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Spazmatron 5000 and #ROW80

Good morning! Okay, it’s 11, but I got to sleep in until 9, thus my morning is still new. I slept for ten hours last night and have maybe never needed it more. While I was jealous of all the Halloween parties my friends and family were attending, I woke up this morning refreshed and not hung over, so there is a plus to being a boring grown-up once in a while.

Have I mentioned that Glimpse is Free on Amazon?  (Like, EVERYWHERE.) Sorry for being so annoying, but I just can’t help it!  I’ve had over 5K downloads since Friday evening and it’s making me a spazmatron 5000. Right now it’s holding steady at #16 overall in Free and is #1 in both Contemporary Fantasy and Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic.  Can you all frickity-frackin’ believe that?

Thank you SO much to everyone for tweeting about it and posting on Facebook and other places – www.woot.com – who knew?  I have no doubt that all of you made those 5K downloads happen.

If you’re over me and my spazziness, take heart, I’m sure someone will write a review on Goodreads soon calling me a no-talent fuck-up and then I’ll go back to being my normal, sedate self. 🙂

*snort* That is so not true.  Is this your first time reading this blog?

ROW80 Act-shun!:

Wrote the pants off of my pen name short story this week and got that puppy edited, beta read and published on Friday and Saturday. My alter ego is pleased that she’s already sold a handful of copies.

Added another 253 words to my Death by Chocolate story last night – mostly pumping up the description and adding more back story to the first scene.  Nothing on Dissent or the Glimpse pilot this week.

Worked on the pen name website, PacNWYA website and wrote a blog post for the DBC blog.

I’m taking the day off from writing today, because at this point I wouldn’t even let a hoarder into my house I’m so embarrassed by the state of it.  The kids laundry is done, but I haven’t done my own laundry since the beginning of October!

Thanks, Sarah, for the 8 new pairs of hand-me-down jeans. I couldn’t have survived or clothed my lower half without them.

I’ll talk at you all again on Wednesday, but will be missing next Sunday’s check-in as I’ll be at the beach with my ladies doing 8-counts, drinking cheap beer and eating Combos.

Happy Halloween and thank God October is almost over!

 

Doughnut overload and #ROW80

It’s only been since Wednesday that I last blogged, but it feels like it’s been weeks!  Since Wednesday, I’ve made a Rain Boots Required stop at West Linn Public library and spent two long days at the Wordstock festival in Portland.

Dudes and dudettes, so much has happened!

The tour stop in West Linn was fabulous.  We had another great turn out and this time our audience was filled with actual young adults.  They asked great questions – about writing and publishing and technique.  Watch out, y’all, the next crop of writers are gonna be some savvy upstarts!!

Thanks so much to Elaine, the Teen librarian at WLPL. She made us feel so welcome and she is such a dedicated and awesome librarian.  The kids of West Linn are lucky to have her and her bosses on their side.  The teen section of their library is a place that I know I would’ve loved to spend time in as a YA because I’m now having fantasies about escaping to there as an adult.

My apologies to Lisa Nowak and Laura Elliott for my less than stellar AV skillz.  I think we can all agree I shouldn’t be in charge of taping the talks anymore!! 🙂

Saturday and Sunday were spent at Wordstock from 10-6.  We had VooDoo Doughnuts at our table and let me tell y’all, doughnuts are the great equalizer.  We talked (and talked and talked and talked) to so many people who might not have stopped by our booth if it wasn’t for those crazy doughnuts.

I shared a booth with authors Angela Carlie and Laura Elliott. Lisa Nowak was at another booth, but she popped over frequently to hang out.  We had such a blast!

Since I had to register the booth name before we had even named our author tour and I wasn’t sure who exactly was going to share it with me, I named it Pacific Northwest YA Authors.  Good name, right?

Plenty of folks thought so.  In fact, a lot of people thought we were an organization and wanted to join.  At first, we laughed about it and told them we just needed a name for our booth, then, well it occurred to us that maybe we were an organization of sorts.  More of a group, but we had authors wanting to join and librarians and teachers wanting us to come give talks at their schools.

Never one to turn down an opportunity…

I give you Pacific Northwest YA Authors.

The website and e-mail address were created on Saturday night when I couldn’t sleep but for thinkin’.  Today, we signed up four schools/libraries to give talks at and collected over 20 e-mail addresses from people who want to receive our newsletter.

There’s just a welcome post up there right now, but by the end of this week I should have all of our Abouts, videos, reference links, contact info., guidelines for joining, etc. up.

Another awesome thing that happened at Wordstock besides networking our asses off, was that Lisa Nowak noticed the Trends in Publishing panel was the most well attended one of the whole event.  And you know what?  The panelists talked about self-publishing, but didn’t have a ton of experience with it.  So, Lisa and I tracked down the incoming director of Wordstock and pitched her a self-publishing panel for next year.  She seemed into it and said we were the first people to pitch her a panel for the following year.  Who knows what will come of it, but I can’t stress enough that it never hurts to ask for what you want!

ROW80 update:  If you’ve stuck around, I have good thangs to share about this too! (Seriously, I had three doughnuts today and am soooo high on the sugar!!)  I talked about my decent word count for Tuesday on Wednesday.  Yay!  On Thursday, I fired up my new Final Draft software.

Guys, I’m in love.  Yes, I actually heart software.

Although my ultimate dream would’ve been to pick a TV format and then copy and paste what I’d already written directly into it, what I got was pretty close.  I selected the script format that they use on Grey’s Anatomy and copy and pasted line by line what I’d written so far.  Voila!  Formatted script.  So easy to use.  I spent the last hour of my writing time creating new stuff for the script.  It’s such a fun project because I get to rewrite my book without having to actually rewrite my book.  Writing new dialogue for the Rosedell gang made me absolutely ecstatic.  There’s a new conversation between Avery and his best friend Jason that had me laughing my butt off.  It’s fun to be back in Zellie’s world in a new way.

Okay, I’m off to work on the PacNWYA website before my sugar crash commences.  Peace out.

Things that begin with the letter “R”

Last night the women of the Rain Boots Required YA Author Tour took to the, er, podium at Cover to Cover Books in Vancouver, WA.  It was a blast!

Naturally, we all wore our rain boots. And, bonus, it actually rained during the event.

We each gave a short talk and did a reading.  There were about 30 people in attendance and they were a fab audience.  They asked great questions and stayed afterwards to mingle.

I’m in the process of editing the video from the event and then I will post them on our YouTube channel, so be on the lookout for that!

Of course we posed with our books!  Rebecca Knight, Angela Carlie, Me, Lisa Nowak

Our next event is this Friday at the West Linn Public Library in West Linn, OR.  It runs from 6:30-8:15.  Stop by if you’re close!  Angela, Lisa, Laura Elliot and I are all also going to be at Wordstock at the Oregon Covention Center this weekend, the 8th and 9th.  Tickets are cheap! $7 for one day and $10 for two days.

Row80 Rownd four begins tomorrow! I don’t know how productive I’ll be this round, but whatevs, it’s fun and I always get more done than I think I will.  There’s going to be a killer Row80 Twitter Party on Wednesday.  Many fun shenanigans and giveaway action to be had.  Be there or be square.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, folks.  I’m off to make business cards, which I should have had ready for the event last night, but SuperWoman, I ain’t.

Sleepy Barracuda

I had a blast at the Heart/Def Leppard show last night.  It was fun to see bands that I’ve liked since I was a  kid.  Sarah and I did some serious 12-year-old style rockin’ out to Pour Some Sugar On Me – as Sarah said, “the whole reason why we’re here.” Turns out, head banging is kind of like riding a bicycle. 🙂

I’m reminded that I’m a grown-up this morning, though.  Jeez Louise! My neck is killing from the aforementioned rocking and my back aches from sitting cross-legged on the grass for four hours. Also, I didn’t get home until 12:30 and will probably have to have a nap.

I’ve got a guest post over at Kait Nolan’s blog today where I talk about how I write YA and stuff for grown-ups at the same time. It’s the basis for the YA talk I’m giving on the Rain boots Required YA Author Tour, so thanks to Kait for helping me come up with an awesome topic!

You youngins go check it out while I pop a Diet Coke and try to become a functional human being again.

La la la, whatever and #ROW80

This is a photo of Charlize Theron in the new movie, Young Adult, from the peeps who made Juno:

When I first saw this it made me feel funny.  It made me feel squeamish and…called out.  Replace that dog with a satchel of Diet Coke and the Hello Kitty t-shirt with the Mickey Mouse t-shirt my friend Kristen got me at a yard sale junior year of high school that I still wear, and yeah, they pretty much got it right.

Every time I’m cruisin’ in my minivan and car dancing to that Hot Chelle Rae song – complete with a killin’ it on the dance floor fantasy – the photo of Charlize pops into my head.

I’m 36, I have two kids, the aforementioned minivan and I should be, I don’t know, listening to the new Wilco.  Strangely enough, that was the music I listened to in high school!

So, how did I get this way?  I blame Zellie.  After being stuck in her head for seven years, I’ve immatured.

Good for the YA/New Adult writing career, not so much for grown-up stories. If I’m ever going to finish the DoS series, I’m totes going to have to start wearing slacks and gently grooving to easy listening.

Say it ain’t so!  La la la, whatever.

#ROW80 update: Monday- I wrote a single paragraph over the course of six hours due to the kids being all up in my grill hopped up on popsicles.  Household chores have gone to hell. Tuesday – I decided I hated the beginning of Takeover, wrote a new one of about 300 words, decided I hated it more, read over all of Takeover that I’ve written so far, decided I liked it, added another 200 words before my writing time was up and then I researched shotguns. For the story.

And maybe the possum family that likes to chill on the back patio.

Kidding!

Clearly I had tons to write about. 🙂 Check y’all later.

 

 

What’s for dinner and #ROW80 update

I’m supposed to be making dinner because I vowed to start making all of our meals so that we didn’t eat so much processed food, but I kinda wish I had a bag o’ taquitos in the freezer at the moment.  I’m sure the kids, and my husband for that matter, would rather have those than the chicken breast and salad I have planned.  I know, I know, I’m not a short order cook. (Not anymore, at least)  I’m also not the type of person who enjoys throwing perfectly good chicken breast in the trash.  Our dog Chief has been eating well lately. 🙂

I hadn’t planned on writing a ROW80 update today because I don’t really have anything to report.  I did finally deal with all of the Zellie business, adding them to Google Books today, so that’s out of the way.

I read over the DoS stories again to make more notes for Takeover and will start putting words on the page for it tomorrow.  After I finished the note taking, I uploaded the stories to Smashwords and Barnes and Noble again because I’d found a few typos and my website address was still the old one.  I’ll do Kindle after dinner, as it aggravates me the most and I’ll require sustenance.

So, look, it’s like week three of ROW80 and I haven’t even started working on what I’m supposed to be working on.  I’m not worried, although I am making an addendum to my goals.

A super freaking exciting addendum! (What, they can to be exciting!)

Takeover starts tomorrow.  It gets worked on every day for an hour.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I’ll be writing the pilot script for Glimpse.

I’ve had a bit of luck.

My friend that is the head of my local community theatre is  an Assistant Director on films.  She also used to AD television shows. (Ever heard of the X-files?)  Anyway, we went out for frozen yogurt the other night and I was hoping that she could give me some tips on how to write a television script. I’ve written plays, but it’s not the same.

The conversation went even better than expected.  Not only did she give me some tips, but she made the idea of my wanting to do this whole tv thang seem plausible.  She’s going to read my script and help me make sure it’s up to par AND she’s going to help me with finding a production company.

It’s like I have an agent, except she lives down the street from me and our kids get together for playdates.  I’ve officially kicked that funk from a few weeks back in the ladyballs (that’s for you Vicki) and I don’t expect to see it for a while!

Okay, time to make chicken and salad.  I’m sure if I bribe the kids with one of my emergency gummy worms I can get them to eat a few bites.  Whatever works, people.

 

PSA

To the person(s) who has Googled “Glimmer by Stacey Wallace Benefiel PDF” six times in the last week, you can find the PDF version at Smashwords and All Romance e-books.

Sure, you can also find it for free all over the interwebs at sucktastic pirating sites, but I thought I’d give you the benefit of the doubt and let you know where you can get a legal copy. 🙂

In less snarky news, the print version of the complete Zellie Wells trilogy has a cover and is in the review process at Createspace.

I’ll let you all know when it’s available.  It’s priced at $24.99, which is higher than I wanted to price it, but still a discount from buying all three books separately.  It might also help you to know that if you buy any of my print books through Barnes and Noble or Borders, that I make $0.00.

Yup.  Zero dollars.

I do a little better on Amazon and my Createspace e-store.

Of course, right now you can’t get any of the books in print because they’re all in review, but that should change by the end of the week and I’ll post fresh links.

The complete trilogy should be available in e-book form (at a much more reasonable price) at the end of this week as well.

Last bit of info, it’s free Slurpee day at 7-11.  Get on that.

This place about to GLOW

I’ve had that stuck in my head for the past few days, so I had to use it somewhere. 🙂

In twenty-four hours I will be on the beach sitting in front of a bonfire with a beer in one hand and my kindle in the other. Time, it’s time to get a move on!

Phew!  Let me tell you, when indie authors talk about how hard it is doing everything yourself, this is the kind of week they are referring to.

Glow is out!  Go forth and find out how it all ends. 🙂 Right now, it’s up on SmashwordsBarnes and Noble and Amazon. It will also be on All Romance ebooks  soon.  And Apple, Kobos, Sony…all of those places! I’m just waiting for Smashwords to have free ISBN’s again.

All of my books will also be for sale as e-books at Powell’s Books in the near future. Probably no one outside of Portland cares about this, but, for me, having my books at Powell’s is kind of a dream.  If you ever get a chance to physically visit Powell’s City of Books, you’ll know what I’m talking about.  A book nerd could straight get lost in there for days.

I took a little trip over to my local Powell’s yesterday to find out how one goes about getting their books on Powell’s site. I got attacked by black birds on the way into the store, which was a first! Anyways, turns out it’s easy.  All I have to do is go through Google books.  I got a little bit of a ‘tude when I asked the cashier about e-books and referred to myself as an author. But I also bought eight used paperbacks, so she can’t blame me for singlehandedly killing their business.

The birds also attacked me on the way out of the store. I used the paperbacks to fend them off.

In other e-book news, Smashwords is having a big ol’ sale.  Day of Sacrifice is free with coupon code SSWSF and The Toilet Business is discounted to $1.75 with coupon code SSW50.

Also, here are two new indie reader sites to peruse over the weekend – Breakthrough Bookstore and IndieAuthorRockstar. My books are up on Breakthrough and I’ve submitted Glimpse to be a contender on Indie Author Rock star.  Alas, it wasn’t picked for this month, but this is only the first round.  Lots of great books were chosen.  I have no idea which one I’m going to vote for!

Besides all of the book craziness this week, I also got to sit in on my SIL’s c-section yesterday and help her welcome her new son, Luke.  I got to hold him first!  It was awesome.  He yowled for twenty minutes straight.  My SIL and I were like, “Oh crap! I forgot how loud they can be!” Of course, when I went to visit today, he slept the whole time and was a perfect little angel. 🙂

I hope everyone in the States has a great holiday weekend! I have a couple more things planned before I head to the coast. Cleaning my disaster of a house will not be one of them.

I’ve got to help my sister lift her new 300 lb etching press onto a table this evening and then tomorrow, I’m taking my niece to see Monte Carlo. (And, yes, I picked the movie. Finn from Glee is in it, people!)

 

Adding to your TBR pile and #ROW80

Just a quick post today. The weather is actually beautiful here for once, so I’m not going to squander it!

There’s a new site up that’s great for indie authors and indie readers called 1500 Authors.

Authors, you can list up to three of your books on the site with links to Kindle, Nook and paperback.

Readers, all the authors listed are indie and their books are categorized by genre. Discover something new to read!

ROW80: I’ve received several of Glow’s beta’s comments back already (they have until Saturday) and they’ve been positive.  Hurrah!  While I’ve been waiting to get them all in I’ve been attempting to do some marketing stuff. I’ve been thinking about doing a newsletter for a while but never got around to it.  Now that I have a bit of time I thought I’d whip one up. Ha.  Not so easy.  I’m still working on it two days later. 🙂  So, that’s my project for the rest of the week until all the beta’s comments are in.

A shout-out to my folks, Denny and Reta Wallace!! Today is their 42nd wedding anniversary.  Love you, Mom and Dad!!

Back to work! and #ROW80

I had an excellent weekend at the coast!  The weather was beautiful and my first ocean fishing trip was a success. I managed to catch several granite Grouper  before catching my first actual fish, but I would have been happy had I not caught a single one.  It was just great to be out on the boat with my family soaking up the sunshine and learning to do something new.

Me, my sister and our dad waiting on the dock.  I’m the short one.  I’d love to say that my sister and I are dressed for fishing, but we kind of always look like that.

Dad, me and my BIL.  Note that I am enjoying the breakfast of champions, Diet Coke. I am used to being up this early, but I’m usually wearing my pajamas and sitting in front of my computer.

The first and only fish I caught!  I’m very proud.  Thanks to my BIL for showing me how to fish (I, like, didn’t even know how to use the fishing rod) and for taking my fish off of the hook for me. (The deckhands were busy helping my sister get her 6th and 7th fish into the tote.)

We also put in three crab pots that we had to pull out at the end of the trip.  My BIL warned us that they were hard to pull back up and he wasn’t kidding.  My sister and I pulled one in together and I got covered in shredded jelly fish.  Good times.

My BIL pulled in the other two pots.  It was completely awkward watching everyone struggle with the crab pots.  Even the big strong guys had a difficult time.  The only one that seemed to have an easy time of it was this lady from Idaho that was sporting full on camo gear.  After I’d pulled up my pot, I commented to her how hard it was and she looked at me like I was a disgrace to womankind.

Hey, at least I didn’t whine about how icky it was being covered in jellyfish.  Nor did I hurl.  I thought that was pretty dude-ish of me. 🙂

On to the ROW80 stuff:

Obviously, I didn’t get any writing done. I do feel confident in saying that the first draft of Glow will done this week.  Also, my sister and I decided that we’d be rolling out the new covers for the trilogy with Glow.  So, expect to see a new look!

Time to get back to work!  Have a great week you all!