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Confessions of a, uh, confessioner

I was reading a funny thread on Kindleboards the other day where they were talking about the most overused words and phrases in titles.  Confessions of a…was one of them.

But wait, I really do have a confession.

Since the Day of Sacrifice stories are serialized, I always reread them before I start writing another one.  It helps me get back into the world and I make notes for continuity.  Every once in a while, though, something sneaks past me.

After I finished Dormant and was putting together the DoS Vol. 1-3, I realized that Edgar Grant wasn’t called Edgar in Day of Sacrifice.  I believe I called him George.

I’ve also had to go back and change the ages of some of the characters.  When you’re dealing with angels and vamps and they can be hundreds of year old, well, sometimes I get carried away and make them, like, 500 or something.  Realistically (? !) the oldest of them are in their 200’s.

So, when I sat down to make the list of characters and terms for DoS today I found that I’d written there were six Gods in Day of Sacrifice and then only written four God characters in Takeover. I immediately fixed this problem and uploaded Takeover everywhere again, but just so ya know, some of you ended up with the *special* 4 Gods edition.

What can I say?  I don’t get enough sleep and I’m constantly interrupted by apple juice swilling toddlers.  I decide to cater parties and publish books at the same time.

Not your problem.

If you’ve got a 4 Gods version and aren’t notified when the correct one uploads to whichever site you purchased it from, let me know and I’ll see what I can do to get you a new copy.

I realize this is one of those things that if I hadn’t said anything 99 percent of you wouldn’t have noticed, but it’s embarrassing for me and makes me feel lame when I make dumb mistakes.

End of confession. 🙂

Check out the new DoS Characters and Terms page.  I had a lot of fun making it.  I think I’m also going to add a Couples and a Who Killed Who list.  With a great big ol’ spoiler warning before it, of course.

Midweek #ROW80 update

According to my weekly schedule, I’m supposed to be writing my ROW80 post right now. 🙂

Things have been going pretty well.  I’ve been getting my household chores done and have made two dinners that my family has been underwhelmed by.  They’ve had to eat vegetables, which I know is a hardship for them. Ha!

I’ve done all right with the computer time goal.  Better on Monday than Tuesday.  Scrabble 20 times a day is a hard habit to break!

ROW80 update- 730 new words on Monday and 625 new words on Tuesday.  I’m not quite getting my hour and a half without interruptions.  Once again, I think this will be easier when school’s in session and I only have one kid to get occupied.  Right now the kids are sooooooo bored and out of their minds, despite the many fun activities provided to them.  We’re all ready for Summer to end.

Back to writing – I’m trying my hardest to just write and not edit as I go along.  I keep coming up with things I’m going to need to change in Takeover, but I’m trying to just save them for the editing stage.  Otherwise, I’m enjoying working on it.

Other stuff – I finished reading Red by Kait Nolan the other evening and really liked it.  It was helpful to me to read how she wrote werewolves. Meagan in Takeover is a werewolf and it was nice to see how someone else portrayed them and the similarities and differences.  Sometimes it’s good to know that the way you’re conveying an idea is also the way someone else has and that it will be understood.

Life stuff- I had to scare THE POSSUM away from the cats food three times last night.  Rob’s going to check to see if the flea problem has subsided in the garage enough for us to stow the cats in there at night again.  I say YES no matter what and will dose them with more Advantage and take my chances. Bleeeccccch.

Today is the boy’s second to last swim lesson for the season.  He can totally doggie paddle and I don’t have to be afraid of one of my children sinking like a stone in Mamaw and Papaw’s pool.  Hurrah!  I’m very proud of him.

I get my minivan back today and get to turn in the rental car I’ve had for two weeks.  Adios crappy rental car, you’ve served me well, but made me realize that I really am a minivan mom.

Okay, time’s up.  Gotta move onto the next thing. 🙂

 

Vacation. Got to get away!

Some of you may have seen me post on my Facebook page this morning that all the lights in my office had burnt out, but were still buzzing even though I’d turned them off.

Yeah.

That buzzing was my hard drive crapping out.

It’ll be a week before everything is all fixed and even then, I probably lost all the stuff I hadn’t backed up.

Those things I hadn’t backed up would be –  Takeover, the Glimpse pilot, and a short story for my pen name that was nearly finished.

I don’t know why I didn’t back them up, I backed up Glow obsessively, several times a day.  Most likely it’s because I only got to work on these things once or twice a week.  At any rate, if they can recover them, yay.  If they can’t, I wasn’t that deep into Takeover, the Glimpse pilot probably would’ve needed to be rewritten anyways, and the other story?  Well, I’m pissed about that one, but what can ya do?

What with the hard drive and car accidents and the fleas and my daughter barfing on me twice the other night, my ass is taking a vacation before I completely lose it.

I’ll still be checking my e-mail if you need to get in touch with me.  Otherwise, I’m reading, at the beach, painting my dining room or sleeping.

Check y’all later.

Where is Takover ? and #ROW80

First thing’s first, here is photographic evidence that I was at BEAST on Friday night:

We had the best meal I’ve ever eaten.  It was all very fancy in a Portlandia sort of way.  Eating fancy wee food is about the only fancy social situation I feel comfortable in.  I cannot, for instance, make a decent toast at a wedding or attend the ballet and act right.

After dinner we came back over to our side of town and went to our local bar, where we ran into a group of folks that were also from Missouri.  My comfort level increased considerably.

Now on to writerly things.

Some people have been asking where Takover is because I’d said it would be out in July.  I made this announcement when I thought that Glow would be out at the beginning of June, therefore giving me all of June and July to write Takeover.

It’s not done yet.  In fact, I’m not even a quarter of the way finished with it.  It’s frustrating for me too that it’s not done.  All I can say is that I’m working on it!

Summer sucks for writing.  There are just too many little things to be done.

It also doesn’t help that I keep getting  into car accidents.

That’s right.  Got  rear-ended again! On my wedding anniversary.  This time the kids were with me.  Extra super-duper good times.

So, now I’ve got to take the van in to get the back door replaced again and I have more chiropractic appointments on the horizon. (My last one for the other accident was supposed to be last Friday.)

This afternoon I start teaching an intro. to acting class for kids 8-12.  So, there’s prep for that.  And swimming lessons, and flea killing, and house cleaning, and laundry, and visiting with friends from out-of-town.

You see what I mean?  Every day I seem to have several things that have to be done and they all don’t take up that much time by themselves, but put them together and…I need more than fifteen minutes a day of writing time to get anywhere on Takeover.

I’m going to see what happens if I cut down on internet time this week.  Maybe I have more time than I think I do.

I didn’t meet my goal I made this week of getting Takeover to 6K, obviously.  If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

Let’s all have the chillest week ever, shall we?

Invasion! and #ROW80

The Benefiels are under attack!

Our garage and my husband’s office have been invaded by fleas.  We’re talking an infestation of Angela’s Ashes proportions.  Ick.

For most of my adult life, I’ve had at least two dogs and three cats.  We’re now down to one dog and two cats…and about a gazillion fleas.

My cats are old. Vampire old. And we have a hard time getting them to come inside in the summer.  The have kitty dementia and forget that the garage is where their food is, so we have to hunt them down every evening and put them in there.  In the past when we’ve tried feeding them outside, we’ve ended up with some pissy raccoons at our backdoor munching away at the cat food and hissing at me when I tried to shoo them away. Raccoons scare the bejeebus out of me.  Also, possums.

So, I was dutifully putting the cats in the garage every evening.  But they stopped eating and kept trying to escape.  We couldn’t figure out why.

Then my husband and I started noticing that when we’d go out to the garage we were being bitten by something.

Like I said, I’ve always had a bunch of pets, so I’m used to some level of flea-ness in the summer, but this was ridiculous.  Now, stepping into the garage to get a soda from the beer fridge had become a stealthy operation.

Just how quickly could we open the door to the garage, lean out into the garage, open the fridge door and grab a beverage?  I’ve come up with sparkling water when I was going after a Diet Coke more than once.

When the fleas started screwing with my Diet Coke consumption, it was WAR.

I began feeding the cats outside again, b.b. gun at the ready in case any raccoons try to trespass on my land and take what’s mine. Never mind I’ve not shot the thing.  How do you keep all the b.b’s from falling out? Whatever.  It’s about intimidation.  The raccoons don’t know I don’t know how to load the gun properly. Or that I have night blindness and will have better luck aiming at the kids ladybug sandbox than a moving target.

Enough about the damned raccoons.

Back to the fleas.  The pets have been liberally doused in Frontline.  We bought a gigantic aerosol can of Sentry Flea and Flea egg killer.  It came in pump spray, but I went with aerosol, because I’m not effing around here, people. This is no time to be a hippie!!

Last night we dropped the kids off at my parents and sprayed the house.  We used the whole can.

And we waited.

After the foggy chemical mist settled, my husband bravely ventured into the garage for a  life-sustaining Dr. Pepper.  He emerged from the garage triumphant.

“There seem to be less fleas on my socks.”

Huzzah!  The was much celebration in the form of TV and movie watching.  I caught the second half of Tess of the D’Ubervilles on Masterpiece Classic and the hubs watched Source Code, which he claims to have figured out in the first five minutes.

Cha.

ROW80 update: I managed to squeeze in another 300 words on Takeover on Thursday. I’m becoming annoyed that it’s not going  faster, so I’m upping my time working on it to two hours a day on Monday and Tuesday.  I’d like for it to be in the 6k range by the end of this week.

The Goodreads giveaway of two copies of the Zellie Wells trilogy has ended.  1,199 people signed up for it, so that was cool.  Congratulations to Denise Zaky and Michelle Fecko.

There will be more giveaways of the trilogy, so if you still want to win one, keep your eyes out for that.

I have some other exciting news to share, but I’ll save that for another day when I can make it the focus of a blog post and not just tacked onto the end of this randomness. 🙂

Happy reading and writing and may you be safe from the evils of fleas.

 

 

 

Grumble, grumble and #ROW80 update

Let’s get the update I’ve been putting off all day out of the way first. 🙂

I have yet to write a word on Takeover.  This is really annoying me, but I have other things I have to finish first.

Grumble, grumble…

I’m having massive problems getting the Zellie trilogy formatted for Kindle.  I have no idea why, I’ve done this a bazillion times and didn’t even have this much trouble the first time!

I’ve tried to copy it to Open Office and it won’t let me copy it. I’ve saved it as a webpage (my second choice for HTML) and none of my scene breaks are sticking.  If you’ve ever read any of my books, you know that the scene breaks are pretty important! 🙂

Ima just about to rip all my hair out.

Also, Facebook is all screwed up and I can’t comment on anything.  Did I break the internet again?

Figures.

If you would like to purchase an e-book copy of the Zellie Wells trilogy, Smashwords and Barnes and Noble were nice to me and published them without repeatedly kicking me in the ladyballs.

Grumble, grumble…

 

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.

New covers, an interview and #ROW80

Behold.  The Zellie Wells trilogy has all new covers!

I finally gave in to all the pressure from the road and transparent building haterz and put Zellie on the covers. 🙂  I’m quite pleased with them and think my sister did an awesome job.

I’d been reluctant to put a person on the cover because I didn’t want to influence reader’s ideas of what the characters looked like. (That’s also why I don’t spend much time describing them except initially.)

For me, I know that when I’m reading a book, most of the time what I picture the characters looking like and the suggestion of what they look like on the cover don’t jibe.  Maybe I’m weird that way. (In my mind, Peeta from the Hunger Games is the brunette and Gale is the blonde.)

But, then I got this Land’s End catalog in the mail and there was Zellie right on the front.  The exact Zellie that’s in my head and she was posing with a cute brunette Avery-in-his-twenties to boot! My sister had someone to model her drawings after.

It was meant to be.

Thank you, Universe!

Another great thing that happened to me this week (don’t worry, it hasn’t all been roses) is that author Angela Carlie asked if she could interview me on her blog.  She does a series on Fridays called (Someday) Famous YA Author.  She asked great questions and is a super cool person.  You guys should totally read her books. You can read my interview here.

And now for the dandelion part of my week.

ROW80 update: Glow’s not finished yet.  I had my butt in the chair writing on it all week, but I hit a wall on Thursday. Chapter 19 made the Chapter 11 debacle look like a day at the fair. I rewrote it seven times between Thursday and Friday and then I had to give up and watch Kyle XY and eat cookies.

Things went better on Saturday.  I managed to get my act together and fix 19 and then bust out 20 and 21.  I’m halfway through 22, which is the big action-y showdown and then all that’s left is the epilogue.

I really wanted to get Glow out in June because my sales are tanking, (I’ve sold as many books this month as I was selling per day in March) but it looks like it will be out in July. This means the next DoS story will probably be out in August instead of July.

And then I’m taking a three-week vacation because I be burnt out.

On the upside, the tanking sales have forced me to do some actual marketing. 🙂 I tweeted about The Toilet Business in a, hopefully, not annoying way all day today.  That effort garnered me a new review and two copies sold. Yay!

Okay, that’s all the blabbing I can handle for today. I apologize for the paragraph I used the word “out” in 16 times. I was going to schedule this post to go live at midnight and it’s 12:13. Time for bed!

Wake up! and #ROW80

I’m using you.

Hope you don’t mind.

My kids have been getting up at 5:30 lately, which is evil.  I got into a car accident on Sunday (not my fault and I was the only one in my car) and have been dealing with all the insurance crapola pretty much nonstop for three days.  Anyway, I have to call and talk to them AGAIN this morning, but I gotta wake up first, lest I slip and conduct myself in a pleasant manner. I’ve been pleasant and everyone has walked all over me.  Gotta get awake and put my bitch hat on. 😉

In order to do that, I thought I’d post about what I’ve been doing writing-wise the last few days.

Glow has been dealt with.  There was a major plot point at the beginning that I’ve never felt comfortable with.  It had given birth to no less than four gaping plot holes, so I finally just cut it and replaced it with a simpler scenario.  Not everything has to be a great conspiracy.  Sometimes I get a little caught up in making my books so twisty that even I don’t know what’s going on. Keep It Simple, Stupid!

Basically, this had led to my editing the first 3/4’s of the book.  I’m going through and fixing everything that I’ve made notes on so far. This has been a more doable task the last few days, as I haven’t had any time to write.

I’m also about halfway through fixing things in The Toilet Business.  Typos, awkward sentences, changing names, and the like.

It does have a cover now, check it out!

We thought we’d go classy. 🙂

I am going to work on TTB some more today and try to publish it soon.  This week may be a wash, though.  Life has rear-ended me.

Okay, I think I’m awake enough to deal.  I hope everyone is having a much better week than I am!  No worries, I think I was due.

Brought down by a smiley face

There’s a lovely review of Glimmer by Michelle from Indie Paranormal Book Reviews up on her blog right now.  It’s great to have Michelle review your books, because not only is she fair, but she’ll tell you if she finds any typos or formatting issues.

She found one typo in Glimmer (score!).  I had written the word crowd as crowed.  I always wonder what was going on in my head when I make a typo like that.  I mean, it’s not as if I was trying to spell mesothelioma or something.  Crowd.  Was it, like, five in the morning and the kids were distracting me? Had I not cracked my first diet cola for the day? Or did I just have a huge brain fart?  I have been known to spell my own name wrong on occasion.  The other day I had to write a check for $11.50 and I spaced on how to spell eleven. 

Yeah.  Maybe I’m over sharing.

Michelle also told me about a minor formatting issue that I’m surprised other people haven’t complained about.  Apparently, in the letters that Zellie and Avery write back and forth to each other all the smiley face emoticons come off as question marks or question marks in boxes.

In a million years it would never occur to me that that would happen.  So,  if you’re awesome like me and have smiley face emoticons in your manuscript remember to turn off the Auto Correct on your emoticons.

Something tells me Jess C Scott never had this particular problem. 🙂

Crowd and 🙂 are all fixed in the Smashwords and Barnes and Noble versions of Glimmer.  I’m getting my energy up to go deal over at Amazon.  Since I just changed the descriptions on all of the DoS stories over there, I’m sure they love me and my weekly reuploading of my books.  Hmm.  Maybe at some point I’ll annoy them enough to get the KDP phone number!  If I do, I’ll make sure to share. 🙂