If you’re in Vegas next Saturday (March 28), you should come check out the Author Showcase at the Paseo Verde Library. It’s going to be EPIC!
Not only will you get to meet and greet over 70 local authors (myself included), but you get to hear some amazing speakers, including former Las Vegas mayor, Oscar Goodman. It’s going to be a great time.
I will be there from 1-3 selling and signing books. Please stop by and say hi. I love to see you!
There’s a new bi-monthly children’s magazine debuting in May. It’s called Soap Stone Creek Literary Journal and guess who has a short story in the debut magazine? Well, if you guessed me, then…you’re correct!
Exciting, yes? I think so. The next couple months have several exciting things in the forecast. This month, I should finish my edits of my newest Decoders book (finally, I know). I hope to get the final product into the hands of my editor by early April. Also in April, my writer’s group is hosting the Las Vegas Writer’s Conference here in Las Vegas. The conference is always a great time with lots of great sessions to attend and a whole slew of interesting people to meet. Then, in May, the Soap Stone Creek Literary Journal debuts, and…hopefully…my new Decoders book hits the market.
*Whew* That’s a busy few months. I hope you all are keeping yourselves busy and out of trouble as well. For my readers in the Northeast, bundle up and stay warm. For my fellow Southwestern peeps, enjoy the sun and warmth.
Speaking of sun and warmth, I think it is time to go bask in the glorious Saturday afternoon heat whilst working on the final edits.
Until next time…toodles.
I love Vegas! It is February 7th and I have been basking in the sun all day. It is so beautiful out. The sun is shining and a slight breeze warms the skin. I would like for it to be like this for the next two months.
My heart goes out to all of you in both the North East and the North West. I know the weather hasn’t exactly been your friend lately. I am sending you all many warm hugs to keep you warm and dry.
As far as writing goes, I had planned on spending the day editing. But…it was just so beautiful outside. *sigh* I know I am falling behind, but I can’t resist the sun. It is like a beacon to me. It calls and I must answer.
No worries. I shall get some editing done yet. The night is young!
So…I should probably go. The bar-b-cue is calling my name. Then…to edit! I promise.
Finally! I have finished the first edit of my latest Decoders book. This first edit seriously took two months. Hopefully, the next edit will be quicker. The greatest part of the first edit was realizing how much some characters changed as I wrote the book. The best example being Hans Schultz (German) who later in the book became Saul Mendoza (Mexican). haha
On a more serious note, I feel for all my North Eastern friends and the crazy weather they are experiencing, especially in Massachusetts. I’m sending you all warm vibes from Vegas. Please stay warm and be extra carefully if you must drive.
I can’t believe tomorrow is February 1st already. Where is 2015 going to? I feel like time is just flying by. Anybody with me on that? Holy smokes!
Well, my back aches from sitting on the sofa for so many hours. Time for me to get up and get moving. So, until next time. Ciao!
Holy smokes! This cold has been kicking by booty all week! Thankfully, I’m on the upswing now. The nasal part has diminished, just the lingering cough remains.
Hope this message finds you all in good health. I know the flu has been making its rounds with a vengeance this year. Wash your hands often and keep eating your fruits and veggies. Keep that immune system in high gear!
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m still trying to get in the habit of writing 2015. It’s mid-January. Sheesh. I should be spouting 2015 like it’s second nature to me by now.
Now…confession time. *sigh* Don’t hate me. I’ve fallen a bit behind on my editing of book 4. I’ve just been so busy with other stuff (life…sometimes, it just gets in the way), that I’ve allowed book 4 to lie in the corner. Alone. Waiting. Crying.
Ugh! Now I feel REALLY bad. Okay, that’s it. Today, I am working on the book. I need to get this edit out of the way, so I can move on.
Cough or no cough, this thing is getting DONE!
Ciao for now.
Yeah, okay, technically it’s January 4th and New Years was a few days ago, but it’s my first post of 2015, so…Happy New Year!
2015? Holy smokes! I cannot believe how fast 2014 went by, Phew, It’s like I blinked, and the year was over. That’s it. No more blinking!
2015 is destined to be a fabulous year. I have two Decoders books in the works, and one JJ Bennett book in its infancy. I made reservations to vacation at the Bahamas in the summer. So far, the year is looking pretty darn great. I hope the year brings you all wonderful and amazing surprises!
Reading list for 2015? For me, I plan to start by finishing the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan (finally). I am rereading the first one now, and I plan to following it up with the other two in the series. How about you all? Any specific reading targets for you?
Sigh. Now, I have work to do. It is the last day of Christmas break and I have to do all the chores I have put off for two weeks. Ugh. I sooo do not want to do anything today. I wish I could just curl up on my bed and read. But, alas. Duty calls. Blah.
On a lighter note…may 2015 bring you all much joy and happiness.
Until next time…adios!
Here’s wishing a very Merry Christmas to everyone! May God bless you and your family!
Christmas is definitely my favorite time of year! I love decorating the house and driving around looking at all the pretty lights. I have to admit, I like the way my house looks this year. What do you all think?
One of my neighbors left me a sticky note on my front door thanking me for making the neighborhood festive. Made my whole day.
Christmas is, of course, a special time of year (birth of Christ being the most important), and as such, people give a lot of gifts to each other. It’s really a great tradition in my opinion. If you have run into that ever-so-problematic person on your list, why not consider giving them a book? You can seriously find a book on any possible interest they may have.
If they are kids, might I suggest the Percy Jackson series? It’s one of my all-time favorites. I’ve always been a huge mythology fan, and that series is super fun.
And, while you’re at it, you can throw in a couple of my books, too. *wink*
Whatever your plans are for the holidays, I wish you an amazing Christmas. Safe travels and a very Merry Christmas!!
At first, I was afraid. I was petrified. …wait, where was this going?
Oh, yeah. I was a bit intimidated by Twitter when I joined back in April. Facebook was just so much more appealing. Perhaps it was that I was simply comfortable with FB, I don’t know, but the whole 140 character thing was no fun. I remember dreading, even forcing myself to check my Twitter feed and make myself write a post every four or five days just so I could tell everyone I was on Twitter.
But, now? O M G!! I love Twitter! It is such a fun and interesting social media platform. I love reading the tweets by some of my favorite authors. I love posting ridiculous things that leave people going…whaaaaa???? I love retweeting cool things about my former students,
Yes, Twitter has become a part of me. Are you on Twitter? If so, I would love to hear from you. Join me! @AlbaArango4
Tweet you later!
Happy, happy day! Today is November 30th and the last day of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The goal was 50,000 words in the month of November. And…I did it!!! 50, 024 to be exact. I’m so happy. And…so tired. Seriously. I need a nap.
For me, 50,000 words is especially exciting because I actually completed the first draft of one book and about half of another. How cool is that? Answer…super cool!
Of course, now comes the crazy part. Editing. Rewriting. Editing. Rewriting. But, it’s fun.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and remembered to give thanks for all the blessings in your life. I am thankful for all my family and their support. God gave me a very patient family. I am truly blessed.
Now that I have completed my 50,000 words, I believe I am in need of chocolate. That is my excuse today. (No worries, tomorrow I will have a different excuse.)
Time to go. I wasn’t lying. I serious want chocolate and a nap.
Until next time! Adios, amigos!!