’ll just pour it right out of there, but it wouldn’t come out. Okay, I’ll go get a new egg. Went to the fridge, picked up the carton and opened it – egg promptly drops on the floor. Right. Okay. Clean that up and off to work.

No problem. Day will get better from here. Had a lovely drive in listening to Neil Gaiman read Stardust. Get to work and try to pick up bag with sweater lying across it to take inside, only to find that the corner of the sweater was caught in the car door and is now saturated with mud and rain. Right. Okay. Clean that up and head to my desk.

Sinuses are swollen, making my head feel lopsided and my ears itchy and congested.

And my sister gave my child a stitch your own lama pillow for Christmas. Awesome, totally cute, will enjoy doing this with her. However, she has only sewn one other thing and insists on doing it right now while she’s at work with me, because she can do it herself! But the thread is horrible and splits constantly and she drops the needle every three minutes, so I am going insane trying to thread the needle for her, every three minutes.

I feel like I’m in a Bridget Jones novel. Send help.

I did turn in my short story so I’m on to advertising the paranormal romance, Earthbound, coming out in January. (Still on pre-order for 99 cents until release on January 15th through all ebook outlets.) http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Johnson_Melora/earthbound.htm

Plus, writing the new one, and then submitting the short stories that came back, rejected, in December.

Wishing for patience, peace, and decongestants for all in the New Year. Maybe some soup too. Or a wine glass full of Nyquil?

The Friday Poem: Looking Backward and Forward

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Writer’s Update:

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I feel like I got an early Christmas present. I wrote a little poem about missing people at this time of year and it seemed to touch a note with people. There are now 400 Likes for my page on Facebook. Yay!

I’ve been busy the last few days – writing poetry, editing a flash fiction and a short story, and working on setting up marketing for my forthcoming paranormal romance, Earthbound.

At the same time, it is the Christmas season and I’ve also been shopping and baking, and spending time with family.
 
I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas Eve and a day of rest!

 

 

The Friday Poem: Voices in the Snow

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Writing Updates: Christmas! Argh!

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Writing Updates

Poetry continues every week, just like breathing. I’m thinking about a small advertisement here on Facebook for those last minute shoppers who might buy books for their friends and relatives. A poetry book with such a beautiful cover is just what you need! 🙂

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1719587760/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1

I’ve learned that advertising a book is a mind-boggling undertaking. I find posts by other writers that say, “Just do A, B, and C! It’s easy!” Except that I feel like I’m doing Algebra instead of simple addition.

I’m just finishing up editing a short story set during the recon of Iwo Jima that I’ve been working on for a while. I did a LOT of research for it, but I wanted to get the details right even though it’s fiction. (I’ve learned that historical fiction is one of the most difficult things to write, in my opinion.) My writer’s group has been extremely encouraging about it and helpful with suggestions for edits. I’m almost there!

Meanwhile, Christmas shopping and baking goes on with me substituting ingredients and leaving out sugar here and there then swearing silently about it. I’m also at work most of the day so . . . “Firebound” has been on the back burner, just bubbling a little in my mind. I make tiny notes and imagine little bits of scenes, thinking how this or that fits in.

And I just listened to a wonderful book that I can highly recommend, “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. It was lovely and sad and uplifting with a STRONG vein of humor running through it. It’s a
Swedish film and we’re going to watch the movie tonight. (I’ve seen suggestions that Tom Hanks will be producing an American version of the film. I can understand why.)

I hope everyone is ready for Christmas!

The Friday Poem: The Moon Led The Way

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My First Interview as an Author

Wow! My first interview as an author just went up. Check it out! (I think I said too much.)

https://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2019/12/12/here-is-my-interview-with-melora-johnson/

 

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Novel Update: Earthbound’s Beginnings

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I was trying to think back to when I first started writing “Earthbound” and what inspired it.The only thing I could remember was a single image of a blond man in khaki shorts jumping from one boulder to another then dropping down in front of the heroine. (To be honest, I think it was at least partially inspired by Steve Irwin.) That image didn’t even end up staying in the book.

But was that the only thing that kick started my imagination to write an entire book? Surely not. And when exactly did I start it? I realized I probably started it during a NaNoWriMo month so I went to the projects in my handy dandy NaNo dashboard.

Yes, my Camp NaNoWriMo project for 2014 is titled “Something About Demons.” I only made it 30 words in, but by the time I came back to it in November, it was called, “Among the Angels.”

I still can’t tell you exactly what inspired the novel in the beginning, but I’ll share some of the inspirations behind various aspects of the book in the weeks to come.

“Earthbound” definitely involves some angels, and some fallen angels. It’s still on pre-order for 99 cents for all ebook platforms.

http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Johnson_Melora/earthbound.htm

The Friday Poem: Silhouette

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First Review of Earthbound, a Paranormal Romance

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I received my first review on Goodreads for “Earthbound” in response to an Advanced Reader Copy. I’m so excited!

“Melora Johnson’s writing is thoroughly engrossing. With a delicious variety of characters, all of whom we get to know well, this is a story that takes you on a fun ride. There are wonderful passages which set the scene so clearly, I felt that I was sitting in the room with the characters! This is a romance, and a thriller, and a fantasy. My only complaint is that the epilogue came too quickly. More! More!”

“Earthbound” is on pre-order sale now for just 99 cents until it is released on January 15, 2020. The link to most e-book platforms can be found on the Tirgearr Publishing book page at http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/…/Johnson_…/earthbound.htm