I watched this Ted Talk awhile back and have decided to share it. As a writer and a parent of a child who doesn’t fit in the “box” of the school system in this country I appreciated this video so much. I wish our culture valued creativity. It’s what drives anything new that is accomplished. Any new invention or process begins with creativity. I would love to hear what you think!
We have a problem in my household. Depression has set in. You would think it would be me considering both kids moved out within five days of each other, I had shoulder surgery, am struggling to write and my husband was gone for nine days to London but I’m actually fine. It’s Brutus, our English Bulldog.
I’ve written about him here before and his emotional difficulties but this is beyond. He has taken high maintenance to a new level. He’s hiding under the bed, not eating and his gastric situation has reached ridiculous new heights.
The only think that cheers him up is when my friend who is staying with us for a short bit comes home from work. Then he puts on his happy face and cute act for a few minutes but after she goes to her room, back to the sulk. He patrols my son’s room looking for him and when my daughter comes home he purposely ignores her. He’s made it clear. Not happy.
The thing that bothers me about all this? He could not care less that I’m still here. I’ve been parked on my couch for a couple of weeks recovering so you’d think he’d be like a normal dog and hang out with the injured person in the house. Uh, no. He pretty much gives me dirty looks and goes back to his spot on his chair or under the bed. If it were my husband or one of the kids he would be parked right next to them. Apparently I’m just “the help”.
I feed him, take care of him, let him out, fill his water dish, share my snacks and in general worry about him the most. And he pretty much ignores me. Really? Obviously I’m doing something wrong here.
This got me thinking. Does he think that I’ve sent them away? Is that why he ignores me? He caught me with my husband’s suitcase the other day and I immediately felt guilty.
I need to rethink my strategy. I must be coming across as desperate. Maybe I need to play a little hard to get. Or maybe I just need to get out of the house more…Read More
Yesterday I updated you about my shoulder situation and today I’m attempting to find a comfortable way to type. I can’t sit at my desk to write yet so I’m using the couch and pillows and we’ll see how it goes. Today is the 1st of November so that means NaNoWriMo! I have yet to do this writing challenge but as I am failing miserably at keeping my writing schedule right now I figured why not?
I will be attempting to finish two novella’s this month. One forty thousand words and one twenty thousand. I already have a jump on the first. This is not the traditional way to do NaNo but I just plan to use it to my advantage.
For those of you that don’t know about NaNo here is a link to the website. If you’ve ever thought about writing a novel now is the time! This challenge is to inspire you to write or finish a novel. Lots of people all over the world will be doing the same thing. There are write-ins where you can meet up at your local library or book store to write with other participants. There are also online groups if that works better.
Check it out, write a book, have some fun. I would love to hear about it in the comments below!
I have to apologize for being absent from my blog this month but an unexpected shoulder surgery has put me out of commission for a bit. I’m feeling better but not quite back to normal. In the mean time I have finished first draft of book three and am a good way through my novella. I’m hoping to publish in December or January but we’ll see how my arm cooperates.
I hope you are all enjoying the fall season and I will update soon!
When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
I currently have the luxury of writing full-time. Hubby-pants (that’s how I refer to him on the ‘internets’) believes in my little pipe-dream and has afforded me the whole year to pursue said dream. We don’t have children yet, but I wake up fairly early and begin right away and work throughout the day. I absolutely CANNOT work with music on for some unknown reason, so I usually put on reruns of Law & Order SVU, CSI: Miami, or Criminal Minds in the background. I try to maintain a presence on Facebook and Twitter throughout the day, as well. I aim for at least 1,000 words a day, but that’s a bad day. 3,000 well-polished words is more the norm.
Where do you research for your books?
I write Psychological/Crime Thrillers and since I majored in Biology with minors in Criminology and Psychology, I just happen to have a few textbooks lying around. Oh yeah, and some knowledge. But nothing beats hands-on experience, and I was never a cop, never a psychologist, and (despite the word of others) never a psychopath. My favorite resource is the Crime Scene Writers Group on Yahoo. It’s a forum where writers post a question via email and experts from different fields weigh in with their opinions. Some of the experts will even let you contact them directly and sometimes offer to look over your scenes and point out ways to tweak them for authenticity.
Does your significant other read your stuff?
He absolutely does! Which is amazing to me because he hates reading. I know, an author married to someone who hates to read. But yes, it’s true. He usually reads my WIP’s as I’m writing them, chapter by chapter. And he’s very astute and tells me when I miss something, which is often helpful. Although I released Blood in the Past, a prequel, first, I wrote it second. Therefore, Hubby-pants was able to read Blood in the Paint, the first full-length follow-up, first, then Blood in the Past. It was great to see his reaction at having read them in reverse, his appreciation of the way I had tied certain things together and left other things hidden. My favorite moment though, had to be when he read the cliffhanger ending to Blood in the Paint. He just stuttered for about five minutes. “Wait, but, I mean, what? Shouldn’t? Wouldn’t? Who? Wait! WHAT?” Hahahaha! Priceless.
Who are your books published with?
I did loads of research before I decided to publish independently. But late last year, I actually registered my own publishing label with the IRS and with the state of New Jersey. Blood Read Press (pronounced Blood “Red”) is the imprint through which I’ll be publishing all of my work. Right now, I have an amazing freelancer who does my cover art (http://www.kitfosterdesign.com/) and two separate companies that do my editing and formatting. I doubt I’ll be able to lure any of them to work for me, but in the future I hope to open Blood Read Press up to submissions. That’s so far down the line though, I can’t even imagine the logistics of it yet. But the mere prospect is exciting.
Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?
Jordanna East is a pen name! Jordanna is my middle name and East is an abbreviated version of my married name. It was the only way I could honor my husband’s last name and still have it sound as marketable as my original first name and maiden name.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Writers unwind and relax? I can’t seem to get characters and plot twists out of my head. I must be doing something wrong…
If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
Several years ago, my friend Jillian came to visit us. Her visit was shortened because she expected a little more hospitality than a five-star hotel. It upset me. She ended up leaving and we never spoke again. She passed away from an illness I didn’t even know she had two years ago. She was my best friend, and although I sent her an email trying to explain why I was upset at her actions, maybe I should’ve tried harder, showed up at her doorstep or something. I don’t know. I had already named one of the characters in Blood in the Past after her, but the novella is also partially dedicated to her.
Have any of your characters been modeled after yourself?
Believe it or not, Lyla Kyle. Mainly because she has a pension for science as well as art, which is very much like myself, since I majored in Biology but often took classes like photography, art history, etc…and, well, here I am writing books and stuff. But again, and just to be clear, (despite the word of others) I was never a psychopath.
Jillian Atford falls for an older man, a handsome Philadelphia cop, whose mystery is that he’s married, a reality Jillian refuses to accept. Lyla Kyle finds her mother dead on the floor from an apparent suicide. She blames her philandering father and wastes no time taking her revenge. Detective Jason Brighthouse Sr. is in the wrong place at the right time to attempt to save a colleague from his burning home. When neither of them make it out alive, his teenage son can only harp on their last argument. He shoots himself in the head…with his father’s gun.
Three lives. Three deaths. One story. To understand the future, you must visit the past.
Blood in the Past. An introductory novella to the upcoming Blood for Blood Series, coming Winter 2013.
Jordanna East readily confesses that she started writing a novel one day when she was broke and unemployed. Her cable had been turned off. SHE WAS BORED. Longing to use her minors in Psychology and Criminology, she ventured outside the box; she plopped down on her bed and started writing…and she hasn’t stopped. Though, now she has cable and pens her Psychological Thrillers at an actual desk. Jordanna currently lives in South Jersey with her husband and their two cats, both named after food.
Released in June 2013, Blood in the Past is the prelude novella to her upcoming, debut Blood for Blood Series, which follows three lives entwined by deaths and consequences, revenge and obsession. The first full-length novel in the series, Blood in the Paint, is anticipated for release this winter. Also be on the lookout for The Word and The Way, a serialized novel involving an off-the-grid religious cult plagued by power hungry members, sexual abuse, and murder—and young couple desperate to escape. Episode One of the first season is coming soonRead More
For me the first draft is always the hardest part. I was about two weeks behind but what can you do? I enjoyed writing it. I’ve grown attached to the new characters in this story. I know what you’re thinking, I’m attached to all of my characters and you’re right, I am. Except the bad guys. Eww. I try not to give them too much space in my head, although for some reason I do enjoy making them evil. What does that say about me?
So this book is the next book in the Breathe Universe, as I talked about in my last post here. Jasmine’s younger twin siblings have grown up a bit. They are still dealing with their past, trying to move forward in their new town. While Lily has adapted to her new life pretty well, Caedan is not the fan of change that she is. When a new girl comes to town he’s isn’t as welcoming as everyone else. Who is she? He has a feeling all is not quite right with her and he’s determined to figure it out.
Next week I’m going to post a conversation I had with Caedan right when I started writing this book. He wasn’t really cooperating so we needed to have a one on one. Those of you who’ve read Breathe will see just how much more difficult he is as a teenager than he was at twelve. This girl is going to give him a run for his money though. I couldn’t make it too easy for him. What fun would that be?
Now I’m off finish the rewrites! A lot of work to be done before the first draft becomes reader ready!
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A quick post to update you on the happenings in my world. I have been working hard finishing book three. I haven’t spoken much about the story here but this one will be the next book in the Breathe universe. It’s been four years since Jasmine and her family moved to Lafayette. Jasmine and Easton are away at college, although they do show up a time or two. This is Caedan’s story. Lily is very involved as well, being that she’s his twin, but her story will come later. If you haven’t read Breathe, here is a post I wrote about Caedan and Jasmine’s relationship that takes place soon after Breathe ends.
A few people when they have reviewed Breathe have mentioned how much they liked the “younger brother”. Well I like him too. Sometimes. As difficult as he was at twelve, he’s not any easier at sixteen as I mentioned here. The story isn’t told from his point of view but rather a girl who drops into the Rourke’s life. Caedan loves a mystery and things with this girl just do not add up. After everything that’s happened with Daisy and Jasmine, Caedan’s not a fan of strangers and he takes his family’s safety seriously. But he’s intrigued.
I will be posting more soon so keep an eye out for that. As for me I’m doing a Twitter interview tomorrow at 12 Pacific Time if anyone wants to join in with the hashtag #writerskaboodle. You can ask me questions about any of the books, characters, writing or whatever.
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