Monday, June 30, 2014

July Goals

According to my calendar, it's the end of June. Some days I think my calendar is a big fat liar because how could it be the end of June already?

But either it truly is the end of June, or all the calendars in the world are a part of a massive conspiracy. I'm pretty sure it's the latter, but until I can prove it I must accept the fact that it's time to set some goals. For July.

1. Walk, run, or bike at least 102 miles.

According to last year's mileage book, I logged 101.5 miles last July. My goal this year has been to increase that number every month. I've done it so far, but I'm thinking this could be a real challenge. It's an average of 3.25 miles each day. Not impossible (yesterday, I logged 10.5 miles), but a challenge. Which is good. I like a challenge, and something tells me I'll need a distraction because of the next goal on this list...

2. Publish Effigy. 

The date is set for July 22, 2014. All signs point to this actually happening. It's possible that not even I can screw this up at this point. But I guess we'll find out...

3. Finish Part Two of Second Nature. 

It just has to get done. That's all there is to it. I kind of have a road map to follow as I attempt to make this happen. Here's hoping that it holds up. 

4. Complete guest posts for blog tour.

I have ideas. Well, that's kind of a generous term for what have. I have the very vaguest sense of what I intend to write about. They just need to be fleshed out and, you know, properly executed. And by that, I mean written. Not given a blindfold and a last cigarette.

5. Read a book.

I haven't been doing a ton of reading of late. I'd like to change that.


And that's going to do it for me today. I'm off for an action-packed shift at The Store. What's on your agenda?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Celebrating Some Not-So-Small Things...

...And by 'things', I really mean 'people.'

This week, as I'm sure you all know by now, was the cover reveal event for my debut novel, Effigy.

It does exist!

First up I'd like to acknowledge those people posting today:


And next, I want to give another shout-out—one million shout-outs, even—to everyone else who participated this week:

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So to everyone who participated in the reveal, and to everyone who took the time to check out the cover and comment on it, I say this to you:

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This was my first cover reveal, so I'm not entirely sure how to measure the success of this event, but I feel like it went very well. And all of that is because of the awesomeness that is all of you. 

Thank you again.

Now I'm going to go away now and stop bothering you. Enjoy your weekend, everyone. I'll see you on Monday.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Main Character Meet and Greet

Today's post is courtesy of author Patricia Lynne,who was kind enough to tag me in the Main Character Bloghop. Participants are asked to answer a series of question concerning the main character in a current WIP. And though you're quite possibly sick to death of hearing about it, I've chosen to feature the main character of my upcoming debut novel, Effigyone Haleine Coileáin.


1. What is the name of your main character? Is s/he fictional or historical?

Well, I already answered part of this in the intro to this post, but my main character's name is Haleine Coileáin. And though it feels as though she spends a lot of time talking directly to me and giving me a hard time about giving her a hard time, she is fictional.

2. When and where is the story set?

Effigy is set in a medieval-esque fantasy world.

3. What should we know about your main character?

Haleine is young (eighteen, when the story begins). Though nobility, she is expected to live a certain kind of life defined by duty. She's intelligent, determined, and headstrong. Passionate, wry, but reserved in the public eye. She also hates needlepoint.

4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

A letter, actually, messes up her life (the letter that was mentioned in yesterday's excerpt). With its delivery comes a change of fate that sees her married to a pretty terrible man (readers so far unanimously want him to die horribly) and crowned queen of a country that's in desperate need of saving.

5. What is his/her personal goal?

Haleine wants desperately to end her husband's rule and save her adopted country.

6. Is there a working title for this novel, and where can we read more about it?

This novel had several working titles before I ultimately settled upon Effigy. One of them was The Human Season. It was inspired by a lyrics in a song called My Invitation by Sarah Slean.



7. When can we expect the book(s) to be published?

If all continues to go to plan (ha!), Effigy should be available starting July 22, 2014.

The Cover Reveal Event continues today at the following blogs:

Shelly Arkon
Heather M. Gardner
Callie Leuck
Christine Rains

Please stop by and say hi, if you have the chance!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Seven Up!

Yesterday I was tagged by Marcy Hatch in a hop that asks participants to share a snippet of a current WIP. Seven lines of it, to be exact. And to be even more exact, the seven lines following the seventh line on either page 7 or 77.

My current WIP is Second Nature, but I thought, as I am in the midst of a cover reveal event, I would share seven lines from page 7 of Effigy instead.

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"The king will be expecting your answer."

"The king already has my answer," Darian said, "and he knows it. You'd not be here, otherwise. Find Darragh and tell him to make the arrangements."

Adomnan nodded. "I'll leave you to it," he said, offering Rhoswen a bow. "My lady."

Rhoswen didn't notice the bow. She didn't notice Adomnan leave the room. Her eyes were locked on Darian.

"What arrangements?" Rhoswen asked when Adomnan had gone. Her cheer from earlier had disappeared. "Why is Adomnan here?"

"The king sent him with a letter."

"The king sent him," Rhoswen said. Her voice showed she understood the implications. "Why? What does Nathan want now?"

Darian held out the parchment. "Our daughter."

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All right, so that's technically eight lines, but what else would you expect from a hardened rule-breaker such as myself? Which is also why that now that I'm supposed to tag seven other people to share snippets from their own WIPs, I won't. I do, however, invite you to tag yourselves. But be sure to let me know because I love getting sneak peeks at what everyone is working on.

And if you haven't yet seen Effigy's awesome, shiny, beautiful cover (and are curious to do so), it's being featured today over at Murees Dupé's blog. Stop by and say hi if you have the time.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cover Reveal Day Two...Plus, A Beastly Blitz!

It's Day Two of Effigy's cover reveal event, and I have an amazing quartet of amazing bloggers helping me out today:

Tonja Drecker
Julie Flanders
Heather Holden
Tara Tyler

Wonderful bloggers, all. Please check them out!

Today just also happens to be the RELEASE DAY of Tara Tyler's new novel, Broken Branch Falls, which means that...

It's Beastly Blitz Day!

I've known Tara around the blogosphere for a while now, and I'm so happy to be able to take part in today's event. I love fantasy, I love MG, and I love maps. This book offers all three in one nice, neat package.

BROKEN BRANCH FALLS (MG Fantasy)
by Tara Tyler
Release Date: June 24, 2014 - TODAY!!
B&N ~~~ Amazon ~~~ Kobo
Publisher: Curiosity Quills

Gabe is an average fifteen-year-old goblin. He’s in the marching band, breezes through calculus, and gets picked on daily by the other kids at school, especially the ogres. But Gabe wants to break out of his nerdy stereotype and try other things. He has his eye on the new ogress at school. Though it’s against all beastly rules, there’s just something about her.

Gabe starts a fad of mingling with other species, forcing the High Council to step in and ruin things by threatening to destroy the school and split up Broken Branch Falls. With help from other outcast friends, Gabe sets out on a quest to save his town. They'll show 'em what different friends can do together!


Add it to your GOODREADS list!

Tara Tyler has had a hand at everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After living up and down the Eastern US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. Currently, she has two series, The Cooper Chronicles (techno- thriller detective capers) and Beast World (MG fantasy) She's an adventure writer who believes every good story should have action, a moral, and a few laughs!


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Monday, June 23, 2014

Cover Girl

Today, I am revealing the cover for my debut novel, Effigy.

Wait...that can't be right. Let me just check something here...

Nope. That's right. Today, I am revealing the cover for my debut novel, Effigy.

I'm still a little surprised and shocked that this day has finally arrived, and that I am actually going through with it. It's a big step for me. Huge, even. I kind of want to hide under my desk right now. But only kind of.

Another huge step.

Anyway, I'm unsure about what exactly I'm supposed to be doing here, but as a major part of the cover reveal is revealing the cover...



Ta-Da!

I don't know why I just did that. Is it weird that I just did that?

The cover art was created by the AMAZING Ravven, to whom I am just so grateful. I am thrilled to have found her, and even more thrilled that she agreed to take on this project. I hope that someday she may agree to take on Effigy's sequel...you know, whenever it gets to that point.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. Unusual, I know.

Hey, how about I post Effigy's blurb instead?

The survival of a once-mighty kingdom rests in the hands of its young queen, Haleine Coileáin, as it slowly succumbs to an ancient evil fueled by her husband’s cruelty.

A sadistic man with a talent for torture and a taste for murder, he is determined to burn the land and all souls within. Haleine is determined to save her kingdom and, after a chance encounter, joins forces with the leader of the people’s rebellion. She gives him her support, soon followed by her heart.

Loving him is inadvertent but becomes as natural and necessary as breathing. She lies and steals on his behalf, doing anything she can to further their cause. She compromises beliefs held all her life, for what life will exist if evil prevails?

Her journey leads to a deceiving world of magic, monsters, and gods she never believed existed outside of myth. The deeper she goes, the more her soul is stripped away, but she continues on, desperate to see her quest complete. If she can bring her husband to ruin and save her people, any sacrifice is worth the price—even if it means her life.

Click HERE for more information on Effigy, including excerpts.
Click HERE to add Effigy on Goodreads.

Effigy will be released on July 22, 2014.

This blog isn't the only place at which you can check out my shiny new cover. Here are the completely amazing people helping me out today:

Alex J. Cavanaugh
Annalisa Crawford
Mark Koopmans
M. Pepper Langlinais
Kyra Lennon
Patricia Lynne
Michael Offutt
Cherie Reich
Loni Townsend

Please stop by, say hi, and check out their wonderful blogs. You won't be disappointed.

And THANK YOU for taking the time to stop here today. As always, it is much appreciated.

See y'all next time.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Celebrating The Small Things

It's Friday. For me, it's been one of those weeks where I can't believe it's already Friday, and I kind of wish it was only Wednesday because I have SO MUCH TO DO and I am SO VERY FAR BEHIND with it all. I'm not sure I will EVER CATCH UP.

But I'm taking some time out of all-caps yelling and spinning my wheels to take part in today's bloghop.

 Celebrate The Small Things is a weekly bloghop hosted by VikLit that asks participants to celebrate the happenings from the past week—no matter how minor. For a complete list of participants, please click on the link above or the badge to the left.

Here are my celebrations this week:

—My lilacs bloomed!

The opposite of dead. At least for now.

All right, so it was just that one plant that only partially bloomed, but hey, that's one plant more than I've ever had partially bloom before. I'm feeling pretty proud of myself for not killing them. Yes, my gardening bar is that exactly that low.

—The Gator Girl turned nine years old. She celebrated by destroying her brand new "Oh-yeah-this-is-real-durable" ball in record time.

Look, mom! I made you a bowl!

—Thursday was spent having some quality time with some of my family. I allowed a six-year old to paint my toenails and now fear there isn't enough nail polish remover in the world to correct that decision. My niece, the Angel Child, painted my fingernails blue and pink and then proceeded to provide me with some very cool leg art:

Right leg received a lovely sunflower.
If you look closely, you'll see a little
butterfly on the right.

My left leg is currently host to a
Vampire Pickle Person.
Next time, I have requested a unicorn along with a sword-wielding warrior princess. The Angel Child has told me she would see what she could do.

—And last, but certainly not least, I am having my very first cover reveal next week, and I am celebrating the wonderful group of people who were able to help me out with this. I know I've said THANK YOU so much that is doesn't even seem like a real phrase anymore, but I am so grateful to each and every one of you! Also, on a possibly interesting side note, I'm not nearly terrified about this event as I thought I would be. Maybe the rest of the terror will show up after the weekend, but it's absent at the moment—probably because of how wonderful you all are.

And on that note, I am out of here. Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope y'all have a fantastic weekend.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Creating Creatures

This morning we're turning My Pet Blog over to the talented hands of author and blogger Cherie Reich as part of her Reborn blog tour.

Take it away, Cherie!




Creating Creatures

Finding the creatures to populate your magical world isn’t easy. Do you go with the stables of fantasy literature, do you find the obscure mythological creatures, or do you create your own? 

For Reborn, I did all three.

We have our more well-known creatures. These are ones that are easily recognizable to most people. We can find ways to twist what they are, but saying their name still conjures an image of what you’re talking about.


Dragons

On the horizon, two gigantic winged serpents came into view and flew over the field. They dropped heavy boulders upon our warriors. 

"What are those things?" I'd only seen them in my most horrific visions.

"Dragons."


Centaurs

At nearly eight feet tall, this creature towered over us. His reddish-brown hair—from this long hair on top of his head to his horse-like lower body—gleamed in the afternoon's sunlight. His tail swished casually. The early  spring air still held a slight chill to it, but he didn't seem to notice, despite his human-like torso being as unclothed as his horse-half. Did centaurs even wear clothes? He held a bow in his hand, a quiver full of arrows strapped to his back.


Our lesser known creatures. For these, we need to go into a little more detail. Perhaps we can even give them a unique backstory for how they are created or modify the original one from old myths.


Perytons

As we drew closer to the mouth of the river, the perytons' greenish-blue feathers sparkled like gemstones in the sunlight. One creature swooped closer. I gasped at their deer-like yet winged bodies. A man-shaped silhouette kissed the cliffs.

Karshiptas

Our karshipta, a talking falcon-like bird, could deliver messages.

Woodwoses

They shifted through the shadows. I had read about them, but the writers hadn't given a description. Woodwoes had helped Amora in the past, so perhaps they wouldn't hurt us. Of course, my head injury gave me pause. I squinted into the dark. Some of the woodwoses wore clothes like Sylvie. Other had a cluster of woven leaves from the waist to thighs. The attire reminded me of odd short pants. Were those woodwoses male? Beyond their wardrobe, it was hard to tell. They all had beards!

And sometimes we have to create our own creatures. We can pull them from myths and legends or transform something from our mind to create something that is a little more unique to our stories.

Mephinas

A strange creature with a woman's body and two heads—one male and one female—entered. I blinked and leaned forward in my chair. Although I knew of mephinas, I hadn't seen one before. According to legend, the winged god Mephets and love goddess Inashara created the mephinas when they joined together. The gods and Royals used the sacred mephinas as messengers. Their heads spoke in unison, "Presenting Prince Vespar and his contingent from the City of Apentha."

What kind of fantasy creatures do you like? Have you created a new creature before?



To save a kingdom, a prophetess must challenge Fate.

On the day of Yssa’s death and rebirth, the god Apenth chose her as the Phoenix Prophetess.

Sea serpents and gods endanger the young prophetess’s journey and sour the omens. Yssa is cursed instead of blessed, and her duties at the Temple of Apenth prove it. She spends her days reading dusty scrolls, which does nothing to help her forget Tym, the boy back home. But the annoying yet gorgeous ferryman’s son Liam proves to be a distraction she can’t predict, even though he rarely leaves her alone for two sand grains.

Her boring temple life screeches to a halt when visions of her parents’ murders consume her. Yssa races across an ocean to stop the future. If she can’t change Fate, she’ll refuse to be the Phoenix Prophetess any longer. Fate, however, has other plans for her and the kingdom.

Yssa must either accept her destiny or fight to change Fate.


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About The Author:

A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction writer and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her books include the horror collection Nightmare, a space fantasy novella collection titled Gravity, and the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles and The Fate Challenges. Reborn is her debut novel. She is Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms. For more information, please visit her website.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Halfway Point

Somehow we're already halfway through not just the month of June, but the entire year. I'm not sure how that's possible, but it's the truth.

Which means today I will be taking a look at the goals I set for myself back in January to see just how I'm doing with them.

Part One: Writing

1. Publish Effigy.

It seems that I may be within  30-something days of being able to cross this one off the list. The cover reveal is scheduled for next Monday (Next Freakin' Monday!), and the official release date has been set for July 22nd (Next Freakin' Month!). And it could actually happen. Now I just need to stay out of my own way long enough for it to happen. Yikes. (Confession: I really wish it came down to something other than me needing to stay out of my own way. I am my own worst enemy, and I am convinced I will screw this up.)

2. Complete first draft of Second Nature.

I am not within 30-something days of being able to cross this one off the list. Lately, it feels as though it'll be more like 30-something years. I am stuck, stuck, stuck, and no plan I concoct yields a promising result that sticks for longer than an afternoon. I am trying not to worry too much about it, but worrying is what I do, and this draft needs to be finished. But it won't be happening this week, as Effigy has laid claim to all of my free time for foreseeable future. Perhaps some forced time away from Second Nature will be just what this WIP needs. Or perhaps a new author is just what this WIP needs. (Likely Obvious Confession: My confidence whereas writing is concerned is at an exciting all-time low!)

Part Two: The Requisite Health Related Goals

1. Run, walk or bike 700 miles.

As of this post, I have logged 231 miles. I'm well below where I should be, but I'm well ahead of where I was at this point last year. I always seem to start off slow. February is never a very active month for me. I do much better in the summer months.

2. Eat healthier.

This goal isn't going very well. I admit to binge eating a large amount of baked goods on a regular basis. Here's my excuse: preparing to publish is stressful, I find, and I apparently need a steady stream of cake in order to cope. Maybe I'll do better the second half of the year. But I doubt it.

Part Three: Last, But Not Least

1. Read 60 books.

According to Goodreads, I have read 39 books, which puts me twelve books ahead of schedule.

2. Turn weird little spare closet space into tiny little library.

Haven't started this yet. I've thought about it a couple of times, but then I go right back to ignoring it completely.

And that is that.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with how things are going—even with the critically low confidence levels I'm experiencing. And let's be honest here—if Effigy wasn't as close to publication as it is, I'd be the exact opposite of pretty happy. As goes that damn novel goes my nation. I really hope I don't screw it up.

And on that positive thought, I'm out of here. I have a proof copy to review and unfortunate typos to lament. Thanks for stopping by today. It's always appreciated.

Happy Monday, all.


Monday, June 9, 2014

How Not To Set A Story In Your Hometown

Today on My Pet Blog, we're pleased to be playing host to author Annalisa Crawford as she prepares to release her latest book.

Take it away, Annalisa...


Thanks to MJ for letting me loose on her blog today. I'm Annalisa Crawford, and my new book - Our Beautiful Child - is due out tomorrow. It's a collection of three novellas that were all, at one point, set in my home town.


Our Celtic Cross,
gateway to Cornwall
How not to set a story in your home town ...
... in 7 easy steps

1. Realise that no one has ever set a story in your home town and vow to do it

2. Write the story and add in lots of local interest detail - such as the Celtic Cross and the Royal Albert Bridge.

Royal Albert Bridge, known as the Brunel Bridge locally.



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Me and Ann Glanville, chilling












3. Decide that maybe some of the detail is too quirky and remove it - ie. we have a full-size model of Ann Glanville, a champion rower who died in 1880. If you press the button in the centre of her chest, she tells you all about her life!</ span>

4. Take the 12th</ sup> century castle on the edge of town, move it slightly and change it into a hotel because it makes for a better opening paragraph.

5. Take the bridge that forms a huge part of the plot, move it a lot, and give it a name.

6. Decide that because you've made these minor changes, it’s not really your town  and remove references to the major landmark - the Brunel Bridge, which would just confuse people now.

7. And finally, decide you need a town square, which your town doesn't actually have, and ‘borrow’ one from a nearby town.

Thanks for reading - I hope you've learned the best way not to set your story in your home town.


“The Boathouse collects misfits. Strange solitary creatures that yearn for contact with the outside world, but not too much. They sit, glass in hand, either staring at the table in front of them, or at some distant point on the horizon.” 

… so says the narrator of Our Beautiful Child. And he’s been around long enough to know.

People end up in this town almost by accident. Ella is running away from her nightmares, Sally is running away from the memories of previous boyfriends and Rona is running away from university. Each of them seek sanctuary in the 18th century pub, The Boathouse; but in fact, that’s where their troubles begin.

Ella finds love, a moment too late; Rona discovers a beautiful ability which needs refining before she gets hurt; and Sally meets the captivating Murray, who threatens to ruin everything.

Three women. Three stories. One pub.


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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Abide With Me (An IWSG Post)

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for another edition of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, that super bloghop created by Alex J. Cavanaugh that offers writers worldwide a safe space in which to voice their insecurities. Click on the above link for more information and click HERE for a complete list of participants.

The last lifetime few months, I have been freaking out, and worrying, and freaking out about worrying, and worrying about freaking out. (It's nice that I have so much diversity, don't you think?)

But I'm not going to do that today (And there was much rejoicing...) because I am feeling strangely calm at the moment. Serene-like, even. Well, maybe not that. But there's definitely a lack of freaking out going on, which, if I think about it long enough, will make me freak out.

So I'm not going to think about it.

Except that now that I do think about it—and of course I'm going to think about it. As soon as you say, "I'm not going to think about that," the first thing you do is think about that. It's like when someone tells you not to look up. You immediately look up because you're all, "Hey, man, why can't I look up? It's a free country and I'll look up if I want too!" Or, if you're me, you're like, "Why? Is there some kind of crazy-ass spider up there? Is Shelob's stand-in about to make a snack out of me?"

Of course, if that were the case, I would hope that the request to not look up would be immediately followed by the advice to run like hell—

Wow. That was a long aside. Let me see if I can once again find my train of thought...

Oh yeah. It involved not thinking about how I'm not freaking out.

Which is probably a sign, a omen, a harbinger of something sinister, right? Waves get still, animals start to act funny, (name that incredibly obscure reference!) and I calm down.

But whatever the reason, however this serene state of mind came about, it's here. And I'm going to take advantage of it, so that I might do something I never do often enough on this blog:

Thank you.

I've said this before, and I'll say it again because I truly mean it.

Thank you. You're very kind. You're a lovely group of people, and you continue to come back to this blog to slog through the bad attitude and the sarcasm and the chronic bad moodiness to read whatever it is that crossed my mind that day. And then you offer me advice and support. You offer me help. You make me laugh, and I can't say enough how much I appreciate it all. I use that word a lot, I know, and I should probably invest in a thesaurus or something to help me expand my vocabulary, but I mean it. I appreciate all of you, and I am honored and privileged to be a small part of this community.

And that's something I will never not think about.

Before I head off into the sentimental sunset, I just wanted to share this picture I stumbled across on Pinterest the other day:



Thought it was kind of appropriate for today.

Happy writing, all. See you next time.

Monday, June 2, 2014

In Which I Stumble and Stammer and Eventually Ask for Help

Try as I might, I can't find the right hook with which to start this post. I am feeling frazzled today, and nervous, and everything seems...not right, so I'm going to stop worrying about transitions and flow for the moment and just jump right in and say—

It's June now. How did it get to be June already? I can't even wrap my mind around the fact that we're almost halfway through the year. I just...can't. It's too much. Also, I recently watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones, and I think I might now be traumatized for life. Again.

But probably not.

I was going to list some goals today but really, I only need one:

Figure out how to write faster.

Because I need to get this draft of Second Nature finished. Now. Yesterday, even. It's taking far too long, and it's part of what's making me nervous.

I had a plan, dammit. I have four entire walls in my house devoted to the plan, but the characters don't seem to care about the plan. They only care about strapping an endless amount of C-4 to the plan and fighting over who gets to push the plunger.



Meanwhile, I'm spending entirely too much time not writing, and that is making me crazy. Crazier.

So I need to figure out how to get the wagon train a-rollin' again.

Just about a year ago, the word count on this WIP was around 120k, and I wrote a post in which I stated I thought the final word count would be come in at about 220k. As of this morning, the word count has passed 221k. Which would be fine except that there are still some large chunks of story missing, which means this WIP is still not finished. And it was really supposed to be done by now.

Also, there's the fact that in a year's time, I only wrote 100k words. And 50,000 of those came in November. But maybe that's not as bad as I think (because I feel like it's bad). I mean, Effigy—as much as I love this project—has been a real attention hog this past year because, apparently, books really won't publish themselves.

Whatever.

But speaking of Effigy (which never happens on this site, I know) let me segue into the second part of today's post...the part where I ask for help.

It occurred to me over the weekend that I am dangerously close to publishing Effigy and that it may just be time to do things like...Oh, I don't know—Reveal the cover?

I haven't been on this side of a cover reveal before. I don't know if there's some kind of protocol one should be following, but I am hoping to recruit some interested bloggers to take part in Effigy's cover reveal event during the week of June 23rd through June 27th. If this is something with which you might be willing and able to help, please let me know that (and if you have a preferred date) either via email (mjfifield at gmail dot com) or in the comments below.

Any help you might offer would be vastly appreciated. And, as always, I would happily return the favor later on down the road.

So I think that's going to do it for me today. I'm off to be awkward and nervous somewhere else for a while. Have a great day, everyone, and thank you for stopping by.