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Ataxia cover

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Author Tuesdays: My Writing Process Blog Tour

This blog tour stop brought to you by the lovely Takako Wright at She is an avid writer of multiple forms and multiple formats. Thanks for this opportunity to join your tour! And here I go answering the following questions:

  1. What Am I Working On?


My list of goals and deadlines is always growing. I’m working on promoting my novel Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams (which happens to be free for Kindle today!) by getting reviews and telling people how wonderful it is. I’m editing a different young adult manuscript, At One’s Beast. I’m also attempting to write a trilogy, starting with Camp National Novel Writing Month Project with a 25,000 word goal that is not going very well at all. I’m having plot complication difficulties and am only a couple thousand words in. I did write a connected short story that was my very first attempt as an accomplished writer at a short piece.


  1. How Does My Work Differ From Others of Its Genre?


Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams is unique in that it is in first person (I like to do this. I thought that. I said those things. Etc.) and employs my own writing style. The story features a bizarre training landscape for the characters that is a mix of dodgeball, capture the flag, and laser tag that you won’t want to miss!


  1. Why Do I Write What I Do?

I have always liked to write and only recently have developed enough skills and knowledge to write good stuff that others would care to read (like you dear reader). I write young adult in particular because that is my favorite genre. I love dystopian fiction and have incorporated elements of a dystopian world into Ataxia. I write for myself, essentially, and since there are so many readers similar to myself I know that many others can enjoy my writing much as I have.


  1. How Does My Writing Process Work?


I have a lengthy list of novel/short story/etc possibilities in google drive that I have been developing over several years and when I am unusually inspired I grab one of those ideas and run with it. Ataxia was born from a dream I had one night about the training landscape and the story followed from there in a very natural way for me. The characters begged me to write sarcasm for them. I write what I see and I saw so many cool things I just had to write them all down. Of course, during the editing process I cut some of the unnecessary parts to make the story a more cohesive whole.


As I write I edit so that my first draft is essentially a fourth or fifth draft and quite nice. After finishing I like to let the story sit so that I won’t immediately recognize every individual sentence. Then I dive into editing, going through several rounds of painstaking readings. I enjoy marking up a physical book during this process and Createspace lets you order proof copies quite easily for this purpose. During this time I will finish the cover and formatting as well so that during proof review I can make sure both the cover and interior formatting are perfect.


If possible I’ll have some beta readers jump in to help and point out anything I might have missed and then copy edit. I copy edit multiple times so that I won’t miss anything ridiculous and voile: finished work of art (aka manuscript has turned into novel).

Miscellaneous Mondays: Free Download on Kindle – Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams

Ataxia cover


My debut novel, Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams is free to download on Kindle today and tomorrow:


As the U.S. government prepares to take over the world, MC infiltrates one of their elite academies that trains future leaders. MC must rise to the top in the Cube training grounds in order to be placed high up within the government so she can stop them in their takeover.

It is not until her fourth and final year at the academy that her top-student status is threatened by the sudden arrival of Li, the new transfer student. MC is completely focused on her self-created mission until she gets sidetracked by Li, who might be bad news in more ways than which she bargained.


NaNo November: Author Do List


Of Ducks and Writing

My to do list as an author

1. Develop my web presence (get known before the book deal)

1. Web presence/platform – blog, facebook, website (update blog 3x/week and read others’ blogs and comment)
2. Send my children’s picture book off to publishers
3. Beauty and the Beast – edit this young adult manuscript per beta readers comments and create a professional cover
4. Ataxia – redesign cover and make internal edits, market, market, market
5. Get involved (Goodreads, Smashwords, Facebook groups) – connect with both the audience and other writers through communities
6. Finish the Day the Computer Stood Still Manuscript First Draft.
7. Write write write

What is on your to do list as an author?

NaNo November: What Might Your Book Cost?

Of Ducks and Writing


Word count: 22,000

How’s that Nano novel coming along? Here is a fun resource to calculate the cost of your book should you decide to self-publish. It also gets you thinking about the marketing/selling part of writing a novel. Will you decide to use Lulu or Createspace or another publishing conglomerate? What size book do you want? And so on….

calculate book publishing costs from Lulu:

Toiling Tuesdays: More Education?

Online Classes Go!
I’ve decided I want to further my education in any way possible. I’ve been reading books about writing and the publishing industry and working on my platform as an author. I recently took a bartending class and got my mixology certificate. 
I found some hot deals on Groupon for some intriguing classes such as the Web Development Class, Accounting and Bookkeeping Class,  and Online Business Management and Marketing Class. If you are looking for smoking discounts on online courses then Groupon is a good place for you to start. I can’t wait to try some of these and learn something(s) new!
In the meantime, though, my ultimate furthering education goal is to take electrical engineering classes. 

Fundamental courses that are required of all non-EE degree holders are:
  • EE 215 “Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering”
  • EE 233 “Circuit Theory”
  • EE 235 “Continuous Time Linear Systems”
  • EE 271 “Digital Circuits and Systems”
  • Programming skills at the level of CSE 142 “Computer Programming I” and CSE 143 “Computer Programming II”

    Any engineers out there have recommendations?