• Making Something Where I Am

    I’ve been thinking hard about writing and why I keep doing it. Or in the case of the past two months, not doing it.

    Writing is hard. It’s also fun when things go right. It’s even more fun when books sell and that hard work literally pays off.

    I started writing in July of 2011 and was largely inspired to do so when that guy in the video down below (and my co-worker at the time) Jeff Houghton made a crazy, mad dash to L.A. to try his luck at acting for a year. I thought, if he can do THAT to follow his dream, surely I can go upstairs, make a writing cave and follow mine.

    (You can read all about it here: https://lisa-medley.com/reposting-from-august-2011-the-beginning-of-the-reaper-series/  ) 

    We both did that. Followed a dream.

    Jeff has been back in our small Missouri metropolis following his dream for five years now. I’ve been writing for six.

    He recently made this inspirational video about being creative and following your dreams…wherever you are.

     

    What’s your passion?

    Maybe you can make something where you are.

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  • Writing Update: Survey says! Words! Scrivener! Thor! #amwriting #urbanfantasy

    Scrivener!

     

    Not much writing was accomplished this week. School started back for my daughter and all the things conspired against me. Then I got a mad whim to finally learn how to use Scrivener. I bought the program two years ago and promptly let it get covered in digital mothballs on my hard drive. I think I opened it once, decided meh, and moved on.

    I’ve written seven books in Word and my latest work-in-progress has been primarily written on my iPad in Pages. It seems to convert effortlessly to Word docx documents so all good.

    Then the writing got slow. Really slow. Like writing through quicksand slow. Every tiny word gain was like pulling teeth. Way too slow and way too painful.

     

    via GIPHY

    Part of that was my pantsing writing style. I had a plan…okay let’s get honest…half a plan when I started but then–THEN–it all petered out. Erm, I’m pretty sure my readers aren’t going to accept a 35K book four.

    In Word, your writing document is one long scroll. It’s hard, super hard, trying to sort through it and move scenes if you find you need to. And that was exactly where I was. I couldn’t remember where scenes had happened or remember which POVs I’d used. The whole thing was feeling jumbled, thin and painful.

    When I saw Joanna Penn was hosting a free Live Scrivener Masters Class webinar, I decided to jump on board. The next challenge, however, was my ridiculously slow internet connection. Folks. if you ever wondered where the end of the internet is it is my house. I had to pack up my iPad and head to McDonald’s in Metropolis.

    The problem was their internet was only slightly better. The audio was tinny and broken, and I was beginning to think the Verse just didn’t want this book to happen for me. Well, SCREW THE VERSE. This book was happening, dang it! I toughed it out and picked up enough tips to at least know the language of the program and what questions to google when I got stuck.

    I went home and imported my WIP into Scrivener and went to town. Not literal town because I’d just gotten home from Metropolis after all. I stayed up way too late breaking my 115 pages into chapters and scenes, assigning POV labels and learning how to use all of the fun tools. I had some super long chapters and one ridiculously short one so I did some shuffling, wrote some adorably helpful cork board synopses and like magic, I was ready to add some words!

    Words!

    I finally got up to the writing cave last night around 10:30 p.m. and by 2 a.m. I’d added nearly 3,000 words and broken past 40k. I even have a bit of a plan for the rest of the story, and I high hopes for the coming week. Those hopes are lower for my sleep hours. Lots going on this week.

    Last night, I finally got up to the writing cave last night around 10:30 p.m., turned off all of my distractions (I’m looking at you internet), and by 2 a.m. I’d added nearly 3,000 words and broken past 40k. I even have a bit of a plan for the rest of the story, and I have high hopes for the coming week. Those hopes are lower for my sleep hours. Lots going on this week.

    Survey!

    Last week, I sent out a newsletter update to my mailing list along with a survey to see if readers thought Ruth’s baby would be a BOY or a GIRL. If you’ve read the series, you know which was Ruth was leaning. The results are in and survey says:

    You’ll have to read Reap & Reckon on January 6 to see which it is 😀

    Thor!

    Also, a little piece of life advice for you…Never pass up a photo op with Thor.

    Finally, I have one more surprise coming up in a week or so. Stay tuned and Reap on!


  • Reap & Reckon progress: new words and a reaper birth announcement! #darkfantasy #urbanfantasy #paranormal


    Poor Ruth. I know, I know. She’s been pregnant FOREVER! Well, today was the day! I finally wrote the birth scene. I’m not going to lie, things were dicey, and I still don’t know for sure what’s going to happen. To any of them. BUT, suffice it to say, Ruth is no longer pregnant and all Hell is about to break loose in Meridian.

    Again.

    Sorry, but you’ll have to read Reap & Reckon to find out if Ruth & Deacon’s new bundle of joy is a BOY or a GIRL.

    I’m not going to lie, things were dicey, and I still don’t know for sure what’s going to happen. To any of them. BUT, suffice it to say, Ruth is no longer pregnant and all Hell is about to break loose in Meridian.

    Again.

    I made some good progress this week, adding nearly 5K words. I lowered my projected word count a bit to 65K (you may notice on the progress counter at the upper left of the page). I’m just past the halfway point.

    In the meantime, you can always reread the series, and if you haven’t started yet…

     

    WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

     

    Start reading Reap & Repent (book one) now for FREE  

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    Also, ahem,I do have FOUR other books if you are so inclined.

    Find them all on ready for instant download my Amazon Page.


  • Haunt My Heart gets a makeover. #coverreveal #PNR #ghost #romance

    This little project has been on the back burner for a while now and last week, it finally happened. Haunt My Heart got a makeover thanks to Jaycee at Sweet ‘N Spicy Designs. 

    It’s the same great story but with an updated look.

    It’s available now in ebook and print.

    If you’ve already read and reviewed Haunt My Heart, THANK YOU! I’d appreciate it very much if you could share this post with your reading friends as well 😀

    If you haven’t read Haunt yet, what are you waiting for? Did you know Haunt has 44 reviews and 4.7 of 5 STARS? Get it now on Amazon.

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    A Civil War soldier dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

    Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF, and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor, she brings home more than a souvenir

    Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex—a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

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    Let me know what you think of the new cover 😀

     


  • July Writing Stats and Reckon Progress #amwriting #urbanfantasy

    The good news is I made words in July and progress on Reap & Reckon. The bad news is it wasn’t nearly as much as I had hoped.

    I signed up for Camp NANOWRIMO with a goal of 30k. I fell far short of that but did make 6,200K new words forward on Reckon. That little jaunt has me at approximately 40% of my end goal (32,137). I never really know how long a story will be, but I’m aiming for around 70-80K.

    There’s a lot going on in Reckon and many loose ends to tidy up.

    I squeezed in little writing sprints where I could and on the days I was able to write I was very productive.

    Today begins a new month and a new opportunity to advance the story. I keep wanting to share a bit of the first chapter but there is a MAJOR spoiler on the very first page! What do you think? Can you handle it? Do you want it?

    Make your case in the comments, and I’ll carefully consider your request for a first chapter reveal.

    Be careful what you wish for…

    Meanwhile, if this is your first visit to my site or you’ve been holding out for some bizarre reason, you can start the series for free today!

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    Reap & Repent blurb:

    They see death. Can they share a life?

    Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

    Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

    A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.


  • Me and Dean Winchester: Going Gold at the #Supernatural Convention Chicago #SPNCHI

    Two weeks ago, I attended my first and only Supernatural Convention in Chicago. It was four days of supernatural nerdgasm. Since this was my one and only Supernatural Con, I got to go full tilt and had the Gold Package, front row.

    I’m not going to lie. It was ridiculously expensive.

    Sheriff Jody and Sheriff Donna who will have a new series spinoff soon called Wayward Sisters

     

    The package came with nine actor autograph opportunities. Honestly, I’ve never really had much interest in seeking autographs. They just don’t mean that much to me, but I did get caught up in the fever and managed to collect them ALL. It was a challenge. I won.

     

    I also paid for two photo ops with Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester). I really only meant to buy one, but a fortuitous double click caused me to have two. I could have sold one at the con. I didn’t. I decided to use it for a Reap & Repent promo. Considering Jensen’s voice was in my head the entire time I was writing my reaper hero, Deacon Walker, it only seemed right.

       

     

     

     

     

    Creation also has cons for The Vampire Diaries, Once Upon a Time, Star Trek and more. Whatever your jam is…there’s a con for that. It’s fun being with a bunch of people who nerd out over the same things you do.

      

    I was nervous about those photo ops the entire weekend. The ops weren’t until the last day of the con. Thank God they were early in the day. The wait was excruciating. I wasn’t nervous about meeting Jensen. I was more nervous about the photos being crappy. Mostly about the way I LOOKED being crappy. I knew Jensen would turn out great, because SERIOUSLY. Have you seen that man?

    They herded the crowd through crazy fast. Each op took a total of 10 seconds each. But by God, they happened. And the pics turned out fantastic. I couldn’t have asked for better.

    Overall it was a very fun experience. Lots of Supernatural fans attend con after con and make lasting friendships along the way. It’s a tribe. A family. The SPN FAMILY they call themselves. I made a few new friends there as well, and I’m happy to count them among my people. I took most of these pics from my seat.

    I’m working to get all of my autographed pics framed and on the Supernatural Shrine wall in my writing cave. So far so good.

     

     

     

     

     

    Next, I have my eyes set on Wizard World in St. Louis and eventually Dragon Con in Atlanta.

    So many cons. So little money.

    If you’d like to read the book I wrote that was inspired by the reapers of Supernatural and imagine Dean’s voice as you do so…you can start the series free here:

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  • #CampNaNoWriMo to the rescue

    I started writing. Again.

    Nothing makes a writer happier than three thousand new words on a long overdue project. I got a late start on #CampNaNoWriMo but better late than never. Starting back on a stagnant project is hard. Motivation is hard. Every word feels like a trudge through quicksand, but then… But THEN, somehow when you read back later, like a few weeks and many chapters later, those words get acquainted in the bits and bytes of your iPad or laptop and suddenly seem… much better.

    This is almost universally the case for all of the books I’ve written. I expect nothing less this time.

    So even when it’s hard (and it almost always is), forward progress is the key.

    Why can’t I remember that?

    In a few short days (EIGHT!), I’ll be getting on an Amtrack train and riding to my own personal nerd Mecca. Also known as the Supernatural Convention in Chicago for four days of geeky, Supernatural immersion. You know, of course, that show started this entire writing endeavor. I loved everything about it. The grown up, Scooby Doo vibe, the cute brothers, the overarching story of good vs evil.

    It was the reapers in the series that sparked my interest and led me down this path.

    The road so far has been rocky but good.

    I’ve even written a few pages of a screenplay this month; the last scene of the Supernatural series finale, which will likely never be seen by Eric Kripke, but you can’t blame a girl for trying. I promise it is a FAN-PLEASING conclusion and could be added to the end of their final battle. You know…like ten years from now.

    I’m already plotting ways to slip those pages into Jensen Ackles’ back pocket when I pose with him for a picture next weekend.

    That would likely get me kicked out of the con and onto some sort of restraining order.

    Still might be worth it.

    I’ll give you a full recap after the con.

    Unless you see me on CNN before that.

    via GIPHY

     


  • BREEDER is live! Don’t miss this must-read from Cara Bristol #scifirom #DarkRomance

    She was only meant to be the Alpha Commander’s slave…but she became his everything.

    High Commander Dak, a ruling Alpha of planet Parseon, purchases Omra strictly as a breeder slave. He intends to impregnate her, produce a son, and hand her off to his anointed beta partner, Corren. Any infractions of the rules by her will be harshly punished.

    But as Dak and Omra discover a sexual bliss banned by law, Dak begins to question the traditions and ways of his people, causing him to jeopardize his command and endanger the life of the woman he has come to love.

    Dak has enemies, men who will not hesitate to exploit his fondness for Omra, and use it to portray him as unfit to rule as Alpha. Can he expose the rampant cruelty and corruption in Parseon culture… or will the protocol he’s spent his life defending, be the weapon used to destroy them and their love?

    Don’t miss this suspenseful, dark science fiction romance.

    Get your copy of Breeder today.

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    Read an excerpt from Breeder: http://carabristol.com/breeder-a-dark-sci-fi-romance/

    MY REVIEW

    FIVE STARS for this Sexy and Dark Sci-Fi Romance!

     

    Who knew erotica and sci-fi go together like peanut butter and jelly?

    Breeder was an amazing read. I’ve read every book by Cara Bristol, and they just get better and better.  I was drawn in immediately. Omra’s dire situation at the opening of the book had me enthralled and fearing for her life. I loved the growth of Dak and Omra separately and as a couple and the tension was so tight at one point I almost skipped to the end to make sure they were going to be okay. (Yeah, I do that sometimes.) I can’t take the suspense!

    As I watched the progress bar near 100% on my Kindle, I actually found myself reading slower so I could draw it out. I didn’t want to leave Parseon or Dak and Omra.

    The writing was impeccable and the sex was smokin’ hot. So many neat touches (no pun intended) like the sudon (you’ll have to read to find out) and Omra’s Telenium lock-ring. The world-building details were equally as impressive, and I enjoyed her turn-of-phrase for ordinary things. It was fun translating those details to our Earthly world.

    Overall an excellent read, and I can’t wait for more.

     


  • I’ve been #covfefe for a while now. Time to get back to the grind.

     

    Not gonna lie. I’ve been playing covfefe for a while now. Also known as…erm…not writing. In my defense, I did work on a little between-the-stories short work to give away to my mailing list subscribers. Still working on that one.

    Also still sitting at 25K on Reckon.

    What I have been working on lately is…me. I’ve lost ten pounds since May 2. Plenty more to go, but feeling great! We’ve been eating mostly Paleo recipes and low carbs. If you know me at all, you’ll know that’s insane. I’ve run on carbs and sugar for the past 49 years. The change has been good for me and the husband. The kid is less than thrilled, but she’ll come along. Bryon is down fifteen pounds.

    I’ve eaten more vegetables in the past month than I have in my entire life. Brussel sprouts? I’ve eaten a dozen now. That includes my lifetime count. Cauliflower? I riced it and made a chicken stir fry. And it was … good. I know. Shocked me, too.

    Now I want to make more cauliflower rice or cauliflower pasta or cauliflower pizza crust or just mash it.  Like every meal! Every meal that is when I’m not making spaghetti squash. Oh my! The wonders of spaghetti squash!

    So clearly, you can see the distractions.

    Also, I’ve been getting eight hours of sleep. Like in a row!

    It’s crazy town over here.

    I know it won’t take much to get me back on the writing track, and I promise I will, soon.

    In the meantime, I’ve been reading Stephen King’s Dark Tower Series. It’s awesome! The movie (trailer here)  looks waaaaaay different but amazing.

    What are you up to this summer? What are you reading? Share below 😀

     


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