Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Friday, December 18, 2015
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Disturbance, the thriller anthology from Laurel Highlands Publishing, arrived today via UPS. And inside:
My story, All That Lies, is on page 73.
When shots riddle her house and her husband, Lacy discovers her life of lies and needs all the strength she can muster to hold on to the truth.
Disturbance is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, Apple, etc.
Monday, September 28, 2015
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
From: Breaking The Silence
by Diamante Lavendar
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But, for me, crafting three short stories in one year, while I write a subplot heavy novel, is a triumph of pen prowess.
Friday, July 31, 2015
Friday, July 17, 2015
Thursday, June 4, 2015
|Being in the picture is not as fun as playing with the phone|
When I wasn’t looking, summer smacked us across the face. It’s 80 degrees outside and my windows are open. I sleep with the ceiling fan revolving above me. The cats spring from window to window in the early morning, spying on birds.
Friday, May 8, 2015
My short story, Sector Three-Three, is going to be in Laurel Highlands Publishing's next anthology, Across the Kármán Line.
Across the Kármán Line
In space, fate rests in the hands who created the craft. Wits and creative risk separate life from death while navigating the three-dimensional sea or marooned on an alien planet. The trust between captain and crew unifies a mission. And sometimes, the final take-off is the hardest.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
January is a good month to evaluate and re-evaluate. I don’t know about you, but the cadence of falling snow helps me think. Not that my mountain rural community has had much … yet. Snow or no, I’ve never been one to make resolutions. Deviating from convention, my system of doing things has always been a little different. Even the process I use to write my books sways away from the norm.
- Read as much as possible. I tend to read books that strike my fancy in cover and description. The majority of the books I pick up are fantasy of some kind, but I like to read most genres. What keeps me going to the very end are good, solid characters. Without them, the plot is lost, and so I am.
- Have 3 books published. Yes, I said three. The specific three are the fourth installment of my fantasy series, a contemporary fantasy, and the continuation of the short story that is begging to be urban paranormal. Whispers, The World In-between book 4, is coming along. Check back during the year for updates and perhaps an excerpt or two. My contemporary fantasy is staying under wraps for now, but I can divulge that it has plenty of magic, action, and romance. The short story, The Hunt, is being continued in Hunted—ghosts, ghost hunters, and a city where humans are clueless of the battle between hunters and the hunted.
- Get 2 others almost finished. Those two are the fifth book in the series and the sequel to my space opera. Although Whispers has first priority, I am writing book five concurrently with book four. My pen has just begun to scribble the space opera sequel. The Space Pirates deal with a new threat tied to the old.
- Accomplish some significant distance in other genres. Besides the detective story I’m writing, I have a folder of story concepts waiting for the pen. I’d like to get a couple started to diversify my repertoire.
- Pursue personal endeavors.When I am not writing, reading, or thinking about writing, I cook and bake, garden, and enjoy the arts. Cooking and baking are great outlets for me. I love trying new recipes as well as making family favorites. Food grown in my yard is always tastier than grown elsewhere. I already have my graph paper ready for planning this year’s small crop of yummies. Once upon a time, I used to perform in musicals and plays and paint. Now, I’m a happy spectator either at the theater or the museum if I have the time.
- Renew my subscription to Scribd.
I love reading ebooks and being able to choose what to read via a book subscription. I’ll read best-sellers, well-known authors, unknown authors, and indie titles. Depending on the book, it takes me a little under a week to consume a book on my smart phone. Want to know what I’m reading, what I’ve read, and what I couldn’t finish? Seek me out on Goodreads. I update my status as much as possible.
- Start the first edit of the beginning while I’m writing the middle and the end.
My biggest hurdle is typing. I have yet to find a decent alternative to transcribe my scrawl to times new roman. The best thing to do is plod along the keys, trying to minimize typos while making the best use of autocorrect.
- Set aside dedicated writing time for each title.
Wordsmithing is more than just a collection of words on a page. Word choice, word order, and word variation are deliberate processes. Scratching out, arrows, and asterisks or numbers collect on the page. For me to make the best use of my pen, I need relative solitude without distractions beyond barely audible music playing in the background. My mind needs to be focused on the story in front of me. I can’t be thinking of another story line, either mine or another’s (I also edit others’ work—authors, businesses, and students).
- Limit social media.
Now, my social media footprint is relatively tiny. However, it still creates a black hole for my time. For every good article I come across on social media, there are tons of cat photos, cute gifs, and mindless rants. Pointed research, while eating the same amount of time, brings more worthwhile results.
- Reclaim my free time.
Because work has gotten busier, I am walking away from activities, some of which I have been involved with for a few years or more. Sometimes, in order to move forward, we need to let go of what keeps us static. Paths diverge. We must take the one that best suits our needs. New opportunities call.