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AAACK! I’m on my own Glob! Look! I’m right over there ==============================>>>>>>

Did I come prepared to share gibberish words of wisdom?

Erm. No.

I came prepared to let Jessica Aspen, a fellow Margie Lawson IMC grad, a talented writer, and one of my good buddies share her words of wisdom.

I’ve been so busy blog-jacking writing, I failed to craft a post of my own between esteemed blog guest gurus Brinda Berry and, today, Jessica Aspen.

For those of you who don’t yet follow Jessica, check out the linky-love at the end of the post, read the book blurb, and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Snow White and the Seventh Wolf, the second in her Twisted Tales trilogy.

If you don’t win the free copy, blame Jessica take your pal, Pay, on a vacation to the Amazon or any of the other sites listed. I already own and have read the book. Trust me. Your libido literary mind will thank you for the investment.

I’ll first share the cover and blurb on Jessica’s most recent publication.

Um. Jessie? Your publisher said I’d be getting a royalty check for posing as the heroine on this cover. Please have your peeps call my peeps. I’m shedding hair extensions.

SnowandSeventhWolf_200Snow and the Seventh Wolf on: Amazon, Passion in Print, Barnes and Noble, All Romance

Exiled for attempting to kill his sister’s lover, the last thing Seth needs is to be saddled with a human. But Seth can’t turn his back when he discovers Snow fleeing from her avaricious step-parents murder plot. Isolated in a cabin in the woods, Snow attempts seduction and Seth discovers even werewolves are vulnerable to passion’s temptation. Seth’s angry struggles against his desire drive him away, but his over-protective alpha nature won’t let him abandon a female in distress. With Snow in danger again, can Seth overcome his prejudices in time to save Snow from her step-parents’ evil plan?

Since I’m the opening act for this gig, and sort of stole did my own twist on Jessica’s opening line, I’m going to step away and let Jessica take over. Enjoy!

I plan to hang out in comments today. I do some of my best work in comments.


[Sorry, Jessica. Common Sense warned me against adding that. I rarely listen to Common Sense. It’s a character flaw.]


AAACK! I’m finally on Gloria’s Glob!

I’ve been waiting for this moment, my big debut on my friend Gloria’s blog. Gloria and I met up at Margie Lawson’s Deep Immersion class, which (due to Gloria, I’m sure!) became known as Woo-Hoo U. That was over two years ago and we’re both still chugging along with our writing. WOO-HOO!

But just like Gloria I get bogged down in the three P’s of writing: Procrastination, Perfectionism, and oh shoot, I had three last night!

Writing is tough, editing is tough, and staying away from the lure of the internet and social media is even tougher. So I went to my handy-dandy resource, Google. (Whatever did we do before Google? And I searched for the three P’s, because I knew I had heard them before. And here is what came up:

Persistence, planning, positivity

Live in the Present, live with Passion, live with Purpose

Positive, Patient, Persistent

Permanence, Pervasiveness and Personalization

And the one I had in the back of my brain from all those First Aid classes I’ve taken just so I can go camping with the Girl Scouts:

“To preserve life by applying lifesaving medical intervention.

To prevent the condition from worsening through correct and prompt clinical response.

To promote recovery by taking appropriate steps to transport and hand over the patient to more qualified personnel.”

The Three P’s of First Aid (The Link for those life-saving methods listed above.)

So why is it that with all these wonderful “P” words swimming around in the proverbial mental soup, I stick with Procrastination, Perfectionism and…what was that third one???

It’s taken me a while to realize that avoiding writing or avoiding querying, in fact, avoiding anything…is my own fault. It’s my fears taking over. Fear that I won’t be able to write anything good today. Fear that what I have slaved over for a year or two is no good. Fear that no matter how hard I try, it will never be good enough. And so those vicious P’s rule my days.

But I still want to write. And I still DO write. And when I sit down and get those words on the page, no they aren’t any good. They are awful. But I’ve gotten to the point that I know that. The first draft will be bad. It is simply getting the action and some dialogue onto the page so I can get to the real work. The deep editing.

That is where the struggle really begins. Realizing that even though I can type my rough draft at a rate of one thousand words an hour, I edit at a rate of about 1,000 words a day. Slow. Tortoise slow. Slower than tortoise slow. Because once I’ve edited that first pass. I have to go back and do it again.

But it’s important to realize that once I’ve pushed aside my procrastination day-after-day and the ms is done, it’s time to send out the book for exposure to criticism.

Hence the last P… Panic.

That’s the one that makes my stomach churn. I send the book out to agents, editors, friends and Panic sets in. And since the publishing world (hey, is that another P?) is so slow, I have to live with gut-churning Panic for months. And months. And months.

Those editors and agents (my friends are super good about turn-around) take forever to even look at your work. And they take even longer to make a decision.  As much as it tortures me I try to give them a little slack while I’m chewing my fingers to the bone with waiting because I believe that they are also beset by the three P’s. And I have to have a little Poise, and Pluck, and Pertinacity (yes, it’s a real word) and cut them a little slack. We all have those days.

Tell me your P stories. Do you put things off? If you don’t, how did you get to the point where you overcame your fears and created your own Positive P’s?

I’m giving away an e-copy of my recent release in the Twisted Tales: Come into the Woods Series, Snow and the Seventh Wolf to one lucky reader (WARNING, you must be over 18 to win). Leave a comment to enter and good luck!

JessieAuthor Bio: Jessica Aspen writes paranormal romance near the foothills of the Colorado Rockies. Her books are full of elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. She loves dark chocolate, walking the dog, hiking and is obsessed with new electronic writing devices. Jessica is also obsessed with writing, learning about writing and is currently hard at work on the third novella in the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods series, Goldi and the Bear available Fall 2013. She is a member of RWA, CRW, FF&P and PRO. You can find Jessica most days during the week at http://jessicaaspen.com

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Discover Little Red Riding Wolf, the first book in the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods Series

REALLY! SERIOUSLY! Discover Little Red Riding Wolf. You don’t want to miss any of the books in this trilogy. Yes. They are that well-written and toe-tingling steamy.

Available at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Passion in Print, and All Romance.

Okay. Time for some FUN! Comments. I love comments. Jessica loves comments. If things work out as planned I’ll be the first person to toss my two cents into the comment pond.