Wednesday, December 29, 2010 | By: Megan Held

Back Home

After a much needed vacation, I am not going to complain about everything that I have managed to do on it. Had a great experience doing a couple excursions, met some great people, and had a chance to read and write. Yes people, I did just say those two things: read and write.

Like on every place I go, my writing books come in tow. This place was beautiful, relaxing and was a perfect writing setting while my hubbie decided he was determined to go shell hunting (he did a good job at it too by finding the smallest shells).

My thinking is, how could one not write when it looks this beautiful in the Dominican Republic:

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On top of it, I met another writer who gave me some contact info. Oh yes, I did a massive happy dance where it could not be seen. Time to work on making sure my books are fantastic, which gives me more incentive to write more.

I asked hubbie to take pictures of me writing. You can see when I write different parts, and when he broke my concentration. Ready for it?

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Concentrated face.

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Normal writing face.

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Concentration broken by hubbie.

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Right back to being concentrated. Look at my forehead, very serious.

Obviously, from these pictures I did manage to write at least ten pages. I am quite please with the amount because I had not planned to write any while I was down there. Let’s hope that for the rest of the break I can keep up with my writing for the break.

But, for everyone that knows the hubbie, he let me buy two writing books down there. I was so excited, they are pretty. Unlined paper, but I do not care, I am going to learn how to write it because people have written on unlined paper long before me.

Seeing as I just came back home today, about 6 hours ago, I think I need to get some food in me, unpack, and prepare to write tonight because now I am home and can concentrate even more, despite what those pictures show. Those were taken on our last day there, where it was surprisingly quiet.

Friday, December 10, 2010 | By: Megan Held

Book Synopsis

I have come up with an idea for my book synopsis to appear on the back cover of the next book I publish. Several questions arise after I completed it: Does it make sense? Does it sound intriguing? Lastly, would it work for a back cover of a novel?

Book Synopsis:

New location. New department. New coworkers. New boss. Detective Rylee Feeny's first day is not what she expected. Ridiculed for being a woman in an all-male department causes her to have to prove herself. She is partnered with one of the first detectives that speak to her: Detective Edward (Eddie) Hooper.

After a week in her new department, Rylee is given a case that she has never seen before.

A five year-old girl is found naked and dead along the side of a road. A type of killing unheard of in the area.

As Rylee and Hooper try to close the case, more victims are found, including a victim close to one of the them. As the case unfolds, complications arise and tension flares. Lack of evidence hinders them further.

When it comes to solving a case, sometimes a hunch can be deadly or the answer to it all.
Sunday, December 5, 2010 | By: Megan Held

Book Cover and Editing

So, I am no artist and never will be, but I still kind of designed my own book cover. It's nothing spectacular because I know that no one will buy a book judging it's cover. That would be wrong if you did after the age of 12.

Well, here is the cover. I like it. Simple, but nice.

No laughing. Like I had said, nothing spectacular. I am all about simplistic looking, as you can see.

Well, now that I am done the actual typing part the tedious part of editing will be occuring. This is something I find difficult becuase it is my own book and I may miss something. But, this time around I will be much more careful about editing.

It's just forcing myself to sit down and do the work that will take some time. I keep getting distracted with other things, including writing my two other books. Nothing unusual, but I did promise some people that I would work on getting another one of my books available.

This entails a good list of music to get me in the mood to edit. Not too devious like my writing music, which is normally Breaking Benjamin, something more mild is needed, or a movie that will get me in the mood.

But, I do have to remember, I have to do my homework and study first before I edit. That does not mean too much because I know when I need a break I can edit. I can aim for January to have the book out. Hopefully that is suitable for everyone. I still am unsure if someone else is going to edit the book after I edit, or if I am going to be the only one.

Off I go to do some work...like always. Always working, but my work is relaxing. Synopsis of book will hopefully come soon, still trying to work on describing it.
Friday, December 3, 2010 | By: Megan Held

Book number 2 typed up

First of all, I would like to suggest that when you slice your thumb under it's nail to not type over 20 pages. It will make your thumb swell and hurt even more. Unlike me, who was just too determined, I did not take my own advice.

Techincally, this book is not boo number 2. It is book number 2 because it is the second book typed up and hopefully self-published. It's technically, don't quote me on this, the 12th book I wrote. I am so elated for the fact that I completed it after changing the goal date so many times. Life does interfere with my hobby.

Now all I have to do is edit, which will take some time. The novel ended up being 311 pages. That's right, I hand-wrote all those pages and then typed them all up. Such determination, or as it is called, obsession. I think a lot of my determination to finish this book is because of my family and friends. With all the support from self-publishing my first novel I knew I could do it again. Thank you to everyone for the support.

With editing comes trying to create a description of the book. I never understood how people could summarize a 311 page book in to 4-5 small paragraphs. A talent I have yet to acquire. Let's hope I can with this book.

I think after completing typing 2 books up, and handwriting one, in one year that I should take a break before I type up the next one. No way could I stop writing another novel. Like, I said, it is more like an obsession. A really fun obsession.

Unknown Caller=complete.
Megan=tired.

The book won. Hubby will be happy to have me out of my constant typing daze, but will have to experience me doing more of a writing gaze. Such sacrifices.

Publication Date=who knows.

I will update once I have edited and determined if I will need someone else to edit my book too. Time to rest now.