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Sunday
Nov022014

NaNoWhyMe?

 

So, I was feeling guilty for not signing up for this year’s NaNoWriMo writing competition. I got over it pretty quickly, however, when I remembered I have all but neglected my blog. 

Then, I got past the guilt feelings for not writing by remembering I haven’t been doing much exercising, reading, cleaning house, or anything requiring much movement or planning.

And I got past those feelings by - you guessed it - taking a nice, long nap in my easy-chair after eating my way through the leftover Halloween candy, today’s Sunday dinner, and the traditional Broncos game-day nachos.

Do you see a pattern here?  A very ugly pattern.

It would appear I have a rare disease known as NaNoWhyMe.  There’s no cure, but there is a mandatory two day quarantine, wherein the afflicted is locked in a small room with only a bed, toilet, wine-box, crackers and Nutella. No writing is allowed, but there is a fully-unabridged dictionary to stave off loneliness.  We writers really only need our words to keep us company, right? I just wish I knew what the hell ‘unabridged’ means in regards to a dictionary. And why haven’t I ever wondered about that before?

So many puzzles.  So little brain activity left with which to solve said puzzles.

And to add insult to injury, the Broncos just had their asses handed to them on a silver platter by the New England Patriots. 

I’m having a bad day. I’m having a NaNoWhyMe kind of day.

The only light that could possibly remain in this day is tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead.

Yes, folks, it takes a bunch of zombies to save me from the Wahhhmbulance.  They call them walkers on the show, in case you weren’t up-to-speed on your TWD protocol.

Those crazy, flesh-eating walkers can make my frown turn upside-down.  It might be the only cure for my NaNoWhyMe curse.

I’ll let you know how it all pans out.  If you don’t hear from me, it just means the disease has progressed past the point of no return, or the walkers have eaten my brains and I can no longer string two sentences together.

NaNoWhyMe.  It’s a thing. Don’t let it infect you. You might want to stock up on antibiotics to keep the wretchedness at bay, but I think binge-watching all seasons of The Walking Dead might be the best way to build up immunity to the dreaded NaNoWhyMe’s.

Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor.  Because they sure aren’t working for me.

***By the way, I looked up unabridged and it just means not shortened. Boring definition. But the million dollar question is, does it renew my interest in dictionaries?

Uh.....No.

 

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Wednesday
Oct302013

NaNoWriMo is not for the squeamish

 NaNoWriMo 2013 begins in just two days. I signed up, but quite frankly, I’m mortified.  NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it challenges the multitudes, including the strong, the stubborn, the delusional, the experienced and even death-wish junkies.

In other words, if you think you can write 50,000 words within 30 days and live to tell the tale, you’d better be wearing your big girl knickers or you will die a slow, excruciating and embarrassing death.

I kid you not.

Why do I put myself through such torture, you ask?

Well, think of it as you would a rock climber:

“Mister, why are you climbing that enormous rock?”

   “Because it’s there.”

“What the fuck kinda answer is that? That rock is 50,000 feet high and it’s gonna take you 30 days to get up to the fucking top.”

   “I am a rock climber. I will climb. I will fight through the pain. I will be victorious! Any more   questions?”

“Uh, yes, just one more.”

   “Okay, shoot”

“Are you fucking crazy or did your Momma drop you on your head when you were little and you just don’t know any better?”

   “Yes.”

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Okay, so just go through the above scenario again, only this time, replace rock climber with writer. It might go something like this:

“Terri why are you participating in NaNoWriMo?”

   “Because it’s there.”

“What the fuck kinda answer is that?  Terri, NaNoWriMo requires you write a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days.  Who does that?”

   “I am a writer. I will write. I will fight through the pain, the writer’s block and the nay-sayers. I will be victorious!  Any more questions?”

“Uh yes, just one more.”

   “Okay, shoot.”

“Are you fucking crazy or did your Momma drop you on your head when you were little and you just don’t know any better?”

   “Yes.”

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So, if you see strange postings on my blog, face book, or twitter, please don’t be frightened.

It’s just me plowing through an average of 1667 words per day.  And if I get behind, you may witness my self-destruction right before your eyes.  Just ignore my whimpering and shameless cries for help.  It’s just part of the experience.

And so the journey begins.  I hope you wish me well.  And if any of you are participating in NaNoWriMo, please be my buddy.  I promise I won’t call you at two in the morning asking if you know a good metaphor for cronuts.

And furthermore, in order to cement your faith in me, I’ve made my official declaration and provide it below. 

Let it be known by all who read this page, as well as those who were sent here by doing a Google search on old bitches with butch tendencies.  I hereby, herewith, henceforth and forthwith (and a bunch of other legal terms) do declare that I will write 50,000 words in 30 days. I will not quit.  If I get behind, I will not cause any bodily harm to innocent passers-by.  If I get chronic writer’s block, I bequeath all my worldly goods to Hillary Clinton so she can sell them to help finance her upcoming campaign for President.”



Wednesday
Sep042013

Announcing Dark Pretense Online Launch Party!

Well, it took long enough, didn’t it?   You’ve seen the title plastered all over my blog, Facebook and Twitter.  You’ve witnessed me promising delivery, and then postponing…a couple of times if memory serves.

Not this time!

Dark Pretense is finally here.  The Kindle edition is already on Amazon, and the paperback will be there within days.

So it is time to party!

Please join me online at  My Facebook Author Page (click here)  on Friday, September 6th from 4 to 6 pm PST. 

There will be fun, frivolity, and even a couple prizes.  I’m hoping to even come up with a couple of fresh new jokes for the occasion, but I make no promises on that one.

And if you can’t make it, don’t feel bad or anything.  It’s ONLY my 60th birthday that day.

Just sayin..

So, if you really really really want to make my birthday special, drop by the party.  And while you’re at it, drop over to Amazon and pick up a copy of my new book.   

And if you happen to know any new jokes please share.  I know we can all use a good laugh these days.

LOVE you all!  See you Friday! 

  

 

 

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Sunday
Sep012013

Hey! Look over there!!!

 

 

Over there!  To your right.  Do you see it? 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes!  That's my new novel. And folks, it is now available on Amazon for the Kindle edition. Synopsis of the book is below:

What would happen if a child’s pretend games never ended?

Katy played games with her pretend friends when she was a little girl. However, those friends did not disappear as she grew older.  Instead, she maintained and nurtured them and her unique world. She also made new imaginary friends with which to act out her maturing games.

The imaginary games changed as Katy grew older, becoming darker, sensuous and sometimes lethal.  She would go to any lengths to protect the secretive world she had created. 

One day, Louisa entered Katy’s life. The two became instant adversaries. Louisa knew there was a lot more to Katy than what appeared on the surface and she was determined to learn her secrets. Katy, however, was even more determined to keep them hidden.

Would Katy be successful at hiding her secrets and continue living in both the real world and her special, pretend world?  Or would Louisa delve into Katy’s life just enough to put herself in harm’s way?

And so began a dangerous dance between the two… 

*****

Hope you will enjoy my book. It has truly been a labor of love. If you have the time, please leave a short review on Amazon.   That really helps and is much appreciated!

So YAY! I am so excited. I'm grinning from ear to ear! Nothing like that "new book" feeling to make this author's whole day. Or month. Or year even.  YAY!


Friday
Aug232013

OMG Two more weeks!

 

Hello friends!  Just two more weeks until:

  • I turn 60.  Oh gosh, that’s a lot to absorb, in and of itself. 

However.

That’s not my big news.

Just two more weeks until:

  • Dark Pretense is born!

Stop the presses!  Film at eleven! 

The book promised way back in the spring has finally happened and will be available on Amazon, both in the Kindle version and in paperback. 

So.

Why not celebrate MY birthday, by surfing on over and scooping up a copy of my new book?

But not until September 6th

I will include a link on this blog once the book is actually available for purchase.

AND!!!

(Hold on to your knickers for this part!)

IF you buy a copy of the paperback, just email me and I will (snail) mail you a sticker with a hand-written personal message and my autograph that you can cherish forever and put in your book.

I know right!  You must be sitting on the edge of your chairs. 

This is big, people.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!!!

Stay tuned for details for the online launch party at my author face book site, www.facebook.com/TerriSonoda.   Check out my page and Like me.  Because I like to be liked.  And stuff.

So that’s my news. 

Two more weeks until:

  • I join the geriatric demographic.  I hope they are ready for me. I’m still a youngun at heart.
  • I present my second book to the world. My baby. My passion. I’m giddy…

Pretty freaking awesome, when you think about it!!

Thursday
Aug082013

One day it just hits you

Every now and then, something happens or someone says something that touches my core. I’m sure you know what I mean. You finally get it. Your eyes open and you see a situation with clarity and instead of feeling overwhelmed, you are energized and hopeful.

When it happens, it is a beautiful moment.

Without going into details and in order to protect the innocent, I will not disclose the conduit of my newly realized revelations.  A girl has to have a little mystery, after all.

Simply put, I am back. I am moving away from the gloom and doom. I am stepping out of the pity party and getting back to the business of my life.  It’s about time.

I’ll be 60 years old in a few weeks, and I refuse to let this milestone pass without recognizing its significance and celebrating the fact that I have been blessed and privileged to live 60 years.  Wow!

My second book, Dark Pretense, will be out around my birthday, and I hope you will celebrate with me by checking it out.   It has been a labor of love that I wish to share with the world.  Just knowing I am providing a few hours of entertaining reading to anyone warms my soul and fuels my passion to write, write, and write.

Details to come.

Much love!!

Now go out there and enjoy this amazing day!

 

 

 

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Tuesday
Jun042013

June 13th Book Launch Postponed - My Apologies

Regrettably, I will be again postponing the launch of my new novel, Dark Pretense.

I hope that you will forgive me and also bear with me while I offer an explanation.

Firstly, I did all the editing on the book myself.  I could not afford an editor.  This has caused me great concern, as I have worked very hard on the novel and truly put my heart and soul into it.  I have been through its pages more times than I can count, and each time, I have changed something.

Recently, however, I heard from an old friend who also happens to be a retired newspaper editor. He saw me on Face Book and asked about my writing.  Conversation ensued and to my surprise, he offered to read my manuscript for free.  I was beside myself with glee.  I figured even if he didn’t like it, at least a ‘professional’ would have a hand in its completion.

He did indeed, read my manuscript, and then, again to my surprise (and delight) he offered to provide editing advice to me at no charge.  He simply wants to extend a hand of friendship using his expertise.

And so, I have accepted his offer, and will be taking my book back into the editing process for a few weeks.

I’m sure all you writers out there completely understand my decision, and everyone else will forgive me because you love me.

So there you have it.

When will my novel be ready?

I’m not going to project a date.  I’m merely going to say that as soon as it is on Amazon, I will let everyone know and then we shall have our launch party!

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Apr302013

Four More Weeks!

 

Good day family, friends, and writerly colleagues!  I promised a launch date for my new suspense novel, Dark Pretense, and I am delivering!

Save the date!  Tuesday, May 28th, 2013.

I am so excited to announce this book launch!  Dark Pretense has been almost two years in the making, began during the NaNoWriMo writing competition in 2011.  It was put on the back burner for a long time, mostly due to other commitments and not being able to clone my twisted imagination…or my typing fingers. 

Oh that I could….

I’m bursting with pride. I’m exhausted. I am desperately in need of a manicure. I’m giddy. I’m grumpy (my very patient partner insisted I throw this one in).  I’m humble.  And did I say I am proud?  Cause I am.

But most of all, I am satisfied. If you write, you know what I am talking about.  I have been through writer’s block, which is code for “total brain disconnect.”  I have been through writer’s fright, which is code for “I’m scared to death someone will find a typo.”  I have been through writer’s high, which is code for “drinking through the pain and memory lapses”. 

But I digress…

Yes, I’ve been through that, too.  Digression just about did me in, but I made it through. I am a rock.

So, folks, please do me the honor of helping me celebrate this amazing journey.  

More details to come.  Which is code for “I’m gonna bug the shit out of you people and you’ll get fucking sick of seeing my name on your blog roll, face book, twitter, and/or email.  Also code for “Writer’s desperation”.  But you’ll still love me because that’s the kind of wonderful friends/family/readers I have.

So in the spirit of whatever I can still muster after this  I give you….

FOUR MORE WEEKS!

Until the launch of Dark Pretense

Be there or you’ll miss out on the prizes, cheap wine, canned cheese, pigs-in-a-blanket, and virtual huckleberry pie.  You’ll also miss out on the topless cocktail waitress and waiter (still taking applications for these positions), and really bad jokes (my personal favorite part of a book launch).

Trust me. You don’t wanna miss this, people. 

Can I be frank? 

This is big.

This is a thing.

And this is me, shamelessly plugging my face off.

Ya’ll come, ya hear?

Click HERE to see Party Details

  

 

 

 ADDENDUM:  Launch date has been changed to Thursday, June 13th from 4 to 7 pm PST.