Progress in spite of everything

Last week was rough. We had to make an unexpected trip out of state for a funeral that devoured the week. Plus, the days we were home I wasn’t exactly in the mood to create. I was tired, and sad. Still, I managed to edit another four chapters. One of those chapters, I promise you I re-edited at least four times. Specifically one section of it.

Looking at my track changes made me ask myself if I actually liked anything I’d written in that section. It was nearly solid red. But I managed to get it to where I like it (mostly.) I still have one awkward transition I need to revisit, but I’m hoping the good fairy of inspiration will hit me with an idea soon.

So despite losing four days of the week I managed to move forward and… Here’s the big one. I started querying my first novel, Bound.

It wasn’t as hard to pull the trigger as I had thought. I’d planned on waiting until after a contest I had entered was announced, but a friend from my local chapter of the Romance Writers of America asked me why the hell I was waiting. Well, it was a damn good question.

Why was I waiting? I think it was mostly mental. Having a date in my mind was something akin to starting a diet, or quitting smoking. It’s not today, so nothing’s changing or happening YET. It wasn’t so far away to be unreasonable. It was really just a way, however well reasoned, of procrastinating.

I’m done procrastinating.

So I sent out a few queries. Now comes the epic waiting, and the continued searching.

Balancing Act

It probably isn’t much of a surprise that I love books. I love to read them. I love to write them. (Okay, okay, I don’t love editing them…)

I have always loved reading. I was the kid that would go camping and spend the hot summer afternoon reading in the tent, totally engrossed. Sure I liked to do things outside, but the imaginary world was my favorite.

Being an introvert in an extroverted family was always hard. Having social anxiety on top of that made me often want to escape into a book. But I can’t even say my love of reading is just because I’m a shy, awkward person. It’s because I’m a dreamer.

I have vivid dreams. Nearly every night. My husband likes to tease that I have the strangest dreams. And I do. But I love dreaming. I try so hard to hold onto them when I’m waking up because they’re amazing. It’s were a lot of my ideas come from.

But life isn’t all books, writing, and dreams. I have responsibilities. I have a day job, 8 to 5, Monday through Friday. I have a husband who can’t cook much beyond a box of mac and cheese (even if he is the BEST dad and does all the dishes.) And I have a five-year-old son who needs my time.

I can’t read books all day because then I can’t write. I don’t get a paycheck so I can’t keep a roof over my head. My husband starves. And my five-year-old… well he’d just bug the crap out of me until I put that book down.

That same goes for everything else. I am struggling to find balance.

This isn’t unique. Everyone has the same struggle.

I have a book I need to finish edits on. Another book I need to start querying for. And then I see that there are a shit-ton of amazeballs books coming out this year. Some of them I’ve been waiting for FOR-FREAKIN’-EVER, Like Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs. (I love Charles and Anna, sigh.)

Oh and Lake Silence by Anne Bishop.

And TWO Helena Hunting books.

And a new Stage Dive Novella by Kylie Scott.

And. So. Many. Others. My Kindle pre-order list is insane. You get the point.

All these amazing books are gonna kill me.

And I love it! 🙂

CHANGES by Jim Butcher

I just finished… CHANGES (The Dresden Files, Book 12) By Jim Butcher

I read the end of this book last Thursday and started to write my review of it, but I proceeded to stare at the blank screen for a good ten minutes. I realized I needed to let it sink in because this book lived up to its name–it changed things. Everything really. And I wasn’t entirely sure what the next book would bring.

From the beginning, this book was emotional. The very first line had me hooked. I didn’t want to put it down. I had to find out what happened. Which is a mark of a good book by anyone’s definition. If I hadn’t read the previous eleven books, and been so invested in the characters, the beginning wouldn’t have had such a strong hook. But I had, so it did.

Harry Dresden and Susan Rodriguez have a child. A daughter that Susan never told him about. And of course, the Red Court of vampires took her.

The rest of the book is about getting the child–Maggie–back. Like all of Butcher’s Dresden books, it’s never that simple. There are a lot of parts moving behind the scenes, and we learn some other surprises, some of them little and some huge.

I had one big part in the plot that bothered me, to save anyone from spoilers, it’s hidden at the very bottom unless you want to read it.

I have to read the next one, because I HAVE TO KNOW how in the HELL Butcher’s going to continue this, though I have to think Demonsreach is involved. Somehow…

Loved the book ♥♥♥♥♥ out of ♥♥♥♥♥

Loved the audiobook  ♥♥♥♥♥ out of ♥♥♥♥♥  (Seriously, anyone would doesn’t find Marsters amazing as the narrator of these books needs their head examined.)

What I’m reading next…  GHOST STORY (The Dresden Files, Book 13) By Jim Butcher & still reading SAVE THE CAT!® STRIKES BACK By Blake Snyder & EVERYBODY WRITES Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content By Ann Handley (for the day job, but it might carry over.)



Edits to my 2017 NaNoWriMo Book

Right now I’m calling it Malicious Envy, but who knows if it will keep through edits. This is the first book I’ve plotted out before writing. It made the process easier in some ways. My typical problem spots didn’t give me their usual trouble. (Around 50k I normally hit a wall or just run out of writing steam, and neither happened.)

I’m editing blind. I’ve received some feedback on the first two chapters, but everything else is just my opinion.

Editing is super hard for me because I lose motivation quickly. Already I had a plot bunny scratching at my brain and a new idea appeared. Okay, two of them. So in the meantime, while I’m editing my heart out, I’m scratching those ideas down and filing them away in the “future project” folder.

M.E. is a urban fantasy, or maybe paranormal romance, depending on how you classify. There are werewolves, but their origin story is a bit unique (I hope.) It’s a suspense, with a little mystery. And of course, there’s a love story in the mix.

I’ve got two chapters edited, hoping for three more this week but we shall see.

Doing something a little different

I’ve decided to make use of my blog in a new way. I’ve divided it into categories.

What I’m Reading, which will contain reviews of books I’ve finished. Sometimes it might just be a few sentences, hopefully more. These posts will also show what I’m reading next.

What I’m Writing, which is sort of an accountability factor for me. Basically what I’m writing and what my goals are.

Blog, which is everything else. My musings and whatnot.

I haven’t been terribly successful on keeping up with a blog, so we shall see…

TURN COAT by Jim Butcher

I just finished…  TURN COAT (The Dresden Files, Book 11) By Jim Butcher

I’m a big fan of Harry Dresden and the world Butcher has created. I love that Harry is a flawed character, who has made serious mistakes. Some of those mistakes were made with the very best intentions, kind of like what happens in real life.

I was a little late getting onto the Dresden Files bandwagon, only having started the series this year. The audiobooks are narrated by James Marsters (remember Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer?) and are amazing. One of the best audio book narrations I’ve heard. His voice is right up there with my favs. And the acting/reading… I almost like listening better than reading, which is saying something for me.

In this book, Harry’s old tormentor is back. The Warden who shadowed him in the first book, just hoping he would slip up, Morgan comes to Harry wounded and on the run from the White Council. Harry’s in a unique position to know exactly what if feels like to be innocent when everyone thinks you’re guilty, and has made no bones about his feelings for the Council’s brand of strict justice.

He decides to help Morgan by trying to prove his innocence. But of course things don’t go easy…

This book it an amazing example of all the pieces and details adding up and building on top of each other until the final picture makes them all click together in a picture that has you awestruck with Butcher’s mastery of weaving that all together so seamlessly. It’s also poignant and heartbreaking and I’ll admit I cried once, okay twice…

I think this might be my favorite book yet in the series, though it’s a close race. And I’m raring to go to read the next one to answer the lingering questions dropped in my lap through this one.

Loved the book ♥♥♥♥♥ out of ♥♥♥♥♥

Loved the audiobook  ♥♥♥♥ out of ♥♥♥♥♥

*The audiobook didn’t get five hearts because it didn’t allow me to switch between the ebook and the audiobook (the Kindle Read & Listen thing.) That’s not really a criticism of the audiobook, more Kindle, but it was still a pain.

What I’m reading next…  CHANGES (The Dresden Files, Book 12) By Jim ButcherSAVE THE CAT!® STRIKES BACK By Blake Snyder – Note: I don’t read a lot of craft or non-fiction, so there’s no telling how long this will take.

PitchWars 2017 #PimpMyBio

Well hello there!

My name is Kitt. You probably haven’t seen me much on Twitter (@rose_kitt) or the PitchWars forum, as I am more of a lurker.


This is me…

In real life, I’m a little too close to forty, married for ten years to a one-legged man (not a joke) named Tony. We have an almost-five-year-old son, Lincoln. I’m a dog person, who owns a cat named Frankie.

My son loves books nearly as much as I do. Often, I will find him clutching a book to his chest like a teddy bear, long after he’s fallen asleep. My husband is wonderfully supportive and has read everything I’ve written. He’s my cheerleader. And my cat, well he warms my hand while I type.

I just changed jobs a year ago and currently work for a financial advisor as an executive assistant. In that position, I produce one 800 to 1500 word article a week for their blog, and do copy work for ads. It’s not what I’d prefer to be writing (like hot guys and romance) but it is interesting and I’ve been able to help people–like when I wrote an article about dementia and how you can protect yourself and your family.

Previously, I worked for Walgreens for fifteen years, the last two of which as the pharmacy scheduler. While this might not seem relevant, I share because it proves I’m not afraid of hard work.

That job was HARD.

I scheduled for around 70 stores, managing the schedules, vacation, payroll, and HR issues for close to 400 pharmacists in stores as far as five hours away. I like to joke that I was a babysitter, except my kids had doctorates–which arguably made them bigger pains in the ass.

Sometimes I would have to call thirty plus people to cover one shift. Beg, borrow, and bribe… Persistence is one of my middle names.  Hard work doesn’t scare me.

My book…

My book is Bound. It’s a New Adult Paranormal Romance that clocks in at 95,000 words. It has werewolves, fairies, dragons, and alien worlds. Curses, magic, and long-lost love.


Originally titled Kindred, the first draft was written in 2013, primarily while I was nursing my then infant son. It only took four weeks to end with a word count of 72,000 words.

But I knew the story wasn’t done. Immediately I dove into the second book and finished that one in six weeks. A few contemporary romances pulled me away from the story line, but when I came back months later, I decided to revise.

The rewrite was hard. I cut the first 25,000 words and retitled it Bound. Last year, I submitted Bound to PitchWars. I did not receive any requests or feedback. It didn’t discourage me; it motivated me. I sent my book out to twenty-ish friends and family to get feedback–yes, I know, biased. However, it gave me the confidence to send my baby out into the larger world. I joined a crit group.

From all that feedback, I again scrapped the beginning, aged up my main character, changed a main character’s name, killed off a minor character, and added almost 20,000 to the total word count in character development. And a little steam.

I am willing to do whatever is necessary to make this story work. It is so close to my heart, and the characters are like my children. I hear Alina in my head often. If this year I don’t get into PitchWars, I won’t give up. I will just work harder.