Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Two vacations (and writing retreats) in one month!

This week I am headed out to one of my most favorite places in Oregon to enjoy four days of peace, paintball and time with my family. Camp Dakota is THE place to be if you're looking for adventure and relaxation in the pacific northwest.

I wrote this review of Camp Dakota a couple of summers ago, and I've got to say that their campground and adventure park just keeps getting better. The article gives you a good idea of what it's like though:

Camp Dakota: Oregon's paintball playground

Between paintball battles and naps in the Yurt, I hope to get some more writing time in while I'm in the woods. Getting out of the office always seems to get my creative juices flowing, and I'm hoping to ride that burst of creativity into a new project.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Upgrayedd. With two D's,"for a double dose of this pimping"

The time has come for my trusty netbook to go by the wayside. I am re-investing some of my earnings from writing into a new laptop. Nothing slows up writing and editing like shotty equipment (and writing longhand takes SO long). The netbook, which I have loved completely and which I used to finish writing and editing Age/Sex/Location: Love is just a click away, has stopped being quite so user friendly.

So I'm getting the big upgrade. Bigger screen, better graphics, more memory. I can't wait for the new laptop (a Toshiba Satellite bought through Groupon.com) to arrive... just in time for another round of edits and re-writes of Adaline. Who knows, the keyboard might just tickle my fingers enough to inspire the beginnings of a new novel or two.

If you are wondering, "Upgrayedd" is a character from the movie Idiocracy. One of the best futuristic histories ever filmed.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Family and Editing Time

July is one of the busiest times for our family. Not only is our business crazy busy mid-summer, but July is also a month FULL of family time. From family vacations and birthdays to national holidays, it is non-stop fun and full of time for relaxation. I am hoping that taking some time away from my regular work will open up a few hours of editing time as well.

In January I had hoped that I'd have enough time to finish the first big round of edits on the new novel, and that I'd be deep into the first draft of the sequel to Age/Sex/Location. However, now that we're all the way into July and I'm still editing, and haven't started drafting the sequel... I think it's time to realize that I've just got to take what I can get where the books are concerned.

Coupled with the noveling, I am also looking at a couple of other opportunities writing regularly for the web. Freelancing and ghostwriting have been building for me, which coupled with the small royalties I'm earning is starting to grow my confidence as a writer. It's been a slow process over the last few years, but the business of writing is growing and that's a great thing.

Monday, July 1, 2013

My First FREE Promotion

A Giraffe In The Room by Denise Kawaiiauthor of Age/Sex/Location: Love is Just a Click Away
I haven't had a free book promotion yet in my brief writing career, so I am excited to let everyone know that A Giraffe In the Room is FREE to download on your Kindle and other Amazon e-book devices from July 1st through July 5th in celebration of Independence Day. Please do download a copy, and tell your friends to download one on their Kindle too!