Thursday, April 25, 2013

New Orleans is my Muse

Just in case you want to know more about me. I'm big on New Orleans, La. I was born, raised there, until nineteen ninety four, when I moved to Mississippi to start over. But, New Orleans is my home, I love it there and miss it everyday.
      For me, there's no place in the world which can compare. The French Quarters, Magazine street It's has it's own world. It's not just the places, but its the people, the food, the atmosphere. When I find myself stuck and can't write. I drive down and walk the streets of the French Quarter. Drive on Magazine watch the joggers running with their dogs, and people moving about listening to music with their headphones. Loyola college people from different states live there, and you see them all over. The street car is fabulous. It can take you all over and even to Jackson Brewery.
      When you watch the movies, which makes us New Orleans people laugh, you always see Mardi Gras scenes. You would think we're always doing Mardi Gras. NOT people it's once a year. And we don't talk like the movie people portray us. The accent they use... sounds mostly like Thibodaux, La area.
      And the gumbo is my favorite. Yummmm... So here are a few pictures.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Jambalaya Writer's Conference in Houma, LA

This weekend I spent it at the Jambalaya Writer's Conference in Houma, La with my hubby. It was a great turnout with great authors such as Heather Graham, Jennifer Blake/Patricia Maxwell, Hank Phillippi Ryan and many more. Molly Bolden a Librarian was there giving the conference it's spice, and tell all input. The book signing had some terrific authors whom there were too many to mention or this would just end up a list.  St Martin Press had two great editors Monique Patterson, Rose Hillard. With Rachel Ekstrom agent who gave us great advice, a few laughs. I walked away feeling energized and ready to write. Here are a few pictures.

Key note Speaker Tim O'Brien

Heather Graham, Molly Bolden an me, Paula Hardin

Molly Bolden, an me, Paula Hardin

Paula Hardin, visiting with Heather Graham

My soulmate, my husband  together waiting on Heather Graham's lecture.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Today's Ramblings..

I'm so excited to be heading out tomorrow. (Friday) for Houma, LA to spend my Saturday at the Jambalaya Writer's Conference. I'll be in workshops, and getting pumped up on writing. I love meeting authors, and editors, and to find out what genre is hot, and what's being asked for by publishers.

I'm working on edits on my steampunk story, I can't wait to get it out there. It'll be a short story, but a series of shorts. I can't just do steampunk it'll have
something extra. Since writing paranormal I find it kind of hard to write just plain jane. Not that plain jane is bad, I read everything. I just find it hard to write it. I am trying to broaden my genres and not be stuck into only one. I think that is important for a writer to do this.

I have my second vampire story in edits too, I can't wait, I'm building my world slowly, by intertwining my characters with each other. I love the whole idea about bringing my characters together in different books, with cities, and danger, and love, keeping updates on the past characters while the new take over the now.

What do you think about Microsoft buying out Barnes and Nobles, that's just crazy to me.  I haven't sold a book in Pubit in the past three months, as before I sold more through them then Amazon. Now it's flipped, and I get nothing.  I went to check my stats today, and come to find out, Pubit will be shutting down and Nook Press will be taking over, and I had to move my stuff over. What does this mean? I'm hoping more sales.

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