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Friday, May 31, 2013

Because it's been a while....

Because it's been a while and I'm dying to post another little selection of writing for you all:

“Clear!” someone shouted.

My body jumped as electricity jolted through me. I floated toward the ceiling as the electricity jolted through me a second time. Then the searing pain started. It started in my brain and worked its way slowly down my spine and out to my arms and legs, all the way down to my fingers and toes. I was paralyzed. I couldn’t move. Or scream. All I felt was pain.
“Anything?” Someone asked.

Jolt! The burning pain intensified.
“Check the monitors!” a man yelled. “Any activity at all?”

“None, Doctor,” an unfamiliar voice said near my head.
Jolt! The pain was unbearable.
“Anything yet?”

“Nothing yet, sir.”

“Then we try again,” the man said, clearly determined.
“Sir? There’s no activity. It’s no use, she’s gone.”

“I don’t care! Clear!”
Another jolt of electricity rushed through my body. Excruciating pain followed. And then I felt the slamming against my chest, so hard that I couldn’t tell whether it was my own heart trying to explode, or someone trying desperately to get it to start again. Machines began beeping steadily somewhere in the background and someone sighed loudly out of relief and exhaustion. The floating feeling disappeared as the pain encompassed me. I drifted on past the edge of consciousness and into complete darkness.

Friday, May 17, 2013


Editing is the hardest part for me. Taking what I've written and changing it so it sounds better and makes more sense? Why would I want to do that?! ;)

But I've been learning a TON lately. Like, did you know in America we drop the double l in "canceled"? Or that we spell gauge "gage"? Yeah, I didn't either. Stupid American English. Being all different from the rest of the world. haha

But, the good news is that this past week I have edited just over 1/3 of The Sector. I'm hoping to reach halfway by tomorrow (keep your fingers crossed for me, will you?).

It's taken me a little longer than I expected because in the middle of all of this editing craziness I decided to get SCUBA certified. Yep, breathing underwater is my new thing. Who knows? Maybe it will make an appearance in a future book? That could potentially be cool.

Anyway, I'll post when I get closer to finishing. Hopefully it will be soon!!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Because I'm ADD

I know I have about fifty other projects I should be working on, especially The Sector, which is currently in the editing stages. Tonight I should be editing chapter 4. Of 32. I've been doing one chapter a night. It's pretty intense and can take anywhere from 4 to 8 hours. Yikes! This is going to take forever! Hopefully I can get some extra chapters done on the weekends so this book can come out SOON! Well, soon-ish. I still have to get a cover. *sigh*

*HINT HINT* Fabulous little brother of mine who is my cover artist, if you are reading this: PLEASE HURRY! I need my cover! hahahaha :)

Anyway, like I was saying: I have about 50 projects floating around in my brain fighting for space. So, naturally, another project decided to rear its little head and implant an idea that I just can't shake. I've been thinking about it for almost a week and I can't let it go. In fact, I'm half tempted to leave my other projects in favor of this one, but there's a certain person who shall remain nameless (Kim) that would absolutely kill me if I didn't finish the Sector series first.

So because I can't let it go and I am dying from not having anything from the Sector to share, here is a snippet from my newest project:

I sank to the floor, sliding my back down along the wall. I was tired, and the guilty feeling in my gut weighed heavily on me.

"You okay?" he asked, walking up to me.

I shook my head. I tried to hide my feelings, but he had a sixth sense when it came to me. he slid down the wall until he was sitting beside me on the floor.

"What's wrong?"

I shook my head again and reached out for his hand, taking it in mine and resting them on the floor between us.

"Nothing. Don't worry about it," I lied. "Where've you been staying?"

"They let me back into the house," he smiled.


I tried to be happy for him, and I smiled, but it wasn't genuine.

"What's wrong?"


Again with the lies. I was on a roll. The knot in my stomach tightened.

"Come on, you can tell me."

"I just really missed you is all."

I told a half-truth. It was better than the full truth at least.

He didn't say anything at first, just sat there in silence. I sighed and leaned my head on his shoulder.

"I missed you too," he whispered in my ear as he rested his cheek on the top of my head. "So much it hurt."

He spun the diamond ring on my finger around and around. I looked down at it and prayed the guilt I felt didn't show on my face.

And then Josh walked over to us. I wanted to crawl under a rock and hide. I wanted to be teleported out of there. I didn't want to confront him. Not there, not now. Not ever.

So, there you have it! Hope you enjoyed! Feel free to leave a comment with your guess as to what happens! (I know some of you are going to tell me I'm evil for leaving you hanging, but guess what? I like being evil. bwahahahahaha!) ;)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Finally editing again!!

I've been so busy with my day job and Camp Nano this past month that I haven't had any time to edit The Sector. But, now that May is here, I am bound and determined to finish editing it and get my cover made/ordered!

Guys, I'm seriously so excited about this. So, because I can't wait, and editing makes me want to share it with you all - and, let's be honest, I'm a little hopped up on allergy meds right now - here is a little snippet for your reading pleasure:

“I’m not afraid of your father.”
“How do you know?” I taunted, feeling much younger than I was. “You don’t even know who my father is. Why don’t you guess?”

"No need,” he said haughtily as he repacked the basket. “He’s clearly someone who works in the labs, or else you wouldn’t be here.”
And at that moment I swear I heard him mutter under his breath, “Which would certainly make my life easier.” I caught myself mid-giggle and made an unattractive choking noise instead. I felt my ears burn as he looked up at me.  --The Sector, out later this year!!

Oh, and for those of you who were wondering, I WON Camp Nano! :)