All posts filed under: Odds and Ends

#MyWritingProcess

Pitch Wars pal, Tracie Martin, tagged me for the #MyWritingProcess blog hop a month ago. I’ve been in and out of town, so I haven’t been able to post anything until now. I’ve finally got some time to myself, so here it is! Better late than never, right? What I’m working on Sometimes it feels like I have too many things going on at the same time! I’ve been traveling off and on for the last six months, and my productivity has really suffered as a result. I self-publish steamy romantic novellas under a different pen name, so a lot of the last two months have been spent working on those stories. Under Kai Jordan though, I’m querying my speculative fiction piece. It’s an 80,000 word manuscript set 150 years after a war destroyed the Earth’s atmosphere. It’s got a fair bit of romance, because I’m such a sucker for epic love stories. I also started doing a rough outline for a new contemporary romance project even though I still have an old one that needs …

Obligatory NaNoWriMo Post

I’m frantically trying to put the finishing touches on my work in progress so I can concentrate all my energy on NaNoWriMo. Eight days and counting. Not a lot of time left. I might start something completely different or I might work on book two of the current series. Last year, I stalled at around 12,000 words because Skyrim came out smack-dab in the middle of November. Instead of killing my word count, I went on a killing spree in the name of the Dark Brotherhood. (Shout out to Shadowmere. My favorite horse ever. Hey buddy! How you doin?) The timing couldn’t be more perfect. This year, nothing I want to play is coming out. I checked. And I think NaNoWriMo will give me some much-needed distance from my WIP so I can squeeze in one last draft before my self-imposed deadline in late November/early December. NaNo is my fling, my fuck buddy, my one night stand. It reminds me not to get too hung up on perfection, and it lets me have a bit of fun before …

Coffee Shop Etiquette that Really Should be Common Sense But Still Happens Waaaay Too Often

This was originally published as part of yesterday’s The Moka-Lattay-Cheeno-Presso Writer, but I decided to make it a standalone post instead. Mondays are made for humorous rants (and coffee). Believe it or not, the events below are things I’ve actually seen happen. So, here we go. Coffee Shop Etiquette that Really Should be Common Sense I don’t care how nicely manicured your feet are. Please do not take your shoes off. While sitting on a shared wall seat, don’t shake your leg. We can all feel the seat move. A single should not sit at a table large enough to accommodate four or six or even eight. I don’t care how many books you have. Don’t hog bandwidth by playing Starcraft or watching porn. Support your local coffee shop. Buy something. Don’t bring fast food into the establishment then get huffy when you’re asked to leave. Use the outlet by your table. Not the one on the other side of the store. Don’t let your children run around screaming like banshees. Their toys do not belong all over the floor. …