Thursday, November 29, 2012

SM Johnson ~Thursday Morning Coffee ~ Stuff I would do

Good morning, and welcome to Thursday Morning Coffee!

Our house has been like the sick bay of an old Star Trek television episode. Actually, I barely remember what the sick bay looks like, so I don't know why I said that except it sounds somewhat more humorous than my actual feelings about the topic.

Because I'm a dunderhead, I stare at IzzyG in groggy-eyed bewilderment in the middle of one sleepless night after another wondering how long this can go on.

The answer is, apparently, FOREVER. Or at least until I remember she has asthma and procure for her a "red zone" inhaler. Duh.

And of course, I get sick, too.

So after 11 (child) and 7 (me) days being sick, we finally visit the Urgent Care center - where she gets a new inhaler - that it turns out she's allergic to - and I get diagnosed with Pink Eye.

Oh, life is grand, isn't it?

At this moment, I am not feeling too bad, except that my ribs are aching and I have a pulled muscle in my shoulder blade region from all my excruciating hours of hacking my lungs out last night. Ugh. It is a dry, very useless, wracking cough that makes me wet myself attractively and nearly pass out from lack of oxygen. Yes, darlings, I will admit to living the life of high glamour.

Despite living in the sick house of near-death-by-upper-respiratory-infection for the past two weeks, I actually managed to hit my NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words - yesterday. Whew. I'm not sure I've ever finished early before.

I will say - it wasn't stressful at all. It was mostly a matter of using my writing time productively - i.e. I only got lost on YouTube once, and I only stalked Anne Rice's FB page once (I'm not even going to tell you what I stumbled upon that involves frozen balloons and male body parts - and you should be grateful).

So I have captured my writer-bug again, and for that, I am grateful.

But on the days that I was quivering at death's door, I had an opportunity to do things that I assume non-writers do on a regular basis: Watch movies and read books.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

SM Johnson ~Thursday Morning Coffee ~ Thanksgiving!

Happy Thursday - and happy Thanksgiving. I hope ya'all eat good food and please don't forget to take a moment to be thankful for the good things in your life.

If you can spare a few dollars, this is a great time of year to donate to a charity close to your heart. This fall I have donated to NaNoWriMo, and the Lake Superior Zoo, which is my local zoo, that suffered devastating losses from the crazy flooding we had in June. Still on my list this season is to donate some dollars to water.org, to help a village in an impoverished country obtain a clean, accessible water source.

I can't afford to donate big dollar amounts, but I decided I CAN donate a few of the dollars I consider disposable income - dollars I spend on books or music or toys that I buy for IzzyG for no reason other than she's my only daughter and I can afford it. See what I mean? I'm not taking these dollars out of the household budget - although maybe I cook an extra meal at home that week instead of eating out, or visit my library instead of loading my Kindle.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

SM Johnson ~ naughty excerpt from NaNoWriMo

How about an excerpt from Dungeon 3? Still need a title. Hmm... Three in the Dungeon... ?

I titled these books a bit awkwardly, didn't I? Guess that one's all on me. Drat.

Ahem. Anyway. I said naughty excerpt, right?

The following is a rough, raw draft. So forgive me in advance. Rated ADULT. Contains sexual situations involving men.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

SM Johnson ~Thursday Morning Coffee ~ Happy NaNo

Happy NaNoWriMo!

Busy, busy around here. We're in the middle of my mom's move - pretty stressful, but hopefully the really tough stuff is almost over.

As for NaNo - I cleared the 10,000 word mark yesterday, and maybe even discovered a couple of interesting plot points.

It's fun to play with Roman, Jeff, Jason, and Vanessa again. Dare and Zach will be making an appearance in this book, as well. I know I'm looking forward to it, hope you guys are, too!

This baby is warming up already. TWO erotic scenes in the first 10,000 words. Yay! Gotta love the hot stuff.

I don't have a title yet, though - so it's sitting around as Dungeon 3, Untitled.

Blah. That's pretty boring.

The first book is Above the Dungeon, which is the name of the Roman's club that was physically above Roman's dungeon. Yeah, that's me, extra creative.

The second is Out of the Dungeon - because there was a lot of Real Life interference in that book, and most of the scenes occurred somewhere away from the actual dungeon.

In book 3, Roman, Jeff and Vanessa are in Gigi's house in Minnesota, and working out their relationships and figuring out what their lives will be like after all the trauma of the 2nd book. I'm having trouble figuring out a title. Midwest Dungeon - meh. Not great. Minnesota Munch - argh. Too kitschy. And besides, I want the word "dungeon" in the title, for continuity. Guess I'll keep thinking about it, but hey, if ya'll have any suggestions, feel free to toss them my way.

Other book news... I've corrected an embarrassing bunch of typos in Out of the Dungeon, Amazon edition, and re-uploaded the file. Amazon notified me that there's a few more, though - sigh. So I'll be fixing those, soonest! Haven't got the fixes to Smashwords yet, but it's on my urgent to-do list.

Sheesh, that's about all I've got to chatter about today.

Have a great weekend, darlings. And if any of you are attempting to write 50,000 words in 30 days for NaNoWriMo - hey, you're not crazy. Well, maybe you are. But you're in good company with a bunch of other crazy people, so good luck and have fun!

~SM




Thursday, November 1, 2012

SM Johnson ~Thursday Morning Coffee ~ at the salon

Good afternoon, darlings! I had coffee at the salon this morning, while getting my "winter do".

Oh, yeah, and it's November 1st!

I took the plunge, ordered my t-shirt, and started writing the 3rd book of the Dungeon series. 50,000 words by November 30th. I'm not 100% confident that I can do it this year, but I'm sure going to try. If nothing else, my writing habits will be forced back on track - and just that can be considered a win.
NaNo Tee (neither of these people is me)
I had just under 200 sales between Above the Dungeon and Out of the Dungeon in October! OMG, readers are blowing me away! I consider the month a success if I sell the equivalent of one book per day.

I almost fell over when I looked at my Amazon numbers earlier this week. And not just paid sales, either - the short story, My Fifteen Minutes, "sold" over 700 copies - IN ONE MONTH. Fan-fucking-tabulous!

So yeah, I'm heading into NaNoWriMo with awesome hair and a really great feeling about this book. Let's sex it up, shall we? Let's shall!

Sort of how we "vodka'd up" trick-or-treating last night. I'm so glad I finally figured out what those other happy parents have in their travel mugs.

All right, that's all the time I have - I've got a novel to write, darn it!

Have a great weekend, darlings!

Love, SM Johnson