Monday, December 12, 2011

Vizcaya On Facebook!

First I have to announce that Vizcaya now has an official Facebook page!

Like Vizcaya on Facebook!

So now Vizcaya updates will show up right on your Facebook news feed!

And even bigger news - I've set the release date for January 6th!  Which also happens to be Three Kings Day.  It's a pretty big holiday for a lot of Latin American countries, so I thought it was fitting for the story.

In less stellar news, I updated my paltry reading list.  It's so incredibly pathetic, but the time to read just wasn't there for me this year.  I'm gearing up for next year though.  I have a nice pile of books sitting comfortably right by my bed.  Let's do this!

WRITING UPDATE!
  • I'm on chapter 3 of Winter Lakes 2!  Thanks NaNoWriMo for giving me the kick that I needed to get started!
  • The "Diamond" story has officially been renamed "Pulsar."  I've gotten a bit further in it. 
  • Working through Vizcaya edits.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Adventures in Retail

After I picked up a seasonal job at a major department store, I told myself that I would come in here and write little stories based on my experiences.  The problem is, when you're working a full-time job, writing, and then working a seasonal job, you don't have TIME to write little stories!  So I ended up giving up most of my shifts.  However, I did collect enough experiences to turn into stories at some point so don't be surprised if I they start springing up in the blog.

I attempted NaNoWriMo this year, and then had to abandon that as well due to the above circumstances.  The good news is that before I abandoned it, I started working on Book 2 of Winter Lakes!  I'm so excited about it.  In fact, I'm going to work on it right after I'm done with this blog entry.  Yay!

The first sketches for the cover of Vizcaya should be coming back soon from the artist.  He's going to give me a few of them and then I get to tell him which one I like best and what direction to go in.  I can't wait to see them.  It's tough because even though we're taught to not judge a book by its cover, subconsciously we all do.  It's the book's first impression!  And we all know that first impressions are very important.  So what I want to know from you guys is what are some of YOUR favorite Young Adult book covers?  Which ones made you pick up the book at Barnes & Noble, or click on to read more about it on Amazon?  Let me know!

I'm working on setting an official release date for Vizcaya.  So keep an eye out for that date!

Alright, Winter Lakes 2, here I come!

Monday, October 24, 2011

A Happy October Post

What a crazy, busy month!  Between moving, visiting my sister before she moved far away, and coming down with the flu, I feel like the whole month has gotten away from me.  So let's get to it!

First up, Halloween Horror Nights!  It was so incredibly fun, and this year we took advantage of the Express Pass which meant getting through the lines quicker and being able to see all the houses, plus the Bill & Ted show, with time to spare.  Success!  My favorite houses were the ghost ship house and the Poe house.  The former was like going through a haunted Pirates of the Caribbean, which was awesome, and the latter was fun just for the chance to yell out the title of a Poe story as you entered each new scene.  They really did a great job with it.

This year's HHN theme was "21" in honor of their 21st anniversary. Clever.


Before I forget, let me share two fun sites with you guys.

The first is a blog started by a friend of mine.  She's a fellow writer with some "Cali Confessions" that she's sharing with all of you.  So go to the link and have fun reading!

Cali Confessions

The other site you guys should check out is the official facebook page for PAW (Partnership for Animal Welfare).  If you love dogs and cats, then head over there and like the page, and keep up with the latest PAW happenings.  If you're in the area and are looking for a pet, definitely check out their website.  They do a great job giving you all the information you need to know on these adorable pets.

PAW Facebook Page


And on that note, how about a writing update?

Vizcaya is at the editor!!!  It's now in that most crucial of steps.  We're getting there, guys!
• The "Diamond" story challenge is due again and I came up with a completely new direction that I want it to go in.  I'm off to work on that now, but here's a little sample:

The last time P.K. noticed color was two days ago in Tucson.  She had been working on her brother’s four-wheeled junk pile, tweaking the engine with the old screwdriver their father had left behind right before he disappeared months ago.  As she reached up to grab the hood she noticed the rust, blood red, scathing across the metal where the dusty blue paint once lived.  She thought it was an omen and let the hood fall into place.

The heat index had been climbing all morning and she gauged the temperature to be somewhere around 112, maybe 115.  The days had become hotter, just as the scientists had predicted months ago, and now that her expedition time had come, she thought about how 115 didn’t feel so bad.  If this was the worst it would get, then she could stay.  But it wasn’t the worst.

What do you guys think?

Monday, September 26, 2011

The National Book Festival

Yesterday I attended the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. and had a great time listening to authors speak. I always love hearing an author's perspective on their work, and also listening to their inspiration and origins of their ideas. What I always find at events like these is that I'm not alone in my craziness. It's a great feeling.

It was great to listen to Susan Cooper discuss how "some of us aren't writing for children, we're writing for ourselves." And she also talked a lot about what sets fantasy writers apart is that they always think of the "what if." "The what if always comes by accident," she said, and I couldn't have agreed more. It was great hearing her speak, and I took lots of notes.

I also had a chance to hear both Terry McMillan and Neal Stephenson read from their latest works. I enjoyed both of their readings but was more amused by their Q&A sessions after. Neal Stephenson was assaulted by two lines of guys asking everything from "does he play MMOs" to "what does he have against IT guys." I couldn't stop cracking up to be honest.

However, when the festival ran out of funnel cake, that's when we knew it was time to head back home. (And really, how do you not compensate for a potential funnel cake shortage at an event that involves people?!)

Over the weekend I also got to see The Lion King in 3-D! The moment it started I was crying, so it was all downhill from there. Every time each song started I experienced musical frisson which just made me that much more emotional throughout. Needless to say, I loved it.

This weekend I'll be home in Florida for Halloween Horror Nights. I promise to have a full report of that when I'm back!

Now for my writing update:

• Vizcaya peer reviews - Still in progress
• The "Diamond" Story challenge - I'm five pages in! And I think I've found my stride and direction for it. Well maybe.... :\

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Packing and Moving and Traveling, Oh my!

Life has been a bit busier than expected this month. The roommates and kitties and I are packing things up and getting ready to move a few exits up the road. It's very exciting because I'm in love with the balcony. It's the perfect balcony for writing! And I love that my room has a lot of windows. It's exactly the kind of place I was hoping we'd get to move into.

Unfortunately this means a lot of packing time. The worst part is that our move-in date falls in the middle of my trip home for Halloween Horror Nights. When it rains it pours, as they say. I'm so excited about this year's HHN though because they're introducing a ghost ship house. How cool is that? I hope it's good and not disappointing. You just never know which house will be the best until you check them all out. Usually the HHN ghost houses aren't as good as some of their other houses, but a couple of times they've done it very right: i.e. the house with the dolls a couple of years ago. Creepy and perfect.

On the writing front, I challenged my friend Lisa to write a story based on the premise of this Yahoo News article - Astronomers discover planet made of diamond. I gave us a month to finish it, which means I need to have it done in 3 days! As soon as I'm done with it, I'll post it here on the site so you guys can check it out and see how I did. Wish us luck!

A quick Vizcaya updated - One of the peer reviews has returned! Now I'm just waiting for the remaining two. Revision time is fast approaching!

And last but not least, everyone check out my friend's writing blog - http://www.caliconfessions.com/!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

I now have a Tumblr!

I'm a little too excited about this, but I finally have a Tumblr! There's nothing on it yet, but I'm sure that will all change in due time. Here's the link!

http://riveralina.tumblr.com/

And check out the blog on my site! I added a code for Vizcaya!


http://linarivera.weebly.com/blog.html

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Please Support Vizcaya!

I'm on my way toward self-publishing my young adult novel, Vizcaya. But before I can do that, I need backers! Please check out the site below and help back the cause! Thanks for everyone's support!