If I had to describe myself, it would be in a word that has many meanings with a complexity which falls off the tongue.
A word made up of many elements, is deceptive in appearance, and creates an illusion from the imagination.
My word would be Phantasmagoric. ~Summer Ross

Friday, October 26, 2012

Beta reading, cat forgiveness, and a job-

Happy Friday Friends! 

I heard back from my beta readers- There are some character issues both I and Ebony need to face. Perhaps not exactly together more of a I'm going to write it, she's going to face it kind of way. Which then led to minor plot bunnies that needed more space. But yay! That means I'm getting there and I survived my first round of beta reading. 
** Thank you Beta readers! You are amazing people***

What I learned this week:  

  • Empty jars are like a blank piece of paper- you fill them up to create something new.
  • Small milk bones and large milk bones have the exact same value no matter if the puppy wants one or his older brother.
  • Cats will forgive you for bringing a puppy home- eventually.

I'm gearing up for NaNo- but many in the blogsphere are so I wont redo details here. But I'll be working on the sequel to 'Bloodstone.'

Every Friday I post places to submit your work on my Facebook Author Page - anywhere from flash fiction to novels depending on what's open to submissions. I post from 8am- 11am. Feel free to come on over.


I am no longer an intern editor. I have officially come to the payment part of editing as an independent editor. I'll be posting about the books I've helped put into the works in 2013.

I finally found what my family calls 'a real job' and will hopefully start it next week after a background check and drug test.

My cat- Sasha- trying to forgive me by drinking the puppy's water

Have you survived Beta reading?
How's your NaNo stuff coming along?
Do you have news to share?
Learn anything interesting this week?

Happy writing!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Summer!
And test readers and critique partners are the best.

Christine Rains said...

Great news! I haven't had a chance to do any NaNo planning this week. The most I did was change the name of my protagonist! Have a wonderful weekend.

Old Kitty said...

Awwww lovely Sasha!! I just know you and the new puppy will be bestest pals! Yay!

Good luck with your Nanoing, Summer and WELL DONE you with your jobs!!!

Take care

Siv Ottem said...

Don't let Sasha fool you. Cats are not as forgiving as you might think. Territory and food is what I have learned the cats world is all about. Good luck with the new puppy and with Sasha.Good luck with your book as well. I have only one Beta reader, not sure I could handle a whole group :) As to what I have learned this week...It is true that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Happy week-end!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Congratulations! I'll be seeing you in NaNo land - and facebook too.

The interesting thing for our cat and our two dogs is that the cat likes the drink the dog's water, and one of our dogs likes to drink the cat's water - in fact, he seems to prefer it to his own. I'm not sure why, but perhaps he likes the daintier dish, and she likes the bigger one.

Susan Kane said...

I have no Beta reader, not even sure how to access one who would read my stuff. But, congratulations to you on so many events!

M Pax said...

Yay on surviving the beta reading and moving forward.

I'm not in NaNo, but will be working hard on Backworlds #3 in November.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

"Cats will forgive you for bringing a puppy home- eventually."

Poor puppy. :D

I received news last weekend that the first 25 pages of my YA contemp novel had finaled in a RWA chapter contest. Needless to say, I was excited.

Carol Kilgore said...

Love Sasha!
Not doing NaNo.
No news.
Congrats on surviving the Beta Read!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Summer - does sound like things are working out for you - so pleased and happy for you all .. the puppy and cat together will be great companions most of the time!

Congratulations re the appointment - that makes a wonderful present pre Christmas .. happy days and so well deserved ... cheers Hilary

Talli Roland said...

Congrats on the step up! And thank goodness for CPs, right?

LTM said...

Hey! Best of luck to you w/the new editing gig! I HAVE survived the beta process, but alas, I'm not doing NaNo this year. Too much happening. My news is ROUGE will be out next month... eeep! :D

LOL about the cat forgiveness. *snort* <3

Cherie Reich said...

That's awesome about the job, Summer! And the editing one too! Good luck with NaNo! I can't believe it starts so soon!

Tammy Theriault said...

Nano sounds fierce...good luck! new follower, great blog, hi!!

Elaine Smith said...

Great news! Congratulations on pinning down a job. I have squeezed my NaNo planning in around my houseful of guests this week. I found suitable names for my characters and - after a lot of thinking (while not driving on the road trip) I fleshed out a superbly nasty antagonist! Have a wonderful weekend.

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