My Steampunk Page

is finally updated!

More still to come but a better reference indeed!



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August Writing Roundup!

Sorry readers, I’m a few days late posting my writing roundup this month…not to mention quite behind on my writing/publishing goals (big sigh).  However, I plan to catch up in the next month now that my social obligations are thinning out.

What I’ve accomplished since July:

 –Completed The Elephant Hotel chapter 1

–Started The Elephant Hotel chapter 2

 –Minor edits of my synopsis

Goals for the next 4 weeks:

–Complete The Elephant Hotel chapter 2 rough draft and write 2-3 more chapters

 –Rework the synopsis and query for The Fly Tower, follow up with any agents as necessary, and send queries to ten additional agents

 –Draft and submit the intergalactic bounty hunter short story (submissions are due 9/30)

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SEXY BACK–The July Want List

It’s summer! It’s hot! So ladies take this opportunity to leave your backs exposed for this SEXY BACK themed edition of the want list! Be sexy, be sweet, but show some skin!

Here are some options to get your search started:








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Writing Roundup!

Welcome to my first writing roundup!

I started this blog over a year ago, and have been pretty sporadic in keeping my readers informed about my overall progress. So, I will now post an update every month on the 15th. Before you begin reading, please enjoy the beautiful alternative 1880s map of North America designed for The Fly Tower world.



What I’ve accomplished recently:

 –Submitted queries for my manuscript, The Fly Tower, to ten agents

–Received two rejections on query alone; received one request for a  partial, but later the agent declined to request the full manuscript; haven’t heard back from the remaining seven agents though it’s still within the timelines listed on their websites about turnaround

Surprisingly I’ve been pretty calm and non-obsessive so far.  The rejected queries didn’t even really faze me;  I expected some rejections.  Though, yes, of course, I was disappointed when the one agent sent back the rejection after reading the partial…it was a bummer of a day.  But I had to brush it aside because I need to stay focused and positive, and this is only the beginning stage.

–Plotted and outlined the first two chapters of the second book in the Consortium Chronicles series, tentatively entitled The Elephant Hotel, and wrote about half of the first chapter

 –Plotted a new YA book about a far-flung future where AIs have wiped out humanity, then decades later, decide to clone a human girl from recovered human DNA to learn more about the race they terminated from existence. Story will be told from the girl’s POI and will pick up around the moment she discovers that not only are the parents who raised her really AIs but she is the only human left. Obviously there are deeper intrigues and twists but that’s all I want to say about this one for the moment.

 –Plotted an intergalactic bounty hunter short story for an upcoming anthology currently accepting submissions

Goals for July/August:

 –Complete The Elephant Hotel chapters 1 and 2 rough drafts in July and 4-5 more chapters in August

 –Rework the synopsis and query for The Fly Tower, follow up with any agents as necessary, and send queries to ten additional agents

 –Draft the intergalactic bounty hunter short story

–Actually meet with my writing group in August…I had scheduling conflicts in June and July.

That’s all for now…I’ll be back in August with what I accomplished (or didn’t).

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Happy Birthday America…I made you ice cream!!!

Two different flavors in fact: All-American Apple Pie and Piña Colada.






Yes, I’m a bit silly and even created my own little creamery name for my small homemade batches: One Spoonful At A Time. But aren’t these containers adorable!

The logo and label design are courtesy of my boyfriend. (Thank you Rob!)


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2014 ALA Annual Conference

Here in Las Vegas promoting amazing series nonfiction at the American Library Association Annual Conference. Having a great time meeting with Bearport’s sales reps, wholesalers and especially all of the librarians.

Librarians are some of the sweetest and savviest people and they deserve tons of credit for everything they do to engage readers particularly in times of budget cuts and layoffs.

Support your local library and keep the social aspect of reading alive!


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The June Want List

Sharp lines.

Right angles, obtuse angles, straight angles.

It’s all here.

The June want list is all about geometric shapes, whether they are clean and contoured or contorted and asymmetrical.  Enjoy!

TopColor block geometric top…light and airy mesh for summer!

dressConverging lines create a narrow waist! Ideal for work to happy hour transitions.

heelsCalling all spheres, squares and triangles in these high-heeled sandals.

Dress2Shapes and color…

dress 3Abstract Cut-out Party Dress


shortsChevron Striped shorts

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The May Want List

I am sorely in need of a night out, partying with the girls, drinking some cocktails, and dancing until the sun comes up!

So this month’s want list is merely a wish list of what I’d wear if money was no object.





A white gauzy top, peacock sequin mini skirt paired with neutral sandals and a gold statement necklace.

Let the fun begin…and it will start with a jalapeño martini from Sunita’s. If you live in NYC, check out this bar on the LES! Owned by a former chemist, the drinks here are infused with her own special recipes. Beware they are strong!

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First Round…Done!

Last night, I sent out query letters to ten lucky agents! :)

Seriously though, I’m looking at round one as a learning experience and a way to gain some feedback…unless, of course, some agent is blown away and my search ends early…seems unlikely simply because of the sheer number of writers out there hoping to land an agent.  Still it’s a great feeling of accomplishment…and now I can take a breather from the business of getting published and work more on book number two. Yay!

Those readers looking for the May Want List, don’t despair!  It will be ready by the 31st. :)

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Writing: The Anima Principle?

It’s been awhile since I updated you all on my efforts to get this steampunk fantasy novel of mine published.

So, where am I and what have I been doing all this time?

Well, needless to say, I’m a little behind, since my last goal was to have agent query letters ready to send by early January. BUT I did finish my third round edits and the manuscript is shinier than it’s ever been…of course, it can still use some edits but…and I don’t think I’m alone here as a writer…I could edit this manuscript forever waiting on perfection and never be 100% satisfied, keeping the words prisoner on my computer and not making a single stride toward actual publication. So, I’ll settle for this mostly satisfied feeling, and am letting go of that pesky fear of exposing my novel to the harsh, cold, critical world of agents and publishers.

Yet, want to know my biggest dilemma at the moment?

What to name it! I’ve had The Fly Tower as a working title since almost the beginning though I’d really like to change it and frankly, I’m hitting a wall. I’m leaning toward The Anima Principle and will likely send my first round of submissions with this new title…though maybe inspiration will strike by early next week and a better title will surface.

I have about 8-10 agents selected as recipients for my hopeful plea because apparently, all the advice out there recommends starting with around 10 submissions and see what type of response you get and then go from there…seems like a good plan. Why send out 50 queries if you might need to punch up the letter for a better response?

This past weekend, I started drafting the dreaded query letters and while they aren’t ready yet, I feel good about the rough work, and my plan is to start emailing agents early next week.

Insert terror and glee in equal measures here.

Today, I also plan to draft the story synopsis because a couple of agents request the 1-2 page summary be submitted with the query letter.

There.  That’s all for now.

Anyway, wish me luck or to break a leg or whatever…I’ll be posting updates much more frequently on my progress.


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