Can I Sleep Yet?

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I don’t think I’ve slept for a month. I’m so stinkin’ tired. I’ve been working my ass off getting my coaching business off the ground; which, by the way, I’ve been working with an amazing business coach, Kimberly Maska. I’ve been working with her for almost a month and am ready to actually start getting clients! In a month! Wild, eh? Working full-time plus getting the coaching business going equals NO SLEEP. As of the time of me posting this, it’s almost 3:30 a.m. Yeah…no sleep…god I’m tired.

I now have my coaching website up! Check it out! You might think, “Wait, what? She can do that?” I also have my Facebook page up along with my ad, so who knows? I also just submitted my ad tonight, so you might see it running soon. If you do, let me know!

Since I’ve been just a teensy weensy bit neglectful of you guys, I’m holding a contest for a signed book. But, here’s the catch…there’s always a catch, right? The catch is you have to read the sample from your favorite digital store (I think all of them have a free sample), and tell me what you liked about the sample and why you’d want to read the rest of the book. Email me your answers to tonya.kerrigan@gmail.com. This contest is open in the US only until April 30th.

I’m going to catch up on a few Zzz’s while I can, and then be up and at it tomorrow, trying to get this business set up. So, you may not hear from me for another month. Just sayin’.

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My brain has finally rested…

Now that I’ve been home for a few days from the Chicago North RWA Writer’s Conference, I’ve had time to rest, recoup, and am ready to share tidbits of information that I learned. Obviously, I can’t post about everything I learned–it was overwhelming. If I can even remember part of what I learned, I’ll be doing great. So, each day I’ll post some of what I came away with.

First off, the story.  What should you write about? Do you write what the current trend is? Do you write what Successful Author has written because you want to be successful too? The answer to that is a resounding…NO. You write the story that YOU want to write, what comes from your heart. Don’t write what Successful Author has written simply because she is successful. Successful Author is successful because she wrote from the heart.

Trends? Again, no. Don’t write for a genre simply because it’s what is trending now. It might not be by the time you get done. If that’s your only reason for writing in a specific genre, then you’re book probably won’t be that good. Again, write from the heart. Make it YOUR story.

On the flipside, what if what you’re writing isn’t what’s selling right now? Write it anyways! At some point, it’s going to be selling again. And, if it’s an amazing story, it’ll get picked up. Even though vampires are starting to dry out (hehe), if you’ve got an amazing vampire story, write it! If you have an old manuscript you quit because it’s not what’s selling right now but yet you were in love with it, dust it off and finish it.

That’s my tidbit for tonight. Tomorrow…I’ll start on craft.

Chicago Spring Fling Writer’s Conference

This year I’m attending the writer’s conference in Chicago. In just two more days I’ll be taking off and staying until Sunday. I can’t wait to go and learn all sorts of new things! I have my business cards made up, my book is finished, and I’m ready and raring to go. I’ll take lots of notes and let you know the great ideas I come back with.

Thing 1 and a friend of his are coming as well, only because Thing 1 thinks that if I’m going to Chicago, then he should be able to go too. I told him he had to find a friend to come along because I’m not letting him walk around Chicago by himself. I think I’ll also take his pictures around the city for senior pics.

Thank You, Thank You For The Kreativ Blogger Award

Imagine my surprise when I found I’ve been nominated for the Kreative Blogger Award by Virginia. Thank you, Virigina! Visit her site here. I enjoy reading her posts about her thoughts on writing and traveling.

Now, the rules of receiving the award: (Ah, yes…there are always rules)

Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide the link…

Thanks again, Virginia! One of these days I will make it to Paris!

List 7 things about myself that my readers would find interesting…

1. I look very young for my age. I have been mistaken many times for being under 21. More often than not people think I’m my kids’ sister…though I’m 38 and have 3 kids ages 18, 12, and 10.

2. I have been asked if I’m a vampire…(to that I say…wouldn’t that be interesting if I was?)

3. I like to write about sex.

4. I met Shawn Kemp at work…seeing as how I worked at the license branch and he had to renew.

5. I kill plants. No matter what, I just can’t seem to keep them alive.

6. I’m allergic to bananas. (I know, weird, huh?)

7. I want to learn how to pole dance.  

Nominate 7 bloggers, let them know they’ve been nominated, and provide their links…

Malou

Jordanna East

knowthesphere

400 Days Til 40

Weaving Reality

Dalton Chad Everett

the wuc

So, check out the blogs of those I nominated!

Progress

Well, I am slowly making progress in my rewrites.  I wrote my first fight scene of the book.  I try to choreograph it in my mind, but since I don’t have any actual fight experience, it’s kinda hard.  I’ve read books with fight scenes and  I’ve watched lots of shows with different types of fighting so I’m pulling from that. 

I want my character, Tora, to be a badass fighter but at the same time I’m trying to keep it real, not like The Matrix.  My first scene was real matrixy and I ended up scrapping most of it. I’ve got the beginning and end and a bit of the middle, but it needs more oomph, though not too much since this is only the first fight and Tora doesn’t yet know she’s special, so she’s still fighting like a human.

I like the direction I’m going in, and I have to say, the ending will be a true shocker–not the ending of this book, but the series end.  How can I know how my series will end when I’m just beginning my first book?  I don’t know.  I don’t know how everything will end since I’m just kind of going with the flow, but I have some ideas on how to end parts of it.  I’m still not sure who Tora’s going to end up with.  At first I tried to plan it, but as I write I’m discovering that’s not really something I can plan.  I’m more of the fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of writer rather than one who outlines every detail from beginning to the very end.   I’ll plan each book as I write, but I can’t plan that far ahead.  My characters seem to come to life and I just go with what they want to do.  It makes for a very interesting read that way, and they end up doing things totally unexpected that I hadn’t planned.