Hello Friends and Welcome.
So if you’ve been following me for a little bit, you know that I work hard to post at least six blog posts a month – four writing posts and two reading posts. For the most part, I stick to publishing my writing posts on Monday and the reading posts every other Thursday (last week was an exception due to my Business Law exam -which I passed!).
Since March has seven Mondays, I thought it would be fun to do a little ask me anything type post. I’d like to maybe shoot for doing one of these quarterly – I took this quarter’s questions on my instagram story however you can feel free to leave any in a comment below, or shoot me a direct message. In the future I will put up a special promo post asking for questions as well.
One: What is your favorite book?
That’s an impossible question.
Some of my top favorites of all time are: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Angels and Demons by John Grisham, The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood (warning: controversial!), The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, and Dark Matter by Gillian Flynn.
Two: Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Wars. Definitely Star Wars. I enjoy Star Trek and would love to get into it more, but I’ve been a Star Wars fan since I was eight years old. Fun fact: I named my cat Luke Skywhisker!
Three: Can you tell me about your novel [Autumn Sunrise] in five words?
Thrilling chase to stop injustice.
That’s the best I could come up with at this time. My five word pitch may change as I get further into editing and revision.
Four: Did you finish initial revision notes for Autumn Sunrise?
Ahhh…not quite! I posted on Instagram that I was really optimistic that I would complete the initial revision notes for Autumn Sunrise this past weekend and be ready to start putting the revised outline together for draft two. I ended up celebrating all evening Friday and was out with family for a spontaneous day on Saturday.
I anticipate finishing the notes within the next couple days – but it will be done by this upcoming weekend at the latest.
Five: Favorite Food?
Mac and Cheese! Specifically baked in the oven homemade mac and cheese like my mom makes. That said, I actually have to be careful about how much gluten and dairy I am consuming as neither one makes me feel super great so it has to be a very occasional treat.
Six: What song describes your current mood?
“Chip on My Shoulder” from Legally Blonde: The Musical is currently the theme song for my life. I am currently very driven to get this CPCU designation and continue to write regularly. I have to be very driven to get to where I want to be.
Seven: Favorite Marvel Movie?
That’s easy! Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Eight: What planner do you use?
I use a Day Designer weekly planner to keep track of my appointments and top priorities and then I track all of my to-dos and projects in a project management system called ToDoist.
Nine: What is Luke Skywhisker up to right now?
At this moment, he’s busy turning on the faucet in the dressing room for a drink of nice fresh water. I’ll have to get up and turn it off in a few minutes because he hasn’t yet realized that he needs to turn the water off when he’s done.
Ten: When will Autumn Sunrise be beta read? And are you looking for betas?
Hopefully later this year! My plan is to complete the second draft and do some light revisions before sending it out to betas. Right now I am not currently looking for betas, but if that changes I will definitely let everyone know.
Eleven: What’s up next for you now that Business Law is over with?
CPCU Related – Business Finance! I’m a little nervous since I was an English major in college and keep claiming that math is not my strong suit (though I work in the financial services industry as my day job – so that’s not entirely true). My plan is to get this one knocked out before I head to the beach in May with my family.
Blog Related – Continuing to post on a regular schedule as much as I can. I have the posts for the rest of the quarter all planned out. Ideally I would like to at least get April’s posts planned if not even get some of May’s planned out.
Autumn Sunrise Related – Finishing up review notes and prepping to start draft two!
Well, that’s it for today. Maybe you enjoyed this and maybe you didn’t. That’s okay! We’ll be back to regular reading and writing posts for a little bit. Let me know any questions you have that you’d be curious for me to answer in my next quarterly AMA.