Friday, February 17, 2017

Abducted Life

No, this is not another post about how editing has completely taking over my life. You may breath your collective sigh of relief. Go ahead—I'll wait.

Instead, we welcome author Patricia Lynne (or, Patricia Josephine, as she's also known...) back to My Pet Blog. She has a brand new book out, and she's here today to talk about some real life influences found in the story.

Take it away, Patricia!

Five Real Life Influences in Abducted Life

Writers seem to like to insert little homages (boy, did I just have one heck of a time trying to spell that word) to things in their real life. I did it in Being Human with names of people in my life. Abducted Life was no different. Here are five real life inspirations that helped me add a little personality to the story.

Number One: Did I say that out loud?

The baker at my day job can have quite the snarky mouth and often she will say something sarcastic and end with a flair of snark. "Oh, did I say that out loud?" There's a scene where Savannah is walking behind two women who are gossiping about one's boyfriend. Savannah accidentally says what's on her mind out loud and earns a nasty look from the women.

Number Two: I love this song!

This is another coworker story. I used to have a cook who loved music and, I swear, 80% of the songs on the radio she said she loved. I'd actually tease her when she didn't say it. So naturally, when Mandy and Savannah are clubbing, I had Mandy enjoy each and every song she heard and declare it to Savannah's amusement.

Number Three: The dump

Behind my parents' house is an old, cleaned up dump, but there is still stuff littered there, including and old beetle car. It was a fun place to explore in hopes of finding a hidden treasure. When writing where Evan hung out when not stalking Savannah, I envisioned that dump down to the sloping hills and overgrown road that ran through it.

Number Four: The old farmhouse

Speaking of my parents' house, that was were I got the inspiration for where Savannah's parents lived. My parents own a 100+ year old farm house that has a giant tree in the side yard. They have a picture of the house when it was first built and the tree was just a sapling. Mom also loved flowers and birds so she has many flowerbeds and birdfeeders. The land surrounded the house is also hayed yearly and is very secluded for an easy alien abduction.

Number Five: Trouble

The last little detail is a small one. In the beginning, Savannah recalls how she and Evan met in kindergarten and had gotten in trouble for not paying attention. My bestie of 30 years and I met that way. We were sat next to each other and I remember the teacher separating us for talking.

Savannah Janowitz’s perfect life was destroyed the night she and her boyfriend vanished without a trace. When she reappears a year later––alone––she’s a shell of her former self. Robbed of her popularity and her boyfriend, she has no memory of what happened to her. Savannah struggles to move forward as strange, new abilities manifest.

Evan Sullivan never gave extra-terrestrials much thought until the night he and Savannah were abducted. While Savannah’s memory was wiped clean, he remembers every horrific detail. Constantly reminded of the experiments that made him less than human, Evan hides in the shadows and watches Savannah rebuild her life without him. But neither can let the other go.

When their paths cross, Savannah and Evan finally see a glimmer of their old lives return. As they face what happened to them, they soon discover they aren’t safe. There’s more to fear than what’s hiding in the stars.

About The Author

Patricia Josephine never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was all about art. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn't regretted a moment. She writes young adult under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow, and an obsession with Doctor Who.

Other places to find her online:

Congrats on the new release, Patricia! Hope everyone out there has a wonderful weekend. See you next week. Unless I forget. Which I totally might because I do occasionally do that. Regardless, hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, February 3, 2017

One Question With Chrys Fey + Free Ebook + Giveaway

Hey, everyone. Today, the spotlight is on author Chrys Fey, who is celebrating her latest release, Tsunami Crimes. (Congratulations, Chrys!)

She asked the participants of her blog tour to ask one question each.

Here's mine:

MJ’s Question for Chrys: What is your preferred writing method? Are you an old-school pen-and-paper person, or do you trend toward more "modern" methods of writing (i.e., Scrivener, or voice dictation programs, etc.)?

I’m old-school. For every story I write, I always have a notebook for it. I carry it around my house wherever I go, in case inspiration strikes or for those moments when I’m lounging on the couch with nothing better to do than write while I watch TV. I keep every notebook, too. I have them all in boxes in my closet. Now before you think my closet is full of these boxes, let me correct you. There are currently three small boxes. Just three. Well, that’s a lie. I also have a backpack.
Aside from the notebooks, I do have a desktop computer and a laptop. Depending on the story, I may write most of it at my desk or at my kitchen table with my laptop. For Tsunami Crimes, I wrote it entirely at my kitchen table. For some other stories, I find the inspiration to write them while at my desk. I don’t know why this is, but I’ve found that if I start writing a story on my laptop, I can’t write it at all at my desk. And vice-versa.
I’ve never actually tried Scrivener or voice dictation programs or anything else. Truthfully, I can’t even think of another modern writing method. I’ve heard many great things about Scrivener, but I’ve never tried it out. My old-school method works for me, so why fix something that’s not broken?
What methods do you use?

Beth and Donovan have come a long way from Hurricane Sabrina and the San Francisco earthquake. Now they are approaching their wedding day and anxiously waiting to promise each other a lifetime of love. The journey down the aisle isn’t smooth, though, as they receive threats from the followers of the notorious criminal, Jackson Storm. They think they’ll be safe in Hawaii, but distance can’t stop these killers. Not even a tsunami can.
This monstrous wave is the most devastating disaster Beth has ever faced. It leaves her beaten, frightened. Is she a widow on her honeymoon? As she struggles to hold herself together and find Donovan, she’s kidnapped by Jackson's men.
Fearing her dead, Donovan searches the rubble and shelters with no luck. The thought of her being swept out to sea is almost too much for him to bear, but the reality is much worse. She’s being used as bait to get him to fall into a deadly trap.
If they live through this disaster, they may never be the same again.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Fun With Editing (An IWSG Post)

It's the first Wednesday of the month (not to mention the first day of February...How is it freaking February already?!?) which means it's time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writer's Support Group.

(I am assuming that by now most everyone who happens upon this blog on this particular day is already well familiar with the IWSG, but if you're on the hunt for more information, or a complete list of participants, please click the above link.)

This month's co-hosts are: Misha Gericke, L.K. Hill, Juneta Key, Christy, and Joylene Butler. (Not to mention the group's founder—the ninja captain himself—Alex J. Cavanaugh.)


So, I know I haven't talked about this at all, but I've been going through an extended period of revisions. At this point, I'm pretty much convinced that I'll be editing and revising until I die, at which point I shall come back as a ghost and start the process all over again. (Sadly, I could not find any satisfactory ghost-themed gifs to follow that statement.)

It's left me feeling way too insecure for the insecure writer's support group—which may be a ridiculous thing to say, given the name of the group, but that's where I am nonetheless.

So instead of putting you through yet another lament, I've decided to share some entirely-too-accurate editing/writing funnies I came across while trying desperately to avoid editing while making great strides toward the completion of my goal.


That's gonna do it for me today. Thanks for stopping by, everyone. Happy Wednesday!

Monday, January 30, 2017

February 2017 Goals

Here's what I'm hoping to accomplish in the coming month:

Finish my f!%@&$*ing revisions for Second Nature.

Five scenes across three chapters. That's all that's left. (Yes, I know that in my last post there were only four scenes left. But now there are five. Again. Yay.) Sure, I vacillate hourly between so-close-to-being-done-that-I-can-taste-it and I'm-burying-this-damn-manuscript-in-the-backyard-and-never-looking-at-it-again, but I really, really, really don't want to have this goal again next month. With a little luck, that determination/desperation will be enough.

Come up with topic for my upcoming author appearance.

Yep. That's right. I said yes to doing another author appearance. The kind where I have to stand up in front of a group of people and speak intelligibly on some yet-to-be-determined subject for 10-15 minutes. I don't know what's wrong with me, but I do hope there's a treatment for it.

Read at least three books.

I'm currently three books ahead of schedule on my Goodreads challenge. (Thanks, Firefly-themed graphic novels!) It'd be a shame to fall behind now.

Walk, run, swim, or bike at least 3 miles every day.

I have managed to do this every day thus far this year, and I'd really love to continue this trend. I'm sure with all the revision-frustration pacing I've been doing that this goal will be no trouble whatsoever.

What are your goals this month? Or week, or day, or even in the next hour?

Have a great Monday, everyone. See y'all on Wednesday for the Insecure Writers Support Group...

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Little Things

Life has been feeling a little bit like this lately:

Because that's what life does. In order to combat this feeling, today I'm sharing those little things I'm celebrating this week:

—My beloved New England Patriots won the AFC Championship game and booked yet another trip to the Superbowl. Of course, this means that I will be super tense during said Superbowl. Sounds like a job for beer!

—It took almost two freaking years, but I finally found a Chinese restaurant in my area that serves edible lo mein. I love lo mein, but have been severely disappointed (well, as much as one can be where Chinese food is involved.) by the offerings thus far. I swear there must been a million Chinese food joints around (note: probably a slight exaggeration), yet not one of them served lo mein that I actually liked. But The Man and I found a new place to try, and I was giddy with glee to discover that it was actually good. Now I kind of want to order lo mein every night. I probably won't, though. Probably.

—On Monday, I had five scenes remaining on my latest editing To-Do List. I'm planning to do a more detailed post on this subject next week (consider yourselves warned...), but as of this writing of this post, I'm down to four scenes on the list. I, once again, didn't quite make the progress I had been hoping to make (see: first gif.), but this post is all about celebrating those tiny, little glimmers of progress. Right?

How was your week? What are you celebrating today?

Have a great weekend, everyone. See y'all on Monday. Or maybe Wednesday, if I forget. Which I never do.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Five Scenes, Three Chapters

So, apparently, I decided to take last week off from blogging. I'd like to say it was because I was so busy wrapping up my edits that I didn't have time for anything else, but you must know by now that my editing generally looks more like this:

But I did cross off one scene from the master to-do list, leaving me with five scenes across three chapters. Technically, one of those five scenes is done, but I'm feeling like it shouldn't be. Like, my changes aren't anywhere near as polished as I would like them to be. But I also reached the point where I just couldn't look at it anymore, so I submitted the scene in question to my critique group to see if they think it requires more work, or if it can officially move to the 'done' column. It's probably somewhere between the two. Needs some touching-up, but is not as bad as I believe it to be. Which is something I think I would be happy with. Mostly because I just can't look at it anymore.

Either way, I'll find out on Wednesday.

Until then, I hope to distract myself with copious amounts of editing. Or perhaps this instead:

Happy Monday, everyone. Have a great week!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Celebrations

Hello, all! Happy Friday the Thirteenth!

To close out the week, I thought I would share with you a few things that I'm currently celebrating:

—At the start of the year, I set a goal to walk/run/bike/swim at least three miles every day, and so far this year (all twelve days of it...), I have managed to meet or exceed this goal. I even went for a nine-mile bike ride. Outside. And you know how I feel about outside.

I sincerely apologize to anyone in a deep freeze zone. I know I'm a jerky jerkface
for complaining about the heat. I just miss New England so much.

—I am currently four books ahead of schedule on my 2017 Goodreads reading challenge. Sure, that's only because I read three short Firefly/Serenity graphic novels, and one short story, but if Goodreads counts it, then so can I.

For you, Patricia Lynne!
Also, that is not one of the book I've read this year.
Or ever. I will never read that book.

—At the start of January, Second Nature had nine scenes across five chapters in various stages of deconstruction because last year, I went crazy (crazier...) and decided that I hate everything I've ever written. Ever. Well, as of this post, I'm pleased to announce that I now only have six scenes across four chapters that still need to be Frankenstein-ed back together. (Just an FYI, I'm referencing the actual doctor here, not his creation.) It's not quite the pace I had hoped to set, but I am certainly happy to have crossed a few off the list.

Liz Lemon is my spirit animal.

—But what's even weirder than me actually crossing scenes off the never-ending editing list is that I actually kind of really liked how this one particular scene turned out. This, of course, made me immediately suspicious, so I submitted the scene to my critique group so they could tell me how wrong I was. But they didn't. They liked the scene, said it worked well, and when they told me that—brace yourselves—I actually kind of believed them.

I know, right? I'm shocked, too.

—And last, but certainly not least, rumor has it that there will be a new Echo Effect comic available today! The story took quite the interesting turn in the last strip, and I'm eager to discover what'll happen next. I mean, I'm worried about what will happen to the main characters, but that's just the mark of a good story, isn't it? Actually worrying about what might befall its characters? Anyway, I'm so excited...

And on that note, I'm outta here. (I'm hoping to cross off one more scene before the weekend.) How's your year gone so far?

Have a great weekend, all. See you next week.